Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Good Deeds Day, March 9, 2014

Have you ever had a bag break on you with the entire contents spilling out onto the road? That dread you feel as you try to scurry around and rescue your belongings, only to realise that now your bag has broke, you have no way to carry your groceries home. You're ready to break down in tears until a stranger appears with the tools to save your day. An older, experienced lady hands you a carrier bag reassuring you that these things happen all the time and she carries spares just for these reasons. A handsome man appears from nowhere, making eye contact with you as he hands you your years supply of tampons and the tub of ice cream that escaped as your bag exploded. Well, why else would your bag betray you if it weren't to ensure you were completely humiliated? 

You scuttle away, hurriedly after saying thank you a thousand times, a little embarrassed but feeling amazing. The kindness of these strangers have completely changed the direction of your day. You update your Facebook status to share your misfortune, have a chuckle to yourself. But what do you do to continue this chain of kindness? I remember reading an article on Reddit about a person going to buy a coffee and inadvertently becoming part of a 'Pay it Forward' chain and the thread left me feeling genuinely happy reading the random acts of kindness. I couldn't imagine being the Ebenezer who 'Bah Humbugs!' the chain, walking away miserably with my free coffee. 

I live in London, a city notorious for its ignorance. We are fast paced and afraid of eye contact. The smile of a stranger is the sign of a serial killer, inner thoughts of 'This happy man is definitely going to slay the entire carriage.' There are little things we can do to break the monotony of this and spread ripples of kindness through the London transport system and anywhere for that matter. We can help the mother at the top of the stairs of Hackney Downs Station with a toddler and a young child in a pram. We can hold up a bus we see someone running for. We can let someone with one item in front of us in the queue. We can do all these things, simply because we can. 

Good Deeds Day is celebrating its 7th annual celebration of good deeds this year. The concept of which is a simple one, encourage others to do selfless acts for the benefit of others. They even send out packs for you to participate in, just click the image that best represents you! There are options to organize a volunteering event or find an event to volunteer at. My accessory is Words Of Magic, in which they sent me a bundle of three cards with inspiring quotes to send on.



So as well as sending out these cards I have decided to use social media to say kind things to the people in my life. A simple 'I like your hair here!' comment on someone's picture can really make their day. My mother always said 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.' If you get stuck for ideas, the accessory pack comes with ten suggestions to help you out!



I'd love to hear about your plans for Good Deeds Day, if you decided to apply for an accessory pack, what category did you get? Let me know about a time someone did something for you for no reason other than that of being kind.

Dangerously Del xx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sunday Evening Pamper Session

I love Sunday evenings, it's a routine I've developed over the years to the point where at 10 pm I'm in a state of almost comatose bliss. I think it initially started to wash away the filth and debauchery of the weekend, binge drinking sessions that left my body feeling exhausted.  Now its a necessity that I cannot afford to miss.

Every Sunday I change my sheets, quite frankly there is no better feeling than clean sheets. Then I follow it up using my fool proof pamper session! My collection of products is HUGE. I'm like my own branch of Boots. It keeps growing too! I'm not looking to stop any time soon, either. So here is my selection of this Sunday's session!

First thing is first, setting the mood. I light some candles and get the oil burner on the go, set the laptop up to watch episodes of Criminal Minds on Netflix.


Okay, so maybe 11 different products might be a little over the top. But believe me, when you experience bliss like this, you will thank me. It may seem a lot, but this is a top to toe full body worship routine. You will be left feeling like a goddess. 

Face



So first up is the Sanctuary Spa Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash followed by the Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator. These two combined really do ensure that what ever gunk is attached to your face is gone, resulting in a fresh, smooth look and feel. These two alone work brilliantly, but this is about ultimate relaxation. Zen. So we bust out the big gun, in the form of Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask. By the time you are finished, you feel as if you have a new face to face the new week with. 

Body


Exfoliation is key to healthy, smooth skin and Soap and Glory's Pulp Friction is my go to! I absolutely love how this keeps my body soft and healthy. No7 Blissful Body wash has a luxuriously, delicate scent and is as equally delicate to your skin. 

