The Spongedry; heard of it? Here’s a review.

DISCLAIMER: This was sent to me as a PR sample for me to try, at my own request. What follows is my honest opinion.

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Good morning.-

If you follow me over on Instagram, you’d have probably have guessed what this post is about. (Ever heard of a ‘Sponge dry’? If you go to the widget on the right, you can follow my accounts to find out more.) Anyway, for this post, I will be reviewing a Spongedry!

Just what is it?

A sponge dry is an instrument that you can easily slip into your make up bag, which stores your blender, in order to dry it. (You can also get the blenders on the website-or with my code-more about that in a minute.)

Packaging.

I think that this was one of the only things that let the Spongedry down. Obviously, it has to be secure, however I could not open the box without a pair of scissors. Also, I hadn’t realised that the instructions were on the back-rather than in a booklet-meaning that I threw them away! (Although this was my fault, I do feel that it could have been a bit more clearer.) Asides from my mistake, the Spongedry was also hard to get out of the box, as it was seemingly stuck in. (But it had not arrived smashed, or broken, which is always a bonus.) I have since been informed that there are instruction videos and information on the website-link at the bottom of this post-so if you’re like me, I’d advise you to visit the website!

Branding.

I like the branding-it’s like almost talking to a dear friend. However, the brand itself could stand out more on the box-just to re-home that this is their product, and it’s really cool.

The Product itself.

Now I will admit, I’m not much of a heavy make up user-too much can sometimes lead to acne. (Because who wants that?!) So, I did ask my sister for some help. The Spongedry works well-and she liked the Blender that came with it. The blenders are really soft, squishy, and easy to use, because of their size. I think that this will easily become a cult beauty product-and for any beauty fans, this is what you need!

Click here to go to the Basic Beauty Tools website. If you’re ordering the Spongedry, add under ‘Note To Seller’ one of the following codes, in order to receive an extra free blender: Purple: LYDIAPURPLE , Pink: LYDIAPINK, Black: LYDIABLACK. 

See you tomorrow,

Lydia

XO

Jewellery Box Haul And Review. 

Disclaimer: this post contains a review of a PR sample. These pieces were sent to me to honestly review, which I have done so in the following piece. Thank you to Jewellery Box for working with me!

What girl doesn’t love jewellery? And good quality for a low price at that? (I know I do!) This is why I was delighted to receive this haul! (Because the post really excites me…) Let’s see what’s inside…please do be aware that this is a very ‘photo heavy’ post, designed to show these samples off..

(By the way, how do you like the new photography? I’m using a fancy new iPHONE now..)

Packaging/branding:

Well, it’s well branded, isn’t it? For every teeny tiny parcel that was included, the logo was stamped onto it. Classy! (On a serious note, I do love a brand that makes itself known.)

The packaging is also really cute…I like the theme, almost tropical in that respect-the hue of the paper and on the boxes reminded me a little bit of palm trees. And the packaging is far from excessive; what’s not to love? Environmentally, this is a good unique selling point.


And it’s almost alike to getting a lovely letter from your best friend! I particularly loved the envelopes best of all, simply because of this. (And what other brand uses envelopes as packaging? I can’t think of many.)


Even if a parcel, look how good the packaging looks! It’s like a package from a pen friend, who you haven’t seen in a long time. And as I was having a bad day when I received this, it really cheered me up.

The pieces themselves:

Oh, I have been spoilt!


This ring has to be my favourite piece overall. I love butterflies! (But the only finger it fitted on was this. Please, no jokes about engagements..) And this is somewhat of an oddity, as I’m not usually a ring person. But the metal used ensures that you are not left with a green band encompassing your finger at the end of the day. It also is small enough as not to get caught on anything-always a bonus.


And how do you like this new thumb ring? It was a little bit big, so it did slip and slid, yet it looks nice…so, I’ll look past this flaw for now! I also love how it looks a little bit like Pandora, yet has placed its own unique slant on the design. And besides, it makes my hands look more feminine. (As you can probably tell from my time of writing, they do get some abuse-nail biting, etc.) Let’s detract from that now!


