monthly favourites june 2017 beauty lifestyle

It's almost the end of June, meaning it's time for another monthly favourites post! This month has gone incredibly fast and I can't believe that it's practically over, but that does mean that it's officially summer and we've finally had some nicer weather! I don't tend to do these posts regularly but I've been loving a variety of items lately that I thought were worth mentioning, and my monthly favourites are always popular posts. From beauty to lifestyle and a variety of other things, keep reading to find out what my current favourites are!

monthly favourites june 2017 beauty lifestyle

For a while, I stopped using a highlighter in my everyday makeup routine and often forgot to apply it when I had the chance. However, I've recently remembered my love for the Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm and have been incorporating it into my makeup looks in the latter half of the month. This is hands-down my favourite highlighter for creating an illuminated, glowy look, and even just a little bit on my cheekbones goes a long way.

I'm always up for trying new mascaras and I decided to switch it up a bit this month and try the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I've had a sample of this lying in my makeup collection for months and never got around to trying it, but now that I've started using it there's honestly no looking back. This product makes my eyelashes look fluttery like you wouldn't believe, with the perfect amount of volume to add some intensity without being clumpy.

Primark's beauty range is definitely underrated, and this month I rediscovered one of my favourites from them - the PS Beauty Pro Lipgloss. I used this product non-stop around when I started college and I'm so glad that it's back in my everyday makeup bag. Not only is the colour a gorgeous, flattering pink, but it provides a glossy sheen that isn't sticky or uncomfortable at all. And considering it's a budget product, I'd definitely urge you to try it out.

In terms of fragrances, this month I've found myself reaching for the Victoria's Secret Sheer Love Fragrance Mist on a daily basis and I've loved using it. I threw this in my essentials bag when moving house, and since then I've used it non-stop. This scent is floral and feminine, being the perfect choice for the summer months, and I also find that it lasts for quite some time compared to other body sprays.

I've already mentioned it a few times on my blog, but I've relied heavily on the Acnecide Spot Cream recently and so it definitely deserves a place in my monthly favourites. This product has cleared up my skin incredibly, aside from a few rogue spots, and my blemishes are nowhere near as bad as they used to be. I'll definitely be continuing to use this cream daily, as it's such an easy step in my skincare routine to ensure clearer skin.

monthly favourites june 2017 beauty lifestyle

I always find myself having sore feet in the summer, as a lot of my sandals and pumps tend to rub the backs of my heels. The Compeed Blister Plasters have been a saviour in this instance, and they've protected my heels from being rubbed further and prevented any discomfort whilst wearing shoes. They also last considerably longer than regular plasters and are transparent for more discrete usage.

Not only have I been impressed by Primark's makeup this month, but I've really loved a variety of the Primark Chokers. These are my favourite accessories to wear, and they're sold in packs that are fairly affordable, meaning you can try out quite a few at once. They're all really pretty and I've been wearing them loads, either on their own or paired for a layered look, so if you see me wearing a choker then you can guarantee that it's from Primark.

I also purchased a Rosegold Floral Ear Cuff from Primark that I've worn quite a few times and loved. It's the perfect way to try out other styles of earrings despite not having a helix piercing, as it simply clips around the ear. I'm not quite sure if I suit this or not but I really like how it looks and have worn it quite a lot this month.

My music favourite for the month is definitely Melodrama by Lorde, which is her new album. I've never been thoroughly invested in her music but I liked Green Light when it came out a few months ago and decided to give the rest of her album a go once it was released. I was happily surprised, as I love pretty much every song on there and I can definitely picture it being my album of the summer.

My final favourite probably isn't a surprise for most of you, but it's the Twin Peaks Revival. It's no secret by now that I'm a huge fan of Twin Peaks and I've been watching the new season obsessively since it premiered at the end of May. Although I wasn't quite sure about the new episodes at first, I'm now addicted and love the direction that the show's going in. I've also been listening to the Twin Peaks Unwrapped Podcasts every day, catching up on all of the old episodes, and I'm a huge fan of these commentaries.

I hope you liked hearing what my favourites have been this month, and I'd love to hear what you've been loving down in the comments. Also, make sure you follow me on social media, especially Twitter, to hear about what products I'm using and what's happening in my life throughout the month. Thanks for reading this post and I'll see you again next Sunday!

