Feel Unique launches new personalised beauty box + Giveaway!

Feel Unique Beauty Box launches on August 9th

The ultimate ‘to me, from me’ gift, Feel Unique are offering to their customers the opportunity to access the best in beauty with a DIY subscription for just £11.95 each month. The FU Beauty Box is a beauty subscription service that lets you have full reign of picking and playing with products that you actually want to try. No more silly doubles or products that you’ll never try, don’t want or like!

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UK Giveaway: Noughty To The Rescue Haircare Bundle

*this giveaway is now closed.

Happy Galentines ladies!

I was supposed to launch this giveaway at the start of the year – because it’s a new year and I wanted to do this giveaway asap, I kind of got a little overwhelmed with starting a load of other things and just forget about the giveaway. So here it is.. the long awaited Noughty To The Rescue bundle giveaway!

UK Giveaway: Noughty To The Rescue Bundle

It’s been a while since my last giveaway which was last year December for the curated beauty box. But for hair, I don’t think I’ve done a giveaway before. As an advocate for Noughty Haircare UK, I’m super excited to be giving away this little bundle of joy! My FAVOURITE hair mask, To The Rescue Intensive Moisture Treatment is the best hair mask I’ve used so far. It smells amazing and works great on fine to medium density hair and on all hair curl types. It’s a medium-heavyweight mask but I don’t find it that heavy on my hair. If you have straight hair that’s dyed, bleached or just very dry, it’s a really nice moisturising hair mask to use. The tub usually lasts me a few months and I use it once weekly. If you use it once or twice a month, you could probably make it stretch up to 6 months.

What you get in the Noughty giveaway bundle:

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I’m giving away this Noughty To The Rescue bundle

CG-friendly clarification for US stock

I want to raise this issue because a commenter on my Youtube hair video told me that the hair mask above and the thirst aid spray are not CG-friendly as they contain isopropyl alcohol. This is true if you have a US stock product. I’m afraid these Noughty products are not ‘CG approved’ or CG friendly – only the UK stock is CG approved which they state on their website. You won’t find isopropyl alcohol on these two products in the UK. This is why they’re still on my haircare list as CG friendly. I just wanted to clear that up in case anyone else didn’t know, was confused about it, or thought I was lying – I doubt the latter but you know, I have to put it out there so everyone else knows. 🙂

It’s such a shame they’ve done it like this. It should be CG friendly world but I guess formula regulations are allowed to differ from country to country. Soon, I’ll host a Noughty giveaway internationally so my US and abroad readers, keep your eyes peeled for summertime. It’s going to be a big giveaway!

The Wandering Mother: Noughty UK Blog Giveaway
Ingredients in the Noughty hair mask

WIN!

So how do you enter and what are the rules?

Rules: How to enter

  1. Click on the link below which will take you to the giveaway hosting site, Rafflecopter.
  2. Enter via all the numerous ways you’d like – the more entries you make, the higher the chance of winning. Please note, commenting on this blog post is mandatory whilst all other social media entries are bonus entries.
  3. The competition will end on March 1st 2021 and the winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter. An email will be sent to the winner, if there is no reply to claim the prize, an alternative winner will be selected.
  4. UK entrants only.
  5. There is no cash prize alternative.
  6. If you can, I would love it if you could like this post and share it with others too!

GOOD LUCK!

Congratulations!

Well done to our lucky winner, Lucy!

The giveaway was such a big hit, I got really excited and decided to giveaway another tub of the Noughty intensive moisture mask as a runner up prize. A massive well done to both ladies and thank you EVERYONE that took part in the giveaway. Next giveaway will be Summer 2021 so keep your eyes peeled on the blog and social media.

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UK Blog Giveaway: My Self-Care Curated Beauty Box!

Hey beauties!

It’s been a while since I’ve been on here writing – been feeling a little underwhelmed and just not motivated to do anything. With Christmas a few weeks away, my mind and time’s been preoccupied on getting everything ready. Little man also came down with a cough last Friday which has disappeared now but in a panic, I ordered a Covid home test kit for the both of us. After all, I don’t want to go back to work without knowing I’m all clear and don’t want LO to cause his class to self-isolate so close to Christmas if he isn’t all clear.

