Tuesday, 2 December 2014

10 Reasons Winter Makes Me Smile

1. Potentially the most obvious, CHRISTMAS! My absolutely favourite thing in the whole world.

2. Knitwear, I mean who doesn't love it!

3. The roaring log fires

4. The specialised lattes and hot choccys from Starbucks!

5. Those winters scents


6. Being snuggled up on the sofa with a mountain of blankets

7. The feeling of being lovely and toasty when outside it's really cold

8. SNOW and frost. I love frost on grass and spiders webs it just looks so magical

9. Dog walkies

10. Last but not least, family time. I find myself not rushing around as much in the winter so I end up spending more time with this lovely bunch.

Lots of Love


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Review || Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath

Helloooo,

So we are now well on our way to Christmas so over the next couple of weeks I am reviewing products that make great presents for friends and family. SO basically I am doing a really really in depth christmas list! Hope that makes sense to you all! So the first in this so called series is a really favourite high end product of mine and it is the Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath. 


The Honey Bath range comes in a 300g glass jar with a silver metal lid. The packaging is very minimalistic however still feels very luxurious especially as you can see the pearlescent Honey Bath shimmering through. It comes with a little wooden honey dipper, which is super cute. You just simply dip the dipper into the beautiful liquid and swirl it around in the bath. As soon as you unscrew the lid and remove the plastic cover the scent hits you. I swear down it literally smells like creme brulee! Once I have dipped I swirl it around about to catch the drips and then hold it under a running hot tap and watch the bubble form. If I want a super luxury bath I'll dip a second time and swirl the dipper around in the bath water. 


After a bath my skin feels silky and soft, even after towel drying which often removes this feeling. Also your skin holds a faint smell of creme brulee which I love, but I understand this may not be to everyones taste. I like to light lots of candles and catch up on Great British Bake Off while have a lovely relaxing soak! 

You can buy Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath from most department stores, I picked mine up from House of Fraser for £32.00 you can buy it online here. I am definitely going to try more of Laura Mercier Body and Bath products now and hopefully they will be just as good! Have you tried any of the products before? 

Lots of Love 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

11 Ways to Get you Lazy Ass Out of Bed


1. Get Enough Sleep 
Sounds obvious but loads of us don't get enough beauty sleep. As a bare minimum you should be aiming to sleep for at least eight hours every night. Being well rested means you will free fresh and ready to go when you wake up!

2. Get into a routine
Our body's clock follows a circadian rhythm. If that rhythm is set correctly, you may be able to regularly wake up refreshed without an alarm, but if it is not correctly set you'll wake up feeling groggy or even sleep through your alarm altogether. Make an effort to get to bed and get out of bed roughly the same time every day. 

3. Adjust to your sleep cycles
The average human sleep cycle is 90 minutes. Adjust the time you wake up and the time you go to bed so that you can sleep for a length of time that is in a multiple of 90 minutes (for example, 6, 7 &1/2 or 9 hours), and you'll wake up more refreshed.

4. Sleep Well 
Sleeping for 8-9 will not help you so much if you don't get quality restful sleep. Here are a few suggestions to help you sleep well:
  • Get a comfortable bed
  • Control the temperature in the room
  • Reduce external noise
  • Abstain from caffeine and alcohol six hours before you go to sleep
5. Get the right alarm clock
Some people, including myself, need a very loud, harsh alarm. Experiment and find an alarm that works for you.

6. Position Your Alarm Clock
It sound daft but honestly this works for me. If you alarm is just next to your bed, you'll find yourself just rolling over and hitting snooze, and go back to sleep without even remembering doing so. I find if I have to get out of bed and walk across the room, I really struggle to go back to sleep. So I have started putting my phone away from my bed. 

7. Set Numerous Alarms
If you are one of those people who not you up, set more than one to go off. I usually set one after another about 5-10 minutes apart.

