It’s Summer!!! (How To Celebrate The End Of Exams)

Hey everyone! My fourth-year degree exams finished on Friday and after popping some Prosecco, I travelled down to Bristol to celebrate my new-found freedom with my bestie Hannah. Here are our top tips for unwinding after exam period:

Exploring new career opportunities at the SS Great Britain
  1. Say Cheers!

Celebrate the end of exams with some cheeky cocktails, an indulgent glass of Prosecco or a yummy meal out.

  1. Travel, Travel, Travel!

Visiting somewhere new will help you to clear your mind and get into holiday mode! Travelling is also a great way to reward all of your hard work and keep in touch with old friends!

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My Bristol tour-guide aboard the SS Great Britain ❤
  1. Expand Your Mind

Degree programmes are very focused; so why not use your Summer to expand your horizons and learn new things? Visiting local tourist attractions and reading around subjects that interest you are great ways of unwinding after exams, whilst keeping your brain active.

The Cliffton Suspension Bridge (Bristol)
  1. Treat yourself!

Exams take a toll on you; that’s why the post-exam period is a brilliant time to invest in some gorgeous new Summer clothes, get that haircut you’ve been putting off since April and even indulge in a sneaky spa day with your mates (head to Groupon’s website and nab yourself a bargain).

5. Catch-up On Some Sleep

Summer is here, so there’s no shame in spending the odd morning in your pyjamas catching-up on your favourite Netflix shows (I won’t tell if you don’t!)

I’m taking lifestyle tips from my cat!

6. Develop Positive Eating Habits

Now that my exams are over, I’m trying to cut back on my obsession with takeaway fajitas and Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Cookies. However, the post-exam period is a time for celebration, so I allow myself to eat whatever I fancy when socialising with friends, whilst sticking to a healthy, balanced diet when at home.

Yummy fusion Tapas at Under The Stars, a floating restaurant  in Bristol
 7. Do More Exercise

After exams is also a great time to develop a healthier exercise routine and use your  spare time to engage in your favourite hobbies. Remember; you’ve worked hard during exams and now is the time to reap the rewards.

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Going out and getting some fresh air can make all the difference!
8. Declutter

That dress that’s a size too small for you? Get rid of it! Those shoes that you haven’t worn for two years? Those too! Charity shops will be grateful for your donations and you’ll have less clutter to lug around on the train or stuff into your boot on your journey home.

9. Make Plans

Exams are over, so why not take the time to set yourself goals and explore exciting holiday, volunteering, work and study opportunities for the Summer months?

10. Be Spontaneous and Have Fun!

Work hard, take time to relax and you’ll make Summer 2017 the best one ever!

I hope that you enjoyed today’s blog post. What are your Summer plans?

Until next time!

Danielle xx

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

A Firm Favourite: Soap & Glory’s Up-toned Girl Review

Hey there everyone! Summer is just around the corner and I’m getting beach ready! Apart from cleaning up my eating habits (there’ll be less chocolate cookies in my cupboard for a while!) and hitting the gym, I’m also testing out a firming product for the first time ever! Soap & Glory’s Up-toned girl is a body lotion with a difference and, when applied daily, it smoothes the skin and firms up troublesome areas. Here’s what I thought of the product:

Packaging: 5/5

Up-toned girl comes in a convenient pump bottle and, as ever, I love the cheeky vintage pin-up on the packaging. I also like the stylish colour scheme and the luxurious look of the pink and silver design.

Smell: 5/5

The product contains coconut, almond and grapeseed oils and has a fresh, mildly fruity scent.

Performance: 5/5

Up-toned Girl has a light formula which absorbs well into the skin, leaving even the least moistured areas feeling soft and well-cared for; a must in the dry Summer weather! I loved how Soap & Glory’s illuminating ‘Flatterspheres’ gave my skin a healthy and natural Summer glow.

