Saturday, 21 May 2016

TRYING SOMETHING NEW


I received a pack of false nails in my #NWmeet goody bag and decided to give them a go. I have very short nails as I tend to bite them without realising I'm doing it, which sucks, so this was my one chance to have the lovely long nails that I dream of.




I used the nail varnish that I also got in the goody bag, L'oriel Paris Colour Riche in Shade 'Hypnotic Red'.



I really like the pointed end look but it was so annoying to do things so I trimmed them down and everything was much easier!


I did take them off after a few days, I liked the look but it just wasn't me. It gave my natural nails a change to grow though, they're so long now and I'm trying so hard to keep them this way!

Danielle xo

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

CAN'T SLEEP? TRY THESE TIPS

Sometimes it can be hard to drift off into sleep, some people struggle with this a lot more than others. Most of the time I can fall asleep quite easy, but when I can't sleep there are certain things that I do to help. Today I am sharing my tips to help you fall asleep (note: these tips work on me, they may not work on you buy hey they're worth a try):

Mindfulness
If you don't know what mindfulness is, it's basically a technique where you bring your attention to the internal and external things that are going on around you. When I can't sleep, I focus on my breathing and focus on feeling my chest expand and relax as I breath in and out at a slow pace for 5 seconds. This method relaxes me and when relaxed it is much easier to fall asleep.

Lavender oil
Sometimes I like to burn some Lavender oil in an oil burner for a little bit before I go to bed. The scent of Lavender is such a calming smell and helps with relaxation and anxiety, it is also scientifically known to help you sleep. Always make sure you blow out candles before you sleep! 
Alternatively, you can also just sprinkle a couple of drops onto a tissue and put it under your pillow.

Eye mask
I wear an eye mask now pretty much every night, since I started using one I feel like my sleep is so much better and I wake up feeling amazing compared to when I used to sleep without one. I recommend you give eye masks a go, even if you don't struggle to sleep it'll change your life.

Turn off
Turn everything off! Don't play on your phone, turn off the TV, turn off the laptop - they all make your brain active and awake. Try reading a book or, like I said earlier, a little bit of mindfulness.

I hope these tips help you, let me know if you have any others to add!
Danielle xo

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

#NWmeet

At the end of April, I was lucky enough to attend the #NWmeet organised by the lovely Katy. The event was held at Ameriesko which you will have seen if you watched this vlog of mine, I was very excited to be there again and I've already planned to go back with Danielle after my birthday, hehe! I met Danielle, Sophie, Bex and Emma at the train station and we all walked down together, I met so many lovely bloggers at this event and I'm super excited for the next one!

The event started with mingling and chit chat, I'm disappointed in myself because once again I didn't have the confidence at the start to go around and talk to new people, however as the event went on I spoke to a few so I'm not completely disappointed aha.

The lovely Sarra from Weleda introduced herself and gave a little talk about Skin Food and all the things that they offer, Danielle and I were very interested in the pamper night idea!

'Weleda’s goal is to maintain, enhance and restore the health of people. What started in 1921 as a pharmaceutical laboratory, with its own medicinal plant garden, is today a world-leading manufacturer of holistic natural cosmetics as well as pharmaceuticals for anthroposophical therapy.'

I actually got some of these products in my goody bag, I'm going to add onto this post everything that I got so if you're interested then keep on reading!


There was a raffle at the event raising money for MIND charity and we raised a total of £188!

I won a prize in the raffle! I chose the Comforting Cleansing Balm from WHITE RABBIT SKINCARE which came with a face cloth and a little wash bag. It contains shea butter, eucalyptus, rosemary& lavender essential oils so as you can imagine, it smells wonderful. I just can't wait to try it out.

Katy did such an amazing job and I'm so glad that I got to come along!

Half way (ish) through the event Katy asked us if we would all like to see what was in our goody bags, we all said yes of course! Wow were those goody bags heavy.

Want to see what's was in it? Keep reading!

The goody bag included a Personalised TOAD Diary with #MWmeet on the front and a little bar of chocolate which was a lovely little treat.

