Playtex Round the Clock with 24H soft

I was recently contacted to see if I would be interested in taking part in a challenge being organised by Playtex. Entitled ‘Round the Clock with 24H soft’, the challenge was to put the new 24H soft hosiery through its paces, by wearing the tights from morning until night.  I was then asked to blog about my experiences of the tights – it was a challenge I was happy to take part in.

As a person who is always happiest in dresses and skirts, I tend to wear tights quite a bit. But being tall and long-legged, but with a fuller figure, I often struggle to find tights that are long enough, stretchy enough and don’t roll down over my waist. The new Playtex hosiery collection consists of six different ranges, with 24H soft being one of the products in this range. The tights promised to fit like a second skin, and offered ‘all day comfort’. This is due to stretchy, soft-touch fabric and a waistband that holds you in, but without any uncomfortable squeezing. This is a claim I was really interested to try.



I chose a busy day that consisted school run, some working from home and then a trip to the launch of the Christmas grotto in Birmingham. This meant quite a bit of walking, a trip by train and then by tram, and also, as I was also taking my toddler niece to the grotto, there was also going to be a lot of bending down and sitting at floor level, both of which often play havoc with my tights.


My first thoughts were that they had a lovely silky feel, but still had a matt appearance – I can’t think of anything worse than glossy looking tights. They were stretchy, and easy enough to get on, and yes, I felt like my tummy was tucked in, even thought I had left the Spanx off. So far, so good. They seemed to be a good fit and didn’t ladder or snag as I put them on – another problem I usually have.

These were 40 dernier opaques so they are perfect for day to night wear. I did the school run in these easily, putting boots over the top. They didn’t wrinkle when I wore the pull on boots over the top – another plus for me.  I was then sitting down for a long period of time, so no real test, but they were comfortable.

Moving onto the grotto was more active. We ran for the train, walked from the train station to the grotto, and then spent a lot of time sitting on the floor whilst the kids chatted with Santa. I also had to bend down to pick my niece up on quite a few occasions, and also posed for some images at floor level. The tights stayed put, they didn’t roll down, or need hitching up at any point, and they remained comfortable – not too tight or hot as to sweat the legs, but I wasn’t cold either.

All in all, I was pretty impressed that the 24H tights live up to their claims pretty well.

You can find Playtex 24 H range at Next.

*I was sent a Playtex gift pack which contained the 24h soft tights and other items in order to do a honest review.


The prettiest Grotto in Birmingham opens at House of Fraser

The most beautiful grotto in the Midands opened today in House of Fraser, Birmingham, promising to bring magic and festive cheer to all who visit. The House of Fraser grotto is run by the Harry Moseley Charity #HHHO (Help Harry Help Others) with all proceeds from admission tickets helping to raise vital funds. We were lucky enough to be invited along on Tuesday for a preview and promptly fell in love with the whole experience.


The Grotto, which features a very realistic Santa who seems fresh from Miracle on 34th Street, is preceded by a magical Christmas village display, complete with animated penguins and Reindeers. There are house frontages where you can glimpse through the windows and take a look at Santa’s workshop, bedroom, and even the ‘Rackhams’ emporium – a lovely blast from the past for many.


Photograph credit Jas Sansi




Friendly elves and pixies chat to the children as they wait to see Santa, also performing tricks and posing for photographs. The mood is perfectly judged for excited children, with things to keep them occupied both before and after seeing the man in red, including grotto will be packed with activities for children to enjoy whilst waiting to meet Santa, including a colouring competition and Santa’s cinema, showing that new festive favourite, Frozen.





The visit to Santa is just lovely. The elves ensure that Santa knows the names of the children beforehand, so they are greeted personally. The presents are lovely quality, with Joe receiving a dinosaur book that he was really pleased with, and Renee my niece loving her monkey glove puppet. You can also purchase a photographic souvenir too.


The #HHHO grotto at House of Fraser will be open from 10am – 5pm (Monday – Saturday) and 11am – 4pm on (Sundays) from 29 November – 24 December.  Tickets cost £5 per child and  can be purchased from any of the Homewear and  Childrenswear till points in store.

*With thanks to Kim Stephens from Marketing Birmingham and Georgina Moseley for the lovely invitation.



Beauty Review – Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate

In August I attended a special Bloggers event held by the Bullring, and I was introduced to a product that was not actually hitting stores until later that month. The product was from Kiehl’s – a brand I totally love, and it promised to do all sorts of wonderful things to the appearance of the skin. I was totally desperate to try this product out, and, I have to say, after doing so, I’ve not been disappointed.

The product was the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate. This is a serum that promises to improve the overall appearance of skin’s plumpness, while smoothing the look of fine lines and skin texture. As I’ve now hit 40, looking after my skin has grown in importance, I can see the tiredness that creeps into the skin, the lines that once upon a time I couldn’t even dream of, so a product that promises to address this is one that was well worth a try.

 KIEHL'S Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate 50ml £40 click to visit Selfridges

KIEHL’S Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate 50ml
£40 click to visit Selfridges

The serum is not the cheapest item around (£40 for a 50ml bottle), but you only need to use a single, small pump to do your whole face and neck so this will last for quite a long time. The texture is lovely as it is not oily, so you can apply it and then put make-up over the top, but I preferred to keep this for evening use, so it could work whilst I was sleeping. My skin absorbed it very quickly – a bonus as I hate my face to feel sticky from skincare products.

My main skin problems relate to hydration, and this is something that this serum has definitely addressed. My skin is smoother, and it feels softer, particularly around the extremities, which are often dry to the touch and quite rough feeling. I also noticed that my skin looks a little brighter too – I often tend towards reddish patches on my cheeks when the summer tan fades, and this seems to be correcting – making me a very happy lady.

I would totally recommend this product, and, as it is Black Friday, now might be a fab time to try it with 20% off at Selfridges.

Use with…

 KIEHL'S Ultra Facial oil–free cleanser 150ml £15 click to visit Selfridges

KIEHL’S Ultra Facial oil–free cleanser 150ml
£15 click to visit Selfridges

 KIEHL'S Midnight Recovery Concentrate 30ml £36 Click to visit Selfridges

KIEHL’S Midnight Recovery Concentrate 30ml
£36 Click to visit Selfridges

KIEHL'S Midnight Recovery Concentrate 15ml £24.50 click to visit Selfridges

KIEHL’S Midnight Recovery Concentrate 15ml £24.50 click to visit Selfridges

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