World of Wizardry Feb 2017 box review

This month’s box has arrived! Just in time as well because it’s been a miserable day and I needed something to make me feel better. The last few boxes have been a little bit of a let-down if I’m being honest and I was a bit dubious about what would be in this one. Not to worry though! It was fantastic!img_2002

If anyone is interested in purchasing this box, then please follow this link: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU It’s £24.95 per month and can be delivered worldwide. There are different subscription options depending on how many you want to commit to. I pay every three months which works well for me.

On the contents of this box. I finally got my Hufflepuff scarf! I mentioned in the previous box that came with the gloves and hat that I was disappointed there was no scarf. Now I match! I wear the other two more than I expected and I can’t wait to wear this scarf. With Storm Doris currently attacking the UK, I’ll need it tomorrow. It’s now made from the softest material, but I think it should soften after a good wash. It’s just stiff because its new, I hope. There was a second wearable item, a tie. Not overly impressed with it as it’s just a standard tie in Hufflepuff colours. It doesn’t even have the Hufflepuff insignia on it which I didn’t like, but I suppose it doesn’t in the books either so I shouldn’t be too let down by that. Just not sure I’ll ever need to wear it, unless I do fancy dress…hmmmm that might work actually.

There is an Exclusive Geekgear t-shirt in every box and honestly, this month’s shirt is stunning. Glad it’s in grey rather than yellow as the roses look amazing in contrast. The shirts tend to need washing before I can wear them as they’re a bit stiff, sometimes they smell a bit from whatever dyes they use, but they are very comfortable shirts. I wear them all the time now and they aren’t fading from being washed repeatedly.

This box is definitely for me as it has a really nice, almost pocket sized notebook. I’m an English student and so anything that easily fits into a pocket or handbag is great. Might have been a nice treat to have included a Harry Potter pen as well though. There is also a house themed bookmark that is really sturdy. Might be a bit heavy for my books but it’ll definitely get some use in my final year.

As well as these there is a stunning letter opener in the style of Godric Gryffindor’s sword. I’ll admit that once it’s out of the box and you look at it up close, it’s not quite as impressive. It’s still a nice addition and pretty to look at. I don’t get a lot of letters though so this one might stay at home for the bills that will start piling up soon. This is an Exclusive item to this box though which is pretty cool.

The Limited-Edition movie print is gorgeous. I’ve been a bit let down with the previous boxes choices but this one is perfect. It’s a photograph type image as opposed to the abstract or cartoon versions that we have seen previously. I just need to find room for it on my Harry Potter wall now, it belongs there!

Last but not least there is a colouring book. It’s not the best quality book and it isn’t in the adult style that is becoming fashionable these days. It’s a little bit too childish but I’m sure I’ll still do some colouring in. Can’t let it go to waste after all. Again though, I wish they had included crayons or some kind as I don’t have any here. So, the next box needs crayons and pens dammit!

That’s it for this month. I really enjoyed this box and I hope the standards continue for the future boxes. They can’t please everybody, every month, so I hadn’t given up on these treats. Again, if you are interested in signing up the link is here: https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU If 5 people subscribe using this link I get a free box so I appreciate it when you guys use it! I’m not far off now.img_2023

The hint for next month is an image of Hedwig, I’m keeping everything crossed for a Hedwig plushy, I may be 25 but you are never too old for cuddly toys. Never!

Thank you as always for reading, please subscribe so you don’t miss out on updates, even if you’re not a fan of all my topics, I give you permission to miss out on those updates.

Hope you are all well!

Charlotte x

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The Treat Trove, winter 2016 review

The Treat Trove Winter box review

Its been a while since I last had a Treat Trove box but I couldn’t resist treating myself to the Winter special. It’s a decision I don’t regret in the slightest. I received it when I came home this weekend from University so it was nice to have a treat waiting for me. The box costs £24.95 and they have a variety of items and boxes available on their website: http://thetreattrove.co.uk/ There are treat boxes available that don’t include reusable menstrual pads for those of you that just want a pamper. They also have menstrual cups available if your interested in trying them out. Everything in the box is from the UK and the company help support small local businesses. I believe they deliver worldwide, but if you have any questions then you can ask them in their Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thetreattrove/

