Sunday, 31 January 2016

Whats in my Bag?

I've seen this tag going round for years! I love it. (Plus I'm very nosey!!)

I recently was very lucky to receive a gorgeous Michael Kors bag for my 22nd Birthday of my lovely boyfriend so I thought what better opportunity then to do a what's in my bag post.

This bag is so so gorgeous. Its called the 'MICHAEL KORS
Bedford large leather cross-body bag' I believe we got it from Selfridges. It has a department to keep your phone and a section to put loose lipsticks and other little things you want to keep safe in one place. Considering it is a clutch size bag you can fit a good amount of stuff in it.
The reason behind me getting this bag was because my boyfriend was tired of us going on days out shopping etc. and I moan because I have a massive handbag with stuff in it I clearly won't need that day and it weighed me down. So he wanted to get me a little bag which allows me to only carry the essentials with me.
Now onto what's in my bag...
My Purse! I got this Christmas 2014 for a Christmas present. Its a Ted Baker purse and I love it. Its got rose gold detailing on it and it is a purse I believe to stay in very good nick. It great material and I would advice anyone to get a ted baker purse I think they are all so beautiful and they do so many different versions.
My Keys. I love to add key rings to my keys that signify different memories from my life. I'm going to ensure every time I go on holiday I get a keyring to represent what a wonderful time I had.
On my keys I have a keyring from Mykonos to show my first ever holiday with my boyfriend. I also have keyring from Rome to show the different places we visited when we was there. I also have a fluffy owl because.... why not?
My go to everyday favourite Mac Lipstick. 'Please Me' I love it because its very subtle but shows you have something on. As you can see from the above picture its well used. This is my second tube and I can't get enough of it still.
Its super creamy on the lips and leaves a lovely matte finish. I love the smell of Mac lipsticks and I love the fact they genuinely last all day even after eating and drinking. I will 100% be repurchasing again after I'm out of this one.

As these winter days get colder and colder I literally couldn't live without this Nivea Lip balm. It keeps my lips hydrated all day round and whenever they start to crack and become dry I whip this out and they feel instantly better! Its so affordable and is one of my favourite lip balms. It doesn't taste of much its very bland but its just a nice clear balm and is very subtle. I do have the Pearly Shine lip balm as well but I don't like the colour it leaves on my lips!

I hope you enjoyed this little blog post just something fun I thought I'd do on this miserable Sunday!

D xxx

Saturday, 23 January 2016

The 30 Day Happy Challenge

After my boyfriend read my last post we sat down and spoke about different ways that could help and improve my way of thinking. He's quite good like that, always there to offer me words of advice and is rather intelligent and knows the right words to say. Although sometimes I am often argumentative back or act as if I don't agree with what he's saying. On reflection I always realise he makes perfect sense.

One of the ideas which he came up with to help me was the '30 day happy challenge'.

The idea of this is to for 30 days try and constantly think happy thoughts. If you're stressed or someone asks you a question at the wrong time try and do the following; as your response/answer/thought process works its way down don't allow it to go through your unhappy/stressed side allow it go venture down to your happy side and allow the thought/response to be positive and don't let it effect you in a negative way.

I'll put my hand up and agree that I'm often one to think negatively and let small things effect me and put me in a unhappy mood. When I'm stressed or under pressure I sometimes let that effect the way I may come across with other people without realising it. The idea of the challenge is to try and push yourself and train yourself to be positive without consciously thinking of it. If within them 30 days you fail and respond to a certain situation in a negative way or speak to someone in away you wouldn't deem positive you would then have to restart the challenge until you complete the full 30 days.

This challenge doesn't have to start at any particular time and you don't have to even let anyone know your doing it. Its down to you and you only to decide if this is something you want to embark in for 30 days.

To some people this challenge might seem daft but to me I think its something that could help to shape me into a more positive and happy person. I may not start it today, I may not start it next week, I may not even start it next month. But when I do I know it will be because I'm ready.

If you decide to take on this challenge let me know how you get on and let me know what your thoughts are or any feeling you get that you may feel needs changing.

