Sunday, 28 August 2016

LUSH Father's Day Gifts

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This is your warning that Father's Day is exactly one week away! Before you start to freak out, read on to find out what you get for your dad from Lush this year. The range is all based on sandalwood so you don't have to worry about it being too girly. All of these products are guaranteed to beat any variety of socks and undies you can find AND everything is under $30 so you won't break the bank either. This is just a small sample of the goodies available for Father's Day from Lush, for the full range, head to their site.

Most dad's seem a little wary of face washes but their skin needs to same love and attention and everyone else's. The Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub wil give Dad's manly mug a good scrubbing with shea butter and argan oil for hydration. This smells super manly too, that would be the sandalwood. Best of all, it's easy to use, just slap on, scrub away and rinse off. 

Dad's like things that multi-task right? This multi-purpose cream is perfect for any dad (or anyone really) who doesn't like a separate face, body and hand cream. Personally, I love the sandalwood and cucumber combo, I've found it really nice as a body moisturiser. I would recommend this one for anyone who needs a little pampering!

Men like baths too! Remember Chandler in Friends?

Treat your dad to a little luxury with the Modfather bubble bar. He can soak away all his worries in a citrus scented mountain of bubbles!

Smuggler's Soul Shampoo Bar ($14.95)

Attention Dads! It's time to throw away your 12-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash/car wash.drain unclogger and switch to the Smuggler's Soul Shampoo Bar! Packed with cocoa butter, lemongrass oil and, of course, sandalwood, this baby is guaranteed to leave the old noggin squeaky clean.

Thanks Dad Soap ($7.50)

Something as simple as soap has been given a little face lift by Lush, making it a little fanicer, perfect for Father's Day! Thanks Dad Soap is super citrusy and fresh, good for waking up sleepy dads in the morning. It evens spells out D-A-D so no one else in the family will be able to steal it!

What are you planning to get your Dad (or step-dad, mum, grandpa or other special person) this Father's Day?

Dani xo

Products in this post were provided as PR samples but, as always, my opinions are my own.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Current Favourite Apps

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So given that I spend approximately 98% of my time on my phone (I think I'm addicted, help!), I thought I would share the apps that I spend the most time staring at!

Once you download Carousell, your bank account will hate you! Carousell is kind of a cross between eBay and Gumtree. You can buy, sell or swap good, most of which are second hand. It's an excellent way to get rid of unwanted clothes or pick up high end goods at bargain prices. There's everything from clothes to shoes to furniture to makeup and everything in between! You can also leave feedback so people know which buyers are good to deal with and which to avoid.

If you're an Instagram influencer of any kind with a following of 3k or more, TRIBE is for you! It basically connects brands with influencers. Brands post campaigns, compelte with thought starters and guidelines and influencers can then submit posts, complete with their desired fee. Brands can then approve or decline a post and as soon as your post is published, you get paid!

Pokemon GO
Growing up with Pokemon, I was as excited as every other nerd when Pokemon GO was released. I've had so much fun hunting Pokemon and bonding with other Poke-nerds. It's also a good motivator to get walking to try and find all those rare Pokemon and hatch your precious eggs. Yes, I am a nerd and proud of it!

4 Ingredients
It's no secret that I am pretty much a disaster in the kitchen. I'm fairly awful at following recipes and I hate any recipie that requiers a massive list of ingredients. I've been using 4 Ingredients since I first moved out of home and the app is just an easy way to have all my recipes with me. You can browse recipes or search by the ingredients you have in your pantry. Even a disaster cook like me can whip up amazing meals with this!
Tell me what your favourite apps are!

Dani xo

Sunday, 21 August 2016

New From Rimmel - Shine and Glow

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I won't bore you again with how much I love Rimmel. Instead, I'm just going to launch straight into the lastest Rimmel releases and what I love about them.
These new lipsticks are a sister product to the original Moisture Renew Lipsticks. The original lippies were super bold and pigmented where the new range is sheer but they're both amazingly moisturising with a whole bunch of vitamins for hydration. I honestly didn't think I would like these at all but the colour are amazing and easy to build up. They're glossy and last surprisingly well, even leaving a little hint of colour once the gloss has gone. The only thing I don't like is the strange scent, it's quite a strong floral type scent that I'm personally not a fan of. Apart from that, these are real winners for me!

Dani the Girl XO gives the Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine Lipsticks:
I love a good multi-tasker and this new illuminator and highlighter is a new favourite for me. You can use it as a glow base, highlighter or even eyeshadow. You can even mix a little into foundation for a dewy finish. Soho Glow is a warmer, bronzy tone whereas the other shade, Notting Hill Glow, is more of a pearly pink. Both shades are gorgeous but I think Soho Glow works a little better for my skin tone. 

