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Life: Monthly Summary August

August 30, 2015


Doing:

  • Enjoying a couple of blog events- Vichy and Fake Bake/eSalon. I haven't been to any in a while so was fun to get back into the event game!
  • Watching Elephant Man at the theatre. Bradley Cooper was fantastic! It was a very short play but we appreciated it as were in very tiny gallery seats. 
  • Going to Henley for my friend Claire's hen do. We hired a self-drive boat and went up the Thames which was lovely, before having some food and drinks at The Bull on Bell Street - Henley is so beautiful and I really recommended visiting if you fancy a day out. 
  • Having five days on my own at home as Chris went on a boys holiday to Lisbon. I watched lots of trashy tv and ate pasta most nights. 
  • Going to Shoryu in Liverpool Street for the first time and enjoying their signature ramen - very tasty!
  • Making progress with the corridor on our flat- work has started and should all be looking beautiful by the end of September!

Reading:


Watching:

  • Don't Tell The Bride - such easy watching and very entertaining!
  • I probably shouldn't admit it but Ex on the Beach. Trashiest of the trashy TV but it's got to be done!
  • Lots of vlogs as they are my favourite videos at the moment (probably because I am so nosy) - favourites this month are Fleur's Vlogust, Brogan's weekly vlogs and Gabi's.
  • Karlie Kloss has started a YouTube channel and it is awesome - love her.


Beauty: Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning Review

August 27, 2015

I mentioned in my post about the St Tropez Express Tan that I'd been using a fantastic face tanner and here it is - Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning. I was after a tan specifically for my face and this came highly recommended from many bloggers, namely Anna and Lily Pebbles.

This is an award winning self tanner which Clarins claim is 'as refreshing as water and as gentle as milk'. It delivers colour naturally to face and d├ęcolletage whilst keeping skin soft and moisturised. To apply, simply pour some of the lotion onto a cotton wool pad (you can use fingers but I've found that using a cotton pad means there is less chance of streaks!) and sweep over your face and neck. Make sure to avoid your brows and hairline, and wash hands after use. 

The lotion dries super quickly so you can apply makeup or moisturiser straight after and colour develops in just a couple of hours. If you want a deeper colour you simply re-apply the lotion. I have been using it every night to keep a lovely glow and tan to my face - it works a treat and it looks so natural which is exactly what you want!

This face tanner is suitable for all skin types and costs £20. Buy it from Boots here


Beauty: eSalon

August 25, 2015

I recently attended a beauty event in the beautiful Soho Hotel. The event was put on to tell us all about Fake Bake Beauty at Home (post coming soon) and also to introduce us to eSalon.

eSalon are a really interesting brand and have developed a really unique colour service for hair - they say that they are 'revolutionising the Home Hair Colour Market, One Woman at a Time' and are doing this by delivering custom, salon colour to a client's door at a fraction of the price of going to a hairdresser. 

Each bottle of hair colour is individually blended for clients based on their personal hair profile - you are asked about the grey in your hair, skin tone, eye colour and colour industry in order for them to create the most suitable shade for you. The colour is bottled, labeled with your name and delivered within days along with gloves, shampoo, conditioner, stain guard and stain remover for £18 plus delivery (or £14 plus delivery if you subscribe to a regular delivery). The service was created four years ago and grown quickly with them expanding in the UK as esalon.co.uk.

In addition to this service, eSalon also have a shop with a great range of hair products from shampoos to hair serums. A couple of products that caught my eye were the Tinted Love Colour Enhancing Treatments which intensifies and corrects tones in your hair, and the Deeply Nourishing Hair Mask (I am a sucker for a hair mask) which I received in my goody bag and am looking forward to trying. The products aren't just aimed at coloured hair so it's worth having a look even if you aren't interested in that side of it. 

You can find out more and use the service at esalon.co.uk.



Life: Five Ways to De-Stress

August 23, 2015


Stress is such a big part of our lives. I've read that we are suffering from stress more than ever before -  busy jobs and home lives, wanting to have it all and the impact of technology being a few reasons -  but it may be just that we are talking about it more than we did in previous years. 