D xxx

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Struggles Of Emotions

I've always been quite a shy girl. Although I'm sure a lot of people that know me may say otherwise. The truth is, some days all I want to do is stay in bed and not get up and face the world and what the day has to offer.
I work a lot of hours and on the odd occasion it all becomes abit to much for me. It's hard everyday to put on a front and act extremely cheery all day everyday especially when sometimes you struggle to find the time for yourself to just let it all out and feel how you want to feel.
You have to sometimes not be selfish and be confident and happy for the sake of the people around you!
I know I can be difficult and times and I'm not going to lie I'll have a little tantrum every now and then but who doesn't?
As a person wether you are in a position of authority or just doing your day to day business you are an influence on the people around you and one thing I know personally I have to be aware of is how my actions may effect other people. In no way ever do I mean my attitudes or feelings to ever upset or hurt other people but sometimes at that exact moment when you're feeling stressed, anxious, tired, unhappy you don't think about it or what the result will have on people either.
I don't know why and I don't really have a reason as to why some days I'm just sad but on the odd occasion I am. This doesn't mean I want to pack it all in and give up if anything it shows I care.
I believe I care.. I care too much about what people think of me and I care too much about the people i love.

But on the other hand some days I'm extremely happy and I couldn't be a more fun or bubbly person to be around! I get on well with all sorts of people and I like to think when I'm at my best I put my heart and soul into everything. That could be being a girlfriend, a friend at work. I can be great when I'm feeling great.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't be afraid to be you and have your down days. These are what make you, you and what help to make you into the person today. I can't deny that all the things I've been through in my life have only pushed me and moved me on to be a stronger person. I might struggle some days to have confidence and believe in myself but I'm constantly learning and improving and finding ways that help me to become a better person. Everyone learns and picks things up in a certain way and everyone does it at different lengths of time. It's always going to be hard to start with like anything but at the end it will all be worth it :)

D xxx

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Revlon Colorstay Nail varnishes

Today's going to be a short post about a new brand of nail varnish I have discovered and now LOVE.

Revlon Colorstay nail varnishes are so extremely affordable and for me I believe it lasts more then some high end nail products.
I have to say the gel envy top coat is very good. It's adds a very high shine to the nails and it drys super quick. It even drys well over the top of other branded nail varnishes so even if you are looking to purchase a new fast drying top coat this may be the one for you. I always struggle to find a good top coat but I finally think I've found my match.

They come in a wide variety of colours from nudes to Bright vibrant blues and reds. One thing I think the collection needs to add more off would be their dark colours. I love a dark black nail with a high shine but when I went into the shop I don't believe they had one like it.

They are widely available for a variety of highstreet drug stores and are roughly around the price of £5 a £6 depending on which shop you go into.

All in all I have to say brilliant purchase and I highly recommend trying them out! You won't regret it.

D xxx

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Goodbye 2015

Wow another year gone, I seriously don't know where the time goes!! This year has been absolutely crazy.


I reached my 21st birthday which was amazing and i spent it with my boyfriend and my family. I went to my dads in Birmingham went for a nice meal with some drinks. That's my favourite type of celebrating these days to be honest. I'm not up for going out and getting smashed out my face in a club anymore it's not my cup of tea at all (however each to their own of course). I had the most amazing 21st. I have however forgot to mention the fact my boyfriend got food poising the night before from putting prawns in the microwave (what an idiot) and was up every half an hour hugging the toilet. Was touch and go to whether we ever made it to my dads in Birmingham! I still to this day hold this against him haha as it was my big 21 after all!!!


March I was taken to London as a belated 21st birthday present by my lovely housemate Jodi. We started by heading off to the London eye which I had never been on before but had always wanted too. Then we headed on for dinner and cocktails and ended up having the funniest night ever. A tour of London on the back of a bike that was being wheeled along was my favourite part of the whole trip.