Now I will admit to being a little bit silly. Whilst looking at the website, I got a little bit carried away, in noting that these were rose gold. I thought they’d be big hoops! (Turns out that they’re tiny..and I really struggled with the clasps. Turns out they were too tiny to fit in my lobes.) But they’d be a perfect gift for a niece..


I love charm bracelets, really I do, and I think I have found the next best thing. This braclet has an adjustable length, meaning it can be as long or as short as you like. It also means that there are spaces for a lot of charms! (Because who wouldn’t want that?) But as someone who has some sensory issues-ASD means I dislike some sensations, etc-this was also quite comforting. It doesn’t ‘bite’ or catch the skin, meaning that it slides freely up and down your arm. Perfect! I also love the L charm I was sent..


Can ya see it?

Finally..


Because I love the pendant, okay? The chain again didn’t make my neck itch, and it was small enough to be somewhat of a choker. Although I did struggle with the clasp a little bit, I love it regardless.

Feedback and general points:

  • The website could have photographs of people wearing the products, just to give a better sense of sizing, style, etc.
  • Clasps could be made just a little bit easier to use.

But all in all, I’m happy that I came across this brand, and will be turning to them for birthdays and for gifts. Visit them at their website to see more.

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

 

The Greek Lemon Box; want food via the post? Here’s my review.

DISCLAIMER: This box was sent to me, at my own request, in exchange for a review. What follows is my honest review. 

We all love food, right?

I was intrigued by The Greek Lemon, having found the company on Twitter; because how could you send food this elaborate in a box? (I know that you can send Cheese and Cheesecake, but this sounded a little bit like a dream…

Take a look inside!

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Anyway, enough fawning over food-I have a review to show you!

Packaging:

Firstly, I was really impressed-the box was really heavy! As a subscription box, I feel that it’s really good value for money-everything was so tightly packed inside it. However, one side of the box was very ripped-I think the postal service had been a bit rough-so just be careful!

Branding:

This is a brand that stays true to its intentions; it is Greek to the core. I love how its slogan incorporates this, and how a list of ingredients that were included also had a history included-as well as Greek traditions. There was even a slip of paper with recipes, and how the owner of the brand has some greek background. This is what I was impressed with most.

The Product:

As a caution, you will need to cook with this box-but there may be some ‘snacks’ included. I loved Mykonos Almond treats by Maria Nefeli-these sweet balls of what seemed to be dough, they made my mouth water.

I think that this is a box that’s good value for money; I shall be cooking with it later, which you’ll be able to see on my social media. Until tomorrow,

Lydia

XO

Click here to visit The Greek Lemon’s website.

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I am pleased to sat that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you order a Spongedry via this link, you can also get an extra free blender, using the following codes for the designated colour. Purple: LYDIAPURPLE Pink: LYDIAPINK Black: LYDIABLACK

Cheese Posties Review-because it’s Cheese in the post. What’s not to love!? 

Disclaimer: at my own request, the samples used in this post were posted to me, for an open and honest review. Thanks also to Dave for sending these to me. It has been a great opportunity to work with you! 


You know the subscription boxes you can find online? Last year, in a bout of research, it took me a little while to find the ultimate box: the cheese Posties. You have all the ingredients posted to you, for a Cheese Toastie. Perfect! I just had to try a box..

Branding:

The company that makes these has recently re-launched; so, to be quite frank, I was not really sure what to expect. And it was a nice surprise to come home to, on a freezing Friday afternoon in January! 

There’s something very simple in the design; not too overbearing, it’s elegant almost, and the branding is clever. Just look at the stamp on the left here-cheese toastie on an atcual stamp! 

It’s also very clear, in that the logo has no added extras-just think Apple Inc. This is the company, so no need to be ostentatious at all. It’s sleek, simple, and a rather sophisticated way of marketing themselves.

So far, I haven’t really got any expectations.

Do you want to have a look inside? Of course you do! This was where I was most impressed, in a sort of Mary Poppins-esque moment. Just the sheer amount of stuff that could be nestled inside…

Just look at this beauty of a subscription box! For any cheese lover-and that includes myself-at this stage of the opening of said box, the anticipation is rather great. Gotta give it to the cheese! This is just simply magic, almost, at its finest. 

