About Me

I'm Dani. Foodie. Lover of Beauty and Fashion. Bride to Be. Gym and Green Tea Addict. Instagram Obsessed. Legal Eagle. (Sometimes I blog)

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

So I like pink and I like iPhones.  So it is only natural that I would want a pink iPhone.  Sadly I can't achieve that but you may recall the amazing case I blogged about a month or so ago here which was baby pink.  The perfect solution.

Sadly I dropped my phone on the floor and the case got scratched and chipped in the corner making my beautiful pink looking iPhone look pretty naff.

So when it really got too much to handle I hopped back onto ebay and purchased this bad boy...

Yes, it is true.  It is slightly pinker than last time!! In fact it is really pink!  But I love it.

I really do recommend these cases if you have an iPhone.  There are loads of sellers on ebay and loads to choose from.  And they tend to cost between £1.50 - £2.00.  So providing no damage to the phone, it's no biggie if you drop it!

Happy case hunting!
Hi all! 

Late night post for you.

First thing is first.  You might have noticed that my blog has changed.  It is now called...

I'm sad to see my old name A Beauty Blog written by a Giddy Princess go, but at the same time I feel that the new name is much more suited to me at this point in my life.  I don't feel quite as princessy these days!! haha.

That said, I am keeping my username as Giddy Princess as that is how most of you know me.  However, for those of you that I haven't met, emailed etc - my real name is Dani.

I hoe you all like my new name and will continue to follow and read my blog.  Unfortunately, all my old posts haven't been transferred over to this new name so you will need to access any archived posts from directly from my blog rather than through reader/google etc.

Hope that's not too much of a pain.

Anyway, other news:-

  • I will be announcing the Witch Skincare giveaway winners at the weekend.
  • I will be holding another giveaway shortly which I think you will all love.
  • I will be reviewing my weekend MAC haul very shortly.
  • I will be reviewing Famous Daves Dark Tanning Lotion very shortly.

In the meantime, please leave any comments below in relation to things you would like to see on the blog or feedback of any kind!


Monday, 29 August 2011

I really want a decent camera and thinking of this one...

Its the Fuji Finepix s2970 and is on sale for just under £130.

Anyone else used this?

Or do you have any other recommendations I can try out? I want something that's good up close and without flash. And good for videoing too!


Sunday, 28 August 2011

I'm into browns at the moment, well more tan than brown but you know what I'm saying!

Not that I need anymore AT ALL but these are now on my wish list!

All from Boohoo naturally.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

That is all xxx

Friday, 26 August 2011

Having recently seen Lauren Conrad sporting a colour ombre look I was eager to try something similar myself.

However having dark hair I knew this might be a bit trickier in terms of how well any dye would show up and the colours to use. So I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to review some wash out colour dye sprays.

I received the Colour Xtreme Hair Art Sprays in the below colours...

I was impressed with how they worked. Unfortunately, pink didn't show up on my hair at all. It's really strange but of course it would show up really well on blonde hair.

The other colours however showed up fine and looked like this.
White, Blue and Purple Dye - Ombre and Streak Look

My favourite colour is the purple and you can see it alone below. I actually will use this as it's suble and looks pretty good I think. The other colours are a bit OTT for me, and it was hard to get the blue not to look to sprayed on with the colour of my hair.
Purple Dye Colour Ombre Look

In terms of application these apply well, but are a little messy. Obviously you don't want to have anything that could get coloured nearby so I chose to do it with a plastic bag on my shoulder so that I could spray away happily. Got the blue on my hands and took quite a while to remove.

One thing is for sure, you will need to brush it out once sprayed on (as advised in directions for use). If not, it looks kinda sticky and fake - a little like the white colour above (I hadn't brushed that).

All in all I would say these are great for creating a fun look, they retail at £4.07 and are available at Boots. Definitely worth a purchase if you want something a little different for your hair on a night out. Obviously choose your colour wisely though!!!

Anyone else tried these? Or indeed had their hair done to coloured ombre effect?

Do you even like the trend!?

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Do you think I have enough?

Anyone else have a smilar collection?

Spread out like that it doesn't actually look so bad.  A few were thankfully free gifts with other purchases.  Some of them I have tried once and will never use! 

Time for a clear out I think.  Best sticking to mascaras that you know are your favourites.

That said I do love the lancome ones but prefer to keep them for nights out.  The rest I think have got to go!
Ok, so it is very easy to forget how good some products feel on the skin.

I've always been a fan of Estee Lauder in general. Their makeup and skincare was definitely my absolute favourite until around about when I started blogging (which I now believe is down to getting all adventurous and experimenting with other brands more).

So it was like a lovely trip down memory lane when I opened up one of these moisturisers the other day as a result of a) running out of my usual and b) being back home with access to all my stored beauty products.

It was so lovely because I was instantly transported to a place where my skin feels moisturised without being greasy, smells and looks great all due to this beauty.

I should say at this point that I refer to smell because this product really does smell amazing. So fresh but in a really witch hazely way (or something). I haven't quite worked out the smell, but for me it is by far the best smelling facial moisturiser I own.

