Thursday, 12 October 2017

MII COSMETICS | HEAVENLY BRONZING GEL, ILLUMINATING FACE BASE & BROWS BY MII: SCULPTING BROW BUILDER 🎀


I love trying new beauty products and since we sell this make-up where I work I thought I would get a few new bits to try and it's a no-brainer because I didn't have to go to any shops. I've used Mii Cosmetics before and I love the products, I love the brand, I love the packaging, it's super simple and pink! I love the products that I've used before, so when I got a voucher for make-up from everyone at work, I thought I'd try some new products. ☺️

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

NORTHAMPTON TURTLE BAY PREVIEW EVENING


Turtle Bay opened it's doors to Northampton at the end of last month and previous to this I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP Preview Evening. There was an £800K investment in the new restaurant and it has created 50 new jobs, and it's a pretty cool place.

There is actually a place called Northampton in Jamaica too and it's so lovely because the restaurant took inspiration from Northampton in Jamaica, so I think that's really quite special. The decor was amazing, there was tonnes of bright colours, and the restaurant definitely had a beachy and lively vibe goin' on - exactly what you need when you're the furthest point in the UK away from the beach, and don't actually live in or have ever been to the Caribbean.


You don't have to eat there - there's a stand alone bar, which is great when you want to go out in Northampton on a Friday or Saturday night, just for some cocktails, get your groove on, I dunno. The bar has a menu of over 40 Caribbean rums, all used to create the coolest cocktail list. Happy hour is from 11:30am-7pm and then starts again at 10pm! Hello, happy hour, am I right? 😜🍹

BUT, you should try definitely the food too if you're going - the signature dishes include their famous jerk chicken and curried goat, but there is plenty other options like salads, burgers, and a whole range of options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diners!

I was actually running late to the event, working in Milton Keynes and trying to get into the town centre of Northampton when the M1 was shut in the middle of rush hour, I was never going to be there on time - but then again when I am ever on time even without traffic? 😂

I took my best friend Em along and when we entered about 45 minutes late (whoops!😳) we were took straight over to the bar and offered complimentary cocktails, me and Em both went for the same cocktail which was the Reggae Rum Punch and apparently we missed out on the little nibbles that were going round whilst everyone trialled all of the many cocktails, but we were assured that they were delicious.



We had time to drink our cocktails and then we sat down with the other guests to sample some of the Caribbean food on the menu.

Unfortunately we didn't get to try any of their curried goat because there wasn't enough for our table, but we did try a few of the vegetarian and vegan curries - they were surprisingly tasty and full of flavour. I'm definitely going to go back and try the Goat Curry, I feel like we deffo missed out on that, I'm not sure how I feel about the Goat Curry, but I'll get back to ya on that one.













We tried a few of their beach salads, which were lush - I do love a good salad and a lil bit of avocado 🥑 I tried the Avocado, Butternut Squash and Mango Salad and their Spinach, Rainbow Beets and Watermelon Salad.

And we tried their sweet potato fries which were obvo great. 😍

I was driving so I couldn't really have too much to drink, so I only had one cocktail, Em tried one of the mojitos, the vanilla and passion fruit one and I tried the watermelon crush - which was a smoothie and then the pineappleade which I really, really enjoyed.

Then we tried the Jerk Chicken. It was served on huge boards and all of the chicken was stacked up, it came with four different sauces so you could really spice up your chicken or not and it was served with coleslaw. The pieces of chicken were huge and tasty, and we both began to feel quite full.

Then it was my favourite part of any meal, the desserts!! 🍨 We had a choice between Dark Chocolate Brownie, Banana and Toffee cheesecake and Passion fruit pie. All of which were delicious and since we were full up on all of the other delicious food, we struggled to finish them!

My absolute fave, was 100% the chocolate brownie - it was so rich and dark and one of those oh-my-god-I-can-only-eat-one-of-these-or-else-I'll-be-sick kinda brownies.



This was my first restaurant opening I've been too, and I was not disappointed. It was a fab evening, well organised, with lovely staff, delicious food, if only there'd been more cocktails but unfortunately I was working the next day and driving 😢 but the soft drinks were amazing too!

I would definitely recommend Turtle Bay, it was such a good atmosphere and a lovely restaurant and I can't wait to go back and try more food and more cocktails!