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As for this box, I’ll start with the pads. One was from Red Queen Cloth, I have one of her pads already and its really comfy. This is my first Sherpa pad which is exciting, its not as fluffy as I imagined it to be. I expected it to feel a bit more like a minky pad but its closer to a soft towel, very excited to try it out. If you’re interested in Red Queen Cloth pads then here is the link to her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RedQueenCloth/?fref=ts I really recommend these pads, very good quality.img_1907

The second pad is from Cheecolicious Eco Wear. I haven’t tried any of her pads before but I love the shape and the material is perfect! I was told it was Jersey, I assume it’s a wicking jersey because it feels great, can’t wait to use it. The pad is made to a high standard and is really pretty. Please check out this maker at her website here: https://cheecolicious.com/ or her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cheecolicious/?fref=ts she’s a new maker to me but she has a great range of products that I’m sure you’ll love, including cloth nappies (diapers) and clothing.img_1906

Moving on to the goodies included, I was really happy to see a soap from the amazing Yorkshire Bath Boutique. I first discovered this company through Treat Trove and have since purchased a box of her products, there is a review on my blog here: https://charlieblogweb.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/yorkshire-bath-boutique-review/ I apologise about the lack of images, they were unfortunately deleted. The soap included in this box was a Gingerbread scent, which admittedly is not my favourite, I love gingerbread but the smell is a little sickly for me so this soap will be gifted to a friend. I love her products, she has a massive range of scents available as well as a large range of products. I ordered months ago, and I’m still using the things I purchased over the summer. They last forever! Really good value and great customer service. The link for her Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/yorkshirebathboutique/?fref=ts and her website is: http://www.yorkshirebathboutique.co.uk/store/

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There was a really pretty headband included which is in a gorgeous red. It is made by Ditsy Pips, who I haven’t head of before but from what I can tell she makes some great quality products. The headband is really comfortable and will be perfect for when I’m trying to keep my hair out of my face when its been straightened. Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/ditsypips/?fref=ts and she has her own etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DitsyPips These products would make some great stocking fillers or even early birthday ideas.img_1896

There were two different chocolate treats, both with their own Christmas themed decoration on top. One a snowman, the other a reindeer. Unfortunately, neither of these have labels to show where they have come from. The reindeer is packaged really neatly with a pretty ribbon and a Merry Christmas tag. If I find where they came from I will add the link here:img_1900

Also a really nice nail polish. I believe they are from a company called, Freckles Polish, all of the shades oare handmade and I’m really impressed with it. The link for the Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/frecklespolish/. The boxes all had different shades, mine was a sparkly pink which isn’t my colour usually but its really pretty. I can’t paint my nails as I work in a hospital and its against policy but I used it on my toenails and really like it. Its smooth and easy to use and hasn’t cracked.img_1902

There was a really cute Christmas tree ornament that is shaped like a Christmas pudding. Again, the boxes all had a different shape but all Christmas themed. Its really good quality and will look perfect on the tree when we finally put it up. Again, nothing to show who the supplier is, but they’re really nice so again I’ll try and add the store here:img_1897

The second I opened this box I could smell peppermint and I traced it back to the Butterfly scents wax melt. I have seen a lot of people talking about this brand before and I have had one in the past that I used straight away, I can’t remember which scent I had but it lasted awhile. Its quite a strong scent and I might just use it as a room freshener rather than a wax melt. Please check out the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/butterflyscentswaxmelts/?fref=ts she makes a massive range of scents and I believe she makes candles as well as the melts. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews and it’s packaged nicely with a little glitter in the melt as well, so again, a good stocking filler or gift idea.img_1899

The final product is another of the Alfie Isaac wish bracelets that I have received in a previous box. I love the idea and the charms are cute but I still say that the string used to tie them is far too stiff and doesn’t feel comfortable. The idea is that you tie it on and make a wish and when the string wears through your wish comes true, unfortunately I find the string too slippery and it comes loose, or too stiff and its uncomfortable. Would prefer just a normal thread. The packaging is gorgeous though and they are really cute ideas so if its something that appeals to you then the link is: www.etsy.com/shop/alfieisaacimg_1905

Thank you for reading! Still more reviews to come before Christmas so keep a look out!