8. Get a helping hand 
When I was at Uni I lived with a couple of my course mates, so we'd all need to get up at a similar time to attend lectures. So we'd help each other out. We'd make sure that we were all up and ready to go. 

9. Have a Drink 
Drink some water as soon as you wake up, it stimulates the body and will help you stay awake. If you need something stronger have a coffee or tea.

10. Let the Light in
Your body naturally wakes up faster when it's light outside, so open your curtains. Or perhaps leave them slightly ajar when you go to sleep. 

11. Wash Your Face 
Splashing cold wash on your face helps your circulation start. Also means you can start your skincare routine. 

What are your top tips for getting up early? 

Lots of Love

Monday, 27 October 2014

My Little Glitzy Secret

Hellooo There,

Recently I was contacted by a company called Glitzy Secrets asking me if I'd like to feature a stunning pair of earrings from their Crystal Collection.

I have to be honest I had never heard of the brand beforehand but after I did a little exploring I found that they are pretty big on the old blogesphere. Also I have to mention I was really impressed with the website, it was super easy to navigate around and looked incredibly professional. It took me a fair while to choice a pair of earring for the expansive collection (can view it here) finally I opted for the Graceful Charm Earrings.








I thought that the earrings are very versatile,hence why i chose them. I have been wearing them with a variety of attire, mainly casual as I have lacked formal events recently however I  did wear them to a late summer wedding and they looked great! In terms of comfort they are great, not heavy and actually good to sleep in (a few too many drink may have made me forget to remove them!). I feel elegant when they are in, the earrings just give an outfit that extra lux and class it needs.

They have an amazing website full of reasonable priced glitzy jewels so definatlt worth checking the company out!

Lots of Love 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Beauty Wish List

Helloooo :) 

I am craving some serious Beauty products at the moment so I thought I'd share them with you guys and you can let me know what you think of them and if they are worth it! 

Beauty Wish List

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Review || Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick

Prepare yourself for a serious love hate relationship here my lovelies because I can't even get my head around this product! The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick have come to earth to seek me out and make me question my make up ability. Liquid lipsticks are nothing new to the beauty scene or me but this one from Bourjois I am having major qualms with. To be honest it really isn't that bad but allow me to rant and explain.....


Bourjois have released a eight-strong liquid lipstick line that delivers opaque colour in one quick sweep. First I need to point out I have only tried this shade, so my thoughts may not be applicable to the whole range. The shade I have tried is Nude-ist which when I swatched it in store was a lovely nude shade however when I apply it it is pink, so I don't really understand what is going on. The reason I purchased it was because I thought it was a lovely nude. But hey ho I have been trying to go with it. I mean its not even a subtle pink, it's bold it's bright!


The name 'velvet' suggests to me a lighter finish, but let me tell you once these have dried they are full on mattes with a bizarre powdery finish. Now I love this, I am a big fan of a matte lip. Layering is not that much of an issue, however after three coat I find the finish feels tacky on my lips. I actually struggle with the application of these products as I find they tend to bleed slightly despite the applicator nip being slightly pointed. One thing I will give to Bourjois is that these lipsticks do not budge. You'll have no Miranda Sings smudges to be seen her. They really do last all day. Anyway who wants to be touching up their lipstick all day? Not this girl! 



The lipstick comes in at £8.99 each and like I said the range has eight shade and can be picked up in drugstores. So in conclusion I probably just need to try some more shades. 

Lots of Love 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

FOTD || Night Out

Hellooo, 

A pretty natural look really, anyway this is how I achieved it.