Love, Danielle xx

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Monday, 18 September 2017

ONE WEEK BOOK CHALLENGE | IT by STEPHEN KING


There are 1166 pages, in this book. The writing is very little and there are about 456 lines on a page. I love how the paper feels, I personally love Stephen King, and myself and Christopher John have set me a challenge to read it in a week.

I absolutely love reading and last week I saw the film IT and Chris bought the book for "both of us"(his words, not mine) although it's probable he'll never read it, or he might I don't know. 🤷🏼‍♀️

I have already begun reading and I am currently on page 114.

The film was really good, I've never read IT before, I didn't see the old mini TV Series that was on, so I was new to it, and I thought it was a good film. It was a lil bit jumpy but it definitely didn't give me nightmares or keep me awake or anything like that which is always a good thing when I used to be scared of the tiniest little things. Pennywise, I can see was a really creepy character for the kids in the movie and if I was ten, I most definitely would have been shit scared to suddenly see him pop up in the darkness.

I'm excited for the book because I love detail, and boy oh boy is Stephen King good at describing, and so far the book has touched on Georgie and Bill's story with the paper boat and Pennywise in the sewers, another incident which has happened that was not seen in the film (which I won't post about due to spoilers if ya gonna read it) and is now set when they are adults. 27 years later.



So far the film has done a great job of putting the right image in my mind. Normally directors can create something different, because they have a completely different vision of the book, whereas in this film the director Andy Muschietti, has literally made what I read about the paper boat and Georgie come alive.

Wish me luck. ☘️

Have you read IT? What did you think of the film? 🤡🎈

Love, Danielle xx

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

🌻 AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND 🌻

I freakin' love bank holidays, especially when I've booked the Saturday off and actually get a three day weekend. Yaas. 💃🏼

Last year I spent the bank holiday out with some work friends, where me and my friend drank about four bottles of white wine between us, that was then accompanied by some tequila shots (only I was drunk enough to think 'yeah this is a great idea!' It wasn't, it really wasn't.

This bank holiday I spent the Saturday morning shopping at Rushden Lakes which is my new home, apparently, with Em, and then I went and got my nails and toes done and then we all went out on Saturday night to celebrate my 2️⃣1️⃣🎉🎈 birthday, which now is most definitely over. 😒


Here's all of my pals, and if you're wondering where my jumpsuit from it's from New Look. 😍

On the Sunday me, Em and Chris went out to get a breakfast – I say breakfast it was past 12 but we went to an all day breakfast cafe in Northampton. Chris went home to watch the F1 and Em went back to hers and I went back to mine, I chilled out a lil bit, wrote a blog post (which is this one, incase you haven't seen it). Me and Christopher did end up watching Moana with a huge bucket of popcorn that was only £2 from Morrisons! And then we went to bed really early because we got up at 6am to go to the SEASIDE 😍🏖




Hope everyone had a lovely bank holiday (I do realise that it was over a week ago now loool ðŸ˜‚ but we do all know me!)

Love, Danielle xx

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MY LATEST TV OBSESSION

First it was American Horror Story, the SAW movie franchise, Skins, Gossip Girl, Stranger Things, Jonathan Creek, Riverdale then most recently it was Gavin & Stacey, but now it's Misfits. It aired in 2008 first, but it was an 18 rated show and only being twelve then, it's not hard to see why I didn't watch it the first time around, because I'm not going to lie – I was most definitely still watching Disney channel then. 😂 Hey I've got no shame.


I would like to personally start by blaming Christopher John who bought the entire five series of the show on DVD and told me that we should watch it and now, I'm hooked. It's all I want to watch and that is my only trouble with DVD Boxsets and shows on Netflix that have the entire collection of episodes because why would I want to watch anything else??

We watched two episodes last night, began watching series two this morning and watched two episodes in bed whilst I had a cup of tea and munched on some biscuits. We will probably end up watching some more tonight (which I hope we do😋) and for the rest of the next few weeks until the series are all finished.

I will be really sad when we come to the end of Series 5 and I probably won't know what to do with myself BUT in October the new series of Stranger Things starts and so does American Horror Story, gawd I bloody love the Hallowe'en season. 🎃 

Have you ever seen Misfits? What is your current TV show obsession? Let me know in the comments or tweet me!