Feet


We tend to forget about our feet and I won't lie to you, this isn't included every week. I do it when its too late. When my heels are cracked and I refuse to take off my socks in bed! Prevention is always better than cure. At the moment, I am post rescue, with this fresh in mind I am in the very least aiming to keep on top of my feet! 

Moisturisation



This is the bit I love the most, lighting an incense stick and bringing the candles in from the bathroom. Then moisturising the shit out of my body. I have moisturiser for every need. This week, I'm feeling a little weather damaged and can see the early signs of a psoriasis breakout, so I need to make sure my skin is as loved as possible. Jergens is perfect for this as your skin literally drinks it in. I use Palmer's Skin Firming Lotion on my ass in the hopes that one day, it won't sag. 


Back to the face, No7 Protect and Perfect Night Cream and Good Things Bright Eyes Eye Cream are the dream team in ensuring your face is ready for the best nights sleep of your life. I get into my favourite pyjamas, grab a cheeky snack and lay back to enjoy the bliss I've created.

If you fancy winning a £10 Amazon voucher to celebrate reaching 100 followers, check out this post!

Dangerously Del xx

Friday, 14 February 2014

Follower Celebratory Giveaway!

So I've the reached big 100 on both my Twitter and bloglovin'. Woohoo! Thanks guys! To celebrate, I'm going to give one of you lucky bunch a £10 Amazon voucher. This has been so much fun getting into the swing of writing again and sharing some of my favourite things with you all! I will celebrating by having a coffee and a slice of red velvet, mmmm. 

Plenty of exciting projects coming up, I can't wait to share them all with you. It's as if I finally tapped into the action side of my brain and everything is falling into place. I want to keep type, type, typing. Spreading my brain farts as far as they will go! I even went as far as writing on a calender to schedule blog posts :o! Maybe its a delayed 'new year, new me' bullshit vibe, organisational skills are definitely not what I'm known for.

I decided to opt for the Amazon voucher because its the most hassle free, universal little treat I could think of. I would probably use the tenner to put towards a Fulton Birdcage umbrella. Gorgeous little weather protectors! How would you spend yours? Add some new reads to your Kindle library? Maybe a DVD? Make-up? What ever it is, be sure to let me know!

Entry is simple, just enter via the rafflecopter below! A winner will notified within 48 hours after the draw closes.

Dangerously Del xx



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UFO Crash

For those of you unfortunate or fortunate enough, depending on how you look it, who didn't jump on the Flappy Bird bandwagon on time, have no fear. There is a saving grace in the form of a Facebook app. 

The exact same, time consuming, infuriating game with those annoying sounds is back. This time its a UFO which you have to guide through buildings. When I say guide, I mean pray whilst you keep clicking the mouse. I only secured a score of 13 before I had to peel myself away. I was ashamed of that score so I just went and had another couple of goes, I got 5. ARGH! It's too early for this. 



Although, this is a Facebook application, you don't actually need an account to play, I've been playing without logging in. Perfect for those who have been brave enough to break the shackles of social media, I salute you.

Get at me with your high scores and if its higher than mine, I will automatically dismiss you as a liar. Prove it with a screenshot on Twitter with the following: 'I beat @dangerouslydel top score! #UFOCrash'

I will be hosting a giveaway of a £10 Amazon voucher to celebrate 100 bloglovin' followers later, so stay tuned. Until then I hope you crash and burn.
Dangerously Del xx

Thursday, 13 February 2014

ghd V Pink Diamond Professional Styler

I was naturally blessed with poker straight hair, brush and and go, no problem. That was until one day on a whim I got it all chopped off. Gorgeous little asymmetric bob that would have been amazing, if it weren't such hard work! It needed styling every time I washed it, or I'd end up with this strange triangle-ish thing on my head. 




I never needed straighteners before, my hair was very tame set in a classic hairstyle. If it needed a bit of life, I'd plait or blow-dry it. It was a simple life for me and my 'do. December approaches, I was planning on getting myself a Michael Kors watch for a Christmas treat but my hair would not behave! Party season was upon us and I am in the process of growing out an untameable bob. I was sat on NET-A-PORTER eyeing up my watch, I needed it, I deserved it, this watch was destined to sit on my wrist! Then something shinier caught my magpie glare... ghd V Pink Diamond Professional Styler. I didn't hesitate, I ordered it there and then. I can regret it a later date. I was desperate.

