Andrew Barton Ultimate Blondes

The last couple of weeks I’ve been testing out the new Andrew Barton Ultimate Blonde brightening and rehydrating shampoo and conditioner for blondes.

Asda has been stocking the Andrew Barton range for a while and I’ve always been a fan so I was just a little chuffed when they bought out a range for blondes – especially as my roots could do with a little brightening!
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Packed with camomile and Arjan oil the shampoo smells delicious and natural and is a bargain with a 400ml bottle coming in at just £3.90. The conditioner is equally as delicious and feels light weight. My hair feels soft and like it’s had an injection of moisture which is perfect during the summer months and the colour is definitely brighter.

It doesn’t take much shampoo to get a good lather which means the bottle will last a good while and as I blow dried my hair I kept getting waves of a delicious summer smell – it was my hair!

A lovely set of products which give you quality without the price tag.

NSPA with Asda – beauty buys that won’t break the bank!

The last few weeks I’ve been trying out some fab new beauty products from NSPA’s range exclusively at Asda.

First up was the cleansing hot cloth polish. Now over the years I’ve been using a well known brand which also has this hot cloth polishing system and I’ve loved it so I was interested to find out if this could come close. At just £7, including the cloth it’s literally half the price of my normal one.

polish17So far I’ve not been disappointed. It’s really gentle and leaves my skin feeling clean without being dry. You only need one pump so it seems it will last as long as the more expensive one as well. This stuff is really good! A far more purse-friendly alternative which I will be sticking with in future.

 

coconut1Next up was the Coconut Bath and Shower crème which comes in at £3. It smells delicious and just reminds me of holidays – great at this time of year when it’d dark and miserable. Arthur also loves it and I’ve been using it in his bath because we ran out of his special toddler stuff. It’s gentle, moisturising and has not had any reaction on his skin either – another fab bargain.

Finally I’ve been using the NSPA Night Repair Cream - perfect at this time of year when central heating and cold nights play havoc with your skin and mine was starting to feel like it had been swapped with that of an 85-year-old! It works overnight to strengthen and protect your skin and it’s paraben free. At just £6 it’s a steal and left my skin feeling as good as more expensive ones I’ve tried. It’s thick and rich and feel indulgent too.

Overall I’ve been hugely impressed with the range – it offers quality with affordability and that has to be a good thing.

Easter bunny battles

This week I’ve been mostly eating air. Monday through to Friday afternoon I steel myself for a breakfast of yogurt, a lunch of nothing much but coffee and dinner which laughs in the face of potatoes.

This diet business drives me crazy but I do have an ulterier motive – less luggage in the trunk when trying for baby number 2. It makes sense but my god, it’s hard work. So walking around the shops in the lead up to Easter has indeed brought me out in a cold sweat. Hundreds of chocolate bunnies and chicks face me at every turn. Their layout like a military assault on my senses, I think I’ve made it but then realise they’ve radioed to their mates who’ve formed a new battle line.

I’ve bought a few eggs already for Arthur and I’m playing some sick game of hide and seek with them. I know where they are, they know I know but I’m not finding them. The need to rid myself of chaffing thighs seems to be winning at the moment. I’ve also bought some new trainers and obviously this means I’ve lost another half a stone, when I get my new jogging bottoms that’ll be another ten pounds off.
 
On a serious note it’s hard, really hard to keep motivated and to stay ahead of the food game so a big shout out to all of you struggling to lose those pounds. I love food, I love cake, and potatoes and cheese and pasta. They make me feel happy and warm and comforted but the time has come to shed my comfort blanket and start getting this somewhat oversized bum in gear – wish me luck!

EASTER

While I’m going to try to be good there is Easter and I will have a day off when I indulge a little. I’ve found some Easter bits in Poundland, lovely little easter bun cases with mini bunting and some pretty hanging eggs.

We’ll definitely be having an Easter egg hunt in the garden and I’ll be baking some Easter goodies with Arthur; hopefully Spring will have sprung and we can  make the most of the long weekend.

Over at Asda HQ they’ve teamed up with Zapper, leaders in augmented reality and will be holding the most amazing virtual Easter egg hunt at 400 of their stores across the country. Get down to one of the stores and you can be part of an in-store Easter Egg Hunt, guided by an augmented reality Easter Bunny powered by Zappar.

The fun will be taking place from 10am – 4.30pm on Saturday 23rd March. Special Easter Egg points will be hidden and when zapped using the Asda app, which you can download for free,, each egg will transform into virtual 3D Easter Eggs revealing an Easter Bunny hidden inside that will display a secret letter. At the end you’ll get a free gift.

If you haven’t got a Smartphone you can still join in as there will be events people on hand with iPads so everyone can enjoy the fun.

You’ll also be able to take home a face mask from stores that when zapped, replaces the wearer’s head with that of the Easter Bunny. This exclusive experience has been made all the more possible with the recent installation of Wi-Fi in all Asda stores.
It’s a bit fo Easter fun for free – worth doing if you’re near a store with the kids.

Cakes through letterboxes – crazy I hear you say!

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to be whisked away for dinner, presented with a beautiful bouquet and wined and dined by the one you love. So, as this was never going to happen to me, I indulged in a few products I’ve been sent to review – lovely little moments of Valentine’s bliss that needed no involvement from others.Firstly I had a rather lovely delivery through the door from Baker Days. In my version of Utopia, cake, chocolate and possibly cheese will be calorie-free and laden with free-radicals. To have it delivered through my door with no requirement to actually go and get it is simply the icing on the cake – please excuse the terrible pun.

valentine1valentine3The Baker Day cake was delivered by post in a lovely metal tin which I will definitely be using again. It’s so simple to order too, just go online and choose your size, theme and message. Oh and of course the flavour you’d like.I had the double chocolate Valentines ‘Love Birds’ cake in letterbox size. It tasted gorgeous and was just enough to share between two – or I presume there would have been enough for two had I any intention of sharing it. The design looked great and made me smile, two owls having a hoot! A really sweet little surprise to send to someone and I was pleased with how good the design looked when I opened it.

Prices start from £14.99 and the cakes cover loads of occasions from Christenings to birthdays and congratulations. They come in various sizes and you can even send in your own photo to be used – obviously not all sizes can be delivered through the letterbox.

I also had some lovely goodies from Asda to pamper myself. Cute little fizzy bath bombs for £2 and a rather yummy chocolate red rose for just £1 - what a lovely idea! I must admit I ate the rose in break-neck speed but did take a bit more time over a leisurely bath – the fizzy bombs smelt lovely and made a great change to bubble bath.

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Yummy chocolate rose for just £1

 Once again Asda come up trumps with easy ways to mark the day without breaking the bank. I’ve become a huge fan because they genuinely makes things accessible for everyone and they always seems to be quick to pick up trends and run with them with their own unique and very appealing price point.

 

 
On another note – I’ve been watching the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 film staring Molly. It’s extremely stylish just like you’d expect from Bugaboo and I love the way it shows a buggy through the eyes of the little person inside it. Take a look – you never know, all this amorous Valentine’s shenanigans may mean you’ll be looking for a new buggy soon!