Little Bubba: Makeover Time

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Mar 032020
 

Of course Teddy is not the only sibling who refuses to sit still. My girls are always looking for a willing customer to attempt a pretty braid, do a fancy fishtail plait or try out a new look but it turns out that it’s a lot more fun to be the stylist than the bored customer who is not allowed to move or cries with every stroke of the brush. Keeping all of my budding hairdressers and make-up artists happy has turned out to be a breeze with this cute find from Little Bubba:

Measuring a generous 27cm tall this life-size My Big Sister ‘Styling Head’ (Ages 3+, 10,6″) is the ideal client for any hairdressing or beauty bar, she is always happy to receive a fresh makeover, doesn’t wiggle and never complains when things look a little wonky. With her long blonde hair, big blue eyes and perfect skin this lovely model is a clean canvas waiting for a dedicated artist to give her a brand new look, you can change her style as many times as you like!

To help you set up your own salon the Styling Head comes with a whole heap of beauty and hair accessories: 6 royal crown hair clips, a heart-shaped brush, a pink hair comb, four rollers for gorgeous curls, face stickers and a make-up palette with lip, cheek and eye make-up in different shades.  The set contains everything to get you started, just use your imagination.

Miss 11 is our resident hairdresser and miss 9 is our wannabe make-up artist, so together they have a ball getting this blonde model looking magazine worthy. In our house it is most definitely the older girls who adore this styling kit most, the younger girls like it too but the older two are a bit better at the delicate application of make-up and have patience for the step-by-step process of tricky hair styles. A quick rinse with a baby wipe removes all the makeup, there are no stains and it washes off easily from hands and clothing too.

One small note: While the box does list all the make-up ingredients on the bottom, it does clearly say ‘for external application on dolls only’ so I am not sure how suitable it is for human skin. I have specifically instructed my girls not to apply it to their own skin but I can imagine some children will be keen to give themselves a makeover which may cause an allergic reaction.

To find out more about HeadStart, to take a closer look at the Little Bubba range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.headstartint.com.

Welcome to the family, Little Bubba

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Mar 022020
 

Over the past few months Ted has fast turned into a cheeky, independent toddler, which means his sisters can no longer treat him like their little baby. He won’t sit still, he doesn’t want to be dressed up and most definitely doesn’t want anyone to help him at mealtime. Thankfully the girls are very content with the closest thing to a real baby brother or sister: Meet Little Bubba by HeadStart!

We all know that newborns come in different sizes and so does Little Bubba: Whether you prefer a tiny 38cm baby girl, a cute 40cm doll or a huggable 42cm bundle of joy, there is a wonderful baby waiting for you. Each size has its own unique features, outfit and special skills making every new addition special in its own way. Young parents-to-be are guaranteed to instantly fall in love with Little Bubba’s lifelike appearance, realistic sounds and interactive functions.

Let’s start with the smallest of the girls, a cuddly little lady in a sweet pink jumpsuit. During her awake time My Interactive Baby (Ages, 3+, 15″) likes to suck her dummy or pretend to drink from her bottle (she even moves her mouth and makes drinking sounds) and when you tickle her soft tummy she giggles. Like all babies she does cry sometimes but none of that matters when you hear her say ‘mama’. Come nap time she will close her eyes and peacefully suck her thumb, isn’t she a perfect baby?

Up next is My Real Baby ‘Magic Potty’ (Ages 3+, 16″), a summer baby with a bird print onesie and a matching hat. Unlike her softer, smaller buddy this quiet, content baby has a plastic tummy with arms and legs than can be posed, quite important when it comes to potty time! Once your baby has eaten her meal and finished her bottle of water she can actually use the potty and do a wee, after all you are never too young to start toilet training. With a push of the button the interactive potty will be rinsed and you can put your baby’s nappy back on, time to lay her down so she can close her eyes and have a snooze.

