Monday, 20 February 2023

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

I really like liquid lipsticks and have amassed quite the collection since they first launched, I have quite a few different brands of liquid lipstick, both high end and drugstore so she the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks  £9.99  were launched at the end of the summer, I couldn't wait to try them.

Maybelline is one of my favourite drugstore brands, they have some amazing products a lot of which I own, their lip products have never failed to impress me and I was hoping for the same with the Superstay Mattes. I have the shades Dreamer, Romantic and Heroine these are the shades out of the 10 shades available that I was drawn to the most.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

The packaging of the liquid lipsticks is a sleek oblong style tube, the base of the tube shows the shade of liquid lipstick with the Maybelline logo and all have a white lid with the product name on. They have a nice applicator, it is a tapered rugby ball shape with a reservoir in the middle.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

The applicator is the same on all the shades and the lipstick is easy to apply, the tapered edge means it is easy to take the lipstick around the edges of the lips and they aren't messy at all. The lipsticks are fully opaque in just one swipe and one dip of the applicator fills in my lips fully. 

The Superstay Mattes take a few seconds to dry on the lips and do leave an ever so slight sheen once dry. When I first got them I was applying way too much and they were taking a while to dry and had a tacky feel to them but now I apply a lot less and they are great, so a handy tip, don't apply a thick layer, it isn't needed, these are so opaque and such a great formula only a small amount is needed. 

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

The wear time of these is absolutely incredible and the colour payoff is absolutely amazing, once these are on, they don't move. They last all day without the need to top up, I always receive compliments when I wear the two brighter shades but am always asked what I am wearing when I wear either of the shades. 

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

You will see from the swatches above that the lipsticks aren't matte on application, they do take a few seconds to dry, but the swatch also shows how opaque they are in just one swipe. I am really impressed with the Maybelline Superstay Matte Inks and will be picking up the shades Voyager, a deep wine shade and Dreamer, a pale pink shade as they both look lovely too. I am so pleased with the three shades I have and their wear time is amazing.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

I am wearing the shade Heroine in the photograph above and had been wearing it for around 3 hours when this photograph was taken, it is a gorgeous red shade with an orange undertone. 

The Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks are currently on a 3 for 2 promotion on the Superdrug  website and are  £9.99  each.

Overall I am really impressed with the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks and will be picking up at least another 2 shades, do you own any of these? Which is your favourite shade of the three I own? Let me know in the comments below. 
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink


Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Ten Free Fun Autumn Activities For Children

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It's the half-term school holidays this week here in the UK and today I have 10 activity ideas that are either free or affordable for you to do with children either during the half-term holiday or at the weekends during autumn or fall as it's also known. Not everyone has the budget for pumpkin picking, it has become very popular and I had no idea how much it was until someone I know took their children, it was really expensive, and it made me glad it wasn't a thing when my girls were small. 

When our girls were young, we were on a tight budget, and I soon learned how to amuse them for little money, I have lots of different ideas that we used to do for all seasons, but today I'm sharing the autumn activities my girls loved to do, and I hope the children in your life enjoy them too. 

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1. Go for an autumnal walk. 

When our girls were small, they used to love getting wrapped up and going for a walk, we'd pop their wellies on and off we went. We would do some leaf kicking, play Pooh Sticks at the local stream and sometimes find a park we hadn't visited for a while. We always made sure we went in different directions each time to mix it up a bit, and something the girls loved to do was choose which direction we went in, so one of them would say for example "go straight ahead for 10 minutes" then we'd time ourselves and then after 10 minutes the other would choose another way to go for a certain time frame, and then I'd choose and so on, but we never chose more than 15 minutes otherwise you end up miles away from home haha. 

2. Cooking or Baking.

Cooking or baking is a great way to spend time with children and something our girls always loved doing. Now I am no Mary Berry but you don't need to be, children enjoy spending time with you and basically making a mess. You can pick up the ingredients for basic fairy buns or biscuits fairly affordably or B&M and Home Bargains have some great value mixes too that has all you need apart from an egg or some water usually. 

Also making sandwiches and using cookie cutters to make them into shapes is fun or making animals or other items out of fruits and vegetables is fun too, and making pizzas always went down well with our girls, you can use wraps for the base too so it makes it easier. 