Love, Danielle xx

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Friday, 18 August 2017

#100dayreset | iiaa reset your routine | DAY 60

It's no surprise that I missed Day 30 really, was it? 😂 the actual story of my life is a disorganised, crazy mess – and recently my skincare's been a bit of a mess too. I wasn't actually going to admit this,  buuuut since this gal's all about honesty, I did go out at the weekend and once I got back to Chris' house I ate my chicken wrap from McDonald's and just crawled into bed... no cleanser, no toner, no moisturiser... I slept in my make-up. Now this is definitely a huge no-no, like really, just don't do it. You will wake up feeling gross and my skin is now covered in spots 😭 If you do sleep in your make-up you better have a really good excuse. Like a wicked night out. Like me, and I was just really tired...

Read on for my 60 Day Update! 

p.s. please ignore my eyebrows they're due for a wax after trying to grow them our for ages! and my lashes are also due for infills! 👀

Thursday, 17 August 2017

a letter to fourteen year old me, love twenty year old me


To Danielle (14-Year-Old Me),

I know that growing up seems scary right now, and I know that you don't know what you want to do when you're older. Come on DB, you're never going to make it as an actress, and you know what? That's okay because you're really not cut out for acting or dancing (or singing but you do still try in the car on your own). And unfortunately you haven't made it onto the TV either apart from when mum sent your picture into Sunday Brunch. In six years time, you'll have a job that you LOVE. But you won't know that you want to do it until you're seventeen, which is a whole three years away. When you leave school you'll think you want to make it as a journalist, unfortunately that doesn't happen babe but you do start a blog so there's that, basically a journalist. Just a bit less work and more hobby.

Don't worry about any of the girls that are bullying you at school, when you leave school, I promise you won't ever see them again, and they won't really matter. But do make the most of school and the best bits because you really start to miss education (I know it seems impossible!!) and having all of your best friends around you every single day. I know you can't believe it, but trust me on this.

When you go to college, you're going to make an amazing group of friends, and you still talk to them even now in the future, in fact you met up with one of your closest friends just the other day. And then we you move colleges, you make another group of amazing friends and some of them you don't speak to as much as you like, but you still have THE best time when you're all together.

Also I hate to tell you this but the fringe is gone. Nu-uh. It is no more. No more gappy fringes for you DB, although now you have baby hairs that grow and stick straight up but we just deal with it, we've grown them basically all out now – you gotta stop cutting them 😂. You will also grow to love make-up and beauty and looking after yourself a bit more, I think that studying Beauty Therapy really helps. Oh and we get braces, which is worth it at the end, just make sure to wear your retainer, when you're older you kind of always seem to forget and it's only when mum reminds you, do you actually put in it.

And you know how you never wear nail varnish? You're now obsessed and change the colour every week (that's okay, it's part of your job to have nice nails) and you know how you wear a little bit of make-up but not much right now? Hun, you come a looong way in terms of make-up by the time you get to twenty. You discover primers, contouring, and you master the cat-eye flick that almost becomes your identity and you just look silly without it. You also discover eyelash extensions and spray tans and they will also become part of who you are. You can't live without them both atm.

Oh, and lastly you'll meet Chris in two years time when you're sixteen but you won't know that you end up together and you've been together 2.5 years already when you're eighteen. So literally don't worry if you never meet and fall in love with Harry Styles - 'cause let's face it hun, was it ever gonna happen? I think even you can tell your chances are slim – and he does not look so great with long hair but you'll be pleased to know he cuts it short.

Enjoy life and just be you, and then you'll be alright.

You got a fun six years to look forward to DB.

Love, Danielle (twenty-year-old you) xx
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p.s I literally found this blog post sitting in my drafts and was like, no! I turn twenty-one on Sunday I need to post this now whilst it's still relevant 😂

Monday, 7 August 2017

Starting a Scrapbook



So recently I decided to start a scrapbook, after one failed attempt in 2015 that didn't go to plan. I bought both scrapbooks from Hobbycraft and most of the added bits and bobs are also from Hobbycraft as well as The Range, because that is one of my all time favourite shops! I've started the scrapbook from our last holiday altogether as a family, which was in 2014 and we went to Furteventura. Although I've bought a black and a white scrapbook, I've started with the white one because I think colours show up more vibrant and it's easier to doodle and write over the pages. I will definitely use the black one for something, but for 2014-2016 it will all be in the white book. 

