June Nailbox Subscription Review

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Nailbox is a monthly subscription service similar to existing beauty boxes e.g. Glossybox but instead it focuses solely on new nail products which is perfect for people like me as I tend to change up my nail colour more than I have hot dinners!

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I was sent the June nailbox to review (after regularly having my nails ‘shellaced’ for around the last six months) so I was looking forward to trying some new polishes on the market. When the box arrived I was also surprised to see, along with 4 polishes, I had been sent an Elegant Touch professional cuticle clipper as I was only expecting the box to contain polishes but every month you can also receive nail accessories which I didn’t realise at first.

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The cuticle clipper is very useful to me, I will continue to use it as I tend to my nails at home with professional products (e.g. CND) and only go to the nail salon to have colour reapplied. Perhaps I should consider investing in a UV machine to set my own polish but I also like visiting the nail salon as it feels like a treat and I can have a coffee, chat and just relax!

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However, I digress! So, I will use the cuticle clipper – it’s sharp, accurate and comes with a five year guarantee. As for the polishes, I was so excited to see both bright summer colours and a nude. I like bright colours but on a daily basis I like to wear quite neutral tones on my nails and was looking forward to first trying the Nails Inc polish in ‘Colville Mews’ – a gel effect polish that cures in natural daylight and the first polish I had tried of it’s kind.

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I was so disappointed! The colour is much flatter on my nails than it looks in the bottle and the opacity was very poor. I had to do three very thin coats and I found it fairly hard to apply. It felt very flaky and didn’t even last two days before most of the polish had peeled off which was such a shame as I had such high hopes for this beautiful looking varnish!

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Next up I tried the Essie nail lacquer in ‘Roarrrange’ – a jewel toned bright orange and it was beautiful to apply, the brush was slightly on the large side but the formula was so very easy to apply and gave a clear even coat in just one application. It lasted very well for just under a week and was easy to remove (a huge plus point for brighter colours), but did leave some residue on my fingers rather then the nail themselves. Either way this gets a huge thumbs up from me!

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Also included in this month’s box was a classic red nail polish by Tanya Burr called ‘Mischief Managed’. I’d heard very good reviews about this polish including a recommendation from my nail technician herself so I was a little disappointed by the texture of the polish as it felt a bit of a budget polish, like a supermarket’s own brand. The colour was bright and fairly easy to apply as it had a smallish brush and overall I was happy with the colour but it did take three coats to get the even coverage I desired.

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My box also contained a bottle of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat which was very fast drying but wasn’t as hard wearing as I anticipated and flaked off within a few days. However as it’s just a clear polish I will continue to use it as I will still get a lot of use out if it.

Nailbox seems like a good idea – you get a mixture of products from premium nail brands and the subscription cost is between £13.50 and £15 a month – a bargain as the products contained within are valued at much much higher. Also I think it’s a great way to try new colours and stay on trend across the seasons. Unfortunately not all the nail polishes were for me (I don’t think I’ll be wearing the nails inc again unless I only want it to last a few hours!) but I’ll definitely be using all the other colours and the cuticle clippers.

You can also get a 15% discount at nailpolish.co.uk by entering “NAILBOX” at the checkout, if you want to order a colour that’s arrived within your box or the same nail polish but in another shade. Each Nailbox is set to be delivered on or around the 21st of each month.

For more information visit nailbox.co.uk.

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Petshop Pooch!

Liz and Pippin

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If you’re a pet owner you may already be using PetShop.co.uk – a nationwide home delivery subscription service to pet food. If you’ve not heard of them yet, let me introduce you to the brand. PetShop.co.uk are young online company with a team of friendly, helpful staff dedicated to saving you time and money. Plus all of their staff are pet owners so understand the needs of other pet parents. Essentially they are an online pet shop for all your pet’s needs.

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Knowing I had a little furbaby of my own they asked me (or rather my 7 year old Lhasa Apso Pippin!) to review some of their natural and organic pet food brands. I jumped at the chance because I wanted to bring something different to the blog and show you a peek into the life behind these pages, plus I know many of you are also pet parents and may like a review of this new idea. Food subscription services are huge right now but I’d never heard of a pet version (and it’s not just for dogs) so I decided to give their service a try.

