29/07/2015

Life: Monthly Summary July


Doing:
  • Have had lots of time in Lincoln with my family this month - they have got a gorgeous new cockapoo puppy called Betsy. She is the most mischievous little puppy and I love her.
  • Visiting Doddington Hall. We seem to go every time I am in Lincoln - I highly recommend going if you are in the area.
  • Enjoying the July sunshine with lots of walks around Brockley.
  • Going to the Lambeth Country Fair which was huge and a great place to spend a sunny day.
  • Making lots of smoothies in my new Nutri Ninja.
  • And probably the most exciting thing this month- we have booked a holiday to Orlando next year! We will be staying in the same villa that we always stay in and doing all of the parks - it's the whole family gang going and I really can't wait.
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08/07/2015

Beauty: Current favourites


I haven't shared any beauty favourites in a while so wanted to post about the products that I have been loving over the past couple of months. 

Hair
I tried a sachet of the Garnier Ultimate Blends shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair and was really impressed so have now bought the set a couple of times. It's really moisturising and always makes my hair look brighter and more shiny. The Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo is a product I've been using for years and is a staple for me. It's a purple shampoo which you apply and leave on your hair for 5 minutes before rinsing out. It keeps my hair free of brassy tones and always looks better after using it. The final hair product is the Argan Oil heat defence leave in spray which I use before blow-drying, straightening and curling my hair - it smells delicious and was a bargain from Poundland.

Make-up
My absolute favourite product at the moment is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation. It is incredible - it smells of fruit and apples (so if you don't like scented products you won't enjoy this!) and the finish is just beautiful. It leaves skin looking flawless and glowy and lasts for hours too. I wore this when I was a Bridesmaid for my friend recently and it was perfect wedding make-up. I have also rediscovered an old favourite - Benefit's Erase Paste. This is a really heavy duty concealer and it covers dark eye circles like a dream.

The Naked Basics palette (full post on it here) has been what I've been turning to this week for a really natural eyeshadow look - the colours are so creamy and easy to apply and are perfect for a 'no make-up, make-up' look. And then finally, the much loved MaxFactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in soft pink - I have started using it on my lips as well as my cheeks and it gives a gorgeous pink colour. 

Skin
I have two skincare products that I have been enjoying recently. La Roche-Posay's Serozinc has been very hyped in the blogger world and is a zinc sulphate solution which aims to help oily, blemish prone skin. I'll be honest, I don't know how much it has done for my skin but I just love using this - you spray it on your skin after cleansing and it is so refreshing. My final favourite is the L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Day Moisturiser - it sinks into skin super quickly and has a really subtle sheen to it which makes a lovely base for foundation.

What products have you been loving recently?

Daisy x





05/07/2015

Beauty: St Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion


I have to say, St Tropez are killing it with their marketing campaigns at the moment. I have seen them everywhere and have been completely sucked into the advertising around their new Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion.

I am generally not a fake tan user. I find it too much faff and can't be dealing with stained bedsheets and patchy palms. Saying that, I have become more interested in it recently, as getting older has made me far more aware of the sun dangers - not just skin cancer but generally skin damage and wrinkles! Fake tan may have to become my new BFF.

This gradual tan was the perfect solution for me - a no hassle, quick and almost foolproof offering from St Tropez. I couldn't resist the hype and then when I saw non-blogger friends raving about it on Facebook I had to give it a go. It took me a few attempts to track it down in Boots as it keeps selling out! A good sign surely.

So - what is this gradual tan all about and how do you use it? It's very simple. You can see the instructions on the back of pack above, but this is how I did it:

1) Shower as normal.
2) Step out of the shower and apply the gradual tan to body - I used a decent amount and rubbed it in in circles. It was super easy to apply as the wet skin helps it glide quickly. I applied it to my feet and hands last.
3) Wash palms in the shower, turn off the shower (don't want to waste water!) and put a timer on your phone.
4) Have a mooch around for 3 minutes. It will be a long 3 minutes. I dried my fingers very slightly and just looked on my iPad.
5) Once the time is up, simply get back into the shower and wash off the tan.
6) Dry yourself gently with a towel.

A massive benefit to this gradual tanner is that it makes no mess in the shower at all, and I was able to pat myself dry with my towel without any colour coming off - absolute winner. I've heard people say that it doesn't smell like the usual fake tan and although it doesn't when you apply it, a few hours later the tell tale biscuit-y scent does start to come through. I only noticed this the first day of using it though.

So the results? After day 1 I could tell a tiny difference and my skin looked slightly more tanned - barely noticeable but it is a gradual tanner so you wouldn't expect it to be full on. After a couple more days of use I could really notice that my skin looked more golden and received comments from people at work on how tanned I looked. 
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Overall I am a big fan and will continue to use this over summer!

St Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion is usually £14.99 but is currently on offer in Boots for £9.67 here.

Daisy x

01/07/2015

Life: Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom Colouring Book



Colouring - once an activity usually reserved for children has come back into 'fashion'. I took notice a couple of weeks ago when our team manager bought one and said it was for her rather than for her young children. Apparently colouring is great for relaxing and it has been highly recommended for people who suffer with anxiety or stress. 