The most fun thing about starting a scrapbook has been looking back on all of my memories and being as creative as I want to be. I'm such a hoarder of tickets, flyers, postcards, little tokens of different trips and they've all been living in a rather boring box over the past four years - so it's lovely to display them altogether.

I saw Gabriella from velvetgh0st doing a scrapbook and that's where I got the inspiration from -aside from the failed scrapbook in 2015 (let's not talk about that 😂) and so I decided to do it.

I will definitely be sharing pages from my scrapbook on my blog over time, because we all know here that it takes me a little while to upload and edit photos and actually write blogposts, just because I'm a completely rubbish gal at doing things on time and on schedule.

Let me know if there's any good scrapbooking websites that you know of and if you too are doing or have done a scrapbook, I'd love to get some more ideas and inspiration!

Love, Danielle xx

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Monday, 19 June 2017

#100dayreset | iiaa reset your routine | DAY 1

My skin is SO bad at the minute, it's actually a joke. Many thanks to the addition of the worst hayfever of the year and being so tired that I rub my eyes constantly so my eye make-up smears around my face making it 10 times worse. When I was invited to the iiaa' (International Insititute of Anti-Ageing) reset your routine press day a few weeks ago, I was really excited. Finally a chance to sort my skin out !! As most of you know I've been using Environ for absolutely ages now, although recently I've been really relaxed with my skincare routine - read as: really lazy. Which I know is terrible for a beauty therapist, but do as I say and not as I do !!

So I have decided to take the challenge using all three brands, Environ, Advanced Nutrition Programme and jane iredale to completely reset my routine in 100 days keeping track of my progress here on my blog, so you can all see how dry and flaky my skin is at the minute (thank you pollen) and how lovely and glowing it will be in 100 days time. Today is Day 1, and updates will follow on Days 30, 60 & 100.




Monday, 20 February 2017

MY BASE MAKE-UP ROUTINE / jane iredale:
Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream & PurePressed Base


Primers, foundations and powders are the beginning of every girl's make-up routine - unless you start with your eye make-up which is fine but just a little bit alien to me. Oh of course the pre-makeup product that is now a must in every girl's and boy's make-up bags is a primer, because who knew that you could put a product on that was gonna make your make-up last forever. I've tried mutiple different foundation products when growing up, I started with Avon cream to powder foundation, then it was Rimmel, then I moved onto Mac Studio Fix, then it was Estee Lauder Double Wear and at the present it's jane iredale's Glow Time BB Cream in the shade BB6. 

I think the only primer's I have ever owned have belonged to Rimmel and Benefit. And powders again I stuck to Rimmel Match Perfection translucent powder which was great until I discovered jane iredale's mineral make-up.

Read on to discover why these are some of my favourite products...

Monday, 13 February 2017

jane iredale: the luxe line, advanced nutrition programme & environ skincare | #iiaacomplimentday

On Tuesday 24th January (will my blog posts ever be on time??), it was National Compliment Day and I got sent a very exciting package sent by Davina from the iiaa. With the hashtag #iiaacomplimentday I quickly took a snap of all of the products on the manicure bar at work and posted it to instagram, I had a quick look through the press releases and the products and then unfortunately had to go straight back to work. And what with going to the gym in the mornings before work it meant that I didn't really get a chance to experiment with the make-up and try all of these lush Jane Iredale products out, I already use the Eye Gel and I am yet to take the supplements. So that's what I have been doing today, trying out the make-up as well as taking pictures and not doing very much else, story of my life.. although I did get my nails done AND I bought a new handbag, so there's that.

I'm going to split up the three brands for this blog post, just so we don't all get confused. But these products are so important and beneficial for your skin if you use them together to feed and fority your skin and then finish with mineral make-up using all three amazing brands. And fyi they are SO good for your skin. 

Included in my #iiaacomplimentday package there was Skin Accumax sample for me to try from Advanced Nutrition Programme, and Environ's Youth EssentiA VitaPeptide Eye Gel and then a whole bunch of lovely make-up from jane iredale's Luxe Line gift set, aswell as a cute little hand mirror and a spoon, that I only found by emptying the entire contents of the box because it was well hidden away! 😂

Monday, 30 January 2017

taking a walk

Happy Monday everyone! I just thought that I would share with you some snaps I've taken on my camera whilst I've been out and about on walks. There's something so refreshing about going for a walk and it's meant that I can play around with my shiny new camera. Hope you have a lovely day and enjoy the snaps below!







