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


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
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.


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.


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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