All about the eyes: Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Superlift Eye Serum

joan_collins_contratime_eye_serum - 1In the past few years I’ve become a bit obsessed with eye creams. Yes, it *maybe* has something to do with my age, but it is the type of product I really enjoy, as I can feel an almost immediate result.

I was really looking forward to trying got the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Contra Time Superlift Eye Serum.

The packaging is simple has a nice weight to it; the pump is very sturdy in gold. Easy to use and dispenses a generous amount of the stuff; I could do with a bit less to be honest.

The cream itself is a lovely fluid, off white and a tiny bit pearlescent. It is silky and non-greasy, applying very well and being absorbed straight away.

joan_collins_contratime_eye_serum - 2As soon as I apply, I feel a lovely freshness, as if it is minty, but not quite. I apply it before going to bed and it is not irritant to my sensitive eyes, and that is very important.

Skin in the area feels hydrated and smooth and I think it delivers. I cannot stress enough how important it is to use eye creams; the skin in the area is finer than anywhere else in the face and it is really prone to dehydration.

Make sure you use an eye are specific cream from you mid-20s, no matter your budget. The important thing is that is if for around the eyes and moisturises.

This product is said to work at cellular level , shielding skin against  sun damage and dehydration, as well as speeding cell renewal – it encourages older cells to behave younger! A bit like me.

It is priced at £35, so not the cheapest of items, and comes in XXml and it lasts well, so I think the price is fair.

You can get the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Contra Time Superlift Eye Serum from their website, QVC (with great deals) and Urban Retreat.

Apart from skincare, Joan Collins Beauty also has fragrances and makeup, which is also lovely. I tried the gorgeous Divine lipstick in Crystal; you can find my review here.


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

Unleash your inner Rapunzel with Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

irresistible_me_hair - 1Since I decided to go for an extreme chop, when I was a teenager, never again my hair got that “almost at the waist” length again.

In reality, for most of my life, that wasn’t really something I was thinking about. When I was in my late teens and twenties, short hair, mushroom style, was all the rage. That’s fine, you can judge me. You should.

When I moved to London, my hair was somewhat way below the bra line in a straight, all round length.lbf_countryside_autumn - 11

A bad DIY dye job, followed by an even worse DIY hair cut led to a just below the shoulder fix.

That, however, wasn’t the worse hair disaster. Trying to save some money, I went to a student hair academy, and, as I should know, the “just a trim” doesn’t quite fly in these scenarios and I got the worse layering job in the history of hairs. I promise.

irresistible_me_hair - 2After a whole month I had to pay £100 to get it fixed at the much higher expense of having what was left of my length disappear. Had to cut it just below the ear, in an asymmetrical bob, which luckily for me, was in.

From there it started. I was longing for long, luscious tresses and decided to experiment with hair extensions.

Being the chicken I am, I went for clip-ins. Had various incarnations and nowadays, I buy hair, cut and sew my own clips.

Until Irresistible Me sent me this luscious, fabulous Royal Remy set. This is their most deluxe natural hair extensions; the thickness of the hair is the same from top to bottom, giving it that luscious look.

I love the packaging. The pouch with the separate test hair is a good reassurance that you will be able to see if the selected colour is indeed a good match.

Providing you don’t break the seal, you can return your hair. In my case, the match was great so I went in to rip it in excitement (and didn’t even photograph before!).

A shame the pouch is not made of a more durable plastic to be re-usable; I usually keep my extensions in bikini pouches.

My hair is not very short (currently past the bra line, around 18in), but lacks in volume and body.

The hair is of great quality and the pack of 200g comes with 10 pieces (!) (1 x 4 clips, 2 x 3 clips, 5 x 2 clips and 2 x 2 clips).

The colour, medium brown (#4), is a great match for my natural colour.

lbf_countryside_autumn - 10The hair blends well, even though I feel it’s slightly thicker in texture than mine. In fact, it blends so well that the lovely Jamie from Beauty Rocks could not believe it was not my own hair, even in broad daylight.

Overall, the finishing on the piece is great. The clips are small but efficient and the larger piece has a neat netting.

It was lovely that they have videos on the site to help you choose your colour.

Shipping was relatively quick, especially considering the company is in the US, but the hair is order made in China.

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Very easy to style and take to heat and products quite well, although I tend to not use a lot, to preserve the extensions. What I use a lot is hair oil, especially when putting it away. Lately, the Got2b Oil-licious is my favourite!

The hair doesn’t tangle too much and when it does, it is easy to detangle. The bulk of the volume is on the main piece, which goes at the widest part of the head and ends just before the ears.

It washed very well, not a lot of fall, and upon scrunching and drying naturally, it took the most beautiful waves, as seen above, which makes the look even more natural.

