Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Project MC2 H2O Nail Science Kit


Me and Abby have always painted our nails the boring way, but with the opportunity to review Project MC²'s new H₂O Nail Science Kit, we got to experiment with Water Marble Nail Art, and we love it!

Being Project MC² related, there is of course science involved. This was written on the back of the box:

"Nail polish floats on water. Gravity causes the polish to spread out into a really thin layer. The polish and water don't stick to each other, but polish does stick to keratin, which is the protein our nails are made out of. That's how your cool, marbled designs transfer from the water to your fingernails!"

Project MC²'s H₂O Nail Science Kit demo came with more detailed scientific facts, and have shown how water marble nail art is actually a form of hydrographic painting! There are also tips for successful experiment, such as using regular nail polish (water soluble nail polish has the same density as water and hence won't float at the top), but not a quick-dry one.


Project MC2, Nail Art Water Marbelling, Nail Art for Kids

Project MC²'s H₂O Nail Science Kit (£24.99 on Amazon UK, suitable for children age 8 years+) comes with:

  • Nail art station with nail dryer and changing light (requires 3 x AA batteries)
  • 1 beaker
  • 4 pipettes
  • 1 design tool (2 end pick)
  • 3 nail discs
  • 36 fake nail adhesives
  • 3 nail polish stands
  • Instruction sheet (in different languages)


Project MC2, Nail Art Water Marbelling, Nail Art for Kids

And the following is also required:

  • 2+ Nail Polishes (regular non water soluble, non quick-dry and ideally new)
  • Skin barrier (sellotape, petroleum jelly, or liquid latex rubber nail peel like in the above picture, etc)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton Buds/ pads
  • Room temperature still water (this is a tip from Youtube, don't use water that's straight from the tap)


Project MC2, Nail Art Water Marbelling, Nail Art for Kids

To set up, place everything you need around the nail art station, and slot the nail polish stands into the station. Switch on the nail art station (button is on the side where the battery compartment is) and the light in the middle of the station will switch on and change. The button for the nail dryer will be activated, but won't start unless you press and hold the button.

Remove the nail polish caps and place each pipette into the jars.

As our nail polish has spread quite thin (I think it's due to the quality) and it was a bit dark in the room, we decided to turn the light off so that we can see the nail polish layers better. We loved the changing light feature though and ooo-ed and aaah-ed when we discovered it!


Project MC2, Nail Art Water Marbelling, Nail Art for Kids

To start a design, drop nail polish into the water, alternating the colour in a bulls eye pattern. It is successful when each drop looks like they are fizzing out and spread far (see picture 2, although the colour should be more intense if you use new nail polish). If the bulls eye pattern does not spread, you will have to start again, making sure that you use water that has been left out for a while (or use cheap bottled water), as well as using nail polish that drips off the brush easily and are non quick-dry.

When you have enough layers, use the sharp end of the design tool or a tooth pick (we swapped to tooth pick as we couldn't clean it fast enough while fumbling with the experiment. When we got used to what we needed to do, we swapped back to the design tool to create less rubbish) to draw patterns.

Once you are happy with the design, gently dip your finger (you can also paint a few fingers at a time) into the part you want to stay on your nail. This can be quite tricky as you need to visualise how it'll look on your nail, and you need to think fast too before it dries up!

Hold your finger in position, while using the other end of the design tool to scrape all the other nail polish away. We use cotton bud for this as it "fishes out" the nail polish better.

Remove your finger from the water and you get a hydrographic painted finger nail! Remove the skin barrier and clean up the rest of the unwanted nail polish from your finger using nail polish remover, then dry that beautiful design with the nail art station.


Project MC2, Nail Art Water Marbelling, Nail Art for Kids

As our nail polishes are quite old (they split in the bottles already), we had a very limited selection we can use for our experiment. We also had to keep them right next to the beaker as they dried up too fast. We had a lot of fun though and it is safe to say that we will be buying new nail polishes, so that we won't need to fluster around while trying to get our nails done.

Once you get the hang of it and have the right nail polishes, it is a very fun thing to do, especially with someone else like your mum/ daughter/ BFF (Clay was quite jealous!). The Project MC²'s H₂O Nail Science Kit makes this nail art even more fun, with the changing lights and a very handy nail dryer too!

