Sunday, 23 July 2017

Jammie Dodger Cupcakes


I love baking. 

There's something so heart warming about the perfect baked treat, and these are just that.  

Jammie Dodgers have always been a favourite of mine ever since I was little and so I was very excited to bake some Jammie Dodger cupcakes. 

{Bakes 12 Cupcakes} 

I N G R E D I E N T S 

125 g Self Raising Flour 
125 g Caster Sugar
125 g Unsalted Butter (soft) 
1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda 
2 Large Eggs
1.5 tbsp Whole Milk
12 Mini Jammie Dodgers 
Strawberry Jam  

F O R T H E I C I N G / D E C O R A T I O N 

150 g Unsalted Butter 

340 g Icing Sugar, Sifted
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract 
24 Mini Jammie Dodgers (optional)
M E T H O D 

Pre - heat the oven to 180° c 

Add the flour, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda, butter and eggs to the mixer and beat on a slow speed for 5 minutes. 
When mixed, add in the milk. 
Add jam into the cake batter slowly, in a 'splattered' motion, this does NOT need to be mixed in as it gives the batter a lovely marbled effect when left. 
Line a tin with 12 cake cases and add a mini Jammie Dodger into the bottom of each cake case. 
Add in the cake mixture and bake for 20-22 minutes. 
I C I N G 



Mix together the unsalted butter and  icing sugar. 
When cooled, remove the middle of each cake (I recommend using an apple corer) and pipe in strawberry jam. 
Top the cupcakes with buttercream icing then add a splatter of strawberry jam, finish each cupcake with 2 x mini jammie dodgers on the top. 

What do you think of these cupcakes? 

Love, 

Dayna 
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

What's In My Bag? Date Night Edition | #ChallengeBodyform




Writing this post is making me feel very hungry.. Gimme all the Pizza Hut Cookie Dough! 

The lovely people over at Bodyform challenged me to a night out wearing their Daily Fresh Liners, Dan and I treated ourselves to a date night at Pizza Hut and indulged in pizza, chips and cookie dough. 

Here's what was in my bag... 

S U N G L A S S E S 

a handbag essential for this time of year, these were from River Island last year so unfortunately I can't link them but you can find similar sunglasses here.

P U R S E 

T E D B A K E R M I S T 

I love this Ted Baker mist, it's the perfect size to fit into my handbag and smells divine. 
It is also under £5 so an absolute beauty steal! 

C H A R L O T T E T I L B U R Y B R U S H 

Dan very kindly brought me a beautiful set of Charlotte Tilbury brushes for Christmas, although this isn't the kind of brush to throw into your handbag they're definitely the perfect size to add into your makeup bag! They're the softest makeup brushes I've ever used and apply your makeup with ease, not to mention they have rose gold detailing *heart eye emojis* 

B E N E F I T R O L L E R L A S H 

I always like to have an emergency mascara in my bag at this time of year due to watery eyes from hay fever or the wind, especially on date night when panda eyes are a definite no no.. I love the roller lash mascara from Benefit, it curls your lashes as well as giving them length so it's the perfect all round eyelash hero. 

 C H A R L O T T E T I L B U R Y V A L E N T I N E L I P S T I C K 

Another beautiful product that Dan very kindly treated me too (I'm a very lucky girl!) I've wrote a full review on this product here so I won't go into too much detail. This is the perfect everyday pink and my go-to date night lipstick. 

B O D Y F O R M D A I L Y F R E S H L I N E R S 

As I mentioned earlier in this post, Bodyform challenged me to try their Daily Fresh liners for date night.
The first thing I noticed was that they're the perfect size to fit into your handbag, they're small and so discreet.They were comfortable to wear and you couldn't see them so these could easily be worn with dresses or skirts (unlike others I've tried that are bulky and uncomfortable!) making them the perfect handbag addition for date night. 

Have you tried the Bodyform Daily Fresh Liners? 


Love, 

Dayna 

x

*this post was Sponsored by Bodyform. 




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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Easter Sunday at the Beach



The chirp of Seagulls, the crispy salty air sweeping through your hair and the soothing sounds of the rippling sea surrounding you- I love the beach. 

On Sunday Dan and I decided to spend the day at the seaside, the sun was shining and so I thought I'd share with you all some photos that were taken- including the most amazing brown derby topped with mini eggs! 

& the oh so essential seaside treat, sausage and chips. 

how did you spend your Easter Sunday? 

love, 

Dayna
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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Spring Favourites 2017



-Daniel Wellington Petite Classic Watch - Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation -  Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream edt - Charlotte Tilbury Valentine Lipstick - Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette - 

Don't forget! you can get 15% off at Daniel Wellington with the code 'DAYNAMARIE' 

Love, 

Dayna 
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Saturday, 1 April 2017

The Dreamy Spring Accessory


#DWClassicPetite 

For the last few years i've loved pairing every single outfit with a watch, there's something to minimalistic yet effective about adding a simple accessory such as a watch to pull an outfit together and nail that smart casual look.

