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

21/05/2015

Recipe: Pineapple, Kiwi & Strawberry Smoothie


This was an impromptu lazy Sunday smoothie. We had lots of kiwis and a big old pineapple in the flat so we cut it all up and made this delicious treat. It has quite a tart flavour (kiwi always makes my mouth feel a bit strange - anyone elses?!) but was very yummy - if I did it again I'd reduce the number of kiwis and add more strawberries to make it slightly sweeter.

Ingredients:

  • Half a pineapple chopped up, or a big handful of pineapple chunks from a can
  • 4 kiwis, peeled and cut up
  • Small handful of strawberries
  • Tablespoon of honey
  • Ice cubes

Simply whizz up in your blender and add more water if you'd like it to be less thick.

19/05/2015

Beauty: MayBeauty 'The Incredible Face Mask'


When I was emailed to see if I wanted to review a product called 'The Incredible Face Mask'* from MayBeauty, I didn't hesitate to say yes - it's a winner of a name. I love a face mask and am always up for trying a new one so was excited to give this one a go. I received the test package which comes with five face masks, a brush and The Incredible Skin Guide (a booklet with info on using the mask, and how to get great skin/help with acne).

The Incredible Face Mask claims to remove blackheads and dead skin in minutes. The main ingredient is deep sea mud and the mask is black, with a thick, almost gloopy consistency - it's not like anything I've tried before and I think the best way to apply is by using the brush that comes with the test package. It can be a bit messy but luckily comes off super easily (I made a bit of a mess around the sink, haha). 

Once applied you leave for 30-45 minutes and then peel off. I was a bit worried at first that leaving it on for so long would agitate my skin (as I suffer with rosacea) but it was absolutely fine. The worst part for me is peeling off the mask - as with any peel off mask it just hurts when you peel it! We had a comedy moment today as Chris had to do it for me. 

So the results - after using it my skin does feel very smooth, soft and looks a lot clearer. Chris has even commented on it. I've used it twice now and have been really impressed. I can't comment on how it might help on a long-term basis (they recommend using the mask twice a week) but initial signs look good!

You can buy the test package for £19, and I have also been given a 30% off discount which would make the cost only £13.30 (pretty good, ey) - simply buy through the link here 

Daisy x
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