Last but not least, say hello to My Ultimate Interactive Baby (Ages 3+, 16,5″). With 12 impressive functions this delightful baby is sure to delight any new mum or dad. Gurgles and giggles, sad sobs, sweet snores, thirsty drinking or a first ‘mama’, this baby is full of interesting sounds. She can move her mouth to drink from her bottle and wee on the pink potty afterwards. You can also move her arms and legs so can she can sit on your lap, use a high chair or sit in pram just like a real baby (don’t forget to attach her dummy chain so she doesn’t lose her pacifier). We love it when she blinks her beautiful blue eyes, we think she is adorable!

To make the parenting experience extra realistic all Little Bubba dolls come with a range of must-have baby accessories like a dummy, a refillable drink bottle, a baby potty, a nappy, a dummy chain, a beanie, socks and even mealtime utensils (accessories vary per design). Go on, pick your favourite girl, decide on a name and get to know your new family member!

To find out more about HeadStart, to take a closer look at the Little Bubba range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.headstartint.com.

SalonDooz: Makeover Time!

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Nov 182019
 

While most Australian kids are impatiently waiting for Christmas Day to arrive, our six half Dutchies are first counting down the days until Sinterklaas. With only 19 days to go until our special night the house is buzzing with excitement. The kids are making drawings and wish lists, we are baking (and eating) lots of pepernoten and watching Sinterklaas shows on the Dutch satellite. Of course there is also a line of empty shoes waiting for a small gift in the weeks leading up to Sinterklaas evening… it turns out Sinterklaas knows exactly how to reward well behaved little girls!

Whether you want to call them a stocking filler, shoe stuffer or a Christmas sack surprise, the gorgeous SalonDooz are a fantastic budget-friendly December gift for little HairDooz fans. If they loved the luscious locks of the HairDooz collectibles they are sure to be wowed by this brand new range of fragrant fashionistas in their hot pink oversized perfume bottles.

Twelve sweetly scented SalonDooz are waiting in their own mini-salon for a talented stylist to give them a makeover, do you have the magic touch? To get started simply press the spray nozzle to open the salon door and release your new friend  The attractive, brightly coloured packaging is both pretty on the outside and the inside featuring a large mirror and even a tiny catwalk so she can show off her new look once you’re finished.

All SalonDooz have their own signature style featuring colourful hair in eyecatcching dos, fabric clothes, shoes and fashion accessories you can actually take off and put back on. As you SalonDooz collection grow so will your salon wardrobe allowing you to mix, match and create many unique looks, just use your imagination. Underneath the perfume bottle you’ll find a secret compartment with a miniature accessory like a hair straightener, a comb, a brush or another special surprise.

This larger sister of the original HairDooz doll has a moveable head, legs and arms so you can style and pose your lovely client as you play. She can stand up and sit down by herself or you can seat her in her coloured salon chair. You can even use the included suction cup to attach your SalonDooz friends to a mirror or window, making her an ideal car-companion for upcoming holiday trips.

You can find SalonDooz at Kmart, Big W, Target, Toymate, Mr. Toys or Toyworld stores across Australia or online.

To find out more about HairDooz, to meet the different characters and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hairdooz.net.

HairDooz: Find your new Spring Doo

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Sep 172019
 

Spring is finally here and we are so excited about the warmer weather! After having been cooped up inside during the dark, rainy months we are soaking up the sunshine and heading outside when we can. The new season calls for a fresh look and stylish do and going by the brand new HairDooz range bold and bright is the way to go:

Featuring twelve cool new dooz in the prettiest of neon shades the new HairDooz Neonz are definitely eye-catching. Pixie, Sparkle, Crystal, Lilly, Skye or Candy… who will you find in your swivelling salon chair today? Twist the bottle door to unveal your latest client and check out her fresh spring look and sniff her frooty scent. Even the bottle has had a colour makeover and is now a funky neon orange!

While true collectors will no doubt be on the lookout for the rare ‘Glow in the Dark’ treasure (a party ready doll with a festive Braidy Updoo), we actually lost our heart to Wavy Rave Doo with her long, luscious locks in blue, pink and yellow. Securely seated on her salon seat you can store your Doo bestie in her bottle, display it on a shelf/cupboard or use the suction cup to create a floating chair for your mirror or a window.

There are twelve gorgeous HairDooz Neonz to collect and you can find the range at your local Kmart, Big W, Target, Woolworths, Coles, Toymate, Toyworld and Mr. Toys store or online.