Lately I've been loving the new Daniel Wellington Classic Petite* range, for someone who has tiny wrists this is the perfect way to add a beautiful rose gold accessory to my look without it looking overpowering. As with the other ranges from Daniel Wellington this comes with either a black/white dial and unlike the others either a rose gold or silver strap. I choose the rose gold/black combination as my other staple accessories are rose gold and I love the 'smart' edge that the black dial contributes to this colour combination. 

The good news is that if you love this watch as much as me, you can get 15% off with the code 'DAYNAMARIE' and head over to the Daniel Wellington Instagram to see snaps of the other colour combinations! 

What do you think of the new Daniel Wellington range? 


Love, 

Dayna
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Friday, 24 March 2017

Bright Eyes



Some products can completely change your makeup look and make you look and feel like you've had the perfect nights sleep- even though you were probably up late watching netflix. 

A V O C A D O E Y E C R E A M, K I E H L S

I love this eye cream, its very cool and hydrating on the skin and so feels amazing after a long day. This eye cream is thicker than ones i've used in the past and resembles more of a face cream when applied, despite this it doesn't feel heavy on this skin and absorbs nice and quickly. This cream is light green in colour and has no smell, at first I was expecting an avocado scent but it's unscented so perfect for those with sensitive skin. 

S H R O O M E Y E S H A D O W, M A C

Another trick I love to do to make my eyes look brighter and radiant is add some inner corner highlight and underneath the brow bone highlight, this makes such a huge difference! Shroom is a satin finish eyeshadow from MAC and so doesn't come across glittery, therefore it's a lovely subtle eyeshadow to use to brighten up the eye area. 

N A K E D C O N C E A L E R, U R B A N D E C A Y 

Before trying this product I never realised how different concealers could be. Being a drugstore girl i'd tried the likes of Maybelline and Rimmel and thought that they all pretty much did the same thing, that was until I discovered this beauty.. This concealer is INCREDIBLE and completely changes how I/ my under eye bags look, I love it so much I have already used up two tubes and have a backup waiting just incase I run out again. It's super creamy yet easy to blend and doesn't cake under the eyes, when used with a setting powder it also stays in place all day.. an under eye hero product! 

what are your favourite products to use to brighten up your eyes?


Love, 

Dayna 
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017



When it comes to Mother's Day, buying gifts can be hard... 

Today I'm going to be sharing with you some mother's day gift ideas that I think would make lovely presents.

C H O C O L A T E

The majority of women loooooove chocolate and so I think this makes the perfect gift idea for Mother's Day- nothing screams I love you mum more than a box of chocolates, right?! The two varieties that I have gone for are both orange flavoured, the first is the Elizabeth Shaw Orange Crisp* these come packaged beautifully and each chocolate is individually wrapped making it seem that little bit more luxury and secondly, Terry's Chocolate Orange as they are an all time classic and the perfect addition to a Mother's Day gift bundle.

B E A U T Y 

As a beauty lover myself, I love to give beauty and pamper products as gifts on special occasions. The first one being this beautiful Paul & Joe body soap, this is a lovely luxury shower gel/body wash with hints of Orange in to give the skin that Vitamin C glow- also, how gorgeous is the dusky pink packaging?
My second pick is the Righteous Butter from Soap and Glory, everyone is in need of body lotion around this time of year and Soap & Glory is one of my favourite brands when it comes to pamper products- this one smells heavenly, works wonders and the perfect gift.
Next up we have nail polish, Essie has soon become my favourite brand for nail polish as they're long lasting, fast drying and super easy to apply! If you're looking for something small to give then a nail polish is a lovely gift for your mum this Mother's Day.
I am bit obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury (see my CT collection here ) and so it's no surprise that a CT lipstick has made it into my gift guide! Choosing out a lipstick shade for someone is a lovely personalised gift idea and one that can be used over and over again, the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks have a real luxury feel to them and the formula is amazing. 
What would a beauty and pamper section be without a Lush product? These make lovely gifts as they allow your mum to relax and unwind and perhaps try something that she usually wouldn't buy, Lush also do amazing gift sets around this time of year and so if you're stuck for ideas then i'd recommend popping into a store and seeing what you can find. 
And lastly in my beauty edit we have the Aura Manuka Honey facemark from Antipodes*, this is INCREDIBLE- after having troubled skin this past week I used this once and it soothed and calmed down my skin right away, it's perfect for dry and troubled skin or just to use as a skin pick me up. This would make the perfect gift as it's something that can be used over and over again and really help to make your mum's skin feel and look much better, this is something i'm going to repurchase when I've used it up as its a real skincare saviour. 

