Monday, 27 October 2014

Sunny autumn days | OOTD

Now that the cooler weather is here, it's time to ditch the crop tops and go out and get your thick coats and tights ready. I am fully prepared now for autumn with my dresses and brogues, to bring you some of warmer outfit of the days ready in time for the Christmas period!


Outfit details -

Structured boyfriend coat - Marks & Spencer's A/W 2013 line £99.00
Floaty cobalt blue dress - Boohoo.com £20.00
Pointed shiny brogues - River Island £14.99
Structured black handbag with gold hardware - Primark £14.00
Other details - Black opaque tights and gold and pearl bracelet are both unknown brands!  But duplicates can be bought rather easily, and if the day is particularly cold I may also chuck on a thick scarf just to keep me extra toasty! 

Hope you enjoyed my first autumn outfit of the day!
Post soon,
Danielle xoxo
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The BIG chop | hair transformation

After months of debating weather to chop off my long dead ends, it was finally time to let go of those translucent whispy bits and go for more of a classy do. Not a 'I have long hair but lots of split ends' look. So 2 weeks ago I went in for the trim, my hairdresser only took about an inch off so it wasn't too bad. But then I had myself booked in for ANOTHER cut and a cheeky colour last night and boy do I feel like a whole new woman. I had another 2 inches cut off my hair to around my collar bone and had a treatment put on my short locks, and I love the out come. Even though it's a lot shorter than I'm used to, it gives me more of a sophisticated look and it's so much easier to style! 


So at the end of the day if you know your long hair needs a good chop, take the plunge and trust me, you won't regret it! If it's in really bad shape like mine was, ask for a treatment shot at your hairdressers, it'll cost a little more but it'll give you amazing bounce and shine! 

Wondering who did my miracle work? A lovely lady named Karen who is the shop owner of Glo Tanning, hair and beauty in Bitterne, Southampton. Give them a call on tel:+442381780890

Hope you enjoyed my little hair blog post!
Post soon!
Danielle xoxo
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Thursday, 16 October 2014

October Glossybox | unboxing



Coming home to a glowing little yellow box on my door step, which was practically calling my name, I was more than ecstatic. As this was my first Glossybox, I was probably more excited than most people as I didn't know what to expect. Granted I did watch a few unboxing videos of previous boxes but nothing seemed to get me in the mood to subscribe. Until the beautiful Lucy from Vintagesmilesxox showed me last months box, and knowing Octobers would be Pop art. I just had to get it! So as soon as I glimpsed at the words Glossybox on my door mat, I whipped off the outer box quicker than lighting to see all the goodies I had received, and I must admit, I am very impressed! 

The first product I saw peeking out was the very fancy French named Masque Crème Fraîche de Beauté by Nuxe, a very well know brand which I was very excited to see. This cutie is a hydrating face mask that soothes and rehydrates for 24h, for all you non French speakers like myself out there! RRP: £19.50.

Another skin care item I received was the Être Belle Liplift peel, a replenishing lip exfoliant! I was very excited to get this, it is perfect in time for those cold winter months that are rapidly approaching! RRP: £12.95 (full size).

Moving onto makeup I got this very familiar looking YSL esque product that was the So Susan Flutter mascara. This one didn't wow me as much, it has a very basic wand with basic formula, but we shall see it could be a miracle worker who knows, but I most probably will do a review soon enough! RRP: £14.95

The other makeup item is the Rimmel London matte BB cream, again not super fussed on this, matte formulas arnt my best of friends, as it doesn't really do much for my dry skin, so I may give it away! RRP: £6.99 (full size)

I also saw a nail polish peeking through and it is the Ciaté nail varnish in Talent Scout, a beautiful bright flat purple colour. Considering Ciaté are my all time favourite nail polish brand, of course I was over the moon to receive this! RRP: £9.00 

Last but most certainly not least I got a small sample of the Yves Roches Quelques D'amour which is this lovely musky, deep scent that is perfect for autumn/winter. I will defiantly be repurchasing this in the full size! And this miniature size is perfect for travel! RRP: £33.00 (full size)

So that's all the goodies I received! Considering the total of the box is over £100 paying £10 is a steal! I shall keep you all updated on my progress with all these products!

Post soon,
Danielle xoxo
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumnal makeup picks 2014


If you know me in person you will know I like to rock the bold, dark lips and severe winged eyeliner on an everyday basis. So when it comes to choosing my autumn makeup picks, the decision was easy as pie. I have a variety of different products ranging from eyeliner to foundation. 

