I am Daisy-Alice

UK Lifestyle blog consisting of fashion, Travel and Interviews!

Beauty was my first blogging love, so although these posts don’t always do as well, I still love to share my thoughts on some of the latest products I’ve been testing out. We're all always after that summer glow and perfect glowing skin, here are a few products that I hope to help you feel a little bit more fabulous over the next few months. 

Glowing Summer Beauty

My perfume collection has recently exploded and if you’d like to see a blog post just on that then do let me know. A new favourite of mine is Daisy Dream (Twinkle), I love the packaging for all of the Daisy perfumes, and this one is just as cute! The perfume has notes of black cherry, white flowers and berry mouse. The first time I sprayed this I was instantly hit with a juicy fruity smell and it instantly matched with the summers day warming up my bedroom. Get yourself down to a beauty department and try this for yourself, I'm just sure you're going to love it. I have to say Marc Jacobs do summery scents just so well, their limited edition perfume rain is one of my all time favourites. 

Glowing Summer Beauty

At least every couple of weeks I aim to swap out my eye-shadow palettes in my make up bag so I make sure I try to use them all equally, and it gives me a chance to try out lots of different looks. The Chanel eye-shadow palette was part of a limited edition collection back in 2016 but it's only taken me until the last few months, to actually use it. The colours are really buildable and blend out nicely. This quad would be perfect for olive-darker skin tones or people with brown eyes, but despite having none of those lovely qualities I still use it anyway! I've never used anything from Chanel before, and as much as I've enjoyed these shadows they're not cruelty free so I don't think I'm likely to buy anything new from them. 

Glowing Summer Beauty
Glam Glow mask review

To get the ultimate glowing look, skin care is key. I have recently become mildly obsessed with Glam Glow products, after hearing Tati Westbrook raving about them for years, I was excited to try something from them. First is the Glam Glow Gravitymud firming treatment mask, there's only a few masks that visibly show changes immediately and this is one of them. Glam Glow's products are made without  parabens, sulfates and phthalates, so you have piece of mind that you're not adding anything harmful to your face. After the mask has been on for 20-30 minutes you can peel off (which is beyond satisfying) and see the results. The first time I used this I was genuinely surprised and thrilled with the results. I have the limited edition Sonic the Hedgehog version but you can buy you can still buy the standard version too! P.S Make sure you throw away the used mask into the bin and not down the sink or the toilet, it's better for the environment

If you're already a fan of Glam Glow products I would also highly recommend giving the glowstarter moisturiser a try. When I came into work I got so many compliments on how my skin was looking, someone even mentioned that I looked like I was glowing, in the best way possible too. I have the shade nude glow.

For body glow I couldn't recommend the Amazing Radiance Body Glow by Rosie for Autograph more, not only are all M&S beauty products cruelty free. This is also paraben free and suitable for vegetarian and vegans. I wore this on NYE and got so many compliments, a few of my friends asked if I had fake tan as this does give a really gorgeous subtle tint to the skin. I'm such a huge fan of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and I do trust what she puts her name to. 
A little while ago Dan & I took a flight to not so far away Florence, to get away for his 30th birthday. Despite it being rather drizzly the entire trip, we were well prepared with umbrellas, raincoats and the determination to explore... I hope you enjoy my travel guide filled with plenty of places to eat as what else would you be going to Italy for?

City Guide: Florence, Italy
City Guide: Florence, Italy
City Guide: Florence, Italy
 Il Duomo di Firenze

What to do:

There's so many amazing sites to visit but walking around the city is the best way to explore things! It was this way I discovered a Sephora, a little sad I know but as we don't have them in the UK I always get so excited whenever I see one. Other things which are just as amazing (if not more hehe) are the stunning Bobbli Gardens, The Gucci Garden (I've done a full blog post on that here),  Il Duomo di Firenze we didn't go in as the queue was huge but still amazing and discovering photobooths scattered across Florence. Mercarto Centrale is an indoor street food market and a wonderful place to try lots of food from all over Italy. 
ditta artigianale
Gucci Garden Florence
City Guide: Florence, Italy
City Guide: Florence, Italy

