Spring Clean With Me- Makeup Bag Edit

Hey everyone! Today I’m chatting about spring cleaning. Now, although I’m  pretty organised in most areas of my life, the same cannot be said of my makeup collection. That’s why this February, I’m trying to mend my beauty ways, paving the way for radiant summer skin.

Here’s how I give my  beauty collection the spring clean treatment.

  1. Get Your Dates Right 

There is a common misconception that beauty  products can’t go out of date. Although it is true that dry products (like eye shadow) can last for a year or more, other products are significantly less durable.

Once a product is opened, it becomes susceptible to contamination by micro-organisms, from both our skin and the air. Products such as mascara, liquid eyeliner, foundation, and lip-gloss (which all have a high-water ratio) are particularly vulnerable.

You should be wary of products which have separated out into layers, undergone a change in colour, or begun to emit an unusual odour.

Many beauty products have a special icon on the back of their packaging, indicating the lifespan of the product. Always look for this while sorting out your beauty collection.

You may be reluctant to toss away your favourite foundation, but it is worth being cautious, as out of date products are breeding grounds for bacteria and can contribute to bad skin and infections.

  1. Don’t Forget Your Brushes!

Makeup brushes collect oil, dirt, and bacteria, which can all clog pores and cause breakouts.  To avoid this, you should try to clean your brushes once a week.

If you don’t know how to clean your makeup brushes, the process is easy.

  1. First, you should run the bristles under lukewarm water to remove any excess makeup or dirt.
  2. Next, wash the bristles using a gentle cleanser. I use a cleanser because shampoo and antibacterial soap can irritate sensitive skin.
  3. Wash away the cleanser with warm water.
  4. Finally, pat the brushes dry and re-arrange the bristles.

3. Stick To The 12 Week Rule

I don’t know about you, but over the course of numerous Christmases and Birthdays, I have accumulated a vast collection of unwanted beauty products.

To combat makeup hoarding, discard items that you have failed to use over the last 3 months. Decluttering is very satisfying and downsizing your makeup collection will give you more space for future beauty hauls.

4) Give A Little Gift!

If you have unwanted beauty products that are still in-date, then why not pass them on to a friend? They will be grateful for the surprise gift and you’ll feel great, knowing that your unwanted products are being enjoyed by someone else.

5) Pretty Storage Solutions

Now that you have dealt with all of your old and unwanted products, it’s time to find some sexy new storage solutions to keep your beauty and skincare collection organised. Tidy away your makeup in wicker or wire baskets, display your makeup brushes in empty jam jars and keep hair ties in a trendy copper bowl.

I hope that you found my tips useful and I would love to hear about your Spring cleaning ideas.

Danielle xxx

(Supported by Soap & Glory)

10 Tips To Shine This Spring

The old cliché rings true; Spring is a time of change. As the trees start to spring back to life and the dark nights die away, it’s a perfect time to begin thinking about the future.

This Spring I’m facing one of my biggest challenges to date. My four years at the University of Edinburgh have flown by and this Spring, amongst the flurry of dissertation writing and degree exams, my mind is beginning to turn to what comes next.  For this reason, I’m in Copenhagen this weekend, exploring opportunities for after my graduation. Facing the future can be daunting, but this Spring, I am trying to learn to turn fear into excitement.

Although I’m no expert, I’d like to share with you some of the techniques which I use to maintain a positive mental outlook and face challenges head-on.

  1. Think Positive Thoughts!

Positivity and success walk hand in hand. Meanwhile, negative emotions like guilt and inadequacy only hold us back, preventing us from taking practical steps towards achieving our goals.

When we have a positive mental attitude, we are more content and challenges become much more manageable.

2. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

Try not to compare yourself to others. This can provoke feelings of stress and inadequacy. If you are doing your best, taking practical steps to improve your future, then relax; you are doing more than enough!

3. Remember That Rejection Can Help You Grow

We frequently forget that winning is not the only measure of success. Sometimes what we learn during a process is more important than the outcome itself. To illustrate this anecdotally, I have recently experienced a number of rejections from potential employers. I have reacted by trying to focus, not the rejection itself, but on what I have learned from the process and how I will maximise my future chances of success.

4.  Be Persistent

 Persistence usually yields positive outcomes. And if determination and sustained effort fail to get us to where we want to be? Then perhaps we weren’t on the right path anyway.

