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Beauty: Babyliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves: Before and After

December 30, 2014

Hello! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and has some lovely plans for NYE. I will be heading to the Isle of Wight with some friends for a couple of days so am looking forward to that! Anyway, today I wanted to share a hair tool that I have been very much enjoying.

I have always been a fan of Babyliss hair tools and have owned their conical wand, and even some crimpers back in the day. They have introduced a beautiful new collection to their armour - the Boutique Styling Tool Collection. The range has something to suit everyone and leaves your hair with long-lasting results. 

The Babyliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves* is one of the star items from the range and is perfect for creating beautiful big waves. The wand is very thick at 34mm (which creates those massive waves) and is a tourmaline-ceramic coated barrel. There are variable heat settings and a maximum temperature of 210 degrees, which makes the whole process super quick.

I am loving using this hair tool. It's so easy to use and I like how you can use either thick, or thin pieces of hair to create different results. There are also lots of great tutorials on the Babyliss YouTube channel showing how to use it - check out their videos featuring ReallyRee and Kate (DollyBowBow) here and here.

The Babyliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves is currently £30 (down from £40) on their website and you can also view the rest of their collection too!

Daisy x

Claudia Louch High Definition Liquid Foundation

December 18, 2014

I've spoken about Claudia Louch and her natural skincare products before (read my thoughts on her mud mask and facial wash) however she has also moved into the cosmetic market and now has a range of premium products. Her High Definition Liquid Foundation* is described as being perfect for anyone who wants flawless, HD coverage with a natural finish. The formula is made with superfine, micronized pigments to create a professionally-applied finish that is claimed to be luxurious, luminous, lightweight and long-wearing.

As with all of her products, this foundation is 94% natural, hypoallergenic and free from fragrances and harsh chemicals.

So what did I think? The shade (N45 - creamy beige) is slightly too dark for my winter skin so I mixed it with a small amount of another foundation (Rimmel True Match) to get a perfect colour match. It provides a medium/full coverage and is easily worked into the skin. The finish is really lovely - it's flawless and dewy and is ideal for me. I've been struggling with foundation recently as my skin has been so dull and dry and all of my foundations (except for my Chanel Aqua Vitalumiere) have just not done the job. The Claudia Louch foundation has provided exactly what it needs and makes my skin look glowy and perfect. 

The main negative for me is the price. At £52.50 it's pretty pricy and substantially more than many high-end foundations. This is a great foundation but for that extra cost I'd expect it to have more of a wow-factor.

You can buy the Claudia Louch HD Liquid Foundation exclusively at www.claudialouch.com.

Le Couvent Des Minimes

December 16, 2014

I had seen Le Couvent Des Minimes pop up on various blogs but didn't know much about them. The packaging is very similar to L'Occitane so I wasn't surprised to find out that they are owned by the L'Occitane group (who also own Melvita, don't ya know).

Le Couvent Des Minimes is named after a convent located in Mane, in the South of France, and its mission is to keep alive the tradition of simplicity, care and generosity that has been so important to the Convent since it began. They also give back to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary charity (the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary settled in the Convent) by donating 1% of their annual sales  to the cause.

I was sent their Sparking Love Collection* as an introducing to the skincare brand, and also as a great Christmas present idea. Le Couvent Des Minimes is a brand to really take note of because their products are really quite good and they are so reasonably priced! This collection only costs £20 which is such a bargain. They have some other really beautiful sets which I highly recommend taking a look at here (delivery is free when you buy one too).

The Sparkling Love Collection comes with four of their 'Recipe of Love' products which include an exfoliator, body butter, hand cream and soap. The scent is orange blossom which is a really fruity and comforting smell - perfect for the cold weather at the moment!

Le Counvent Des Minimes is available from Boots and you can find out more about them on their website. 

My Little Box by Fleur De Force

December 14, 2014

The December edition of My Little Box is a treat. They have teamed up with Fleur De Force, a huge beauty YouTuber and Blogger who has over a million subscribers on her channel. I started watching Fleur's videos back she started them a few years ago and so it's been great to follow her success over the years - her Vlogmas is one of my absolute favourites to watch.

This box is pretty, girly, festive and just generally lovely. I am always so excited to open a My Little Box and would highly recommend buying a subscription as a Christmas gift. 

