Review | Dermalogica Smart Response Serum


Danielle Levy, Dermalogica, Smart Serum, skincare blogger, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

I have loving being a part of the Dermalogica Skinfluencer programme because it's let me try out so many amazing new launches and Dermalogica has quickly become one of my favourite skincare brands, my skin has just instantly gotten along with their products. One of their latest serum launches is the amazing new Smart Response Serum which not only targets four different problems but is also super smart and will target these areas at different times throughout the day.

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Review | The Antipodes Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream


Danielle Levy, Antipodes, skincare, skincare blogger, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

I've been loving Antipodes skincare since last year, so you know when the email arrived saying that Antipodes had released a new night cream, I was all over it! This year Antipodes have launched the new Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream and honestly I've been using it every night since it arrived and wanted to share it with you all.

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Diary Of A Spoonie: A Fibromyalgia Diagnosis


Danielle Levy, Fibromyalgia, health blogger, spoonie blogger, Liverpool blogger, Wirral blogger,

So I've been searching for answers to my back problems for almost 4 years now and my pain has just been getting progressively worse. Although the healthcare professionals looking after me had spoken to the pain clinic over the years, I finally got to speak to them myself and see them in person for the first time about a month ago and I actually got the answers that I'd been so desperately wanting, however it wasn't quite the answer I'd been hoping for.

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Keys Soulcare Skincare Review


Danielle Levy, Keys Soulcare Skincare, Alicia Keys, beauty blogger, Liverpool blogger, skincare blogger, Wirral blogger,

Is anyone else super excited to hear that Alicia Keys has released her own line of skincare?! I was so excited when this little package containing a couple of the new Keys Soulcare products arrived on my doorstep cause I remember loving her music back when I was in high school, so I couldn't wait to get them out and start testing her new skincare range!

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My June Favourites


Danielle Levy, June Favourites, Antipodes Skincare, To The Moon, Lush, Lush Snow Fairy, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

I cannot believe that we're already at the middle of 2021 already, I feel like we literally just had Christmas and I've already seen people on social media talking about getting ready for this Christmas. I'm still living in Summer mode so let's just get on with talking all about some of my favourite things during June.

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The Importance of SPF | Dermalogica X Skcin


Danielle Levy, Dermalogica, Skcin, SPF, nurse blogger, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

We're almost at July and as we're all aware the Summer sun is coming in thick and fast, with all this sun most of us are spending it a lot more time outside, with a lot more skin exposed to the sun and I'm guessing about 60% of you reading this have either not put any SPF on today or you haven't put the right amount on. I recently got the chance to attend the Dermalogica X Skcin masterclass talking all about SPF, some of the myths around taking care of your skin in the sun, and how to protect yourself from skin cancer so I thought now is as good a time as ever to reinforce the importance of wearing SPF everyday and wearing it correctly.

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The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm Review


Danielle Levy, The Inkey List, Cleansing Balm, skincare blogger, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

I am all about the full coverage makeup so I'm always on the hunt for the perfect products for my cleansing routine that actually cleanse my skin and don't leave any makeup behind. For the past couple of weeks I've been testing out The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm and have been using it as the first step in my double cleanse and honestly I'm so impressed with it!
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Diary Of A Spoonie | Kally Sleep


Danielle Levy, Kally Sleep, Sports Recovery Pillow, spoonie blogger, nurse blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

As we all know I have suffered for many years now with chronic pain in my back, shoulders and neck thanks to an injury I obtained whilst at work, one area that has been most affected in recent years has been my sleep. I have tried almost everything from sports massages and TENs machines to Epsom salt baths and painkillers, something I have found (and copied from work) is having my back or legs supported with pillows because it really took the pressure of my back or legs and allowed me to get a restful nights sleep. Recently I've just been using the pillows on my bed whilst I was on the hunt for a body pillow and I was so excited when this Sports Recovery pillow from Kally Sleep arrived on my doorstep because it has everything I'm looking for!
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Giving My Hair Some Much Needed Care & Volume | The Inkey List Haircare


Danielle Levy, The Inkey List, hair care, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

We all know now that I'm a big fan of The Inkey List skincare, it's such a great budget friendly skincare brand that actually makes skincare easy to understand and accessible for all. So you know when they offered me the chance to try out some of their amazing haircare, I jumped at the chance cause of everything I put my hair through, it needs all the help it can get!