Up-toned Girl is an excellent body lotion, even without its unique selling point; Soap & Glory’s ‘Self-Taut Technology’, a secret formula which firms, tones and moisturises the skin. Now, when it comes to toning, nothing can beat a healthy diet and frequent exercise, but I am pleasantly surprised with the results of this product.  Over the last two weeks, the cellulite on my legs has cleared up considerably and my skin is feeling so much softer! I will definitely be re-buying.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s review and that you’re enjoying the Summer weather wherever you are. I’d love to know; what are your Summer beauty must-haves?

Until next time!

Danielle xx

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

Beauty Hacks: The Mixed-up Makeup Challenge

Hey everyone! We’re back to makeup again this week and I’m feeling like experimenting! I’ve challenged myself to do my makeup by applying products in ways they weren’t initially intended.

  1. Blusher as Eyeshadow

Soap & Glory’s Peach Party Blusher is a pretty-in-pink colour wheel (£11.00 in Boots), which works perfectly as an eyeshadow  substitute. I simply dabbed on a little of the salmon pink shade using an Ecotools eyeshadow brush from their 6 Piece Brush Set (£15.99 in Boots) and I was good to go.

  1. Lipstick as Blusher

I dabbed a little of my Colour Sensational Lipstick by Maybelline (Fuchsia Flash, £6.99 in Superdrug) onto the apple of my cheeks to replace blusher and I was pleasantly surprised with the result! However, I would recommend keeping clear of sticky lipsticks when trying out this beauty hack. 

  1. Eyeshadow as Eyeliner

I used a thin lip brush from my Ecotools set to brush ‘Creep’ from Urban Decay’s Naked 1 Palette (£39.50, Debenhams) onto my lids in lieu of eyeliner and it turned out pretty well! Still, nothing  beats a good liquid eyeliner.

  1. Blusher as Lip-gloss

This is another one I wasn’t sure would work very well! I used Soap & Glory’s Love At First Blush Cheek Stick [£8.00 in Boots] instead of a lip-gloss. I prefer a fuller coverage, but the blusher gave my lips a delightful pink-tinted shimmer which would look gorgeous over lipstick. 

  1. Highlighter as Primer

I usually use Soap & Glory’s Hocus Focus Highlighter [£11.00 from Boots] to contour, but this time I decided to get creative! I massaged 2 pumps of the highlighter onto my face, before adding foundation, bronzer and powder on top. I loved the effect, as the highlighter/primer softened the appearance of my pores and gave my skin a delightful glow.

So, what’s my verdict? I loved these hacks and I was happy with the finished look. Still, I think that in the future I will be applying my makeup where it belongs!

As always, I’d love to know what you all think of this look. Have a great week!

Danielle xx

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

‘Where The Puck Is He?’ Is Live!

CALLING ALL EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS: Soap & Glory are running a glamazing campus event at George Square today, so grab your squad and head to campus between 9.30am and 3.00pm for a whole lot of fun!

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What the Puck is going on?

🐥 200 Pucks will be popping up in quirky locations across campus. Join us on the Puck hunt to capture these little guys. 💄Once you find a little Pucker, Instagram or Tweet him and tag #WhereThePuck to receive a free S&G mini.

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Head back to our #WhereThePuck station (outside of the Main Library in George Square), so that you can show us your Puck and your Instagram / Tweet to receive your mini. 🎁Not only is every squad member a winner, one person will also be winning 12 MONTHS WORTH OF SOAP & GLORY PRODUCT; SIMPLY FIND THE FIND THE GOLDEN BASED PUCK!🏆 Quacking down the duck starts at 9.30am, So make sure you grab a Puck as soon as they are released.

Here’s soaping you’ll win 😉

The Soap & Glory Team xxx

See more posts about the event throughout the day on our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1440400896033001/

The University of Edinburgh Goes Quackers For Soap & Glory!

Hey everyone! I’m taking a quick break from my usual blogging schedule to announce that Soap & Glory will be running an event TOMMOROW (24th April) at the University of Edinburgh. Grab your squad and head over to the George Square campus after 9.30am for a whole lot of giggles and the opportunity to win a year’s supply of Soap & Glory goodies!