Love from Daisy x

It's definitely been a hectic few months, and although I've still been posting on my blog as normal, I feel as though I haven't properly spoken about all of the different things I've been up to lately. If you follow me on social media, especially Twitter, then you'll definitely be more aware of the exciting opportunities and activities that I've been up to, but I wanted to talk about them some more on my blog. If you're wondering what I've been up to lately, including college, dance, blogging and just life in general - keep reading!

Dance Competition

During the half term holidays, I had a dance competition, which was my first one with this dance team. Although in the past I've usually competed with Lipa, this competition was with North West Academy, which is the dance school that my old teacher from Lipa opened (I'm still at Lipa but we've focused more on show preparation this year). We took two routines, being a jazz / commercial dance and a contemporary, in which me and my friend Daisy opened with a duet. I really liked both dances and we definitely performed the best that we could, given that we'd only been dancing together for a couple of months. The icing on top of the cake was definitely getting 1st place for our commercial group dance, which was definitely a great achievement for our first competition together.

Moving House

One of the largest changes in my life recently has been moving house at the end of half term, which was definitely a stressful process, to say the least. I was reluctant to move house at first and didn't really want to leave my old house, but I've definitely started to settle in and feel more at home. We've moved within the same area, probably only a couple of minutes away from our old house, but we're on a new estate and I'm in love with how the new house looks. You'll definitely be seeing bits and pieces in the backgrounds of blog photos, so keep your eyes peeled!

Finishing EPQ

A couple of months ago now, I finally finished my Extended Project Qualification, which was probably the most intense and stressful part of my life over the past year. I wrote a blog post all about my experience and advice, so if you want to know more then check that out, but I'd definitely say that it was a rewarding process to complete. I'm honestly glad that I stuck with it, as I came close to quitting at times but the hard work paid off. Although my mark isn't finalised as it has to be externally examined, my teacher did tell me that it had been internally examined as an A*, being full marks. I'm still honestly in shock by this and I'm made up, as I worked endlessly on the project and dedicated so much time to it, so it was great to have my hard work rewarded.

Blogging Opportunities

I'm incredibly lucky to have quite a lot of blogging opportunities, and the past few months have definitely been filled with some exciting ones. In May, I was lucky enough to have an image from my Spring Primark Haul featured in Top of the Pops Magazine. After being contacted through Instagram, I eagerly accepted this opportunity and it was very surreal to see a photo of me printed in a magazine, especially as it's the type of thing that I'd read as a preteen. I've also been lucky enough to be sent products from T-Zone and Rimmel London, which I've loved trying out and you'll see a lot more of on my blog. There's also some exciting things in the works, such as a post I'm working on with Seventeen Cosmetics that you'll see some time in the summer!

College Ambassador

As the end of my first year of college is quickly approaching, I decided to apply to become a college ambassador next year, meaning I will help out with a variety of college events and activities. I was one of the lucky few who was accepted and we kicked off everything with a training day of fun activities including raft building and canoeing. These definitely aren't my forte but I enjoyed myself so much, even if we did end up freezing and swimming in the lake because our raft broke. Already I've made new friends and had a great time, so I can't wait to see what the future as a college ambassador will bring.

There have been many other things going on in the past few months, and since it'd take too long to talk about them all, I thought I'd give you a quick overview with all of these photos!

Top row: Me and a few friends before the dance competition // Rimmel's new nail varnish collection that I was sent // All ready for our commercial dance routine // Me and my friends all ready for our party // Glimpse of the 101 pages of my EPQ

Middle row: Blogger mail from T-Zone // Rimmel's Insta Flawless range that I was sent // Being featured in Top of the Pops magazine // Some of my closest friends all at the party // Taking sky photos from the new house // Twin Peaks new season premiered // Selfie because why not?

Bottom row: My dance team all ready for the contemporary piece // Lorde's melodrama album was released // Front of my EPQ finished project // Scenic photo to commemorate the beautiful weather // Raft building on the college ambassador training day

I hope you liked this more lifestyle focused post, and if you'd like to hear more about what goes on in my everyday life then make sure you follow me on Twitter, which is linked in the sidebar or at the bottom of this page. Thank you very much for reading and I'll see you next Sunday with another post!

