Wednesday, 22 October 2014

• My Current Favourite Pinterest Pins #1 // Home Decor Edition •

I've always been a little bit obsessed with home decor and interior design, but more so now that I'm moving into my own flat (well, with the boyf) in a few weeks time.

It feels so exciting to have the freedom to be able to decorate it how we want to, buy whichever furniture we please and we've even had the option to paint it which is great. I'm already a long-term Pinterest pinner and I've had my 'Home' board for ages, but it's being used a hella lot more now that we're in the stages of decorating our own place. I thought I'd show you some of my favourite pins - you can find them all on my Pinterest (user name: danielascribbs) in the 'Home' board! I think you'll notice that my kind of decor style is quite minimalist but also cottagey, particularly when it comes to kitchens. In most of the rooms, I like things to look white and 'clean', with a few pops of colour here and there - I also really like hanging chairs... I hope these pins inspire you as much as they do me!

*obviously, these photos were not taken by me, and I have sourced them from Pinterest.

I hope you enjoyed this post - a little different from me, but more of an insight into the kinds of things I'm into! 
I'd love for you to leave your Pinterest names so I can have a cheeky look at your boards - I'm so bloody nosy...

Let me know if you're into this kind of post, as I'm planning on doing a
'Beauty edition', 'DIY edition' and a few more 'editions' -
only if you all enjoy reading them!
PS. Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY here! :)
Daniela xo
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Sunday, 19 October 2014

• October Birchbox #6 // review •

This month's 'CoppaFeel' box includes some fantastic products and is very, very pink!

I reeeeeally like this box. I haven't come across any of the products before, apart from the Balance Me Face Balm (which I love) so the majority of these products are very new to me. I could've done without yet another red nail polish as I seem to get these in lots of beauty boxes, and have built up quite a collection of them, but I'm not complaining too much as I love the look of the other products. If you wanted to see what I got in my last box, you can click here.

I'm excited to try this as I had received a sample of this in the past and really enjoyed using it. I love balm cleansers as they're so gentle on the skin, and so fuss-free too - you just massage it onto your dry skin, apply warm water then remove it with a flannel or hot cloth. For this time of year, my skin gets very dry, so this cleanser will be perfect to add some nourishment to my skin!

I plait my hair every evening so in the morning I just hair spray the plait and I'm left with really pretty waves/curls. A downside to this, however, is that my ends get quite frizzy. I'm definitely looking forward to giving this smoothing lotion a go as I'll try anything to keep my ends looking sleek.

I'm so excited to use this! I don't own anything like it and I love the idea of it cooling my shaving rash down after I've shaved my legs (which happens every. fricken. time.) I get really dry legs in Winter so I'm thinking that if I apply this, then a tonne of moisturiser, my legs won't sting as much. Fingers crossed, and I'll definitely report back to let you know if this works.

It's a red nail polish... That's all, really.

This was the product that excited me the most. A girl can never have too many lip products, especially moisturising ones that have a pretty colour to them. I checked out the other colours on the Birchbox website but was definitely chuffed that I got this shade. It's a browny/nude and it goes on so smoothly. The colour is quite sheer but it's gorgeous for a natural flush of colour.
And that's it!
I'm pretty happy with this month's box and I'm looking forward to November's box already.
Are you subscribed to Birchbox?
Which products did you receive?
PS. Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY!
Daniela xo
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

• A mid-week treat - Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oil // review •

I was first introduced to Aromatherapy Associates when I read a blog post claiming that the bath oils would completely de-stress and relax you. I thought to myself that it was a pretty big claim - and for someone who's a bit of a worrier, I wasn't sure I believed them. 

But after trying a few from the range, I can genuinely vouch for the fact that there's something about the Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oil that forces you to relax, even for just that half an hour in the bath. Now I'm someone that loves spas and I truly believe in the ethos of them; there's nothing I enjoy more than being looked after and pampered over, especially when it means spending some quality time with my mum as well. In addition to spa-days, I also like to treat myself at home as I think it's really important to have something to look forward to mid-week. So a gorgeous bath and shower oil that will relax me and leave my skin feeling silky soft are a total winner for me, and these tiny bottles of spa-like escapism have fast become a very important part of my mid-week routine.