5. Stay Focused

Spend time focusing on the positive changes that you want to make in your life and identify practical ways you can go about achieving them.

6.  Look After Yourself

At the moment, I’m balancing a part-time job with my studies, writing a dissertation for my languages degree, applying for graduate jobs and participating in a wide array of extra-curricular activities.

When we’re busy or stressed, we often forget to eat healthily, exercise and get sufficient sleep. However, I’ve found that when I do take time to look after myself, I am far happier and more productive.

7.  Find Strength In The Things That You Enjoy

Having the opportunity to relax isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. An hour or two of fun can have positive effects on our mood and productivity. Personally, I enjoy riding horses, working out at the gym and baking (those last two are a little contradictory I know!)

Your interests are likely to be completely different, but the important issue is that you engage in activities which relax you, incorporating them in to your weekly routine.

8.  Make And Maintain Meaningful Relationships

Although stress often makes us reluctant to seek out the company of others, ironically, it is often the best antidote to our low mood. Small actions such as calling someone, or inviting them out for a coffee, can improve our mood. It is also important to remember that there are always opportunities to build new relationships; we just have to take an active approach to establishing them.

9.  Act!

Your happiness is key. If you are unhappy with aspects of your life, then find positive ways to make a change. Don’t be afraid of change; embrace it. If your life never changed, then it could never get better.

10.  Remember That Everything Will Work Out In The End

Even if everything feels very daunting right now, try to remember that everything will pay off in the end and all of the time and effort that you are investing in your future will pay off.

I hope that you found my experiences useful. I’d love to know what changes are effecting your life right now and how you deal with positively with these challenges.

(Supported by Soap & Glory)

Galentines Day Ideas 2: Paint the Town Pink

It’s wintery in Edinburgh; the semester is in full swing  and I don’t know about you, but I’m really feeling the need to let loose and forget all about dissertations, job applications and the joys of degree exams. So if you’re also feeling like blowing off some steam this Galentines day, how can you make your night out that extra bit special?

Here are some ideas to get the party started in style:


1.Get ready with your gals

Blast some music, do each other’s makeup and dig out an outfit that you feel GREAT in.

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 2.Go out for dinner beforehand

Want to have a good old catch up with your girls? Indulge in a delicious meal and some cocktails before your night out.


Here are some affordable suggestions:

-Mariachi 

Theme: Mexican

Location: The Grassmarket

Tip: The Steak Fajitas and White Sangria are to die for! They also offer great lunchtime deals during the week.

Amazing cocktails! (Photo credit: http://mariachi-restaurant.co.uk)

-La Sal

Theme: Spanish
Location- Howden Street (just off Clerk Street)

Tip: Sangria and authentic Spanish Tapas; what more could you want? Their Saturday lunchtime offer of 2 courses for £10 is also pretty purse friendly.

No.8 Lister Square

Theme: Scottish

Location: Quartermile

Tip: No.8 offer 2 for 1 student cocktails throughout the week, so that you can get the party started early!

The best start to a girls’ night out- cocktails at No.8 (https://m.facebook.com/no8listersquare/?locale2=en_GB)


3.Dance like nobody’s watching

If you’re stuck in a night out rut, why not be adventurous and try out your sassiest salsa moves at Boteco Do Brasil? Their catchy Latin tunes will get you on the dance floor in no time; and if that fails, there’s always the mojitos.


4. It’s sleepover time!

Who says you’re too old for a sleepover? And the best bit? Waking up with your mates to giggle over last night’s antics.

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What do you think makes the perfect night out? And how will you be celebrating Galentines Day? Let me know in the comments!

Danielle xxx

(Supported by Soap & Glory)

Get The Glossip: Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss Review 

Hey there everyone! This week I’ve been testing out these beauties; Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Glosses. Here’s my beauty verdict:

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Packaging: 5/5

I love Soap & Glory’s tongue in cheek advertising and Sexy Mother Pucker’s badass  packaging. The brush has a very functional shape, helping you to coat even the most stubborn corners of your pout.

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Feel: 5/5

Sexy Mother Pucker is a unique product, which uses ‘Superfill’ plumping technology and ‘Lipswell’ natural plant oil infusion to enhance your pout. I love the gloss’ gentle tingling effect. The formula is also very smooth and non-sticky, so it has a definite advantage over many other glosses that I’ve tried.