I get stressed really easily. I'm not very patient and panic quickly which mean that small things get me stressed out. Someone at work once said I was like a duck - calm on the outside but flapping like mad underneath the surface! I wanted to share some ways that have helped me to feel calmer- please do share yours too!

1) Breathe - a very simple one but hugely effective. When we're stressed we forget to breathe so take a deep breath, right into your belly. Fill your lungs and exhale slowly.  I guarantee you will feel a difference and your body will thank you for it! 

2) Fresh air - there's nothing worse than feeling warm and confined when you are stressed. Being outside in the open air is so calming and can put your worries into perspective. A walk outside listening to music is a great way to de-stress. Even if you just feel like hibernating and staying indoors, open all of your windows to let fresh air circulate around the rooms. 

3) Declutter - I'm going to do a separate post about this soon as I've made it my mission to do a big decutter of our flat as realised how stressed out I was getting with all of the bits and bobs randomly sprawled around the house. You don't realise it but it really does make your head feel full of 'stuff'. Having a calm space where everything has a place makes you feel so much more relaxed and happy.

4) Make time for yourself - this advice is repeated time and time again, but it's so important to make time for yourself. I know it's easier said than done, especially when you're busy with a family or job but just having time to chill and do whatever makes you happy is essential for de-stressing. I love running a hot bath and watching YouTube videos or reading a magazine whilst I relax. 

5) Read before going to sleep - having a good nights sleep is vital for your wellbeing and getting off to sleep is something a lot of people struggle with. Having a routine before bed really helps with this as it trains your brain to start preparing for going to sleep. Turn off your social media and spend half an hour reading a book to get your mind settled, and not thinking about day to day worries. 

Do let me know your de-stressing tips as you can never have too many!


Food: Banana, Almond and Date Shake

August 20, 2015

I had to share the recipe for this smoothie as it's just incredible. It's from the healthy eating goddess that is Deliciously Ella and is basically a caramel milkshake - only it's good for you!

I often have it when I get back in from work and need something quick and easy to keep me going until dinner. I have such a sweet tooth and this really satisfies my chocolate cravings.

Best thing is it's super quick and easy and you don't need too many ingredients. I can't count how many of these I've had. 

All you need for one serving is:
  • 1 cup of cold almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 medjool dates 
  • 1 teaspoon of almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (I use half a teaspoon as am not a huge cinnamon fan and this is perfect for me)

All you need to do it remove the stones from the dates, peel your banana and throw it all in a blender!


Daisy x

Fashion: Disney finds

August 18, 2015

I have completely got the Disney bug. It may have a little (a lot) to do with us booking Florida for April next year but I have always loved all things Mickey and friends. 

Here are six Disney items that have really caught my eye and I would like them all please.

1. Minnie Mouse ears - these are so iconic and you can get them in so many different types and themes. These are the Disneyland Paris Minnie Ears with a Red Bow and can be bought for £14 here.

2. Vans Disney Backpack - Vans have come out with a fantastic range of Disney products and this backpack is one of them. I adore it. A backpack with a Disney Princess print - amazing! Also perfect for going round the parks. This costs £35 here.

3. Tinker Bell Personalised Mug - there are a million Disney mugs out there available to buy but this one really caught my eye. The sketch style artwork works so nicely and you can have it personalised with your name. The mug is £10 here.

4. Tsum Tsum soft toys -Tsum Tsum toys are a recent craze and I can see why as they are oh so cute! They are stackable soft toys which come in all of the different Disney characters and you can buy them in a few different sizes. Super cute. My brother's girlfriend Georgina is a huge fan and regularly posts about all things Tsum Tsum. You can find all of the Tsum Tsum characters here, from £3 each.

5. Disneyland Paris Minnie Mouse Spot Bow Serving Dish - this serving dish is super simple but really cute and adds a little Disney magic to your kitchen. This is £14 here.

6. Vans Disney Classic Slip-on Shoes - how incredible are these shoes? These are part of the Vans and Disney collaboration which is worth checking out as there are lots of other products available too. I love the pastel colours and how it's not too OTT Disney. Seriously tempted to get myself a pair! The shoes cost £52 and can be found here.

Do any of these products tickle your fancy?