I finally passed my driving test after years of trying. I passed my theory forth time and my driving test second time (they do say people that pass second time are the best, and I have to say I agree haha). This had to be one of the most nerve racking experiences of my life! I tried to pass originally last October 2014, I went to the test centre for them to tell me my test had been cancelled and moved to November 2014 I was so upset!! Not only did I waste my time getting there but it now meant I had to stress myself out waiting for November to come round. Anyway, after more lessons and practicing i felt abit more confident going into my test but i unfortunately failed due to a major for being in the wrong lane at a junction.. apparently this was enough for a major?? I think I drove pretty well but I'm only the learner right?
After this my confidence was knocked quite a bit and I decided to leave driving for a little bit and concentrate on other things. Until I knew I was ready myself I didn't see why I should keep paying for lessons. The new year came round and I told myself I really want to pass my driving test this year and I knew I was ready for it. So I contacted my driving instructor and he was so so lovely and helped me to feel confident and ready again so when I finally took my second test in may I PASSED!!! I personally thought I would be quite a confident little driver I mean don't get me wrong I'm great at driving and going short little distances like back and forth from work is fine. However, if I have to drive far I get very nervous and I over think it before I leave so much, but when I'm actually driving and I get there I always ask myself what the big deal was about? its other people that scare me :(
I went on a beautiful holiday with my boyfriend to Mykonos. OMG this place was like heaven and we stayed in one of the most beautiful hotels called the Pietra E Mare.
When we arrived we was ever so lucky to be upgraded to the honey moon suit! It was the most beautiful little apartment with the most beautiful view from our room.
 The views were absolutely incredible. Where we was located we was quite a walk away from the towns and restaurants but we only had to catch a bus from the bottom of the hill and it would take you into Mykonos town which was sight to be seen in itself. It was full of cute little allys and cute little boutiques and shops. If you ever visit Mykonos I wouldn't miss the opportunity of going here.

If you want to see more on this holiday let me know and I'll do a separate post all about it.
in october i had a night in London with my best friends. When my friends get dressed up they all look amazing!! We headed to london and went to a roof top bar called Sushisamba it has the most icredible views. I love a sophisticated night out with my ladies its always such good laugh and we always have so much to catch up on espcially as with my full time work i don't get to see them very much. Below is a picture of us, its one of my faves.

I took a flight and visited Rome! It was the most beautiful place i have ever been. The arcutecture on all the buildings was something else. I have to say the driving in Rome is absolutely mental, we arrived off the place made it to a taxi and within 20 minuets I witnessed 2 car crashes!! There aren't any rules on the road I don't think because my god they was literally speeding about and cutting each other up left right and centre. I came back a much calmer driver I reckon as English driving is nothing compared to that .
Our hotel was lovely, we was out the way but perfect walking distance to most of the attractions in Rome.

First day we took a walk to Castle Sant' Angelo which was amazing.

The next day we went to the colosseum which was the most mind boggling thing ever. It was gigantic!! To think the story's that took place there and to imagine what it must have been like is crazy. Most of it has fallen away now but even the structure being there makes you realise what a strong piece of artwork it really is. The photos do it no justice is actually huge!!!

I'll never forget it.

2015 also saw me lose someone very close to me, my Nan. She was the most wonderful, courageous, beautiful person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her smile was enough to light up a room and her laughter and jokes would have had anyone in stitches. The world lost a diamond but I know that heaven would have gained an angel. Words can not describe how much that lady meant to me but I know she knew it right till the very end.

To be honest, 2015 has been one of the best years of my life to date. It's been spent with some of the most precious and special people in my life and I wouldn't have had it any other way. The people that didn't make it into 2015's memories I've realised are the people that just aren't worth it. As you get older you really do realise who your real friends are. I know right now I have all the people I need and if I only have a handful that will do me just fine.

Thanks for reading. D xxx

Friday, 28 February 2014

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails

 I'm so excited to share with you my thoughts on the Tanya Burr Lips and Nails products which i have been absolutely loving!!

Lets first of all get onto how AMAZING Tanya looks on the packaging! She looks so so beautiful. I was so excited to get hold of these products I waited patiently like everyone else for them to finally come out and I jumped straight online and purchased these two beauties; Afternoon tea Lip gloss and Midnight Sparkles Nail vanish.

The lip gloss is like it says super moisturising as well as adding a beautiful tint and a cute gloss. The packaging is really professional looking which i wouldn't expect any other way as Tanya had a fantastic team of people that worked along side her to make this product the best. I've worn this lip gloss on a night out and a lot of people in the toilets when I was topping up was asking me where i got it. It was my absolute pleasure to tell them where and who it was by. It also smells and tates so good! If i could describe it as anything it would be the Millions sweets that you used to get when you was younger. Absolute treat.

The nail varnish I got is a deep purple with little tiny sparkles in it. Its apply's to the nails really well and I will honestly say I had this on for nearly a week and it hardly chipped at all. Depending on how hands on your are I think its a genuine fantastic nail product. I will say that I think a clear top coat is needed for this particular colour just to add a bit more of a glossy finish but as for the other colours I'm not sure.

