28 January 2018

Ace your space with a Canvas from Photowall

Now if your like me and love to adorn your home with cool imagery, capture photos of your family or have a feature wall with your favourite pet.....then Photowall may be the perfect pitstop to fulfil your needs.

So who are Photowall
So if you haven't come across Photowall before they are a Swedish based company that offer a huge selection of wall murals and canvas prints. The site is easy to navigate and you have a few options to choose from:

Wall Murals
You can choose from either a standard wall murals or photo wallpaper - both of which can be customised to whatever size you want, and a handy calculator with tell you the exact price for your size. Wall murals can be non woven in premium or standard formats. You can choose from over 3000 designs from 70 designers, and designs are categorised for easy finding, including categorised by colour  or rooms so you can perfectly match it to your decor. There is also the option to upload your own image.

Canvas prints
Made from 100% cotton they are available in either do-it yourself frame packs (see mine below) or frameless. Again there are thousands of images to choose from plus a large selection of designer prints, and also the option to upload your own image. You can choose framing, edge and size and again the handy calculator will tell you your price. The process is easy to do and simple to order with delivery taking 4-6 days. 

Environmentally friendly
Photowall have a huge focus on producing their goods in the most environmentally friendly way. Their factory minimises impact by ensuring all production is to order, meaning nothing is held in stock and the inks contain no nasty solvents/chemicals and are biodegradable. They also support an aid organisation called Vi Agroforestry where every year they plant over 5,000 trees in an areas near Lake Victoria, eastern Africa.

So what are the products like......

So I ordered a canvas print (80 x 60cm) which cost £70, the delivery comes in a long box which contains:
4 x frame slats
Rolled up canvas design
4 x corner brackets
Bag of frame screws
Picture hook and screws to hang your frame.

The process to put the frame together is pretty straight forward, lay your canvas flat, image down. Take one of the frame edges and peel off the back  - you then place it on the edge between the 2 pre-cut corner. Repeat the process untill all 4 are placed. (see image below left). You then roll in each edge and if placed correctly the two edges will meet (see image below right).

You then place a bracket in the corner and screw 4 screws into the pre-drilled holes - this will secure the frame in place...and tada.....your canvas is then ready to hang.

The frame is really sturdy and the colours are excellent, the whole process is really quick and there isn't anything i can really fault....

Like what you see......grab yourself a discount

Fancy getting one for yourself.....Photowall has kindly offered all my readers a fab 20% discount on any order made between now and the first week of March.

Simply enter the code:

Huge thank you to Jennifer at Photowall for kindly allowing me to review this canvas. All view are my own. 

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21 January 2018

Globenfeld Jetmaster Sports Watch Review

Now if you or your other half are a fan of statement watches that don't break the bank then you should seriously consider checking out the rather handsome Globenfeld Jetmaster watch.

The Jetmaster is a tough and rugged sports watch which is designed for practical use but also looks stylish. The watch comes in a stylish magnetic close box so would make an ideal gift, it also comes with an impressive 5 year warranty.

It has a large face which is 51mm width which is surrounded by a stainless steel case which has a tachymeter edging. The face contains digital alarm, calendar and stopwatch displays which all can be backlit blue at the touch of the top left button.

The face is black with stainless steel number indicators and hands.You have not one, not two but five raised and textured buttons to aid for easy setting and functionality of your watch.

The strap is made from hard wearing silicone rubber which they state will last for years. It is intertwined with silver slats which enable the bracelet to be adapted to suit wrist size. 

The watch itself even though it looks quite bulky is fairly light but you can feel the weight in the watch face. Overall aesthetically its quite impressive, however if you are not a fan of large face watches then this may be too big for you.The face has a tough, scratch and shock resistant glass which makes it perfect for sports and activity use.

So to the tech spec.......it has a multitude of functions which include:

  • Quartz movement
  • Dual analogue and digital time display - allowing you to display different time zones
  • Alarm function
  • Date function
  • Timer function
  • Stopwatch function - with general, split and cumulative options
  • Blue backlight
  • Calendar function 

The buttons have specific functions as detailed in the manual (which i would suggest you read as there is so much to set). The normal pull out crown will set date and time settings. There is also a start/stop button, reset button, backlight button and mode button.

Takes a little time to set up but thankfully nothing as advanced as some watches can be. The chunky, raised and textured buttons make it easy to use - so no fiddling trying to grasp the pull out crown.

The best thing about this watch is the price.....£49.98 on Amazon!! But even better they currently have it on sale for £29.99....absolute bargain. 

The watch looks, feels and functions like a much more expensive watch, its well made and sturdy and look great when on.....the watch certainly does not reflect the price.

