Fresh hair: Liz Earle Botanical shampoo and conditioner (review)

liz earle hair careLiz Earle is a brand I am very fond of and pretty much everything I try from them is an instant hit. With their hair care  is no different; I really enjoyed trying the Botanical Shine shampoo and conditioner.

The shampoo is suitable for all hair types. It is cloudy white and seem to have some suspended whiter creamy particles, looking like an exfoliant, but not feeling like one.

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It creates a good lather and hair feels super clean after rinsing. It also has a really nice and subtle flowery/herbal smell which is very Liz Earle and I love!

Active ingredients on the Botanical Shine Shampoo include moisturising West African shea butter, natural vitamin E, apple and orange extracts for shine. Contains no sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate.

My conditioner is for dry and damaged hair.  It is creamy and on the thick side, and hair feels lovely upon application. After leaving it for a few minutes and rinsing, hair still feels soft and malleable.

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This conditioner is colour-safe with no silicons and contains the same shea butter from the shampoo, Kalahari melon oil for softness and blue sea kale for protection. It also has the shine agents apple and orange extracts plus eight (yes, EIGHT!) essential oils for unrivaled fragrance.

Hair feels soft, fragrant, clean and light after use. This duo is now permanently living in my gym bag!

The Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo costs £10 for 200ml. The Liz Earle Botanical Shine Conditioner costs the same and apart from the dry/damaged, is also available for normal and fine/oily hair types.


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






What I’ve been wearing, June 15

Now that I am posting the Dani’s Little Book of Fashion articles, I am limiting my “what I am wearing” posts to one a month.

The posts differ a bit in the sense the book of fashion is one particular look, taking trends or occasions and breaking it down in wearable chunks.

What I’m wearing brings my daily ensembles – what I wear to work and to events. Instead of the sporadic round-up of outfits, I will be sharing a selection of my favourites of the month to provide a bit of an insight on my style and hopefully a little bit of inspiration.

Outfit #1

what i'm wearing somanylovelythings I love this flowery suit from Matalan. It’s a bit sports luxe and the flowers make it perfect for the season – it looks great in the office too. It is gorgeous and the price is fab – the jacket is £20 and the sports trousers £15. I teamed with a nude colour vest top from New Look, nude court shoes from Christian Louboutin, necklace from Primark and rings from Forever 21, H&M and Primark.

Outfit #2

what i'm wearing somanylovelythings The sleeveless jacket is a great piece for SS15; this one is from New Look. I added simple black leggings (H&M) and a loose vest (bought in Brasil), shoes from Vizzano, necklace from Primark, rings from H&M and Primark for an effortless, up-to-date look.

Outfit #3

what i'm wearing somanylovelythings This white top with cut out flowers from New Look is the cutest! I wore with social grey trousers from Topshop, white flat shoes from New Look, necklace from Emma-Kate Francis, wood watch from JORD, rings from The Rogue and the Wolf, H&M and Primark. A summer ensemble perfect for the office.

Outfit #4

what i'm wearing somanylovelythings I went dotty on this, using contrasting dot prints on my skirt (River Island) and top (H&M), in black and white! Shoes are from Viviana, necklace from Emma-Kate Francis, rings from Forever 21, H&M and Disney Couture. I feel a bit retro and lady-like on this outfit.

Outfit #5

what i'm wearing somanylovelythings And talking about retro, I absolutely love this flowery dress from Starlet (former Sirens & Starlets), which appeared a few times on the blog already. I added a pair of black courts from Christian Louboutin, the beautiful Emma-Kate Francis necklace and rings from Forever 21, H&M and Primark.

So, what did you think of my June selection?

As you can see, I am a bit obsessed with the Emma-Kate Francis Cala Lily necklace… what’s your fashion obsession at the moment?

signature1Contains a few samples dotted around, but most of the stuff was bought with my own money.

All round manicure tools: Stylfile Infuse review

stylfile byt tom pellereauHave to say to start with, I was a bit sceptical about Stylfile, after all, I used nail files most of my life and they seemed to do the job just fine.