I have a couple of boards on my Pinterest account sharing ideas for snacks and lunch ideas for children of all ages if you'd like to take a look at those for some inspiration too. I always found that when children help to make lunch or dinner, they tend to be more likely to eat it, so getting them involved is a good way of amusing them and getting them to eat their lunch or dinner, win win. 

3. Movie Day. 

Grab blankets, duvets, and pillows and snuggle down to watch DVDs, a film on the TV or one you've previously recorded. If you have done some baking or made snacks, you could have those, or you can also have a carpet picnic and put everything on the floor (or a coffee table) and have a picnic. It makes what is essentially watching a film into something more special and exciting for the children. 

After the film or films depending on how many you watch, chat about the film, it's a good idea to print off some questions about the film, such as favourite character, favourite part, least favourite part, and score the film out of 10 and so on. 

4. An Autumn Scavenger Hunt.

One of the things we used to do with our girls was to go on a scavenger hunt, we did this at different times of the year. Autumn is great for scavenger hunts, there are lots of things around to look for, I have made an example of something I used to make for our girls, I will pop it below and if you would like to use it, feel free to print it off. You don't have to print anything off though, you can write a list on a piece of paper and either leave it plain or decorate it, or ask the children if they'd like to decorate it.  

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5. Collecting Items & Making A Collage.

Whilst on a walk, collect things, maybe the things you find on your scavenger hunt, obviously not the squirrel! Leaves, sycamore seeds, berries, there are so many things you can collect to make a collage in autumn. I don't know about the children in your life, but my girls loved making a mess so glueing was always a favourite. When the collage is dry, display them around the house of gift them to family and friends. 

6. Make Leaf Ghosts.

When finding things for the collage, there will be lots of sycamore leaves around, collect a few of those for the collage but don't use them all. Paint the leaves with PVA glue using a paintbrush (don't worry it will wash off with soapy water) and whilst it's still wet, cut eyes, nose and mouth out of black paper, or colour some paper black and cut them out of that, and stick them onto the leaf where it would have a face. When the glue is dry, peel it off and you will have a ghost type window sticker, it will stick to the window easily due to it being made of glue and peel off again just as easily, these look really cute and are an affordable Halloween decoration to make. 

7. Collecting & Painting Pine Cones.

Collecting pine cones is a nice thing to do during autumn, and then letting them dry out and decorating them is fun. You can decorate them and use them as autumn decorations or even Christmas decorations, I used to pop a few in a bowl on the sideboard, they look great and the girls always loved to see their creations displayed. 

8. Visit The Library.

Visiting the library is a great thing to do, at this time of year search for spooky stories to tell at Halloween, or autumnal themed stories, you can pick up audio books at the library now too if that's preferable for your little ones. You can spend an hour or so easily in the library and sometimes they will have free activities to do during the school holidays. 

If you have a local area Facebook page, it should have a list of activities that are available for children throughout the holidays, if not, google your local area followed by something like "free autumn half term activities" there should be something available. 

9. Bird Watching.

Go online and find birds you are likely to find in your garden or the park where you live at this time of year. Then make a list of however many you like and try and find them, you don't have to feed the birds, but if you want to feed them at home, there is a fabulous bird feeder with suction cups that stick to an outside window in Home Bargains for £2.99, it's really good and brilliant for bird watching. You can find it HERE. You don't have to feed the birds though, we don't feed them but we get so many different species of birds in our garden, it's nice to see the children excited when they spot one of the birds on the list too.

10. Scrapbooking & Story Writing.

This is something to do at the end of the school holidays, whilst you are out on your walks and scavenger hunts, pick up things to put in your scrapbook, and if you do go to the library, pick up some leaflets you can pop in too. Take photos on your phone and print them out and ask the children to draw a timeline of your activities and the things they enjoyed doing the most and include those too. It doesn't have to be a regular scrapbook, it can be a scrapbook box made from a shoe box or any box you have,  filled with things you collected and any pictures drawn. If you do visit the library, pick up some leaflets to include too. 

If scrapbooking isn't something the children want to do, maybe try a story writing afternoon, write a storybook of the activities you've enjoyed doing, write about their favourite thing to do, what they would like to do again, what they learned that they didn't know, and what score they give each activity. You can also suggest taking it to school to share with their class teacher and classmates if they wish. 


