50 Facts About Me // YouTube

Hi everyone!

I recently uploaded my 50 Facts About Me video and I am super happy with the reaction I’ve had towards it so far! I worked hard on it and as I’m new to the whole YouTube/Editing thing it really means a lot to know that people are enjoying my creations already!

If you’d like to know more about me, this is the video to watch  (hopefully you won’t be put off lol)

Let me know what you think and if you have a YouTube account, please subscribe and give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed it.

Thanks for all the support so far,

Love Izzy xxx

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The £9 Cardigan // Smart Casual

outfitessie bikini so teeny    river island riding pantsnew look black heels    Hi everybody!

I felt like I hadn’t posted a ‘fashion’ post in quite a while so when I went out for a meal with my family the other day, to celebrate my sister’s amazing university results, I put together this smart-casual outfit which I rather like!

I started with my beige trousers/riding pants from River Island (which are a bit too big – so perfect for stuffing yourself with pizza). I love the little gold details on these so matched them to some simple gold hoop earrings which you unfortunately can’t see in the photos.

On top, I wore this ribbed, white, short-sleeved crop top which I recently picked up from Primark for just £3! It’s a little see-through but is a great basic to own and I’ve already got a lot of use out of this.

The main part of the outfit however, is this amazing black cardigan which is super comfy and long making it feel like more of a jacket or duster coat than a cardi. Again, I picked this up in Primark for £9 and I love it for throwing on over outfits if you need that extra layer but don’t want to carry around a bulky jumper. It also feels very good in quality considering it was from Primark!

For shoes, I would normally wear this with some pointy black pumps, but considering it was a celebration I decided to swap them for my plain black heels from New Look which are the perfect height and very comfortable!

I didn’t wear any other accessories aside from my earrings and kept my eye makeup very simple in order to wear my Rimmel Lipstick in “Heart Breaker” which is a dark pink colour. My nail varnish is Essie‘s “Bikini So Teeny”.

Let me know what you think of this outfit and if you would wear it yourself.

Also, if you haven’t already, I’d love it if you could check out my new YouTube channel as my second video should hopefully be going up today! (Click HERE to find it)

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend :)

Love Izzy xxx

MY FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO // Evening Pamper Routine

Hi Everybody!

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I’ve wanted to start up a YouTube channel for quite some time now and – after buying myself a vlogging camera and spending hours figuring out how to set up my channel to make it look all pretty – I have finally filmed, edited and uploaded my very first video!

My channel, also called ‘daisychainsintherain’, will run alongside my blog and the two will interlink. I will be doing plenty of beauty and fashion videos but also plan to vlog lots as this is something I’ll be able to look back on and remember in years to come (oh gosh, getting a bit soppy over here) .

As an introduction, I was originally going to do a ’50 facts about me’ video to start with (and I still will, it may be my second or third) but to be honest I just couldn’t wait to start filming as soon as my camera arrived! So that’s why this short film is very simple and non-talkative haha (also bear in mind that I’m still getting used to the camera so the filming may be a bit shoddy but please don’t judge!)

I hope you enjoy it anyway and, if you do, don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel (it sounds so weird saying that!)

All products used are linked in the description if you’re interested.

Also, please leave any future video suggestions in the comments either on this blog post or those below the video on YouTube.

Thankyou for all your support!

Love Izzy xxx

Lush Haul // #4

lush haulHello everyone!

Yesterday I popped into Lush to pick up some presents for friends who have birthdays coming up – but of course I couldn’t resist hauling them because they just look and smell incredible! (hopefully they don’t mind the fact that I had to unwrap and rewrap them haha)

creamy candy

Okay, so I lied, I didn’t just buy presents… but at least I stopped myself after one thing for myself somehow slipped into my basket. Of course, an Izzy Lush haul wouldn’t be an Izzy Lush haul without a Creamy Candy Bubble Bar which is probably my all time favourite Lush product. It’s not the most fancy (let’s be real it’s just a pink blob with a flower stuck on top) but the smell is amazing. I think this was the first Lush scent I discovered and I just love the sickly sweetness of it. It turns your bath pink and bubbly which is always nice and even contains little pieces of nourishing body butter to make your skin feel extra smooth when you step out the tub. At only £2.75 it’s definitely worth picking one of these up, especially as you can always split it and use it twice!

floating island lush

Moving onto gifts, I picked up this Floating Island Luxury Bath Melt, which I’ve never tried myself but wish I had because it smells beautiful. If you want something a bit more simple and don’t like the super sweet scents as much than this may be a good one for you. It contains sandalwood oil, lemon oil and almond oil aswell as fair trade organic cocoa butter so is definitely beneficial for the skin and hair. This one is £4.35 so a bit more pricey but considering it’s a Luxury Bath Melt hopefully it’ll be worth it!