A pale girl like myself can be quite hard to buy foundation for so when I saw this beauty that I also featured in my recent September favourites posts, not putting it into my top picks would be unthinkable. The Loreal Infallable 24h foundation in porcelain is the perfect cool toned foundation is just right for the pale girl that I am! At an RRP price of £12.99 it's a complete bargain!

To coincide with this lovely foundation my number one concealer is the cult favourite Collection lasting perfection concealer in 01 fair, this heavy duty product really does hide all sins including under eye circles and any nasty spots. It dries to a powder finish, so no need to powder after! And at a price of £4.99 a bottle, it's my go to concealer! 

Moving on to eyebrows I've really been enjoying the MUA lux eyebrow pencil in dark blonde. It's retractable, it's ashy, it's perfect! Everything I need in an eyebrow product, it's a great value at £2.99 so worth picking up!

Eyes! Obviously I had to include some gel eyeliner and my current obsession is the Loreal gel eyeliner in black, it's a 'life proof' eyeliner that doesn't budge for anything! It's at a price of £10.99 a product I only need to buy once every six months! 

Going with the eyes I had to include my all time favourite mascara, which is the Barry M showgirl volume mascara which gives your lashes that fake look without wearing the falsies! £4.99 is the price of perfection!

Lastly I wanted to pop in a lipstick and this berry lip is perfect for this time of year. Avon lipstick in golden wine, the glossy-ness of it really hydrates your lips but doesn't move around like other glossy lip products. It does climb up the pricier scale of lipsticks at £17.99 a pop, but it's so worth it for this multi-tonal beauty!

(Tools are both Real Techniques and can be picked up online or in your local Boots or Superdrug store.)

Hope you all enjoyed my Autumn makeup picks!
Post soon! 
Danielle xoxox 
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Autumn/winter skincare routine | Morning

When it comes to getting up and ready in the morning, I can be pretty lazy and I will stay in bed for as long as possible. So saying that and that start of the day I rarely have the time or energy to have a long tedious skin care routine, so I like to keep it simple. I use 3 products in the morning; 2 skin care and one pre makeup product. 
I start off by dragging myself out of bed and hopping into the bathroom to wash my face with the No 7 Beautiful skin cleansing cream for dry to very dry skin, I apply this all over my face, massage it in and remove it with a wet, warm flannel. I love No 7 skin care especially the super dry range as it really plumps up my skin and hydrate it during these colder months. I usually buy this when boots give you those No 7 money off vouchers so at a RRP of £9 I usually am able to buy it for £5! 
I then move on to moisturiser, again I don't use anything fancy, I just want to hydrate my skin ready for makeup application. And to do that I use the Boots botanicals rich face moisturiser with A & E vitamins. I apply this by warming it up between my finger tips and gently massage it on my face, neck and décolletage until it's completely sunken in. This cheap product really is quality rather than quantity its around the £4 mark and you can purchase it in your local Boots.
I finish my skin care by liberally applying a light primer to my skin to prep it for makeup application. I use the Maybelline Baby Skin in cool rose, it's a great before makeup product for dry skin types as it doesn't suck up all the moisture like most primers. You can purchase this at any Maybelline counter and it will set you back at a mere £8.00 pretty good bargain if I do say so myself! 
And that's all there is to my morning routine. Nothing complicated, nothing expensive just simple products that does the job nicely. 
I hope you enjoyed my morning skin care and maybe have found some products you are wanting to try out.
Post soon,
Danielle xoxo
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The beauty blogger tag: Get to know me!



So I saw this cute little tag on Beauty 101's blog and thought what better way for you readers to learn more about me and my beauty ways than the beauty get to know me tag? Pretty perfect right? So let's get straight onto the questions!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
After I wash my hair, it sort of goes this wavy poofy sort of style then after a day or so it goes quite straight.

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to the salon?
Usually I do it myself at home but lately I've been missing quite a few bits and the brassyness just doesn't want to go away. So from now on it'll be hairdressers all the way!

3. Do you wear the same style everyday or do you change it up?
When it comes to makeup I usually stick to my signature winged liner and bold lips unless I'm feeling adventurous but when it come to clothing I usually dress quite chic and classy but I do have the occasional lazy day!

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to the salon?
Home pampering all the way, who has the money or the time to get your nails done in a salon. I do my acrylics myself, I wouldn't want my beauty diploma to go to waste!