Overall this is a fantastic purchase and would made a great gift without breaking the bank.

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10 January 2018

Quick healthy cakes with the Nutri Snack Cake Maker

Nutri Snack Cake Maker

So i recently got asked to try another new gadget and this time it was one for the kitchen. Meet the Nutri Snack cake maker....designed to create supposedly quick and easy cakes 'health' sweet or savoury snacks in 8 perfect bite size pieces.

Its essentially designed to make quick and easy small snacks. The machine basically looks like a toasty maker only smaller. On opening it has non stick plates top and bottom and has a slotted insert which separates the ingredients to make 8 cakes - but you can forgo this and also make 1 large one if you like.  

Nutri Snack Cake Maker

Nutri Snack Cake Maker

Nutri Snack Cake Maker

The box also comes with a booklet of recipes such as low carb carrot cake and cinnamon protein cakes so i decided to go for the banana cakes as they seemed the simplest recipe to start off with.

So followed the instructions in the book (it states it makes 16 cakes) - well once all the ingredients was mixed there was enough for double that.....just way too much.

I switched the unit on - it has automatic temperature control, and 2 indicator lights telling you when its up to temperature. Once that green light comes on you can then open the lid....i would use either oven gloves or a towel as steam can come out of the bottom as you open.
You then use a spray oil to spray the plates as well as the insides of the cake sectioner.
You spoon a heaped spoonful into each compartment so they are half full (this is different for each recipe so check beforehand) - you then close the lid and wait.

Now for this recipe it says you will have perfectly springy cakes in 6-8 minutes........8 minutes later.....they were still looking raw, and hadn't risen that much, put the lid down waited a bit more....still not ready, about 15 minutes later, tested them with a cocktail stick....came out clean so took them out......as you can see from the picture above..they weren't quite as expected! Now if perhaps Id filled the mixture more to the top, then maybe i would have had a different outcome......however they tasted great so not all bad

So initial first impressions weren't that great....recipes seemed to produce way to much mixture, the amount stated to put in each slot was off, and the timings were also wrong. For me this is one of those gadgets that you need to experiment with to find the right settings for you.

I'm not going to give up on it, Im going to try a few recipes of my own and increase the amount in each section and will also see how it fairs just baking one large cake .....see if the outcome is any better. The idea in principal is a good one but in reality misses the mark a bit for me (maybe i just picked the wrong recipe).

Its meant to be quick and easy and i actually found it quite a faff and fiddly..which was disappointing. It is however appealing to kids.....and my boys couldn't wait to try it.

The price is really affordable at £20 and is available from Amazon. Reading other reviews for the cake maker it seems many people found it worked really well....which Is why im going to be trying again. Baking was never my thing......so perhaps the issue here is my skills and not the machine.....

If you love a fun kitchen gadget and also like to bake then this may work for you......
For my experience id give it 3 out of 5......

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21 December 2017

Review: Karmin 5 in 1 Epilator

So whether you shave or epilate your hair....having both options in 1 product means the best of both worlds and that's where Karmin steps in with the 5 in 1 Epilator Set. This multi functional set from Karmin covers all bases and has a multitude of attachments including:

  • 1 x Epilator Head
  • 1 x Shaver Head
  • 1 x Exfoliating attachment
  • 1 x Pedicure attachment
  • 1 x Massage attachment
  • A Protective Cap and cleaning brush
  • Charger (European 2 prong so you will need a converter adapter)

Other features include:

  • Can be used dry or wet
  • LED light at the head to illuminate the skin
  • Has 2 speed settings 
  • Chargeable unit with charging Indicator light and 90 minutes use on a full charge

Aethetics and packaging
The set comes in a really attractive and minimal white box which looks really good quality. On opening, the set is cream and rose gold and does look really lovely.....excellent gift potential!.

The main base unit
So the main base unit is very sleek in appearance and really lightweight. There is a small button the back that pops the head off, and on the front is the main power button. You press once for the first speed (indicated by a small light) and then twice for high speed. At the bottom of the unit handle is the battery indicator which will glow when charging. Each head is really easy to attach, just click in place and then pop off when you want a change. 

Epilator Function
So the epilator head comes with a nifty little addition of a light at the base of the roller....this illuminates the skin as you go making it much easier to see smaller hairs. The 2 speeds make this ideal for either the first time user or regular user. I would suggest the slower speed if you haven't used one before, simply to get used to the sensation of your hairs being pulled out. The best length for you hair to be to use an epilator is around 3-4mm. 

