Wednesday, 22 June 2016

EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE

My last skincare routine post was in July 2015 and my whole routine has changed completely, since then I have been switching and trying out new beauty products and I've finally found a routine that works for me and more importantly my skin.

I still no longer use face wipes, I don't like how they make my skin feel although I will use them as a last resort to remove my makeup if I run out of cleanser. My last skincare routine was pretty much full of Simple products, I no longer use them either! Yes they saved my skin and cleared it up a LOT but I don't feel like my skin needs them anymore. I've received quite a few of skincare products in goody bags from events that I have attended in the last year and I've found products that save my skin in ways that it needs saving - my routine now is like 90% products that I have received, including the best cleanser I have ever tried.

To remove my makeup I use Tropic Skincare's Smoothing Cleanser (I did a detailed review of this product which you can read HERE), I can see myself using this for years to come as it really is the holy grail of skincare products. I'm not going to say much about the product itself as I've just recently posted a detailed review on my blog.

I just put one pump of this on my hands and massage it into my face then I take a flannel/muslin cloth, run it under some warm water and wipe all the product (and makeup and dirt) off my face.

This product removes every little bit of makeup I have on, leaving behind the lovely scent of honey & lemon and leaving my face feeling so clean and cleansed. This product is also brilliant at clearing up blemishes! 

This is the point in my evening skincare routine where I like to brush my teeth and just splash my face with some cold water.

Next up is toner, I currently use Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner which is amazing and smells like heaven. As you can tell by the photo, I am in desperate need of some more! I may try out something else though, so if you have any recommendations then let me know! 

I basically just spray this over my face and pat it in with my hands or a cotton pad.

I am a HUGE fan of lavender and this is one my favourite lavender-scented products.

On to oil, I use MOA Aphrodite Facial Oil which is just wonderful. I use this on the dry parts of my face and leave it on overnight, it's also really good for sunburn when your skin starts to peel!

I put two drops onto my fingers using the little applicator, then I massage it into my skin.

This product smells wonderful and has done wonders for my skin, I highly recommend it.

I finish off my routine by applying some lip balm, I'm currently loving my Blistex Happy Lips in Mango.

Now I'm ready for bed.

What products do you use?
Danielle xo

Saturday, 18 June 2016

THE LEIBSTER AWARD

I have been nominated for this award three times in the last couple of weeks so I thought that I would mash them all up into one post, so here we go.

The Leibster Award was created as a fun way to promote new up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers. I would like to thank Sam, Danielle and Alisha for nominating me.

Sam's Questions

What make up product is at the top of your wish list right now?
I don't think I have one on my wishlist at the moment, I'm not a massive make up person.

What would your perfect relaxing day involve? 
Junk food, netflix and Jamie.

What motto do you live by?
To be honest, I don't really have one? I quite like the quote 'Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think' (it's from Winnie the Pooh but it always sticks with me) :).

Where have you not visited but would love to?
I've always wanted to go to Italy, somewhere there I guess.

Three things you would take with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
Some sunglasses, some sun cream so I don't sizzle and someone to keep me company. 

Favourite meal of the day? 
I love breakfast even though I don't have it much, when I'm away and in a hotel or something I always look forward to it and wake up super early so that I don't miss out.

Most embarrassing moment of 2016 so far?
I don't really think I've had one, I can't think aha! I'm sure I will have had one because it's me and I always get embarrassed but nothing comes to mind.

Best buy of 2016?
My denim skirt is the first thing I think of, I recently purchased this and it's definitely going to be included in June's favourites video. I've wanted one for so long and I'm so happy with it, I feel like a child at Christmas, I can't get enough of it! It goes with so many of my other clothing items too! 

Do you have any pets? 
I have a dog called Kim, a parrot called Brian and lots of fish who don't really have names (we have too many aha! I named one Buddy and he's super cute and we have Big George who is our biggest).

Favourite thing about blogging?
The community, I've never met so many lovely people! I also love just having a space to call my own to write about my passions and share my thoughts.

Danielle's Questions

Who or What inspire you?
Bettie Page inspires me, she was so confident and she just seemed like a wonderful person - she has a documentary called 'Bettie Page Reveals All' , if you watch this i'm sure you would love her! I envy her confidence and self-worth so much, she's perfect.

What is your biggest challenge you have overcome?
Maybe attending blogger events, it's such a big thing for me and I'm so proud of myself for going to them! I've been to a few now and I'm feeling more confident and comfortable when attending them.

What is your favourite part of blogging?
I answered this above in Sam's questions :)

Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Definitely an introvert.

Describe yourself in 5 words
Kind, Shy, Reliable, Organised, Honest. I don't know aha.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, real life or famous, who would you choose?  
Bettie Page.

Have you got any goals you want to achieve before 2016 ends?
I actually set myself a goal to read 16 new books in 2016, I'm doing really well so far!

What is your favourite TV show to binge watch?
I'm currently binge watching iZombie and That 70's Show :), I can't wait to binge on the new season of Bate's Motel and OITNB!