I never ended up regretting it, in fact I would go as far to say that it was the best buy of 2013 for me. This little beaut is not only pleasing to look at but a pleasure to use. Plug in, switch on and is ready to use in a matter of seconds. My sleek locks are back, taking a maximum of ten minutes and the style holding for two days. The 2.7 metre cord means I am free to prance around, singing crappy pop songs as much as like using the ghd as a makeshift microphone.


Very feminine, as close to sexy as an electrical item can get. Many friends have complimented them 'Oooh!' Pink, without being vomit inducingly so. Bedazzled, without being My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. A slender tool, that saved my life. My hair looks so much healthier after using these, being left with a smooth shine which complements my hairstyle, even in the nasty stage of growing out. 

This comes complete with a matching hairbrush, which if I'm completely honest, intimidates me. Its huge and I only have a small head. If you needed any more justification in purchasing these, £10 goes towards Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I know this because it says so on the box.

Although not currently available from NET-A-PORTER, it is available here, for £115.00.

I still don't have my watch but I do have have sexy hair again. 

Dangerously Del xx

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Good Things Skincare Hamper

Quite a few months back I won the complete Good Things range and boy, have I been converted. At the moment my skin is a hormonal nightmare due to my contraceptive implant, which I find myself fighting with myself about, babies or spots? Spots win. My chin is like a game of Battleships, clear, clear, clear, BOOM! 

Good Things are an affordable skincare range made from superfruits, each product with its own individual blend and scent. This range is available from Sainsbury's, Tesco and Boots.



My daily staples now include the Deep Pore Anti Blemish Lotion and Face The Day SPF15 Moisturiser, these leave my skin feeling and looking amazing. The amount of gunk The Deep Pore Anti Blemish Lotion removes is incredible. As a woman in my mid-late 20s, I've realised I need to set in motion a skincare routine now, that protects against the elements in the battle against aging! I quit smoking after 11 years, drink more water and make healthy eating choices, aside from that I have added SPF moisturisers to my arsenal in the war against sun damage. 

For make-up removal, I find that the Fresh Start Creamy Cleanser is amazing, you rub onto dry skin and massage in a circular motion for a minute, then wipe away with a hot, damp flannel. So not only are you cleansing, you're also getting a mini facial at the same time. It really breaks down even the toughest mascara stains from an emotional release.

When my skin breaks out my go to is the Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser to breakdown all the nasty oils my skin loves to deposit on my face. You instantly notice the difference, I follow this by using Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser to ensure all that nasty grease is neutralised, after all nobody wants to look like they live in Beale's Plaice. I then seal the spots that have managed to take up residence with Stop That Spot Clearing Gel, I am yet to be convinced if these spot products do actually work, but at least I feel like I'm doing something!

Sunday nights are all about pampering, to give my body the love it needs after enduring the mean streets of London. I give myself a deep clean with Deep Clean Blackhead Exfoliatior to scrub clean any evidence of London transport and end the night on Five Minute Facial Face Mask an amazing little face mask that leaves me ready to face the week again!

One thing I really need to get in the swing of using is eye cream, something that 50 year old me will be kicking herself about, but when I do pull my finger out Bright Eyes Eye Cream is there to save the day! The most minuscule amount really does the trick.

Total Wipe Out Cleansing Wipes are HUGE and really get off everything! I'm not a make-up wipes fan in all fairness, usually they set my face on fire but these really are a fantastic addition to any skincare regime.

The only product out of the range that wasn't for me was the Blemish Control Gel Mask, although after letting friends try it, I've heard wonderful things about it.

The miracle product from these guys definitely has to be Instant Dark Circles Concealer, which is sitting proudly in my daily make up bag. I would go fresh faced everywhere if it weren't for the bags under my eyes that scream 'rough night' to everyone in the world. When I say rough night, I mean binge watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer on Netflix. This little beauty is amazing in the sense that its coverage is strong enough to completely hide the circles of doom but light enough to not need to be blended in resulting an awake looking natural you! Amazing.