I hope you enjoyed reading my post, please let me know if you do any of the activities I have mentioned. It can be an expensive time of year, especially with Christmas not too far away and then the cost of living crisis on top, there is a lot of pressure on us all, I hope these ideas are helpful and the children enjoy them. 

Zoë x 


Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Do You Want A Half Price Grocery Shop? - I Have An Amazing Discount Code For You!


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I am always on the hunt for a bargain or a discount code, especially at the moment with everything going up in price on what feels like a daily basis. 

When I first started blogging I used to write discount code ideas and money saving type posts and I recently decided I was going to bring those types of posts back due to the current cost of living crisis if I can help anyone I will and if sharing codes and deals etc helps just one person it will be worth the research. 

Today I was doing some research for deals etc for a blog post and I came across one that I had to share immediately, £25.00 off a £50.00 at Asda so basically a half price grocery shop! How good is that? 

The offer is on both the Uber Eats website and their app and is available until 30th September 2022

To help you in your search, I have uploaded a photograph so you know you've found the right deal. 

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This is the photograph on the Uber Eats website and app. 

Anyway, I won't keep you, but make sure you run, don't walk to Uber Eats now and grab your £25.00 discount! And please let me know if you used the discount, you can comment here or contact me on social media, I'm @mammafulzo across all my social media. 

Zoë x

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Sunday, 18 September 2022

Next Halloween Homeware For 2022

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I know it's only September, but since there's a nip in the air in the mornings these days, it definitely feels like autumn is upon us, and with autumn, comes Halloween, so what better time to share with you some gorgeous Halloween homeware I recently came across on the Next website

I love Next I buy a good amount of my clothes from Next, and Simons to be fair and we love their homeware too, so when I saw they had their Halloween homeware online, I had to make a list of some things I love, to be honest, since writing this, they have added even more things but you don't want a list that could fit on a loo roll do you? 

I have some photographs of the things I am loving and each one is numbered, I will link (aff) each item underneath each photograph so you can go directly to that item should you wish. The cheapest item is £5.00 and the most expensive is £24.00.

Anyway, enough chit-chat (I don't half waffle!) I shall get on with it. 

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1. Halloween Gonk - £20.00 - Direct Link click here

2. Spooky Halloween Wreath - £14.00 - Direct Link click here

3. Glow In The Dark Halloween Peelable Stickers - £5.00 - Direct Link click here

4. Halloween Pumpkin Toilet Roll Cover - £7.00 - Direct Link click here

5. Set Of 3 Halloween Ghosts - £16.00 - Direct Link click here

6. 16 Piece Mini Halloween Baubles - £6.00 - Direct Link click here

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7. Set Of 3 Halloween Mono Pumpkins - £12.00 - Direct Link click here

8. Halloween Ghosts Towel - £10.00 - Direct Link click here

9. Washable Spooky Halloween Doormat - £8.00 - Direct Link click here

10. Set Of 4 Pumpkin LED Lights - £10.00 - Direct Link click here

11. Ceramic House Tea Light Holder - £12.00 - Direct Link click here

12. Halloween Ghost Hanging Decoration - £6.00 - Direct Link click here

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 13. Midnight Luxe Reed Diffuser - £16.00 - Direct Link click here

14. Halloween Pumpkin Ornament - £24.00 - Direct Link click here

15. Set Of 3 Halloween Marshmallow Toppers - £6.00 - Direct Link click here

16. Halloween Pumpkin Line Lights - £12.00 - Direct Link click here

17. Halloween Mug (Not One Pictured) - £6.00 - Direct Link click link

18. Halloween Ghost Torch - £7.00 - Direct Link click here

And that's a Halloween wrap!

How lovely were all those things? Unfortunately, because I thought I'd be super organised and get this post up before I went on my family holiday, the mug photographed is now completely sold out, but I have added a link for a super cute family type mug instead for you. 

As I said, since writing this and more importantly, since making the infographics for this post, Next has added so many more things to their Halloween homeware. Some of the items I have featured have different colourway options too. 

If you want to check out all the homeware Next has to offer, you can go directly to their Halloween homeware by clicking on this link

I hope you enjoyed reading my post, I shall have some more Halloween shopping ideas available soon, so if you love Halloween too, check back or follow me on social media (@mammafulzo) to be notified of my new content. 

Let me know if you decorate your home for Halloween and if you buy or have bought anything I have featured in today's post. 

Zoë x

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