If I am honest, to create a natural look for my, I don’t need more than 5 pieces. I tend to go for that, and that’s what you see on these images. even though it’s not quite like my style, maybe one day I will go all in.

Still, I got so many compliments on my “great hair”…

The Irresistible Me Royal Remy hair extensions cost US$299 for 22in (mine) and at the moment it is on sale for US$224, and these guys deliver worldwide.

I am truly in love. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair”. Well, now I can.


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

Getting a bit of a spa experience with Dove Uplifted+ Massaging Body Roll-on

dove_uplifted_body_rollon_review - 1Dove, a brand really close to my heart, has revamped their body skin care recently, and not only have the products have a fabulous new packaging and are full of new technologies, but they also have added something brand new: body roll-on!

The Dove Uplifted+ Massaging Body Roll-on, part of the updated DermaSpa range, comes in a handy twist-top with metal spheres for a massaging application.

dove_uplifted_body_rollon_review - 3The product has a light gel consistency and is very refreshing with its water lilies and cucumber fragrance, containing cell-moisturisers from compressed seed oils.

Its aim is to restore firmness and elasticity into the skin and at the same time, offer a little bit of that luxurious spa experience at home with som soothing massage, which also helps the treatment sink deeper into the skin.

When I first saw it, at their glorious launch event, I thought it would be perfect to apply on the sides of the hips, thighs as well as stomach. But really, it is suitable for the whole body!

dove_uplifted_body_rollon_review - 4It applies very well, the three rollerballs massage is very soothing and refreshing and the product absorbs very quickly.

DermaSpa is divided in three lines: Uplifted+, with the roll-on, a body lotion and an oil; Goodness³, with body lotion, oil, cream and hand cream and Summer revived, which sees the Dove gradual tan which we already love repackaged and with added Cell-Moisturisers technology.

dove_uplifted_body_rollon_review - 2All to die for, with scents specially developed by French perfumiers. The smell n these products is really amazing, refined and luxurious. You’d never think they are that affordable!

The Dove Uplifted+ Massaging Body Roll On costs £8.99 for 100ml and is available from retailers nationwide.


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

Fluttering my Fleur de Force Eylure lashes

eylure_fleur_de_force_review - 1When I heard about the Eylure collaboration with superstar blogger/vlogger Fleur de Force I was intrigued.

Being a fan of Eylure and knowing the fabulous range of lashes they offer, what could she bring, apart from her off-the-charts popularity?

Well… My question was well and truly answered by one little pair of lashes: Eylure Fleur Loves.

eylure_fleur_de_force_review - 2At the lovely London launch, where all sort of blogging/vlogging royalty got together to support Fleur, I got, in between glasses of prosecco, that little number applied and was very impressed.

Fleur Loves is a demi-lash, to be applied from the middle to outer corner of the eye, to add fullness and maximise flutter. It has a twisted, slightly messy and wispy look with stone-ground lash tips.

eylure_fleur_de_force_review - 3Amazingly, I had never tried the 3/4 length lash before, and as I found out, it is flattering and perfect for my eye shape.

In fact, the lash professional who applied it on me at the event recommended they are applied more towards de inner corner of my eyes, with its outer corner ends just short of the ends of my natural lashes.

Because of my eye shape, if I leave too long a “tail” past (or even aligned with) my natural lashes end, it will give an impression my eyes are droopy.

This little pair opened my eyes, sent flutter off the roof and defined the look.

IMG_3675Now, I’m not sure I mentioned before, but the glue that comes with the Eylure lashes is amazing – easy application mini wand and all night hold.

I wore these lashes in a few occasions, they probably have a couple of wears still in them so I will be stocking up.

Fleur Loves. I do too.

The range counts with four styles, for day and night, all in lovely pastel boxes. The Fleur Loves 3/4 lashes cost £5.25, the Fleur & Fabulous and Simply Fleur, £5.95 and the individual Couture Fleur, £6.25 per box and can be purchased in retailers nationwide.


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

One for the gym bag: this works body makeover body oil

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Oil has been my beauty obsession for the past couple of years, so obviously I am always open to new products on my routine.

The this works body makeover is a glowing, super charging body oil, blended from 16 essential oils. If oil is what you want, oil you shall receive!

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Pam Hogg’s Lawless SS16 catwalk show

pam_hogg_ss16I am a huge fan of Pam Hogg. Everything about her designs scream that rebelliouness London fashion has been historically known for in the fashion week circles.

Last season, her autumn/winter was all about childhood tales gone a bit wrong and the story telling on the catwalk was just fantastic.

