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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Back To School Essentials with Deciem!*

*These items were sent to me, but all opinions are my own and 100% honest, I only talk about products I truly love and recommend! 

Unfortunately with labour day just gone that means that everybody's gone back to school! For most people that means hell has officially started... but for me its quite exciting to start fresh with a new beauty routine, and discover some new essentials! And I have done just that! Here are my two back to school essentials, but I'd love to hear about yours in the comments below!

1. Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Body Mist:
This is a face mist that you can spray across your face or body to 'inject' some hydration into your skin. For me, this is a complete lifesaver seeing as my skin gets so dry and drinks up all my makeup before the end of the day. However, I now carry this around with me in my school bag and spray my face throughout the day, after my skincare routine and when I wake up in the morning. I've noticed a huge difference in my skin since using this, and my makeup is also looking lasting and looking 'fresh' throughout the day. This also smells absolutely amazing.. (as you guys know I cannot describe scents for the life of me.. but I shall give it my absolute best shot!) It smells of fresh vanilla and lemons with a hint of jasmine. This is such a huge recommendation since I've noticed some major skin developments, my skin is a lot softer, supple, hydrated and radiant. Its increased the longevity of my makeup and decreased my breakouts massively!

2. Grow Gorgeous Overnight to Gorgeous Hair Masque!
I have incredibly dry, damaged, thick and unruly hair and that makes most mornings an absolute nightmare in terms of styling my hair as it takes so long and I never manage to get it to what I want! I use this hair mask at night and apply a generous layer across all of my hair (avoid the roots of your hair if you have greasy hair) and wear a shower cap through the night and wash it off in the morning. By the morning the mask and all of its great ingredients have by then penetrated my cuticles and left is so much softer, hydrated, smoother and stronger. Its much easier to style since it is so much softer and smoother. Over the last few uses I've noticed a big difference in the appearance of my hair, the ends look a lot less damaged and I've noticed a small regrowth in my baby hairs around my hairline and it looks so much glossier than usual. I've also had so many comments on how nice my hair smells.. the masque smells very fruit like (particularly strawberries and yet again vanilla!) with 'woodlike' undertones. The smell is very strong and very much lingers throughout the day! Somebody always seems to comment the next day about how nice my hair smells! I've noticed a huge improvement in the strength and appearance of my hair, and thus it is another huge recommendation! (For anybody wondering I use this as a deep conditioning mask once a week!)

So those are my two back to school essentials, I'd love to hear about yours in the comments! Next week will be a beauty essentials post so watch out for that! And also I just want to send a lovely thank you to deciem and most particularly Eric who sent out these items! I loved them and it was such a pleasure to work with you and the company!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Ten Ways To Use Coconut Oil in Your Beauty Routine... - Guest Post by Olivia

Hi Everyone! As you may or not know I offer guest posts on my blog and the lovely Olivia wrote this post! If you too want to write a guest post for my blog just email me at: daisysianbutterworth@gmail.com ! I absolutely love this post, and Olivia's blog is a huge recommendation of mine, you should definitely check it out! Without further ado.. an amazing post by Olivia on: 

10 Reasons Why Coconut Oil Is Your Best Friend:

Hello everyone! My name is Olivia, and I am a beauty blogger over in the US. After a year or two of buying beauty products every time my mother and I  went out to go shopping, I had makeup coming out of practically everywhere in the house. I then created a blog. Although I didn’t get many views, and began posting less, I still had a passion to become a beauty blogger. I was very grateful to meet Daisy and be allowed to guest post on her absolutely perfect blog. So lots of love to daisy for letting me post with my “amazing” American grammar. ;) Now without further ado, I bring you 10 uses for coconut oil.

1.      Eye makeup remover- I know that when I use waterproof makeup it can be very hard to get off. When I often have this problem, I use a cotton ball dipped in coconut oil, and it gets eye makeup off effortlessly.

2.      Hydrating deep conditioner- summer does a lot of damage to your hair. The heat, the laziness of not properly washing it. You can easily get your hair looking great for the fall season by mixing one cup of hot water and two tablespoons of coconut oil (use more if your hair is longer). Once the coconut oil settles, massage it onto your scalp and hair, comb it through with a wide-toothed comb, wrap it into a bun, and put a shower cap over it. Let it sit for an hour, then rinse thoroughly with warm water for shiny, beautiful hair!

3.      Cuticle cream- I use false acrylic nails and those do look pretty but most of the time they ruin my cuticles. Applying coconut oil directly onto your cuticles helps soften them and strengthens your nails. 

4.      Exfoliator- Mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a jar for a DIY exfoliator that'll leave your skin glowing.

5.      Natural lip balm- Put coconut oil directly on your lips. It helps heal dry, chapped lips in no time!

6.      Makeup brush cleaner- After countless hours of practicing different makeup looks over the summer, my brushes really needed to be cleaned. Microwave a few tablespoons of coconut oil for about 30 seconds, then dip your brushes in it. Rub them on a paper towel to remove the makeup, and rinse under warm water. Coconut oil has anti-fungal benefits, so it will help keep your brushes bacteria-free.

7.      Highlighter- After you put your makeup on, swipe a tiny amount on your cheeks and the bridge of your nose to get beautiful glowing skin.

8.      Zipper Fixer- Sometimes I can be a bit impatient with my zippers and zip them up a little too fast, getting them stuck. Dip a cotton swab into coconut oil and rub it on a jammed zipper to loosen it up.