My Curated Beauty Box Giveaway!

This month, I wanted to create a curated box that I could giveaway – especially with the festive mood it seemed like a good time to set a giveaway! I have to apologise for being a couple days overdue on this post, I should’ve scheduled it ages ago but not been at the best with my health since the end of last month. I’ve been having really bad eye-strain and can’t seem to sit in front of a screen or on my phone for too long. I’m going to have to get starter with my time keeping so I’m only getting about 2-3hrs screen time then that’s it.

Anyway… without further ado, here’s what you can get your hands on this December:

The Wandering Mother Blog | Curated Beauty Box Giveaway
Curated Beauty Giveaway – This is what you can win this Christmas!

What curated goodies are you giving away?

The Wandering Mother Blog | Curated Beauty Box Giveaway

What’s inside the curated box?

Inside this little box of goodies are the following products:

  • Palmers Coconut Oil deep conditioning protein pack (full size)
  • Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp shampoo
  • This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up 3-in-1 moisturiser
  • Holika Holika Pure Essence Damask Rose hydrating sheet mask (full size)
  • This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
  • Savour Candles Tobacco & Vanilla wax melt (full size)

What inspired this box?

S E L F C A R E

Coming out of a lockdown and back into tiered restrictions, London is lucky to be in Tier 2. We are able to go to the shops like normal, visit non-essential retail stores and eat out at restaurants again. My health has taken a slight turn (well, my eyesight mostly) but my physical health is not the best either. I haven’t done any exercise and I can feel that it’s taken a toll on my body. My mental health seems in tact for now but I can feel that mental-burnout is not a far away thought. I wouldn’t say I’m experiencing depression but I do feel sluggish all the time, not motivated or too tired to do anything and not wanting to work. The phrase “I can’t adult today” seems to be my favourite daily motto. Every now and then someone pulls me out and it’s usually by allowing myself some time to take care of myself and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels the same.

This box was inspired by taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally.

Treat your hair and skin to wonderful goodies! Soothe a sensitive scalp with Philip Kingsley‘s shampoo and nourish your winter hair with Palmers deep conditioning protein mask. Treat your skin to Holika Holika‘s super-drenching hydrating face sheet mask. Damask rose softens and hydrates the skin, and improves skin cell regeneration – that’s why you’ll always find rose essential oil in many anti-ageing skincare products. Cut down on time with The Works‘ 3-in-1 mask, primer and moisturiser. The creamy texture is perfect for winter skin and suits all skin types.

On a more emotional and mental level, I wanted to include products that can help you create a calming mood for your self-care time. The pillow spray by This Works is amazing – it contains lavender, vetivert and chamomile to soothe and calm your mind so you can sleep better. Before you spray your pillow, light up the super-indulgent wax melt by Savour Candles. All you’ll need is a tealight and oil burner if you don’t already have one. You can get these from Poundland, Asda and other homeware stores as cheap as £1.

Savour Candles
With my promise last month to deliver you a treat from one of my favourite black-owned small businesses, I’ve picked Savour Candles. They have THE BEST soy candles and wax melts I’ve ever experienced. The Caramel Vanilla Latte is f*ing AMAZING (not to mention constantly sold out!) but my second fave as to be the Tobacco & Vanilla – very musky and sensual. My candle’s burned well over 6hrs in total and I still have a decent amount of burn time left. Check out the official website and don’t forget the next Black Pound Day is January 2nd for exclusive discounted rates. Check their instagram page: @savourcandles for their 10% off discount code – order early as last dispatch for Christmas is December 18-22nd.

Ready to enter the giveaway?

If you’re ready to enter, simply hit the button below which will take you over to Rafflecopter which is where the giveaway will be hosted.

Terms & Conditions:
UK entrants only.
All mandatory entry fields must be completed to be eligible to win.
A winner will be selected at random and contacted via email.
Box will be sent via Royal Mail tracked 48.
No cash prize alternatives.
Closing date is midnight on Sunday 20th December!


If you can’t see or click on the button above, you can enter via the link here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/adc6df918/?

