Geekgear, world of wizardry, Dec box review

My World of Wizardry Geekgear box arrived in time for Christmas! I was really happy and pretty shocked to see it on my doorstep this morning but it was a great surprise. As I’m sure you all know by now it is a box that I subscribe too and receive every month. I pay in three month instalments and an individual box costs around £24.95 I think. Please check out there site here for more prices and box options: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU also if you follow this link and subscribe then I receive a free box after 5 people use it, so I’m extremely grateful! This box and the following two are my birthday present from my annoying older brother and amazing sister-in-law so thank you both so much!!

On to the box, this one is in my true house colours of a Hufflepuff which is great, was nice to open a box to yellow paper, so much more cheerful then the blue. I’ll start with the wearable items as there were quite a few in this month’s box. The first of which was the usual t-shirt that is once again a well-made shirt. It comes in either yellow or black and I have the yellow one (of course), the phrase printed is super sweet, it says, ‘Hogwarts will Always be there to welcome you home’ and I love it. I will probably use it as a sleep shirt though as it doesn’t really look like one that I would wear every day. I’m happy with sleep shirts, never have too many pyjamas!

Next is a hat that is the colour of your Hogwarts house and so I have a Hufflepuff coloured one. I’ll admit, I don’t really wear hats as I usually pull my hood up but when I do I will wear it with pride! I would probably have preferred a scarf though if I’m completely honest. There is also a set of matching house gloves. Now these I will definitely wear as I was about to buy some new ones as I have lost one of mine and I need gloves. Perfect timing for storm Barbara that’s about to hit the UK. I will still keep my eye out for gloves though as these feel a little small for an adult’s hands and my hands aren’t that big.

There is also a rather weighty Hogwarts crest keyring. It’s a little heavy for me to add it to my keys but I will hang it on my Harry Potter wall back at University. It’s well made and it some type of metal so a good addition, just a little heavy for me to carry in my pocket.

Next up we have a Harry Potter cotton mug. This is both fantastic and a massive let down as the mug cosy is super cute and I really love it and will probably use it for my take away hot drinks so I don’t use as many cardboard holders. I love it. The mug however, is just a plain white mug, it’s fine and usable but I’m a bit disappointed that there was no Harry Potter design on it. Not even in the colouring.

I’m not sure what I could use the next item for so I welcome any ideas you guys might have. It’s a Hogwarts crest patch, one of the iron patches that you can put on clothes and things. I don’t really have any clothes suitable and I don’t carry a bag around with me. It’s a very good quality and I really like it, just not sure what I can do with it, certainly not pin it up as I don’t want to ruin it!

There is also a magnet, it has a Hogwarts crest in your house colour on it. Not much to say about it really, it’s a magnet, it sticks to metal objects.

The final item is the usual print work. I wasn’t impressed with this month’s one, it’s a Fantastic Beat theme but I find the portrait a little creepy. The beasts are done well but the colours are so dark that they’re hard to distinguish. Talented artist but it’s not for me.

Overall, it’s been a good box, not a great one, but not bad. The t-shirt and the mug cover are my favourites but, I’m hoping for a better box next month. The hint is Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes so it should be great!

This is likely my last post before Christmas so I hope you all have a great holiday weekend and stay safe!

Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas!

Charlotte x

 

The Treat Trove August 2016 review

Another fantastic box this month from the Treat Trove! Was really excited when I arrived home from work today and saw the tell-tale white of my monthly Treat Trove box. I opened it up to see that they have a really cute new introduction/thank you card which looks almost like a watercolour and is a really nice touch to the box. It also makes finding their details a lot easier.IMG_1646

On to the contents of this box, the first treasures are the lovely pads that were included. A really nicely sized TCS Eco pad that as I’m sure you’ve all realized from my review of their products; I absolutely love. I’ve been searching for some longer pads as I’m a bit short of pads that I can wear overnight and this one is around 10” so it’s perfect for either an overnight or daytime pad. I just need more heavy pads now. There are a few places you can purchase these pads so here are the links: https://www.facebook.com/ecotcs/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/tcseco/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/crimsonmoonpads/

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The second pad was from a maker I had never heard of before, Fluffy Elf. I am in love with the print (which is saying something because I normally dislike yellow) the placement and the butterflies are so pretty I almost don’t want to use it. It’s a bit longer then my usual lights/liners are and I’m not sure how it will work for me but I can’t wait to try it out on my next cycle. Please go and check Fluffy Elf out on Facebook, she has some great fabrics and a really good range of sizes: https://www.facebook.com/Thefluffyelf/?fref=ts 

Two very good quality pads this month that I love and can’t wait to use. I know they also have Huggally Wuggally pads on their website at the moment as well so I highly recommend those a well!

Now on to the extra goodies, the first of which is by the awesome Cinnamon Designs that also made the little phone/purse charm that I loved in the previous box. This time it’s a little handmade love heart ornament that I’m going to take to Uni with me to hang on my overly boring noticeboard. It’s very delicate but well-made and very pretty. Doesn’t quite beat the charm, but that’s only because I really like the charm, it’s on my Harry Potter purse that I bought from Phoenix Rising Reusables. Please check out her Facebook group as she makes some amazing things: https://www.facebook.com/cinnamondesigns2/?fref=ts

There is a cute little inspirational magnet/frame that was a nice thought, it says ‘Never let go of your dreams’ which is perfect for a student. I’m not sure where this is from so if I find out I’ll make sure to add it in to the review.

There was a lovely little bath bomb in the box as well, unfortunately I don’t have a bath and so I’m going to use it as a foot soak because it smells really good. Was thinking of giving it to someone as a gift but then I decided to be selfish and keep it all for myself. Its Lavender scented which is one of my favourite scents, but it’s not really strong, just faintly scented so it won’t give me a headache which is brilliant. Also I love the name of the maker, ‘Ugly Apples’ what a brilliant name! I found their Facebook page and they do a great range of products so please take a look and see what you think: https://www.facebook.com/Uglyapples/IMG_1651

The final item was the much anticipated snack item. Love getting snacks in these boxes, I also love the fact that this box supports local businesses even with the snacks they include. This time it was a chocolate covered Oreo biscuit. It looks really nice with the striped pattern on the front. I’m not really a fan of Oreo’s or dark chocolate in general but I happily tried this one out and…yeah still not an Oreo fan. I think they taste like burnt biscuit. Great idea though and I would have loved it even more if it wasn’t Oreo based. I’ve had a chocolate lollie from the ‘Just Choc’ store before and they do some really tasty and creamy chocolate so for all the chocoholics that are reading, the link is: https://www.facebook.com/justchocshop/

I really enjoyed this box as I hope this review shows. The quality of the boxes seems to get better every month. This is unfortunately my last box now until Christmas as my funds are a bit short now that I’m heading back to University and so I ask you all to share pictures of your boxes with me. Also please go and buy the boxes so I can live vicariously through you all! I’ll miss doing these monthly reviews but I’m hoping to pick back up as soon as I can.

Thank you all for reading! Please let me know how you liked your own boxes!

Charlotte x