Foundation || Mac MatchMaster SPF 15 Foundation in 1.5
Concealer || Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Warm Medium 
Highlighter || Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light 
Contour || Benefit Hoola Bronzer 
Bronzer || Bourjois Delice de Poudre Powder 
Blusher || Illamasqua Powder Blush in Naked Rose 
Powder || Mac Studio Fix in NC25
Eye Shadow || Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette ( Bootycall for lid, Tease for crease and Busted on outer crease and lower lash line) 
Eyeliner || Benefit They're Real Liner 
Mascara || Benefit They're Real Mascara 
Eyebrows || Benefit Gimme Brow 
Lips || Clinique Chubby Stick in Curviest Caramel

Brush Used
EcoTools Foundation Brush 
Real Techniques Powder Brush 
Real Techniques Blush Brush 
Benefit Hoola Brush 
Urban Decay Naked 2 Brush 
Mac 217 Blending Brush 

Lots of Love 

Friday, 10 October 2014

Just to Update Ya'll

Just thought I'd let you all know I have changed University! I know most of you will not give a monkeys but I thought I'd share it with you as I am finally on the pathway I want to be and fingers crossed I will achieve. I am back living at home in Wiltshire and commuting into uni for lecture. It's not going to effect my blogging at all, I just wanted to tell you all! 



Lots of Love 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Cooking || Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup

Helloooo,

Just a quick simple recipe of my favourite warming soup!


You will need:
Ingredients:
1 Butternut Squash
1 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 leek
2 thumb sized piece of ginger
1 litre vegetable stock
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic crushed

Tools:
Vegetable Chopping Board
Large Knife
Paring Knife
Ice Cream Scoop (trust me on this one)
Large Saucepan
Wooden Spoon
Ladle
Food Processor
Measuring Jug (to make stock in)

Step One
Prepare the vegetables. The butternut squash must be peeled, de-seeded and cut into 1" pieces. I like to slice the butternut squash and the remove the skin, I also use and ice cream scoop to remove the seeds and stringy bits from it. The onion needs to be roughly diced. The leek simply sliced into half an inch slices and the ginger peeled and finely chopped.



Step Two
Heat the Olive Oil in a large pan.

Step Three
Add the vegetables to the pan and stir-fry until starting to brown.



Step Four
Add the stock and leave to simmer until the butternut squash is soft.


Step Five
Once soft add to food processor and blend until liquid.

Step Six
Season as required and serve.



I like to serve the soup with a couple of crotons and a little sprinkling of cheese.

Let me know how you get on. Send me your pictures on Instagram @DanniSaint

Lots of Love 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Review || Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

Helloo There,

Now this might not come as much of a surprise to you, after the majority of beauty blogger fanatics have tried and tested this cleanser. I just simply had to try it myself to see what all the hype was about. I popped in Space NK while I was in London and snatched up the little tub of Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Face Balm. It contains the Moringa cleansing balm and a cleansing cloth. Being a bit of a cloth cleanser virgin I am stepping out of my comfort zone a little with this product. The cleansing balm totals at £36.00 for 100ml which is pretty pricey but I'll explain why I think it is such a great product, after all, we have to have a decent skincare regime to enable us to have a perfect canvas for our make up. 


The balm itself contains moringa seed extract, vitamin E and wild sea fennel to minimise the appearance of pores. Mandarin, Orange and Neroli (nope I haven't heard of it either) to revitalise and rejuvenate as well as Jasmine, Rose and Cedarwood to aid hydration and conditioning of dry or dull skin. I also find it very calming on sensitive areas of my face. I adore the smell of the balm, it is subtly fresh and natural smelling. I whole idea of a balm I find very appealing, it took a couple of uses to get to grips with it. The cleansing balm breaks down all traces of make up and is safe to use on eyes too, it even manages to break down waterproof mascara and eyeliner!

When I first bought the product I was a little apprehensive about how long it would actually last me, but surprisingly a little goes a long way. I find a dollop roughly the size of a 50 pence piece will do my whole face, however if I have stubborn or a lot of eye make up on, it takes more. I can definitely see the product lasting a lot longer that I originally thought. I love the cloth that comes in the box, one side is a lovely soft flannel and the other is a soft muslin cloth which is still very soft on my skin. 


