3 Aug 2015

July Favourites!


I can't believe that it's August! Time seems to be going so fast which could be because I'm going to uni in September - eek. So, I've rounded up all of the products that I used (and loved) last month.

I've been wanting to test out cleansing strips for a long time, so I popped in to Savers where I found a pack for just £1. I wasn't sure whether these would work or not but I decided to give them a go. I found that the strips had removed a lot of dirt and made the pores much less visible. I will be repurchasing these, for sure!

I'm using this foundation at the moment. I love it because it's a perfect colour match for me, which is a surprise as it can be difficult to find a good foundation for pale skin! The foundation blends in with ease and gives a good, even coverage. This is a great choice for Summer as it feels almost weightless!

I purchased this sponge to use with the foundation. It's great for blending in make up! I love the design of this product. It has a flat edge which is great for blending in make up around the nose and other hard to reach areas, as well as a pointed tip which is great for covering imperfections.

Last but not least is this face moisturiser. This is a new favourite of mine and I use it each morning. It's oil free, so it won't clog the pores and there's also no smell, so I won't get sick of it! It sinks in fast and it's great to use as a base before make up. It's quite expensive for a moisturiser, and I doubt that I'll be able to afford another bottle as a student, but it's well worth it! I received this for free as I had a problem with a sample of the product.

Who else has tried these products? I'd love to hear what others think of them.

20 Jul 2015

The Power of Coconut Oil.


I use coconut oil all of the time, and for a lot of different things! I love coconut oil because it has no end of uses. So, here are a few examples of what it can be used for.

1. Hair!
I put coconut oil on the hair before I wash it. It can also be used as a hair mask - sleep in it and then wash it out in the morning! It's great for conditioning the hair, and it doesn't matter how much is on the hair because it all gets washed out.

2. Skin!
I use coconut oil as a moisturiser. I often use it before bed, and wake up with super smooth skin! I think that this is one of it's best uses. I would recommend this, without a doubt.

3. Hands!
I use coconut oil as a hand cream. I also put it on the cuticles for healthier nails! It's often said that the hands are first to show signs of ageing, so it's important to take care of them.

4. Lips!
I use coconut oil on the lips as it keeps them feeling nice and soft. It's important to protect the lips against the sun, and other weather conditions. It's a must have in the Summer!

5. Make up!
I use coconut oil to remove make up, and it leaves the skin feeling good afterwards.

There are a lot more uses of coconut oil, the list goes on and on, but these are the things that I use it for. I bought a jar of it from Holland and Barrett, which has lasted for ages! I use it a lot, and there's still so much left. I would recommend this, for sure. It's an all time favourite, for me.

What else can coconut oil be used for? I'd love to hear other uses that aren't on the list.

13 Jul 2015

ELLE UK: Free Gift!


I'm subscribed to ELLE UK Magazine which often comes with a free gift. This month the free gift is a set of 3 travel size products. The set includes a cleansing gel (10ml), a face cream (5ml) and an antioxidant lip balm (5ml).

I love this kind of gift because the products are the perfect size. The products fit into a wash bag, travel luggage or a handbag without hassle. This makes them ideal for Summer as a lot of people will be off travelling and on the lookout for lightweight skin-care options.

I haven't used the cleansing gel much but it isn't a favourite of mine. It might grow on me if I use it more often, but I don't think I'll be repurchasing this one as it leaves a slight stickiness to the skin. However, I do like the rose scent of this product and it does leave the skin feeling clean!

There is also a slight stickiness to the face cream when it is first applied, but it does go after awhile. I like this face cream as it makes the skin feel soft and moisturised. It's a thumbs up for this one - but it would be best to use it before bed as it doesn't sink into the skin at a great speed.

The lip balm is the best in the set, for me. It is a clear balm, so it adds no colour to the lips and gives a more natural look. The balm contains Shea butter which keeps the lips soft, so it's perfect to take on a long weekend.

I think that this is a great offer as the magazine costs £4 (or less with a subscription) and the set alone is worth £13. It's a great chance to test out some new products and decide whether or not it's worth purchasing the full size product.

Who else has tried these products? I'd love to hear what others think of them.

6 Jul 2015

The Top 5 Apps for Learning Languages!


I love learning languages and it's great to discover new apps which aid revision. I did French and German at A Level and I used various apps to revise, so I'm going to share the best ones.

1. Memrise!
This app is amazing! I love Memrise because it makes learning a language so fun and manageable. There is an option to attach a photo to the words which makes them easier to memorise. There is also a leader board which is good motivation to work harder.

2. Quizlet!
Quizlet is also a great revision tool. We created a group for our class on this website so that our teacher could upload vocab after a lesson and then we would learn it and be tested on it. I love Quizlet because there are games such as Space Race and Scatter. However, Space Race is not compatible with the app! These games also have a leader board so we were competing against each other all the time, and therefore revising more.

3. Duolingo!
This app is good because it focuses on all aspects of the language. Duolingo can be used to improve writing, speaking, listening and reading skills which makes it a great all-rounder.

4. Newshound!
This app is from Linguascope and gives a list of news articles in different languages. This app shares news from across the world and also improves reading comprehension.

5. French and German Radio Stations!
These apps are great for improving listening skills. I find that listening is the trickiest skill to learn in languages, so these apps were a great help for me. These apps make the spoken language more familiar and easier to understand. It's also a lot of fun to listen to the music!

