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Aldi’s specialbuy Lacura skin care review

I will start off by saying I was a complete snob when I tried this.
I had seen Aldi’s Lacura range in store before and thought there was no way a supermarket brand would compare with my own beloved Avon Vitale day and night creams.
Aldi, I am sorry. I was wrong!
Recently the specialbuy section offered limited edition day and night creams, night eye gel cream and morning serum at £3.99 each. The packaging is really pretty, metallics and purple, yay!

Next confession: I have never tried a serum before so had no idea at all what to expect but I wanted to get the whole set so bought it anyway.
OMG these products are fantastic. I have been using them for about a month now and have noticed a real difference in my skin. The texture of the creams are opposite to my usual Avon ones (the day cream is thicker than the night cream) which took some getting used to.

My skin feels smoother and plumper than before and I am certain my lines are not as noticeable. The creams absorb into the skin quickly and easily.
So the downside…
The serum has left me a bit confused. My skins feels slightly greasy all day after using it but there is no obvious residue so other people wouldn’t notice any difference. I have no idea if this is usual as I have never tried one before so let me know if this happens with your products!
I would prefer the day cream to have SPF protection in it. I would have liked an eye cream for the day to be included in the set: there is a day and night eye cream available which I have just bought but not tried yet (see video below).
I was majorly impressed by the Lacura products from Aldi and would not hesitate to try them again. I will certainly keep and eye out and buy them next year when they are the weekly specialbuy again.
Here is my latest Aldi haul:

And now for the competition! I showed you in my video the jewellery set I have bought to giveaway to one UK reader, a little pre-Christmas thank you for reading my blog 🙂

Aldi jewellery set

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Dinosaurs! Matthew takes over the blog, roar!

Over the summer Lego Ninjago was all that we talked about in our house. However, Matthew has now chosen a new passion: dinosaurs!

I know more about dinosaurs than many other women my age 🙂 so I thought I would give Matthew a chance to share some of his knowledge.
First of all an A to Z of dinosaurs:
Allosaurus, Baryonyx, Coelophysis, Dilophosaurus, Edmontonia, Fukuisaurus (I kid you not! be careful how you pronounce it!), Giganotosaurus, Hypsilophodon, Iguanodon, Jaxartosaurus, Kentrosaurus, Lambeosaurus, Muttaburrasaurus, Nothosaurus, Ornithomimus, Protoceratops, Quetzalcoatlus, Rhamphorhynchus, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Utahraptor, Velociraptor, Wuerhosaurus, X (sorry I don’t think there is one!), Yinlong, Zuniceratops.
This would be a good starting point for a car game: we play this all the time (girls names, boys names, food, illnesses, body bits are some of the other popular ones).

Some amazing facts for you: we are closer in time to T Rex (65 million years apart) than T Rex is to Stegosaurus (80 million years apart)!!!
Brontosaurus is argued about by scientists. First it was a dino. Then it was actually an apatosaurus. Recent research believes it did in fact exist as a separate dinosaur species to apatosaurus.
Dinosaurs have more DNA in common with modern birds than with modern reptiles.
Pteranodon was not a dinosaur. It was a flying reptile. Ichthyosaurus was not a dinosaur. It was a marine reptile.
OK so let’s finish up with a little quiz (answers at the bottom of the page (no cheating!)
  1. How many wings did the microraptor have? a) 2 b) 4 c) 6
  2. How many different types of dinosaur have been found in the UK?
  3. Which of these is not a real dinosaur? a) Dracorex hogwartsia b) Vegesaurus c) Irritator
  4. Some plant eaters had over 1000 teeth. True or false?
  5. What were the names of the continents during the Jurassic? Gondwana and… a) Chrisia b) Laurasia c) Anyana

Answers:

  1. Microraptor had 4 wings
  2. 25 types of dino in the UK.
  3. Vegesaurus is NOT real. Dracorex hogwartsia IS real but may turn out to be a young pachycephalosaurus.
  4. True! Some duck billed dinosaurs had up to 1400 teeth
  5. Laurasia (hugely excited that we almost share a name 🙂 )

Jorie and the Magic Stones by AH Richardson review and giveaway

The words that came to mind while reading this book are classic and epic. I really enjoyed reading this introduction to Jorie and her adventures. The style and content reminds me quite a lot of the Chronicles of Narnia series which were some of my favourite books when I was growing up (and still are today!).
Originally I thought the book was a little old fashioned but that isn’t a criticism: I would now change that description to ‘timeless’. It has all the makings of a classic that can span generations in the same way as the Narnia books.

Jorie is a little girl sent to live in a remote part of Scotland with her great aunt. She meets Rufus who lives close by and they explore the local area and develop a fascination with a tarn. Jorie finds a book with magic words and is transported to a magical world of dragons and adventure where she needs to find special stones in order to thwart the plans of Lord Fodomalk.
Jorie is a fantastic lead character, brave and inspiring whilst also kind. The interesting folk she meets on her journey will be loved by children and it will fire their imaginations trying to visualise them.
The book is not particularly scary so younger children would enjoy having this read to them. I think Matthew (aged 7) may be a little too young to read this alone confidently but 9 year olds should have no difficulty with the vocabulary or comprehension.
I would score this book 5/5. It took me back to my own childhood reading but I also loved it in its own right. I hope to read more in the series and follow more of Jorie’s adventures.
The publishers have kindly offered to send a copy of Jorie and the Magic Stones to one of my readers. Enter the competition below for your chance to win!

Win a copy of ‘Jorie and the Magic Stones’ by AH Richardson

If you can’t wait to read the book then here is the link for it on Amazon:

*I was sent a copy of the book for the purpose of this review. All opinions remain my own.