Love from Daisy x
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation Review Perfect Summer Foundation

For a while now, I’ve been searching for a foundation that isn’t too heavy, providing a fairly natural and skin-like finish that is ideal for everyday wear. I discovered the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and it seemed to tick all of these boxes, becoming a go-to product in my makeup bag over the past few months. I never actually wore foundation before buying this product, as I found that concealer was enough to cover my blemishes, but now that I’ve used it there’s no looking back. I knew immediately that I wanted to share all of my thoughts on this foundation in a review, so if you’d like to know more about this product then keep reading!

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and Concealer were relaunched earlier in 2017, having a revamp that made them new and improved versions of the original products. Don’t worry if you’re a firm fan of the old versions, as Bourjois claim that these products contain all of the benefits of the original, as well as some added bonuses that’ll make you fall in love with these products. I was definitely eager to try this foundation, which claimed to have an increased glow and lightweight formula, especially after hearing the constant praise within the blogosphere, as this has definitely become a cult-classic product that everyone raved about.

The pumps in this foundation are quite generous, so I only usually require one to cover my entire face, but you may prefer to use more or less depending on how much product you wish to use. I apply it by dotting the foundation around my face and using a buffing brush to blend it thoroughly into my skin, with the application being in a thin, even layer that is blended out nicely into my skin. It truly has a seamless, virtually flawless application, and even minimal blending will create a look that isn't overly streaky or cakey in places.

I was really surprised by the coverage of this foundation, as I expected it to be extremely sheer but it actually provides a moderate coverage that has pleasantly surprised me. I have areas of redness on my skin, particularly around my nose and chin, and this foundation covered them nicely with minimal concealing being needed afterwards. However, don’t let this scare you as it’s still incredibly natural looking, giving the fresh-faced and almost skin-like appearance that I desired.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation Review Perfect Summer Foundation

The Healthy Mix Foundation provides an incredibly radiant finish, with its glowing appearance being perfect for the summer months. It’s comfortable on the skin and isn’t too heavy, meaning I can wear it throughout the day and feel like there’s hardly anything on my skin. The shade I’ve been using is light beige and it’s perfect for me, being an almost identical match. Bourjois have created 9 shades of this foundation, so I'm certain that you'll find one that matches your skin tone.

Bourjois claim that this foundation will last for up to 16 hours, and although I haven’t tested this thoroughly as I take off my makeup of an evening, I do agree with the long-wearing claims. It tends to last for quite some time on my skin, still being in place at the end of the day, which is impressive as my skin tends to eat up makeup during the day. It didn’t disappoint and didn’t stray too far during the day, although you may need to powder if you have particularly oily skin.

I have to say - I honestly believe that there is no better drugstore foundation out there for creating such a radiant, healthy glow to the skin. The Healthy Mix Foundation is a beautiful product to apply, looks very flattering on the skin, and it's been a firm favourite of mine for quite some time now. Bourjois have definitely nailed it with this product, and for only £9.99 you can't resist but to try it!

Boots actually have a 3 for 2 offer on selected Bourjois products right now, so it's the perfect opportunity to purchase this product. If you'd like to order it online, then click the link here which will take you to the Boots website.

If you've tried the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation then I'd love to know your thoughts on it, so why not let me know down in the comments? Thanks for reading this post, and I'll be back next Sunday with another new one, but in the meantime, check out my social media platforms forms for regular updates and to see what I'm up to throughout the week!

Love from Daisy x

Teenage bloggers are increasing by the day, with more and more adolescents following this social craze and creating their own blog. Having started Daisies and Delights when I’d just turned 14 and still blogging now that I’m 17, I’m an accurate example of a teenage blogger. I’ve definitely learnt a lot over the years, with blogging impacting my life in both positive and negative ways. I’ve seen many different blog posts about the experiences of bloggers and what people have learnt from it, but they’re rarely focused on teenagers. I thought I’d do my own take on this idea and highlight what you can take away from blogging as a teenager.

