Friday Fixation: Christmas in July

XmasYes. You heard it. I did say Christmas. In July. Honestly, with all companies having the Christmas press events over July, there is no way I cannot obsess about it.

There are so many lovely things (see what I did there?!) coming up from amazing brands, I just cannot wait.

And the Christmas Spirit really catches on.

So there you have it. My Friday (and for the next  months) obsession is Christmas. Already. Le sigh.

Faves include:

liz earle christmas

Liz Earle brings out amazing Christmas packs, which keep in with their signature aqua shade but incorporates festive elements, really settin their collection apart from the usual re-green-gold scheme. I especially like the cleanse & polish ones, but also the tree decoration nail polishes.

Amazon is heaving with all amazing products for all areas of your life – from tech, home and kids to fashion and beauty (where I spent most of my time!). A bit shout out to their fine jewellery (you wouldn’t think, from Amazon, eh?) including the amazing brand Kattri.


The shoes offer is also very strong with Sam Edelman, Little Mistress and Dune. Beauty wise, Burts Bees lip pens are just fab!

Crabtree & Evelyn has bird diffuser (how pretty is that?) I adore.

Also, they have a special box with 12 of their star hand creams.

Charlotte Tilbury has The Book of Makeup Magic which is just a dreamy twelve days of Christmas love.

I could leave my beautiful Coach watch (lots of love going for the personalisation) out of this list.

This Works has a fabulous Xmas range, packaged to perfection. Sleep Plus and Stress Less is the perfect combo in the shape of Christmas crackers.

Debenhams has tons of stuff; their Xmas showcase was great, but I fell in love with amazing fluffy reindeer pjs with eye mask (so in love I can barely talk about it), mega fun bags and fabulous (and possibly bridal) shoes.

new urban decay palettes - debenhams

Urban Decay’s Christmas palette, which I don’t need, but hell, it’s too pretty!

lottie london christmas

Lottie London has some super cute Lip Balm I am in love with, as well as a nail polish “clock” worth £50 of products for only £25.

too faced le grand chateau

Too Faced is bringing out the Le Grand Chateau, a pretty little house with two eye palettes in super wearable colours and mascara.

lolas apothecary

Lola’s Apothecary (which is a brand I love, as Lola is so adorable and her 100% natural handmade products are fab) also has gift boxes from £35-£60, containing a selection of amazing products in a pretty box.

ciate advent calendar

Ciaté never disappoints – their advent calendar is yet again set to be a success, with plenty of minis, a full size bottle plus an Olivia Palermo shade. And talking about Miss Palermo, there are new products coming for Christmas. I actually saw, touched and loved them. Sadly, I cannot share yet, but it is oh-so-pretty and super exciting!

And this is just a small sample from some events in the past couple of weeks! There is so much amazing stuff out there for Christmas that it makes me forget, for just a moment, that it will be cold and miserable (and we barely had summer).

What are you lusting after for this year’s festive season?




Glowing with the Inika Light Reflect Highlighting Creme (review)

inika highlighterHighlighters are a essential part of my makeup routine; on a daily basis, I always wear it on the top of my cheekbones. I am always looking for the next go-to product, so I was very happy to get hold of the Inika Light Reflect Highlighting Creme. inika highlighter It is a multi-purpose mineral, all natural highlighting cream – cheeks, eyelids, brow bone – you name it! That all important glow is provided by natural mineral pigments and mica which capture light. inika highlighter This medium consistency cream has a slightly pink-peachy colour (which a love) and applies really smoothly with a satin feel. It does, however dry super quickly and feel like powder. The sheen and highlighting it gives is lovely,  it might, for my personal taste, be very slightly on the sparkly side, but using a small amount and blending well, it certainly fits the bill.

