01/09/2015

Beauty: Fake Bake Beauty at Home


I mentioned in my post about eSalon that I had been at a been at a beauty event to introduce the brand, and to tell us all about Fake Bake Beauty at Home. I think every beauty blogger is aware of Fake Bake - they are a hugely popular award-winning fake tan brand and are very loved amongst the celebs!

They have now embarked on a new venture and have launched Fake Bake Beauty at Home - a new business and shopping concept. It gives someone the chance to become their own beauty entrepreneur by providing the ingredients needed to make it a success at no risk and low cost - the founder of Fake Bake, Sandra McClumpha has had a great success story and so wanted to do something which could help others have the same. You join the scheme for £99 and get kitted out with everything you need to get set-up.

In addition to all of the Fake Bake tanning products, the brand have introduced three new collections which we got to try out at the event; Dolce Dreams bath and body products, Skin D-Luxe skincare and Scream & Pout make-up. I haven't had the chance to try many of the products yet but the bath products smell divine and I really like the two highlighter cream products in the Scream & Pout palette.

To find out more about the scheme and view the whole range from Fake Bake Beauty at Home visit their website - www.fakebeautybeauty.co.uk.


30/08/2015

Life: Monthly Summary August



Doing:

  • Enjoying a couple of blog events- Vichy and Fake Bake/eSalon. I haven't been to any in a while so was fun to get back into the event game!
  • Watching Elephant Man at the theatre. Bradley Cooper was fantastic! It was a very short play but we appreciated it as were in very tiny gallery seats. 
  • Going to Henley for my friend Claire's hen do. We hired a self-drive boat and went up the Thames which was lovely, before having some food and drinks at The Bull on Bell Street - Henley is so beautiful and I really recommended visiting if you fancy a day out. 
  • Having five days on my own at home as Chris went on a boys holiday to Lisbon. I watched lots of trashy tv and ate pasta most nights. 
  • Going to Shoryu in Liverpool Street for the first time and enjoying their signature ramen - very tasty!
  • Making progress with the corridor on our flat- work has started and should all be looking beautiful by the end of September!

Reading:


Watching:

  • Don't Tell The Bride - such easy watching and very entertaining!
  • I probably shouldn't admit it but Ex on the Beach. Trashiest of the trashy TV but it's got to be done!
  • Lots of vlogs as they are my favourite videos at the moment (probably because I am so nosy) - favourites this month are Fleur's Vlogust, Brogan's weekly vlogs and Gabi's.
  • Karlie Kloss has started a YouTube channel and it is awesome - love her.


27/08/2015

Beauty: Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning Review


I mentioned in my post about the St Tropez Express Tan that I'd been using a fantastic face tanner and here it is - Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning. I was after a tan specifically for my face and this came highly recommended from many bloggers, namely Anna and Lily Pebbles.

This is an award winning self tanner which Clarins claim is 'as refreshing as water and as gentle as milk'. It delivers colour naturally to face and d├ęcolletage whilst keeping skin soft and moisturised. To apply, simply pour some of the lotion onto a cotton wool pad (you can use fingers but I've found that using a cotton pad means there is less chance of streaks!) and sweep over your face and neck. Make sure to avoid your brows and hairline, and wash hands after use. 

The lotion dries super quickly so you can apply makeup or moisturiser straight after and colour develops in just a couple of hours. If you want a deeper colour you simply re-apply the lotion. I have been using it every night to keep a lovely glow and tan to my face - it works a treat and it looks so natural which is exactly what you want!

This face tanner is suitable for all skin types and costs £20. Buy it from Boots here


25/08/2015

Beauty: eSalon


I recently attended a beauty event in the beautiful Soho Hotel. The event was put on to tell us all about Fake Bake Beauty at Home (post coming soon) and also to introduce us to eSalon.

eSalon are a really interesting brand and have developed a really unique colour service for hair - they say that they are 'revolutionising the Home Hair Colour Market, One Woman at a Time' and are doing this by delivering custom, salon colour to a client's door at a fraction of the price of going to a hairdresser. 

Each bottle of hair colour is individually blended for clients based on their personal hair profile - you are asked about the grey in your hair, skin tone, eye colour and colour industry in order for them to create the most suitable shade for you. The colour is bottled, labeled with your name and delivered within days along with gloves, shampoo, conditioner, stain guard and stain remover for £18 plus delivery (or £14 plus delivery if you subscribe to a regular delivery). The service was created four years ago and grown quickly with them expanding in the UK as esalon.co.uk.

In addition to this service, eSalon also have a shop with a great range of hair products from shampoos to hair serums. A couple of products that caught my eye were the Tinted Love Colour Enhancing Treatments which intensifies and corrects tones in your hair, and the Deeply Nourishing Hair Mask (I am a sucker for a hair mask) which I received in my goody bag and am looking forward to trying. The products aren't just aimed at coloured hair so it's worth having a look even if you aren't interested in that side of it. 

