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My girls are all about being pampered, from face masks down to pedicures. They especially enjoy having their fingernails painted and will often come up to me with a bottle of their favourite colour varnish. Like myself, they are also big lovers of anything glittery and sparkly which is where Shaky pop nail studio becomes super ‘handy’ like what I did there?
What is Shaky Pop nail Studio?
Shaky pop Nail studio is a unique style and beauty range for young girls and boys that captures fashion and beauty trends and transforms them into cool aspirational toys. Suitable for 8 years and above.
What’s in the box?
- Nail glitter applicator
- 2 Glitter pots
- Easy peel nail paint
- A little nail brush
- Nail studio stand
- Instruction leaflet
Step by step on how it works
- First of all, take everything out of the box and arrange it on the nail stand provided, so that everything is in one place in front of you, pop out the little buttons that are covering the holes in the applicator and store them on the stand. Unscrew the lids off the glitter and place them back on the stand and then lay some paper down to catch any excess glitter so that you can pour it back into the pot.
2. Decide what nails you want to paint and how you want to paint them. I found that the nail paint dried very quickly so we did two nails at a time. If you are only doing a single nail or two at a time, decide which fingers you are going to do and pop the buttons that you first took out of the applicator, back in the applicator to block off any excess glitter coming out of the holes.
3. Choose which glitter you want and twist it into the bottom of the applicator. This is where the piece of paper on the table to catch any glitter so you can pour it back into the tub is very handy.
4. Paint your nail/s using the nail paint and then squeeze your finger/s through the holes in the shaky pop applicator making sure they are in far enough to fill any gaps so that no glitter can escape.
5. SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE
6. Take them out slowly being careful not to scrape your new nails. They will look messy at first as the glitter will escape as you pull your nails out and will stick to your skin like glitter loves to do.
7. Take the nail brush and brush off any extra glitter that is sticking to your skin around the nail to neaten them. The nail paint is easy to peel so if you get that on your skin, you can just peel that straight off.
And just like that, you are done, it’s as easy as that. Then you can simply peel them off and reapply again and again.
The Shaky Pop Nail Studio is available to buy from Smyths
♡ EverDreamerz, Dream together ♡
Disclaimer- I was sent these products in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Playmobil has been around forever, I remember playing with it when I was little and my eldest, Leo (14) playing with it when he was little so I was so pleased when my two girls took a liking to it last year when we got a sent a Mars space station to review and from then on their obsession and collection has grown.
Milly and Lydia can spend hours in their bedroom making up stories and mixing sets together to create one big adventure with all the different characters and they love it when I join in, so you can imagine their little faces when we got sent the Ever Dreamerz Series two dolls to review.
Who are the EverDreamerz?
The EverDreamerz are five friends Rosalee, Viona, Edwina, Clare and Starleen. Who venture to Edwina’s colourful Comic City dreamscape, where everything can be both drawn and erased. The girls make a big mess, ending up with all colour being removed from the world. The five friends have to team up with several unique characters along the way to restore the colour.
The Evil Lady Nightmare tries to turn the girl’s dreams into nightmares, but the power of friendship unites them, and they go on to meet plenty of unique supporting characters along the way. There is also a catchy theme song which you will love and won’t be able to stop singing, even when the kids are at school you will find yourself either humming or singing it.
The EverDreamerz is aimed at slightly older kids aged 7 years + and this due to them containing some smaller parts. There are two different product ranges within the EverDreamerz Comic World. The five main girls figures in a big surprise box (£14.99 each) and 12 surprise characters in smaller surprise boxes which are £5.99 each.
The main girls come in a bigger box to the additional characters and are full of surprises which I will explain now step by step.
Each main girl box will show you their character on the front but don’t worry as there are plenty of other surprises inside to keep the kids excited and in suspense. There is a tear line where it says ‘Open me here’ so that your child can open this easily and then the sleeve will slide off and reveal the inside box which will look like this and on the other side is a poster of your character for you to keep.
