Tuesday, 21 October 2014

My Little Box by Diane Von Furstenberg

  

So My Little Box have pulled it out of the bag again with their October offering. I am always excited to receive a beauty box but when I received a delivery note to say that this had arrived and was waiting at the post office I was annoyed that I'd have to wait a few days to collect it!

This month's box is a special Diane Von Furstenberg edition and is themed DVF throughout - if you are a fan, then this is a must-have especially as you receive a 20% off code for her boutiques and online. So what is inside?

The box includes a print featuring an illustration of DVF and a lovely quote 'Be the woman you want to be!', there is the My Little World magazine which has an interview with Diane and a really cute lips pin which is very sweetly called 'A kiss from Diane'.

The fashion product this month is a scarf/headband which has a recognisable DVF print. I love the colours and think I will be attaching it to my bag as demonstrated on the envelope.

The three beauty products include a micellar water from My Little Beauty (so pleased about this as I'm coming to the end of my Garnier bottle), the Laque Noire hairspray from the Kerastase Couture Styling range and a really cute little shea butter hand cream from L'Occitane. Am particularly happy about the hand cream as it's such a great handbag size!

So overall, another amazing box from My Little Box. To subscribe just go to the My Little Box website - subscriptions are £11 plus £3.95 P&P.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

My Skin Saviour - E45 Cream


A few weeks ago I had a bit of a stressful Sunday (let's just say there was a DIY disaster) and so decided to have a hot bath to relax. As soon as I got in the bath I realised that my face was burning up and felt like it was stinging. My t-zone had gone extremely red and nothing could calm it down - even splashing water on it agitated it. I tried putting moisturiser on it but had to remove it straightaway as it was so painful.

After reading up on it, it looks like I might suffer from rosacea (I don't know for sure but the symptoms and causes seem very likely). Rosacea is a very common skin condition which mainly affects the face. The main symptoms are a burning and stinging sensation, permanent redness, spots and small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible. 

As I was reading up on it, it suddenly clicked that I'd had this horrible burning sensation a couple of times before and it was probably why I suffer from red skin around my t-zone - made worse when I drink alcohol and eat spicy food.

There are no real treatments for rosacea and so I just left my skin bare for a day or so. The first time I applied make-up (after moisturing) I noticed that my skin was horribly dry on the affected areas and it was not working with my foundation at all! This is where my skin saviour - E45 cream came into it's own. 

I bought a tube from Boots for less than £3 and applied it straightaway - and almost immediately I could tell a big difference. My skin looked smoother and calmer around. I used it all week to get my skin back on track and it worked an absolute treat. Sometimes the most simple products are all you need!

You can buy E45 cream from Boots here. Does anyone else suffer from rosacea? Would love to hear your experiences of it.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Hello Autumn


On Thursday I woke up to this sight from my living room - a beautiful and perfect Autumn's day. I love how our living room window overlooks this park in London - it's really special seeing the trees change as we move through the seasons. 

The temperatures this week haven't been very Autumnal (and I'm not complaining!) but it just felt like the season had properly arrived. My walk to the train station has been spent crunching golden coloured leaves and enjoying the scents that are hard to describe but just characterise this time of year.

To celebrate this change of season here are some of my favourite things about Autumn:

Getting cosy in warmer jackets and coats. 
♥ Layering up with chunky knits, scarfs and bringing out those woolly hats.
♥ Going on walks in the crisp Autumn sunshine - crunching leaves is oh so satisfying.
♥ All of the weekend TV - X Factor, Strictly, Downton Abbey...
♥ Spending the day curled up on the sofa while it pours it down with rain outside.
♥ Hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows...
♥ ...And crumpets with lots of butter.
♥ The beautiful colours that surround you- search 'Autumn' on Google Images and feast your eyes on them.
♥ Supermarkets being filled with Halloween goodies, pumpkins and toffee apples.
♥ Knowing that Christmas is just around the corner.

What do you like most about Autumn?