We also think that the pipettes made it much easier to use nail polish from half empty bottles so you don't have to waste still good nail polish and get new ones just because your brush can't get to the bottom of the bottle.

We can't wait to do this again!

Friday, 11 August 2017

L.O.L Surprise! Lil Sisters Series 2


L.O.L Surprise! dolls have Lil Sisters! Abby loves L.O.L Surprise! because of the 7 little surprises she can unwrap from one ball. We even had a L.O.L Surprise! Easter Hunt and the L.O.L. Surprise! ball was her best Easter Hunt prize!

We just found out that L.O.L Surprise! have a Lil Sisters version - L.O.L Surprise! Lil Sisters (RRP £5.99), which comes with 5 little surprises than 7. They will make perfect birthday party favour, and the miniature dolls are just as cute!


LOL Surprise Doll LiL Sisters, children party favour, toy in keyring

LOL Surprise Doll LiL Sisters, children party favour, toy in keyring

5 surprises include:

  • Secret Message Sticker
  • L.O.L Surprise Emoji sticker
  • Shoes
  • Accessory (bag?)
  • L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sister


LOL Surprise Doll LiL Sisters, children party favour, toy in keyring

Abby absolutely loves the ripping sound from unzipping the L.O.L. Surprise! layers!


LOL Surprise Doll LiL Sisters, children party favour, toy in keyring

We never noticed that the secret messages are stickers as well! We received "Story Time". We also received the Change Color emoji sticker.


LOL Surprise Doll LiL Sisters, children party favour, toy in keyring

Unlike the original L.O.L Surprise balls!, which can be turned into carrier cases, the L.O.L Surprise! Lil Sisters Ball can be turned into a key ring! How cute is that? We definitely love the smaller size balls!


LOL Surprise Doll LiL Sisters, children party favour, toy in keyring

LOL Surprise Doll LiL Sisters, children party favour, toy in keyring

LOL Surprise Doll LiL Sisters, children party favour, toy in keyring

Our ball came with Lil Curious Q.T, who is the lil sister of Curious Q.T. She and her older sister are both dressed like Alice from Alice in Wonderland! The shoes that came with her doesn't fit her though, and we wonder if it will fit her older sister?

We awwwed when we saw that she fits in the handbag that came with our ball! Imagine her sister carrying her in it!

All L.O.L. Surprise! Lil Sisters can change colour, unfortunately we didn't have any ice water to test it, so I had no choice but to put some "snow" from the freezer (time to defrost?!) on her face. We love her blue stripes!

Although Lil Curious Q.T isn't rare, we think she's adorable and love her! We also love the ball keyring! I'm not sure if they have changed the design for series 2 L.O.L Surprise! balls as well, but the little arrows on the L.O.L. Surprise! Lil Sisters ball really helped us putting them together:

LOL Surprise Doll LiL Sisters, children party favour, toy in keyring

I think the Lil Sisters are just as adorable as the original L.O.L Surprise! dolls, and easier to collect as they are cheaper, but Abby still love the original as there are more layers for her to open. So the verdict is that we love them both and will want to collect them all!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Num Noms Series 4 and Num Noms Lights 2.1 are here!


Num Noms series 4 are here, and we love them just as much as all the previous series! We've received the following to review:

Num Noms series 4 Lunch Box - Dessert Tray   (RRP £16.99)
Num Noms series 4 Lunch Box - Sweets Sampler   (RRP £16.99)
Num Noms series 4 Starter Pack - Tea Party   (RRP £9.99)
Num Noms Lights series 2.1 Mystery Packs x 2   (RRP £3.99 each)

as well as the brand new Num Noms magazine! Look at how excited the kids were when they saw them!

(Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1 as well as other Num Noms playsets are available now in all good toy stores. Num Noms Magazine issue 1 is out of stock, but issue 2 is out today!)