A side note: this giveaway has not been sponsored or endorsed by any brands. They’ve either been bought exclusively or selected from previous beauty boxes for this blog giveaway.


Fancy ANOTHER giveaway?

Who doesn’t?! If this competition is not enough for you, I’ll be lining up another blog giveaway for the new year… YAY! We all love getting free goodies right? The New Years’ giveaway goodies will include three full-sized products; my favourite haircare, skincare and body care product. Ooh, I also have another Noughty revierw to complete and yes… there will be a NOUGHTY GIVEAWAY in the new year too! WOOP WOOP!

Keep a look out on my instagram: @manny.wandering for all the latest updates and new giveaways will be announced on January 1st! I’ll make sure I’ll schedule them ready from now LOL 🙂

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August 2020 Birchbox Beauty Box review

International Female Orgasm Day!

Yup. You read it right.

That was the theme of this month’s beauty subscription box. I actually really like the packaging, I found it very women empowering if that’s the right word to use. Perfectly aligned with my birthday month, I’m all for women empowerment and strong women.

The colourful flyer had some interesting stats around some of the taboos associated with women’s sexuality, these include:

  • 44% find it easier to orgasm alone than with a partner
  • 67% stated that external stimulation is the easiest way to reach an orgasm
  • 52% said ‘yes’ to masturbating regularly (at least once a week)
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Birchbox celebrates International Orgasm Day!

For me, I don’t find those stats surprising but instead quite accurate. As women, I think we know our bodies well and we definitely know what we like/don’t like when it comes to bedroom antics. But because female sexuality is such a taboo subject, many of us find it really hard to talk about it but really, we should be owning it as part of self-love. How can we expect others to love our bodies if we ourselves don’t love our bodies?

Birchbox Beauty Box review

So back to the point of this review (the products!) let’s take a look at what’s inside the box. Everything looked pretty much like a full-sized product this month which is really nice. For once, I was excited to try out everything in there.

I also had a little look on the Birchbox website to see what I could’ve had in my box and was actually disappointed I didn’t get the AVEDA shampure composition oil! That stuff is AMAZING! I love the scent of that oil and it works so well on my skin. Aveda’s composition oils are multi-purpose so you can use it on hair, skin and nails. I would’ve rather that than the minty body shimmer. Bummer.

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Subscribe to Birchbox Beauty Box

So along with a leaflet of what’s inside and a little flyer about the orgasm survey, we have:

Don’t Forget! Students get 50% off their first box (verified on UniDays)

Palmers Coconut Oil conditioning protein pack

Summer hair can be quite tricky to manage as we can all end up with dry, parched hair if we’re not protecting it enough from moisture or hydration loss. This Palmers Coconut oil protein treatment helps to strengthen and nourish dry and damaged hair. Ingredients include coconut oil, monoi oils and keratin protein keeps the hair smooth and shiny.

My only peeve with this conditioning protein pack was that it contains silicones – if you are a strict Curly Girl Method follower you will want to avoid this one. You can give it away to friends or family, or save it as a Christmas stocking filler as it looks really good to use. Otherwise if you don’t mind, go ahead and use it. My waves have become really stringy in the heat and silicones are actually an anti-humectant like castor oil so I’m going to give it a try and see what happens! Will update once I’ve given it a go.

VQ Pineapple glow serum (my fave!)

I love fruit enzyme exfoliators but have not really tried fruit enzyme serums – the closest I got to that is a vitamin C serum (from Balance Me which was fab!) so I was really thrilled to give this one a try. Just at the right time too as my go-to serum has almost finished. The serum is very lightweight and glides on the skin perfectly. It’s really easy to spread and sinks into the skin super fast. I LOVE using a serum and it’s really changed my skincare game. I recommend a serum to all of my clients at the spa and definitely feel all skin types can benefit from using one.

The VQ pineapple extract serum contains antioxidants, hylauronic acid to plump up the skin and gold reflectors to give skin that dewy, hydrated look without the heavy or greasy feeling.

Lord & Berry Line/Shade Glam eye pencil in Antique Bronze (my fave!)