5. How often do you change your nail polish?
Usually after around 5-7 days of wear, I get bored easily!

6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
I'm a little lazy when it comes to my tootsies, I rarely paint them at all unless I wear open toed shoes, which is primarily in the summer.

7. How long does it take for you to put your makeup on?
If we're talking about a full face of makeup and I'm in a rush, probably around 15 minutes but if I have time to experiment can be up to an hour.

8. What do you do first face or eyes?
Face all the way, nobody likes a perfect eye makeup with an ugly looking spotty face!

9. Do you collect makeup or buy what you need when you need it?
I'm defiantly a makeup junkie, I have way more than I'll ever need, and I will keep buying new products because that what my passion is!

10. How often do you wear false lashes?
I've been lucky enough to inherit lovely long thick lashes but I do occasionally pop a pair on to give me an extra flutter!

11. Do you wear a full face of makeup everyday?
Most days yes, I enjoy wearing and putting on makeup, so naturally I feel right with it. But if I'm not going anywhere I won't feel the need.

12. Do you wear makeup when your home alone/with family?
As I said before if I'm not doing anything then no, I don't really have any insecuritys about my bare face!

13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Most defiantly.

14. How many high end products do you have?
To many to count that's for sure, but I have about the same amount of low end as I do high end!

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when your getting dressed?
Sometimes I will plan the outfit in my head before hand but most of the time I'll just try a load of stuff on and see what I like!

16. How often do you change your handbag?
I switch up my hand bag for each season but there has been occasions where I've used the same bag for a year or so before I got bored!

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
On a work day, go to sleep at 11 and wake up at 7, and my days off I'll usually go to sleep around the same time and get up at 8/9am!

18. How often do you and when do you work out?
I dance every Sunday and try to do an 'at home' type of work out twice a week!

19. Left handed or right handed?
I am pretty much ambidextrous but my right hand is my dominant hand!

20. How tall are you?
5'11! Big up for my tall ladies!

21. Do you speak a foreign language?
I was born and bred in Germany so I am fluent in German!

22. Do you have any pets?
Yes my lovely, dribble-y, old, fluffy, black cat called Cloud!

23. How often are you on Blogger?
Everyday, whether it's writing posts or catching up on other blogs, you'll always find me on here!

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
Of course! And I reply to everyone of them!

25. Do you keep a list of products you want to try as you see them in posts?
Yes, my notes page in my phone is full of products I want to try!

26. How did you come up with your blog name?
I've leapfrogged through a few different names such as 'velvet--couture' and 'gypsy witches' but they all weren't very me. But I am happy with my blog now and I wouldn't give up the name for anything!

27. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
I use my camera on my iPhone 6, it gives great quality photos so I really don't feel the need to buy a fancy LSDR.

28. How often do you clean your house?
Usually deep clean once a week and 'pick up' every day!

29. What's your favourite colour?
Pink, white and glitter? (Is that a colour? Haha!)

30. Do you swear?
Very rarely but when I do I get it from Liam as he's a big swearer 

Bonus! What are you doing with the rest of your day? 
I'm currently on the bus home and I'm looking forward to having a Lush filled bath with Michael Bublé Christmas album playing in the background. (Yes I know I it's early but I just can't help myself!)

Hope you enjoyed this beauty related get to know me tag. I'd like to take Lucy from Vintage Smiles (vintagesmilesxox.blogspot.com) and you all reading this too!

Have a lovely day!
Post soon,
Danielle xoxo
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Friday, 3 October 2014

My top 5 Autumn lipsticks

Since the autumn has finally decided to show, I've been really enjoying a more vampy look to the lips with dark reds, plums and even hot pinks. In my top picks I have a mix of both high street and high end so you have the pick of the lot! So let's get on with these fabulous lippies.


First up is the Boujios Paris rouge edition velvet in the shade 05 Olé Flamingo! It's a bright hot pink that gets many double takes, it is a matte formula but nothing drying. It really leaves your lips feeling like velvet (as the name suggests) and like you have nothing on your lips, so a big thumbs up from me! RRP: £8.00

Next I have one of my all time favourite MAC lipsticks that was featured in my recent September favourites. Milan mode, as I described on that post, it's a beautiful rosy shade with little flex of micro glitter to give it that little extra oomph! RRP: £15.00

One of my much cheaper picks next is the Natural Collection in Cherry red that I did a whole blog post on as its my ultimate red lippy, it's has a lovely moisturising formula but nothing over the top that makes it slip and slide about everywhere and at a retail price of £1.99 it is an absolute bargain!

