Saturday, 22 November 2014

PicStick fridge magnets & discount code

PicStick fridge magnets on the fridge

PicStick of Matilda's cute paws

Matilda looking smug fridge magnet

Matilda looking over her shoulder like a celebrity

Close up of a PicStick fridge magnet - Matilda close up

How adorable are these fridge magnets?  I mean yeah, I might be biased and think they're cute because they have pics of my cat Matilda on there, but still, CUTE!

I got these from PicStick - they're £9.50* for a sheet of 9 magnets - you simply create an account on their website, upload the images you want to use and that's it, 2 days later (that's how quick it was for me, but depends on Royal Mail of course) the sheet of magnets turn up on your doorstep ready for you to adorn your fridge.  They're on a sheet and kiss-cut (I think that's the right term) which means you just need to pull them apart as they're pre-cut.  They pulled apart really easily and without tearing any of the magnets and if I do say so myself, they look pretty sweet on the fridge :)

While I'm sure fellow pet lovers like me wouldn't hesitate to spend £10 on something like that, they could also be a lovely gift for someone for Christmas - off the top of my head, you could use them for:
  • Pics of your baby, then give them as presents to grandparents
  • Pet pics of a friends pet for them for Christmas
  • Selfie pics and nights out pics for your friends

There's lots of possibilities, you just need the pics to upload and that's it :)  Now, the lovely people over at PicStick have also given me a 25% discount to share with you all, just enter the code PIXI325 when you're at the checkout for 25% off :)


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Friday, 21 November 2014

Michael Todd Soniclear

Soniclear box

Michael Todd Soniclear box contents

Michael Todd Soniclear device with rubber grip handle

Michael Todd Soniclear on charge

For a long time now I've been wanting to try a cleansing brush akin to the Clairsonic, so when the iconic skincare brand Michael Todd released this, it became etched onto my wishlist.

The set comes with the main cordless Soniclear device, a charging stand, a charging cord, a face cleansing brush (attached to it) and a body cleansing brush (pictured).  When you first get it, you just need to plug it in and charge it for 24 hours before you're good to go.  A full charge from then on will give you up to 35 minutes of use.

"The Soniclear also includes antimicrobial protection against stain and odour causing bacteria and has a brush speed of over 300 per second.  Within just minutes of use per day, your skin is healthier, clearer and brighter looking with smoother texture and refined pores"

The device can be set to different speeds so that if your skin is more sensitive you could have it on a slower setting so not to be as abrasive.  On the flipside of that, if you have very dry or rough skin, having it on the higher setting might help to smooth your skin.  The Soniclear is also safe to use with a face scrub as well as a cleanser.

The device has a built in 2 minute cleansing cycle.  Every 20 seconds it'll beep letting you know to move on to a different area of your skin/face.  After 2 minutes the device will automatically stop.  

It's up to you which cleansers you want to use with it, Michael Todd recommend using products like their honey & oat gel cleanser, or jojoba charcoal face scrub.  As much as lots of their skincare is on my wishlist, I don't actually own any, so I used both the Liz Earle cleanse & polish with this, and the Clarins gentle foaming cleanser.  

This may seem obvious, but you must make sure you remove any eye makeup first, as this product isn't suitable for use on the eye area.  Personally, I removed my eye makeup with Bioderma and a cotton pad first, then filled up the sink with hot water, put some cleanser on the brush (after wetting it) and a little dotted on my face (typically I used the Clarins gentle foaming cleanser).  Then after turning the Soniclear on, I very gently (without applying pressure) worked the cleanser in using a circular motion, starting with the cheeks, then chin, nose and forehead.

There's two main things I really liked about this:

  • It didn't break me out
  • It left my skin feeling incredibly soft

I also like how easy it was to use and set up, and the rubber grip which stops it from slipping out of your hands when they're wet.

The price point is good - it's comparable to it's competitors such as the Clairsonic with the Soniclear coming in at $150 (about £95 at the current exchange rate (20/11/14)).

Overall I really liked this, I love the colour (I'm a sucker for purple!), it worked really well, was easy to use and left my skin feeling lovely without breaking me out.  My next challenge is to try this out with different cleansers to see which ones work best, the Michael Todd honey & oat cleanser is definitely top of my list on ones to try with it.

If you're interested in reading more about it check out their website here.


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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Recipe: Bread & Butter pudding

Bread & Butter pudding straight out of the oven

Bread & Butter pudding with Madagascan vanilla custard
I've been really enjoying cooking and baking again now that I'm not pregnant and repulsed by most foods :P  I've never made bread & butter pudding, my mum used to make it when I was young and I remember it being lovely, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.  I got the recipe from the Sunrise Care website.

Ingredients
6 slices of white bread
30g salted butter
15g currants
60ml semi-skimmed milk
20ml double cream
20g caster sugar
1/4 lemon, zested
Pinch of ground nutmeg
150ml vanilla custard
2 eggs
20g brown sugar

Method
1. Preheat oven to 180C/ fan 160C/ gas mark 4 and butter the baking dish. 
2. Butter the bread, cut the crusts off and arrange a layer at the bottom of the prepared baking dish and top with half of the currants.
3. Repeat Step 2 until the slices of bread and currants have been used. 
4. In a separate bowl cream together the eggs with the sugar until pale yellow, then add the milk, double cream and lemon zest. 
5. Pour the mix over the bread making, ensuring all of the bread is covered. 
6. Sprinkle with nutmeg and brown sugar.
7. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
8. Serve with vanilla custard. 

As this is the first time I've made bread & butter pudding, I have nothing to compare it to, what I can say, it turned out to be very tasty and went down well!

It would have been nice if the recipe had said what size baking dish to use, I used the smallest one I have and had to add 2 slices of bread to the mix as 6 slices weren't quite enough - so I had to add extra milk and cream to the mix too :)

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*The cost of the ingredients were covered by Sunrise Care