As you can see on the lid, it tells you how to toast, in a very succinct manner. But I also think it’s worth noting that I received two boxes-one sweet, one savoury. For the latter, the contents included. Those marked with an asterisk are included with each box:

  • Two slices of bread.
  • Mint.
  • Blueberry jam.
  • Cottage cheese.
  • Butter.*
  • Toasting bag.*
  • Instruction book.*
  • Top trump.*
  • Stamp.*

So, I just had to make myself the red lecister version from the savoury box..

But I just had to make a cross-branding point; the mix of print and online is genius! There’s the instruction book of course, but there’s also an app, an online diary, etc. This is good branding at its highest.

I also really liked the tongue-in-cheek language that’s used to market the company. To the left is one of the top trump cards from one of the boxes used..who would ever directly use the term ‘political correctness’ as a company these days? 

What makes me laugh is when I come to the instruction booklet-and the emphasis placed on the greatness of cheese! (But you’ll have to subscribe to see for yourself, what I mean…)

And you get your very own cheese Postie stamp/sticker. Needless to say, at this point, I am a very happy blogger.

(By the way, what do you think about these photos? I’m awful at taking them and keeping the camera still,but I’ve edited these a little bit. Gotta bring out the cheesy goodness!)

The Toastie Itself.
(I think it may be possible that I’ve spotted a slight design flaw…) When making the Toastie, I advise you to use a plate. (I hadn’t, in an attempt to get a more artistic shot, and because I was being lazy…) Otherwise, it may mess up your Toastie. And who would want that!?

The toasting bag seemed to be a little too small. As a desperate  guide for myself, I tore a little into the sides. That way, the Toastie could still fit, and was safely covered.


But when I heard sizzling, I had to take it out the Toaster. What had essentially happened, because I had to tear the sides, it was a little burnt, and that the middle wasn’t properly toasted. Although, then again, it may have been my own stupidity, in not assembling the whole thing properly. Who knows? But it’s probably worthwhile saying in a review.

The Toastie was still good, though. But I think another method could be used to toast it. Just for the sake of saving face!

To subscribe to Cheese Posties, please visit their website. (Click here to go their directly.) But what do you think-would you subscribe to this? Leave your thoughts below.
Lydia

XO

Busy Bee Stationery August Box Review.

(DISCLAIMER: The following post involves a PR sample. I was sent this for free, in exchange for an honest review. That is what this post is intended to be.)

Hello my lovely Blog readers.-

A little while ago, this parcel arrived in the post. And, to be totally honest, any parcel always garners my interest. It’s from the lovely people at Busy Bee Stationery, New York. I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. It’s the August version, so I do realise I’m a little late to The game..

(The Filofax is hiding my address.)

This is what I saw on opening. 

To be honest, there was a little moment of a sinking feeling. It was almost like receiving a huge parcel, yet to find out a toothbrush, and excess packaging was inside. But, the box really wasn’t like that, meaning I was quite surprised. 

I loved how the little note have the August theme as “being creative.” In the above photo is a large stamp set, and fountain pen. A bonus, since that’s what I can only write with very well..

What follows is what else was inside..

Journaling cards! These will look very cool in my Filofax, just to draw attention to much needed detail, with a HUGE giraffe face 😍

To be totally honest, I’m not sure what these are..they seem to be paper that you can stick with a gluestick? But I love the feel..

A huge double pack of stickers. They will be nice in my planner…

Washi Tape stickers..😍😍 they stick really well..

Finally, some plain paper cards.

So, essentially, this box was a card making kit. I stuck the theme, and decided to Get Creative, by making cards. A scholar I was talking to have me the idea; a sort of poetry exchange. Although, this time, it would be by snail mail. 🐌🐌 And more creative than emailing.

In doing so, I really felt like a kid again: peeling and printing, stamping and sticking. Not at all akward. In fact, I really enjoyed myself, and can’t wait to see what people think. Maybe that could even be carried out as a blog exchange?

Overall, this box is a great investment; I just feel it needs a little more airtight packaging, to prevent my initial dissapointment.

What do you think?

Lydia

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