Since I started to use the Emma Hardie cleansing balm, I have noticed a difference in the overall appearance of my skin. As I have really peculiar combination skin (oily here, dry there and just normal everywhere else) it seems to have balanced out slightly, the dry patches are definitely improving! I can also say that my skin seems to be better hydrated and looks a bit more radiant. I love using this balm on my skin, it almost feels like a treat at the start and end of the day. It is a very gentle and natural cleanser, I'd say it is suitable for most, if not all skin types. I'd like to thank Emma Hardie for taking my Cleansing Balm virginity and I must say I am well and truly coverted! 

Have you tried any cleansing balms? Which is your favourite? 

Lots of Love 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Review || Illamasqua Powder Blush in Naked Rose

Hello 

I have had this baby in my cheek make up draw for a while now so I thought it is about time I shared it with you. I brought this back in December 2013 and I have not used another blusher since (seriously I am not joking)! It is just the most perfect everyday natural colour. My mum actually called it 'the girl next door colour' which made me chuckle but I can see why! 


This blush is actually the only Illamasqua product I own, I am definitely going to purchase more just due to how impressive their blush is. The colour pigmentation and pay off is stunning, it gives your cheeks just a perfect dusting of radiants and flush. Illamasqua suggest the shade is a beige/brown but its far from it. It is pink when applied. I will be keeping this blush for a long time and cannot wait to purchase more products.

Lots of Love 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Is Feminine Hygiene a Taboo Subject?


As a blogger I am lucky enough to receive a great selection of  products and samples to review. So when I go home from Uni the other day I was chuffed to see another sample package had arrived. I didn't really know what to do when I opened it up and saw four bottles of Femfresh. I had to think long and hard about doing a post to suit them, didn't exactly want to do a review! I even spoke to my best friend about it to see what she would think! Then I decided 'screw it let do a post'. 

So I have decided to talk about feminine hygiene in a rather broad sense. It is true that across most of the world the subject in hand is a taboo and a topic of conversation that most girls would like to avoid, myself included.But it is a very important topic and one females need to start paying attention to. Us girls have plenty of lotions and potions hidden anyway in our bathroom cupboards for all parts of our bodies claiming to do one thing or another. But what do we have for our intimate area? Often this area of our body can get overlooked by us using an everyday body wash, which can actually strip your intimate area of it's natural defences. I'm pretty sure we are all guilty of this! To maintain the natural defences women need to use a different wash because at the end of the day it is different. You won't use foot cream in your hair so why use a body wash down there! There are plenty of intimate care products of the market but Femfresh is the leading one. 


Femfresh has been designed specifically to care for the unique pH of your vaginal area (word I never thought I would be saying on my blog!). All of the products have been gynaecological and dermatologically tested so have been tried and tested. If you are concerned about irritation from regular soaps and shower gels then try Femfresh products. They are suitable for all female of any age, who are wanting to improve or maintain their general hygiene down there. Femfresh products are great to use whilst pregnant as they are so gentle.  

The new lines recently added to the range have certainly increased the appeal of Femfresh products. The in-shower washes range now consists of:
  • Daily Intimate Wash
  • Triple Action Deodorising Wash
  • Triple Action Soothing Wash 
  • Triple Action Prue & Fresh Gel Wash 
  • Ultimate Care Active Fresh Wash 


They are all suitable for daily use which is great! Girls we need to start looking after our 'downtowns'. It is an important part of our personal hygiene. I know we arent exactly going to go into Boots with our friends just to pick up a bottle of Femfresh, but perhaps just slip a bottle into your next shopping basket. The products mentioned above are available from ASDA and Boots and retail between £2.99 and £3.49. They cost peanuts when you consider all the good things they do for you!

Stop being worried about people judging you and starting thinking about the most important person out there, yourself. Your hygiene is way more important than anything else! So give it a go also if you fill out your details on the Femfresh website you receive a £1 off coupon! 