This time, for summer, I am not disappointed. Lawless does what it says on the tin: wild west, with added psychedelic and punk rock elements, of course.

The fringed, colourful spandex leotards opened the show with a bang. The catsuits and studded wonders that follow, in white, did not disappoint. Also, props to the

After that, leather and velvet prevailed and there was a studs galore. Oh, and spikes. Hello spiky pants.

Constructed feminine looks in tough materials always give that rock ‘n’ roll edge. The accessories – huge studded berets, made a steady appearance throughout the looks.

Duster coats, big skirts, metallics, co-ords, P H initials dotted about… all there, working together within the theme, the season and Hogg’s trademark style.

And to the end of the show, colour – bright yellow and orange, including male culottes.

One thing to point out is the fierceness of the models and the what I can only describe as fabulousness of the crowd. The show felt almost like a concert or performance, with people cheering at every design and/or put their hands up when the music changed.

Personally, I feel that this collection brings more wearable pieces than the last, even though I enjoyed that show more for its story.

Makeup was full lid colour, blue, more predominantly, with over the brow colour, a mustard yellow, as if a cat-eye mask for the ladies and as full socket, in rust, like an indigenous stripe, or a little bit zombie-ish for the men. Lips were mainly clear and glossy.

Quite pretty, may I say, and just enough not to detract from the detail rich designs.

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There were a few individual tweaks, and the most visible one was the, in my view, Death Squad’s Harley Quinn reference; dip-dyed pig tails in pink and blue and crimson lips, with eye shadow colours following the hair dye.

Nails were dip-dyed, having black, worn-out tips. Hair varied hugely, but I am particularly fond of the set curls. Pretty.

Bandit bandanas and oversized studded berets were the accessories of choice.

Shoes were high. The sky scraping platforms came in round toe courts and boots, mainly in metallics and patent.

Must say, her designs are not for the faint hearted, and I love Pam Hogg for it. My favourite piece? A “little” black dress I’d wear NOW. And the full skirt white dress.

Oh, ok. Maybe the spiky hotpants and “wings” bra. Because why not?



Nominate So Many Lovely Things for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2015

Those who know me will know I really blog for myself. It’s something I love. But I suppose getting an award wouldn’t be so bad…

I would be forever grateful if you could nominate So Many Lovely Things for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2015 under the Best Beauty Blog (ambitious, I know).1441186218-cosmoblogawards-2015-nominatemebadge

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the followers, the comments, the interaction with people who share the same love as me, the fabulous brands that believe in me and in what I do.

And oh, the unique ability to inspire, even if one person out there, and to perhaps give them a little nudge to enhance their amazing selves… it is truly priceless.

But my blogging has a more selfish reason to be: me. My passion for beauty, style, fashion – and shoes – that is so huge that leaks out from my small person into these virtual pages.

Most importantly, it has given me comfort when I needed the most.

I never thought that, in claiming my little corner of the internet, I would be exposed to so many amazing things.

It has given me the chance to work with amazing brands, it has exposed me to a wealth of knowledge which is ever growing, backing up my love for the subjects.  And the people… I met amazing people.

I feel extremely lucky, privileged and humbled. Oh, and eternally grateful.

However, I take an award wouldn’t go amiss, right? So please (I say again, just in case) nominate me for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2015 in the Best for Beauty category. It’s super quick, and you can do it by filling the form on their page.

You never know, I might even get shortlisted! Should I be, there will be a little post asking you (yes, I always ask too much) to vote for me.

And thank you. Not just for this, but for being here. There’s a lot of love going round.


Red soles for your lips: the Louboutin Rouge Velvet Matte lipstick

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“An object that embellishes the lips – the beacon of sensuality and organ of communication – has to be fairly amazing”. Well, isn’t it just?

September is a great month. Not only is it my birthday (yay!), LFW and season change (hello new outfits!), but it was also the launch month of Christian Louboutin’s gorgeous addition to his beauté range: lipsticks.

I was very excited to hear about the launch and they collection is finally here.

Apart from the expected red, the shoe designer brought out a plethora of lip colours in three finishes: matte, silky and sheer to satisfy all demanding customers willing to pay £60 for one.

rouge_louboutin_velvet_matte_lipstick - 2As it happens with the shoes, I actually didn’t mind forking out the seemingly extortionate price. The lipstick is a work of art.

Its packaging, which draws on Middle Eastern antiques and art-deco inspiration, is flawless, heavy in solid metal; its lid is a beautifully crafted crown.

rouge_louboutin_velvet_matte_lipstick - 1A silk ribbon comes looped to the top, to make into a necklace. Although it is doubtless beautiful enough to be a jewel, I am not totally sold on the necklace idea with the ribbon.