So how does it work on the skin? Beautifully.

I've been using it as a makeup base and it works great. No greasiness, sinks into the skin effortlessly, keeps skin supple and provides a perfect even texture to apply my foundation. Which then lasts all day.

My pores look reduced and the tone better.

I would 100% recommend this and I think I am going to go back to my old favourites (cleanser, toner etc) as a result as I just felt like "ah yes, this is what my skin loves" when I tried it again for the first time in so long.

Price? £37.00, so make it last...

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

I love a good nail polish remover. Something powerful without being too stinky and too drying.

I love it even more when it comes in a handy, travel pack like this.

I firmly believe that nail polish remover pads are the way forward. If they work well, which these do, they save so much effort (not to mention room in your makeup bag whenever travelling).

I like these because they have a great amount of product on the pad so you definitely don't feel like you need to add any remover to them like you might if they weren't strong enough.

Also, they make removing polish effortless. I used one pad only for all 10 nails.

I think this is really good because whenever I do this manually I have to use several pads and lots of nail polish remover because cotton wool pads always soak up product, whereas these are so fine that they just remain moist and remove every last trace.

Much better and such a bargain at £1.99
Because when I go out walking my dog this is what I want to look like too...

Despite how impractical the looks are I still like the idea of them.  Definitely not like any autumn I ever saw though! 
Ahhhh don't you just love Wet n Wild. Super cheap and super great :D

I mean don't get me wrong I love a bit of expensive makeup but isn't it great when you can pay $2.99 for an eyeshadow trio that tells you how to apply it and it still look good!!

I know I do!

This shade is 385B Don't Steal My Thunder (love that name) and I just wanted to share how good the colours are. You can view the range on the website here http://wnwbeauty.com/Product.php?Pid=68

Personally I don't use these colours as much as some of my others like golds abs browns so I like that I can use it every now abs then for a dramatic look without feeling guilty for not using it up!!

Any of you have any Wet n Wild favourites? I also have a couple of lippies I love too!!

So last week I bit the bullet and had my eyelashes permed at the salon. It's something I'd been thinking about for some time and really wanted to try.

By way of background I should explain that naturally, my eyelashes are so straight they go down rather than curling up. It's been my biggest drawback when it comes to enhancing my eyes for well forever.

What I have been doing for years now to combat this is curling them with eyelash curlers after I've heated them with the hairdryer.

For the most part this works, but I do experience some difficulty when over tired and my eyes water because as soon as they get wet the curl is gone.

Not fun.

On top of that, most mascaras are too wet to hold the curl too which means I can't make the most out of a lot of mascaras that work beautifully on normal lashes.

You can see then why I wanted to try perming as in theory this could shave some serious time off my morning routine.

So the results? Well there you have it below...

I know - pretty unimpressive.

I led on a salon bed for 45 minutes for that!!! And paid £15 (although it should have been £20)

I was so disappointed. I mean, I know they have curled but only a tiny bit and from the front you can't even tell. I couldn't bear to show you a frontal pic as I looked like a boy.

I would definitely NOT recommend this procedure. For me it was pointless. I still have to curl in the same way and whilst at first I only needed to curl the root for lift, this lasted like a day after which I was back to same lashes as before.

Utterly pointless and gutting. As well as annoying seeing how much effort I have to go to to straighten my hair on my head...

You may recall my post the other day I used this polish with No7's Highland Mist to create a pretty with a punch look.  Today I have gone for the old fashioned nude understated groomed look (I hope) which is always perfect for any occasion.

I absolutely love this colour and I am so glad I got it for free with Marie Claire.  It's super quick to dry, applies beautifully and lasts.  What more does a girl want.

I know quite a few of you got this shade also, so no doubt you are enjoying it as much as me.  I feel like such a lady when I wear it.  No wonder it's called My Fair Lady!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

10 of you lucky ladies can win the amazing Witch Skincare Concealer I reviewed for you here the other week. You will remember that I was very fond of this bad boy as it covered my under eye circles beautifully!

It ends on Saturday the 27th August at 1.00pm so you must hurry!

Click here to enter for your chance to be one of the 10 winners!

Whilst perusing Zara's website I came across these truly delectable shoes (I swear I don't know why I put myself through the pain of "browsing" with no intention of purchasing - it just makes you want everything. It's like being on a diet and being surrounded by chocolate.)

Each pair is perfect for winter glamour with a pair of skinnies, a lose tee with a skinny scarf and a blazer. Oooo! Just thought of my new albeit not very original staple winter outfit (note to self).

My favourites have to be the top pair. Definitely on my winter hit list for things I need want.

Now, just to browse the clothes section...
So whilst going through my eyemakeup drawer over the weekend I found I had far more Gosh eyeliners than I remembered. Thinking back I had quite the obsession which I remember stemmed from a couple of friends I have wearing coloured eyeliner very well.

I tried it and unfortunately couldn't rock the look quite so well. Despite this I can't bring myself to get rid of these just in case.