Inside you will see a really cool colouring box where you can colour in all the little pictures as well as reveal the magical amulet. Open it up and you will find a secret box.
Keep in mind that these yellow boxes are reusable and you can store all your new little bits from the blinds bags inside to keep them safe, but be careful not to rip them when opening them.
Inside the first box is your collectors guide which will show you all the characters you can collect in the series including the Ultra-rare figure ‘Colorista’ and her golden charm. You will get a bracelet with some beads and your characters lucky charm and their EverDreamerz magic pet.
I have to admit that it took me a good few minutes to figure out how to get the beads on the rubber band but when it clicked it was easy to do. The beads go on the end with the ring and you need to squish it together to poke it through the hole.
Once you have finished unboxing this part, just open up your box and there are two more re-usable yellow boxes as well as more surprises under the flaps which will have more blind bags inside.
Inside these bags you will find:
- The character on the front of the box with a removable skirt that you can swap and use on the other girls in the series, some characters have clip-on buns for their hair too.
- a character stand
- Magic Pet which could either be a Flamingo, Panda, LLama, Meerkat or Cat
- Collectable card
- Accessories which could be a paint pot, handbag, camera, pens, a teddy, art easel, paintbrushes, weights.
- Water pen
- A comic book and a comic sign prop which you can colour in with your water pen.
The only thing that confused me about this unboxing set was that there were no instructions on where to put some of the stickers that weren’t self-explanatory, so we had to guess. I think this is something that they should maybe rethink for the next series.
What’s inside the 12 surprise character boxes??
These are perfect for little pocket-money gifts or stocking fillers as they only retail for £5.99 each. The 12 figures you can collect in here are a complete surprise as on these boxes they do not show you what character you are going to get.
Inside you will find a collectors guide, Playmobil character, a charm, colour changing sticker and a trading card and accessories. This set does not come with a water pen but you can just wet your child’s finger and they can colour there sign in that way.
What we thought about EverDreamerz Series two
We love them and I think they are priced very reasonably for what you get inside. The whole unboxing experience is so much fun with all the different compartments to open and I love that they have reused the packaging as storage for all the little bits you get. What I also love about Playmobil and have always have loved is their attention to detail in their accessories.
There was minimal plastic used and I love the bright colours and the creativity behind the story. I think that this is a great set for any Playmobil fan to collect and has not disappointed. I know my girls, especially Emily will get hours upon hours of fun including her EverDreamerz into her collection.
You can see the full range of EverDreamerz on the Playmobil Website
A few months ago, a friend of mine posted a photo of her Lab on Facebook who had just given birth to a litter of 11 all black puppies. I messaged her to see if there was any left and fortunately for us, she had one left, a boy. I never envisioned myself having a boy and always thought that I would stick to girls. We had been thinking of getting a second dog for a while to keep Rosie company but was always put off by the process of finding another trustworthy breeder. However, as I already knew the person we were buying our pup from it was such an easy decision.
The next two months went by so fast and it was so strange not being able to meet our new puppy before taking him home. With Rosie, we went to see her twice before we took her home but due to Covid-19, this was not going to happen, especially as Bonzo was being brought up in a family home. We had spent the previous weeks preparing for him, buying his bed, puppy pads, toys, and learning about how to introduce a new puppy to another family dog.
Fast forward eight weeks and it was time to take him home. We had been sent regular updates and photos of him during this time, but it just wasn’t the same as being able to meet him beforehand so you can imagine the excitement for all of us was unreal.
David had a very energetic black Labrador growing up called Bonzo and he would tell us little stories about him, so it was a no brainer on the name for us and it really suits him too.
When we went to collect our new puppy, we were greeted by his mum and the kids were in their element seeing all these small, cute adorable puppy dogs running around playing with each other. They sat on the grass and all the pups came to play with them and all you could hear was laughing and cooing from them. Leo sat on the floor and the first puppy to come up to him was a pup with a light grey collar on (our pup). He sat in between Leo’s legs and rested for a short while before he started to play with him.
