Friday, 18 August 2017

Bunchems Bunchbot


When I saw the adorable Bunchems Bunchbot at the Toy Fair, I knew the kids will love it, and I was right! We were given the opportunity to review the recently launched Bunchems Bunchbot and it has been keeping the kids occupied. The only thing they are whining about now is that they need more Bunchems so that they don't have to tear each other's creations apart!


Bunchems Bunchbot, crafting, construction toy

Bunchems Bunchbot, crafting, construction toy

Bunchems Bunchbot (RRP £29.99, suitable for children age 4+) comes with:

Bunchbot (body, a spikey tray, a pusher and head)
50 Bunchems each in blue, purple, yellow and red
40 Bunchems in green
20 Bunchems each in white, black and skin tone
4 pairs of eye pins
1 pair of sun glasses pin
1 Instruction Book with 19 designs
1 How To sheet


Bunchems Bunchbot, crafting, construction toy

Bunchems are little balls covered with hooks that make them attach to each other easily, which allow children to create models with them, whether it is 2D or 3D. One end has a hole for attaching decorations like eye pins. Bunchems can be used on their own, or to make clever 3D designs, there is Bunchems Bunchbot to help!


Bunchems Bunchbot, crafting, construction toy

The instruction booklet comes with plenty of designs, each with step by step pictures to help little ones build their very own impressive 3D creations. Each model are created layer by layer, from the top to the bottom.

With the spikey tray in place, children just need to place Bunchems balls on the spikes based on the pattern, push it into the Bunchbot, and press the Bunchbot's head down to seal the layer into the head. When they do this for each layer, the layers will attach themselves to the one on top inside the head.

When the whole design is done, simply place the tall pusher on top of the tray, and press the Bunchbot's head down once more to push the design out from the top. Gently press the design together for a better form and attach any decorating pieces, and the design is done!


Bunchems Bunchbot, crafting, construction toy

Bunchems Bunchbot, crafting, construction toy

Both my kids absolutely love the Bunchems Bunchbot! Not just because he can help them create all sorts of cute and colourful designs easily, but also because he looks absolutely adorable!

We found designs such as the butterfly and the house, where you have to open them from a cylinder form to reveal the actual design (wings of the butterfly and door of the house) very clever!

Although there are 19 designs, once they get the hang of it, older children can try to create their own design using Bunchbot too!


Bunchems Bunchbot is out now in all good toy stores, and if your child is like mine who'll need more Bunchems, there are different pack sizes available that you can buy too.

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!