it's raining men

I also bought the ‘It’s Raining Men’ Shower Gel which also smells amazing (sensing a theme?) to go with the Bath Melt. The main ingredient here is honey but it’s paired with sweet wild orange oil aswell as softening rosehip oil, lotus flowers and tiger lily infusion which create a gorgeous scent which I’m sure would smell even better in the shower. This cost £4.75 for 100g but looks like it would survive a good few showers at least!

bohemian

Finally, seeing as it’s my friend Frankie’s birthday next week, I pretty much forced her to let me buy a lush product as part of her present and in the end she chose the Bohemian Soap which smells heavenly! I have never owned a Lush soap myself but from all the ones I’ve smelt, this is by far the nicest one I have come across. If you want the scent of this summed up in one word it would be; Citrus. It’s very refreshing and uplifting and also contains rapeseed and coconut oil to help nourish the skin. I also think it looks very interesting and pretty so would look cute just chilling in your bathroom! This one costs £3.10 per 100g and I’m sure it would last ages as soaps usually do.

So that’s everything I purchased on my little trip to Lush yesterday. I hope you enjoyed reading about the products and maybe found it helpful if you’re trying to decide what to try next!

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Love Izzy xxx

Empties // June

recent empties

Over the past few weeks I seem to have finished up a number of products and so thought it would be only fair to share my thoughts towards them. I often find this to be a better way of reviewing items as I have much more of an opinion on them – it takes dedication to finish a product am I right!?

Some of these things I actually finished ages ago but saved especially for this post (lucky you). One of said things is The Body Shop’s Shea Body Butter which took me a long time to finish but was an enjoyable process nonetheless. It smells lovely and, although it’s not the most exotic, I chose this one because I knew it was one I wouldn’t get bored with and when you have this much product in one tub, scent is definitely an important factor to consider! It was definitely very nourishing, hydrating and quick to sink into the skin so overall a big fat thumbs up for Body Shop Body Butters!

I am forever getting through bottles of Batiste Dry Shampoo so it’s really no surprise that this is featuring in another blog post. This is the Cherry scent which I’d never tried until now but I really liked it and it’s nice just to change things up a bit sometimes!

Another product I’ve talked about loads is the Nivea Express Hydration Primer and seeing as this featured in one of my latest favourites and has been fully reviewed (here) I won’t blab on anymore. Considering I’m now on my second tub you can take that as a good sign!

A product that I finished a while ago was the Rimmel Scandaleyes Felt Liner. Now I’m normally quite positive about products but this was just a complete let down to be honest. Sure it had a nice fine point to it and worked well for the first couple of uses, but it just dried out so quickly!! I definitely wouldn’t recommend this one as I much prefer my Collection Extreme Liner which was much cheaper and lasts me ages.

A makeup item that I did love however was the Jemma Kidd Front Cover Touch Up Concealer which although I used on and off for over a year (I can hear people screaming at me that you shouldn’t keep makeup that long but do I care? no) ended up becoming a firm favourite just as it was on it’s last legs so I’m kind of sad this has finished and will probably pick up a new one at some point.

The Botanics Hydrating Night Cream from Boots was an average product overall. Again, this lasted me so long and, quite frankly, I ended up slathering it on in order to finish it up. It was hydrating and very affordable but always felt a little on the heavy side so I could never quite make up my mind about it.

The same type of thing happened with the Boots Cucumber Eye Gel as it was one of those products that you use just for the sake of using and never quite makes enough difference to be noticeable. Sad times.

This seems to have become a post all about products that I should’ve finished years ago but have only just got round to using up. Anyway, the Simply Pure Refreshing Toner from Superdrug has also died a death (I also seem to be talking about a lot of own brand products – what can I say, I am a cheapskate). I bought this along with the matching cleanser back in about Year 9 or 10 (2012!?) just as I was getting into skincare and it was beginning to haunt me as it sat in the bottom draw of my collection unused, so I whacked it out and promised myself I’d finish it before I tried any new toners. Next mission: finish the cleanser. Oh, and in terms of how good it was, I’d say average. It does the job but nothing more and was a great choice for a first toner as it was very very affordable (I think about £1).

Finally, I’ve finished up a couple more of the L’oreal makeup removers since my last empties. This one is the L’oreal Micellar Water which I really like and have repurchased a couple of times. It removes my makeup really well and is just a fuss free way of cleansing. 10/10 would recommend.

So that’s most of the products I’ve finished up over the past couple of months. I didn’t realise this was going to be quite as long as it is so well done if you made it to the end! I know it was a mixture of opinions but sometimes products are just average and that’s life I’m afraid (#deep).

Let me know what you think of empties posts and if you’d like to see more in the future because I’ll be sure to hang on to products if you do!

Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway if you haven’t already – the link is HERE.

ALSO, on a very exciting/scary note, I have finally taken the plunge and set myself up a YouTube channel!! I’ve kept the name daisychainsintherain but at the moment it won’t come up if you search for it (probably because I have no videos lol) so here is the link if you’d like to subscribe; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQyHZK40g3pOyn4IUtv9uHA 

Thankyou for reading!

Love Izzy xxx

Summer Hair Inspiration // Pinterest

Pinterest Hair Summer Inspiration

(all images taken from Pinterest) 

Ohh Pinterest. The place where every image you cast your eye upon is aesthetically pleasing in a thousand different ways. Where everything and everyone looks so effortless that you’re tricked into thinking you may be able to achieve this wondrous, minimalistic lifestyle. Where you turn in times of need when you simply do not know what ‘smart casual’ even means and need that little bit of fashion inspiration. Or, in the case of today’s post – where you discover the most mesmerising hair styles that you repin forever in the hope that one day you’ll perfectly recreate them (spoiler: it never happens)

However, as with anything in life, there’s no harm in trying. So now that the weather is heating up a bit and I’m just feeling downright bored with my hair, I of course returned to my beloved board of lovely locks and found these beauties which I thought I’d share in case any of you are also looking for some new styles to try.

I’ve kept the selection simple because, in all honesty, I suck at hair and anything remotely time consuming is a bit of a no-go area for someone who loves a lie-in. These hairstyles however, look mostly laid back and semi-achievable so with a bit of texturising spray and some basic braiding skills we should be ready to roll.

I particularly love the boho plaits, loose buns and beach waves that come out during this season and these pictures are kind of making me wish I still had a bit of blonde in my hair!

Let me know what your favourite summer hair style is and leave any hair tips in the comments!

If you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, my username is just daisychainsintherain

Love Izzy xxx

Summer Essentials // Beauty

summer beauty essentials

Now that it’s finally feeling like Summer, it’s time to rediscover all those little things we forget about throughout the rest of the year. Of course the usual flip flops, sunglasses, ice creams etc. but also a few beauty bits and bobs that are essential in ensuring you’re skin isn’t harmed whilst you enjoy those long summer days.

Sun Cream ~ This one is kind of obvious. If you’re going to be out in the sun you should really make sure your skin is protected. Here I have the Mattifying Face Sun Fluid from Eucerin which is suitable for normal, combination and sensitive skin!

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream* ~ If you have spot-prone skin like me, this will come in really handy this summer. There’s always days when you don’t feel like wearing much, if any, makeup and having good skin can definitely improve your confidence and give you that healthy summer glow! This face cream can be used as a spot treatment, moisturiser or even a face mask and is the perfect size to travel with (a holiday essential for sure!) It’s also extremely affordable at just a couple of pounds, so you really have no excuse not to look after your skin!

BB Cream ~ Speaking of wearing minimal makeup, during summer I find myself reaching for a BB cream on a much more regular basis. My favourite is the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector  which provides a light coverage that looks very natural and doesn’t feel at all heavy on the skin. This one is extremely easy to blend, lasts for ages (it looks like a small tube but it’s like the flipping tardis) and retails for less than £10 (it’s on sale for £6.66 in boots at the moment so hurry!)

Carmex Lip Balm ~ This product is an all-seasons essential for me. Carmex is by far my favourite lip balm as it immediately hydrates my lips and stops them from drying out. The reason this is in my Summer essentials, however, is because it contains SPF 15 and people often forget to use SPF on their lips when they’re out in the sun which is bad!! Again this is a really affordable little nugget of gold so no excuses!

Bright Nail Polishes ~ Okay, so this definitely is not essential, but it’s something that I feel can only be fully accepted in Summer so you have to really go for it. Go on, whack out that bright orange nail polish that you use about once a year and why not paint your toes aswell whilst you’re there! Pictured is Barry M’s Mango from the Gelly Hi-Shine range.

A good ol’ fashioned book ~ Why not ditch the phone for a while people!? I can’t really talk because as a blogger (and unsociable teenager in general) social media is basically my life – but sometimes there’s nothing better than getting yourself a cheeky mocktail (or cocktail if you want to be extra cheeky), setting up the sun lounger and getting stuck into a whole new world. I’ve recently started ‘Lets Get Lost’ by Adi Alsaid and although I’ve only read one chapter it seems pretty good so far and is a lovely easy read so nothing to strenuous (c’mon you gotta relax a little!)

So there you have my ‘Summer Essentials’, let me know if you have any other recommendations or basic necessities I’ve missed out.

I hope it’s sunny wherever you are!

Love Izzy xxx

*This Sudocrem Skin Care Cream was sent to me to include in a blog post, however all opinions are my own!