Things that have made me smile | week 78

Bath bomb | Over and over
Things that have made me smile | 

  1. Having a surprise early finish at work on Friday, the struggle is real on late week.
  2. Painting our new room, well I mainly watched and sang whilst liam painted but it was still fun.
  3. My mums birthday present arriving, I love being able to treat my mum to lovely gifts.
  4. Having a little pamper night, my skin has decided to have a little breakout so putting a facemask on felt lovely.
  5. Enjoying a bottle of wine, by now we all know I enjoy a glass of wine or two.
I hope you have all had a lovely week.
Danielle x

MAC Caitlyn Jenner

This month MAC have teamed up with the inspiring Caitlyn Jenner to give us a gorgeous range of luxury makeup.

'Caitlyn Jenner's collection continues her mission of sharing her transition with the works, championing All Ages, All Races and All Sexes. Elegant, classic shades for lips, eyes and checks are beautifully suited for those who embrace life in whatever form they choose.' 

MAC's usual matte black packaging has been given a gorgeous gold upgrade. The packaging is so pretty and makes the products feel even more special. From the collection I picked up a lipstick, eyeshadow and powder. 

There are three shades of lipstick all having a creme sheen finish and one shade is an online exclusive. I picked up the shade Rock it! A gorgeous midtone beige perfect for a soft day time look or to team with a bold eye look to Rick the evening. 

MAC eyeshadow was a first for me and after trying it out I can safely say it will be the first of many. It is highly pigmented, applies lovely and blends like a dream. There are three shades available in the Caitlyn Jenner collection each with a veluxe pearl or velvet finish. I choose the shade Worthy, a gorgeous deep purple shade that goes perfectly with my green eyes. 

The final product I added to my basket was the Mineralised skin finish natural powder. I've been aft a new powder for a while and I just couldn't resist it in this packaging. There is only one shade in this collection called compassion, a cool brown shade which suites a lot of skin tones. This powder gives a satin finish and can be used to contour, set foundation and top up makeup throughout the day. I use it to set my foundation and keep my oily skin at bay throughout the day. 
Will you be picking up any products from the collection? 

Danielle x

Things that have made me smile | week 77

bath bomb | Ylang song bombshell
Things that have made me smile | 

After a rocky start to the year, this week things have started to look up a bit and I feel like I'm ready to grab 2017 firmly with two hands and make it a year to remember! 

  1. Purchasing some of the limited addition Caitlyn Jenner makeup for MAC. Although I did get it deliver to my old flat, oops, it's a good job I didn't move far. A blog post featured thing products that I bought will be up on my blog this week. 
  2. Having a lunch date with my fiancé, sister and dad. We enjoyed some yummy food and I did stray away from my diet, which is bad but it tasted so good.
  3. Even more treats whilst on my diet was a pizza and wine night in on Saturday. It was lovely to stay warm, have a cosy night in and binge watch Gilmore girls.
  4. You may think I'm a little sad with this one but giving my house a gold old clean made me very happy. When I'm in the mood for it I find cleaning quite relaxing and love organising things. Once it's done I light lots of candles and relax with a fresh hot coffee, and even more Gilmore girls. 
  5. Receiving my monthly birchbox again. I stopped subscribing to this when money was a little tight then I forgot to sign back up again. I love receiving my little box of beauty treats every month and will be sharing this months contents with you later this week.
And that's my list of happy things this week. I hope you have all had a good week, can you think of five things that have made you smile? 

Danielle x 

The perfect jeans

I hate jeans! I know that's a pretty strange thing to hate and a strange way to stat this post considering it's titled 'the perfect jeans'. I just find them uncomfortable and struggle to spend a full day in them and much prefer legging or trousers (or pj's but I can't get away with wearing them outside the house otherwise I would).
I've seen a lot of shops selling the 'mom' style slouchy jeans and was easily tempted by the comfortable, causal look. I picked up this pair from New look for £24.99 which is a great price for a good quality pair of jeans.

They are high rise and rest just bellow the belly button, which I usually find quite uncomfortable but as these are not skinny jeans they don't dig in and you can actually eat and breath when sitting in them. Although they are not skinny fit they still give your body shape. I love the baggy look and the rips give it that little bit of edge, to continue with the comfy vibes I styled them with a vibrant orange/yellow Slogan sweatshirt. To give it a bit of class I worse a classic pair of black boots with a slight heel, which is perfect for me as I'm pretty short. I love these jeans and will be sitting comfortably in them throughout most of January.

What is your favourite style of jeans? 

Danielle x 

Getting those brows in shape

Brow's are beginning to take over and Benefit have you covered to get your brows in shape. Not only do they offer the service to wax and tine the, (like brow gods) they have a whole range of amazing products to keep them looking perfect between wax's.
Benefits defined and refined brow's kit is perfect for keeping your brows selfie ready. It contains 3 brow products and a mapping tool to help line up, mark out and shape your brows. You can get there in 3 simple steps. 
  1. Use bravo as a primer and enhance and extend the wear of your brow product.
  2. Map out your brow shape with the mapping tool and fill in those brows with precisely my brow pencil.
  3. Finish with blending in high brow pencil under the brow bone to tidy them up and highlight the brows.
And your done!
The set comes with a handy, helpful leaflet to give you all the information you need and tips to use each product.