Beauty: St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse Review

August 16, 2015


Uh oh, I think I've got the fake tan bug. Last month I posted about the St Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion which I really rate and gave me a lovely golden glow. Using it has actually given me the confidence to try a more 'one use' fake tan and this is how I found myself with the St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse. I'd heard amazing reviews of this product and it was on offer in Boots.

So let me tell you a little about the product first. This is a mousse which you apply all over the body (there is a colour guide so you can easily see where you have/haven't applied) and can then choose how long you leave it on for, depending on how tanned you want to look. 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for medium and 3 hours for a dark bronze. After the time you go for is up, simply shower it off. The tan will then continue to develop over the next 8 hours. 

I have been using the St Tropez Tan Applicator Mitt to apply the mousse and have found it so incredibly easy. After exfoliating and then moisturising the usual parts (elbows, knees etc) I simply pump the mousse onto my mitt and scrunch it around a bit before gliding over my skin - I make sure to use the same amount of tan on each part of my body (so 2 pumps on the bottom half of each leg) so it's an evenly applied as possible. I then wait a couple of minutes for it to dry, put on some loose clothes and chill out. I haven't been using it on my face as have found a great fake tan specifically for the face which I use alongside this (will post about this find soon).


Bear in mind with this picture that I already had some of the tan on from a previous application 

So the results - I am 100% in love with this tan. It's not streaky and leaves the most gorgeous colour. I leave it for 3 hours and it creates the most gorgeous tan. I usually apply before bed and then when I wake up the tan has continued to develop and is even darker. It's not crazy-dark though and looks so natural. I've had so many comments from people asking if I've been away - even from my doctor who then commented on how natural it looked when I told her it was fake!

For me this the most perfect fake tan and I will be regularly buying a bottle (even at full price!). It costs £33 and you can find it here.

Fashion: Outfit of the Day - dungarees!

August 13, 2015

I don't usually post outfit pictures but I am so in love with my dungarees that I just had to show them off. I roped Chris into taking a few photos (and I really had to persuade him, he felt very awkward about the whole thing!) as we ventured to the park to enjoy the sunshine. 

The last time I wore dungarees I was 12 and on a holiday to Florida so it feels pretty strange to be wearing them again - they make me feel like a big kid! This pair is from Primark and cost a bargainous £12. 

My shoes and t-shirt are also from Primark. Primarni Queen coming at ya!

Other dungarees I rather enjoy can be found here from Topshop for £38, here from ASOS for £38 and here from New Look (in the sale!) for £11.

Life: Getting my blogging mojo back

August 11, 2015

I've lost my blogging mojo over the past few months- something that every blogger gets at some point and often more than once. I've been blogging a long time- since 2009 when GOSH Darling was the must-have product and blog events and goody bags were blogged about in minute detail (I wish they still were- I can't get enough of a goody bag!).

The blogging world has evolved into this amazing, glossy, shiny arena with beautiful pictures, words and websites. Sometimes it feels hard to keep up but I still love blogging and my little space on the Internet.

For me, blogging is still very much a hobby as I have a full time career which has to be my number one priority, but I get so much out of doing it that I could never stop. I'm going to try to get back on the blogging wagon so bear with me!

I'm planning to post three times a week with the usual mixture of lifestyle and beauty. I want to start writing more Disney posts as they make me super happy, and sharing recipes of my attempts to be more healthy.

At the moment I'm feeling pretty excited about giving my blog a much-needed boost. Thank you all so much for reading and following, and do get in contact if you have any ideas for posts you'd like to see!


Beauty: The wonderful world of Vichy

August 08, 2015

Last Wednesday, Georgina and I headed to Rook + Raven near Oxford Street to be immersed in all things Vichy. A raspberry bellini and ginger mojito in our hands, plus a cake pop saved for later (they were delicious!) we walked around various different stands which showcased the new and exciting products that Vichy have introduced to their ever-growing offering. We then got to pay a visit to the Vichy pharmacy where we could pick a few products to take home with us - Georgina and I were like kids in a candy shop. 