Charlotte x

Winifred’s Homemade Fudge review

Today I am reviewing the wonderful Winifred’s Homemade Fudge. I ordered a sample box in order to try a range of her products as they all sounded amazing and I couldn’t decide on what I wanted. The box was on offer and I believe it is usually £7.50 whereas I bought mine for £5 and the postage was £4.40 so it wasn’t unreasonably expensive.

The box arrived a week after it was ordered and was packaged really nicely. Even with my postman throwing the box around, there were no squished bars. I’ll admit that there is more fudge then I was expecting as well so definitely worth the price! Also you get different flavours every month! You get to try some unique flavours like Apple Crumble fudge, which sounded a bit strange but was amazing.

The first one I had to open straight away was the Bounty milk chocolate bar. It was one of the smaller ones in the box but it was perfect. I love coconut but I don’t eat bounty’s very often so this was a lovely little treat. There wasn’t too much coconut as to overwhelm the chocolate but it was just enough that you could taste it. Was so yummy!

Next was the Apple Crumble that I mentioned before. It really was amazing! It actually melts in the mouth (sorry for cliché!) and you can really taste the apple. Enjoyed it more than I expected I would. I did expect a bit more of a crumble texture, maybe even a slight crunch but I was happy it wasn’t there as I prefer smooth fudge. If you don’t purchase a selection of flavours, then I really recommend this one!

My next try was of the Kinder surprise, kinder Bueno and kinder and Nutella mix. It was stunning, so creamy and scrummy. I have to admit that I would have preferred it without the Bueno as I’m not a fan of those and it’s broke up the creamy texture of the bar. I still loved it and wish I had a heck of a lot more of it. I actually ate the entire thing by myself, no sharing of this one. Far too good to let the parents have any.

The next sample was of something I have never tried before, at least as far as I can remember. Pistachio. I know, I know, I’m an uncultured cur, but I honestly don’t remember having Pistachio before. I was a bit wary at first because my childish brain just told me that it ‘smelt funny’ my dad chimed in with ‘it smells like playdough’ not a great start. If it helps it probably smells like Pistachio but we’re all cur’s in this house. As for the taste, I’m apparently not a Pistachio fan, it was a little too sweet for me and I didn’t enjoy it. Maybe if I accustomed myself to Pistachios I’ll enjoy it more in future, for now I’ll pass on this one.

I was pretty curious about the next sample as it was tropical flavoured with white chocolate. It smelt amazing! Really fresh and summery, and I couldn’t wait to try it once it was opened. I’ll admit that I wouldn’t be able to eat much of it at once as it is a very sweet combination but it tastes fantastic. The tropical flavouring really comes through followed by a creamy white chocolate which isn’t as strong. Really nice to eat but I’d probably order it for a larger group, maybe small bite size pieces for a party? Honestly delicious!

The final one was the dubious Oreo cookie and white chocolate. If you’ve read my previous blogs, then you’ll know that I’m not an Oreo girl and so this one was left for last. It actually isn’t bad, wouldn’t be my first choice if I was shopping for fudge but certainly not the last. You can really taste the white chocolate in the fudge itself and with the chunks of Oreo biscuit/cookie inside it kind of pulls down the sweetness if that makes sense. It stops it from being overly sweet and gives it a bit of a crunch. I preferred the mix of crunch and fudge with this one whereas I didn’t for the kinder bar. If you enjoy Oreo then you’ll hopefully love this.img_1719

Anyways my lovelies this brings me to the end of this review. I have loved trying out new fudges and letting you all know how I got on with them. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask. As for all of the lovely people out there that now want to go and purchase mass amounts of fudge here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/Calorificfudge/?fref=ts. There are boxes available or there are market nights where you can purchase flavours that have been made that week. Please join her group to see what wonderful creations she makes. I’m hoping to be able to try more but with the move back to University happening tomorrow I might have to wait a bit longer to be able to treat myself.

If there is anything you would like to see me review or hear my opinion of then let me know. Even if you just want to know how I went about moving back to University.

Thanks for reading!

