Thursday, 2 October 2014

Time to Think About Hair Care

There comes a stage when everyone, no matter how well they looked after themselves, has to admit that they are getting/ feeling old. I started feeling like that when I hit 30, and I noticed that it took me longer to recover from a flu, and my skin and hair just don't look good anymore.

I didn't care much then as I was happily devoting all my attention to Abby, and I was pregnant with Clay as well. But after about a year, I started getting worried about my hair. It's normal to lose a lot of hair after childbirth, but because I was (and still am) also suffering from Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, I thought I was going bald. I did go to see a doctor about it finally, but my priority was still my children and the damage to my hair from years of not looking after myself is definitely showing, and now my hair is thin and sad looking.

Recently I started paying more attention to myself, and now have a really complicated skincare regime that I might post about another day as it's so long! My skin is looking great though, and I think it's time to sort my hair out, if it's not too late!

For hair beauty products, apart from the treatment given by the doctor, I'm also using the hair care products I've received from Memeboxes. Don't brush Korean products off quickly, as far as I know, hair (and skin) beauty technology is more advanced in Asia. Heard of permanent hair straightening? I started having it done on my hair 14 years ago.

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Next, all I need is a good hair cut. I was due a cut 2 months ago and I really should stick to the schedule if I want healthy looking hair, it's just that I have to go all the way to Manchester to get it done because a lot of hairdressers just can't do what I'd like them to do (and it's hardly a difficult style!). It took me years to finally find a really good local hairdresser (ie not Chinese, which I'd have to go to London for as the Manchester one is just.. urgh!!) who actually gave me the hair cut I asked for. 

If you are based in the North West I highly recommend MUFTI in Manchester. Claire was absolutely wonderful, and impressed me with the way she used her scissors. I had someone from a posh looking salon cutting my hair like he would with paper, and I ended up with chunky cut strands of hair that I specifically told him not to do! Anyway, I'll have to pay her a visit very soon and I think I'll opt for that first hairstyle above, I just love the fringe, layers and even the colour, although I think colouring my hair isn't really a good idea in case it irritates my scalp further.

I'm actually surprised that MUFTI didn't get nominated in this year's prestigious British Hairdressing Business Awards. I really think that they deserve at least a nomination. They have a lot of great reviews and I haven't seen any negative ones yet, whereas there was plenty for Tony & Guy.

As for those living in London, if you are looking for hairdressers in Islington, you should give The Chapel a visit. They are this year's biggest winner at the awards as they snapped up 2 pretty important prizes. I had a look on the Internet and there were lots of great reviews online, proving that they definitely deserved it. My favourite is this review, written by Sally from Queenie and The Dew. The way Georgia cut her hair is exactly the way Hong Kong hair dressers would do to make thick coarse hair look thinner and tamed. I need the opposite though, however, if I live in London, I'd definitely pay them a visit. But I don't, and I'm just happy that I at least found one nearer to home that I can trust without having to leg it all the way to London!

Back to hair care, what's your beauty regime? I'd love to hear how you keep your hair looking alive and fizz free!

Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset

Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset, Christmas Gift Ideas, Fireman Sam

As a blogger who works on Christmas Gifts Guides, Christmas always arrive early. If we aren't moving soon I might just put our Christmas decorations up!

So here is Clay getting spoiled again in September with one of his favourite program, Fireman Sam's toy - Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset. It's definitely the Christmas gift option I'd go for for any Fireman Sam's fan!

Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset, Christmas Gift Ideas, Fireman Sam

The Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset (rrp £34.99, suitable for children age 3 years+) comes with the Ocean Rescue Centre, Fireman Sam and Juno Jet Ski. The tower and slidable heli-pad (each takes 2 AAA batteries) are both removable and comes with flashing lights, and the tower also comes with a siren. Juno Jet Ski can be launched through the spring loaded Jet Ski launcher, and the Tower and Fireman's Pole can both work (see video below for demonstration).

Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset, Christmas Gift Ideas, Fireman Sam
Working Tower
Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset, Christmas Gift Ideas, Fireman Sam
Working Fireman's Pole
Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset, Christmas Gift Ideas, Fireman Sam
Launch Juno Jet Ski with the launcher
Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue Playset, Christmas Gift Ideas, Fireman Sam
Slow flashing light on both the Heli-pad and the Tower

Clay really likes the set. He especially love to launch Fireman Sam and Juno with the Jet Ski launcher and he couldn't stop giggling every time they shoot off!

Initially I was a bit confused with the heli-pad as no helicopter came with the playset, but then I noticed that the Fireman Sam range is fairly big and one of the toy in the range is the helicopter Hook (rrp £9.99) that will sit perfectly on the heli-pad.

The Siren is a pretty cool and realistic feature, but can be a bit too much if it kept going. Simply press the light button again to make it stop. On the other hand, the Heli-pad's quiet flashing light is much easier to be overlooked at and left on even though there is an on/ off switch on the side.

We are very happy with the playset, and can see all the other Fireman Sam's fans loving it too. There is plenty of features on the Ocean Rescue Centre to keep Clay busy, and even if we don't have the helicopter, it didn't bother him at all. In fact, if I am to buy him additional toys for the playset, I'd go for more figures so Clay can play out some of the scenes from the show (he loves doing that!). Norman Price and Elvis will definitely be on the top of that list!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Korean Beauty Box Memebox Discount Codes and Referral Only Deals

(All affiliate links look like this)

Cosmetics can mean either/ both makeup and skincare
Meme Points worth $1 per point (all prices are in USD)

To read my Memebox reviews visit my Beauty & Fashion page
Visit my Beauty Sale page to buy some of the new, unused or swatched items at a reasonable price

Every so often, Memebox (check my first review here for introduction to Memebox, the non subscription themed Korean beauty boxes) will release codes, deals and rewards to help fans get their favourite boxes without paying the full price. Today they've released a couple of new Referral Only Deals, and I thought, instead of cluttering my top banner up, I'll list all the deals and discounts here instead.

This page will be frequently updated.

Happy shopping and trying out Asian beauty that most people who has tried are raving about!

Combine Discounts:
- Stack Memebox and my affiliate discounts together!

For example:
With $3 Meme points from a new account, plus $5 off code on any order, you can easily save at least $8 off your first order! If you spend over $100 using my affiliate links, you'll get another $5 off automatically, saving a total of $13 off your order!

Note that you can stack Meme points, automatic affiliate discounts and 1 code together, but you cannot stack the $5 off code together with a, for example, MEMEBUNDLE3 code.

Affiliate October 2014 Discount 
- I get a small amount of commission from Memebox, and you get money off!
- Stacks with discount codes, meme points and other affiliate benefits

WG56 - $5 off ANY ORDER!
Note: Each account can only use one $5 off 4-digit code per month. There is also a 6 digit code around
Use any of the affiliate links and the below will apply automatically
- $5 off on orders over $100
- $10 off on orders over $150

Memebox October 2014 Discounts

New accounts get 3 Meme Points added straight to their account

MEMEBUNDLE3 - Get $5 off on orders when you buy 3 or more Memeboxes (including Superboxes and Luckyboxes)
MEMEBUNDLE4 - Get $8 off on orders when you buy 4 or more Memeboxes (including Superboxes and Luckyboxes)
FREESHIPPING - Free Shipping on orders over $70 from Memeshop (which is worth around $25)

VIP Offers

As I'm a Memebox VIP, I get to see what's new approx 10 hours before the general public does. These boxes will also be cheaper than the non VIP versions. I will post these through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (new boxes launch days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), which will save you even more money (typically $2 to $3 off each box), so you never really have to pay full price for the Memeboxes!

Referral Only Deals
- Will update this as soon as the new ones come in

Secret Deals 

Every so often Memebox will release secret deals which are hard to find if you don't know where to look. Instead of Meme Points, these boxes come with an additional full size product!

Current deal - Random selection of Royal Beauty Paint Mousse Lip Lacquer

when you buy one of the following box set:

See the above purple link for further details

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