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So, for those of you wondering what the puck’s going on tomorrow, stay tuned for more announcements on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440400896033001/

You’d be quackers not to!

Love, the Soap & Glory team xxx

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Danielle’s Triple Chocolate Brownie Recipe 🍫

Hey there everyone! With Easter over, you may have a lot of chocolate lying around the house. My Triple Chocolate Brownie recipe tastes delicious and is perfect for using up excess Easter Eggs.

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What you’ll need:

350g dark cane sugar

(Tip: Cane sugar adds flavour, without making brownies too sweet)

175g melted butter (15 seconds in the microwave is all you need)

75g good quality cocoa

3 medium sized free range eggs, whisked with a fork

100g self-raising flour

2 table spoons vanilla essence

150g good quality white chocolate, cut into small pieces

150g good quality dark chocolate, cut into small pieces

(Tip: My favourite baking chocolate is Green & Black’s Cooks’ Bars (£2.50 for 150g, Tesco). The delicious chunks of chocolate add flavour and texture to this recipie- what’s not to love?!) 


Let’s get baking!

1.Preset the oven to 180°C.

2. Add the ingredients to a large mixing bowl in the given order, mixing well after each one is added.

3. Grease a baking tin with butter and add the mixture. Bake on a medium shelf for 20 minutes, until the brownies are crisp on the outside and delightfully fudgy on the inside.

4. Leave the brownies to cool and after cutting out individual brownie pieces, store them in an airtight container.

Using this base, you can get more creative with your flavour choices. Here are some of my favourite combinations.

1. Peanut butter brownies: Add 2 table spoons of peanut butter after the chocolate pieces and enjoy the nutty, chocolatey goodness.

2. Salted caramel brownies: Spoon salted caramel into the mixture after adding the chocolate and stir slightly to separate. This is a fab recipe, from one of my favourite food bloggers: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/homemade-salted-caramel-recipe/.

3. Creme egg brownies: This recipe is perfect for using up your left over creme eggs! Cut 6 Creme Eggs in half. After baking your brownies for 15 minutes, add the creme eggs to the brownie mixture and bake for a further 10 minutes.

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I hope that this recipe inspired you to get creative in the kitchen and I’d love to hear about your favourite recipes!

Danielle xx

Blog supported by Soap & Glory

From Wild to Wonderful: Eyebrow Hacks and Beauty Review

Long have I longed for fuller, sexier, more dramatic eyebrows and recently, I tried out Soap & Glory’s Archery DIY Brow Bar [£12.00 for 5.6g in Boots] to see if it could give me just that. Soap & Glory’s offering is a 4-in-1 product, which includes 2 shades of powder, a highlighter and a wax to set and define your brows. It also includes two feathered mini-brushes. Here’s what I thought:

Packaging: 5/5

Soap & Glory have done it again! The Archery DIY Brow Bar is compact, handbag friendly and beautifully designed. As I am always on-the-go, I also like that the product doubles up as a pocket mirror, which is ideal for topping up your makeup on the bus or tube.

Product: 5/5

The quality of the powder is one of my favourite things about the Archery DIY Brow Bar. The chocolate brown shade perfectly complemented my dark hair colouring, but the fairer haired amongst you can mix the brown and blonde shades to match your natural eyebrow colour. Meanwhile, the highlighter adds extra impact when applied to the arch of the eyebrow. Finally, the wax was one of my favourite things about the set; I’d never thought about using wax to texturize my brows before and I loved the finished look!

Value: 5/5

At  £12.00, I think that the Archery DIY Brow Bar is good value for money. The products are of a high quality and the mirror and brushes come in very handy. I would particularly recommend this product to anyone travelling over Summer, as the Archery DIY Brow Bar gives you everything that you’ll need to create impactful brows on-the-go.

