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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler Review

I recently received the Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler* and have been giving it a try over the past couple of weeks. Normally I would just use this cheap hair straightener that I've had for years, but after using this I think investing in a professional flat iron is definitely a good idea. A little bit about the product - it has some really cool technology that prevents damage to your hair. The plates self-adjust to provide the perfect amount of contact between your hair and the plates so that it doesn't pull the hair, and the temperature adjusts itself as well. It has tourmaline technology which is a semi-precious mineral and it's embedded into the iron which is something I had never heard of before.

You can set the temperature yourself as well depending on how thick your hair is and it heats up extremely quickly - great if you're in a hurry! I find that I only have to go over my hair once or twice and it's perfectly straight. As you can see in the before photo, I do have quite straight hair naturally, but it tends to get a bit wild and frizzy due to the amount I've dyed it, and after using the iron it looks really nice and healthy! You can also use it to do different styles with your hair such as loose curls/waves, but my hair doesn't really cooperate with those types of styles so I can't say much about that. It retails for $149 but you can get 20% off your first order if you visit the website.




Friday, September 23, 2016

Recent Reads

books i've read lately including me before you and after you by jojo moyes, a game of thrones by george r. r. martin, and harry potter and the cursed child

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I'm sure you've all heard of this book as they've just turned it into a film (which I loved as well). It's about a woman named Louisa who takes a job looking after a man named Will, who is disabled in a wheelchair and has lost the will to live. Without giving too much away if you don't know the story, Will makes a big decision that Louisa tries to change his mind about and a little love story develops. It's also quite the tearjerker so be prepared for that!

After You by Jojo Moyes. This is the follow up to Me Before You, which I absolutely loved as well. It's about Louisa's life after Will and her struggle to find herself in London. The major plot of the story is Will's daughter that no one knew about (including Will) showing up on Louisa's doorstep and how she deals with that. I loved reading more about Louisa because she's such a likable character and I'm not sure if there are any plans for a third book but I would love that.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Game of Thrones is probably my favorite show ever so it was about time I started reading the books. They're a bit different than the show, as is usually the case, and they give you more insight into the characters by splitting the book up into chapters that follow one character at a time, so you see things from each of their points of view. For me at least, it takes a bit more effort to read because of the language and the way it's written, but it's enjoyable nonetheless and I've already started reading the second one.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Again, a book that doesn't really need any explanation. I saw a lot of mixed reviews on this amongst friends and the Internet, and I have to say I was a bit on the fence about it. I loved getting back into the world of Harry Potter and bringing the characters back to life as Harry Potter is my favorite thing ever, but the story was all a bit weird to me. Of course since it wasn't written by J.K. Rowling herself it's bound to be different, but the way the characters spoke and the strange Cedric storyline just didn't feel right to me. I think I would enjoy it more if I saw the actual play.

Let me know if you've read any of these and what you thought! I'm always open to recommendations as well.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Feel Unique Haul

thebalm meet matt(e) trimony eye shadow palette review
by terry ombre blackstar eyeshadow stick mercure swatch

Today's post is something I was really excited about - I got the opportunity to receive a few things from Feelunique, an website that carries tons of different makeup and skincare brands. It's really convenient because they have such a nice variety of both high end and drugstore products that you might not be able to find in your local stores, especially if you're like me and don't live in a big city where things are more readily available. 

The first thing I got was the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Melting Eyeshadow* in the shade Ombre Mercure. I've heard so many of my favorite bloggers talk about this but like I said, it's not something we have in stores around here so I was super excited to finally try it. It's a beautiful creamy eyeshadow stick that applies and blends really nicely and is perfect for a wash of color all over the lid. It's really pigmented and shimmery so it would be perfect for a night out. I actually found myself having to use multiple different products to remove all of the glitter off of my face, which I guess says something about it's staying power. In the last photo above, it's what I used on the inner half of my eyelids.

I also got theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow Palette*, which is probably my favorite thing that I received. First off, the packaging is really nice and the name is really witty and cute. Everyone needs a good matte palette and this one has a really nice range of shades from browns to reds to black, which is perfect for me as I've been loving pinky red shades at the moment. The shadows themselves are really pigmented and blendable and work for both daytime and nighttime looks, so this is definitely going to become a staple product for me!

The last thing I got was a skincare product - the ELEMIS Balancing Lavender Toner*. I'm not great at talking about skincare, so I'll give you the description from the site: High Alpine Lavender helps maintain the skin's natural pH balance, whilst effectively clarifying the complexion without the use of alcohol for harsh detergents. I am a fan of toners as I have oily skin and they're perfect for a bit of a refresh during the day. This one feels really nice on the skin and leaves you with an overall clean and refreshed feeling.

And now for everyone's favorite part - a discount code! You can use the code DANNI10 for 10% off an order over $40. You'll get free shipping for spending that much as well so I'd say it's a pretty good deal! Have a good weekend everyone!


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Instagram + Life Update #2

Hey guys, hope you're all having a good weekend! Today I thought I would just update you on what's going on over on my Instragram in case you aren't following me. I tend to be very indecisive when it comes to my Instagram photos and can never seem to stick to a theme or develop one that I'm happy with, but I think I finally have one that I really like. First world/blogger problems, right? Anyway, I have a bit of a pink and green thing going on at the moment which I think looks quite nice, so hopefully I can keep it up. I feel like I'm eventually going to run out of pink things to take photos of (lol), but with the pink obsession I've developed lately I think I'll be okay for a while.

I don't really have much to update you on in the life department at the moment. I took a little trip to LA & Vegas last month and I've just been at home since, but I'm actually going back next month because I've been going a bit crazy here at home. I haven't even been home for that long, but if I'm in one place for too long I start to get a little anxious. Anyone else? Anyway, I'm excited for what the rest of the year has in store and I hope everything is going well for you guys, let me know!


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Denim On Denim

Another outfit post, it must be a miracle. I don't think these came out quite as well as my first set here, but it's still a work in progress. I'm wearing my favorite denim jacket that I had customized by the lovely ladies over at Odessa Rae (it says DFRED if you can't tell, it's sort of a nickname). If you'd like to know more about it, I wrote a post a while back about it here. I love denim on denim looks so I thought I would try out my own and paired it with some ripped Topshop Jamie Jeans, as well as my new velvet tank top from Zara. Lastly I'm wearing my favorite boots from H&M which I don't think are sold anymore and my sunglasses are from Retro City Sunglasses.