So what do you get inside? Firstly, you get their My Little World magazine which features an interview with Fleur and some great DIY ideas using the products in the box. There is also a cute little print and details on how to buy a subscription for someone else. 

The lifestyle treats are a cosy ear warmer (either in black, pink or grey), some festive string, gift tags and some colourful masking tape - the three latter items all being perfect for Christmas gift-wrapping. The beauty products included are L'Occitane's Precious Cream, a body lotion from Cowshed and a beautiful red lipstick from the My Little Beauty brand.

I loved this box and seeing the collaboration with Fleur De Force.  To subscribe just go to the My Little Box website - subscriptions are £11 plus £3.95 P&P.

Organic Surge Replenishing Facial Oil

December 13, 2014

Meet my new favourite product from Organic Surge - their Replenishing Facial Oil*. It has taken two years to develop and forms part of their new premium Extra Care range. 

As expected from the brand, this is a natural and organic oil which claims to instantly hydrate skin to rejuvenate, condition and protect normal, dry, mature or very sensitive skin types whilst also balancing out problem areas of the skin. 

The three key active ingredients in the product are Argan Oil (to nourish skin and increase skin elasticity), Yarrow Oil (to naturally soothe skin and reduce inflammation) and Safflower and sunflower oils to naturally moisturise the skin. 

Organic Surge say that the best way to apply this is with warm fingertips after cleansing and before moisturiser, or alternatively it can be added to face creams or face masks. I was a bit wary of applying it on its own to my face as do get oily on my t-zone, so I decided to mix a couple of drops (it comes with a pipette so is easy to regulate how much you use) with my moisturiser. It has a very strong lavender scent, but it's delightful and a really relaxing fragrance for before bed. 

I was impressed as soon as I started applying my new moisturiser/oil combo. I could feel the moisture hit my skin straightaway and it felt so luxurious to use. I woke up the next morning and my skin felt so soft and hydrated. Tonight I may go crazy and apply it following a cleanse and before moisturiser to see if this is an even more effective way of using it.

The Organic Surge Replenishing Facial Oil is priced at £23.50 for 30ml and can be purchased from www.organicsurge.com or in leading retailers such as John Lewis and Waitrose.

Personalised Gift: The Book of Everyone

December 01, 2014

I was really excited to receive an email a couple of weeks ago telling me about a great personalised gift idea for Christmas - The Book of Everyone*. This is a real one of a kind gift and is a 50 page book full of stunning artwork, personalised facts and fun statistics. 

I have created one as a gift for Chris' Dad as he loves things like this. It's a great present for people who can be tricky to buy for! All you do is enter the recipient's name and date of birth and in seconds you can preview the book (you can preview the book for free so it's quite fun seeing what your own book would be like!).

Once the content has been generated you can also customise different pages of the books to make it even more personal. It's such a lovely idea and even more lovely is that The Book of Everyone have collaborated with Age UK. They are running a campaign called 'People are amazing' and on top of sharing the campaign profits with the charity, every Book bought on the run up to Christmas will go towards a personalised book celebrating the life of an elderly person. These books will be tailored with stories and pictures from the person's life and will be delivered in person during the Christmas holidays.


The Book of Everyone is available via their website www.thebookofeveryone.com and costs from £7.50 for a digital version to £49.50 for a deluxe version.


The Christmas Tag

November 27, 2014
I know, I know...it's not even December but I just couldn't resist bringing a little festive sparkle to the end of November. This tag was started by the lovely Becky.


1. What is/are your favourite Christmas movie(s)?
There so many so this is a tricky one, but I've settled on two. The first is Elf. I just love it. It's funny, festive and just gets me in such a Christmassy mood. The second is Love Actually- I love the mix of characters and story lines and the music is so good. I remember seeing it in the cinema the day we broke up from sixth form for Christmas and everyone was SO happy.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
We open the majority of them on Christmas morning - usually first thing as we just can't wait. We have one present (usually pjs) on Christmas Eve and then we also get a 'book on the end of the bed' to open as soon as wake up - this was a great tactic from my parents to keep us in bed for longer on Christmas morning! Haha.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
It has to be our typical Christmas morning. My brother, sister and I would all pile onto my Mum and Dad's bed with our sacks full of presents. We'd wait for my Mum to get her cup of tea and then get opening our gifts. We'd just be so happy that we'd survived the night (we could never ever get to sleep, much to my parents dismay) and so excited about the whole day of fun ahead of us.