 Love, Danielle xx

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Saturday, 21 January 2017

TAKING VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENTS

As you'll know if you read this post, I did my Environ training at the iiaa and bought lots and lots of skincare products because, I'm gonna be honest, I just love Environ products and having been on the training and knowing the science behind them - I can tell ya, they work. They are so good for your skin and packed full of vitamins A, C and E and other key active ingredients that promote fabulous skin for everyone. I personally love doing the facials in the salon, recommending products to clients that I know are going to make a difference for them and also using Environ products on my own skin at home (when I remember lols).

I was sent the Skin Complete supplements from the Advanced Nutrition Programme (which is another brand that is involved in the iiaa, along with Environ and jane iredale) to try out by the lovely Davina, and I began trying them out and honestly they have made a massive difference to my skin. I've still been using my Environ products topically, but also the Skin Complete are basically topical skincare available in capsule form with all of the lovely ingredients that will leave your skin feeling amazing whilst working from the inside of your body. So you get double the Vitamin A which is just great, your skin will thank you, I promise.

It's a little bit of a long one, so grab some snacks!


Sunday, 15 January 2017

friends for five years?

I had such a lovely time with a really lovely person today. 

We had coffee in Café Nero and then had a look in Waterstones and WHSmith, Callan got a McDonalds to cure his hangover and then we left town. It's so lovely to spend time together and even though we don't see each other all the time, it's still so nice to have friends in your life that you can just pick up where you left off and reminisce about the old times like me and Callan do. You can say that like the old times were a million years ago when in reality they were only five years ago. And it's weird how once you meet someone and become friends with them, you can never not know them and then they share a part of your life no matter how big or small.

nostalgia nos·tal·gi·a
n.
1. A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
2. The condition of being homesick; homesickness.

There is a lot of memories and things that we share together, me and Callan. Most of it that nobody else would understand unless they were either one of us or one of our friends that shared it with us. Sometimes I'm not sure we understand why we did the things that we did and why we find them funny. We used to be so odd, but it's shaped our friendship into what it is today. It's nice to get together and think about the past, but it's also really nice to think towards the future. Sharing what we want to accomplish and where we want to be is what friends are for because you know, we can egg each other on and think 'you wanted to do that thing and now you're doing that thing, and that's awesome.' A friend that has been there through everything, a friend that you don't speak to all the time but is still one of your best friends, a friend who you accepts you for who you are, that's a friend for life.

Also this video that we filmed back in 2013 still makes me laugh to this day. #prettycushion.


I hope you've all had a fabulous weekend, make sure to let your friends know that you love them.
Toby and Tim who are featured in the middle picture, are two people I also consider my very close friends, even though we don't speak all too often but when we're all together it's *almost* like nothing has changed, when in reality, we're all a lot older, have more responsibilities and have to class ourselves as adults. Huh.
Love, Danielle xx
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Also listen to Callan's band Aspirin Head on soundcloud here.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

new year, new me and all the rest of it

Maybe one day if I actually put my mind to something, I'll be able to do it and complete it. I thought that might happen with blogmas, but then again I didn't really try as hard as I could have done, no point lying about it. And it's no one's fault but mine. Maybe one day, I'll be able to finish something. Who's up for blogmas 2017, anyone?! LOL.

2017.

How the bloody hell was 2007, ten years ago. That makes me feel old and I'm only twenty, lol. When did time start passing by so fast, huh? It'll soon be Christmas again.

2016.

I had a good year last year and had so many lovely adventures and holidays last year and feel really quite content with my life.

I got a posh new camera for Christmas from my Christopher John, which will come in very handy for the blog posts that I never get around to posting or editing or writing... whoops.

I'm a very lucky girl to get a posh camera and I love it to pieces, incase you're wondering it's the Canon EOS 1300D. But I also had a really lovely Christmas with my family and friends and a quiet NYE. But I was very lucky and I'm very fortunate to have the people around me that I do.


tip for next year: probably don't drink so much on christmas eve or else you'll go to bed at 9pm on christmas and feel like you've wasted the day. on the other hand, I had a bloody good christmas eve.


As for new year, new me, the only things I want to change this year is my body image, my fitness, my hair colour and my wardrobe. 
Oh, and things might change around here too.

My blogging game is going up this year. I tell ya.

Maybe. If I put my arse into gear. Then maybe we'll do alright.

Love, Danielle xx

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