The Idealia range was very much of interest to me.  This range claims to visibly smooth the appearance of the first signs of ageing and wrinkles- something I have definitely started to think about as I head towards 30 (even writing that makes me feel slightly panicky!). The exciting new product in this range is the Idealia Skin Sleep* - this is a night time gel balm which recreates the look of a good night's sleep - even when you only have a few hours kip. The Idealia Life Serum* was another product which called out to me as it's great for skin which is exposed to stress, pollution, smoke or an unbalanced diet. Living in London I'm always interested in products which help with the effects of pollution - boo London smog! 

Both products have a gorgeous texture - very light and blend into the skin super quickly. They also have an almost rose-gold shimmery glowy colour to them which makes it feel super luxurious - and the scent is just divine. I love using these before bed as it instantly relaxes me. It's too soon to comment on how effective they are but I've been waking up with my skin looking really glowy and healthy so hope it's down to these two products!




The other two products that I decided to try were the Dermablend Corrective Foundation* and Ideal Soleil BB Cream SPF50+*. The foundation has been featured on a number of Lisa Eldridge's videos and is one of their best-sellers. It gives up to 16 hours coverage and covers mild to medium imperfections, creating a flawless and glowy base (which was unexpected as thought it would be quite matte). I have got it in shade 25 and it's perfect for my skin in summer. I am really liking this foundation - it provides good coverage without feeling too heavy, and really does cover up imperfections. I hardly needed any concealer after using it. 

I wasn't aware that Vichy had a whole sun-protection range but they do and it's pretty great. The Ideal Soleil BB Cream SPF50+ called out to me straightaway as I want to wear a high SPF on my face in the summer months and on holiday but often find I have to go without foundation if I want to wear a suncream. This is a BB formula which enhances and illuminates and is available in a natural tan shade. I tried this today and it is extremely dewy and illuminating - I love dewy skin but this was almost too much and I really did look very shiny so it may be best suited for dry skin (I have combination/oily). Once I'd applied powder it took the shine down completely but I wouldn't be able to wear it on its own. 

You can find out all about the different ranges and all of Vichy's exciting new launches on their website here.



Life: My Dream Staycation

August 06, 2015

I am a big fan of a Staycation (for those not in the know - it's basically a 'staying in the UK' holiday) When I have time off work I don't like to stay in my house as I end up just doing house chores and sitting in all day watching Netflix - as lovely as that is I find it so much more beneficial to go away and do something different to everyday life. Usually I just find myself escaping to my parents house in the country for a few days of relaxation away from the London smoke.

I've had a couple of Staycation's this year actually. To celebrate New Year I went with some friends to the Isle of Wight for two nights and a few weeks ago we went to the Center Parcs in Woburn, again with friends. Both only cost around £100 each and we had such a brilliant time. 

ThinkMoney have asked me to share my dream 'Staycation' for over the August Bank Holiday (more info on the competition in their blogpost here) so here goes...

Where
 
It has to be Center Parcs. I just love it. I have been enjoying holidays there since I was 11 and must have been nearly 10 times now. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste but I always find it such a great place to escape from everyday life – it’s a lovely bubble of relaxation, fun and fresh air. There are a few different Center Parcs located around the country and I’ve been to Sherwood, Woburn and Elveden. My personal favourite, so the one I would choose for my dream staycation would be Sherwood Forest. I’ve been to this one the most so holds lots of nostalgic memories, and also has the best rapids in the swimming pool.
 
As it’s a dream staycation, we would most definitely push the boat out and go for one of their luxury treehouses.
 
Who
 
We’d get a cluster of treehouses and one would have all of my friends and one would have all of my family. It would be one big party with all of my favourites- hey, it’s my dream staycation right?
 
What would we do
 
It would be a mix of relaxing and fun activities. I adore the Aqua Sana spa in Center Parcs so we’d definitely spend a few hours in there, pampering and enjoying the different spa rooms. I’d also like to spend a night eating out, and then the other nights cooking in -if the weather is nice it’s lovely to have a BBQ in your villa. A trip to CP also wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Pancake House - the photo from my last visit is making me drool!
 
Apart from that, we’d spend lots of time cycling around and in the swimming pool – I could spend hours going around the rapids as they are always such a giggle. There'd also be a little badminton, table tennis, mini golf and plenty of relaxing in the villa with magazines and treats.

So that's my dream staycation in a nutshell - and I promise it's not sponsored by Center Parcs! Where would yours be? I'd love to know!