Bandzee: Add a pop of colour to your hairstyles.

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a great week so far.

Today i’m going to be showing you the wonderful new hair bands i received from Bandzee*.

Bandzee are a company who know how to do hair ties!! You’ve probably seen hair ties like these around. They are the flat ones that sit on your wrist and almost double as bracelets.

 

Made from super soft elastic, these bands are less likely to break than your average bundle of bobbles you picked up for 99p in Superdrug. They are also better for your hair as they wont tug and pull as much. Fabulous!

The bands come in sets of four and cost £5.95 per pack.

Here is a picture of the beautiful ones I have in my collection;

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The quality of these bands are great.They stretch pretty well and hold their natural shape after too, the only thing I wish was possible was for the patterned ones to be printed on both sides.

Here are my favourite patterned ones I have in my bundle;

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 I love the colours used in these three. They really have the wow factor to add a little fun to boring and repetitive hairstyles.
(Sidenote; see what I mean? They could be bracelets, Cute Hey!)

The first time I wore my bands out I used them at the end of my braids. To add a pop of colour and a little bit of sass to my hairstyle.

 

I think they just look super cute! I wish you could buy pairs of the same styles though as I would love matching bands to finish my braids.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my new favourite hair ties. I suggest you go look at the Bandzee website here; Bandzee and find the right bundle for you!

They also have a monthly subscription box available at just £4.96 BARGAIN!

 
Thanks for reading, let me know which set you think is the best

Thanks,

Danielle Jade.

X

*Products in this post were gifted from the company stated. All opinions are my own, for more information see disclaimer.  

Calling all beauty lovers! Make up Brushes – edition.

Hello beautiful people!

Today’s post is all about the wonderful make up brushes from http://www.makeupbrushes.co.uk

When I first heard about these guys I instantly fell in love with the website. They host a whole load of different brands in the same place so you can mix and match your brushes In one simple place. Having not heard of some of the brands before I was more than excited to try some of them out. I chose to go with So Eco and Japonesque.

 
I love everything about the So Eco company, all the products are designed to be biodegradable and sustainable, right down to the packaging.

First up is the So Eco finishing brush*.


Now, this lightweight brush is one of the softest things I’ve ever used. The double length cut bristles are like tiny little feathers against my face. Honestly I just sat stroking my face like a crazy person with this before I used it, it’s that soft. The brush itself suggests you use it with blusher to finish your look however if you’re like myself and have a somewhat smaller face this brush may swamp the size of your cheeks. That’s why I’ve chosen to use it with my finishing powder. It just helps it glide on effortlessly.

What would I rate this products out of 10? 7/10 soft, easy to use but for a different intention so I cannot give it 10.

Next up the Japonesque Kumadorie fan brush*.

 
Ok this item is cool. It’s as light as a feather and the almost cord like feel the handle gives off makes the brush feel more like a wand than anything else. It’s easy to grip because of the intricatly designed handle and the bristles catch the perfect amount of product when applying. I’d honestly never had a fan brush before now and I will not be turning back, as someone who loves a good highlighter I can’t even begin to imagine how wrong I was applying it before this brush, it really helps a little go a long way and creates more precise application.

I’d give this product a solid 9/10 (though i adore the design, the handle did feel funny for the fist couple of uses)

Finally back to So Eco* for this last set.

 

First I must say I love that it arrived in a little press stud  bag. This makes for easy travel. The set contains 5 brushes which are;

 I’m going to say I love the variation you’re getting with this bundle, they have thought about the whole eye area and not just the lids, for example, the eyebrow comb vs the mascara wand. It’s about a lot more than just eyeshadow with this set.

The fineliner brush is a thin brush almost like a lip liner, I used this to add a dark outline around the eye. The brush held the product well but I did go over it in eyeliner. I’m just not sure if I’ll get much use out of this brush using it solely for its intended purpose but I will use it more for creating cut crease eye looks.

The eyebrow comb is my favourite if you’ve seen my face you will be able to tell, I put a lot of time into my eyebrows. I love combing them, shaping them, filling them in. This brush just makes that so much easier!

 
The eye shading brush is perfect for creating an all over colour on the lids, great size and picks up colour well.

The angled eyeliner brush, again another brush I have changed the purpose of, I use this one to fill in my brows! I just love the straight angled line it can create.

Finally the mascara wand I used with my mascara primer to separate the lashes before applying mascara.

Out of ten I give this bundle 10! Despite changing some of the uses, I adore the different applicators!

I over the moon with my brushes and I think I’m going to love these the more I use them.

