A bit of Pugilist Movember Face care?

Pugilist Brand – I got the Pre-shave Oil and the Shaving Soap, both in the Citrus Grove scent.

I’ve a goatee, so I’m not really doing anything for Movember this year, but did fancy a treat when my shaving soap was about finished and I’ve had this a few weeks now.

The boring stuff first. Package arrived quickly, in a couple of days, as pictured, in a bubble wrap envelope with the oil in a ziplock bag and a plastic shrink wrap cover over the lid. The oil container didn’t have a pipette lid as the website pictures, but I don’t think that’s a problem. There’s also a receipt and thank you type note which is a nice touch.

The pre-shave oil, it’s lovely and does a great job of helping to improve the shaving experience. The scent is subtle, not to over powering like the few others that I have tried, this also applies nicely with just a few drops in the palm of your hand and rubbed onto your face, without leaving a slimy or sticky feel.

As I’m lazy and shave every other day, with a double edged blade, using Persona blades if anyone is interested, this product has been great. I’m not sure if it’s entirely needed if you’re shaving everyday and not a hairy monster mind, as the shaving soap is rather awesome. That said, a few weeks in and it hardly looks like I’ve made a dent in the bottle, so this should last quite a while so the initial cost shouldn’t seem all that bad at all.

The shaving soap, loved this too. It fits a standard shaving cup/container, mine happens to be an old Crabtree and Evelyn tub. This also has a nice, yet subtle citrus scent which isn’t over powering if you used a aftershave on top. This lathers up very easily and applies great. The lather doesn’t get overly bubbly and keeps it’s consistency on your skin for the duration of the shave, which is a balance I’ve not found in a few of the other soaps I’ve tried and something I really like about this. It’s nice to get a soft feeling lather, yet still be able to see what you’re doing when you shave. I’ve also yet to make a dent in this soap, so can see this lasting a long time too.

Another nice thing about both of these products seems to be the fairly minimalist ingredients used, sure it’s a soap and chemicals are needed, but these do not seem to have an entire chemists lab used in the make up that many of the commercial brands seem to be.

The real question is, do I venture into the other scents next time, or stick with this one, that’s just lovely and refreshing?

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Nappy Codes?

Huggies v Pampers

So you’ve been buying nappies and noticing that they have a sticker on the inside with a code you can redeem for prizes, with the flyer being able to win a years supply of nappies and wipes, how awesome!

Well not exactly…but you’ve nothing to lose by trying.

Once you’ve set up a user profile at both sites, you can plug your codes in. Pampers certainly make this a lot easier to do, as you can add more than one code at a time and if you’re anything like me, I just keep them in a draw and do a bunch at a time when bored some evening, and gives you a chance to check out other prizes being offered.

Huggies, you have to enter and submit a code each time and also select a store where you bought them from a drop down menu, which is more hassle.

On the other hand, to enter the year supply of nappy and wipes with Huggies, it only costs you 5 points per draw and you can enter as often as you want. Pampers cost you 20 points to enter their monthly competition.

They both offer many other prizes that you can enter for. Huggies have a instant win thing where the prizes are smaller and use less points, but you find out straight away and they also have small monthly prizes such as a box of nappies that you can enter and wait till they draw a winner. Pampers allow you to spend the points on products, toilet seats, toys, that kind of thing as well.

One nice thing about Pampers, they have a chart showing how many points you’ll likely earn for each product, because different type of nappies, sizes and number count get different points ranging from 10 for wipes or a small packet to 180 for a large box for instance. Huggies doesn’t appear to do this and the points ranged from 4 I’m guessing for the wipes, to 25 for a packet of nappies.

At the end of the day, you’ve got nothing to lose by keeping the codes and doing the programs, but they probably aren’t worth the extra cost over getting a store branded box of nappies, especially if they had a coupon you could use.

 

 

 

Aqueduck Bathroom Faucet Extender – Review

Aqueduck Bathroom Faucet Extender

This product is made by Peachy LLC

 

For anyone with toddlers who are potty trained or getting that way, this is a really useful product!

You’ve got a toddler up on their stool, trying to wash their hands and they just can’t reach and you don’t want to be lifting them up every time, especially when they’re starting to get a little heavy.

This is a simple, plastic piece that has a rubber attachment on one end which holds this onto the sink faucet and the plastic folds up creating a tube. Easily attaches to a variety of sink faucets.

Simple, easy to use product that’ll help your kids out.

Best place to buy this seems to be on Amazon for $13

 

 

 

 

 

Ni Hao, Kai-lan Discovery Game – Review

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This game is aimed at children 3 plus, so we got it for our 3 year old. I don’t recommend it, certainly unless the child is much older.
The dice popper, which I thought would be fun for our little one is incredibly hard to pop, I struggle to push it hard enough as it is.
The little pieces are really cheaply made and the card board inserts to the plastic base of the pieces just slide about and never stay put. There is also no box to this board game, so it’s really hard to keep all the pieces together without losing them.
The instructions, if you actually want to play this properly are also not printed on the underside of the board, which is a really flimsy piece of cardboard, which is such an over site. The plastic that sits on the board is also rubbishy, weak and within minutes was cracking at the corners and falling apart.
Not very impressed with this game, which is a shame because it is very cute.

Child Safety Gate

Well it’s gotten to that point where we really needed one for our crawling tot.

Our criteria was based on:-
-Recommendations from friends/family
-Cost
-Ease of use and installation; not requiring it to be hardware fixed because we rent

With that in mind, we went with Safety 1st Perfect Fit Gate – $35 so the price was good considering how expensive some are, also it is a sturdy gate, not the best looking but it can be pressure fixed against the door frame.

Over all it works as a safety barrier, but as a opening gate, not so good because you do need to use the hardware for that to work, screwing it into the wall and using the mounts, which does take the point of the pressure fit away some what.

The auto fit system which seems good on paper, and when watching it work, does seem to work well, but it is only on one side of the gate so I can see how this might not work so well for people who have base board heat on both sides of a corridor or other things that could be in the way against the wall.

It is also quite heavy too, so definitely make sure you have it installed securely.

Over all, I think it works quite well and worth the money, though if we had our own house and could install a proper gate I would perhaps look at another option.