Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Glossier Priming Moisturizer

I picked up the Glossier priming moisturizer, at the Glossier Showroom in New York last year. I realised I hadn't used any of my Glossier products, so I took them on my travels to Australia. I actually thought the dry perfume would be perfect for the long travel, so I ordered that on the Glossier website before heading. It was nice having a perfume after being stuck on a plane, but I got stopped at every airport airport because of it haha.    

So my thoughts on the Glossier priming moisturizer ? I used Glossier priming moisturizer, before putting on my makeup. The first few times I squeezed a small amount on the back of my hand and put it on face. I was using far too much. It felt like I was wearing a face mask. You couldn't say my face wasn't mouistorised haha. It wasn't too bad with the Australian heat, I waited around 5 mins for it to dry. Then I was able to apply my makeup.  

I had a couple morning flights in Australia and didn't want to apply makeup and apply makeup again when I landed. So I just applied the Glossier priming moisturizer before heading to the airport.  Sometimes I feel I don't feel good without makeup. Just applying the Glossier priming moisturizer my skin looked better. I used it over 3 weeks and there's more than half the tube left. I honestly thought £18 was quite expensive for it, but after using it am glad I bought it.    
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Monday, 6 August 2018

Travel Money Card Pros And Cons

I have always been against using a travel money card abroad, as I hear about charges. As I was going to be traveling Australia for over 3 weeks, the travel money card seemed the safest. 

I use currency compare websites, to see where's the best rate. It was really easy to buy currency and set up an account. However when my card came, I couldn't sign in. It was saying wrong username / email or password. I phoned up the travel money card help line and I was told I need to try different web browsers. It wasn't even letting me sign in with the app, never mind trying different web browsers. The app on my phone would have came handy, to see how much money I had left. I was able to check the money was added at a cash machine, before leaving the UK, but I didn't want to spend my holiday at cash machines. In the end I decided the easiest way around it was to use my card first. Then when it declined, I knew I spent all my money on my card and could use my cash.  

It was easy to use, than stand and count foreign currency.
I booked the Sydney Bridge Climb and Australia Zoo Koala hold online, using the travel money card. There was no charge as the websites are Australian Dollars. 
I was able to use the touch screens to pay at McDonalds, than stand and wait in a queue.   
Some shops it showed the total in my currency, so I knew how much I was paying.   

I wasn't able to access the website or app, so I couldn't see the balance.
The LEGO Store, UGG and Australia Zoo automatically changed to my currency, but in the top corner it said 2.5% charge. I asked if I could pay in Australian Dollars without the charge. They said travel cards automatically revert to your currency. I took my card out and said I'll just pay cash, than pay a charge. 
There's charges which will vary from card to card. My one there's a £3 charge for inactive months, after 12 months. So you're best to cancel it as soon as you get home. 

I still had money left on my card at the end of the holiday, so I came home with some cash. I only paid cash in the LEGO Store, UGG, Australia Zoo and a few other places. I would say it's good seeing how much you are paying in your own currency, but when there's a charge take your card out and say you'll pay cash. It will save 2.5% charge.  
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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Google Digital Garage | Writing For Social Media

I wrote about Google Digital Garage, a couple of weeks back. A course called "Get Your Business Visible On Google". It was tips on how to get your website seen online. I thought the course is good for a beginner. When I first started making websites, this course would have helped me. I knew a lot of the course already, except where you can test your website performance. 

I looked online at the other courses to choose from and saw "Writing For Social Media". I thought "Writing For Social Media" would be good, as having a website is part of the social media world. I clicked to book the course and as I already signed up to Google Digital Garage, it was a simple 1 click. I entered my email address to sign in and clicked book.

Our Google coach was called Ryan. He was so confident, funny and didn't make anyone feel out of place. He kept repeating his name, spelling it saying it's R-Y-A-N telling everyone to give good feedback haha. We were sat in tables of around 4 people to a table. There was about 20 of us in total, which was different to the last course. The other course, it was only me and 2 others.   

The first task we were asked to describe ourselves in a tweet and pass it to the person on the left. There was sticky notes and pens for everyone to note down things. I used to get lost for words how to describe myself. I mean how do we describe ourself ? It's nice when people compliment us, but I don't really look at the good things about me. Instead this time I knew I was at the course because my blog. The first things shot to my mind was my name, blogger and Edinburgh, where I live. I wrote down Danielle, Blogger, Edinburgh. For me the person sitting on the left was a Google Digital Garage coach joining in our table (I think he was called Greg). Then we all had to read our each other's notes. 

We were told about brand tone and how it can be misinterpreted reading in a message. It always varies from country to country, how a tone can come across. This is true I remember when I went to Australia I booked the koala hold at Australia Zoo. I got an email and they started it off - CRIKEY. No one else will get away with this saying, as it was a Steve Irwin saying. 

Then we were asked if our business or brand was a celebrity, who would of be ? A few people said George Clooney. I said I would say the Olsen Twins because I've been to New York and Australia, like they have in their movies. 

Our next task we were asked to describe our brand in 3 words. There was a list on the board of words we could use or we could come up with our own words. When it came to my turn I was still staring at the board, trying to think of something relatable. I said I've got 2 words ,I would say fun and likeable.

We got told the average human attention is 8.25 seconds, so write for a goldfish something people will walk away and remember.

Then we were shown captions on the screen and to discuss within the group, how to rephrase it better to make it eye catching. It showed that using catchy captions are important to get people's attention. 

I don't know a better way to say this, but we got told this and there's no better way of putting it. 