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

My Days August 2016 Pamper box

IMG_1632This box contained a few different goodies that I had never tried (or heard of) before. The tangy lime infused raisins were really yummy. They are the Nãkd brand snacks and I think they’re part of the Naked bar range which I love! I’m a big fan of my citrus flavours and really enjoyed the small bag. They did leave my tongue a bit tingly as they are a little sour, or ‘Tangy’ as the name implies. I loved them so much that I went and bought the other two flavours from Holland and Barretts, Coco-cola, and cherry. They’re only 49p and perfect for a light snack.

I didn’t try the chocolate orange bar as I really don’t like orange flavoured chocolate. My dad loves it though and so I gave it to him, he seemed to enjoy it as it went really fast. I have tried the Divine chocolate range before and I love their products and really recommend you guys buy them as they do a great range of flavours. Just the orange flavour that isn’t really for me.

The chickpea crisps were great fun to try, I’m sorry to you lot that enjoy them but they smelt gross. My mum ate a few and really liked them but then realised she shouldn’t eat them because of two ingredients that don’t agree with her (or me). They were just weird but then again I’m not a big crisp eater, except for quavers, love me some quavers. Another product that went to daddy’s belly.

There was another of the Lichfields hot chocolate sachets, which is being saved for a bad day as the last sachet was. Might even save it for my first day back to student accommodation, a treat qhilst my cupboards are bare.

Also two new teas to try out. The happy Monday one is the same as one I received in a previous box and I’m going to save it for when I have a winter cold as it’s citrusy and will be perfect for when I’m feeling a bit off. The second is also a citrus type tea, Lemon Valerian. It sounds very Game of Thrones like and I can’t wait to try it out. I will save it for when the weather cools down a bit though as I’m not in much of a tea mood when it’s so hot outside. Who’d have thought the sun would even reach the Isle of Man for once?!

The mango chocolate has got to be the oddest thing I’ve heard off in chocolate so far. I was extremely dubious at first and was all for letting someone else be the guinea pig and see how they reacted after sampling it, but I didn’t. I broke off a single piece and gave it a quick sniff (as you do) before placing it in my mouth. Yeah this was oddly enough, not bad. I couldn’t eat all of a bar too myself, at least not in one sitting, but it was quite enjoyable, just a bit sweet. I imagine that’s the lime flavour, maybe the mango. Had a bit of a kick in the after taste as well which must have been the chilli hitting. It was great to try it because I would have never bought it for myself. I like it!

That’s it for the snacks and even though I didn’t get on with some of them it was great giving them all a go. There was one item in this box that I really didn’t get on well with and that was the Ancient Wisdom massage and bath oil. It was a bit too strong scented for me, really not a fan. Did add a few drops of it into Baby Oil to use on my mum’s elbow (She’s got a broken elbow that she massages to help it loosen up) but it gave her a small rash so I’m afraid I won’t be using more of this. Only downside so far.

Next major item from this box was a 100% Natural toothpaste that was Citrus and Aloe Vera flavour. I’ve never used a natural toothpaste before and was very intrigued as it smelt brilliant and sounded like a great idea. I did try it out and once I got over the fact that it wasn’t minty I actually really liked it. It tastes quite lemony and not herbal like I was expecting it too. I don’t think it’s something I would purchase on a regular basis as I’m really conscious about my teeth and have my routine set for cleaning them but I wouldn’t be off put to use this until it runs out, it’s going on my shelf. In fact, I might use it as my night toothpaste that way I’m minty fresh for work and citrusy for bed. It does get a thumbs up for those of you wanting to swap over.

One of my favourite items this month was the little lolly face cloths. When I first saw it I thought it was some kind of Marshmallow lolly but it’s two face cloth towels wrapped up to form the cute lolly in the photo. The towels are very soft and the perfect size, they’re stuck together in one corner which I think will pull apart but I’ve left it as it is for now as it works for me. These little beauties are coming with me to uni next month. I needed some and now I have some. Very happy and perfect little design. Great idea for a little stocking filler present for you oddballs that have started Christmas shopping already!

In every box you receive a tea light candle and a reusable cloth. The blue of this cloth is one of my favourite colours so I was very happy with it. Still not as soft as the first one I received but still really nice. The tea light is very orange and isn’t overpowering at all so it’s perfect. The last one has just been used so this arrived in time to replace it and it smells really refreshing and subtle so I’m happy.