Thank you to Make Up Brushes Uk for these sets. I want to try everything you have now!

Go over to ;

http://www.makeupbrushes.co.uk and have a look at just how many different brushes and brands they have. If you’re a make up junkie you’re going to love this site. Hurry now whilst they have FREE DELIVERY! .

 
Thanks for reading

Danielle Jade.

*Products in this post were gifted from the company stated. All opinions are my own, for more information see disclaimer.  

What went on at the Blogging event: Bloggers Fashion Week! 

Hello everyone me again.

Hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful sunshine we’ve had for the past few days.

Today’s post is all about the last event I attended at Provisonal Studios Hoxton. Again hosted by the wonderful Bloggers Hangout. After having my invitation land in my inbox I immediately looked at the wonderful brands that were attending and got incredibly excited!

Some I had heard of before, some I had never heard of before and I was more than excited to have the chance to look and learn about both new and old brands.

Before heading to the event I picked out my outfit, standard skinny black jeans, boots, a cropped white tee, leather jacket and a hat. I know. A hat, I never wear hats.

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I grabbed my trusty little Olympus camera and jumped in to my Uber.
Arriving at the studios at around 12:30 I was immediately excited to see the more casual and calm room than the previous event. There wasn’t half as many people and I think this was really due to the fact of the time but also because the day was in two sessions. One 12-3pm one 6-9pm.

I gave myself enough time at the event to chat to pretty much all the brands. From nails to hair, face to feet, make up to keeping fit. There were all sorts of brands ready to offer tips, tricks and samples of their products.

I learnt so much in such a short time at the event and I cannot wait to show you all the items I was gifted. Side note; these posts are coming there is just so much to trial and show you all-stay tuned for those, i’m working my way through the products! I’ll have posts coming from Annie Haak, Lab 2 beauty, Sensationail, Leighton Denny, Magnitone, Monuskin, Weleda, Amie, Paul Mitchell, The Curl Company, SBC gels & Kenneth Turner.

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I am loving the Blogger Hangout events, i love talking to the brands, i loved learning so much and i cannot wait to see more in the future.

Thanks for reading everyone.

Danielle Jade
x

Bronzed and beautiful; get the look! 

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is just a quick update on what I used to create this look;

 
I had so many of you asking where different aspects of this look came from so thought why not do a quick flat lay and show you all!

 
Ta-daaaa.

The end. No I’m totally kidding!

Let’s take a look at what I used to create the base of my make up!

 
I recently fell in love with this Barry M primer. It’s amazing. It feels exactly like a moisturiser when you apply it rather than others that I have used which feel like a heavy gel and block my skin. It’s perfect for evening out the skin tone and creating a base for your make up.

Using my real technique brush I apply a small amount of the Mac Studio Fix fluid in the shade NW13 to my face. I say small amount as this foundation can sometimes look a little heavy because of its excellent coverage!

To set this all, I used the rimmel lasting perfection powder sweeping it all over my face and locking in the work so far.

Next is my favourite step; contour. Using my all time top palette the Anastasia Beverley Hills contour kit and the real technique brush I took the two middle shades to create a highlight and contour duo. If you don’t already I highly recommend adding this kit to your make up collection. It’s become a staple in mine.

 
Next up… Eyes.

 
First thing I always do when starting eye make up. I apply the Manna Kadar lash primer. The clear gel will help to make them appear thicker and fuller all day long.

Ok first things first; Eyebrows. I start off with the rimmel brow this way and comb the product through my brows to lift and shade them. I then take the the sleek brown duo in the shade light to create my eyebrows. Using the wax to outline what shape I want the brows I line the lower outside edge all the way along the arch to the tip and then fill them in using the powder. Tadaaaaa.

 
Using the three eyeshadows above I take the marks brush and start with the White/silver shimmer. I then take the dark brown Kiko eyeshadow and place this colour into the crease, before I blend this I take my favourite gold from Kiko and place it in the middle. At this point you will have three strips of different colours. To create this almost ombré eyeshadow look I then take my Barry M shadow brush and from the corner to the outer of the eye I blend blend blend.

I then finish the eyes with a small black line, using the supercat just to emphasise the eyes, and finish with the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara.

Finally it’s time for lips.

 
Using the Natural collection brown lip liner I outline the shape of my mouth emphasising the Cupid’s bow and paint on revlons choco-licious.

So there you have it! I hope this helped clear up any questions you have about what I may have used.

Thanks for reading

 
Danielle Jade

X

Beauty & Bra Haul.