Suprise, surprise I have another MAC lipstick but don't worry this shade is much different from my Milan Mode it's a much darker matte vampy shade perfect for the dare devils out there like me, this one is called Diva, it's a cult favourite in the beauty community and a must for fall.

Last bus not least I have my Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in 107, a Zoella favourite! It's a lovely dark red shade that stays on your lips all day and it's surprisingly lovely smelling. RRP: £7.99

Hope you enjoyed these autumn posts lately.
Post soon,
Danielle xoxo 
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Thursday, 2 October 2014

September favourites 2014

So September has been and gone, the leaves are slowly starting to fall and the weather is slowly creeping down the thermometer. Since its been colder, I've really enjoyed thicker more luxurious skin care, and autumn tones on my eyes, as you will soon see. So on to my favourites for September. 


I have first off been really enjoying the Sanctuary Spa night concentrate that I featured in my nightly skin care routine, this beautiful thick serum like cream sinks into your skin beautifully and I wake up with hydrated plumped face that makes me feel like all my troubles have melted away, a lovely moisturiser that every gal with normal to dry skin should pick up, and at £2.50 a bottle you really can't go wrong.



Onto hair care, as I only was my hair twice a week, to keep my oils up, I love using the Batiste dry shampoo in Blush in the awkward in between days. It makes my hair feel freshly washed and the White cast just sinks in beautifully to my bleached do and leaves it smelling beautiful and looking healthy and shiny. 



My all time favourite lip transition shade for autumn is this one from MAC it's called Milan Mode and its a Lustre finish which leaves a nice sheer glow with a subtle glitter undertone which makes this rosy lipstick, beautiful! 



Onto another MAC product, I've recently purchased the empty quads which I filled with my existing shades that use especially in the autumn. Crystal Avalanche is a beautiful Snow White shimmer shade, Passionate is a lovely matte rosy colour that goes lovely with the lipstick. Beauty marked is a cult favourite, a dark brown shadow with flex of purple and pink glitter which looks beautiful blended into the outer v. Creme de Violet is a lovely little shimmery purple with muti-tonal glitter thrown in!



Another skin care item I've been really enjoying is a sample pot of the Balance Me cleanse and smooth face balm which is a lovely wake-me-up cleanser with little beads of goodness to get rid of the morning blues, ie morning dry skin! I shall definitely be buying the full size as soon as I run out!



And last but not least I have a beautiful mascara to share, it is the Barry M Showgirl volume mascara. It's a very lengthening and volumising mascara with a natural bristle wand that really grips the lashes and holds the curl for the whole day long, it doesn't seem to smudge on me and it doesn't flake off so it's a win win for me!


Hope you all enjoyed my September favourites!
Post soon,
Danielle xoxo  
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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Autumn/Winter skin care routine | Night (normal/dry)


After a long tiring day at work, I like to come home and light up a few candles, run my self a nice hot bubble bath, pop my hair up in a bun and try and relax as I do my skin care routine. After an 8 hour day at work, coming home and taking time to remove all my makeup can be a bit of a chore, but I have found the perfect formula that turns this boring old repetitive routine upside down and makes it an enjoyable, relaxing pamper evening, even if it only takes a few minutes. 

I start of by removing the majority of my makeup with the Garnier miceller water with a few Cotten pads, leaving the remover on my closed eyes for a few seconds and then gently wiping it away, circular movements seems to do the trick of getting the bulk removed. I also do the same steps for my face makeup. 

Then I move on to my cleanser, I usually like to splurge on this part to get a high quality high end cleanser. Only I feel this really makes a real difference on how good my skin is, so I have been using the Emma Hardie amazing face cleansing balm just to clean up any makeup I have missed and prep my skin ready for moisturising. 

About once or twice a week I like to treat myself to a face mask, and my absolute favourite is the Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea mud pack (which by the way is only £1 and can be used up to 10 times!) This mask just gets rid of any impurity so have and really gets deep down into my pores and gets all the rubbish out.

Onto moisturising, my number one night time moisturiser is the Sanctuary Spa night concentrate, I usually generously apply this to my face, neck and décolletage to keep my dry spots at bay and to prevent ageing.

As my last step I always finish off with a little bit of Simple eye cream and a smothering of Carmex lip balm all over my lips, got to keep everything moisturised and preventing a dry break out!

Hope you enjoyed my nightly skin care routine for autumn/winter
Post soon,
Danielle xoxo
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