In my younger days, you’d rarely find me without eyeliner on however I always stuck to classic black and never bothered to venture into other colours. Now I’m a bit older, I love the coloured alternatives – plum really brings out brown and hazel eyes, khaki is a wonderful shade on grey, green, and blue eyes, blue makes brown eyes pop and brown/copper looks fab on all eye colours. Saying that I do prefer to use liquid eyeliner over pencil.

I got the bronze shade in my box and it is a beautiful colour. I would love to see what the gold looks like but I’m happy with what I got. It’s easy to apply and glides on my lids very easily. It’s said to be blendable so you can create a smoky eye with it but I’m not great at doing smokey eye. I do however like to blend it in so it looks like a creamy eye shadow – as I said, the colour is amazing! Defo my fave to the classic black.

Real Her Goddess highlighter

This powder highlighter is the stuff of wonders. The packaging is actually the most classiest I’ve seen for a highlighter and I really like it. I’m not usually a fan of powder highlighters anymore as I prefer my Fenty Beauty cream to powder formulation as it’s more easy to apply but this is a really good alternative as it’s super smooth on the skin and man the pigment!

It’s seriously rich in pigment, I swiped a bit on my cheekbones and damn! It looked so good when the sun light fell on my face. I will be using this one again, especially when I rather a dry formula compared to my Fenty Beauty highlighter. This Real Her Goddess Highlighter would also work a treat as an eyeshadow – I will definitely use it for this too!

Brave New Care Minty Twinkle Twinkle hair & body shimmer

Super shimmery like a lot of the products in this month’s beauty box however when I opened the tub, the heavy menthol smell took over me. Wooo! It’s heavily menthol scented that I’m actually a little scared to use it. It’s definitely not a sweet minty smell like peppermint, it’s hardcore menthol like Vicks rub or Menthol cigarettes. The golden bronze colour looks fabulous though so it might have to be a product I carry with me on a beach day to apply post-aftersun for a beautiful golden glow. *update* Okay, I finally decided to use this product and you know what… I actually really like it haha! The strong menthol is replaced with a yummy vanilla scent once it’s rubbed into the skin – alcohol smell none! Definitely a winner. It leaves the skin looking slightly sun-kissed, smooth and would prob feel really refreshing on a sunny day.

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A lovely well-rounded beauty box for August

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Birthday Giveaway!

Get your hands on your very own August 2020 Birchbox beauty box!
Lucky for me, I received TWO Birchboxes this month (not sure if I was charged twice! I better check) but as it’s my birthday I’m feeling very generous so will be giving away my second box totally FREE! It contains the exact same products I have in my box above.

This giveaway is now closed.


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NEW Peppa Pig Loves Doctors and Nurses book | Book Giveaway

The kids love reading but it’s been a while since we sat down together and read a good book. Our lastest book that we read together was “The squirrels who squabbled by Rachel Bright which is such a funny little story about two squirrel friends fighting over the last nut. They both end up in a difficult situation and need each other’s help to get out of it. In the end they’re able to laugh about it with each other.

Peppa loves Doctors and Nurses book

Publishing house, Ladybird have recently launched a new Peppa Pig picture book called  Peppa Loves Doctors and Nurses to help children understand about health and hygiene a little better. In the book, it’s ‘People Who Help Us’ day at Peppa’s playgroup and the children receive a special visit from Dr Brown Bear and Nurse Fox. Peppa and the playgroup learn the importance of washing hands, staying healthy and experience the brilliant work done by all doctors and nurses.

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Blog Giveaway: New Peppa Pig picture book!

Children have been picking up on the stress, anxiety and challenges faced by their parents and people all over the world. From dealing with the stresses of working-from-home, redundancy or unemployment it’s a very difficult time for parents. However, with school closures, social distancing rules and the uncertainty of the world’s situation, children are also facing their own difficult battles.

It’s not always easy to talk to your child/children about the pandemic, the uncertain times we’re in and general health hygiene so this book might be an excellent conversation starter for you or anyone who looks after, or cares for child/children. It gives you a chance to speak to them about the changes in the world around them in a light, positive, caring and reassuring way.