Dani the Girl XO gives the Good to Glow Highlighter:
Brow this Way Highlighter in Pink Matte ($9.95)

THe absolute creamiest brow pencil I have ever come across! This is meant to be a brow highlighter but I've also been using it as an eyeliner in my water line for the days I don't get enough sleep. It's so easy to blend and just brightens everything up. It does come in a Gold Shimmer shade too but I think the Pink Matte shade is a lot more versatile. 

Dani the Girl XO gives the Brow this Way Highlighter:
Have you been keeping up with the Rimmel new releases?

Dani xo
Products in this post were provided as PR samples but, as always, my opinion is my own. 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Jeffree Star Collection

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Possibly the most controversial YouTuber and makeup creator around, Jeffree Star is outspoken, colourful, proud and crazy. Some people love him, some people hate him but there's no denying that his Jeffree Star Cosmetics range is insanely popular.  The Velour Liquid Lipsticks ($18.00 USD) are arguably the most popular items in the range. 
I own a grand total of four Velour Liquid Lipsticks (Doll Parts, Mannequin, Rose Matter and Posh Spice) but I would happily own the entire range! There are some beautiful, wearable colours as well as some crazier, colourful ones. The entire range is vegan and cruelty free as well. The lipsticks have a beautiful texture, apply smoothly and dry quickly. They have incredible staying power and are the least drying of all the liquid lipsticks I own. I like that they aren't quite as thick as a lot of other liquid lippies and they don't make my lips feel like sandpaper after a day of wear. 
Both times I've ordered from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics site, shipping has been easy to track and delivery has been amazingly quick.
In the cons basket, I do find they have a strange chemical smell. It isn't noticeable once applied but it is a little off-putting. Whilst they are incredibly easy to wear, they do have a super matte finish so I wouldn't recommend them for anyone who hates the matte look/feel. After a whole day of wear, I do find the inner edge can start to flake or get that weird white ring that is oh-so attractive!

Dani the Girl XO gives the Velour Liquid Lipsticks:
Do you hate or rate the Velour Liquid Lipsticks?

Dani xo

Sunday, 14 August 2016

MooGoo 28 Day Natural Deodorant Challenge

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If you follow me on Snapchat (danithegirl_xo) or on Instagram, you might have seen the lovely Blogger Lunch I attended, hosted by MooGoo. The lunch was amazing and we got the chance to play with the entire range of MooGoo and Dusty Girls products. We were also introduced to the MooGoo Fresh Cream Deodorant ($8.50) and invited to participate in the 28 Day Natural Deodorant Challenge. Here's what happened to me during the 4 week challenge.
I'd been wanting to switch to a natural deodorant for a while but being a bit of a sweaty Betty, I was a little reluctant. I've tried a few natural options in the past but always ended up going back to my regular anti-antiperspirant. Most deodorants contain aluminium as their active ingredient which effectively blocks up your sweat glands and stops you sweating. As well as not being all that great for you, sweating is a normal body process! I was keen to make the switch and find out if a natural deodorant could really work for me.

Week 1 - The first week of the challenge was...interesting! I found that I was needing to apply the Fresh Cream Deodorant two or three times a day. And I was sweating a lot! I didn't feel smelly at all but I definitely felt damp and it was a little annoying to have to apply more than once a day. I did find that the best way to apply was to fully coat the armpits then rub in a little and leave to dry.

Week 2 - The second week, I started to see some improvements. I was only having to apply the deodorant once, occasionally twice a day and I was feeling a lot less sweaty. I was finding that my armpits were a little itchy but apparently that's fairly normal when switching deodorants, especially to natural ones. It's kind of an armpit detox and was more of an annoyance than anything else. 

Week 3The third week was the real turning point for me. I was only applying the deodorant as I normally would with my old anti-antiperspirant, once a day in the morning. Smell was non-existent and I found myself sweating probably only a fraction more than I used to with my old deodorant. 

Week 4 - The final week of the challenge was a breeze. I barely noticed the difference between my new natural deodorant and my old one. I honestly never thought that a natural deodorant could work so well! I feel like I would happily continue using the Fresh Cream Deodorant for every day and perhaps using an anti-antiperspirant only when I have an event or an especially hot summer day!

Have you tried the MooGoo 28 Natural Deodorant Challenge yet?

Dani XO

Products in this post were provided as PR samples but, as always, my opinion is my own.

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