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Trying Essential Oils For My Anxiety | Alexandra Kay


Danielle Levy, Alexandra Kay, essential oils, chronic health blogger, lifestyle blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Living with such a stressful job as well as anxiety, chronic health issues and chronic pain, being able to get a good nights sleep and being able to relax is something that I struggle with so much. As quite a few of you may know, I've really been looking towards non-pharmaceutical ways to help and I'm so thankful to have found the Alexandra Kay pure essential oil blend from Green People and been able to put them to the test over the past couple of weeks.
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Adding CBD Into My Daily Life | Honest Hemp


Danielle Levy, Honest Hemp, CBD, Chronic pain, Chronic illness, nurse, nurse blogger, lifestyle blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

As you're probably all aware now, I am a spoonie and as part of my pain journey I've been looking into adding CBD into my everyday life and we all know that I'm about anything that's looks aesthetically pleasing so I was really excited when these goodies from Honest Hemp arrived on my doorstep. They very kindly sent me across a range of their products to test out and see how it'll work not only on my chronic pain and health issues but also if it might help with my sleep issues.
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New In: The Inkey List


Danielle Levy, The Inkey List, beauty blogger, skincare blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

It's always a lovely day when new goodies from The Inkey List arrive at my doorstep and we all know that I'm always on the hunt for new skincare and particularly products that help to brighten, hydrate and clear my skin. So I've been really excited to try out some of the newest launches from The Inkey List, the Fulvic Acid Brightening cleanser and Symbright moisturizer.

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Getting Back To Fitness | The Female Online Coach


Danielle Levy, The Female Online Coach, fitness, health, nurse blogger, Liverpool blogger, Wirral blogger,

My number one goal for this year is to get stronger and fitter because my chronic pain and illnesses have well and truly kicked my butt so far in 2021. When I look back on trying to workout in the gym years ago, I never really knew how to form a workout and how to properly use the weights so I mainly did the machines and it was only just before covid that I actually started working with a personal trainer. But whilst the gyms were shut during lockdown, I didn't really have a clue how to keep up those workouts at home. Thankfully I found Sarah from The Female Online Coach which has allowed me to transform my home workouts and also help me get my confidence for going back to the gym.

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Adding Rose In Your Daily Skincare | Nivea Rose Care Review


Nivea, nivea rose care skincare, skincare blogger, beauty blogger, skincare, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

I've been using Nivea products since I was a teenager and over the past couple of months I've slowly been getting bits from the Rose Care skincare range and it's finally time to share my thoughts on a budget friendly option that can leave your skin feeling soft and smooth whilst also smelling amazing. 

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Adding Beautiful Ethical Jewellery Into My Wardrobe | Wolf & Gypsy


Danielle Levy, Wolf & Gypsy, fashion blogger, mid-size fashion blogger, Liverpool blogger, Wirral blogger,

I'm so excited that things are opening up again as it means more fashion content from me, during this lockdown I just really haven't been feeling it and with my chronic pain being pretty bad, I've been living in loungewear. So I'm excited to start dipping back into fashion with a post all about this beautiful necklace I've become obsessed with from Wolf & Gypsy.
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Dermalogica Virtual Consultation


Danielle Levy, Dermalogica, skincare blogger, beauty blogger, skincare, Liverpool blogger, Wirral blogger,

We are all well aware with how much of a skincare addict I am but one thing I've never actually tried is an online skincare consultation. Usually when I do anything skincare, either checking out new launches or getting a skincare treatment, they usually involve feeling your skin to check for things like oiliness or dryness as well asking you some questions about your skin and your skincare goals so you know I was interested to see how a virtual skincare consultation would go.
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Diary Of A Spoonie | The Start


