Monday, 29 December 2014

Mack and May on new baby gifts

What was it with 2014? Was the UK water system drugged with some kind of love potion? We know of at least ten couples who have had a baby in the last few months.

Here are a few of our favourite new-baby gifts which have put an even-bigger smile on the new parents' faces...

Personalised Sleepsuit from Milly Molly Morley

Beautiful, quality sleepsuit personalised with baby's name all presented in the cutest gift box. Unisex, boys and girls designs available.   Cost is £9.99 plus postage.  Very quick delivery in our experience.  Sold by a Cambridge-based UK seller with an Ebay shop full of other  great gift sets and personalised baby clothing items.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Mack and May wish you a very merry Christmas!

"Deck the halls with boughs of Holly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Santa brought me a shopping trolley
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la"

After weeks of shopping, wrapping and planning, the big day is finally here! 
Merry Christmas to you all!

Christmas means different things to different people.  Whatever meaning it has for you, we hope you have a wonderful day and (assuming you have all made it onto the good list) that Santa has brought you an extra special present for being your wonderful self this year!

Christmas kisses from us both



Monday, 22 December 2014

Mack and May's last minute tips for a happy Christmas day

We are no Christmas experts but we have survived a fair few and hope that our last-minute tips help you enjoy the day. They have certainly kept us sane on a couple of occasions! Please do share your tips with us too...
  • Plan ahead. We won’t tackle the issue of catering for the masses, but think ahead about how you would ideally like the day to pan out and come to an agreement with those that you need to about some basics such as whether TV will be allowed during the day, when presents will be opened, and what time is just TOO EARLY for the kids to get out of bed.  

Thursday, 18 December 2014

May makes a festive non-alcoholic mulled 'wine'

When I was flicking through a friend's copy of the Country Living magazine a couple of weeks ago, I found a recipe for a spiced grape and cranberry juice that I thought would be perfect for the drivers and non-drinkers over Christmas.

I tested out the recipe last weekend and it went down as a massive hit with everyone, so I wanted to share the recipe with you.

By no means will anyone mistake this for mulled wine - it is fruitier and doesn't quite have the depth of wine, but I think it is a great replacement and I will definitely be making it on Christmas day (assuming I can find a spare saucepan...).

Monday, 15 December 2014

Mack reviews Memebox (part 2) - Hair & Body 4: Spa Edition box (#49)

Back in November 2014, I posted about Memebox, my decision to purchase the Hair and Body 4: Spa Edition box (box #49) and my fears about being charged a hefty customs fee (as the box was coming from South Korea).  I am so pleased to report that the box arrived within a week of its shipping date, all packaged safely in pink bubble wrap and there was NO CUSTOMS CHARGE!!!! I was delighted! 

I am really pleased with the contents of the box. Six full size products to enjoy and pamper myself with, with a value of approximately £79 (Memebox say its value is $125). Over the course of a week, I have tried the products and I think I may have discovered one or two real gems....

Thursday, 11 December 2014

May on H&M Home

You know when you find one of those stores that sell cute homeware bits and you can't stop yourself checking their website more often than is normal to see if they've had any new product lines added? That's me with H&M's home department.

Considering I didn't even know H&M had a home department until 6 months ago, when I moved house, I have placed a few fairly substantial orders already. Oops. Everything is priced reasonably so I never do too much damage in one go. Honestly.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Mack's lipstick troubles (but B.Brilliant Lip Gloss to the rescue)

Finding lipstick colours that suit me is something that can be quite difficult.   May will attest to the fact that we have spent many a shopping trip trying to find a lipstick that suits my dark complexion.  I don't even attempt to order a new, different lipstick online as I have been too disappointed in the past.  Ten years ago, I found the perfect lipstick for me whilst on a Paris shopping trip.  Chanel.  Adorably packaged, bronze/plum two-tone, creamy and shimmery, long-lasting and unfortunately limited edition.  I have been searching high and low for that slice of lipstick heaven ever since.

Of course, in the large city department stores I can find ranges specifically made for darker skin tones and wider ranges of the popular cosmetic brands which are suitable for a more diverse market. But sometimes even then I can struggle.   Sometimes colours can be too bold for a daytime look, or the product feels too matte on my lips.  Plus, I don't live in a big city.  It would just be nice to got out to a local high street store and just pick up something off the shelf that I am happy with.  However, the usual ranges in my local beauty high street stores have been quite limited in the past. 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

May reviews Caudalie SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum

There’s no denying the fact that (even at my ripe old age) I have oily skin.  I hadn’t realised though, until a lovely lady pointed it out during a facial, that I also had some patches which were quite dehydrated. 

When I got home after the facial, I was determined to find something to solve the problem. I remembered that I had received a sample of Caudalie’s Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum in a Glossybox a few months previously and just chucked it in the ‘yeah, I don’t need that’ pile.  To cut a long story short, I’m now on my third repurchase of the full size version and don’t ever want to be without it. 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Mack reviews My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks (Plus win a box of My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks)

Pampering sessions have become an essential part of my weekly de-stress routine. Lock myself away from the kids for an hour, candles and music on, beauty products out...heaven! One of my favourite essential products for my pampering sessions are the My Beauty Diary sheet masks. Not only are these fun to use and relaxing, they work marvels for my skin! These sheet masks originate from Taiwan and I buy them from UK eBay sellers for about £1.70 to £2.30 each (simply search eBay for "My Beauty Diary" to find them). 

The masks are sheets soaked in essence with cut outs for your eyes, nose and lips. It is a simple case of applying the sheet mask to your cleansed face, lying back and relaxing. You do not need to rinse your face afterwards and you can use any excess essence from inside the packaging on other parts of your body (I apply the left over essence to my neck and cleavage).  I like to use a nose pore strip before using the mask to remove blackheads. The sheet masks generally fit my face quite well but you can snip the cut out areas to make them fit better if need be.