Hello beautiful people i hope you’re all well!
It’s finally here, the post you wanted to see!
It’s my, TK MAXX mini-haul!

Whilst looking for decorations for my Galentines themed afternoon tea, I wandered into TKMAXX looking for different cups and saucers, to my dismay there wasn’t a home section in this store (which is the stupidest thing ever) however I spotted the beauty isle and it was bye bye tea cups, hello shiny new purchases.

I had been lucky enough to pick up a Nars lipgloss in the past from TKMAXX so I was excited to see what they had in store.

This brings me to my first item,

 
The Olivia Palermo collection with Ciate. Somehow I hadn’t heard of this collaboration lipstick before but as soon as I saw the colour I was sold.

 
You may have noticed by now I am a fan of lipsticks. They are my (not guilty at all) guilty pleasure. I mean, this blog is basically becoming my life and lipstick but who can complain when they are so beautiful!?

 
The formula of this lipstick feels great! It’s smooth and velvety and a single swipe gives a good amount of colour. There’s nothing I hate more than feeling like I’m painting a lipstick on for the smallest amount of colour to come through, therefor I was truly impressed with this lipstick.

 
The colour I purchased Is called Cashmere. It’s a nude based lipstick with soft brown undertones, which is something completely different to what I usually go for. That seems to be a theme recently with me, I’m trying out more and more colours. It’s just more fun.

In TKMAXX this lipstick was just £5.99 which is the bargain of the century with it retailing at £19.00 I mean, my only wish is that I could have got all the colours available, however the fingerprints on the other lipsticks put me off. Seriously guys, stop poking products, is gross.

Next up is another Ciate product, this time it’s a nail polish. Now, I love painting my nails, my Nanna is insanely talented at nail art and I’ve grown up admiring her talent and nail polish collection, the only problem is, I cannot wear nail polish for work and so have stopped buying as many as I used to. This one however I couldn’t leave in the store.

 
It’s a black based polish with gold yellow and copper shimmers running through, and not in a tacky clumpy chunks of glitter kind of way , it’s more of a subtle twinkling type of glitter. Now, hold for how cheesy this is but it’s almost like the stars in the sky kind of glitter, super pretty!

 
The reason I adore this is that my favourite colour is black, you may have noticed, and I also love anything that glitters, so it’s perfect! I feel I could wear this when going for cocktails with the girls for that extra little sparkle. The name of the polish is twilight and I think that perfectly describes the colour you’re going to get.

This polish retails at £9.00 but I bought it for £3.99

 Now it’s not all beauty in TKMAXX there are some hidden gems dotted throughout the store. I took a look at the underwear isle and soon enough I found myself with two bras in my basket.

First up is this two tone black and nude bra from the Heidi Klum collection. What pulled me towards buying this item was the detail, the three bows, the contrasting  black floral lace on the nude base and the ribbon running along the frame of the bra. There is a lot going on with this garment and its just stunning.

 
The bra is underwired and like any other bra can be tightened at the straps. There isn’t any padding which I prefer, however it does push up the bust and creates a flattering shape framing the collar bones.

This bra is called Amelia by Heidi Kulm Currently on sale in Selfridges for £38 I grabbed this for only £9.99.

The second bra I picked up is from the Jessica Simpson collection, and it’s just incredible. This lace bralet has underwire but no padding. It’s perfect for those days when you are lounging around and want to feel comfortable.

 
Also, it’s super sexy. The slightly see through lace makes this one super delicate though, so hand wash only! The tag says $31 dollars which is around £22 but again TKMAXX gave me an incredible saving and it was only £6.99

 
Ok, that was a brief break from beauty (pun fully intended) so back to make up we go.

Next up, are my last two beautiful finds. Eyeshadow.

First up, Stila. Whilst browsing I stumbled upon this single Stila eyeshadow.

 
This colour is the exact colour I like to use for the base of my eyelids. I adore colours like this because they create a solid base that is easy to build upon. It’s an almost sandy colour that looks natural but just gives the eyes that beautiful finish.

 
Here’s a swatch of the colour on my pale hands. It’s just delicious! The eyeshadow also feels really nice and has an almost satin finish, not grainy at all, like others I’ve come across before. It’s a well formulated powder that I can tell is going to last a long time.

This eyeshadow retails at £18.00 but I bought it for £4.99

Next up, my favourite purchase.

 
Nars, is perhaps the most well known brand I will include in my blog today. It’s very highly recommended amongst other bloggers, so I was again excited to grab this perfect duo.