Danielle levy, chronic illness, chronic pain, spoonie, nurse, lifestyle blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

For a little while now whenever I've shared something on my social media about my chronic illness or anxiety, it's always been really well received and it amazed me how much awareness needs to go into invisible illnesses so I thought that now life is starting to resume again (and actual medical appointments would be going ahead), I would start a little mini series on my blog (and maybe it will spill over onto my social media too) talking about the diary of a twenty something spoonie who's also a nurse.
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Trying Out Proto-col Collagen Supplements


Danielle Levy, Proto-col collagen, collagen supplements, health blogger, beauty blogger, Liverpool blogger, Wirral blogger,

I've got two weddings coming up later this year so I've really been trying to take care of my skin from the inside out and one of the things I've been adding into my day to try and help this is collagen supplements as they're not only supposed to help with you skin but may also help with my chronic joint pain too. 
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Having A Cosy Self Care Night In With Lumiere


Danielle Levy, Lumiere, Selfcare, pamper evening, lifestyle blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Did anyone else say they were going to use lockdown to practise more self care and have more cosy nights in but then never actually do it as much as they said they would?! Recently I've tried to put less pressure on myself and add little bits of self care into different points of my week and it has massively helped with my anxiety.

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Skincare That Works Without All The Expensive Packaging | The Inkey List


Danielle Levy, The INKEY List, beauty blogger, skincare, affordable skincare, skincare blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

I've had encountered quite a few skincare brands now through doing my blog and one that has been at the top of my list to try for a little while now is The Inkey List, so I was super excited when they kindly reached out to me and offered to send across one of their newest launches, the Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment as well as some of their other iconic products. For the past couple of weeks I've been really putting these products through their paces and I thought it was about time for me to share with you all how I've gotten on with their products.
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Nakin Skincare | First Impressions


Danielle Levy, Nakin Skincare, skincare blogger, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

It's always a good day when I get the chance to try out a new skincare brand and share my first impressions on how I got on with it with you all. As we have all established I'm really bad for not using toner so I was really happy to open the lovely package from Nakin and discover that they'd kindly sent me their toner and eye cream to test out.
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My Top 5 Ways To Prioritise Self Care In My Daily Routine


Danielle Levy, self care, prioritising self care, Lilspa, beauty blogger, lifestyle blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Be honest with yourself, how often do you practise self care or are you constantly burning yourself out?! I've got to admit that I definitely don't prioritise self care into my daily routine but it is something that this year I am changing because let's face it, if I'm not willing to prioritise my wellbeing and my limits then you can bet that no-one else is going to. I thought I'd share with you all some of the simple, easy ways I've been prioritising self care so that hopefully you can start trying it out yourself.

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New In: Nivea


Danielle Levy, NIVEA, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Spring is finally starting to come around and the sunny skies are coming out, so it's time for some out with the old and in with the wonderful new products from Nivea! Being part of the Nivea Family, they occasionally send me out some of their new launches (as well as some of their top picks) to put to the test so I thought I would share them with you all. 

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Transforming My Fine Hair | Mayraki First Impressions


Danielle Levy, Mayraki hair, fine hair, beauty blogger, Liverpool blogger, Wirral blogger,

Since my teens a big insecurity of mine is my hair and how it seems to be getting finer as I get older, I have tried pretty much everything possible with barely any success. So when the lovely people at Mayraki offered to send me some hair care to try and help me tackle my hair concerns, you know I jumped at the chance to try them out. I've only just started to test them out so I thought I could give you my first impressions now after trying each product a handful of times and then in a couple weeks, I'll come back with a more in-depth review with some comparison photos so you can see how my hair has physically improved from using the Mayraki products.

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Switching To Bikini Waxing


Danielle Levy, Bikini Waxing, Lilspa, beauty blogger, Liverpool blogger, Wirral blogger,

Before Christmas I decided to make the switch to bikini waxing cause I absolutely hate the itchiness from regrowth that comes with shaving and I've also found that as my back pain has gotten worse it's gotten harder and taken me longer than normal to shave so I decided to make the switch. I thought I would share my experience with you all and some tips and tricks I used.