Thanks to the release of the adorable new MiniDooz you can now really take your Doo with you, anywhere and anytime. Each of the twelve tiny MiniDooz girls is packed in the sweetest nail polish – shaped salon bottle, how sweet is that? We love that you can flip open the bottle lid (hair dryer style!) to take a sneak peek at your mini’s stylish doo… Will you be one of the first to discover the limited edition Glitzy Glama Fuzzidoo? We were and she is super sparkly!

Not only does their compact size make these little ladies the perfect companion for backpacks and dress pockets, MiniDooz are also designed to slide on top of your favourite pencil or pen. Add to that the familiar suction cup to build a floating seat and a bonus sheet of six cheeky mark nail stickers and we can safely say that this new HairDooz range has nailed it!

Pop into your local Kmart, Big W, Woolworths, Toymate or Mr. Toys store or online to start your MiniDooz collection.

Hip Tip: While the cute MiniDooz bottles come in a range of bright colours, these colours do not necessarily represent which Doo is inside so it will always be a surprise!

To find out more about HairDooz, to meet the different characters and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hairdooz.net.

Surprise in a Bottle: Baby Secrets

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Aug 032019
 

Now that she is turning 4 our miss Hattie is turning into quite the little helper. She attempts to feed Ted breakfast, brushes his hair, puts on his favourite songs and is always the first one to helpfully report a possible ‘nappy situation’… if I let her she would even try to change his nappy too! To be on the safe side I do the real nappy checks while she takes care of her own baby’s messy business:

The adorable new Baby Secrets Bottle Surprise (Ages 4+) collection has taken the gender reveal fun of the original Baby Secrets range and turned it into a great miniature baby play set that young parents-to-be are guaranteed to love.

As the name suggests the Baby Secrets Bottle Surprise is shaped like a large pink and aqua blue baby bottle. When you open the bottle door you are greeted by the cutest Surprise Baby in its own little nursery. On the flip side of the nursery you’ll find a baby bottle for your hungry friend and a teeny potty, because everyone needs a toilet break sometimes.

To reveal your baby’s gender simply fill the included bottle with icy cold water, feed your little one and check the inside of its nappy where a pink or blue star will appear, how cute is that? When you remove the nappy, pop your baby on the potty and give it another drink you can even spot a number 1 or 2 in the potty, if only toilet training was that easy in real life!

Measuring ca. 9cm tall the new Baby Secrets characters are larger in size than the original babies, they have arms and legs that can be posed so you can sit your baby down or stand it up independently. You can click both the baby and its bottle securely into the storage bottle to keep the pieces safe and the bottle play set is an ideal size for car trips and back packs. (I know shaking your baby is not usually recommended but in this case it’s a must to prevent leftover water from staying inside)

There are currently six adorable Bottle Surprise babies to collect and one of my lucky ducks already adopted the shimmery sparkle edition so we’re off on a good start. A Rollerskater Baby, a Chef Baby, a College Baby… you never know who will be waiting for you!

You can find the Baby Secrets ‘Bottle Surprise’ range right now at Mr. Toys and Catch.com.au and it’ll soon make its way into Big W stores across Australia and online too.

To find out more about Baby Secrets, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.babysecretshq.com.

Best Furry Friends – Bigger and Better

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Jul 252019
 

Here I am trying to teach my little ladies important life lessons like ‘Bigger is not always better’ and then this happens… I can’t help but admit defeat this time. Meet the brand new, large and loveable Best Furry Friends arrivals!

The BFFs are back for more fun with friends, extra giggles with the girls and fresh styles for the squad. Get ready to fall in love with your favourite Best Furry Friends all over again and discover loads of new ways to play:

Cute bags are no longer just for BFF Besties, young collectors can now travel with a beautiful bag of their own with the adorable BFF Handbag Surprize (Ages 5+). Clip open your squishy silicone handbag and discover your first surprise, a gorgeous deluxe BFF. Adding a whole new dimension to your pretend play you can really pose and stand up your new articulated furry friend, bring on amazing adventures!