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Just look at it *ahhhhhhhh* these golden/orange colours are a dream for someone who uses Browns and coppers more often than not. The shadow on the left is matte and the right has a shimmer to it. I cannot wait to blend these colours into my darker browns and give that orange colour burst to my blue eyes.

The Nars duo eyeshadows retail at around £25 however this was only £9.99

So in total had i paid the retail price for all the above items i would have paid around £131.00 but thanks to TK MAXX i only paid £41.94
I still cannot get over that huge saving of £89.04

I hope you liked my mini-haul guys!

Let me know of what other bargains your have found in your local TK MAXX and if you haven’t before have a pop in next time and see what you can find!

Thanks for reading

Danielle Jade x

 

Valentine’s inspired look ❤️ 

Ok so it’s here guys, it’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday! No matter if you love it or hate it, you can’t avoid it, its here once every year and I think out of all the holidays this one gets the most varied response. It’s the marmite of all holidays I’d say! Still, I thought I’d share with you my valentines inspired look. To give all you date-goers a little help when it comes to dressing up this Valentine’s.


Of course with it being Valentine’s Day I went with one of my favourite red dresses that I own. I actually bought this dress for my graduation party when leaving performing arts school and through every house change, clear out, and wardrobe re-vamp. This little red dress has stayed a favourite of mine. Just look at it, it’s so simple yet the sequins & beads give just enough detail to really lift up the top half of the dress and catch the eye.


I adore everything about the fit of this dress, the sweetheart styled bandeau is extremely flattering, especially on small boob’ed people like myself. This is helped by the boning on the top half, helping give structure to the garment whilst accentuating my smaller waist. The floaty skirt makes me feel like a princess. Pretty much what every girl should feel like on Valentine’s Day surely! If you can twirl it in, it counts as being a princess dress by my standards.

   
One thing I was surprised by with this ASOS beauty was how lovely the colour complimented fair skin. I think with pale skin red is a bold move and can sometimes come off a little too dramatic, that’s certainly not the case here.
For my make up I stuck to the red theme I had going for Valentine’s and using my go-to red lipstick in the shade Ruby Woo I accentuated those lips, kissing here I come!

I kept my foundation light and my eyes simple with a little dark brown in the crease and champagne pop shimmer on the lids. I stayed away from harsh contouring and instead gave myself a little more highlighter than bronzer, just to stick to this pale almost English-rose Valentine’s look. I added black eyeliner to the outer ends of my eyelids to make my eyes appear wider and create that loveable doe-eyed appearance.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my Valentine’s inspired look. Whatever your plans are this Valentine’s I hope you have a wonderful day!
Thanks
Danielle Jade X

Top 5 things that suck about being a girl!

 

Hello, for those of you who may not already know, i’m Danielle and i have decided today’s post is going to be a list of my personal top 5 reasons of why being a girl SUCKS!

1. PERIODS.

Thats right, you knew it was going to all start here.

Periods, suck. Big time. I have never heard any one describe being on their period as a delightful time. It’s not exactly something you’d compare to a stroll in the park. It’s more like trying to make it over hot lava on fragile stepping stones without sneezing or coughing for a week or sometimes maybe more.

Being on your period sucks. The cramps, the mood swings, the want to eat everything and also nothing at the same time. The back pain, the spots the unexpected arrival. Everything about periods suck.
Guys will never, ever understand just how horrible periods can be.
Also did i mention the added expense of periods? Tampons aren’t cheap you know, it costs a lot for this luxury of ours. Feminax will also need to be purchased. I’d say the average period* can cost easily £15 and this happens once a month! So overall we spend approximately £180.00 a year on making it a somewhat more bearable experience.

*average period based on cost for tampons when changed every 5 hours for one week. Totalling 3 boxes of tampons and one batch of Feminax Express. Not including the added cost of chocolate to stop me from acting like a bitch for the week.

2.SEX.

The fear, the fear of losing your virginity. Thinking about sex as a teenager is some scary ass shit. Why on earth would i want that?! We are told that we are going to bleed, it will probably hurt and then maybe end up with a baby i never planned. SURE! That seems like a great idea. Admittedly as you get older and wiser you realise this is not so scary after all, in fact you will grow to love it, because there are many ways you can help prevent these unexpected babies. Which leads me to contraception. As a girl, we have again got the short end of the stick here. A man that doesn’t want babies? Here whack on a sock of latex and go to town…did i mention you can get condoms for FREE from your doctors so don’t worry about added expense lads. For girls however it’s way more difficult! Now, we do have choices when it comes to contraception, and i’m not going to say they aren’t miracle workers but they aren’t exactly as appealing as a condom.