For my waxing, I went to the wonderful Suzanne from LilSpa and before I'd been to her, I've been weighed out waxing for like a whole month beforehand because I'd truly seen some horror stories and heard about people saying how painful it is and although I am a chronic pain warrior and can manage at a standard level of pain everyday, something like acute pain from a wax makes me so nervous. When I booked my appointment with the lovely Suzanne, I told her that this was my first bikini wax and she was able to reassure me of what it would be like and the process. So I decided to go for the Brazilian bikini wax which is a little strip of hair left, although Suzanne does also offer basic bikini and the Hollywood depending on what look you prefer.

I thought I would share some tips I picked up about those that might worry about switching to waxing:

  • If you're worried about pain, take an ibuprofen 20-30 minutes before your appointment.
  • Grow out your hair, you can't have really short hair and expect to be able to get a clean wax. If you've got nothing there, you can't wax it. Suzanne advised me to have around 1.5cms length to get the best result.
  • Don't work out immediately after your wax, you have no hair there to absorb the sweat and be a buffer for the friction so you will get irritation.
  • Wear something comfortable to your appointment, my skin was a little bit tender initially after the appointment so I went for my comfy underwear and joggers because I knew that they wouldn't put to much pressure on the area. By the time I drove home, it was completely fine, no tenderness or irritation.
  • Don't soak in a bath with fragranced products the day of, that again will irritate your skin.
I have pretty fine hair but I found that compared to shaving, the hair has grown back a lot softer and finer so I imagine that with more frequent sessions it would help the hair growth in that area and it's made me start thinking about waxing my legs and underarms now. I exfoliated the area that the night before so the skin wasn't too irritated the morning of and then left the exfoliation for a week or two afterwards so that I didn't irritate the skin. After having it done, I honestly think it actually hurts more having my eyebrows waxed! Now I don't know average prices for bikini waxes by me but Suzanne offers the Brazilian service for only £2o which I thought seemed like a great price.

Are you a fan of bikini waxing?

Speak to you next time!
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Skincare For Dry & Sensitive Skin | Balmonds


Danielle Levy, Balmonds Skincare,  beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

My skin has really been going through it these past couple of months thanks to the cold weather, heating and face masks. So after trying the Balmonds Skin Salvation back in December, I decided to give the rest of their skincare a go and when searching through the skincare on their website, I found the Cleansing Oil and Intensive Facial Oil so I thought I would share with you all how I got on with both of them.

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January Favourites


Danielle Levy, NIVEA, To The Moon, This Works, Celimax, beauty blogger, lifestyle blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

January feels like it's been a month and a half and it's been a bit of a whirlwind of a month, I unfortunately had to go back into shielding part way through this month. I did a bit of a personal reset with this time at home and thought I would share with you all some of the things I've been loving over the past couple of weeks.

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My Acupuncture Experience


Danielle Levy, health, chronic illness, nurse blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Since I injured my back years ago, some of the treatments I've tried for my pain is acupuncture, seeing a chiropractor and having sports massages. Unfortunately these treatments do become very pricey, very fast when they're private. At the end of last year I mentioned that I was offered acupuncture sessions by my physiotherapists and quite a few people were interested in me talking about my experience so here we are!
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Shopping Small | Boho Vegan Cosmetics


Danielle Levy, Boho Vegan Cosmetics, beauty blogger, Liverpool blogger, Wirral blogger,

Late last year whilst in the middle of my nightly Instagram scroll, I found the Boho Vegan Cosmetics Instagram page and fell in love with the bright swirls of body butter and body wash that just looked so cute. I ended up suggesting it to my family as a Christmas/Birthday gift idea (I'm hard to buy gifts for cause I usually just buy anything I want or need) and they kindly bought me a couple of scents that I had my eye on so for the past couple of weeks I've been testing them out and thought I would share this small business with you all. 

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Keeping My Puppy Fit & Active | PitPat Review


Danielle Levy, PitPat, lifestyle blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

I've been using a fitness tracker for years now to not only encourage myself to stay fit and active but also to motivate myself to move more by making it a competition with my friends and family. Even though Rosie is part Collie which is usually a very active brand, she is also part King Charles Cavalier which can have a tendency to become overweight as they grow up which can put excess stress not only on their joints but also on their hearts (if you didn't know Cavalier's can also be at risk of heart problems) so not long after I got Rosie, I spotted the PitPat monitors in an Instagram advert and decided to pick one up to give it a go.
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So...? Sorry Not Sorry Bath & Body Collection | Review


Danielle Levy, Sorry Not Sorry, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Last year was the first year since I was a teenager that I've used So...? products and I was completely amazed at how much they have expanded their products. I only found out about their Sorry Not Sorry bath and body collection back at the end of Summer last year when they came to Liverpool as part of their Summer roadshow.

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Styling Shirts For A Bigger Bust | Salamander Shirts


Danielle Levy, Salamander Shirts, Tutti Rouge Lingerie, fashion blogger, mid-size fashion, lifestyle blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Since my early twenties, I've avoided shirts or blouses because thanks to my bust even if I wear a shirt that is several sizes bigger than my normal dress size, I'm always left with the gaping right where my boobs are. I still remember my 20 year old self saying I wish they made women's shirts with a button specifically right in the middle of our busts to stop the shirt from gaping. This frustration ended up with me starting to wear camisoles underneath and leaving the top couple of buttons undone to quickly becoming frustrated and giving up on wearing shirts altogether. It has taken me till I'm 28 to actually give shirts another go and I'm so glad I found the brand Salamander Shirts as they specifically design their women's shirts with this problem in mind.
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Trying Korean skincare for the first time | Celimax Noni skincare review


Danielle Levy, Celimax skincare, Korean beauty, Korean skincare, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Throughout 2020 I've really been focusing on skincare and finding the perfect products that work for my skin and throughout the past year I've tried a bunch of new brands but I am shocked at myself that it's taken me till I'm 27 to finally try out K-Beauty products! But after trying out these Celimax pieces I can definitely seeing me incorporating some more K-Beauty products in my daily skincare routine cause they are just amazing.

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Choosing Handmade Soy Candles | To The Moon


Danielle Levy, To The Moon, Handmade Soy Candles, lifestyle blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Since the beginning of Autumn last year I've really gotten into candles and home fragrances from an amazing local brand To The Moon and I honestly don't think I could go back to another home fragrance, the quality of her products and the scents have truly spoilt me! I thought I would share with you all some more about To The Moon home fragrances and some of my favourite picks from them.

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Getting The Lit From Within Look | Jolie Beauty Second Skin Highlighters


Danielle Levy, Jolie Beauty, Highlighters, beauty blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

Since COVID started last year, I've been going for a lighter everyday makeup look that's simply my skin but better because dry skin and maskne is just not it and also so that I'm not just wasting my makeup rubbing it off on my face masks. Even though I've toned down my everyday makeup, I've really made sure to enhance my skin with highlighters because I love that glowing, my skin but better look so for the past couple of weeks I've been subbing out my usual highlighters for the Jolie Beauty Second Skin Highlighters in Dreaming and Saintly and I thought I would share how I got on with them.
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White Peppermint Hot Chocolate | Wellness Lab Collagen


Danielle Levy, Wellness Lab, Peppermint White Hot Chocolate, food blogger, lifestyle blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

2021 is the year that I'm going to start taking care of myself physically and mentally and one of the ways that I'm doing that is focusing on filling my diet with yummy food whilst also making it as easy as possible because lets face it after a long shift or night shift, my motivation just disappears. So I thought I would share with you all the recipe for my peppermint hot chocolate including the Wellness Lab Vanilla Collagen because I love festive flavours all year round.

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