My top eyebrow tips:

  • Know which brow shape you’re aiming to create: for example, I have a heart shaped face, so I use makeup to enhance the curve of my eyebrow arch and create the illusion of a softer jawline.
  • Getting your eyebrows threaded is more painful than plucking or waxing, however the arch will be crisper and the results will last much longer.
  • When doing your makeup, blend different shades of powder to match your hair colour. This will make the finished look appear much more natural.
  • Finish off by applying concealer above and below your brows for a crisper finish.

I hope that you enjoyed my post and I’d love to know your favourite eyebrow hacks.

Until next time! Danielle xx

Blog supported by Soap & Glory

10-Minute Makeup Tips for the Girl who is Always Late

It’s 08.45am and you have to dash out to your 09.00am lecture PRONTO. You may be in rush, but have no fear; there is still plenty of time to create a fab, fresh-faced makeup look. Here’s my top beauty tips for girls in a rush:

  1. Moisturise and apply sun protection

You can’t build anything on bad foundations, so don’t forget to care for your skin!

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Soap & Glory’s Speed Plump Moisturiser has become a firm favourite of mine. It hydrates my skin and it smells divine, with a strong hint of watermelon (£13.00 for 50ml in Boots)

2. Time is of the essence!

When I’m in a rush, I usually put 3 up-tempo songs on a playlist. I then have to use those 9-10 minutes to finish my makeup and get out the door- sharpish!

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These cheek sticks from Soap & Glory are a great time-saver as they can easily be applied on the bus or tube, meaning that you don’t have the added worry of faffing around with powder and brushes! (£8.00 for 14.4g in Boots)
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I am in love with this rich and rosy colour ❤

 

3. Start with what matters most to you:

I suffer from uneven, blemished skin, so concealer and foundation are a must for me! Dusting off my nose with a little powder helps to hide the grease on my pesky T-zone.

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Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder by Soap & Glory (£12.00 for 7g in Boots)

4. Eyes on the prize

A dusting of champagne  eyeshadow will instantly brighten up sleepy eyelids, whilst a quick lashing of mascara will open up your eyes and make you seem more awake.

5. Distract the eye

Opt for a bold lip colour. This will distract the eye from imperfections and give your makeup are more ‘finished’ look.

Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick by Soap  & Glory in ‘  ‘- £9.00 in Boots

6. Smell fresh, feel fresh

So, you didn’t get up early enough to shower this morning? No problem! A quick spritz of body spray will leave you smelling fresher than your morning coffee.

I am loving the Smoothie Star Body Spray by Soap & Glory right now, as I find the scent of almond and vanilla utterly irresistible! (£4.00 for 100ml in Boots)

7.  Be disciplined

Undoubtedly, punctuality and eating a healthy breakfast are much more important than having beautifully contoured cheeks, so stick to your time limit! It’s also great to embrace having makeup-free days regularly. Makeup can dry out the skin and clog pores, whilst parabens in your favourite products can even break down collagen, making you age prematurely. This means that having a couple of makeup-free days per week can be great for your skin!

I hope that you enjoyed my post and I’d love to hear your tips for busy mornings. Until next time!

Danielle xxx

Easter Candy-Inspired Makeup Tutorial 🍭

Hey everyone! This week I’m celebrating Easter early with this fab candy-inspired makeup look.

All of the products used in this tutorial were applied using my much-loved brushes from EcoTools. I have the 6-piece Bamboo Set (£15.99, Boots), the Sheer Finish Brush (£7.99, Boots) and the Define and Highlight Set (pictured below, £11.99, Boots). They are made from recycled materials and, in addition to being incredibly soft, they are also cruelty free!

As Easter is all about fresh, glowing skin, I began by priming my face using a little of Soap & Glory’s Hocus Focus ‘Illuminator’ (£11.00 for 30ml, Boots).  This product has a slight shimmer and is perfect for creating a fresh-faced daytime look.

Next, I used my Moisture Foundation from The Body Shop (£ 15.00 for 30ml) to give my skin extra coverage and colour. I love this foundation because it contains SPF 15 and it is perfect for enjoying the sun guilt-free. The formula is light and as it is slightly tinted, it gives you a healthy Summer tan (something which is hard to come by in Scotland!)