I got three samples (10ml) of Skin Food from WELEDA and one full (30ml), I've been using this on my hands since the event (I get very dry hands and nothing ever seems to make them better) and it seems to have started to disappear! I'm so happy! It also smells amazing.

Onto my new holy grail of skincare products, my Smoothing Cleanser from TROPIC, I am completely in love with this product it melts away every little bit of makeup even if it's waterproof in one go! I highly recommend it already. I also got an Exfoliating Cleanser from MURAD, an Enriching Hair Oil from VATIKA and a Retexturising Gel from CLEARISTA. Another product that I have been using since the event is my Aphrodite Facial Oil from MOA, I have been using this on my cheeks every night before bed as I have quite dry skin there and let me tell you, my face is so smooth and it's even got rid of my redness and blemishes!

From I LOVE COSMETICS I got a Lemon Meringue Whipped Sugar Scrub, if you know me you know that I love all things lemon, this tub is literally a tub of heaven. I also got some Cherry & Macadamia Body Butter from DERMA V10, I've used some of their body butters in the past and they're lovely.

In my goody bag were some False Eyelashes from KISS which I'm excited to try out as I never wear falsies! I got a nail varnish from PRETTY SERIOUS in the shade 'BOY LEG BRIEFS' and some False Nails from ELEGANT TOUCH which I am currently wearing and loving.

DERMA V10 also gave me a Multi Radiance Cream and a Raspberry Ripple Sorbet Body Butter (which I have used twice and I am so in love with it! I have beautiful nail varnish from L'ORIEL in the shade 'HYPNOTIC RED' which I also wearing and loving and a Hand & Cuticle Cream from PRISMOLOGIE.

I have an Inflorescence Body Elixir from KYPRIS which has a lovely orangey-floraly scent to it (I am so good at describing scents). I am delighted with my Mango Happy Lips from BLISTEX, it smells wonderful and my lips are most definitely happy. TROPIC also gave me a Bamboo Cloth with my cleanser which is the most gentle face cloth ever!

I got a pinky-grey Eyeshadow called 'THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS MAGIC' from SHIRO COSMETICS and a Purified Lash Serum from LILASH.
BEE GOOD included their Necta Perfecta Beautifying Mask and I can not wait to try this out, I am a huge fan of theirs. 


DERMA V1O also added in a Make-off Mitt, I've used this before and in all honesty it didn't really work for me and I didn't really like how it made my skin feel so I may pass this on to a family member to try out and see if they like it. SASSY STASH gave me such an unusual item, I've never seen of heard of this before but I love the idea! It's basically a garter that you can keep all your things in, your phone for example. It's so unique and I can't wait to give it a go.

I finally own a cosmetic mirror, no more using palettes! Thank you LILASH. THE WET BRUSH gave me a Professional Detangler and y'know what? this product beats the tangle teaser by miles, I love it! THE BALM BOUTIQUE also gave me a Chocolate Mint Lip Gloss and some Fabulous Foot Balm.

My bag also contained a cute little YOSHI Keyring that says 'BOOM!' and two beautiful Eyeshadows from MAKEUP GEEK, a shimmery-silver shade called 'CHARMED' and a light brown shade called 'BARCELONA BEACH'. I also got a beautiful Blending Blush from NANSHY which is so soft.

Last, but certainly not least, I have a gift voucher for MURAD for a free facial and a discount code for 15% off from GLITZ 'N' GIFTS.

A massive thank you to Katy and a massive thank you to all the brands involved. 

Danielle xo

Saturday, 7 May 2016

BEING WHERE I'M MEANT TO BE

I always find myself wondering if where I am is where I am supposed to be.

I used to be so sure about what I wanted to do with my life - I wanted to own my own day nursery, or at least manage one. I've worked in a few nurseries and I know now that that is definitely not what I want to do. That's not me, I couldn't cope with that. 
Truth is, I don't know what I want to do with my life anymore, I'm feeling very lost. 

I'm 22 on the 10th of this month and people keep telling me that I need to know now what I want to do, do I need to know?
I feel like I don't even know who I am anymore, I feel like I'm running out of time.

Do you know what you want to do?
Danielle xo

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