All in all, I am really happy with the products I purchased and I can honestly say that I would happily re-purchase the same products. Especially the lip gloss and I can't wait to try out some more.

Well done Tanya, you should be extremely proud of yourself! I can't wait for them to go in the shops.

For anyone wondering i picked up these products exclusively at:

Lip gloss - £6.99
Nail Varnish - £5.99

Sunday, 2 February 2014

OOTD - Tartan Madness

I love this dress its so gorgeous. Its a 'swing dress' I picked it up from eBay i think it was around £13 I've seen it on Vicky from Geordie shore and i fell in love. I paired it with a nice pair or woolly tights and my boots from River Island.

I picked these boots up for £50 just after Christmas. They're suede and have just the perfect heel so I'm able to wear them out and about and they are perfect for work. I also matched it with my River Island watch which i believe was £30.

I hope you like this little mini outfit of the day! I thought I'd just put this up to make-up for the lack of posts recently.

See you in my next post! :)

Updated Skin Care Routine!

Since my last skin care post i have got some new products and found some that work fantastically for my skin. I have only recently found how important it is to take care of your skin and make sure you keep it cleansed, toned and moisturised. Don't get me wrong I've always made sure I've removed my make-up before bed and moisturised but I've never used a full skin care routine.

I've recently stumbled across the brand Nspa thanks to the lovely for sending me some samples. And since using their products I've noticed such a change in my skin. Its soft smooth and cleared up loads.

I'm going to give you a run down through these products showing you:

  1. How to use them
  2. What they are used for
  3. Where to get them
  4. Results i've have had
  5. Prices
Melting Cleansing Gel - 

1. Using your finger tips you massage it into dry skin, using small circular motions
from chin to forehead. Then you have to wet your hands with warm water and go back over where you just put it turning it into a milky paste. After that you remove all traces with warm water. And you are supposed to use it morning and evening.

2. Its a gentle cleanser. It emulsifies to remove make-up and impurities. 

3. You can pick this brand up exclusively at ASDA (which is a British version of a Walmart)

4. Its really good at removing make-up and cleansing the skin. Best cleaner i have used and it smells amazing leaving a really soft finish to the skin.

5. You can pick this product up for £5 which i think its really affordable.

Hot Cloth Polish -

1. Massage into dry skin again, working in small circular motions over the neck and face. Rinse cloth in warm water. Gently wipe away creme off the face. And use daily.

2. Buffs away your dead skin cells dissolves make-up.

3. You can pick this brand up exclusively at ASDA (which is a British version of a Walmart)

4. Its cleared up my skin so much everytime i use it it just steams my face and leaves it feeling so smooth!! Its quite a thick consistency so it really feels like it working when its on your skin.

5. I think this retails for around the £5 mark. And obviously if you was to get a cloth they vary from £1-£10 depending on what brands and how soft you want them.

Illuminating Beauty Serum: -

1. Apply the serum with your fingertips all over a clean face. Wait a few minuets and then it should be good to go. Its ideal for wearing under or over make-up for an instant pick-me-up.

2. I personally use this at night time as it smells sooooo good and fresh. Or in the morning i put it on before i put on my foundation its got illuminating serum in it so it instantly freshens up your face. I wish there was smelavision so that you could smell how amazing this product really is.

3. You can pick this brand up exclusively at ASDA (which is a British version of a Walmart)

4. The results i've had are it just brightens up my face and gives me a gorgeous glow. It looks so good under your make-up or even if you was to just wear it without any foundation i still think it makes your skin look lovely.

5. You can also pick this up for around £5 its sooooo worth it so i would seriously advise this one of all the n-spa products I have reviewed today.

I hope you are all well my lovely's and i will see you all on my next post :)

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Happy New Year

I know this post is late and its already nearly February, I wanted to give you all an update a lots changed for me and that's' why I haven't been doing my blog recently.

Firstly, before i do get started on that I want to go over my Happy New Year post from last year and see how many of my resolutions I actually achieved! 

For that post click here: New Year Post 2013

1. Get a job preferably full time:

Yes, i achieved this i now work in Medical Recruitment and I absolutely love my job.

2. Complete and pass my level 2 NVQ hairdressing course:

Also achieved this! I am a fully qualified hairdresser i might not be doing it full time but i still really enjoy it and its something to full back on. I've always had a keen interest in beauty and hair hence why i started my blog.