We can choose one of the pills, now would you like the mood swing pill? The weight changing pill or the pill that you will of course forget at one point during the course of the batch because remembering every single day is quite frankly hard to keep up with sometimes. We cant just take one pill before sex like guys can put a condom on, though i bet a lot of girls wish we could!
Pill not for you?
Try the coil then.. Now, do you mind not being able to sit for a few days after whilst it’s inserted? (guys, google it)
Then if all else fails have the implant. Not only is it inserted into your body you can physically see and play with it too! Here’s to a free toy everyone!

I just think as incredible as female contraception is, guys do still have it a lot easier.

3.THE MEDIA.

The media is tough on girls, and i literally mean every age group of girls. The media is warping our minds into having expectations that are quite frankly ridiculous. If i see one more celebrity sharing their ‘secrets’ on how they got that (insert, hype of the season) look, then it turns out to be plastic surgery, i will honestly cry.
Teenagers don’t look like teenagers anymore and i fear about what they are missing out on because of how much time they spend admiring unrealistic goals. To say girls should wear less make up would be extremely hypocritical of myself because lord knows i love my make up but i do wish that i didn’t care so much, but i do…and do you know why i do, because everyones seen those column in magazines like ‘CELEBRITY ON BEACH LOOKS HOMELESS WITH NO MAKE UP’ or ‘CELEBRITY HAS NEVER LOOKED WORSE GOING TO GYM’ and because of these attacks on people i admire i have become scared that is how the world will also see me. I know i will never have a Kardashian figure, i will never have hair like Jennifer Aniston but still i like, i comment and i follow their lifestyles on social media, i myself stalk their lifestyles one click at a time and i cannot see the point in stopping because i think now, you cannot escape media and if you do FOMO kicks in and you will go running back. Being a girl sucks, when you’re not the ideal version of yourself.

4.GROOMING

Being a girl sucks because of the expectations on grooming, i remember when i first wanted to start shaving and how my mother warned me once i start i will have to carry on for the rest of my life. Like many of mum and i’s conversations i didn’t take the FOREVER part seriously. I should have listened, because it’s true. Grooming is an essential part of any womans life, unless you are one of those women who feels entirely comfortable not shaving then YOU GO GIRL! i wish i could feel like you, but i cant. I cannot stand the idea of not shaving, but i cannot also stand the idea of how long and how ridiculous the upkeep of shaving is. So i was told waxing is supposed to last longer, i remember i went for my legs and eyebrows done at the same time. Thats right i willingly let a stranger pour hot wax on my face and rip it off, just so i could feel less like Chewbacca. Surprisingly my eyebrows didn’t hurt, my legs however was a horrible experience that i have never returned to. Not only that, what i thought was a pain free face experience turned out to make me the laughing stock in the family as my face turned red from the wax. Not the best of times. I remember my mum bought me an epilator one year after i basically begged for it, the woman on the advert made it look so effortless, she must have had the pain threshold of a rock because having a tiny machine rip out every hair was again not the solution for myself. Grooming is hard and the only way to find what works for you is experimenting! At least winter is our friend, you can bet for sure i am NOT shaving my legs under this wool bottoms throughout December. 

5. CLOTHING WARS.

Finding that perfect outfit as a girl sucks, and don’t even think about getting a dress for a party from Topshop anymore because you can bet that at least 2 other girls will be wearing the same. I find personally that finding an outfit i feel amazing in can usually be a less than enjoyable experience. So here’s a list of my least favourite things about being a girl when it comes to fashion

When you finally try on the perfect dress and it’s nothing like it looks on the model. When you order online and the colour is completely different upon arrival. When you have to get a size bigger than you thought you were. When your jeans are too long/too short. When the waist fits but your boobs are too big or in my case when the body fits but it’s too baggy around the boobs. Cameltoe. Need i say anymore? Crop tops after a meal. Those bikini’s that have tiny straps cut out that make your legs look like a piece of ham from the butchers with that string on it. Coats where the hood refuses to stay up. SUEDE, why look so good but then resent the english weather.

Sidenote; yes i was on my period when i wrote this, i do actually believe being a girl can be awesome too but i am not in the mood for that today. Boys, i’m not saying you have a easy life, i’m sure you too have your troubles just get back to me when you can feel the pain of giving birth. Now where is my ben and jerry’s 

 Danielle Jade x