You can find out more and use the service at esalon.co.uk.



23/08/2015

Life: Five Ways to De-Stress



Stress is such a big part of our lives. I've read that we are suffering from stress more than ever before -  busy jobs and home lives, wanting to have it all and the impact of technology being a few reasons -  but it may be just that we are talking about it more than we did in previous years. 

I get stressed really easily. I'm not very patient and panic quickly which mean that small things get me stressed out. Someone at work once said I was like a duck - calm on the outside but flapping like mad underneath the surface! I wanted to share some ways that have helped me to feel calmer- please do share yours too!

1) Breathe - a very simple one but hugely effective. When we're stressed we forget to breathe so take a deep breath, right into your belly. Fill your lungs and exhale slowly.  I guarantee you will feel a difference and your body will thank you for it! 

2) Fresh air - there's nothing worse than feeling warm and confined when you are stressed. Being outside in the open air is so calming and can put your worries into perspective. A walk outside listening to music is a great way to de-stress. Even if you just feel like hibernating and staying indoors, open all of your windows to let fresh air circulate around the rooms. 

3) Declutter - I'm going to do a separate post about this soon as I've made it my mission to do a big decutter of our flat as realised how stressed out I was getting with all of the bits and bobs randomly sprawled around the house. You don't realise it but it really does make your head feel full of 'stuff'. Having a calm space where everything has a place makes you feel so much more relaxed and happy.

4) Make time for yourself - this advice is repeated time and time again, but it's so important to make time for yourself. I know it's easier said than done, especially when you're busy with a family or job but just having time to chill and do whatever makes you happy is essential for de-stressing. I love running a hot bath and watching YouTube videos or reading a magazine whilst I relax. 

5) Read before going to sleep - having a good nights sleep is vital for your wellbeing and getting off to sleep is something a lot of people struggle with. Having a routine before bed really helps with this as it trains your brain to start preparing for going to sleep. Turn off your social media and spend half an hour reading a book to get your mind settled, and not thinking about day to day worries. 

Do let me know your de-stressing tips as you can never have too many!


20/08/2015

Food: Banana, Almond and Date Shake


I had to share the recipe for this smoothie as it's just incredible. It's from the healthy eating goddess that is Deliciously Ella and is basically a caramel milkshake - only it's good for you!

I often have it when I get back in from work and need something quick and easy to keep me going until dinner. I have such a sweet tooth and this really satisfies my chocolate cravings.

Best thing is it's super quick and easy and you don't need too many ingredients. I can't count how many of these I've had. 

All you need for one serving is:
  • 1 cup of cold almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 medjool dates 
  • 1 teaspoon of almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (I use half a teaspoon as am not a huge cinnamon fan and this is perfect for me)

All you need to do it remove the stones from the dates, peel your banana and throw it all in a blender!


Daisy x

18/08/2015

Fashion: Disney finds


I have completely got the Disney bug. It may have a little (a lot) to do with us booking Florida for April next year but I have always loved all things Mickey and friends. 

Here are six Disney items that have really caught my eye and I would like them all please.

1. Minnie Mouse ears - these are so iconic and you can get them in so many different types and themes. These are the Disneyland Paris Minnie Ears with a Red Bow and can be bought for £14 here.

2. Vans Disney Backpack - Vans have come out with a fantastic range of Disney products and this backpack is one of them. I adore it. A backpack with a Disney Princess print - amazing! Also perfect for going round the parks. This costs £35 here.

3. Tinker Bell Personalised Mug - there are a million Disney mugs out there available to buy but this one really caught my eye. The sketch style artwork works so nicely and you can have it personalised with your name. The mug is £10 here.

4. Tsum Tsum soft toys -Tsum Tsum toys are a recent craze and I can see why as they are oh so cute! They are stackable soft toys which come in all of the different Disney characters and you can buy them in a few different sizes. Super cute. My brother's girlfriend Georgina is a huge fan and regularly posts about all things Tsum Tsum. You can find all of the Tsum Tsum characters here, from £3 each.

5. Disneyland Paris Minnie Mouse Spot Bow Serving Dish - this serving dish is super simple but really cute and adds a little Disney magic to your kitchen. This is £14 here.

6. Vans Disney Classic Slip-on Shoes - how incredible are these shoes? These are part of the Vans and Disney collaboration which is worth checking out as there are lots of other products available too. I love the pastel colours and how it's not too OTT Disney. Seriously tempted to get myself a pair! The shoes cost £52 and can be found here.

Do any of these products tickle your fancy?


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