Open surprise two to dress up your BFF with a mystery accessory and accessorise yourself too with surprises three and four: a sweet charm bracelet and a lovely charm accessory to attach to your bracelet. Each of the four surprises is wrapped individually in a little blind bag, adding extra excitement to the unpacking of your pink purse.

There are 6 different big BFFs waiting to be discovered in the BFF Handbag Surprize range: Stardust the Pegacorn, Zara the Sloth, Dee Dee the Dragon, Cuddles the White Rabbit, Dash the Ginger Cat and last but not least Sasha the Husky. Who would you like to have as your bag buddy?

You can find the BFF Handbag Surprize at Target, ToyWorld and Mr. Toys stores across Australia with Big W soon following suit.

BFF Besties Angelina, Cassandra and Zoe have sized up too making them extra huggable and double as delightful. The new BFF Deluxe Besties are pretty as a picture with neat little details and removable clothes and accessories for dress up play, they have pose-able arms and legs and you can even brush and style their hair! Adorable Angelina and Stardust, sporty Cassandra and Dash or super smart Zoe and Zara, who will your pick as the winning Best Furry Friends Deluxe couple?

Our bestie Zoe wears a lovely Geek Chic tee, a purple checkered mini-skirt to match her lilac locks and a pair of cool kicks. Where Zoe goes her BFF Zara the Sloth goes too, so with her pink bag over her shoulder and her signature black glasses on her nose this girl is ready to roll.

The only thing that could possibly make the Deluxe Besties even more fabulous (according to my little ladies who love a bit of mystery) would be a surprise BFF, after all the excitement of opening a blind bag is hard to beat.

You can find BFF Deluxe Besties at Big W, ToyWorld and Mr. Toys stores across Australia with Target joining the squad shortly.

To find out more about Best Furry Friends, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bestfurryfriendshq.com.

HairDooz Newz: Time for a new Doo, or two!

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Jul 022019
 

All stylish girls know there is no better feeling than a brand new hairdo. Super sleek or cute and curly, pretty plaits or cheeky buns, brightly coloured or perfectly platinum, the HairDooz salon has been busy creating a bunch of adorable new looks and they’re ready to show them off:

Wave 2, the second release of HairDooz (Ages 5+), has washed up 12 fresh new HairDooz collectibles. Each of the new Dooz is patiently waiting in her own pink bottle for someone to spin that rotating door, pull away her coloured hairdressing apron and be revealed in all her glory. With their gorgeous little faces and sweet poses they already won my girls over with Wave 1 so this new series has brought a lot of excitement to our household.

If you fell in love with HairDooz when the first wave hit, you will know that there are six different HairDooz girl groups: Pixie Pink, Sparkle Orange, Crystal Aqua, Lilly Green, Skye Blue and Candy Purple and each group has its own colour and chair. With the help of the included collectors guide HairDooz fans can collect or swap to complete their little girl groups one Doo at a time.

You’d think with four daughters, we’d have a good chance of unwrapping one of the rare and highly coveted colour change HairDooz but so far no luck. Wave 2’s leading lady is Twin Braidydoo who can change the colour of her beautiful braids with a dip in a nice warm basin. Now that’s a speedy makeover! However to the envy of her three sisters miss 10 did score the magical Unicorn PonyDoo, isn’t she delightful?

Not only can you store your HairDoo in her pink bottle, you can also use the included suction cap to transform her salon chair into a hanging window seat. This means you can take your salon squad along in the car or stick them onto your mirror, they make rather cute passengers on long drives.

You can find HairDooz right now at your local Target, Myer, Big W, Kmart, Coles and Woolworths store as well as leading toy retailers across Australia. There’s even a fabulous HairDooz Cutie Case featuring 4 Hairdooz (including 2 exclusive glitter Hairdooz!), 4 accessories to add some extra dazzle to your doo and a sparkly, glittery beauty cutie case. It looks absolutely marvellous and miss 8 immediately added one to her birthday wishlist for August. The HairDooz Cutie Case is available at Kmart and Big W.

What are you waiting for, go and find the Doo for you!

To find out more about HairDooz, to meet all the HairDooz and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hairdooz.net.