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Welcome to the Fizzy Pigg blog!

 

We want to share our passions and thoughts with you lovely lot! We're always on the look out for guest bloggers too so get in touch for more details!

 

Ellie & Hannah x

By fizzypigg, Jan 7 2018 09:55PM

We’ve all been reminded of the horrors of plastic waste and the impact it has on our planet and its wildlife recently. If you watched Blue Planet 2 then you’ll know what we’re talking about, if you haven’t we highly recommend you watch it. To help combat the vast amount of waste products (plastic and other) that ends up in our oceans we’re launching our new product line of re-useable fabric facecloths. They’re made with organic bamboo towelling and our usual bright and colourful range of fabrics used for our embroidery hoops! We’ll be making them to order to minimise any further waste and 20% of the profits will be donated to WWF to help them with their campaign to protect UK Seas, you can read more about it here: https://www.wwf.org.uk/where-we-work/places/uk-seas


We also want to share with you our skincare routines and how we use our facecloths in different ways!



"Every day I use the Lush 9-5 cleanser or the Green People fragrance free cleanser with one of my cloths, I don't like to follow the rules so I rub the cleanser into my skin then wipe it off with one of the lovely soft facecloths to gently cleanse and exfoliate my extremely sensitive oily and dry (yay) skin. Thanks to the cloths I've managed to ditch the cotton pads and balls and my extremely fussy skin loves them. I have a skin condition that means I react to anything and everything so I have to be really careful with products and pressure, but I also suffer from dry skin that needs a bit of attention especially in winter. The cloths sort out my dry patches without irritating my skin or making it produce more oil as they are super soft.


If I'm having a 'bad skin' day I just use a cloth with some warm water to gently cleanse my skin, thanks to the natural, soft material they cleanse without adding further irritation and kind of make me feel like I'm winning at life for once!"

- Hannah


"I have combination skin, extremely dry yet oily at times. I struggle to keep my t-zone (particularly my nose!) free from dry scaly skin. I also get spots and blackheads, especially when I’m hormonal. I often get complimented on how soft my skin looks and feels, but I can assure you it’s not natural! I’ve noticed a huge improvement since I’ve thought carefully about the products I use and then effects on our planet. I’m currently on the hunt for a liquid make up remover that is both cruelty free and has recyclable packaging – suggestions welcome!

Currently I use a Vitamin E Body Shop toner on one of our facecloths to remove the majority of my make-up. I follow this with my favourite exfoliating cleanser from Lush, Let the Good Times Roll, it smells like biscuits and is really scrubby yet still feels gentle. It comes as a paste so you can water it down as much as you want, I prefer to keep it quite thick, and I then use the second facecloth with nice hot water to take it off my face. This adds to the exfoliation which my skin loves!

If I want a little more pampering for my skin I use a facemask, I’m currently using Lush’s jelly mask, Bunny Moon. I’m really enjoying the jelly mask as an alternative to the fresh face masks as I can keep it in the bathroom and I can be a bit more spontaneous with my routine. The texture is a bit strange but if you get some in your palms and give it a good rub to warm it up it’s really silky and also means the mask itself is warm when you apply it – winner! I then use my third facecloth, again with nice hot water, to remove the mask. To finish my routine I use Lush’s Full of Grace serum bar all over my face, I just use this as my day time moisturiser now and then at night time I top it up with some of the gorgeous Lovely Cosmetics Happy Clappy moisturiser. Not strictly a facial moisturiser (it is a hand cream) but it is absolutely amazing. Finally, an amazing moisturiser for my face that doesn’t leave me feeling heavy or greasy but still makes my skin super soft. No more lizard face.

If I need a quick fix, (sometimes the whole routine is just too much) I can use my facecloths with a face wash (currently using Soap and Glory’s Soap and Clarity wash) and the bamboo towelling gives me an amazing exfoliation without any effort.

I’ve made the facecloths in packs of four; I decided to do this as I like to use one for each step of my routine. I wash them throughout use and then hand wash them after each step, they clean up really easily and then dry out naturally with a little help from the radiator. After several uses I can throw them in the washing machine with a normal load to get them extra clean!