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We were sent products from three brands including Almo Nature Dog Food, Nature’s Menu Dog Food and the new Pedigree Dentaflex. The products arrived well packaged and addressed to both myself and Pippin which I thought was really cute. He tore into the parcel, grabbed the Almo dog food sachet and trotted off with it, happily ready to hide it in his basket for later (he does this with anything he likes – toys, treats, food – so I took this as a good sign!

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Before the trial with Petshop, we were using a food recommended by our vet which is pretty pricey and we have to go to our vets to pick it up when it’s running low. The Almo Nature Dog food is very alike with similar ingredients, size of biscuits and nutritional benefits and Pip literally scarfed it down in a matter of seconds so I would consider swapping over to the brand, especially because of the ease of having it delivered. Also the price is about £1.50 lower per kg and this is an all natural alternative.

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So what do you think to a food subscription service for your pet? Would you buy your pet’s food and treats online because of the convenience? Tell me all about your furbabies and their favourite foods!

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Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Celebrate National Breakfast Week with a Full English Breakfast Burrito!

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day but mornings leave me with very little time to eat properly. With a little inspiration from Old El Paso I’ve found a way to spice up my breakfast on the go!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

My mornings are often a rush even on weekends, but there’s nothing I love more when I have the time than to make a full English fry-up for breakfast with a mug of piping hot coffee and a glass of juice on the side. Don’t get me wrong, I love cereal and toast as much as the next person, but a full English is pretty much a staple breakfast for a lot of families in the UK, for me it makes it a great treat. The great British fry-up typically consists of sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns, toast or fried bread and black pudding. Throw in some brown sauce or ketchup and you’ve got yourself a winning combination, but have you ever thought of adding something a little different to spice things up a bit? Old El Paso challenged me to turn an English breakfast into ‘The Brexican’ – using Mexican inspired flavours and ingredients.

Knowing time is never on my side in the mornings, I wanted a dish I could prepare quickly and eat on the go!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Creating the Recipe

I thought about what my favourite ingredients were – sausages, bacon, eggs and beans being top of my list – and then thought about how I could make the breakfast portable. Old El Paso Soft Flour Tortillas seemed the perfect ingredient and meant I could turn my Brexican into a burrito! I also swapped baked beans for Old El Paso refried beans, scrambled the eggs with some Old El Paso Spice Mix for Roasted Tomato and Pepper Fajitas to add seasoning, and layered them up in a tortilla with crispy bacon and meaty sausages topped with chunky tomato salsa. It was a total experiment but it tasted great! To save time (and washing up) I baked most of the ingredients in the oven, then assembled, wrapped, rolled and away I went. For mornings when you have more time, I would also recommend serving the Breakfast Burritos with giant mushrooms topped with more salsa.

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Old el Paso Breakfast Burritos Recipe

A Mexican inspired twist on the classic full English breakfast. These Brexican Burritos are made using Old El Paso Roasted Tomato and Pepper Fajita Seasoning Mix, Soft Flour Tortillas and stuffed full of scrambled egg, crispy bacon and meaty sausages – delicious!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Medium Pork
20 mins Serves 4

What you’ll need:
8 Rashers of Lean Smoked Bacon
8 Sausages
4 Large Mushrooms, e.g. Portobello
6 Large eggs
Old El Paso Roasted Tomato & Pepper Fajita Seasoning Mix
Old El Paso Refried Beans
Old El Paso 8 Super Soft Flour Regular Tortillas
Old El Paso Thick ‘N’ Chunky Salsa

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ̊C.
  2. Spread the bacon, sausages and mushrooms out across 2 baking trays and place in the oven to bake for around 20 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the sausages and mushrooms are cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into the mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly before pouring into a saucepan and cooking on a low heat, until scrambled, stirring slowly throughout.
  4. In a second saucepan, gently heat the refried beans until hot. Using oven gloves remove the trays of bacon, sausage and mushroom from the oven.
  5. Finally, warm your tortillas in the microwave for 35-40 seconds.
  6. To assemble your Breakfast Burritos, spread the refried beans on the soft flour tortillas using a metal spoon, then top with a layer of bacon, sausage, scrambled egg sprinkled with fajita seasoning mix and a large spoonful of salsa.
  7. To wrap your burritos up – fold the bottom edges upwards, then the sides inwards to create a roll with one open end.

Tip: Try warming the flour tortillas through by simply microwaving for 30 seconds before serving.

For more recipes visit www.oldelpaso.co.uk/mexican-recipes.

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

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