F R A G R A N C E 

Another gift that has the personal touch is fragrance, lately i've been loving Olympia from Paco Rabanne but scent is something that can be quite personal- perhaps your mum wore a certain scent when you were younger or you've found one that you think would suit her, Mother's Day is the perfect opportunity to give her a special fragrance. 

what will you be buying for Mother's Day this year?


Love, 
Dayna 
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Sunday, 19 March 2017

My Beauty & The Beast Collection


"Beauty is found within."

I am a HUGE Disney fan and despite loving all of the Disney movies, Beauty and The Beast will forever be my favourite. 

To celebrate the release of the new edition of the film I thought I'd share with you all my Beauty and The Beast collection, one that is forever growing! 

My favourite item is the beautiful Beauty & The Beast snow globe that my lovely boyfriend Dan brought me for Christmas.



What is your favourite Disney film?

Love, 

Dayna
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Intergalactic



I'm slightly obsessed with Lush bath bombs, there's something so blissful about putting them into your bath and watching the water transform into mesmerizing colors- not to mention they smell incredible.

Intergalactic is one that looks and smells amazing when it makes contact with the water, it also contains popping candy! 
At first this smells solely of peppermint and is a very uplifting, fresh scent- although when the peppermint wears off you are left with a beautiful spa-like scent. 


A slight warning though, this one is very glittery!

Have you used Intergalactic before? 

Love, 
Dayna
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Valentine Lipstick


I am definitely a pinky nude kinda gal when it comes to lipsticks.. My lovely boyfriend Dan actually treated me to this beautiful lipstick and I cannot thank him enough- he's the best. 

 I introduce to you a beautiful new shade from Charlotte Tilbury and the newest edition to the K.I.S.S.I.N.G collection- Valentine.

The formulas of the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks cannot be beaten and this one is no different, they're hydrating, long lasting and the pigmentation is incredible.. Not to mention the oh-so-dreamy rose gold packaging. 

The shade Valentine is a gorgeous pink toned nude that has a beautiful sheen when applied, it's easy to wear and I feel would compliment any skin tone. 

I know i'll get a lot of wear out of this one, it's such a beautiful addition to my Charlotte Tilbury collection!

Love,

Dayna
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Saturday, 28 January 2017

My Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Collection


I am slightly obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks.. 

there's just something about the sleek rose gold packaging, beautiful array of colours and amazing formula that makes me want them all- it's crazy to think that this time last year I didn't own a single one!

I have to thank my wonderful boyfriend Dan for 99% of these lipsticks, and for making me feel beautiful both with and without makeup on- he really is the best. 


I will be doing individual posts on these in the upcoming weeks so for  now will just list the shades, stay tuned for reviews on each colour!

I have 6 Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks in total and the beautiful burgundy/rose gold lipstick holder that you can find here. The beautiful shades I own are {from left - right}:

  • Bitch Perfect, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Collection
  • Secret Salma, Hot Lips Collection
  • Opium Noir, Film Noir Nights Set
  • Pillow Talk, Matte Revolution 
  • Valentine, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Collection
  • Kim KW, Hot Lips Collection


Do you own any Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks?

Love, 

Dayna
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Dreamy Winter Coat



I am so in love with this coat. I had my eyes on it a while back whilst strolling through Topshop but somehow managed to leave it behind, I bit the bullet and went back a few days after to see if it was there and it sold out of my size *cries*

My boyfriend Dan came into visit me at work one day carrying a Topshop bag with this coat in ahhhhh, he really is the best boyfriend in the whole world.  He surprised me with this beautiful coat and I've loved wearing it ever since, it's the perfect addition to a Winter outfit and is super warm to wear. 

what do you think of my new coat?

Love, 
Dayna
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

2016 Beauty Favourites




I feel like 2016 was the year that I really branched out and tried lots of new beauty products, I tried lots of new drugstore and high end products and in 2016 my beauty collection really started to grow. 

Here are a few of the bits that I loved throughout the majority of 2016 and will continue to love as we venture into 2017, here are my 2016 beauty favourites...


T O O F A C E D C H O C O L A T E B A R P A L E T T E 

Before 2016 I had never tried any Too Faced products *open mouth emoji* and now this palette has became my all time favourite! My lovely boyfriend Dan kindly brought me this back in the Summer and since then this has been my go-to palette everyday. For starters the eyeshadows smell like chocolate AHH and have the most amazing cream texture that makes them super easy to blend and they go on like a dream- what more does a girl want. Incase you can't already tell by the huge crater like dent that lies within it, Marzipan is my favourite of all of the shadows. 

Y S L T O U C H E E C L A T F O U N D A T I O N

Touche ├ęclat foundation where have you been all my life? This has a gorgeous lightweight silky finish and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and looking flawless. As this was an expensive purchase I tend to use it for special occasions only or when I want my skin to look radiant and perfected all day long, this is my favourite base product to use and I may have to bite the bullet and repurchase this one when it runs out (soz bank balance.)