I wanted to make myself these facecloths to stop myself from using disposable make-up wipes, that aren’t great for my skin and worse for the environment. I also don’t like using cotton pads as they just get thrown away. I love to use Lush products, sometimes a little pricey but I love that you can take your empties back to be recycled and also get a free face mask! Microbeads are a huge no-no in our household, my partner and I hate them. I tend to avoid buying anything that even looks like microbeads, the Soap and Clarity wash I currently have was a gift and I was really sad as I thought the pink balls were plastic, however after some research found that they are jojoba oil wax beads that are biodegradable."

- Ellie


We really hope you love our facecloths as much as we do, they really have changed the way I care for my skin and have reduced how much waste I produce, which is why we couldn’t keep them for ourselves and have decided to launch them as a product line.

We have an introductory offer of 10% off (this won’t affect the 20% charitable donation) running until 14th January 2018, links below:


You Scrub up Well

Sparkle All Day

Natural Beauty

Be-You-Tiful



By fizzypigg, Aug 16 2017 12:04PM

Fizzy Pigg recently secured our first ever US sale. And let us tell you, it felt damn good. In fact, never has asking for airmail at the local post office been so exciting.


As a Yorkshire business, we’ve grown our reach through networks such as the wonderful Etsy Sheffield Group. We have run pop-up shops in Sheffield, taking stalls at Christmas markets and selling our products in shops dedicated to promoting independent creators.


There will always be customers who want to see, touch, shake and smell a product before they buy it, so having a ‘presence’ offline has worked for Fizzy Pigg. To be frank though, this alone isn’t winning us new international customers.


We know there’s a big ol’ world out there and we also know there is a space on everyone’s wall for a Fizzy Pigg hoop. Like most of you who are creating and painting, sewing and stitching - Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are like close relatives to us now. We post daily, we share our world - not just our products - and we reach new customers through digital marketing channels. What we’re really excited about right now though is influence. Or more specifically, the influence of Sarah Knight, our absolute new gal pal hero.


You probably know about influencer marketing, it’s been around for a while and the professional bloggers amongst you are probably influencers yourselves (if you are, I AM JEALOUS. Just saying). Basically, influencer marketing is designed to use somebody’s status and reach to sell a product or service, to their fans and followers.


We totally did some influencer marketing, without meaning to. And it worked.


Remember the hoop we mentioned at the start of this blog, the one that’s on its way to the States? We sold that hoop because Sarah Knight, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k (if you haven’t read it, do this immediately), saw our Insta post (below) of a hoop based on her first book (which we’re a little bit obsessed with), and commented with her approval and gave us a share. That alone was enough to grab the attention of one hoop-seeking, no f**k giving, BRAND NEW AMERICAN CUSTOMER.


Can we get a high five??


OK. So we’re not on world domination levels just yet. But we’re really excited, and proud. We are a small, independent business based in Sheffield. We don’t have a marketing budget, we can’t advertise across the world. But, like all you independent makers out there, we have a product that we believe has a place in the world.


So Sarah Knight, if by any chance you are reading this - thank you for helping us to win our first American customer. Also, can we be friends please?


By fizzypigg, Jun 25 2017 08:42AM

Anyone who knows me knows that I am proud of my Mancunian roots. I moved to Sheffield 4 years ago for love and got a lot more than what I bargained for. I instantly fell in love with the city and the locals. They don’t call it the biggest village for nothing. There’s such a wonderful community vibe here, everyone seems to know each other and you’ll most likely bump into someone you know whenever you leave the house.

The creative world in Sheffield is huge and I feel so lucky to be a part of it. I’ve always wanted to own my own creative business and when I moved to Sheffield it just came naturally. I started out my teaching myself how to crochet and making myself some cosy winter woollens which got spotted by Shelley, the owner of Hilary & Flo. They became our first stockists and they helped us to grow in confidence as a micro-business.

I’ve met some amazing people in the creative world by attending workshops and joining in with the Etsy Sheffield Team. I wasn’t sure what direction Fizzy Pigg was heading in and how to get myself out there so last spring I attended an Instagram workshop at Moonko on Division street. It was hosted by Debbie, Moonko’s owner and Toni Bee from Hello Bee Studio (then Lemon Freckles). It was at this event that I realised how truly wonderful Sheffield is. I met some of the most amazing and inspiring women who were all at the beginning of their creative journey. I expected this to be a one off occasion and worried that my motivation and inspiration would wear off. Debbie and Toni set up the Lemon Moon Club, where the group could all have open and honest discussions about our work and our ideas and get feedback and encouragement from likeminded people. Without this group I’m not sure I would have become successful with Fizzy Pigg, I have a lot to thank those girls for.