Peppa Pig Doctors & Nurses Book Giveaway!

ONE lucky winner will get their hands on the new Peppa Pig loves Doctors and Nurses book. If you want to be in with a chance of winning, simply click on the button below to head over to Rafflecopter website to enter.*

For more UK giveaways, I’ve linked up with SuperLucky.me

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky: the UK's biggest list of blog giveaways

 

*This competition has now closed.

If you missed the giveaway, you can purchase your own copy of the book on AmazonWaterstones and other leading bookseller stores.


10% of the RRP print sales go directly to The Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, run by NHS Charities Together (reg charity no. 1186569). 

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Blog Giveaway! Kitchen Capers cookbook

It’s been sooooooooo long since my last giveaway that I can’t even remember what it was! Pancake Day is coming up and to be honest I was supposed to have hosted this giveaway a little while ago (in Jan!) but I’ve got my butt back on track and it’s finally live!

With Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday (Feb 25) fast approaching, it’s time to get back into the kitchen and start cooking or baking! For Christians, Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of goods such as sugar, fats and eggs. Traditionally, pancakes were eaten on this day to use up these foods before the 40-day fasting season of Lent began.

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Get the kids in the kitchen this Pancake Day

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Not a pancake fan? Try making omelettes instead!

You can find a link to my healthy pancakes recipe here if you’re a little stuck on inspiration. The crepe maker from AO.com was super easy to use and 1-2 spritz of oil goes a long way. I’ve always loved cooking and baking but recently I’ve been very lazy. There’s more recipes you can find here on the blog and this year I’m going to make it one of my goals to add more to it. I think I’m going to try making savoury pancakes this year so make sure you come back to see what I get up to.. of course, the recipe will also be up on the blog. 🙂

Not a big fan of pancakes? No problem, you can always make something else using the same set of ingredients if you want to keep it traditional. You could try making a crepe (French pancake) which is similar to a pancake but is thinner and a little more crispy – it can be served with savoury or sweet toppings.

For other alternatives you could even opt for omelettes or eggy bread (French toast). There’s a neat little recipe in the Kitchen Capers cookbook for the latter. 🙂 For those wanting something a little more healthy with a few more ingredients, try a shukshuka. There’s actually a simple recipe for this in the cookbook too! The word shakshuka comes from Arabic, meaning, “a haphazard mixture” or “all mixed up.”

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can try egg-free pancakes and crepes by using substitutes like flaxseed or chia seed and water which you’ll leave overnight to create that eggy texture. I found this recipe for fluffy vegan pancakes on Tasty.co, check it out! If you prefer savoury, try Vietnamese savoury pancakes, known as banh xeo – they’re eggless and gluten free as the batter is made from rice flour, a little bit of corn flour, tumeric, salt and water. It’s absolutely delish! I can’t believe I haven’t uploaded a recipe on here! I’ll do that soon along with the savoury English pancakes.


WIN! Kitchen Capers cookbook by David Banks

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Kitchen Capers is a funny little cookbook filled with lots of tasty recipes made simple. It’s great for people who don’t want to faff around with complex jargon and boring text. Every recipe is laid out in comic strips which are nice to look at and good to have a little giggle. The kids and I certainly did at some of the comic strips!


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24hr Giveaway! Win Two Tickets to the Ideal Home Show in London Olympia


Yes you read it right.
Your eyes have not been deceived.

One lucky winner will receive not one but two tickets to the Ideal Home Show, thanks to CLC World Resorts.

This is one show that I keep missing each year it gets held, last year I couldn’t find childcare in time (I found out about the show very lastminute.com) but this year I have been given the chance to go and check it out… AND have the opportunity give away tickets too!

The Ideal Home Show is held at London Olympia (Hammersmith) and the event will be running until April 9th 2017. It’s a show event that is ideal for anyone who is interested in home improvement, food and drink, new technology, fashion and beauty. So whether you’re an interior designer or a foodie fanatic, it is an event is not to be missed.

“From kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest high tech gadgets, to fashion beauty and gifts, you’ll find it all under one roof at this award-winning show.”

– Ideal Home Show

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