9.      Body moisturizer- Coconut oil will soften your skin and treat cracked heels and dry elbows.

10.  Natural deodorant Apply coconut oil to the areas you sweat the most, or make your own homemade deodorant stick with coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, and arrowroot! 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read my post! If you want you can follow me ;)
An extra special thank you to Daisy! You are truly amazing! Xx (A/N An extra special thank you to Olivia for writing this wonderful post!)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

If You Buy One Powder This Summer

I can't believe this is the final post of the series "If you buy one _ this summer!" Please let me know if you liked this series because you could be seeing this again soon if you did !

If you've read my blog for a while you'll know all about my devotion to the Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation (and of course airbuki - another firm recommendation from me!). Its soft and finely milled texture means its perfect for setting makeup with a small dusting across the t-zone, but can also be built up for a fuller coverage. It melts seamlessly into the skin, without accentuating fine lines, pores dry patches, or blemishes. It leaves a silky and semi matte texture upon the skin, but still removes shine but leaves the skin looking brighter and refined. It is completely weightless upon the skin, and perfect for both dry and oily skin! There wide range of colours offers a suitable product for all skin tones. It is available along with brush here for £34!

Whats your favourite powder for summer?

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Blogging Process

The Blogging process isn't an easy one, and I've been speaking to Becca who is one of my really close friends here on the interent (who also has a blog - one of my favourites actually which you can read here) and we were talking about how the blogging process is completely underestimated and how hard it actually is to start a blog! So I thought it would only be fitting to explain my blogging process, and hopefully give some advice to new bloggers! 

So I will begin (this can happen whenever I have spare time, but I try to do it as early in the month as I can, or before the start of the month) by planning out my posts for as long as I can until I run out of ideas. I do this from my organiser that my friend kindly bought from me where you can design your own planner (available here for anybody interested). I will also need to take time to purchase any items that I need for the post! The next opportunity (free time) I have I will take as many photos for the post as I can, which typically takes about 4-5 hours each time. (Usually done, three to four times a month) The next opportunity I have I take to edit and select photos and upload them to posts, which can take generally a whole day, and I will also sometimes need to make collages for posts too. All of this is done using a website called fotor. My absolute favourite website for editing. I have written a post a few weeks back about my in depth photo process which you can read here if you wish! 

After this, I will then have lots of draft posts to write! Sometimes I have an opportunity to write many posts (each post - including layout and links will take around a 30-60 minutes!) and sometimes I have no time and will write a post minutes before I upload it! However, when I go on holiday or have an exam period I will need to write all of my posts for the next few weeks in one go. For example, I'm in America now so before I left I had to write five weeks worth of posts and take photos for them all too! From there I will either schedule these posts or upload them myself on the day (depending on whether I will have internet access) After they are all written, I try and proof read them all but sometimes there isn't time to proof read them so I have to trust that nobody will pick up on all the gramatical errors!! 

So there we go! Thats my blogging process! I'd love to hear about yours down below in the comments! 

Monday, 24 August 2015

If You Buy One Skincare Product This Summer

I was very lucky to be sent this as a sponsored 'gift' shall we say for a previous post, however I'v loved this so much that it is now my favourite skincare product, hence why I'm writing this!

I use the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Clearing Facial Wash, every night after I remove my makeup, and my skin has improved incredibly significantly. This is the fastest working skincare product I've tried, I can notice an immediate improvement after use! It fastens the improvement of my skin, whilst also working to prevent break outs in the future. As well as looking clearer my skin looks far brighter. This product contains salicylic acid which works to deep clean pores in order to remove bacteria and clean and clear spots/pimples. Salicylic acid is also great for acne (can sometimes be drying so make sure to compensate with lots of moisturiser and other hydrating products!) It leaves skin feeling silky soft, and improves the general wellbeing and look to my skin! Its also inexpensive, readily available across superdrugs for £4.49 and available online here.

Whats your must have skincare product for summer?

Sunday, 23 August 2015

If You Buy One Eyebrow Product This Summer

In the summer I don't like to spend very long on my makeup, especially if I'm buy the pool so thats why I turn to the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. It allows you to set and define your brows completely fuss free and super quickly. Because it's completely clear and 'crisp free' it's a product that I carry round in my beach  bags for touch ups (unfortunately its not waterproof - if anybody does know of any waterproof brow gels please let me know in the comments below!). The size of the brush is perfect as it grabs each and every brow hair for a super fast application. It remains undetectable on the skin and brows and  thus is another huge recommendation from me! 

Whats your favourite brow product?

Saturday, 22 August 2015

If You Buy One Concealer This Summer

It was only recently that I bought the Chanel Concealer, and immediately I fell in love. It is very expensive (retailing at £27) however I'm a total beauty snob so I instantly knew I had to have this after reading some rave reviews! This concealer offers a medium coverage (that is semi buildable) however it feels totally weightless on the skin and is such a thin consicentency it blends almost instantly upon on the skin. It does not cling to dry patches, smudge, irritate or accentuate pores or fine lines. It is a completely matte finish so its perfect for anything that you are  looking to conceal whether it be blemishes, underage circles, redness, etc. The only downside to this concealer is the very poor colour range, so if your looking to purchase this (available here) I would recommend that you first get color matched, to check that there is a suitable color match for you. If not a second recommendation would be the Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer! (Thick, and full coverage)

Whats your favourite concealer? I'd love to hear your recommendation in the comments below!