S & G T H E R I G H T E O U S B U T T E R 

I loooooove Soap & Glory products, so much so that I currently have a huge stash of their lovely body products waiting to be used up. I love the packaging, the girly yet not sickly scent and the way the products leave my skin feeling and I've got into the habit of moisturising everyday now that the weather is colder and this has been my saviour- would highly recommend the Righteous Butter to anyone who is suffering the pain that is dry skin this Winter.

E L I Z A B E T H A R D E N 8 H O U R C R E A M

I am seriously late to the party when it comes to the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, I had always read lots about it, seen it all over YouTube yet never had the urge to purchase it myself. However, in November my lips became really dry and cracked and whilst out shopping with Dan I decided to give this a go as my lips had became really sore and looked horrible. OH MY GOODNESS this product works wonders! this is something I will always have in my stash now as within a couple of hours my lips went back to looking and feeling normal! A life saver and holy grail product for the colder months.

U R B A N D E C A Y N A K E D S K I N C O N C E A L E R

Before trying this product I never realised how different concealers could be. Being a drugstore girl i'd tried the likes of Maybelline and Rimmel and thought that they all pretty much did the same thing, that was until I discovered this beauty.. This concealer is INCREDIBLE and completely changes how I/ my under eye bags look, I love it so much I have already used up two tubes and have a backup waiting just incase I run out again. It's super creamy yet easy to blend and doesn't cake under the eyes, when used with a setting powder it also stays in place all day.. an under eye hero product! 

B E N E F I T R O L L E R L A S H

I love how this mascara adds volume yet doesn't clump up the lashes, it curls the lashes on application and so I don't feel the need to use eyelash curlers when using this mascara- unlike others I have tried in the past. I can't see this leaving my makeup bag anytime soon, my go-to mascara and one that leaves my lashes looking super long and thick.


C H A R L O T T E T I L B U R Y S E C R E T S A L M A

Will I ever stop talking about my love for this lipstick? probably not. I've spoken about this a few times on here already and so won't babble on but Dan chose this lipstick for me so it has a real sentimental value and in 2016 I wore this loads. The Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are incredible and I have to refrain myself from buying more ahhhh. 


S & G S U P E R C A T L I N E R

I wear liquid eyeliner pretty much everyday now and it takes me less than a minute thanks to this product, I find that because I hold this eyeliner like a pen it's super easy for my hand to trace out the perfect line on my eyelid. The formula is long lasting and super dark so I don't need to worry about it fading on my lids throughout the day, I love this product and it's a total dream for someone who is hopeless at eyeliner. 

M A R C J A C O B S D A I S Y D R E A M

My mum very kindly brought me this perfume as a present in 2015 and I had been waiting for a 'special occasion' to use it on as it's an expensive one. I wore this for Dan and I's first date and so now it holds a real sentimental value in my heart, I wore it all throughout 2016 to the point where it had run out! and so Dan very kindly brought me it again for Christmas this year (he's the best) this scent will always remind me of Dan and all of our adventures that we have had, if we get married one day which I hope so then this will be the perfume I wear on our wedding day. 

TBS A M A Z O N I A N A C A I F A C E M A S K

This has been such a saviour for when my skin has needed a pick me up or is feeling a little worse for wear. It's super hydrating and doesn't dry like a typical face mask so you can use it multiple times in a week if needed. This also smells AMAZING and is packed full of vitamins that my skin loves.

L U S H S N O W F A I R Y 

I am so gutted that I didn't manage to pick any of this up in the sale as it's such a lovely shower gel to use and smells like Christmas to me! Luckily we picked up the 1kg version back in October so still have some to use up but Lush need to make this a core product as it's my favourite shower gel and only comes out once a year *sobs* 
if you haven't tried snow fairy you need to when the A/W Lush collection launches again this year. 




what are your 2016 beauty favourites?

Love, 
Dayna
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Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Statement Accessory


I love how a statement piece of jewellery can completely change an outfit.. 
Whether that's making something casual look more put together, adding a touch of colour to an all black outfit or complimenting a party dress- 
this beauty is my all time favourite bracelet.

I'm a sucker for anything rose gold and so when Dan surprised me with this beautiful bracelet last year I almost cried (he's a cutie) I love how you can buy and change the charms on it and how minimalistic yet effective this piece of jewellery is, it also matches my DW watch and ring that I wear so I have the perfect rose gold trio. 

The bracelet and charm are both from Thomas Sabo and the quality is amazing, I've been wearing it for half a year and it still looks pristine and new and the links are still as strong as when I first tried it on- if you're looking for a charm bracelet or something simple to wear everyday then I'd definitely recommend this one. A rose gold lovers dream.. 


Do you have a statement piece of jewellery?

Love, 

Dayna 
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