Life, or at least my life at the moment is pretty consumed by technology. I will watch something on Netflix, whilst reading blogs at the same time. I will be on my phone at the same time as my iPad. I will switch off my laptop and then go to bed and check social media on my phone. I am pretty addicted to all things technology and about being connected all the time. I love it, but it's exhausting too. 

I decided to buy my brother and sister a colouring book for their birthday's and couldn't resist buying one for myself - I'd seen Millie's Marotta's Animal Kingdom before and it was the top adult colouring book on Amazon too. I can see why - it is full of stunning illustrations all ready to be made beautiful with colour. 

I have been loving using this. I bought myself a lovely set of colouring pencils and have found it so absorbing and relaxing to focus on just colouring in between the lines. It's so satisfying to see it come together at the end too. I really recommend investing in a colouring book and enjoying the simplicity of it. 

I bought Animal Kingdom from Amazon here for £3.99.

Daisy x

28/06/2015

Life: Monthly Summary June


Doing:

  • Celebrating my friend Nicole's wedding - my friend flew over from Oz as a surprise for the wedding and it was so great seeing her and having all of the girls back together.
  • Spending a long weekend at the Woburn Center Parcs. We had such an amazing few days and I laughed until my stomach hurt. We did aerial adventure which was terrifying but very exhilarating. 
  • Enjoying having my Dad to stay for a night and going for a yummy Pizza Express with him, my brother and Chris.
Reading:
  • I've been meaning to read one of Gi Fletcher's books and finally got my kindle charged up and downloaded 'You're the One that I want' - so far, so good!
  • Deliciously Ella's blog. Have become quite obsessed with it and now have a big love for almond butter and medjool dates!
Watching:
  • Orange is the New Black series 3 - of course! I am on episode 7 and very much enjoying it.
  • Grey's Anatomy - so the end of the last series kinda ruined me. Won't give any spoilers but am quite heartbroken.
  • Hot Girls Wanted - this is a documentary on Netflix and is about the amateur porn industry and the girls who are getting into it. It's compelling to watch and made me feel quite uncomfortable but is worth seeing.

Daisy x

18/06/2015

Food: Urban Fruit


At the moment, everyone I know is loving a bit of health food action. From reading everything Deliciously Ella to buying Madeline Shaw's Get the Glow book, it's all about eating the best way possible. 

I have been trying to eat more healthy recently and my downfall is snacking at work. I can have a great breakfast and dinner, but when I'm at work I just want to binge on snacks like chocolate and cups of sugary tea! These pure fruit snacks from Urban Fruit are such a perfect solution for me as they are easy to take in my bag, and fill that sweet craving that I always seem to get!

Urban Fruit snack packs* are made with 100% fruit that has been hand-picked and gently baked. They contain no sulphites, added sugars or nasty concentrates making them both delicious and nutritious- quite often these type of snacks have had lots of additives but Urban Fruit are keen to emphasize that they don't add any 'funny business'. 

There are lots of different flavours from 'Tremendously Tropical' to 'Awesome Apple & Pear' and 'Cheeky Cherry'. They are available in two sizes of packs so you can decide whether you want to share, or if you want a pack all to yourself!

Urban Fruit can be found in lots of different stockists including Tesco, Waitrose, Whole Foods and Boots. You can visit their very cool website here.

Daisy x

16/06/2015

Beauty: Claudia Louch Mousse Foundation and Concealer Trio


I'm sorry for going a bit AWOL with my posting lately. I have been pretty busy with life and work stuff, and my motivation has been lacking but hey ho, back to it!

Today I wanted to introduce two new products from Claudia Louch. First up is the Mousse Foundation* which is a light-as-air foundation that claims to feel as soft as silk on the skin. The foundation is formulated to glide onto skin and even out skin tone without masking the natural skin colour. The result is a soft, natural look that is shine free. 

This foundation does what it claims - it really feels like applying velvet! It applies so smoothly to skin whilst feeling extremely light. I found that it was best to apply with a buffing brush and then blend in further with fingers. The coverage is very light and I found that using with MAC's MSF natural was a great combo. The only negative is that it did cling a little to a couple of dry patches on my face so it probably isn't the best formulation for dry skin and would suit more normal to oily skin types. 

The other new product from Claudia Louch is their Concealer Trio* which contains a trio of different shades, giving you the ability to find the perfect blend to match your own individual skin tone. The concealer offers a full coverage, matte finish and expert blending power. I feel like it's quite similar to Benefit's Boi-ing in it's formulation and coverage. It's a great concealer for covering many different types of blemishes as you can customise the colour to suit everything from acne, to wrinkles. I really like this concealer and it's creamy consistency, and it will be really useful over summer as my skin gets more tanned.

As with all of Claudia Louch's products, both are 94% natural, hypoallergenic, allergy-tested, non-comedogenic (aka - doesn't block pores!) and free from fragrances and harsh chemicals.

The Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic Mousse Foundation is £52.50 and the Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic Concealer Trio is £35. Both are exclusively available from www.claudialouch.com

Daisy x
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