Colour-wise most of these are pretty inpractical but I go through phases and will from time to time wear the teal one on a daily basis to line the top of my eyes. The others I'll be honest I hardly ever use(d).

In terms of how they wear and last though I do like Gosh eyeliners. They are long lasting, creamy and easy to apply. It does help if you heat them slightly before applying (hairdryer technique) but even if not they aren't like some of the other scratchy ones I have used in the past.

The two outer liners are twist up whereas the rest are pencils. The pencils are better for precision as you can sharpen them into a fine point.

They can be purchased at Superdrug, and do of course come in standard colours as well as these!

Monday, 22 August 2011

So I thought I would jump on the glitter on the nails bandwagon and purchase myself a black nail polish and some Gosh Nail Glitter.

I purposely created a slightly more messy nail tip look - I didn't want it to look "done". Which resulted in the below look. I did a diagonal line across the thumb just to break things up a bit too. I like inconsistency when it comes to nail art.

Below is what I used to create the above look.  I painted my nails black and then applied the top coat where I wanted the glitter to be and rather than dip my nail in the pot as suggested I dabbed the glitter on with the pictured brush. 

This created less mess but also meant that the glitter went on finer rather than creating a band of opaque glitter. I then applied the clear on top as a top coat to secure it all which is why the glitter has spread along all the nail slightly too.  Which I liked.

I wore this look for two days before getting bored with it.  (I usually find that happens when I wear a strong colour/look) It wasn't chipping but was starting to look slightly messy. 

I think that from experience with nail polish etc on false and natural nails - this would probably work better on false nails but for use for a fresh look for a night out this is the perfect product and should be something every girl has.  They have lots of colours to choose from including pink, lavender and silver.  They are sold at Superdrug for £3.99.

One message of warning though - it's an absolute b*Tch to remove, so leave yourself plenty of time as it is definitely not something you want to do last minute before work on a Monday morning...

Sunday, 21 August 2011

I love Bobbi Brown.  The makeup and skincare ranges work great with my skin and never cause me any issues.  So I know that whatever I purchase I am likely to be happy with it, so much so that I will use it until the very end. 

Bobbi Brown is one of the only makeup brands that I find myself using daily and replacing staple products time and time again. 

I think that's a sure sign of quality and consistency.  Which is good.

I would say that mostly I use skincare products.  However they do a cracking concealer and their foundation was the first foundation I ever tried and used (my Mums) and whenever I have had makeovers with them I come away with a big list of things that I want because I look so much better than usual.

One of the things I had wanted to try for some time was the shimmer bricks.  The bronze and nectar version had been used on me as bronzer and blush but I purchased the rose version to use as a highlighter.

The shimmer bricks can be used as a highlighter and also a shimmery eyeshadow.  I tend to just highlight with mine.

I do really like the shimmer tone of this shimmer brick.  It's perfect on my skin and makes it look luminous.  Be warned though you can end up looking very shiny if you are not careful and end up applying too much.  A little bit certainly goes a long way.

The powder goes on really fine so it dosn't have that glittery effect that some shimmery powders do.  And it's also worth mentioning that it doesn't highlight your flaws like some do.

I love this and use it all the time at the weekend when I want my makeup to look fresher.  I want all the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks but given they retail at £30.50 each it's unlikely.  I mean I do really like them and I've had this one for months now and barely made any impact on it, but I can buy an outfit for that if I go bargain hunting and I do like to get a bit more for my money.  So for now I'll stick to this one!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

I used No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour - Highland Mist
and Ciate Paint Pots - My Fair Lady

This is a look I am carrying through to today from yesterday.  Both of these colours are beautiful on their own, and both of them are new.

I picked up the Ciate Polish with Marie Claire this month and the No7 Polish for £2 at Boots with my No7 £5 off voucher (I still have two more to use).

As they are both so pretty and new I couldn't decide which I wanted to wear and therefore opted for both.  Hence the above look!

Hope you like - I certainly do and got lots of compliments at work.  Felt really quite creative!

Friday, 19 August 2011

I seem to be loving lace at the moment. I don't know why, I just can't help myself.

Take today, went into Zara and tried on the most Lacey looking dress ever, in cream, with long sleeves.

Sounds vile? Well no, but definitely not suited to my look. It was a little like this...

I looked ridiculous when I caught sight of my reflection - totally child like!

So needless to say it wasn't purchase, but it got me searching...

Its hard to find lace that doesn't make me look a) childlike, or b) mumsy. However, these tops seem ok and are on my new lace wish list...

Realistically, the middle one won't suit my shape. Boobs and boxy shapes tops don't often work so well I've found.

So I'm leaning towards the first or third, probably the third. What do you think?

Do you like the lace trend?

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Not fake tanned in three weeks!! Yes that's right THREE! I look ill! Haha.

So today I gave into temptation and picked up this Famous Dave's tanning lotion. It's the dark formula so given the result last time it should be pretty dark!

(last time on right)

Anyone else tried this?

I shall let you know how I get on!!