They are pricey, but they're pricey for a reason. The product really does work. A few drops of this into my bath and my bathroom is left smelling exactly like a spa, and as soon as I slip my foot into the bath, I'm transported to a zen-like experience (it also helps if the lights are out and you have a few candles and a cup of tea to hand!) You really don't need much of the oil at all so it brings the cost of it down by quite a lot. Some people use the oil in the shower but, as it costs so much, I see that as a little wasteful (and certainly not in my budget) so I prefer to use it in the bath. I have been known to drop off in the bath when using this, so be sure to have an alarm ready! I can also genuinely say that I have the best night's sleep when I use this and I feel really relaxed for the rest of the evening. I know that this particular scent, Revive Morning, is obviously meant for morning use, but it's such a lovely relaxing scent that it's perfect for evenings, too. Plus - how cute is this mini in the bell, which is part of the Christmas range? I'll welcome a few of these in my stocking this year! This is also a great way of trying a few out from the range, and they do excellent Christmas gifts which include the minis for a very good price.

Have you tried this product?
What do you think of it?
PS. Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY!
Daniela xo
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Monday, 13 October 2014

• Catch up - Summer 2014 and Life Recently •

So now that we're firmly into Autumn, I thought I'd catch you all up on what I got up to during Summer - which seems so far away now!
There was lot's of eating, reading, chilling, eating, chilling, eating, and photographing... oh, and more eating.

So in my books, I had a pretty lovely summer this year! I finished my course in June, worked some of July and I dipped in and out of work during August before starting my job properly in September. It was really nice during summer having a relaxed few days, then a busy few days, and so on. I didn't go on holiday this year although, as you'll see below, I did spend a few days in Center Parcs at the end of August which was lush! I wasn't sure how much I'd have to do before the school term started so I didn't plan any getaways abroad, but next year (after a few pay slips!) we're planning to go on a rather large holiday. So my lazy summer days generally consisted of getting up relatively early, mooching around, seeing friends and family, writing blog posts, countless trips to Costa and some lesson planning here and there. Oh and not to mention the Sims. Where has it been for the past 6 years? I've rekindled my love for the game and I've been known to spend a few hours a day on it (no shame). But before I go on about my rather large family of 8 and their mansion with a pool (the 'motherload' cheat is sweet - again, no shame), I shall go on to chat about the other, perhaps more exciting past-times of my summer!

I purchased the Canon 600D back in July so I've been putting it to good use by finding tranquil spots in Cambridgeshire and snap-shotting them. I've really been enjoying learning about my new camera and I've even sort of worked out how to use the manual setting for everything, including focus (which took me the best part of 3 weeks). I like to think I have the hang of it now, but I think photography is one of those hobbies that you never really quite master - you just keep going with it so you get better and better.
My mum has started buying Quorn and we've been cooking together, which has been so nice - just like old times, before I went to uni and became an adult! This is a Quorn lasagne which was absolutely delicious and really healthy. I think I'm now a Quorn convert!

I've had lots of time to spend with these little munchkins. Now, anyone who knows me knows I'm weird about my rabbits. I literally love them. I play with them every single day, I talk about them every single day and I even sometimes have dreams about them. Before things get weird, I'll stop, but just look at my little babies - Tilly (the blonde one) is like a Disney bunny and Poppy just has the most ridiculous fringe. Love. Them.
I had the chance to experiment loads with my make up and really enjoyed wearing a bold brow and brown lip pretty much every single day. It was really nice being able to wear quite a bit of make up as I don't often wear a lot for school, and it's also nice having more than 10 minutes to spend on it! Putting on make up is one of my favourite parts of the day - I really enjoy it - and I've had a lot of fun with trying new products and colours this summer. PS. How annoying is that bit of hair on my cheek? Grr...
Speaking of fun - bacon sandwiches. Bacon is fun, right? Well, I think it is anyway. During the summer holidays, my friend and I basically had a weekly bacon date where we tried bacon sandwiches from different places in the area. This photo was taken on our last bacon trip, where we tried a little tea room down by the river in town, and oh my, it was lovely. The bacon was crispy, not to mention they put about 10 rashers in each sandwich, and the bread was so good too. The salad, though? Nah, that I can leave. 
Sorry to all of you non-teacher readers - but labels excite me! I decided to make my own this year as it seemed quite simple to do, and I didn't like any that I found online. I also like the thought of having labels that no-one else in the world has (is that sad?). I must have spent hours on Google Fonts trying to find the perfect ones for the children's drawers, or classroom displays, and I can't say I have any regrets. Look at how pretty these are!
My grandmother (Nonna) turned 68 in August and when it came to my attention that she'd never had a birthday cake, I was frankly quite upset. How can you go 68 years and never have a birthday cake?! My mum decided to make her a Black Forest Gateu and it was truly incredible - four layers of chocolatey, creamy, cherry goodness. Safe to say, everyone was impressed - and the cake was finished in 2 days which is a record for my household!
My best friend, who I haven't seen since May (!!!!) came to visit me in August and we had the loveliest day. I started off by showing her my new flat, we then went for a mooch around town, we grabbed some fish and chips and sat on the river, and then we randomly went to bingo. It's so hard when you live away from your friend but it makes it all the more special when you get to see them.