I was happy to give the new Stylfile Infuse – a moisturising nail file – a go. Could it be much better than a normal file?

stylfileAdmittedly, the shape of the Stylfile does help in the shaping of the nail. The curve just fits perfectly and my achieving a symmetrical, pretty shape is much easier that with conventional files.

The file itself is of a very good quality, does not crumble and even the rougher bit has smooth grains, which provide effective, snag free filing.

stylfile infuseThe fact the Infuse carries a nib that dispenses almond oil is great. After filing – the professional grade nail file has a rough and a smooth side, take the little lid off the nib, press the button at the end of the “pen” and apply it to the nails.

One click is enough for five nails and you can remove the file head to reveal a cuticle pusher.

stylfile by tom pellereauThe file head is interchangeable and the pack comes with two extra. Depending on usage, each file could last 3 months and there is enough oil for a year!

stylfile maniproI also tried the Stylfile ManiPro, which is a curved buffer, with the four steps for buffing, one on each side. It does follow the nail shape, making the job easier and reaching the whole nail, opposed to just the middle, like conventional cube buffers.

If you take it apart, it reveals a cuticle pusher and a neater, which personally I don’t have a use for, as I trim my cuticles.

stylfile 2Finally, I also tried the more conventional Stylfile 2, a new version of the original Stylfile. Same good nail file but what I really like is that it comes with an under-nail skimmer which I like using to pull out the bits that stay behind after you file (and not dirt, but it could be!).

stylfile5Overall, a nice range of nail files – they are all durable and the pioneering curved design is rather pretty.

Here it is, in action – this day I used all three, hehe – buffed with the ManiPro, filed with S-File 2 and applied oil with Infuse – but I also used them separately in several occasions!

Just used some new #tools on my #nails! Stylfile has a really great range and the Infuse with #almond #oil is fab!

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Tom Pellerau, the inventor behind Stylfile, rose to fame at as the winner of Lord Sugar’s The Apprentice, getting backing for the files, devised when watching his sister struggle with nail shaping, and bringing them market in 2012. Since then, the range has grown immensely!

Infuse costs £12.99 and comes with 2 spare files; S-file2, £4.49 and the ManiPro, £8.99. They can be purchased from the Stylfile website, where you can also find other options, including handbag-ready files, pedi kits and gift boxes.


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


S5 Renew Eye Cream review


S5 is a brand that has won my heart over the past year. Not only their products are fab, but their founder is a lovely lady deserving of all the success she has coming her way.

Of course, I was ecstatic to try another S5 product. This time, a current obsession of mine: eye creams. Enter the S5 Renew Eye Cream.

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Comvita Hunixa Manuka honey nourishing hand & nail cream review

comvita manuka honey hand cream

I never pass on hand creams as they’re something I use all the time, one after another.

I had never tried anything from Comvita and was pleasantly surprised when I tried their Hunixa Manuka honey nourishing hand & nail cream.

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Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: Wedding guest, with bonprix and Pittards England

wedding-bonprix-pittards (1 of 12)Wedding season is in full swing and with so many to attend comes the “what dress to wear” dilemma. Do I buy a new one? Do I wear an old one again? Do I run away and never look back?

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My gym friend: the bkr glass water bottle (review)

bkr bottle - bambi Maybe you find weird that my beauty blog is talking about a water bottle. Eh? Ok… let me explain. bkr arrived recently in the UK and is placed in the Selfridges beauty department. More than that, when I found out about the brand, I just knew it was the perfect fit!

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Sun kissed skin: HeShi Gold Foaming Mousse (review)

HeShi Gold Foaming MousseHeShi is among one of the best self tanning products I’ve ever tried. I knew, from previous experience, that the HeShi Gold Foaming Mousse wouldn’t disappoint.

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Nails of the week: lemon and gold

yellow nails with gold heart stickerNever thought I’d use lemons and gold in the same sentence, but there you have. This is the best way to describe this manicure.

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B.Sweet Candy Shop lipstick in Sherbert Dip review

b sweet sherbert dip lipstickA bold lip is something I sport more often than not and while it is usually red, I am also a big fan of popping pinks, so the B. Sweet Sherbert Dip lipstick is just up my street.

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