How and Why did you become a blogger?
I became a blogger because I loved writing and the idea of having my own little space to share my passions and thoughts, I also wanted to build my confidence. I set up my blog on blogger, it's been three years now and I still love it!

What is something you wish someone had told you before you got into blogging?
Oo I don't know, maybe how time-consuming it is? I never knew it was so much work (I'm not complaining, I love it!).

Do you have a motto for life, if so what is it?
I answered this above in Sam's questions :).

Alisha's Question's

1. What's one goal you want to do this summer time?
I'm not sure, maybe to just eat a little healthier and not live off junky takeaways aha!

2. What's your favourite candle smell?
I have a bubble gum candle that I've been using recently and I am so in love with it.

3. What's your favourite movie?
Oo that's a hard question.. I LOVE House of 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects, maybe one of them? I'm not sure, it'd definitely be a horror film though!

4. Pick three people you'd love to have at your dinner table tonight?
Bettie Page, Helena Bonham Carter and Zoey Deschanel.

5. What was your favourite toy as a child?
I used to love my Baby Annabelle and all my Myscene dolls aha.

6. Who are you in love with? 
I'm in love with my boyfriend, Jamie.

7. Who is your crush of the same sex? 
I have quite a few, I have a big crush on Zoey Deschanel she's just so cute!

8. What was your favourite subject at school and why?
I used to love English, I love writing.

9. What did you want to be when you were little?
I can't really remember.

10. What do you believe in?
I believe in a lot of things; fate, love at first sight, luck, soul mate, lots of things!

11. What TV show are you addicted to at the moment? 
I'm really into iZombie right now, I'm loving it!

11 FACTS ABOUT ME
I have a severe nut allergy
I can say the alphabet backwards
I love stationary
I love owls and anything owl-themed
I want to learn how to drive but I am terrified
Vintage fashion makes me happy
I have a scar on my elbow which is shaped like a Scarab Beetle, it's pretty cool
I have never broken a bone *touches wood*
Odd numbers make me feel comfortable
I want to learn to play piano
I love horror films and books

MY QUESTIONS

  1. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
  2. Are you superstitious?
  3. Do you have any fashion icons?
  4. Do you have any goals for 2016?
  5. Are you a tea or a coffee person?
  6. Describe your perfect day.
  7. Who or What inspires you?
  8. What is your favourite book?
  9. Do you believe in luck?
  10. Pineapple on a pizza, yes or no?
  11. Describe your perfect pizza.

I TAG
Chelsea and Sophie 
Danielle xo

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

INSTANT ICED COFFEE

Oo my first recipe post, isn't this exciting?! 

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT ICED COFFEE

Are you a big fan of iced coffee but don't want to wait forever to drink it? This blog post is for you.

YOU WILL NEED:
INSTANT COFFEE
SUGAR
MILK
ICE

and that's it!

I also have a video of this recipe, you can watch it HERE

STEP ONE
Boil your kettle, doing this first means you don't end up watching it and waiting for it to boil because you're doing other things!

STEP TWO
Add two teaspoons of instant coffee to your cup of choice

STEP THREE
Add one teaspoon of sugar, you may add more or not add any at all if you wish!

STEP FOUR
Fill your cup with a little bit of you boiled water

 STEP FIVE
Stir until dissolved

STEP SIX 
Step six is actually optional, I like to cover mine loosely before I put it in the fridge

STEP SEVEN
Put your cup in the fridge until it is cool

STEP EIGHT
Fill your cup to the top with milk

STEP NINE
Add your ice cubes, I like to add three so it doesn't melt and make my coffee too weak!

STEP TEN
ENJOY YOUR COFFEE

Are you a coffee person? Do you prefer it hot or iced?
Danielle xo

Saturday, 11 June 2016

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

I have seen this book mentioned all over the place and I've read a couple of blog posts about it, I came across it in a local charity shop and of course I just had to get it.

I love the cover of this book, it really stands out and it's not 'too much', it's nice and simple. 

I quite liked the beginning although I was rather confused, I didn't really know what was going on. As I kept reading though, it all cleared up and I understood, it was so original! I don't want to say much as I don't want to spoilt it but it's not what you expect, I've honestly never read anything like this. 

I loved the whole idea behind the book, I loved the idea of the children and how it was 'Ophiocordyceps' that was behind the Zombies. If you don't know what that is, it's a fungus and it's actually pretty cool and gruesome, give it a Google. ;)


Loved the character of Helen Justineau and Melanie, I wanted them to just be a family the whole way through! I couldn't stand the character of Parks, but I was wrong, don't judge him until you read it all!

I really enjoyed this book until I got to the ending, I didn't enjoy that ending. I'm not going to say anything about it, but I actually felt a little disappointed, maybe it's just because I wasn't expecting it and didn't want it?

It was a good book, not great in my opinion but I would still say give it a go!
Danielle xo

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