29 Jun 2015

The Best Tangle Teezer, Ever!


I've been using Tangle Teezers for a long time and I find them to be great hair brushes. I first received an original Tangle Teezer in the colour 'Plum Delicious' as a Christmas present. I later received another original Tangle Teezer, a compact Tangle Teezer and an Aqua Splash Tangle Teezer as a gift for subscribing to ELLE Magazine.

I love all of the Tangle Teezers but for me, the Aqua Splash Tangle Teezer is the best. The brush is designed to detangle hair in the shower. I consider detangling hair to be a chore in itself, but detangling wet hair is a nightmare! The brush makes detangling hair a painless process and it also makes it much easier to get an even distribution of shampoo and conditioner. On top of this, there's a good grip on the brush to avoid dropping it in the shower which makes it even more practical. The brush is hollow which means that it can be stood up to allow the water to pass through. I think that the design of the brush is amazing and well thought through!

I would recommend this brush because it's gentle on the hair and therefore less damaging than other brushes. However, I would not recommend using this brush outside of the shower because the bristles are quite firm when the hair is not wet - but this is to be expected, as the brush is designed to be used on wet hair.

Who else has tried these brushes? I'd love to hear what others think of this brush and Tangle Teezers in general.

22 Jun 2015

Tag - 50 Facts.


I thought that it would be a good idea to do this tag so that people can get to know me a little bit before I start posting. So, here's a few facts about me!

1. I'm Daniella (or Dani for short). I hate it when people call me Danielle. It's not the same name!

2. I don't have a middle name.

3. I'm 18!

4. I was born in October, and I'm a Libra.

5. I have red hair.

6. I'm 5"5 and a half, I think.

7. I love languages! I did French and German at A Level but I prefer German, which surprises most people.

8. I'm hoping to go to uni in September to do a degree in Law with German Law, which includes going abroad for 12 months.

9. I have Endometriosis. I've had it since the age of 12, but I wasn't diagnosed until I was 15.

10. I have a scar which isn't too visible unless I've just been in hot water. It goes red when I get out of the bath/shower!

11. I drink water most of the time but I love milkshakes, oh and cream/fruit coolers from Costa!

12. I no longer drink cow's milk (unless there's no other option), so I drink almond milk instead.

13. I love the smell of coffee, and I eat coffee flavoured foods e.g. ice cream, but I don't like to drink it.

14. I like to eat out at restaurants.

15. I love love love to travel! I've visited a lot of places but there's still so much more to see.

16. I was in Berlin in 2014 to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. I love Berlin! Oh, and the Christmas markets are fab too.

17. I've visited the USA twice! I've been to Las Vegas and Florida. I'm so jealous of their food, and their sweets. Oh, and of course, their McDonalds! How come we don't have refillable drinks, and strawb Fanta? C'mon England, catch up!

18. I went on a helicopter ride whilst in Las Vegas.

19. I like to watch films but I can't choose a favourite! Clueless and Lilo & Stitch are strong contenders, though.

20. I like to go to the cinema.

21. I went to watch the Minions film. I loved it! I felt quite emotional each time Bob and his bear were separated.

22. I like to watch tv series.

23. I'm watching PLL at the moment. I'm hooked! I hate having to watch one episode a week. I need to find out who Charles is.

24. I can't wait for the new season of Game of Thrones. Please tell me Jon's ok! This series is a favourite of mine.

25. I'm also a big fan of quiz shows.

26. I like to do sudoku, and I'm a little bit addicted to it.

27. I shop for clothes at New Look, DP and ASOS.

28. I like to wear black, white and nudes. I wear colours, too but I like the minimalistic look. I like to wear simple patterns such as spots and stripes! Oh, and I do like dog tooth.

29. I have a slight obsession with (and a growing collection of) Marc Jacobs. I think that his perfumes are the best!

30. I love flowers.

31. I'm subscribed to ELLE and Vogue magazine. I love them both, but I prefer ELLE. It comes with more free gifts, too!

32. I have an iPhone 4. I saved up for it when I was 15, but I want to upgrade. I can't see the new emojis!

33. I have a small claim to fame. Marion (a relative of mine) was the partner of the creator of Doctor Who.

34. Kate Nash follows me on Tumblr (eep!), and Frankie Cocozza follows me on Twitter (which was random).

35. I did a bit of modelling when I was 16, and I modelled at Britain's Best for the 'British Bride' competition. Jamie Stevens, the hairdresser for The X Factor, was a judge.

36. I recorded a song as a child. The school chose a group of us to go to a recording studio in MK, which was great fun.

37. I sent a letter to the Queen a long time ago, and I got a letter back from one of her ladies in waiting.

38. I used to ride horses.

39. I used to go to dance classes, too.

40. I used to be glued to Neopets. I even had teddies, and stickers of the characters!

41. I'm stubborn.

42. I'm accident prone!

43. I like to be organised.

44. I prefer to print out notes etc, rather than writing them up because it looks neater.

45. I'm a little bit (ok, a lot) of a perfectionist.

46. I'm short sighted.

47. I have a drivers licence but I don't have a car.

48. I think that Fiat 500's are the cutest cars, ever!

49. I have small thumbs.

50. I hope that this was interesting!