3. Exercise and eat better:

I did attend the gym for majority of the year, going a lot was a struggle. But i ate well and lost some weight so i guess that's a goal achieved?

4. Pass my driving test and get a car.

This never happened :( but i will be carrying it on to this year. I kind of need to with my new job!

5. Get tickets to a festival:

I failed :(

All in all i think i did reasonably well! Now's time to set myself some new goals:

1. Work my way up in the company i work for and keep excelling.
2. Pass my driving test and get a car!
3. Find myself a lovely boyfriend to take care of me.
4. Try and reach at least 500 blog readers.
5. Try and put money into my saving and not spend it!!

I'm going to again look back on this in a years time and see how much I actually kept too. Its nice to set yourself some goals!
I REALLY hope you have a happy, healthy & stress free year! 
and of course Wish you all the best for 2014!

Now, i haven't blogged properly in a while mainly because i left my old job and became a little skint meaning I couldn't afford to buy a lot of products to review ect. I also then started my new job which does take up a lot of my time. I've been working 6 days a week Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 7pm weekdays and 8am - 3pm on the weekends. It was a brand new job that i took on in the medical industry something that I never knew anything about and it was all really new too me. I work in compliance in the company so I've had to pick up and learn so much stuff about the UK border agency making sure visa's are in date, passports are correct which allows our company to put forward doctors for hospitals all across the UK. So its been like learning and being at college all my effort and dedication has been there making sure i can secure myself a decent job and a decent income. Of course all this has its advantages i can now treat myself to new products and can review a lot more for my blog. Now that I'm a lot more settled in i can stray some of my attention back towards my blog. I'm coming off weekends now to go Monday - Friday which means my lovely readers that i will be setting my upload days to Saturdays/Sundays. I cant wait to get myself a new laptop so i can constantly be making notes and writing up blog posts to post for you all.

I know that was probably a lot to read and I'm sure hardly anyone is still reading at this point but if you are thank you so much for sticking by my blog! Thank you for following me as I have picked up some more followers and views since I've been away which is something I never thought would happen I mean I reached 100 followers and that may not seem a lot but that's amazing for me and a little mile stone I'm happy I met. Its made me very happy and eager to keep going! :)

See you all in my next post!


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Starting off: lipstick/lipgloss


This weeks #theSOproject is based on Lipstick and Lip gloss. So I've rummaged through my make-up and decided on a few of my favourite lipsticks to show you. I hope you like it :)

In this picture i show my 'Colour Couture Lip Liner' In a dark pinky red. I got this in a set at Christmas so it doesn't actually have a name and if it did it would be on the box but I unfortunately don't own the box any more :( I love to put this on to outline my lips before i put on my 'MAC Please Me' Lipstick which you will see more on as you get further down this post.

here I have my favourite Rimmel London lip products. 

Starting with the left, this is 'Lasting Finish Lipstick in 210 Coral In Gold' I love this lipstick. Its an orangey red colour and comes out so lovely. It has shimmer in it which I love which leaves it with more of a glossy finish and doesn't feel like my lips are going to dry out. It lasts ages and I don't feel like I have to keep going to top it up. 

On the right i have 'Lasting Finish By Kate in 110 Rogue A Levres' this is my all time favourite from the Kate Moss range. Its a matte finish so it gives a really strong but beautiful look. Its so pigmented and a really gorgeous red. It smells and tastes amazing on the lips I could wear it all the time although it isn't really a wearable colour for day to day. It lasts ages, I went for a family party and I put it on in the morning at around 10am and I didn't have to reapply till about 6pm that evening and I had been eating and drinking all day.

This is 'MAC in Please Me' I love the smell and taste of this lipstick its so nice to have something on your lips that doesn't feel like play dough if you like. Its a matte finish but it still feels moisturising and refreshing for the lips. I love the colour 'Please Me' its a really nice day to day colour which is exactly why i picked it. I don't really have the confidence to wear a bright red or pink lipstick from day to day. So this light pink is prefect. I love Macs packaging as well it looks really professional and pretty. This retails for £15.

Lastly these are some Lip Gloss/Balms that I love. I recommend all of these they are so good for the lips. I won't go into lots of detail on all of them as I'll be here forever but i just thought I'd quickly show you what ones i love and recommend for if you ever see them and want to pick them up. They are all so fantastic.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. You can keep up to date with the rest of my Starting Off Project on my Twitter: @darryllsbeauty and of course by following me on my Bloglovin: