Sunday, 30 August 2015

Maple Holistics


I was contacted by an American brand called Maple Holistics asking if I'd like to review their products. All Maple Holistics are not only 100% natural, but also none of their products are tested on animals.

 Argan shampoo

The website says:

Argan shampoo introduces the ultimate haircare formula that provides maximum benefits with six of the most effective oils for hair and scalp health. This incredible synergy offers an abundance of valuable therapeutic effects. Exceptional and revolutionary, Argan shampoo is the perfect choice for those with general scalp types looking to enhance their hair and scalp health.

Silk 18 natural conditioner 

The website says:

Years of research have been dedicated to formulating a blend of conditioning agents which can maximize smooth hairness, have no potentially harmful additives, and be effective for all hair types. Silk18 Conditioner is the end result – an all-in-one conditioner which contains a perfectly balanced synergy of nature’s most efficient conditioning ingredients to maximize moisture retention capacity for silky, flowing hair.

The packaging of the Maple Holistics products aren't too impressive, so if it was going by packing this wouldn't have been something I'd choose. I was more curious about how a natural shampoo would work. 

I opened the lid and was rather surprised with the smell. It smells a fruity vanilla smell and that's what I go for in shampoos the smell. I like the fact that's it's natural, a lot of shampoos you don't always know what's in them. 

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Arran Aromatics

I always walk pass Arran Aromatics when I'm in Glasgow, but when I heard they opened a new store in Edinburgh recently I wanted into town for a look. I don't know if anyone else is like me, when it comes to trying new shops it takes a lot of convincing for me. Maybe because it opened on George Street and everyone knows George Street is fancier shops, so that helped convince me ? haha



There was an offer on if you spent £25 or more you got 20% off.

The products I picked were:

Sandalwood and lavender bath oil - £12.50
After the rain room spray - £13.50

It comes to £26, but with the 20% off it came to £20.80.

 I picked the Feel Good Formulas sandalwood and lavender bath oil, because it has sandalwood which Elizabeth and James one of favourite brand smells. After the rain room spray smells so nice, it smells like someone just sprayed their perfume. There's nothing like walking into a nice fresh smelling room.



It's an expensive shop, but it's worth it if you treat yourself once in a while.

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Blog Update

I got some cards and a t shirt made with my blog url on them, so I thought it would be fun to show you, since you are the readers of my blog. Every blogger knows it takes a lot of time to build up readers, it doesn't happen like magic over night. There's so many different ways to expand your blog, it's about being different and creative to make your blog stand out. You kind of have to advertise yourself on social media for people to find your blog. I thought business cards are a fun way to give someone your blog url, so they can remember it later. Also so many people wear t shirts with slogans now adays, so why not wear one with your blog url.

Now time to show you my cards and t shirt
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The writing on my cards say:

Daniellemac.com
Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle blogger

Social Media
YouTube
Bloglovin - "Danielle Mac"
Twitter - "Danielle Types"
Facebook - "Danielle Mac"
Instagram - @danniimac

I ordered my business cards with Vista Print. I wanted them to look simple with just my blog url and social media links, nothing to fancy. Then I thought my blog url on a white card looked to plain. I came across the New York design and thought it was perfect. At first I thought people might think it's a card about New York ? But New York is the city of fashion and everything beauty, so I thought this design was perfect.

The business cards come in small boxes of 250, so I have loads if anyone wants one of my cards hahah.


My t shirt

Front : As seen on YouTube Danielle Mac 


Back: Daniellemac.com



Hope this post helps anyone looking for ideas :-)

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Soap and Glory hand food


Me personally I love a hand cream that smells nice and we all know Soap and Glory smells nice. I love how it's called hand food, like your feeding your hands. 

It comes in a small tube and comes out a creamy colour. 

Soap and Glory website says :

Contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow . Scented with our Original Pink™ fragrance. The most astonishing hand cream ever? You decide!

This is defiantly worth the fiver, as your hands don't feel greasy after applying it and I love the smell. 


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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Coloristiq Manicure Box Safari





When you hear of Coloristiq you automatically think of a monthly rental nail polish service. That's exactly what I thought when I got an email from them asking if I'd be interested in trying their new manicure box. Of course I said yes, as I'd heard so much about Coloristiq and it was a chance to try new nail polishes.

Coloristiq have started a brand new monthly box, similar to Glossybox and Birchbox, but there's no subscription. Each month is a different theme and only buy the box if you like the theme. It has a retail value of around £45. I like to buy makeup when it's on offer 3 for 2 or buy one get one half price, as Boots, Superdrug and Tesco do a lot of these deal, so some monthly boxes I've seen you can actually buy cheaper separately. Coloristiq is different it gives you the chance to try new brands. This month (August) theme is Safari, wild and funky colours.