#1 Attending Events Isn't Easy
Attending a blogging event is an amazing experience and is a great way to meet likeminded bloggers be recognised by brands and companies who support your work. Actually attending the events, however, can be a lot harder than it seems when you’re a teenager. It may be a struggle to get there as many teenagers can't drive, and event times may also conflict with school or college schedules due to many events taking place on a weekday. It definitely isn't the easiest to make it to events when you factor in all of these, but it makes the ones that you can attend more special and enjoyable.

#2 People Are Constantly Amazed
When people see well-crafted blog posts featuring outstanding photographs, their initial thought is that an experienced professional created it. When people realise that everything is in fact the work of a teenager, they will instantly be impressed by your expertise and blown away by the fact that you're so young yet producing content to a high standard. Just this recognition and acceptance alone should be enough to motivate you to blog, and it’s a great way to show what you’re capable of.

#3 It May Be Hard To Balance Commitments
As a teenager myself, I understand how busy it can be with many different commitments to manage. It's often hard to find a balance and blogging may take a backseat as school or college becomes particularly busy, especially during exam season. On the other hand, teenage bloggers may place more of an emphasis on blogging than other commitments, which is dangerous as it could lead to your grades suffering as a consequence. Blogging may definitely be a lot to manage in this respect and is a big yet rewarding commitment to undertake.

#4 Don't Rely On Advertising
One of the most obvious ways for bloggers to make money is through setting up Google Adsense and displaying adverts on your blog. However, since you have to be 18 to enable this, teenage bloggers are unable to monetise in such a way. Likewise, many brands will request bloggers that are over 18, which may put us teenagers at a disadvantage.

#5 You Will Gain Valuable Skills
Creating regular blog posts means that your writing is practised and thus improves, which is something that can be majorly beneficial in school, particularly in essay based subjects like English. Blogging also helps you to develop skills in other areas such as coding, visual design and social media promotion, which may assist in other areas of the curriculum as well as being a possible field of work for the future.

#6 You Know The Target Market Very Well
Blogs and Youtube videos alike appeal to many people, but a large proportion of their audience are teenagers and young adults. As a teenage blogger, you can easily relate to your readers and thus have a thorough understanding of your audience that will shine through in your content. Not only will this allow for you to produce relevant content, but it also means that you will be more credible and reliable as a blogger.

#7 There Are Many Others Like You
As a teenage blogger, you're definitely not alone and there are many people who share the same passion as you. Especially on social platforms like Twitter and Instagram, you will easily be able to find other teenage bloggers and make likeminded friends that have similar interests. The blogging community is very expansive and so there’s always someone to talk to.

#8 You Stand Out From The Crowd
Particularly at events, teenage bloggers may stand out from the rest of the attendants due to being noticeably younger. Although some people may initially frown upon this, believing that you’re too young and inexperienced to blog, most people will admire your passion and dedication to blogging at such a young age.

#9 You Can Easily Forge Relationships With Brands
A lot of my blogging opportunities and interactions with brands have been due to being a teenage blogger, showing how it may automatically give you a benefit. For example, I was able to review T-Zone skincare products aimed at targeting spots as I have teenage blemishes, and I've been able to review many young adult novels from the point-of-view of the target demographic. Teenagers can do this in a way that an adult wouldn't be able to achieve, writing from the perspective of the intended audience, which can lead to unique and special brand relationships being formed.

#10 Your CV Will Be Enhanced
Whether you're applying for a job, college or other position, blogging will definitely be a talking point and something worth bringing up. It'll make you stand out from the crowd, as it's a unique and unlikely hobby to have and the interviewee will likely be eager to hear more. Blogging is also demonstrative of many different skills, including responsibility and time management, which employers will definitely appreciate and will strengthen your application.

Overall, I feel as though being a teenage blogger definitely has many positives, being a way of having fun in your free time and find a passion that you thoroughly enjoy. I've definitely learnt a lot over the past 3 years and ultimately enjoyed all of the opportunities blogging has presented, making it a worthwhile experience.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you're a teenage blogger, I'd love to know what you've learnt from your experiences of blogging down in the comments. Thank you very much for reading, as well as for the continual support, and I'll see you again next Sunday with another new blog post!

Love from Daisy x