Friday, October 2, 2015

Skin Doctors Supermoist Daily Facial Hydrating Cream SPF 50 REVIEW

Now that it is getting warmer in Australia it is a great time to try out new products for sun protection.  I am really pale and burn so easily so I am always on the lookout for products with SPF 50+.

Recently I tried the Skin Doctors Supermoist Daily Facial Hydrating Cream SPF 50 and I was very surprised at how well this works and highly recommend it. Yes I love it!`

SKIN DOCTORS SAYS: Skin Doctors Supermoist spf50 protects your skin from the damaging sun and maximises the results of your Skin Doctors Cosmeceuticals treatment. This lightweight moisturiser provides UVA/UVB SPF 50 protection. It helps prevent premature skin ageing and sunspots. This non greasy, broad spectrum formula is absorbed quickly into your skin, so your make up goes on easily. It will not clog pores.
Skin Doctors Supermoist spf50 provides high sun protection, acting as a shield to help protect the skin from sun damage. It has been tested and proven to meet the exacting standards for the harsh Australian environment. It helps prevent premature skin aging and sun spots

It is a soft cream texture that is easy to apply, absorbs into the skin and feels lightweight, yet provides great protection against the sun. I wear this alone on hot days when I don't want to wear makeup and I love it. It  just feels so comfortable on the skin which is what I love about it.

It also has great ingredients in it like Aloe Vera and antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that help keep the skin hydrated.

Skin Doctors products are sold at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse or online at

More information on Skin Doctors is available here on their website. 

Have you tried this product? What do you use for sunscreen protection?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Book review: We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

It's time for a book review! We Never Asked for Wings is a book by the author Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a fiction book that brings you into the lives of a family that goes through many struggles, decisions and mistakes.
As a single parent, Letty does everything for her two children — apart from raise them. Being a mother terrifies her more than she can admit, and so she's always let her mother take that role. When Maria Elena ups and leaves, however, Letty has to confront her fears and become the parent she doesn't think she can be.
Even as she tries to give her children a future, Letty's teenage son, Alex, struggles to forgive his mother for choices she made in the past. But he and Letty are not so dissimilar, and both are prepared to risk everything for those they love.

This book captivated my attention from the very beginning, seriously I could not put this book down! 

It starts by introducing us to the main character Letty -  a 33 year old woman who has two children that were raised pretty much by her parents who have now gone back to Mexico, leaving Letty on her own to raise her 15 year old son Alex and 6 year old daughter Luna. Letty is feeling inadequate but learns to get things together. This is when we start to learn about teenage pregnancy, bullying, illegal immigration and responsibility.

I was captivated by all the characters and loved learning all the bits and pieces about them. Letty finds it hard to keep up with her demanding six year old Luna and having to make ends meet, works in a job that is enough to earn money to support them. Her 15 year old son Alex is a smart kid who needs the chance to accelerate, so Letty breaks a few rules to get him into a good school. Alex finds his first love, but makes a decision that may be the biggest mistake he will ever do. Letty finds some new and old friends who support her and help her through.

The story alternates between Alex and Letty. Being that I am a mother and have a son who is a teenager also, I was able to understand and empathise with them both. Alex has a lot of responsibility which made me sad to see everything he had to deal with and Letty whom I didn't really connect with at the beginning, did make a turn for the better towards the middle of the story and you just feel compassion for her and for trying her best.

I honestly didn't want this book to end. I loved that it covered topics that everyday people face like poverty, immigration issues, education, housing and much more. It also highlights hope and that mistakes although can't be changed, can help you learn and take the courage to find a new path and future.

I definitely recommend 'We Never Asked for Wings' written so well by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

What book do you recommend reading next? What book have you read lately?


Friday, September 4, 2015

Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System Review

I love looking after my nails, I don't have long nails in fact I keep them quite short - but I like having my nails in good condition. I have tried many buffing files and oils for my nails. So when the was a new product on the market the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System, I was very interested in trying it out.

This is a electronic nail system which has an oscillating head with two speed settings and three interchangeable heads - one to file and shape the nail, the second to buff and smooth and the third to polish and shine the nail.

This nail care system really works. It is easy to use and the results are great. Each head does the job right giving you really nice filed nails, a smooth nail surface using the buffing head and the last step, shiny nail surface. You can also use the Nail Care oil which has a brush applicator which is easy to use and great for cuticle care.

The Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Nail Care System is definitely a great product, that makes looking after your nails so easy to use. More information is available on the Scholl website here
It is currently available to purchase from Chemist Warehouse for $32.99aud (current price as at 09/15)

Have you tried this nail care system?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lust Have It June beauty box review (and special offer!)

If you think receiving products on a monthly basis to try is a great idea then you will also love beauty boxes! They are such a great concept and fun to receive.

This June Lust Have It beauty box had a theme 'head over heels' which means that it contained products that have you covered from head to toe. There were five full sized
products in total and they did cater for the whole body.

I was very pleased with this box as the products were fantastic and good quality.
First product is a hair product from Nak - a brand I have heard of but never tried. This is a thermal protectant to use when styling your hair.

Next is a body scrub and foot mask from the cosmetic kitchen - a cruelty free and vegan free Australian brand.

Next are two lip products - one from Chapstick the Hydration Lock dual action lip balm

And a Teeez lipstick in a caramel colour - which I love! How adorable is the packaging?!

