Four Summer Holiday Favourites ☀️️✈️👜

The warm weather has come to Edinburgh this week and I’m celebrating by chatting about some of my favourite Summer buys.

1) Soap & Glory’s Glow Job Daily Radiance Moisture Lotion

Price: £11.00, 50ml

Glow Job is a tinted moisturiser which gives your skin a delightful summer tan, without your ever needing to step out in the sun. The product leaves skin feeling soft, subtle and well cared for. Also, the 50ml bottle is the perfect size to slip into your carry-on bag, wherever you’re headed this Summer!


2) Toms Canvas Shoes in Grey Drizzle 

Price: £41.99

These shoes by Toms are ideal for your Summer getaway. The lightweight canvas fabric is breathable and stretches to give your feet maximum comfort. Latex technology is used to ensure that your arches are perfectly supported, whether you’re strolling around Barcelona, or catching some rays on the beach.

Toms Canvas Shoes come in a wide array of colours to match your style and personality. Grey Drizzle is my personal favourite, as it can easily be incorporated into most outfits. And the best bit? For every pair of shoes you buy, Toms will donate another pair to a child in need. Fashion AND social responsibility? I’m in!

3) Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder Bronzer 

Price: £11, 9g

Solar Powder is a pigmented, blendable and long-lasting bronzer. A quick dusting of this powder will give you a rich holiday glow, long after your vacation ends!

4) Hotel Chocolat Iced Frappé

Price: £3.95

This delightfully chocolatey iced drink by Hotel Chocolat is the perfect way to cool off in the hot Summer weather. The frappé is made from Hotel Chocolat’s high quality artisan chocolate (who needs syrup anyway?!) The deep chocolatey flavour is rich, but not too sweet and the drink is topped off with a light cocoa whip (a rich chocolate infused cream). With flavours like Salted Caramel Brownie and White Chocolate to choose from, there really is something for everyone.

Have you tried out any of these products? And what are your favourite Summer buys? Until next time!

Danielle xxx

(Blog supported by Soap & Glory)

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

Hey everyone! My fourth-year degree exams finished on Friday and after popping some bubbly, I jetted off to Bristol and then Vienna to celebrate! With Summer fast approaching for many of you, here are my top tips for celebrating the end of exam season.

1) Say Cheers!

Celebrate the end of exams with some cheeky cocktails, an indulgent glass of bubbly 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.



3. 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.

4. 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)

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

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