To use...hold it perpendicular to your skin and move against the growth of your hair. It takes a few goes to get the right pressure and too hard or too light it wont perform that well. Once you get the hang of it the process is really easy. It does take alot longer that shaving as you have to go over areas a few times to get all the hairs.....so if you are looking for a quick fix - switch heads and use the shaver. 

This epilator head does a really good job, areas like arms it works really well, I did find with the lower legs it did take alot longer, maybe because the hair was thicker, I had to go over some areas several times which meant is was pretty time consuming, but once done skin was really smooth. You do get reddening in certain areas but it doesn't last and will fade - obviously bit more painful on on the inner thighs, underarms and bikini line so take your time in those areas. If you do find it too sensitive to use on dry skin, try it in the shower instead and you can use it on its own or with the addition of shower gel, shaving cream etc.

Shaver Function
This is a pretty standard shaver, great for a quick fix before a night out. It cuts fairly close but certain areas you do feel slight stubble but not massively.....and once you have moisturised, it feels fine.....it basically does the job, not the best shaver in the world but handy none the less. 

The Pedicure Function
So this pedicure attachment is perfect for those with really rough skin or heels, just buffs away, doesn't hurt and leaves skin in those problem areas feeling so much better and smoother. Really surprised at how well this tackled hard skin - my heels feel great and look ten times better....definitely be using this on a regular basis.

The Massager function
So another addition to this set is the massager head. It has 5 roller balls and the head basically spins around, i would suggest using on the lowest speed as it runs away from you on the higher one. Not really sure this attachment works with the speed of the base unit - I think its too fast even on the lowest speed, its really noisy, drags your skin and doesn't feel relaxing at all. I think the idea in principal was a good one...but practically it just doesn't work for me.

Body Exfoliation Brush Function
So if you are fancying a bit of a body buff then there's a head for that......so this head fits onto the same head unit as the massager, the top part clicks off and you just swap it out. The bristles on the head are quite soft.....a bit too soft I think and I didn't really feel that it aided exfoliation, in fact I didn't feel this head did much really.....bristles need to be alot firmer to enable good exfoliation which is a bit of a shame. 

So for me I would say 3 out of the 5 functions works really well - the epilator, shaver and pedicure functions were great and all worked really well. The body exfoliator and massager however not so well....a nice addition in principal but just didn't really work for me. I wouldn't let that put you off however - that is just a personal view and for some these 2 attachments may work fine.

Overall this is a lovely little set - and would make the perfect gift. I love the multi function element, the charge on the unit lasts really well and the heads are easy to switch. 

At the moment you can only purchase this online direct from the Karmin website, currently retailing at $129.95 (about £97) which is a pretty average price in comparison to some of the similar sets out in the market. 

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24 October 2017

SENSSE Eye Massager Review

So this SENSSE eye massager is basically designed to reduce the signs of ageing and puffyness around the eyes by using sonic vibrations and LED light therapy.

Im lucky to say i have minimal lines around my eyes however puffyness and dark circles are a re-occurrence which is where im hoping this rather lovely looking gadget will help.

Aesthetics: So firstly packaging and design - its comes presented in a very chic and minimal white box which looks expensive, its then let down when you open it as, well.... its so tightly packed you spend 5 minutes trying to help it escape from its packaging. The actual gadget itself is very sleek and simple looking. It take one AAA battery(which isn't included) and its a simple push up and down to change modes.

Functionality: So the massager has 2 modes, first is a sonic cleansing mode which has a blue LED light. This mode helps to remove impuritites as well as sooth the skin around the eyes and has a slow/long vibration. The second mode is high frequency which has a red LED light. This mode is said to help reduce find lines and wrinkles and uses much faster and shorter vibrations.

The actual massager wont start working until it touches the skin. To make the experience and enjoyable one I don't recommend using it on dry skin as it will drag. Remove your make up and apply cleanser, with the cleanser on then start the sonic cleansing mode (blue LED) and gently massage the eye area for about 15 seconds - you can also do your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin if required. Its quite a nice feeling and it promotes increased blood flow to the skins surface - so that's got to be a good thing!!

Once rinsed and dried, simply apply a moisturiser or eye gel and then switch up to the high frequency mode and massage again where required.

The overall process is quite enjoyable and its like giving your face a salon treatment at home (and way less expensive).

So am i seeing results......well nothing hugely drastic as yet though the skin does feel smooth around my eyes. Id need to give this type of product a good few months usage before i make a final judgement on whether it works or not, but first impressions are good and its now part of my weekly beauty regime......If it banishes my dark circles, then Ill happily give it a 5 out of 5. Lets wait and see........

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