It does not melt or budge, so it is durable safe for the beach or pool – but especially sweaty days. All of Inika’s products are certified vegan, halal and cruelty free. You can get the Inika Light Reflecting Highlighting creme from the Inika website. it costs £17 and a little goes a very long way. signature1

This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

To bra or not to bra

Janet agent provocateur

The bra – often an outfit’s unsung hero – has been under fire recently.

Turns out that our always supporting friend could be not that supporting after all. A French study shows some evidence that bras are actually sagging our breasts more! Shock, horror.

Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon from the University of Franche-Comté says that his studies, involving of 330 women between the ages of 18-35 over the last 17 years, show that wearing the garment could actually make the nipples drop 7mm more per year (!!!) than if not wearing it.

Apparently breasts will not develop support tissue when a bra is worn, thus sagging quicker. On top of that, some of the participants also said their posture was improved and they were breathing better.

Although he found evidence that bras don’t help keep our breasts perky, Professor Rouillon said he would not advise straight away that we all go bra-less.

I am not sure how I feel about this one; I certainly welcome removing that restriction, but I don’t know if I could adopt it 24×7.

What about you? Would you revolutionise and burn you bras to free your boobs for good?



Nails of the week: a whole lot of blue

blue nails - somanylovelythings

I know the “nails of the week” title is currently a bit of a lie. They haven’t been coming weekly, but they are still coming.

Do not despair, I haven’t been walking around with appaling talons, I promise, but lately I have been going back to basics more often than not. Not sure why, but my love of plain red and nude has been reignited big time, and there isn’t anything exciting to show every single week.

Having said that, I did get quite excited about this one. First because I love blue. Second, because the enjoyed my previous metallic dot manicure. Third, there are five shades of blue.

I used, from thumb to pinkie: Collection Blue My Mind, Kiko 385, GOSH Sea Foam, Nails Inc Oxford and Topshop Boy Next Door.

Topped off with the gorgeous Nails Inc Electric Lane holographic topcoat and added lovely silver dots from Seekers of the Sun temporary metallic tattoo, which are of great quality on skin and on nails, I have to say.

Seche Vite sealed all off.

Quite happy with this one!



Re-visiting a classic: the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

elizabeth arden eight hour creamIf memory hasn’t betrayed me, I believe Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant was the very first skincare I had access to when I got to London more than a decade ago.

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Holiday skin preparation

scottish fine soaps - pink grapefruit and arganOh how I love a tan. Although I resort to the fake stuff more often than not, nothing beats the real thing.

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Getting my beauty sleep

jockey night wear - somanylovelythingsBeauty is so much more than what I put on my face. In fact, that is the smaller chunk of it – what I eat and my lifestyle choices are the solid foundation.

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Chanel Mademoiselle Privé exhibition coming to London’s Saatchi Gallery

Chanel Mademoiselle Privé

image from Chanel

After the success and beauty of one Chanel exhibition (the Little Black Jacket), the Saatchi Gallery brings us another, this time, a little bit more up close and personal: Mademoiselle Privé.

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Magnum Pleasure Store in Covent Garden, London is open

Lindsay Lohan attends the launch party for the Magnum Pleasure Store in London’s Covent Garden. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 1, 2015. To celebrate the store’s opening, Magnum has teamed up with designer Holly Fulton to create an exclusive necklace, incorporating Magnum through colour and design. Available to a select few competition winners, the necklace will be the key to a summer of unlimited freshly dipped ice creams at the Pleasure Store’s exclusive dipping bar. Photo credit should read: John Phillips/PA Wire

Lindsay Lohan attends the launch party for the Magnum Pleasure Store in London’s Covent Garden. Credit: John Phillips/PA Wire

Oh what a pleasure it is to work with Magnum ice cream! Who remembers last year fabulous dipping bar in Selfridges?

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Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: We are going on a holiday! Part 1

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Ooooh, to go on holidays… Going on holidays for me is more than just relaxing; I like to soak in the culture, the people and especially the food (a lot of it). If it is sunny and there’s a pool or even better, a beach, it’s my heaven.

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