Monday, 30 March 2015

- Step by Step: A'pieu Take My Hands Nail Paraffin Pack...

I had been giving my nails a break from the dark and glitzy party season polishes, but with Spring's arrival and its return of bright and pastel shades, I've happily been digging into my stash. With my indecisiveness and frequent repainting, it's important to treat nails to some TLC.

I have quite weak nails as it is, so any treatment products immediately gain my attention. You may have seen this A'pieu Take My Hands Nail Paraffin Pack* in my latest BonjourHK post (here) where I mentioned I was going to post a 'step by step' guide to show you how to use it and how it works. Firstly, I wanted to mention how adorable the packaging is - it reminds me of a tasty chilled dessert!

Incase you didn't see my previous post where this was featured, this product claims to clean, strengthen and moisturise nails. With key ingredients such as avocado oil, argan oil and vitamin E, I was super keen to try this out and observe its effectiveness. Read below for my tutorial.

STEP 1: First of all, remove the lid and surrounding cardboard packaging. As you can see, there is a blue dot; this indicates the temperature of the water.

STEP 2: Boil some water and leave to stand for a while - ideally you want it to be 80-90°C to melt the paraffin. Pour it in up to just above the blue dot. You'll notice the dot instantly switches to pink due to the increase in tempterature.

STEP 3: Leave the product to stand for a while until the dot begins to turn blue again, otherwise you may burn yourself! You'll notice that some of the paraffin floats to the surface.

STEP 4: It's now time to dip your fingertips into the product 3-4 times until they're fully coated. Then remove your fingertips from the pot and wait 10-15 minutes for the product to fully dry.

STEP 5: When drying, the paraffin moulds around your finger tips into a 'thimble' shape.

STEP 6: Once you've waited the 10-15 minutes, the moulds can easily be removed. Massage any leftover oil into your nails.

STEP 7: Gently tip out the water. Form a small hole into the bottom layer to ensure all water is removed from the paraffin.

STEP 7:The moulds or 'thimbles' you removed earlier should have been left in tact, so place any back into the pot. Now it's ready to use again!

Overall, I found this nail paraffin pack really fun and interesting to use! It's surprisingly easy and mess-free; it's also worth noting that the paraffin has no strong scent. I only demonstrated with one hand so I could take photos with my right, and I could instantly see a difference. My nails felt cleaner and a lot softer!

If you're looking for a great at-home nail treatment, I can't recommend this enough! Available to buy here from BonjourHK (free shipping) for just £3.75, it's a complete bargain and one pot can be used up to 6-8 times!

What do you think of this product? Have you tried anything like it before?

Saturday, 28 March 2015

- Themed Wishlist: Rabbits...

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My themed wishlists seem to be going down quite well, so with Easter soon upon us, it seemed only right to go for a bunny theme this time round. I've tried to stick to similar items across these wishlist posts, ranging from patterned socks* to cute little home interiors.

Favourites of mine have to be the salt & pepper set and also the range of jewellery dishes. These dinky holders seem to be very popular at the moment; I love how cleverly incorporated the rabbits are, especially the one with rabbit ears acting as a ring holder. Then there are the fairy lights which are another blogger favourite, not only to add coziness, but to also act as a backdrop in photographs.

For me, it wouldn't be Easter without some Lindt chocolate. Lindt have created an interactive storybook* with hidden chocolates inside, which would make a lovely gift for when you're playing the Easter bunny with surprise egg hunts. Lastly, how could I forget Hoppity Poppity from Lush? This adorable fizzing bath bomb contains violet leaf and lavender - perfect for a relaxing soak.

What do you think of these items? Which is your favourite?

Thursday, 26 March 2015

- March Degustabox...

Another month, another Degustabox! Whether they contain beauty treats, flowers, candles; you name it, monthly subscription boxes are huge at the moment. Degustabox is in fact a food & drink delivery box service which encourages you to try out new products on the market. A lot of us hurriedly complete our food shopping and tend to stick to the usual habits, so Degustabox is here to help you branch out.

Containing 9-14 surprise items every month, each box costs just £12.99 (inc. delivery) and, even better, I have a £3.00 discount code to share with you all. Simply type 'PO0NN' when registering, to get your first box for only £9.99!

Let's see what's inside March's box*...