Lots of Love 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Review & Swatches || Mac Lustre Lipstick in Sweetie

Hellooo 

Now back in the summer when I just happened to find myself in Gatwick Airport I may have purchased A LOT of duty free makeup and perfume. I mean what else are you supposed to do in an airport! I picked up numerous items including this little offering from Mac. It is the Lustre formula in Sweetie.


It caught my eye as it was the most pretty shimmery pink in the tube. However when I swatched it I was presented with a beautiful easy-to-wear glossy pink. MAC describe the shade as 'a very sweet pink', the shade really does look a tad Barbie-doll esque. As you can see the from the swatch below it is sheer, light, pearlescent - basically everything I look for in a lipstick - and it is nowhere near overwhelming as I had expected. 

I was even happier with the result when I applied it to my lips. Sweetie gives you a polished, gentle-looking, oh-so-slightly-shimmery, candy (but not Barbie) pink lips. The shade is pigmented just enough to show up and make my lips look slightly pinker than normal, but due to its sheer finish, the look is very subtle. For a more intense look you can apply numerous coats of the lipstick as it is very buildable. Basically I will never again judge a lipstick by the colour of the stick! 

MAC lipsticks retail at £15.50 nationwide but if you are going away you can pick the up in duty-free for £12.00. HAve you tried any MAC Lustre Lipsticks? Which are your favourite colours? 

Lots of Love 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Review || Benefit Gimme Brow

 Helloo All,

Hope you are well! Ever since I delved into the world of blogging have I really paid attention to my brows. I mean I used to pluck them and use a pencil occasionally but now I have a set routine and products I like to use. It was something I never really looked at one other people however it seems to be one of the first things I notice on a person now. Plenty of new brow product have been released this year and Benefit have not missed out on the hype with the launch of their Gimme Brow.


Benefit Gimme Brow comes in a teeny tiny little tube with an equally tiny brush applicator. I am freaking out over how cute this little wand is! The product is meant to give the effect of a fuller natural looking brow. The gel coats the each hair making it look thicker. Surprisingly I am using the light/medium shade, however I was matched by the consultant and it doesn't look light when on. I have been using Gimme Brow on top of my powder to set my brows and to make them seem thicker. However this doesn't mean that you can't use it as a stand alone product. It's kind of is a 3-in-1 tube of joy really, you get colour, thickening and setting power all in one! I really like the brush I think it is great and it allows you to get great definition and it is easy to control. This is a little gem of a product for me and I am sure there are plenty of others who will agree with me. Get yourself to a Benefit counter and let the consultant have a little play around and trust me you will end up picking up a tube for yourself! You can also buy Gimme Brow here for £17.50. 

Lots of Love 


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Review || Benefit Bigger Than BB Big Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector

Helloo My Lovelies,

Hope you have enjoyed the summer! I feel a bit upset that it seems to be drawing to a close now! But god I am looking forward to late nights snuggled up on the sofa in front of the fire in my snuggly PJs and watching a feel-good film! I know now is probably not the best time to be reviewing this but hey ho, it took me some getting used to and I didn't want to give a rubbish review. 

The product is question is the rather long named Benefit Bigger than BB Easy Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector! It's quite a mouthful. And the list of thing this foundation does is just as much of a mouthful! Over the summer months I have needed something that can keep my combination skin at bay! 

There isn't really too much I can say about the packaging. It is pretty enough I guess but nothing special. It has a neutral stripe pattern circling the easy to use squeezy bottle. I love bottles with pumps as it is so much easier to control how much product to use for each application but I can happily report that I have had no spills or distribution problems with the Benefit Big Easy squeeze tube or nozzle. I think this has probably got something to do with the fact that the formula is fairly thick. 

The Big Easy comes in six shades which seems pretty limited if you consider this a foundation however if you categorise this as a moisturiser/sheer coverage product I would be fair to say the shade are rather expansive. The great thing is that most Benefit counters are man so it is easy to get colour matched. I was matched to 04 medium. 