 

4. Favourite festive food?          
Ooh this is a tricky one. Obviously love the copious amounts of chocolate but I am also a big fan of stuffing - chestnut and sage, mmmm. I remember at school being the only one who seemed to like it and everyone would end up giving me their portion - it was amazing.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I've had so many lovely presents but the one that stands out is when I was bought a hamster. I was 10 years old and knew that my sister was getting one as had been looking at them with my parents, and had secretly (or maybe not so secretly as think it was quite obvious!) wanted one too. We came down on Christmas morning to find two Rotastak cages with two cute little hamsters inside. I was so genuinely surprised and happy.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
It has to be the smell of a real Christmas tree. You just can't beat it!


7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Usually we go out for an early dinner and then come back home for a cosy night in. I've never ever gone out on Christmas Eve as the thought of being hungover for Christmas Day is not appealing and for me it's all about the family time. We open our Christmas Eve presents which is usually a pair of pjs and get all snuggly in them. I think hot chocolates are usually part of the evening too!

8. What tops your tree?
Chris and I sadly don't have anything for the top of the tree! Need to get that sorted, pronto. My parents have a nice, traditional angel.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Like Becky, my brother and I used to have a serious session of going through the Argos catalogue circling one thing from each page that we wanted. So funny that so many people seemed to do this! I don't think I've ever asked for anything crazy but I think every year I had a Mr Frosty on my list and it was never bought for me!

10. What's the best part of Christmas for you?
Without a doubt, the family time. I love all being together and spending time doing lovely festive things. I also really enjoy giving presents now and can never wait for my family to open their gifts from me.


Let's talk about...Florida

November 16, 2014
I feel like this blog needs a bit of a change and so I'm going to try and start writing a few more wordy posts. I've always loved writing. When I was seven I started filling notebooks with stories and I carried on with them way into my teen years - they never really got anywhere but I loved coming up with ideas and characters. 


L-R clockwise: On Expedition Everest in 2008; our wonderful villa; Hollywood Studios in 2008; Animal Kingdom in 2008.

Today I thought I'd write about one of my favourite topics in the world - Florida. Specifically, Orlando in Florida and why I love it so much. My first trip to this wonderful part of the world was in the April of 1999 when I was a scrawny little 12 year old overcoming chicken pox (we almost had to cancel the holiday, it was horrid) and I had never been so excited about a holiday. The two weeks we spent there were crammed in with the theme parks, shopping, restaurants, early buffet breakfasts and late nights. My parents thought it was going to be our once in a lifetime holiday so wanted to do it all. Little did they know that we would be going back again and again! I still look back at that holiday and can't believe that we would get up at 6am and be at a park till 11pm - I couldn't do that now and I have no idea how my parents did it!

After the first visit we came home, and ended up booking to go back the following year with my cousins. We then went again during my first year of Uni, after I finished Uni and then in 2013 and 2014. 2013 was the first year that my boyfriend Chris joined us and I didn't know what he was going to think - he's never been overly into rides and theme parks and didn't understand why we talked about Orlando all the time. I thought he would enjoy it but didn't know if he'd love it like we did. Oh I was so wrong. I have never seen someone so excited about a holiday! He loved every second and now wants to go back as much as possible.


L-R clockwise: In the villa in 2013; Jess and Chris at Seaworld this year; Pixar Land in Hollywood Studios this year; waiting for our Cheesecake Factory reservation in Mall at Millenia

We have always stayed in offsite villas as think a Disney hotel would be a bit much for us, and we like having our own space to chill out properly. Since 2000 we have always stayed in the same villa so it really is a home away from home, and having our own pool is perfection. We have been to all of the parks but the current favourites seem to be the Universal offerings, and we loved Busch Gardens this year too. A big surprise for us this year was Aquatica - we thought it was an amazing waterpark with so many slides to try. Disney is of course where the real magic happens and although I feel I've done that side of it now, there's always room for a Disney park visit!

After coming back this year, we reluctantly decided to have a break from Orlando and so think that we will planning our next visit for 2016. I am already excited just thinking about it - half of the brilliance of the holiday is the planning and talking about what we'll be doing. 