The group has since grown and become In Colourful Company and has been opened to all, it’s like being part of a big beautiful girl gang. We support each other on our social media platforms and inspire each other to keep on being the fabulous ladies we are. They might not know it but they’ve helped me through some really difficult times, just by being there.

The Etsy team is much more business focussed, we meet regularly to discuss upcoming events and support each other. I joined the team when I applied to be a stall holder at the Etsy Made Local Market and never looked back. There really is such a wide variety of makers here and having the chance to meet and socialise made the market such a roaring success. We look out for each other, ask for advice and opinions and help each other to learn different ways to market our businesses.

Through this group I’ve been able to work with some great people on collaborative pop up shops, like the Valentines shop, held in the Winter Gardens with Maxwell Harrison Jewellery, Craft Tea and Dandelion Cocoa.

Even when you leave Sheffield the wider Yorkshire community is incredible. We use Sheffield as a central point but I have met some fabulous people from all across the region. I feel proud and empowered to be a part of this community and it’s because of all these wonderful people that I will always call Sheffield my home. And when each day my accent turns more and more Yorkshire, I think of everything this city has given me and I’m happy for it to take away my Mancunian twang.



By fizzypigg, May 10 2017 08:34PM

So we thought we would kick off our shiny, new blog during #mentalhealthawareness week. This is a subject that’s very relevant to both of us, so what better starting point right?


With at least one in four of us being affected by mental health at some point it is a subject close to us all, whether we realise it or not.

We wanted to think about the little things that make life a little brighter. Let’s face it life is difficult, really bloody difficult at the best of times.


We spent some time thinking about the things we do day to day that make us happy, even if it’s only for a short time, it still counts. I think we are all guilty of often forgetting that life isn’t all about the ‘big picture’, its ok to just take it day to day and enjoy it for what it is.



We spent some time reflecting on the little things that make us giddy or keep us motivated on the busiest of days and here’s what we came up with:

• Try some self-care, run a bath or have a hot shower throw in a bath bomb or two – something not very time consuming but relaxing none the less

• Enjoy your favourite beverage - for us no week is complete without the sound of a prosecco cork flying across the room, we love to add shimmer and bubbles, sometimes even homemade candy floss too! Anything will do, replicate your favourite freak shake or whip up a delicious mocktail

• Put on some comfy shoes and go for a wander – get some fresh air and clear your head for a little while

• Watch something funny – sometimes you can’t beat Will & Grace re-runs right?

• Make your fave pudding – Anyone for chocolate lava cake or maybe we’ll just cheat and buy a kronut or ten…

• Start a new project or take a craft workshop – Pinterest is your friend and there are some great workshops to be found locally too

• Throw away some clutter –getting rid of one or two things that are just taking up space is surprisingly calming, especially so if it’s something decent and you can donate it to a worthy cause

• Find an animal! – If cute little furry critters are your thing, pet one! If you don’t have one visit a friend who does or take a trip somewhere free like Graves Park

• Plan something fun – life may suck right at this second but something to look forward to can make it a little more bearable

• Try and write it out – make a worry tree or try out journaling, you can get yourself a fancy journal or you can use a piece of plain paper both work just as well!

• Switch off from social media – yes it’s an amazing community but it’s also a double edged sword, sometimes it’s good to have a break for an hour or even a week (I did this during a really bad breakdown and it worked wonders for my immediate mental health)

• Make your bed or do the pots – basic for most people but not always for us, a simple thing that can really clear your head

• Have a quiet cup of tea and a biscuit – never underestimate the power of the tea!

• Get in touch with a friend – sometimes it’s difficult especially on a bad day but sometimes just a quick message to say hi is enough to brighten someone’s day



It’s ok to not have it all together 24/7, it’s ok to be selfish and to do something just for you. We sometimes forget that we are important too. It’s ok if you don’t have a plan or if things aren’t co-operating with your plan. Sometimes it’s necessary to take that time for yourself to rest and recharge and just enjoy the moment.


Hannah x