Fashion Inspired Toys From John Adams – BLOPENS Fashion Designer, Gemex Shell Playset and Shake ‘n’ Shimmer – Review

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London Fashion is now in full swing. It isn’t quite like the normal fashion show we all know and love. But with it being mainly virtual this year, it’s accessible to more of us. I’m looking forward to hearing about the SS21 collection for next year and what the latest fashion trends will be! L is becoming a stylish fashionista and loves to style her clothes each day. She has an eye for bright colours and adores her pretty dresses. So to celebrate this special week on the catwalk calendar we are sharing the latest creative and fashion inspired toy collection from John Adams.

Fashion Inspired Toys From John Adams - BLOPENS Fashion Designer, Gemex Shell Playset and Shake ‘n’ Shimmer - Review

BLOPENS Fashion Designer

We have heard a lot about the BLOPENS Fashion Designer. It brings back memories for me of the fashion wheel I had in the early 90s. But this is so much better. You can create your own designs using the BLOPENS, giving an airbrush effect. Simply blow into the pen to create dots, lines and zigzags. Blow harder or softer to get the desired effect you want.

BLOPENS Fashion Designer Review

With the BLOPENS Fashion Designer not only can you design the outfits, but you can also choose different hairstyles, shoes, and purses. With the magic colour change BLOPENS included you can add patterns to the outfits and accessorise with the jeweled stickers and gems included.

BLOPENS Fashion Designer set

It is so much fun to design the outfits, you get 20 model sheets included. But don’t worry if you run out as you can download the template from the John Adams website right here. There are over 1000 possible design combinations to keep your child busy.


  • Styling Base
  • 20 model design sheets
  • Sticker sheets – 80 stickers and 20 gems
  • 20 reusable stencils – 4 pattern stencils, 6 tops, 6 bottoms, 1 bag, 2 hair and 1 shoe stencil
  • 10 magic mini BLOPENS with with two mouthpieces
  • Gel Pen
  • Instruction sheet.

For ages 6 + and available to buy from Argos, Smyths and *Amazon.

Gemex Shell Playset

The Gemex Shell Playset is lots of fun. Perfect for the budding fashionista and crafty one. With this playset you can make 50 unique gems in the magical shell, which sets the gems in just 3 minutes.

GEMEX Magic Shell Playset

To create, carefully pour the liquid magic into the mould and add decorations. Then put the mould tray into the shell and switch on the light. Leave for 3 minutes to harden the gel! Next, you can push your gems out from the mould and turn them into accessories. Included in the set is a bracelet, hair slides, and earrings. You also get a stirring tool and a set of instructions.

GEMEX Magic Shell Playset contents

For ages 5 + and available to buy from *Amazon.

Shake ‘n’ Shimmer

The Shake ‘n’ Shimmer is a great way to create a sparkly charm bracelet. It’s no mess and great fun! Each tube contains 5 mystery charms and 3 mystery glitters. With 60 charms to collect this makes the ultimate collectible poscket money toy at RRP £4.99.

Shake ‘n’ Shimmer

It’s so simple to create. All you have to do is open the lid and load the glitter. Next choose your charm to start with, apply glue to it. Pop back inside the tube and shake. There are gems to add extra sparkle.


  • 5 x mystery charms,
  • 10-piece bracelet,
  • 3 x mystery glitters,
  • 7 x dazzle gems
  • The glitter is contained in the tube.

For ages 5 + and available to buy from Smyths.

I hope you have enjoyed our review of these fashion inspired toys. A lovely way to get creative on rainy days as Autumn and Winter approaches.

You can check out more of our toy reviews here.

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