L-R clockwise: the best kind of balloon in Magic Kingdom 2013; Magic Kingdom fireworks this year; Olly, Mum and Jess trying on the mouse-wear in 2013; Animal Kingdom in 2008

I don't know what it is about the place that makes it just so addictive! It has this impossible lure which makes you just want to go back as soon as you've come home. Usually I am ready to come home from a holiday but with Florida I never get that feeling. I know that lots of other people feel the same about it which makes me want to know exactly what it is that makes it such an incredible holiday! Is it the parks, the weather, the customer service, the atmosphere, the shopping, the indulgent food? I guess it's everything just rolled into one amazing holiday. 

I would love to hear if you are a Florida fanatic like me - and what your favourite thing about Florida is?

You can also read more posts about my 2014 Florida holiday here.

12 Instagram Images To Represent Me

November 13, 2014
I thought I'd do more of a 'get to know' me post today and came up with an idea of finding images from my Instagram that represent parts of my life- I found the 'categories' on one of my private blog posts from ages ago. It's probably a bit random but I love knowing more about people so thought it might be quite nice.

Here are 12 images that kind of sum me up...feel free to do this too!


1. My name
2. Where I live
3. My love


4. Favourite colour
5. Favourite food
6. Favourite animal


7. Favourite drink
8. Favourite vacation
9. One of my hobbies
This is blogging, not looking at dogs - although looking at dogs is also a v.valid hobby!


10. My biggest vice
11. What you love most about life
This is representing just how beautiful life is - I don't love fields the most in life- haha!
12. One picture to describe you
I chose this one as I am pretty happy and optimistic- like a double rainbow!

All images have been taken from my Instagram - @cherrydelights

Monthly Summary: October

November 11, 2014

Doing:

  • Having some lovely chilled weekends with Chris. One was spent visiting the Imperial War Museum and trying out Ping Pong (wasn't overly impressed, sorry Ping Pong!).
  • My Mum came to stay and we had a great time. Went to watch Lord of the Dance at the Palladium, pottered around Covent Garden with my brother and his girlfriend and visited the amazing poppy installation at the Tower of London. 
  • Saw my friend Holly who was over from Australia. Was so nice to see her face again and have a good catch up over pizza and doughballs!
  • Had a family Halloween party at my parents house. We all dressed up and played lots of silly games including a hugely entertaining game of Sardines. 
Reading:
  • I have not been reading many books and need to get my kindle charged up and get back into it. Any recommendations?
  • Loving Ideal Home magazine at the moment. Last month it came with 16 free chalkboard stickers (see them on my kilner jars above!).
Watching:
  • Gone Girl. I loved the book and loved the film too. It was so tense and creepy! I thought they did it so well and Rosamund Pike was fantastic. I couldn't watch a certain scene though (you will know which one if you've seen it!). 
  • Made in Chelsea and The Only Way Is Essex. Such trash but I love it.
  • X Factor of course. My faves are Lauren, Andrea and Ben.

October Favourites: My Top Three

November 09, 2014

I am very sorry for my complete lack of blogging at the moment. Most of my energy is going into my day job at the moment but I am hoping to get a few posts written this weekend as have a lovely quiet one planned. This weather is definitely encouraging PJ days!

A little belated but here are my three favourite products from October...

 Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Colour Shampoo - I feel that Schwarzkopf are a hair brand that aren't talked about much however I really like them. I first used one of their shampoos at Uni when one of my flatmates had it and so I had a sneaky try (and loved the results). I often pick these up from pound stores as they are always in there and this was the first time I'd try their Ultimate Colour shampoo. This is ace. It has made my hair look way more vibrant, healthy and volumised. Even Chris asked if I'd done something new to it. 

♥  Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - I have been wearing this every day and really love it. This is such an easy foundation to wear- a perfect one for work days. It blends in so easily and just gives a really flawless coverage with a very fresh finish. I have it in the shade 100 - Ivory and it's a great match.

Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Just a Fling - this was a purchase enabled by Lily Melrose and her blog post featuring two Kylie Jenner inspired lipsticks. Everyone is wanting that Kylie Jenner look at the moment and I've been sucked into the hype. This is such a beautiful lipstick - it's a brown-nude colour and it is so easy to apply and moisturising (I am not one for a fiddly lipstick). It's also a bargain at under £5.

What are your favourite products at the moment?

My Little Box by Diane Von Furstenberg

October 21, 2014
  

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.


My Skin Saviour - E45 Cream

October 19, 2014

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.

Hello Autumn

October 05, 2014

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?

Monthly Summary: September

October 02, 2014

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


September Favourites: My Top Three

September 30, 2014

♥  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