 

Some of you might ask why I thought this was such a fantastic box when I disliked a lot of the things I tried. The answer to that is that I loved to try all the goodies that came in this box. Yes, the crisp things were very yucky but it was something I would never have tried before and I love the fact that I got to try them out.

I would love it if the boxes contained a bit more information on the products, maybe a little guide to show the retail value of what is being received as it would help me know whether or not I would have purchased the items for myself. Also it would really help me be more aware of how good a value the Pamper box is. The Facebook group is a great help for finding out more information but it would be great to already have it in the box itself. This box costs £16 with a £3 postage charge and was the cheaper option for these boxes, there are other available, Including boxes with scrundies and cloth pads. Please go and check them out at the My Days Pamper box Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyDaysMonthly/ and enjoy. This will be my last box until Christmas now unfortunately as I’m now going to be a poor student and can no longer afford to treat myself. So please go and treat yourselves in my place! Share with me your gorgeous purchases so I can live vicariously through all of my readers!

Thank you all for reading!

Charlotte x

Harry Potter GeekGear August box review

As I love receiving subscription boxes I thought I would treat myself to a Harry Potter themed box. I don’t regret it in the slightest! This month’s box had a villain theme and cost £24.99. I’ve also realised that it’s cheaper if you subscribe for the box as it goes down to £19.99 per month. They also ship Worldwide as far as I’m aware! You can choose between two different boxes, a general Geek themed box which includes items from different Geeky backgrounds or a purely Harry Potter themed box as I did. When you look through the previous boxes that have been issued you can see that they consistently offer great value and so I wasn’t unhappy to place an order. You can select which house you belong to and the box will be themed according to this selection, I chose Ravenclaw, mainly because I really like blue, would probably be a Hufflepuff if I’m being honest with myself, but not a fan of the colour yellow.

I’ve contacted the site a few times in regards to codes available either for myself or that I can offer to my readers (there’s a code at the bottom!) and have found the staff very friendly to deal with. They do however give out very generic responses and it feels a bit like I’m talking to a polite computer when I get a message back from them. They also didn’t give me much information to include for you all. I could write a 5-page message and I’d get a few sentences back in return. This could be improved if you ask me. I didn’t write an email that long, just so you know!

The packaging of the box was brilliant, it’s wrapped in a plastic envelope and the box inside is designed like a crate. This crate was decorated in multiple little Harry Potter images. Very nice box. The items inside were wrapped really well, the bottle of Butterscoth butterbeer was a little overwrapped if you ask me. Lots of bubble wrap. At least it arrived in one piece though. The drink itself tastes a bit like melted caramel ice-cream which was a little overly sweet for me and the family but we shared it between us and enjoyed the novelty of it. Just wouldn’t be able to have a whole bottle to myself. This is an alcohol free drink and the labels are designed in a way that it looks like you’ve purchased it from a Harry Potter themed establishment. The Flying Cauldron label was perfect. I drank it from the very well made little Three Broomsticks half a pint glass tankard that also came in the box. I love this glass, just have to avoid putting it in my dishwasher so it stays looking like I’ve been drinking in Harry Potter land. These products really match this boxes them which was a ‘Three Broomsticks’ theme, next month’s teaser image is a Dark Mark so I can’t wait to see what’s in it!

One piece of packaging that was a bit over the top was the cardboard snitch box. This is a fairly decent size that I would expect to see something the size of the tankard come out of, instead you get a nice little snitch necklace that opens to show a clock face.

It’s a nice enough necklace but it was a bit out of place coming from that box. It also seems a little bit cheap, something I could have purchased from Claire’s accessory and whilst I like the idea, I wasn’t overly amazed. I think I would have preferred it if it had been a bracelet or on a shorter chain. I’ve since been told that it’s actually a pocket watch which explains the length, I still think I’ll take it off the chain and just keep it in my pocket for work.

In every box you will receive a uniquely designed T-shirt that is made by this company and not sold in stores. In this box it is a Disney castle logo that shows Hogwarts instead of Cinderella’s castle. It fits perfectly and is really soft and comfortable. I really love it and will be taking it to Disney with me when I go next year. My only downside is that it’s white, I’m a bit too pale to get away with wearing white without looking a bit washed out. It won’t stop me wearing it though!