So now I have my head in the game and I'm firmly rooted into the Autumn term of teaching year 5. I'm absolutely loving it and I just feel so lucky and so blessed to be in a school which is so amazing. This summer was really lovely and chilled, but I must say that I was always just on the cusp of relaxing as in my head, I was thinking 'have I bought enough pencil pots? I wonder if I've planned far ahead enough? I hope the kids like me!' so I think that next year I may try and relax a little bit more!

I hope that you had a great summer. I really love Autumn and Winter
(they're my favourite seasons!) so I'm excited for all that they
have to offer this year. New flat, semi-new job and lots to
look forward to!
Daniela xo
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Saturday, 11 October 2014

• L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer // review •

I've mentioned in the past that I don't really see
 the need for primers and they're over-rated...
Please forgive me -
(I was wrong).

This little guy, ahhh this little guy. My skin is dull, so bloody dull at the moment, and sometimes in life we just have to fake it. A healthy glow is the only thing I'm after in life (slight exaggeration, but just roll with it) and the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer is basically glow in a bottle. I picked this primer up on a whim after seeing Shaaanxo wearing it and loving it, and whatever she uses, I'll give a go. The primer promises to provide a light enriching base which illuminates the skin and provides up to 8 hours of hydration. I absolutely agree with this statement and can wholeheartedly say that it provides a luminous glow, a gorgeous pearly sheen and just generally perks my skin up and makes me look healthier.
I've been using a pump of this and swiping it all over my face as I love an all over glow as opposed to just applying it to the high points of my face. It works really well like this and the tiny particles catch the light beautifully. It is very moisturising which is amazing, but the moisturisation along with the light particles do not make me look shiny/greasy in the slightest, which I was worried about when I first bought the product. My make up stays in place all day and it works especially well with my more matte foundations, ie. Revlon Colour Stay and Estee Lauder Double Wear. I sometimes apply this primer with my fingers, sometimes with a brush, and it works well either way. So, to conclude - an all round winner!

Have you tried this primer?
I'm obsessed with it!
PS. Don't forget to enter my giveaway!
Daniela xo
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

• The Balm Mary-lou Manizer // review •

The cult product; the one everyone has; the one everyone raves about.
Therefore, I needed to grab it.

I am all about the glow. Whether it's Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter - I need a little help from a highlighter to help my cheekbones stand out. I wasn't blessed with the bone structure of a Goddess so I need a little help from make up, but I aint complaining when highlighters are as good as this. The Balm Mary-lou Manizer had been on my wish list for so long, so when Feel Unique were having 10% off, I decided to treat myself. And I haven't looked back since.