For the gram:

Not is it a tourist hotspot but the Il Duomo di Firenze makes for a wonderful photo, the combination of the green, white and pink stone is bound to fit with anyone's theme. Again The Gucci Garden is going to be getting you plenty of likes on the gram. Looking for the perfect coffee/lunch spot? Go to Ditta Artigianale for delicious latte's, cakes and food. The industrial vibe lends itself to certain vsco filters too. However I found some of my favourite shots from the city when I was just walking around, there's so many amazing buildings to snap and rows of Vespa's that are bound to give you the authentic Italian photo. 

Gusto Pizza Florence
All'Antico Vinaio

Where to eat:

You really are spoilt for choice in Florence, we were lucky enough to be in a foody hotspot. For breakfast try Finisterrae for fresh orange juice, and delicious but cheap pastries! On your way you might just find one of those photobooths I've been talking about too. For some of the best gelato, visit Gelataria Dei Neri, there's so many flavours you might need to take a few trips a day. My favourite was the yogurt and cherry combination, so refreshing. One evening we dined at Foody Farm, a restaurant using only organic and local ingredients, they even made their own ketchup. For such delicious food it's really reasonable and you can even gulp down authentic prosecco for €3 a glass. Finally, if you're looking for a pizza go to Gusto Pizza, it's probably the most popular in the city too. Oh and for those sandwiches you see all over the Florence location on instagram is All'Antico Vinaio. They didn't have any vegetarian ones on the menu they were happy to make one up for me. 

Finisterrae
Back in March I escaped the UK and went a little trip to Florence. Although the weather wasn't great we were well prepared for a weekend of rain and didn't let it stop us from exploring. Things have been a little crazy recently due to the big move, so we didn't really plan our trip. However I did know that I wanted to visit the Gucci Garden. I tried to research it before I went but couldn't find out exactly what it was, to be honest I'm not sure many do. So I'm here to make things a little clearer.


Gucci Garden, Florence

Essentially, it's a rather fabulous and (very overpriced) shop. It's divided up into three areas; an exhibition, a restaurant and a shop. The exhibition is free for if you're 18-25 and I think around 7-10 for everyone else, I'd really recommend checking this out. It's quite small but you get to see some really iconic pieces, plus learn lots more about the history of the brand. All of the staff are incredibly knowledgeable and will happily talk you through each piece. There's areas of the exhibition which features pieces from each designer/creative director including Tom Ford's infamous days there. My favourite room was the floral themed one, I loved the interactive projections and the pieces they had chosen for the room. I think would have been great to see more of the adverts and fashion imagery created by the brand as they've been some of the most controversial in the industry, especially during Tom Ford's reign there. I don't want to spoil it too much, but it's an Instagram haven, from quotes on the walls, to hand-painted illustrations by Jayde Fish, you're going to get very snap happy here. 


Gucci Garden, Florence
Gucci Garden, Florence
Gucci Garden, Florence
Gucci Garden, Florence

Creative director Alessandro Michele said, "The garden is real, but it belongs above all to the mind, populated with plants and animals: like the snake, which slips in everywhere, and in a sense, symbolizes a perpetual beginning and a perpetual return." 

Gucci Garden, FlorenceGucci Garden, Florence
Gucci Garden, Florence
Gucci Garden, Florence

After soaking up lots of fascinating stories about the company we walked back downstairs into the concept store which is like a mini museum in itself. It's not cheap in there, but I don't expect anyone is after some bargains. We're talking 15 for for one single postcard, 110 for a tote bag and POA on a tiny box of matches. It's pretty insane, but lots of fun none the less. They've displayed it all so beautifully, and it's truly an explosion of colour. Once you've felt depressed about your bank balance after seeing so many gorgeous candles, book and dresses. It's time to go back into the real world, however you do get to keep your Gucci pink and black ticket, so at least everyone can say they own something Gucci once they leave Florence.

Gucci Garden: Piazza della Signoria, 10, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
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