The formula of the Big Easy is very creamy which I would usually associate with a matte high coverage foundation. I couldn't have been more wrong though! If I am being 100 percent honest with you I don't actually like the whole liquid to powder formula. Even though I have tried my hardest to get along with the Big Easy I just can't. I want to love this product but there is just something I don't really get about it! I can see why people might like it however for me it's coverage isn't enough and it drys my skin out terribly and clings to all my oily patches. I'm going to persist and try to play around with it a bit more using different brushes,blenders etc. I feel like Benefit wanted this to be a holy grail product, a all-in-one cream. I feel like it just hasn't worked out for them. And to be honest for just a tinted cream £27.50 is really expensive! 

Have you tried the Big Easy? How did you get on? 

Lots of Love

Friday, 29 August 2014

Review & Swatches || Mac Cremesheen in Hot Gossip

Hello,

Feel like I am back on top of posts again, so standby for reviews and general chit chat posts! 

Today I am reviewing a Mac Lipstick in one of my favourite shade, Hot Gossip. As you can see it has been well loved!


Hot Gossip is part of the permanent line, and is described as a 'mid-tone pinky plum'; it is a Cremesheen formula and is available for £15.50. Personally, despite only using a few mac lipsticks, Cremesheen is my favourite finish. I have read reviews from other bloggers who find the finish drying - I, on the other hand, find the opposite. I find it moisturising and my lips feel soft. 

The Cremesheen finish, true to its name, applies with a creamy feel with a slight 'shine' without looking glossy or wet. I find that it lasts around two hours before it starts to fade to a pink tint on my lips.

Hot Gossip is a medium pink with a slight purple tinge to it, it leans toward a cool/cold colour if you ask me - it isn't too cool that warm skin tones couldn't pull it off. I have a slight yellow undertone to my skin and I love this colour. 

The colour is a cream with no shimmer. It looks great with a variety of makeup looks. It's a nice soft pink that is noticeable without being too loud and in your face. 


If you are not familiar with the classic MAC lipstick scent, you need to familiarise yourself with it. It is a lovely vanilla scent that reminds me of vanilla cupcakes and vanilla frosting. 

I only own a handful of MAC lipsticks because the price is a tad steep for me, so I am really picky when I choose my shade. Have you tried this shade? What is your favourite MAC lipstick formula and colour?

Lots of Love 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

DIY || Peel-off Blackhead Removal Mask

Hello All,

Hope you are all well. Today I thought I'd share with you a DIY beauty post. I really like combining kitchen ingredients to make skin and beauty products but today I am only using one ingredient and that is an egg. You will also need a egg separator, you can try and do this without one and look all professional but I'm lazy and a bit useless.


The mask has five benefits:
1. Brightens your complexion making your skin look glowing
2. Removes blackheads 
3. Deep cleanses 
4. Tightens pores 
5. Controls oiliness

So to make this miracle mask all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

First you need to separate one egg, if you don't know how to do this search it on YouTube, then beat it in a small bowl. Now using a face mask brush, or a cheap flat foundation brush, apply the egg white to your face and chin. Take a thin cosmetic tissue cut holes for your mouth, nose and eyes and place it on your face and pat it gently. Now apply another layer of egg white and leave it all to dry and set. When completely dry peel the mask off and have a look at the dirt, YUCK! Wash your face with warm water and apply a gentle moisturiser.

Let me know how you get on! 

Lots of Love 

A Spanish Getaway

Hello,

Last week I got back to England from sunny southern Spain! I spent 9 days in a private view with beautiful lake views with my family. I haven't had a family holiday for a couple of years so this was a really lovely change. I thought I would just share with you some of my favourite moments pictures from the holiday! Hope you like them!

My Dad and Me

Our Swimming Pool

The view from our villa

My Mum and Me

Sangria!

A Billionaires Boat worth £220m in port at Malaga 
  
Family Selfie 

Langoustine, my favourite!

Literally Heaven on a Plate 

Mojito in a Beach Bar

Have you been away?

Lots of Love