Friday, 30 November 2012

November's review round-up and a Girls Night In film giveaway!

We've been lucky enough to try out some new products this month and I've done a quick round-up with some recommendations.

Teangi tea tree range

First up, we were sent some products from the Teangi Tea Tree range to try out in August  very recently *cough* and although it's taken me a while to write up the review that doesn't reflect on how much we liked them. Tea tree is naturally antibacterial, a natural antiseptic, anti-fungal and also an insect repellent.

We've been fans of tea tree products for quite a while, and Tall Daughter likes to wash her hair in tea tree shampoo so the Teangi hair products (shampoo and conditioner) were tried out by her - and she gives them both a thumbs up!  The hair products are paraben-free and PH balanced which leaves the hair and scalp healthy and dandruff free; but also deters the dreaded headlice which don't like the smell. That's a win-win! We also liked the witch hazel cream and the tea tree oil and they're now staples of our first-aid box.

Lil-lets teen range

Tall Daughter turned 13 last month and Lil-lets sent her a lovely birthday package to celebrate her becoming a teenager. The package included a really lovely hot-water bottle for relieving those nasty period pains; a box of assorted nail varnishes; a huge chocolate brownie; and a Lil-lets teens starter pack.

It's a helpful little pack containing everything a girl might need to help choose the right products when they start their period, and it also included a little booklet explaining more about periods and body changes. Tall Daughter was pretty impressed and we've also had a look at the website which gives some very sound advice about becoming a teen.

Hotel Chocolat festive box

Next up, luxury chocolate brand Hotel Chocolat asked me if I'd like to review one of their Classic Christmas Collection boxes.  Erm....oh, go on then. Well, someone has to do it so it may as well be me!  The box arrived and looked almost too pretty to open, but I forced myself and found a gorgeous selection inside. I was sent the dark chocolate selection and if I'm honest, I'm not a huge fan of dark chocolate and some of them were quite unusual (which put my daughters off, but that's not such a bad thing, eh?) but if you're looking for a special box of chocs for someone this Christmas these might just do the trick.

Talking of Christmas, if you ever wondered what your choice of Christmas tree says about you try this fun quiz and find out.

And finally, a film review and a chance to win two newly released DVDs suitable for a girly night in. I've got copies of  Friends with Kids and Magic Mike to giveaway.

Friends with Kids is a romantic comedy about Jason and Julie, the last two singles in a group of 6 thirty-something friends.  After observing the effect having children has on their friends, they  there must be a better way and decide to have a child together while still dating other people.

If you liked What to Expect When You're Expecting you'll like this. It's pretty formulaic, but none the worse for it. Despite being able to guess what's going to happen it's still an enjoyable watch, and some of the humour is quite dark. There's a good ensemble cast including four of the main Bridesmaids actors  - Kirsten Wiig, John Hamm, Chris O'Dowd and Maya Rudolph (although I still can't get used to seeing Don Draper smile).  One thing I would say is don't watch the trailer before you watch the film because it will ruin the few surprise elements of the film.

And if that isn't enough, there's also a copy of Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, to complete the perfect combination for a girls night in. If you fancy winning the DVDs just leave a 'pick me' comment and I'll choose a winner at random next week. Good luck!


Terms and conditions: 
UK entries only, there is no cash alternative, all entries must be received by 6pm Friday 7th December. If the winner has not made contact within one week I will choose a new winner.