Binging on chocolate at Easter means one thing; spots! To hide my pesky skin imperfections, I applied a little of Soap & Glory’s Kick Ass Concealer (£10.00 for 5.2g, Boots). What I love about the Kick Ass Concealer is that it is a 2-in-1 product, which features a pink-toned formula for covering up spots and a yellow-toned one for brightening up the undereye area. Both formulas are highly pigmented and the Kick Ass concealer does a great job of giving my skin a flawless finish.

To contour my face, I applied Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder Bronzer (£11.00 for 9g, Boots) in the shape of a number 3 over the side of my face and cheeks. I then dusted a little bronzer onto the sides of my nose and blended using a EcoTools fan brush.

Next, I used a concealer brush to dab a little more of Soap & Glory’s Hocus Pocus Illuminator onto my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. To finish off my cheeks, I applied Soap & Glory’s Peach Party Blusher (£11.00 for 7g, Boots) to the apples of my cheeks with an EcoTools blusher brush.  I just adore this product’s rich, natural looking colour. Don’t be scared by all the sparkle!


As this was a candy- inspired look, I opted to use a sugary shade of pink on my eyelids. My chosen shade was ‘Pink-tuative’ from Soap & Glory’s The Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette (£13.00, Boots). After blending, I also applied a little of the shade ‘Mauve Over’ to my crease, thus creating greater depth.

After a quick lashing of Soap & Glory’s Supercat Eyeliner (£6.00 from Boots- it’s a bargain!)  and Thick And Fast Mascara (£10.00, Boots), I was almost ready to go! I love Supercat because, unlike many felt tip eyeliners, it is highly pigmented. Also, the product is long-lasting, letting me enjoy my cat eyes all day (and night!)

Last, but certainly not least, I gave my lips some attention. For this candy-inspired tutorial, I opted for Soap and Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in ‘Cerise Please’ (£9.00, Boots). The lipstick smells faintly of vanilla (win!) and its highly-pigmented colour is just perfect for a bold Spring look!

To finish off, I blended my makeup with a little of Revlon’s Colourstay Pressed Powder (£10.00,  Boots) and I was good to go!

Here is a picture of the finished look!

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I’d love to know what you think of this makeup look. What are your Easter plans? 🐣 🍫🍭

Danielle xx

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

‘Soaper’ Women On Campus: Meet Frankie 

For students Easter means two things; chocolate (which we love) and exam stress (which we don’t).

As Soap & Glory’s Digital Glambassador for the University of Edinburgh, this week I’ve been chatting with Frankie, a fourth-year Law and Spanish student, to find out how she’s acing her final semester.

My first question for Frankie was “how would you say uni is going right now?” She replied “Most of my deadlines are now over. I have a presentation on the 6th April, but I don’t feel too nervous (yet)!”

Not only has Frankie been acing assessment after assessment (you go girl!), but she’s also been keeping up her involvement in a wide range of student societies.

“I love music and performing”, Frankie told me.”I have two radio shows every Monday with FreshAir (the University of Edinburgh’s radio station).”


“I’m also a member of Licence to Trill, an all-girls group in the Edinburgh University Acappella Society and I recently took part in the play ‘Hotel Juarez’, organised by the Hispanics Department.”


As a final year student, I was interested to know what Frankie makes of her time at university. She told me ” I’ve loved trying out new things and I’ve made some amazing friends along the way. I have faced hard times and learnt many lessons, but everything I’ve been through has helped me grow as a person.”

What impresses me most about Frankie is her ambition, her commitment and her fun-loving attitude. It is true that the final year of university isn’t easy (and the weeks leading up to Easter are particularly challenging), but Frankie is a great example of how 4th-year can still be fun.

Graduation is on the horizon and my advice for my fellow finalists is this; work hard and keep on making time for  the things you love. With dedication, motivation and lots of fun, there’s still time to make your final year at university the best one yet!

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)