Jordans Granola RRP: £3.69
Natvia RRP: £2.00

First of all is this Jordans granola containing dried strawberries & blueberries. I'm a huge fan of granola; if I had to have it every morning for the rest of my life, I would be a happy bunny. Jordans have created a lighter version containing 30% less fat. This is obviously great, but when brands do this, it does make me wonder why it wasn't done in the first place(?). Also, quite often with low-fat items (and as is the case for this), the sugar content is still high. I do think sugar content needs to be labelled clearer on items instead of solely fat. Anyway, the tastiness of this gets a tick.

With sugar content a worry for many, a sample of Natvia is included in this month's box. This is 100% naturally sourced and is a great alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Derived from stevia, this contains zero calories and is a much better way to enjoy some sweetness.

Brioche Pasquier Baked Bread Bites RRP: £0.50 (each)

Next are these bacon-flavoured Baked Bread Bites. These are made with real French bread and area great change from crisps. I think these are a wonderful idea from Brioche Pasquier, who are known for their baked goods, to expand in the market. These are super moreish and have just the right amount of flavour. Nom.

BBQUE RRP: £3.99

Admittedly, I did think this was some sort of car shampoo when I first spotted the packaging from behind. And now I have Christina Aguilera's 'Car Wash' stuck in my head. Great. Anywhoo, turns out this is barbecue sauce, 'cause ya know, this is a food box. There are 4 flavours available which all sound incredible: grill and beechwood, the original, honey and mustard and chili & horseradish. Here is the Original, containing cranberries, beer, honey and apples. So, who wants to throw a BBQ party?

Kents Kitchen Posh Noodles RRP: £1.75

Known for their nifty meal kits as featured in previous boxes, Kent's Kitchen have released posh noodles. Basically the same concept as the pot noodle but a bit fancier. I received these in Spicy Szechuan and I feel this is where 'smellovision' needs to be a thing because these smelt a-mazing. If you're a wuss with spice (like me) don't be put off as these's aren't spicy at all. In fact, if you're after some heat you'll be disappointed with these. On a negative note, these claim to be a 'perfect lunch or hot snack', but they didnt even satisfy my snack needs (maybe I'm just greedy). At £1.75, these seem a little expensive for what they are. Posher than a pot noodle? Yes. Posh enough to up the price and get away with it? Nopes.

Maynards Sour Patch Kids RRP: £1.00
Bassetts Jelly Babies Berry Mix RRP: £1.48
Lindt Lindor Assorted Mini Eggs RRP: £2.00 (each)

And then we have some sweet treats. It has to be said, I'm definitely more of a chocolate person so I wasn't that fussed when I saw these Sour Patch Kids and Jelly Babies. If you are into sweets like this though, then they are both a cool idea. Maynards have created these flavoured gums which start off sour then end up sweet, and Bassetts have taken their most loved flavours (blackcurrant, raspberry and strawberry) to form the Berry Mix bag.

As a chocolate person, all was not lost. In fact, Degustabox have spoilt us this month with two bags of Lindt Lindor Assorted Mini Eggs. With Easter on the horizon, these are the perfect holiday treat. Each bag contains milk, white and dark chocolate eggs with the well-known smooth filling. *Insert heart eyed emoji here*.

JuiceBurst RRP: £1.25 (each)
Crabbie's Alcoholic Fruits RRP: £1.50 (each)

Lastly are the selection of drinks. First up are these two juices from JuiceBurst. I'm unaware of this brand but apparently they have 14 different flavours available, as well as 3 Skinny (a word I hate) drinks. These are all made from real fruit and are 1 of your 5 a day. Both of these were delicious, and the pomegranate and blueberry one is also calling out to me.

Onto the alcoholic beverages. I love that Degustabox have a partnership with Crabbie's as their original ginger beer is a definite favourite of mine. A year or so ago, Crabbie's modified their ginger beer with some fruity flavours which I also love. It hasn't stopped there though, as they have now released a Fruits range (minus the ginger). Fruity flavoured alcohol is me all over, so I'm very happy with these. Cheers!

Overall, I am pleased with March's Degustabox. The highlights for me would have to be the Lindt eggs and the Crabbie's drinks. It has to be said, unlike previous boxes, I'm not wowed, but I personally found nothing too major to complain about. However, if you're making a conscious effort to restrict sugar intake I would maybe avoid this (apart from the Natvia, obviously). In my opinion, a box with contents containing low sugar would be a great future theme for Degustabox.

What do you think of this month's Degustabox? Don't forget to use the £3 discount code when registering!