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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.