The box is similar to the nail varnish one and it also comes with a silk pouch to keep the precious lippy safe from scratches.

Now…. I know you are dying to read about the lipstick… it is really to die for.  And I say that as the person who has a thing (or two) for red lipsticks.

My first (and I am not sure there will be a second), had to be the Rouge Louboutin, the shade of the soles, of course, in matte, my favourite finish.

The formula is surprisingly soft for a matte lipstick. It applies comfortably and feels that way throughout the wear. There is no drying (contains natural seeds and oils) or bleeding, pigmentation is very high and the colour delivered has an amazing depth; the perfect matte.

rouge_louboutin_velvet_matte_lipstick - 3Durability is fabulous and it fades evenly. In all honesty, at first I found it bluer than I thought it would be, but a gorgeous colour, great for my skin tone nevertheless.

It’s so precious and I don’t think I can say anything else apart from that I am in love.

rouge louboutin velvet matte lipstick review and swatchJust so you know, the lippy has been clinically tested and does not contain parabens, mineral oils, DEA or phthalates.

You can get you hands on them via the Louboutin website, boutiques, concessions and luxury retailers like Selfridges. I recommend you pop in to buy it.

The display is more than fabulous in its peacockiness. Do it, don;’t think about the £60. And don’t make me write that price again.

Read my review on the Louboutin Rouge nail polish here. The shoes are my latest (crazy) shoe fund(ish) purchase, Pigalle Follies Python Mika, in case you are wondering.

Here it is part of an outfit, with the amazing House of CB Romana cut-out black dress and Chanel handbag, worn for my birthday dinner.

And while at it, take a look at my piece about a Louboutin’s talk “Tales from beyond the red sole”, which I have the pleasure to attend.


Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: Autumn in the countryside

lbf_countryside_autumn - 3If you know a little bit about me, you know I am not a country loving person. That is limited to not enjoying “long walks”, hiking and camping.

lbf_countryside_autumn - 14I do love nature and appreciate the beauty of the countryside. I love farms, picking my own fruit… in fact, when I was growing up, my uncle had a huge farm and when visiting I used to do the lot – collect eggs, round up cattle, horse-ride and much more – all bare-feet!

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Moving on to today, I have a look that, for me, screams transitional countryside style. This pretty dress is from Topshop, and I love its print and flared 3/4 sleeves.

It is very girly and I love it has some sexy, almost concealed lace up details on the side.

The look was complemented by a hat (from H&M, feature before) accompanied me, but really didn’t make much of an appearance, lovely New Look platform sandals (which I  also wore before) and tights, to keep my pins warm-ish through this cold-ish end of summer.

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I am loving the very feminine shapes for the new season, and I love the colour palette in this one.

Although it is clearly not a summer dress, it is cheery in a muted way, ideal for making the transition into the new season.

I just wore my hair down. The fabulous Irresistible Me hair extensions give my hair that extra oomph and length. Makeup was very discreet with gold tones and a beautiful rose lipstick from GOSH.

This dress would look lovely with pumps, boots or even trainers. I recently wore it with a cropped cardigan to make it suitable for the office.

Although I love summer, I find easier to look elegant in the autumn and winter, so looking forward to creating more looks soon.

What are you looking for this season in terms of style?


Styling and posing: Dani Dutra

Photography: Andy Edwards

Location: Nunney Castle


Steamcream: a multitasking hero

steamcream reviewHave to admit that when I got Steamcream, I didn’t really know what it was about. I was really after the fabulous pretty tins it comes in.

However, on receiving the product, I realised how much goodness there is in it: lavender, chamomile, almond, neroli and jojoba oils, cocoa butter, rose, orange flower water and oatmeal.  All natural, vegan and from sustainable sources that comply with the company’s animal testing policy.

The most interesting is that the ingredients are all blasted together by steam to create this rich, but fluid, emulsion.

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This means it absorbs better; the natural ingredients leave the emulsion and sink all their goodness into the skin.

Physically, it also absorbs well; it is not greasy but the moisturising effects last. My preferred use is hands, forearms and elbows. I also like it on my knees and feet.

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It is a multitasking cream, really, can be used on face, body and even hair. Many people with sensitive, problematic skin find it great as it is natural and gentle.

The smell leans towards lavender but is quite subtle.

The best bit? You can buy so many different beautiful tins… This nautical-themed, ladybird Bonjour one is too pretty. And you can use afterwards to store small items.

I am gutted I missed their pretty Distingue one – there are always fab limited edition designs for Fashion Week and collaborations, so keep your eyes peeled.

A tin costs £13.95 for 75ml and can be purchased from the Steamcream website.


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