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4 features the following groups:

Nums
Cookies - Wafer, Chip and Fortune cookies
Creamery - Cafe Drinks, Smoothies, Milkshakes and Fro-Yos
Fancy Cakes - Tea Cakes and Bundt Cakes
Creme Filled - Macarons and Sandwich cookies
Baked Goods - Pies and Donuts
Pasta

Noms
Glitter Gloss-up - Swirl Candies, Meringues, Cookies and Gumdrops
Polish-It - Normal, Glitter and Shimmer


Num Noms Lights series 2.1 features the following groups:

Nums
Gummy Bear, Hard Candy, Rock Candy, Striped Candy and Slushie

Light Up Noms
Gem Candy and Rock Candy


Num Noms Lights series 2.1 Mystery Pack:

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

This is so so cute! Num Noms Lights series 2.1 comes with a ring base! Placing the Num Noms on it make them look like they are served on an ice-cream cone too. The pink light up Nom is from the Rock Candy group - Cotton Rock Light-Up, and although we love the Gem Noms too, we prefer the shape of the Rock Nom, which is also more sparkly!

We love the Melon Freeze Slushie Num, although we were very excited that we received the special edition Striped Candy Num - Carol Candy Cane!


Num Noms series 4 Starter Pack - Tea Party:

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

I love the upgrade of the Starter Pack tray! While the tray for series 3 looks more like a sushi tray, this one is more like a cupcake tray. You can place 6 Nums neatly into it, and 3 Noms as well.

The Tea Party Starter Pack comes with 2 Tea Cakes Nums (they look so fancy!), a Creme Filled Num and a Meringue Nom (our favourite Peach!!). The lip gloss smells peachy sweet and has a gorgeos sparkle too!

The pack also comes with a cute cake stand and a cake server!


Num Noms series 4 Lunch Box - Dessert Tray:

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

We loved Num Noms Lunch Box idea, and glad to see it back again for series 4! It is a great carrier case for all our favourite Num Noms!

Series 4 has 2 versions, each comes with 9 Nums, 1 Mystery Num, and 2 Gloss-Up Noms.

The Fortune Cookie Num that came with the Dessert Tray has an opening at the top than at the bottom. We have seen this in series 3, where you can fit a twin eraser Noms inside it, but the Fortune Cookie Nums doesn't come with any matching Noms. I think you can use it to hide little notes or other bits and bobs inside them like a real fortune cookie?

The Dessert Tray also comes with a special edition Num - Autumn Spice, and we also received another special edition Dollop Cottonwich Sandwich Cookie Num from the mystery pack!


Num Noms series 4 Lunchbox - Sweets Sampler:

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles
Although the Dessert Tray is just as yummy, our favourite Num Noms series 4 lunchbox is definitely the Sweets Sampler. The Fancy Cake Nums are so pretty! And the Tia Tea-Time Macaron Num smells really good! We also received a special edition Angel Cake Num from the mystery pack!

I wonder if all the lunchbox mystery packs comes with a special edition Num? I vaguely remember receiving a special edition from series 3 Lunchbox too.


Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Just when I thought that Num Noms will soon run out of ideas to include into their Num Noms designs, they surprised us with more deliciousness! Macarons, Fancy Cakes and Creme Cakes are one of our favourite baked goods, and we are so glad to see them in series 4! All the other Num Noms in series 4 looks delicious too, we can't wait to collect them all!

We are also looking forward to collect the Polish-It Noms, as they are new in the range and we are curious to find out more about them!


Num Noms Magazine:

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

Num Noms series 4, Num Noms Lights series 2.1, scented collectibles

The brand new Num Noms Magazine (monthly) is out and we've received issue 1 (£3.90) with our Num Noms goodies! I'm so impressed with all the free gifts that came with the magazine, it came with:

Toy Camera (every click will show a different Num through the lens at the back)
3 sets of notes and envelopes
Keyring
Photo frame magnet
Pack of collectible stickers
Sheet of scented stickers

I want to steal the scented stickers because they smell so so nice! It's like smelling real candy!

There is plenty to do in the magazine, from drawing and puzzles, to crafting and competitions, all nicely printed on quality paper! We especially love the 3 posters, although we would have preferred if they didn't print 2 on the back of the larger one, as we would have loved to stick all 3 on the wall.

We will be making the Ice-cream stand and wrappers, it looks really good!