There's a information card in the box and it says :
Manicure Box Safari
It's time for an adventure! August has arrived and we are bringing out the binoculars, sun hats and walking boots. This month's Manicure Box is made for wild ones, the feisty felines and spotted species. So try out some animal print nail art this month with a colourful twist. We can't wait to see the exotic patterns from leopard to zebra, giraffe to tiger. Show of your wild side and ROAR!

These are the nail polishes in the August box

Essie snake skin skin repstyle - Snake it up nail polish - RRP £9.99
Colour Club - Wild cactus nail polish - RRP £8.95
China glaze escape - Don't desert me nail polish -  RRP £8.95
OPI - In a holidaze nail polish - RRP £13.95
Zebra nail file - RRP £1.50

This is an amazing deal getting £43.34 of nail polishes for £15. I love Essie nail polishes, but I don't have the snake it up and I've wanted to try an OPI nail polish since I saw them in TK Maxx. The other nail polishes were new to me, but that's the whole fun in the monthly boxes, trying new brands. I love the colours especially the black and pink, they'd go well together if you're good with nail art.


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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Kiss Cosmetics lip vinyl


I was sent a sample size of the Kiss Cosmetics lip vinyl to try, but then it's that small I ended up loosing it, hence the late review. 

The sample size is £2 for 1ml. I've seen other brands of makeup with bigger size testers free in magazines, so I personally think £2 is quite expensive for the size of it. I would rather buy the full size 9ml at £7.

I got the colour naked pink, which is a nude colour. When I took the lid of it has a nice scent. I love nude lips, although usually after so long I end up looking like I don't have anything on my lips. The Kiss Cosmetics lip vinyl lasts abit longer than most nudes I've tried. 

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Get Creative

One of the most asked questions I get is "how do you start a blog ?" I was in the same position. What do I write for my first blog post ? What will people think of my blog ? What if I run out of ideas ? I read so many beauty, fashion and life blogs and always wanted to make a blog of my own, but you're too busy worrying what other people think. When I first started my blog I had messages telling me I was doing things wrong and how I should do it. I had never had a blog before, so I would say to myself am I really doing it wrong ? I started speaking to other bloggers through social media and everyone shares their blog with each other. That's when I started getting a lot more positive feedback on my blog. 

The BBC is in Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival, so I had a look online if there was any shows I could watch. There was a show called "Get Creative - What next ?" I thought this could maybe help me with ideas for my blog. 


The show was about how to be creative in different ways and letting people who think they aren't creative, that they are ! Being creative is doing anything, not just art or setting up a business. They asked the audience to put their hand up if they think are creative and people got handed a microphone and said what they do. I could have put my hand up and said I have blog, but I don't have the confidence, never mind speaking into a microphone. Then they asked everyone who thought they weren't creative to put their hands up, I still kept my hand down because there was no way I could speak in front of everyone haha. One person said he doesn't do creative things, as his only hobby is stuff like football. Then someone on the panel said well they may not see it as creative, but it is being creative because you are doing something.

They asked why are people not being creative enough and why, also is it hard to be creative? Someone in the audience said because there isn't enough creativity in Edinburgh, most people leave school and automatically go to work in finance. I don't work in finance, but as I work full time when I get invited to blog events they are mostly in London. I had one invite to a new hotel spa opening on my day of, but the event didn't finish until 9 and the last plane back to Edinburgh is about 10pm. I wouldn't have made it back to the airport and I had work the next day, so I couldn't stay the night in the hotel.

One of the panel said she has a job and writes a book. She said the thing she loves about being creative is there's no rules. When you're at work there's so many rules you need to sick to, where as when she writes books, there's no rules just your imagination. This is why I've started to love blogging, anyone can blog, it's like having your own space on the internet. One of the reasons I held of blogging was I was worried what if I didn't always have the time, or ran out of ideas to even write a blog post. There's no such thing saying how often you should blog. I've seen people have scheduled days to blog. When I read blogs I go by as long as they've blogged in the past week, then they are good enough for me.