When we got home, David put Rosie in the garden with a new bone so that we could let Bonzo roam around downstairs and explore his new home and all the smells to go with it. He was so tiny and kept hiding under the table, and understandably the kids couldn’t leave him alone and neither could I, all we wanted to do is cuddle him and play but Bonzo was so tired after his journey, he needed to sleep so we left him to it.
After Bonzo had a little rest and woke up we put Rosie on her lead and took Bonzo into the garden so they could meet each other. Rosie was going nuts and kept trying to put her paw on him to knock him over and play, and was constantly sniffing him and his bum. We didn’t leave them unsupervised together for at least a few days because it took that time for Rosie to calm down and learn to be gentle with him.
His first night wasn’t half as bad as I thought it would be.
I thought that he was going to be how Rosie was on her first night and cry all night. However, the difference between the two was that Rosie was in a crate at night by herself, where Bonzo was in a puppy pen with Rosie as company. They sleep in the kitchen together but Bonzo is in his pen and Rosie is in her bed next to the pen and that’s only down to giving Bonzo his space to do his toilet on his pads. He woke up at 5.30am crying, which was really impressive for his first night, as he only has a tiny tummy so he was hungry.
Of course, you expect a puppy to have lots of accidents in the house whilst they are little and being trained, so these past two weeks have been eventful with cleaning up after him. We bought a stair gate to close off the hallway and living room so that we could confine Bonzo to one space, which led out to the garden and if we left the back door open, he would take himself outside to do his business on his own. When the door was closed, we had started to recognise signs from him which would indicate he was looking for a place to go. When he got up to have a sniff on the floor he would walk around in a circle and we would know to pick him up and take him outside. He is doing so well with this now and we have not had an accident in the house for a few weeks apart from on the puppy pads in the mornings.
Before we brought him home, Bonzo was being fed a different brand of food and we wanted to change him over to what Rosie ate. After a week we were running out of the brand he was on and found that we couldn’t actually buy it from the shop, as it needed to be ordered online. We had to wean him on to his new food and luckily, weaning him over to Millies Wolfheart was actually quicker than we thought it would be. I called the helpline and got some advice on how to change him over and they were very helpful. After their advice, we had him on 100% Millies in less than 48 hours. He has taken to this brand so well, his poos don’t smell half as bad as they did, which was a relief because I had been worried about transitioning him over due to how Rosie was before changing her food to Millies.
At first, naturally, he was very shy and getting used to his new home and family. It took a few days for Rosie to calm down around him but she has and it is so much better. Bonzo has gone from being shy to a bossyboots. He tried to hump the girls after a few days, which could have been due to a few things but we read online to not react to it. We taught the girls to simply get up and walk away from him and after a few days of this, he has stopped it. He knows when it’s his feeding time, boy does he know it. He loves playing with Rosie and they often chase each other for the toy that either one is playing with. It’s so sweet when they sleep as usually Bonzo will go and tuck himself next to her and cosy up.
Will update you all soon 🙂
Sunday 21st of June
Disclosure: I was sent a gift voucher to spend at Moonpig, In exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Fathers day in our house consists of David getting a lie-in till around 10.30-11am and then we all bombard him and wake him up with breakfast in bed and presents. He will usually spend the day watching a trilogy of some sort or playing on his Xbox and drinking beer, which is fine by me because on Mothers day the roles are reversed.
David and I have an agreement that because I cook during the week whilst he would usually be at work, that he would cook on the weekends but because of not being able to go out due to the pandemic, David’s been working from home and has basically been doing most of the cooking anyway, so he deserves a day off, don’t you think?
Fathers day planning has been different this year with all the non-essential shops only being reopened on Monday (15th) Even though high street shops are starting to re-open, a lot of people are still understandingly uncomfortable about visiting them with them being busy and not being able to maintain social distancing. Also with days rolling into one, time feels like it has just flew by and this is where Moonpig saved the day.
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