Overall I really liked this box, great products to try and loved the theme. I love receiving a beauty box every month it is so exciting to receive products to try and not knowing what you will get makes it extra special. It's a great treat or would make a lovely present for someone.

The Lust Have It boxes are delivered monthly for $19.95 and if you enter the code DANNII1 you can get $5 off your first box. Check out the Lust Have It website here

Check out other reviews I have done on Lust Have it boxes here

Tell me which beauty boxes you like to receive?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rosehip Nourishing Hand Creme by Essano Review

This is a product that I just happened to walk past in Priceline and decided to pick it up. The Rosehip ingredient is definitely something that caught my eye and I was ready to try a new hand cream. The packaging is pretty with the pink and gold theme and looks nice on the bedside table.

Essano says: Only the ‘essence of nature’ feeds your hands the nourishment they need to overcome the drying effects of daily life, for younger looking, beautifully supple hands. Certified organic Rosehip Oil works with active natural botanical ingredients; Shea Butter and Jojoba to intensively hydrate and lock in moisture.

The texture of this hand cream is a white cream more on the thicker side. When you rub it on to your hands it does require a good massage as the texture is thicker. It applies well on the hands and within a minute or so absorbs in to the skin. You can still feel the cream on your hands, but within five to ten minutes it is completely absorbed. It has a rose scent which is pleasant and does make the hands feel nourished and soft.

The ingredients are interesting, certified organic rosehip oil with active natural botanical ingredients shea butter, jojoba and lanolin ( the lanolin is why the texture is thicker) Its great that this product has no parabens, harsh chemicals, sulphates, phthalates or petrochemicals.

I use this every night and really enjoy the way it feels, nourishes and keeps my hands soft. Definitely recommend this as a great hand cream if you are after a natural product that works to keep the hands soft and nourished.

The essano products are available at Priceline, Safeway and Coles supermarkets. This retails for $14.99aud.

Have you tried this hand cream?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder Review

It has been a long time since I have been able to find a affordable face powder that does everything I want it to and finally I have found it, the Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder!

I must say the name of this 'matte and mattifying' made me want to try it. It is what I am looking for in a powder that it is matte, mattifying and looks good on the skin.

The Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying powder comes in a small round compact with a screw off lid. I personally like the flip top opening packaging as it is easier to use and carry around.

I have the lightest shade Classic Ivory which is a great match for my fair/pale skin. Usually I can't find shades light enough for my skin but this one is just right which I love.

The powder is a light silky powder that feels lightweight on the skin and does mattify the skin without looking heavy. It gives sheer, smooth coverage that covers the skin well. It does wear about six hours before needing a touch up, which is pretty good for an affordable powder.

I would really recommend this powder for anyone that is looking to set their foundation to create a smooth finish to their look.

I bought this at Priceline and is available at department stores. It retails for $11.95aud

What is your favourite powder at the moment?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

DanniiBeauty's favourite foundations for fair/pale skin (2015)

Today I wanted to tell you about my favourite foundations for my fair/pale skin. I love foundation and wear it everyday. I like full coverage foundation for the working week because I usually apply it at 7am and need it to last at least 12 hours.
These foundations have been on my rotation for the last 12 months. It depends on my skin on the day as to which one I will usually wear.
My skin type is combination and I have redness and uneven skintone. I always set my makeup with powder and because of my fair/pale skin I always buy the lightest shade in foundations.

So we will start with the foundations as pictured above left to right

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation in 810 - this is definitely a fantastic full coverage foundation. This covers really well and wears all day for 12 hours.This one I wear a lot. I do wish that the 805 shade was still around because that was better suited to my fair skin, but I can still get away with wearing 810.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous in 105 - this is a beautiful foundation that I wear usually on the weekend when I went good coverage for a few hours. This one I would say is light to medium coverage and lasts a few hours and I set it with a powder. The shade is a perfect match for my fair skin.

Max Factor Skin Luminizer foundation in light ivory - this is a pretty luminous foundation with light to medium coverage. This covers redness well and is great as a base too. I wear this on days where I want lighter coverage. The shade is a great match for my fair skin

LancĂ´me Teint Idole Ultra 24H - this is a beautiful luxurious foundation that is a must have if you are looking for a high end foundation that is full coverage, matte finish and wears all day. This is great for days where my skin is playing up and has a lot of redness and breakouts because it will cover them well and won't budge all day.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for face and body - this is full matte coverage. I love using this on my breakouts only for those days where they are really red and playing up, because this will cover them all up really well. This can be worn all day but its best applied with a beauty blender because it definitely does look like you are wearing makeup with this one. Definitely great to have and use a concealer rather than all over the face.

Bourjois Healthy Mix in 50 - this is a beautiful foundation for a nice glowy finish on the skin. This is medium coverage that I like to use in the warmer months. The shade is right for my fair skin.

Revlon Colourstay foundation in Buff - This one is a great full coverage matte foundation that lasts all day. Its a affordable version of a lot of high end foudations. Definitely a great one for those days where I want flawless makeup look. Matches my skintone very well.

So there you have it my favourite foundations at the moment that match my fair/pale skintone.
( usually the lightest shade)

Here I am wearing Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous in 810
There are so many other foundations that I would like to wear however they don't come in my shade.

What is your favourite foundation?

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