I write about beauty, fashion and life related things, so it could be showing clothes I've bought, reviewing makeup, or anything life related that's worth sharing. Sometimes when company's see you write reviews, they'll ask you if your interested in reviewing their product.  The one thing that really gets me is I've seen bloggers with their whole Twitter newsfeed constantly tweeting company's "Can you contact me if you would be happy to provide something for review for a blog". To me seeing someone tweet every company, it looks like they just want freebies, so what are the readers of the blog going to think ? I completely see where they are coming from, if they are reviewing a product it would be nice to get some kind of recognition, but readers seeing a bloggers ask every company for something to review to me looks like you want free products. My friend always says you have to start from the bottom and make your way to the top, which I couldn't agree any more, remember Rome wasn't built in a day. Most products reviewed on my blog are paid for myself because I would rather buy something I think is nice. I wouldn't write about something I wouldn't buy myself. Don't get me wrong your favourite brands might not know of your blog, so you could always send them an email letting them know of your blog and ask if they have a bloggers list. You will meet good and bad PR company's. I once got someone asking me to review their clothes company, but I had to buy their clothes to review. When it comes to me spending my money, I'll spend it in shops I like, not people emailing me to buy their products to review. Another example I had a company offer me £10 to write about their dress going by the picture online. How can I write about a dress going by a picture? That's not being honest to my readers, so of course I refused the £10. There's more good PR than bad PR, although you will notice a lot of well known brands like to send their new release products to blogs which have been going for a long time. They have more views than smaller blogs, so better advertising for the company's.

I found when it comes to clothes photos for my blog, it it's not always easy to get someone to take your photos like you see on most fashion blogs, chances are they know a photographer. I learnt to revert to laying my clothes on the floor for photos, or if it's outfit of the day photos I'd take a selfie so you see my top, then I'll hold the camera and having it looking down to the ground and take a photo of the bottom half of my body. It's all about trying to think of ideas.

My mum wasn't keen at first on me taking photos of my dinner, she'd always say "the place might think you're complaining". Then she once came back from a holiday saying everyone was taking photos of their meals and posting it on their Facebook. Now when we go out for dinner my mum says "Are you going to take a photo ?"

 I also have a YouTube channel where I've made some videos. I love making YouTube videos as it gives you the confidence you never had. I've made vlogs when I've been on holiday, but most of the time it's hard when you work full time in a uniform. 

I hope this blog post helps whatever you do, if it's starting up a business, starting a blog or whatever you do that's creative. Thanks to the BBC and the panel for holding the amazing show.  


Just be you !!!




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Friday, 14 August 2015

Edinburgh Festival

It's the Edinburgh Festival, so I headed for a wonder into town. If you've never heard of the Edinburgh Festival, (Edinburgh Fringe) it's thousands of shows from all over the world taking place over the month of August.Rowan Atkinson, Graham Norton, Kevin Bridges, Billy Connolly and other celebs started of at the Edinburgh Festival. My Dad took his car and parked at haymarket and we walked along.

The miniture Falkirk Kilpies are at the West End outside House of Frasers during the Festival. I thought these were cool as they've been in New York. 

I headed along George Street first because I wanted to have a look at Arron Aromatics which just opened. 


I may do a separate blog post for Arron Aromatics.


Try avoid the Playfair steps during the festival if you can. My dad wanted to have a look at the mound. The Playfair steps takes you to the Royal Mile, but it's a narrow path and hundreds of people is going on both directions you just can't move fast.


The Royal Mile is the most busiest part of the festival. A lot of people seem to think the festival is only on the Royal Mile. I only learnt last year myself it's at venues all over Edinburgh and not just in town. There's all different street performers up and down the Royal Mile, they all have set time slots booked so by the time you go back someone else will be putting on a different show. Also be prepared to be handed leaflets a lot, everyone just wants you to go to their show. I saw this American woman go up to a wee boy asking him if he wants to go to see Peter Pan. She really got into the swing of her role saying there's pirates and everyone else in a Disney style voice, it was so funny. All shows do ask for money, but you can always tell when someone's putting on a good show. At the mound at watched this guy drag out his show going on about giving £5 or £10 or £20 if you can afford it. Then he said if you don't have any money there's a bank across the road. He started of his show, only to stop after a minute and say there's people who speak different languages who may not understand so he will mime about money. About half of the audience walked away. I spotted someone putting on a show with balloons with hundreds of audience, so he knows how to get his audience.

These are some photos at the Royal Mile


I saw this Edinburgh Fringe bus on my way heading to the BBC


The BBC comes every year to the Edinburgh festival and you can book tickets to see their shows on their website. There's a beer garden for those who want to sit and chill out or you can watch The One Show since recorded outside. I love the BBC at the festival, I think it has the best atmosphere.


I took these for everyone who loves Greyfriars Bobby. I always thought the head stone at the front of the graveyard was it, but turned it its just a memorial. My Dad showed me, its on the right side of the graveyard.



I've never been to the castle when tattoo is on, so I acted like a tourist.


Hope you enjoyed my post. Have you been to the Edinburgh Festival ? 


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