The box included paper replicas of the Knights bus ticket and a train ticket for Platform 9¾. These were nice little additions but not really very useful, I like things to have a bit more of a purpose, although I can always pin them to my board along with the Ravenclaw flag that I received in the box. Could have a Harry Potter themed board when I get back to my student accommodation.

Whilst I liked but disliked some of the items I received I still loved the box. The excitement of receiving such unique Harry Potter themed items was worth every penny and I think I’ll subscribe to get the box every month. I really did love it and recommend it to everyone. Just buy it as a one off box if you prefer, that way you can try it out and see how you feel. Choose your house, and join the community.

Don’t forget to share your selfie with the items in order to enter a prize draw, I took two but my favourite is this one by far:  #ILOVEGEEKGEAR! IMG_1599

The next box is themed ‘Future’ which is perfect as it coincides with my return to University. I’ll be putting my order in this weekend and eagerly anticipating the last week of September. If you guys also wish to place an order, then you can use the code NEWSUB10 and get 10% off your first purchase. The link for the site is: http://www.geekgearbox.co.uk/

or use my referral code so i’m in with a chance of receiving a free box!  https://geekgearbox.cratejoy.com/refer/Charl-MZUMOIKU

Thanks for reading! Please click the follow button to get regular updates, and send me any information on similar boxes that you think I might enjoy!

Charlotte x

 

The Treat Trove July 2016 box review

This month’s treat trove box has arrived! I received it Saturday and I think this is one of my favourite boxes so far. It is a little later than usual box we were notified on the Facebook page about the delay as there was chocolate in the box and we actually had a few days of hot weather, hence the later delivery. IMG_1418 (1)

The chocolate lolly thankfully arrived completely intact although the little squirrel had come a bit loose from the lolly and so I had two separate chocolate treats instead of one. I of course was devastated over this, or not. The chocolate was lovely really milky, maybe a little too sweet for me but I’m odd and don’t even like Cadbury’s chocolate because I find it too sweet. Prefer Swiss chocolate from M&S. I did really enjoy it though, was just what I needed after my shift today and there was just enough that I didn’t feel like I’d had too much sugar, but enough sugar to calm the sugar cravings. These are made by The Lollipop Stop but I can’t find the link to their store, if I do I’ll add it in.

There is something a little different in this box which I have fallen in love with! It’s a Cinnamon Designs phone charm. It’s so pretty and the perfect size and colour and shape and….yeah I really like it. It’s a bit unique and I’ve just ordered a custom made purse from Phoenix Rising Reusables (https://www.facebook.com/groups/PhoenixRisingReusables/) and I think I’m going to save it so I can attach it to the purse when it arrives. I’ll look after the purse more than my phone which gets a bit battered The colours, I’m in love with the colours, make me all calm just by looking at them, okay, sorry I’m done. I’d never heard of the store but I’ve done a bit of research since this box came and here is the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/cinnamondesigns2/?fref=ts. They’re also local to me when I’m back at University as they’re based in Cardiff so I feel like I’m supporting the locals. They have a massive range of products so please check them out even if it’s just on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CinnamonDesigns2 they do engraved plaques, notebooks, charms, ornaments, all sorts. I actually wish they had a little store that I could take a walk around as this is the kind of thing I love!

As usually we also got a few smellies this month, I mean the melts and pamper products, not me! The first product is a little wax melt tart by Lola Rose. It’s a Lovely Dove scent that smells like the Dove soup you can get, all clean and fresh. I know I usually am not much of a fan of wax melts and candles but its scents like this that I love. I would buy this to put one in every sock and pant draw that I could as well as for every room. Honestly can’t wait to use it. Might even save it for the colder months where you can’t have the garden door open as often, that way the room will smell fresh again.  I struggled a little to find the store for this one but in the end google came through. Would definitely recommend to the supplier that they include those details on the little label. The Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/scentsbylolarose and there are loads of different things to try and they’re pretty cheap as well so go check her out…now!

The second smelly is actually a little unique as it’s a Lemon Sherbet Mini Bubble crumble slice. Again, a scent I love! It’s by Marshmallow Blends: http://www.marshmallowblends.co.uk/ who also have a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/Marshmallowblends/ all handmade by the looks of things and if the rest of the things smell half as amazing as this slice does then I really wish they had a store to shop in as it would be worth the almost instant headache I would get. I haven’t tried it out yet and don’t have a bath so will be using it as a foot soak or a hand soak as the lovely Suzanne Barbato (one of the lovely ladies of Treat Trove) recommended. A good pamper day tomorrow I think.