Sexy Mother Pucker in Nudestar over my favourite liquid lipstick 💄


Appearance: 5/5

I rarely use lip gloss, because I prefer  the high pigmentation of liquid lipsticks. However, I’ve found that by applying Sexy Mother Pucker in Nudestar or Spun Sugar on top of my favourite liquid lipstick, I can transform my casual day makeup into a shimmery night out look.

If you’re a lip gloss girl, then you have a lot to choose from, as Sexy Mother Pucker comes in 7 different shades. Nudestar and Spun Sugar will give your evening makeup that extra little bit of sparkle, whilst Bare Enough and Pink-Out-Loud will complete any natural daytime look.

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Performance: 5/5

My lips looked fuller after applying this lip gloss. The product was also very durable and I only had to top it up every couple of hours.


Value: 5/5

At £9.00 for 7ml from Boots, I think that Sexy Mother Pucker is  good value for money. I love the versatility of the product and its lip plumping formula is really unique. I’d definitely recommend this gloss as an addition to your  Valentine’s Day look; whether you’re heading out on a date, or going out for cocktails  with your girlfriends.


 

I’d love to hear what you guys thought of this product and which lip products you swear by. Let me know in the comments.

Danielle xxx

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend? Beauty Review: Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Diamond

Hey everyone!

I hope that you’re having a wonderful week. With Galentines Day just around the corner, I’m super excited to post my first ever beauty review!

Let’s start with the brand; inspired by 1950’s pin-ups, Soap & Glory are all about natural beauty and the fun and fearless expression of femininity. Today I’ll be reviewing the Diamond Edition of Soap & Glory’s award-winning The Righteous Butter.

 The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition uses the same formula as the original. However, it is enhanced with luxurious pearlescent mica powder, which gives the skin an ethereal shimmer.

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It’s the diamond every girl wants this February…

 Here’s your beauty breakdown:


Packaging: 4/5

The pink packaging and shimmery label are both very pleasing on the eye. I did however miss the iconic Soap & Glory pin-ups!

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Left: The Righteous Butter Original, Right: The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition


Appearance: 5/5

The formula has a thick, creamy texture and a long-lasting glittering effect. I would recommend the original version of The Righteous Butter for daytime use, but the indulgent Diamond Edition is a dreamy addition to your pre- night out beauty routine.

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Scent: 5/5

Soap & Glory’s Original Pink fragrance is fresh and feminine. Zesty citrus, sweet summer fruit, flowers and a soft woody base combine for a fresh fragrance which avoids excessive sweetness.

Soap & Glory fragrances are developed by expert perfumers, whose long-lasting formulas leave you smelling gorgeous throughout the day and night. I like to keep a bottle of S&G Original Pink Body Spray in my handbag, to top up the flirty fragrance whenever I  need that something a little extra.

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Performance: 5/5

Soap & Glory body butters are a dream, and the Righteous Butter Diamond Edition is no exception. Unlike many body butters, The Righteous Butter absorbs very quickly into your skin, which is great if you are always dashing out to work or lectures. The butter  conditions your skin, leaving you feeling soft and sassy.


Value: 5/5

The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition is a fab product, and the best bit? It’s actually affordable! Retailing at £10 for 300ml in Boots, I am yet to find a body butter which beats this on price and quality.

From girl-to-girl, at the moment Boots are also offering a free gift when you spend £11 with Soap & Glory; so it’s a great time treat your girlfriends in time for Galentines Day.

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Galentines at the University of Edinburgh


The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition: It’s the diamond every girl wants this February…

My final semester at university has been stressful, but indulging in a little The Righteous Butter every morning has really helped me gear-up for the busy day ahead. I love the quality of the product and the price is student friendly. Would I recommend The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition?  Definitely.

Have you tried The Righteous Butter, or any other Soap & Glory products? What did you think?

Danielle xxxx

(Supported by Soap & Glory)

Galentines Day Ideas Part 1- A Pink Pyjama Party

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What is Galentines Day?

The 13th of February, otherwise known as Galentines Day, is all about having fun with your mates and celebrating the kick-ass girls who’ve had your back all year!