Just click this Link, select your shade and your 1 step closer to amazing brows! 

Danielle x 

Things that have made me smile | week 76

Bubble bar | The comforter
Things that have made me smile |

The festivities are over a new year has begun, it's time to put down the junk food and get back to reality. I'm now back at work and back into the swing of the daily household chores but I've really tried to start the year of on a positive note, so here is what has made me smile this week.

  1. Ordering a couple of tops from new look, one of which was an absolute bargain at £3 and the other will be featured on a post this week.
  2. Having my fiancé cook all of the meals this week. It's been lovely to come home from a late shift and have my tea cooked and ready for me.
  3. Purchasing a unicorn onesie, it's super soft and super cute perfect for the chilly evenings and movie weekends.
  4. Starting a new series on Netflix, although it's an old programme it's new to me. Gilmore girls is great and I'm excited to have something to watch on the chilly evenings.
  5. Having a chilled stay at home Saturday in said inside watching said to series hiding from the cold.
I hope you've all had a fantastic first week of the year.

Danielle x

5 things I want to do in January

It's the first month of the year, a fresh start and all that. A lot of people don't really like January as Christmas is over (I am sad about that) it's drama dm cold and just not a lot is going on. I don't really mind January, for me it's a month for getting organised, makeing plans for the year and getting cosy on the sofa watching lots of movies. Here are 5 things that I won't to do in January to give my year the best start. 

1) De clutter and organise.
I'm a firm believer in tidy house, tidy mind and there's nothing more frustrating than trying to get on with somthing but you can't find the things you need. I won't to be really brutal and just get rid of the things that I don't use, wear or need, then organise everything in a way that's appealing to the eye and practical to find things.

2) Read.
I have quite a selection of books filling up my shelves now but I just don't read them as much as I would like to. We all let life get in the way some times or just make excuses but I really won't to take that little bit of time for me and just sit for half an hour with a hot cup of coffee and read.

3) Work on me.
Last year I lost a lot of body confidence and I really won't to work on getting that back and getting a little healthier at the same time. I also want to take the time to pamper myself and look after my skin, hair and nails. Put on a hair mask once in a while, sit a do my nails and make sure I stick to my full skin care routine morning and night. 

4) Cook more.
When I moved out 2 and half years a go I couldn't really cook a thing, unless a cheese toastie counts as cooking. Of course if I wanted to eat I had to learn and I did, I can cook some meals but I always find myself eating the same things. I want to try out new, exciting recipes and really cook from scratch. There will probably be a few burnt meals along the way, but I will get there. 

5) Travel.
I would love to take some time out to just go traveling but financially I'm not in a position to do that at the moment (damn bills) but I really want to plan a trip some where. Going to Iceland to see the northern lights and visit the blue lagoon is a little dream of mine. But even if it's a small trip in this country I want to plan one. 

And there we have it 5 things I won't to do in Januray. Will I do them all? Probably not but I can try. What things would you like to do on Januray to give your year the best start? 

Danielle x

Avon far away perfume

Avon has been around for years and is a much loved catalogue in my family. I always remember my mum sitting with a cup of coffee indulging in the beauty products and writing down her order. As I've got older, I myself have also made many purchases but for as long as I can remember my mum has always gifted me my favourite, much loved, perfume Far away. It has become a bit of a tradition, one that I very much look forward too. 

The bottle is a simple circle shape with the detail being in the black and pink lid and the sleek black tassel that rests on the elegant bottle. The scent is one that I will never get enough of. It is floral with Amber and musk scents to make it a little less sweet but very pretty and elegant. 

This scent is perfect for pretty much any aged girl/women and is a perfect scent to start of your perfect collection. If you can't get your hand on a catalogue you can now order online and get it delivered start to your door. But I'm sure if you asked about you will find a local Avon rep and support a small local business. You can order it Here, and it is currently on sale from £13 to just £5!! 

Do you have a signature scent that you always repurchase? 

Danielle x
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New year, new start

Every year we all make these new exciting plans and resolutions to start the new year with, even though most of them we give up on before we've even made it through January. This year I vow to make one New Years resolution and stick to it . . . 'To be more organised!' 
Sure I'm also doing the whole healthy eating, exercise and drink more water thing, but I start that every Monday so I feel like that's something I'm constantly working on. Being more organised and planned with my day to day life makes it a lot more stress free. The feelunique beauty diary is the perfect organisation companion especially for all you beauty lovers out their. It has all the important bits in there that you need with lots of cute little extras. It makes it all that bit more fun to write in and want to carry around in your handbag. 
The plain peach exterior with 2017 embossed in rose gold gives it a smart, sophisticated look, making you look and feel like you are ready to rule the world. When you open it up the fun starts, if pretty pastel shades are your thing them the coloured tabs and pretty fonts will make you fall in love with this diary. 
Each month starts with a little inspirational quote or saying to help give you the right start to the month. It has all those beauty dates and holidays in, so we won't forget when national bubble bath day is. There's space for your beauty lust list, travel essentials and even help to keep your finances in check. What more could more could you need? How about a little pouch at the back filled with the cutest stickers to use throughout your diary to make it even more cute and fun! 
You can pick up this diary from Feelunique and it is currently half price at just £7.50! 

Do you have any New Years resolutions or goals? 

Danielle x