The packaging of all of The Balm products are well thought-out and very specific to the brand - you definitely recognise The Balm products when you see their packaging. It's really cute and the theme is 'Wanted'. I love that the highlighter comes with a mahusive mirror as it makes it so much easier for touch ups, and the compact itself is small, so perfect for travel.
Golden tones definitely suit me more than pearly tones when it comes to highlighting and shimmer, and this shade is just perfect. It's a beautiful champagne colour that is shimmery but not glittery - and I definitely appreciate that, as I can't stand highlighters that are too shimmery and full of chunks of glitter. The highlighter is so buttery soft and you can tell that it's a high end, high quality product. It's so so pigmented and you only need to tap your brush into the pan to get a strong colour. You certainly need a light hand with this product as it can be easy to go overboard, but I love the fact that it's so pigmented as it means you don't have to work hard to build up a beautiful sheen. You can really sheer it down by tapping off most of the product before you sweep it onto your cheekbones, but I like a really strong highlight so I often pack it on. I've also used it on my cupid's bow and it looks equally as pretty, and it also looks stunning on the inner corners of the eye.

So in truth, this product is nothing like anything I already own. I often thought to myself, whilst reading the rave reviews, 'how can a highlighter be that good?!' But it is. It really is. And I recommend it to anyone. It adds the right amount of glow, the right amount of healthiness to the skin and it really makes me cheek bones stand out. It's fast become a staple product and I've been using it every morning for the past 2 weeks - definitely enough time to test it and be able to tell you that it's incredible.

Have you tried this product?
Would you recommend any other highlighters? I love trying new ones out!
PS. Make sure you enter my giveaway here!
Daniela xo
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Monday, 6 October 2014

• Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 // review •

Can we just take a minute to admire/obsess/(insert word here) over this palette please? This palette drives me crazy. 
Literally insane. I love it.

As soon as I saw the advertisements and sneak peeks for the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2* palette, I couldn't get enough of it and just knew I didn't to have it. The cool tones, the creaminess and the packaging - oh, the packaging. The photos alone say it all, but I wanted to review this product to basically tell you how much of a cult item it is and how it has quickly become my holy grail for early, rushed, Autumn mornings.

I'm all over warm tones, and love my MAC Warm Neutrals palette, but I love switching things up and going for cooler tones as we near the colder weather. The shades in the Naked Basics 2 are so up my street and are warmly welcomed into my collection as five out of six of them are matte, and I don't own many matte colours. This makes the shades more day-time appropriate and easier to wear - an effortless chic, if you like. I was never really crazy about the first Naked Basics palette and I don't even own any of the other Naked palettes, but I was so drawn to this one as the shades are mostly taupe, which I'm obsessed with right now.

These one-swipe-wonder shades are impeccable and work well as an all over the lid colour. I've used each and every one and have found the formula to be creamy, blend able and so highly pigmented. In fact, the first time I used this palette I dipped my liner brush into Undone to give myself a softly-lined effect, but I got so much on the brush that I had to wipe most of it off! You definitely need to use a light hand with this palette as the shades are so highly concentrated, but I absolutely love this as it just adds to the ease of use of the palette.

I've used this palette every day since I've had it and have come up with so many looks and colour combinations, as well as day-time and night-time appropriate looks. For day-time and wearing at work, I really love applying Stark (nude-pink matte) all over the lid, Primal (muted brown matte) in the crease and Skimp (pale nude satin) in the inner corners to brighten. My favourite night-time look is applying Cover (muted red-brown matte) all over the lid, Primal (muted brown matte) in the outer corners and in the crease, Undone (deep, smokey brown matte) as a smudgy, smokey liner applied close to the top and bottom lash line, and Skimp (pale nude satin) in the inner corners. It's such a versatile palette that it's definitely all you'd ever need to use for day and night - and because it's so small and compact, it's so easy to travel with!

Mine was from and was reduced from £22 to £15.40 - if you're not familiar with Cohorted, it's a website that sells beauty items at a discounted price. It works alongside social media - basically, the more people that go to purchase an item on the website, the bigger the discount. Every week there are 4 new items that are up for grabs which keeps things exciting and fresh, which means that the Naked Basics 2 may not always be up for purchase - if so, you can also purchase it from Feel Unique. I've purchased a few things from Cohorted and have been impressed with both the discount and the postage and packaging times. Go and check the website out if you haven't already, I do love a good discount!

Have you tried the Naked Basics 2 palette?
Do you recommend any other Urban Decay Naked palettes?
PS. Don't forget to enter my Personal Planner Giveaway here!
Daniela xo
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