So, this Galentines Day, will you opt for a cosy catch-up with your mates, in the comfort of your own flat? Or will you be breaking in a sexy LBD and partying the night away with your squad? The choice is yours; but in this 2-part series I’ll be sharing some top tips to ensure that whichever you choose, you’ll be having the. B.E.S.T Galentines Day E.V.E.R.



Part 1. A pink pyjama party

So, you’ve decided to save your coppers by hosting a glamorous Galentines night in. Here’s some tips to impress even the finickiest of flatmates and convince you that staying in is anything but boring!


1.Wear your pyjamas to the party

You’ll feel like a Fresher again. And the best bit? No sore ankles from your stilettos the next day!


2.The delight is in the detail

It’s all about the fairy lights, the scented candles, the balloons! Channel your inner interior designer and transform your flat into a girly paradise.


3.Buy some glamazing snacks… or make your own!


Think yummy homemade pizza (it’s easier to make than you’d think), and beautiful pink cupcakes. Let your imagination run wild!


4. Roses are red, violets are blue, the food is pink and the booze is too!


Give these stylish drinks some love this Galentines Day:

Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Pair it with your favourite tonic water for a drink which is sweet and spicy; just like you!

[Available at John Lewis- £18.00 for 50cl- It might be expensive, but it’s worth every penny!]

Fentimans Rose Lemonade- With a shot of vodka (or two!) this is a classy new take on a weekend classic. And for a handy hack; use the empty bottle as a vase!

[Available at Tesco- £2.75 for 750 ml]

-Channel your inner mixologist and make your own fancy cocktails. Try a pretty-in-pink Raspberry Mojito and a Strawberry Daiquiri for starters.


5.Primp and pamper

Think manicures, pedicures and homemade facemasks. Soon you’ll be saying “deadlines? What deadlines?”, as all worry washes away with the soap studs.


6.Watch a film your squad loves

Stuck in a movie rut? Try my top picks!

The tear-jerker: One Day [2011]

– The historical one: Brooklyn [2015]

-The funny one: The Pill [2011]


7.Have a blast!

Galentines Day only comes around once a year, so make the most out of spending some quality time with your mates.


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Have you been inspired to host a glamazing Galentines night in? Or do you have any suggestions for the perfect girly get-together? Don’t be shy, let me know in the comments!

Danielle xx

(Supported by Soap & Glory)

Glambassador Blogpost: Soak Up the Glory of Edinburgh

In today’s blogpost I describe why studying in Edinburgh is so blooming marvellous.

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A summer visit to Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens

Firstly, Scotland is wonderful, offering an abundance of wind-swept beaches, medieval castles and, my personal weakness, tartan scarves (before you ask yes, I do need one in every colour!)

Who can resist Edinburgh’s stunning architecture? The city’s winding streets, narrow stairways and sprawling tenements have inspired many famous authors. Although a certain literary school of witchcraft and wizardry never responded to my UCAS application, the spiralling staircases and romantic turrets of the University of Edinburgh’s Teviot building are a worthy substitute. And the chilli beef nachos at the Student Union? Legendary.

Edinburgh is more than just a pretty face. The city is the host of major cultural events such as the Fringe Festival. Comedy, theatre, and dance; exhibitions, parades and a Royal Military Tattoo; Edinburgh’s cultural calendar is packed. And as students of the University of Edinburgh? These events are all right on our doorstep.

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Edinburgh rocks!

Is culture not your thing? Well; what about kayaking, cocktails, and clarinets? The University of Edinburgh is affiliated with over 260 student societies. A highlight of my time at the University of Edinburgh has been making new friends (of both the two and four-legged varieties!) with the University’s Equestrian Club.

At the University of Edinburgh, it’s not just the activities which are diverse; the people are too! Almost 30% of the student body are international and I have also studied abroad for a year in Spain. My time at the University of Edinburgh has expanded my horizons and allowed me to make new friends from all over the world.

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Clean living on my year abroad 😉

What ultimately makes my University so special is the people who work and study there. I have met some real stars during my time at the University of Edinburgh and these friendships are what has made my time at University truly amazing.

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Scrubbing up nicely  for an evening out

I am passionate about Edinburgh. But do you know what else I’m just as crazy about? Why Soap & Glory of course! I’m a social media savvy beauty fan and I would love to represent the brand at my amazing university!

Watch this space for more beauty and lifestyle updates from me!

D  xxx

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