Another nice little touch in this box was a make a wish bracelet. I again love the colours and the thought that goes behind it, so pretty. It’s a bracelet by Alfie Isaac who has an Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AlfieIsaac?ref=search_shop_redirect. They’re currently closed until the 6th when apparently they’re releasing some new designs so I’ll be taking a look later this week. From what I can see they do a variety of bracelets with different charms and inspirational quotes for different occasions. They come with an envelope so you could post it to someone instead of the boring birthday or celebration cards that you usually get. I’m not wearing mine at the minute as I can’t wear things on my wrist at work (Health care Assistant) so I’m saving it for when I’m back to University. My only negative is the string used is a little stiff and not the most comfortable, I understand that it’s supposed to wear through so that ‘your wish comes true’ but maybe a thin cotton thread would be a little better? Still a lovely addition to this box and I’ll be keeping the card in my work diary.

The pads in this box are really pretty and I’m really happy with the quality of them all. The first one is a Ngozi Sews pad which is a supplier I’ve been wanting to try out but keep missing out on when they have a stocking. The lady that makes these pads is called Nina Goodall and she’s super lovely. The pad is a 9” Regular pad and its padded enough that you can tell it’s there but not so much that you’re conscious that others know it’s there. I like to be able to feel my pads otherwise I feel like I’m going to soak through them so I’m looking forward to testing this one out. I’d recommend checking out the Facebook group as they have a waiting list for custom orders and often do Market nights along with Red Queen Cloth (who made the pad I received in my first box and love it!) the page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clothpadmad/IMG_1421

I’d join the group as soon as you can because the next Market night is 5th August at 8pm (BST) and my lovely friend Karen Lucas is a guest seller. She makes the Moongazy Cloth pads (https://www.facebook.com/groups/moongazycloth/) and I have two pads so far that are fantastic quality so definitely check her out and be there for the Market! Can’t wait! She isn’t selling pads on this occasion, just the pad pods, but still great quality and if you want to purchase i’d recommend messaging her page as she has a great range of prints.

The next two pads are both from Muff Fluff which is a brilliant name! I have heard of this maker before but hadn’t had the chance to try out these pads before so it’s a great edition and should be just in time for this cycle. They’re both a unique diamond sort of shape and are actually the perfect size for liners/light pads. I think they’re 7 and 8” respectively but I’m not 100%, they’re lovely and thing though, which I do like in liners as I don’t have to feel secure, just need to know that if I get a surprise Aunty Flo visit then my trousers won’t be ruined. These should do the job perfectly. I’m in love with the little turtle print, might go to the top of my liner pile! There Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/Muff-Fluff-CSP-741416342625723/ and the prices look pretty good to me! I would recommend they put the Facebook page on the label though as it would make it easier to find them, but I’m happy to have the pads to myself for now!

My only downside to this box is the fact that for the second box in a row we’ve had a cloth pad design that is also available on the Treat Trove website. Whilst I am very happy with the pad, I wish I could have tried a different maker rather than something in stock. I buy the pads from this site when I can and I very nearly had double the pads, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing especially when the pads are great. It’s just a niggle and the hope of trying a wider range of suppliers. Not a disappointment at all! The only reason I point it out is that in my previous box I’d ordered a Chubby Joe pad and also received one in the box that month so it took away some of the excitement as I was already trying that supplier out though the same place. This entire little paragraph doesn’t make much sense but I know what I mean! That and I like to add an improvement tip to a review and this was the only thing I could think of for this box!

So, a brilliant box with loads of new stores for you lot to check out, I think this box is my favourite so far and I’m really wishing I could buy the August box but I’m afraid the limited funding at the minute means that for August’s box you’ll all just have to order your own to try them for yourselves! The site is: http://thetreattrove.co.uk/ and you could even order your September boxes whilst you’re at it! Any questions then come join us over on the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thetreattrove/ they’re all super lovely people and always happy to help.

Thanks for reading! Now go spend your money and treat yourselves!

Charlotte x