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Monthly Summary: September


Doing:

  • Trying on Bridesmaid dresses for my friend's wedding next year. We found a gorgeous coral one from Coast that suited us all and was in the sale - amazing! I can't wait to wear it next May.
  • Enjoying a couple of cocktails and a catch up with my lovely girls.
  • Spent a long weekend in Center Parcs with the family. You can see some pics in my post here
  • Spending lots of time in our beautiful new kitchen.
  • Making a trip to IKEA to buy lots of lovely things for the flat. Always feel like doing more house-y stuff as the weather gets cooler.
Reading:

Watching:

  • The many YouTube vids vlogging about the launch of Zoella Beauty. It looked like an incredible launch party and it's amazing to see how many opportunities Zoe is getting through her blog and YT. Very much deserved!
  • I really look forward to watching Hannah Maggs' weekly vlog. Every Sunday she puts up a video documenting her week which follows her, her husband Stef and gorgeous baby Grayson. The editing is incredible and they always make me appreciate how beautiful life is.
  • X Factor, Strictly, Downton Abbey....it's all back on TV! 

Daisy x


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September Favourites: My Top Three


♥  La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser* - say hello to my favourite cleanser at the moment. I have written a post on La Roche Posay's three step anti-blemish system and I am still loving it, especially this gel cleanser. It feels so refreshing to use and feels ever so gentle on my skin whilst also feeling like it's working its anti-blemish magic. My skin seems to be loving it.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara - I have tried so many mascaras and I always end up coming back this one. Unfortunately you can't buy it in the UK which is why I bought 5 back-ups when I was in Florida earlier this year! This has to be my HG mascara- it lengthens, volumises and makes my lashes look super black. Funnily enough my Mum also has this mascara and it doesn't do anything for her which just shows how personal make-up is!

Maybelline FitMe Concealer - I bought this after my trusty Collection concealer came to an end and have been really impressed. I think I might even like it more than the Collection version as it is slightly less heavy. I have been using this under my eyes, around my nose and on any spots and find it blends really easily.

What have you been loving this month?



Daisy x

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A long weekend in Center Parcs


Center Parcs holds such a special place in my heart. I have been visiting since I was 11 and must have been around ten times now. It's one of those holiday places that always feels like a second home to me- Center Parcs and Florida are the only places in that category so it must be special! Do you have places that feel like that? I'd love to know!

A couple of weekends ago, my family and I (plus Chris and my brother's girlfriend Georgina) spent a long weekend in their Sherwood Forest village. We had the best time. We did all of the usual activities that we do like swimming (aka- going round the rapids repeatedly), badminton, cycling and table tennis but also ventured into new territory by playing some adventure golf (we went from not playing it in years to doing 18 holes, needless to say our attention had waned by the end!), taking part in the family quiz and my parents, brother and Georgina also took part in aerial adventure, high up in the trees.

A trip to Center Parcs is never complete without a trip to the Pancake House- mmmm, just look at that stack of chocolate covered pancakes. They were so delicious! We also had a couple of meals at Cafe Rouge which were very good. 

We're already hoping to go again next year and I have been checking out Woburn Village as it looks shiny and new and amazing! Are you a Center Parcs fan?


Daisy x


Thursday, 25 September 2014

My Little Parisienne Box

Over summer I have received a couple of boxes from My Little Box- a lifestyle, fashion and beauty box which has been hugely popular in France (they have over 80,000 subscribers to the service). They have now launched in the UK with a box very aptly called 'My Little Parisienne Box'.

So what's inside? The September box includes a notepad with some information on the company and how they began along with lots of plain pages to be filled, some cute little stickers and a lovely illustration which would make a nice print. 

Also included is a technology sleeve- I think it's meant for a laptop but it would fit my ipad and could be used to carry other bits and bobs.
Finally, you receive three beauty items in a pretty drawstring bag (which I am keeping every month as they are so useful for travelling!) - the Laura Mercier Foundation primer, NUXE Dry Oil and My Little Beauty's Stylo Lumiere. Such great products that I will definitely be using up!

I have loved the two previous boxes and I love this one just as much. Out of all of the monthly boxes this is the one I am most excited about as it's unique with a great variety of quality products. Love!

You can subscribe at www.mylittlebox.co.uk for £11 a month plus £3.95 P&P.

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