Assume only half the people will read. 
Use benefits rather than features. 

At the end we were shown tools to improve writing for social media. I haven't had a chance to look at the websites myself, so am going to list them here to look back on. 

Smart phone and selfie stick

I have a smart phone, but I've never really been a fan of selfie sticks. I don't like when you see the stick in the photo. I personally think it ruins the photo.  

The writing for social media course is worth going to learn. It also helped we had a fun coach, who was fun and treated everyone the same. I never imagined myself talking in front of many people, but I done it today. 
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Saturday, 4 August 2018

1 Year Website Statistics

Hi everyone 1 year ago today I started DanielleUK.com. You can read my very first blog post (A fresh start. It was a fresh start to a new blog, as my first blog I was a learner blogger and learnt about linking and other things to be better at blogging. I decided to start a fresh. I never really had a name for it (I chopped and changed names). A few months ago I came up with the name Danielle UK, so Danielle UK became official last week.

I tried raw cookie dough in Australia and it was so good. I've wanted to try make it, but whenever I googled cookie dough it only showed up cookie dough to make cookies. Then I realised you have to google, recipe for "raw cookie dough". I took ideas from the BBC Good Food website and added vanilla and caramel flavouring and chopped up Galaxy counters. 

I was impressed how it turned out and it actually tasted soo good. Do you like the 1 candle for Danielle UK ? haha

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Melbourne In Photos

I've put together my favourite photos, that I took from my week in Melbourne. A few of them you might have seen on my Instagram (Click here to follow me on Instagram). They were taken around South Bank, Hotel Room (Crown Promenade), Hosier Lane, Chadstone, Docklands, St Kilda, Shrine of Remembrance and Royal Botanical Gardens. I like the ones from the hotel room facing onto the Crown Hotel. The Crown Hotel building changed colours at night, so it looked really effective in the photos. 

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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Things To Do For Free In Melbourne

 I couldn't find much information online on "things to do in Melbourne", besides the Sofitel Hotel (Toilet With A View). I read about Eureka Skydeck, where you pay $22 to see Melbourne skyline from the 88th floor. I have visited New York a few times and been up Empire State Building, Top Of The Rock and One World Observatory . They were nice to see, but it's just different angles of the city. So why pay $22 to go up a building, when I had an amazing view from the hotel room and I visited the Sofitel Hotel (Toilet With A View). I don't think a really went anywhere that you had to pay to get into, except Old Melbourne Gaol and Neighbours Tour. So am going to share the things, I did actually do.  

Sofitel Hotel (Toilet With A View)

Am going to start with the one I found online, the view from the Sofitel Hotel on Collins Street. I found soo many websites mention this, so I wanted to see the view myself. The view is amazing, never mind the fact you're in a toilet. You have to take the lift to the 35th floor and you might aswell take advantage of the free toilet too. A lot of places charge to use the toilet.

Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane is a tourist magnet. Whenever I walked by Hosier Lane, it was always over crowded. The street art of Hosier Lane actually kind of goes in a kind of square. I spotted one section quiet, so I took advantage of it and done a quick pose. I like how the photo turned out, the background people look like they are meant to be part of the photo haha.     

Walk along the Yarra River

The Yarra River is pretty at night, to walk along and seeing the buildings all lit up. If you have someone like my mum taking your photo, expect some photos with fingers across the screen. I think this was about the 10th photo, standing like this haha.


The Docklands is a nice place to go for a walk. I went during the day and at night. It's nice to see in daylight, but it's also nice to see all lit up at night. If you look in the distance, you can see the Melbourne Star.

Bus to Chadstone

I saw an advert at Melbourne Visitor Centre, for a free bus to Chadstone Shopping Centre. The advert stated you can book at the information desk, so we booked the first bus at 9am the following day. We got there at 10 mins to 9 and the bus driver said the bus was full and come back in an hour for the next bus. I ended up going to Woolworths and getting a drink, then headed back to the bus pick up. It might be a free bus, but it's first come. Don't bother booking at the Melbourne information centre. I did spend $150 on makeup at Sephora and Mecca Maxima, also a plastic Lego cup from the Lego Store (the Lego cup, was a gift for someone). So it wasn't really a free thing, but the bus was free. 

Visit Etihad Stadium

I was walking by Etihad stadium, looking at it and staff said you can go up stair and see the stadium. I didn't think you'd be allowed to, unless something was on. The staff at the stadium seemed so laid back, which was nice.

Take a Tram

I personally preferred walking round the city, but my parents seemed to like taking the tram. One night after visiting the harbour, my mum made us do a whole tram route on the old tram. They are only free within the "free tram zone", but you get what you pay for.  

Walk to St Kilda Beach

So it depends if you are a walker, or not I walked to St Kilda beach and it took around an hour and a half. It was so easy to get to. It's basically a straight path down and when you're near, there's signs for St Kilda beach. Luna Park is at St Kilda beach, which I would have loved to have went to. However I already planned to visit Luna Park in Sydney, as I was heading to Sydney next.    

Royal Botanical Gardens

I walked round the Royal Botanical Gardens and through the Australian Forrest walk. Well I was in Australia after all. I love how the photo look Autumn, with the leaves on the ground. It was actually really hot. I guess it was Australia's Autumn, as their seasons are the other way round from what am used to here in the UK. Autumn in the UK, you need a jacket.

Shrine Of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is like a never ending walk, from the main road. They have the list of countries they were at war with and all the museum type things. If you're into history you'd enjoy the Shrine of Remembrance.

 Is there anything I missed out ? I hope you found my ideas and what I done interesting. 
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