So there you go, all in all, I only have good things to say about Good Things (get it? Good things about Good Things? Oh forget it.)

Dangerously Del xx 

Monday, 10 February 2014

Scented Seduction Secrets

I firmly believe that as well as looking good, smelling good is equally important. In fact, you should aim to smell better than how you look. Especially when you plan on wearing very little at all. Valentine's Day, the day for lovers across the world to become clich├ęd, roses, wine, candlelight and chocolate. The things that society tells us we need to express our 'love' for one and other. All of that of course, is a precursor of events to come, the main expression of love being the physical. 

Scent, being one of our 5 senses is often overlooked, but is a powerful stimulant. I read a statistic somewhere that you can accurately place a smell 65% of the time after a year as compared to the 50% of your visual counterpart. In other words, if you want to make this a night to remember you need to place these scent memory triggers. 

An alluring perfume is a requisite for women and men alike but a rookie mistake is to douse your actual skin with it! There is nothing attractive about nuzzling your partners neck and getting the taste of perfume on your tongue, casually trying to lick the pillow, anything to get rid of it. 

Top Tips

My number one tip is using a perfume that makes me feel sexy but instead of using it on my skin I spray it lightly onto my hair and a bit on the sheets/pillows. That way your fragrance is flowing but is not counteracting any physical play. Don't overdo it though!

A more subtle approach of course, are scented moisturisers which leave a faint smell but doesn't really last long. This is only really effective straight after bathing.

Don't forget the power of scented candles and oil burners, lightly fragrancing the room whilst your body is now a blank canvas to do with as you please. 

Dangerously Del xx

Friday, 7 February 2014

CK One - Red Edition

 I have a thing for perfume, its affordable glamour, to a degree. I love the bottles almost as much as I love the scents. Perfume gossip with the ladies certainly beats small talk about the weather. Friends late to meet you at the shopping centre? Perfume testing time, spritzing little pieces of card with a variety of scents. Actually this is one of my little tips for your handbag, those little sample cards are amazing for keeping your bag smelling amazing. Drop a few in of your favourite scent, or a variety just because you can! 



 I can't stop sniffing myself. If you weren't ready for Valentine's day, this will certainly get you in the mood. CK One Red Edition for him and her are a gorgeous addition for any couples bathroom shelf or a cute little reminder for distant lovers. 

As always, these come in glass hip flask-esque bottles with a spray cap in the box. They have glamourous metallic red caps with a simple CK logo, Hers in a clear bottle, His in a translucent black.

It's available from Superdrug £25 for 50 ml.

For Her


Gorgeous scent that really stays true to the original, but less floral and more sexy. I remember being hooked to CK One in early 2000, I was around 13 and my parents refused to get me it. I don't blame them, those were the days when I would douse myself with half a can of Impulse at a time, 'You smell like a whores boudoir!' Thanks, Mum. I got older and CK One had lost its appeal, it was out, it reminded me of the Two Pints generation, one I narrowly avoided! 

I lost my trail of thought there but I won't filter it out, back to the perfume. Calvin Klein's Euphoria bought CK back into the game for me, it was a contender! So on my next trip to the perfume counter, I didn't disregard CK One with the same notion as I did Tommy Girl and Armani Jeans, I spritzed it and fell in love all over again. I kept sniffing that card with the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. I'm not exactly sure who won, long story short, I bought CK One. Two weeks later, I smashed it. Whatever, I'm over it. 

This scent is lasting and strong, so use sparingly. She garnered a lot of compliments, always a good sign and people were surprised when I told them it was CK One Red. I haven't tried it out on 'him' yet, but I'll be sure to update when I do. ;) 

For Him

Now, until I give him to 'him', this will be a limited woman's point of view. I tried using my Neanderthal brothers who grunted and banged their chests when I asked what they thought of it. 'It's alright, I s'pose.' 

Well, that didn't start off too well, I just sprayed it in my face. Nice. Nonetheless, OMG. It's proper sexy! Dark, manly, strong. Not one I could get away with nicking occasionally but one I could definitely see myself nuzzling into.

The pair complement each other gorgeously, a sensual blend. 

Dangerously Del xxx