Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Beauty Essentials: When You're Ill! ♥

It's that time of year again. It's officially freezing cold all the time, at least it is here in the UK, and you can't go out without at least 15 layers on. So, inevitably everyone gets a cold. I've been really ill for a week and a bit now with the flu and without a couple of my beauty essentials, I'd feel even worse and look worse!
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One of the things i find the most annoying about colds/flu is how dry the skin around your nose gets because you have to blow your nose every 12 seconds. It annoys me as i already have dry enough skin but this dries it out so much that i can't even wear any make up! One of my biggest saviours this time was the Origins Drink Up mask which helped give my skin back some of the moisture it lost and helped to soothe the sore, sensitive area. I've also been using the Garnier Moisture Match especially and i definitely saw an improvement once i started using it on those areas.  

Another annoying part of being ill is how dry and chapped your lips get! I mean, how dare they get all chapped? Don't they know it's prime lipstick wearing weather?! I've been using a couple of different lip balms but I've been loving using my good old Vaseline Lip Therapy which really does what it says on the tin (this is also great for dry skin!) and the CocoRose tinted lip balm has helped make my lips look kissable again.

What Beauty Products do you use when you're in? Tell me in the comments!
Lots of love,
Rosie xo


Friday, 22 November 2013

Christmas Beauty Wishlist! ♥

I don't know about you but when it's Christmas i rarely ask for anything other beauty products. There are always deals on and lots of new products so it means i can try a lot more stuff. Here's my wishlist for this Christmas (family/boyfriend if you're reading this... PLEASE). 

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1 - Urban Decay Naked3 Palette - Although technically it's not being sold here yet, but is available in the US, I'm hoping the UK release isn't long after Xmas so i can get my hands on this little beauty. Urban Decay are one of my top brands for eyeshadows and i love my Naked2. 
2 - Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation - I love foundations and I'm constantly on the hunt for the perfect one! I have only tried a couple higher end foundations and have heard lots of great things about this one!
3 - Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask- I love my Drink Up 10minute mask and have been dying to try the overnight version to really hydrate my skin this winter! 
4 - theBalm NudeTude Palette - I love theBalm products especially their gorgeous palettes! And a bblogger can never have enough neutral palettes can she? ;)
5 - TooFaced Love at First Sight - After being so impressed by the quality of all the other tooFaced products I'd tried, i really want to pick up some of their eyeshadows and this little beauty looks brilliant!

So, there you are! All the bit's I'm asking for this Christmas! What have you asked for Christmas? 

What have you asked for Christmas? Tell me in the comments!
Lots of love,
Rosie xo


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

FOTD: Warped Tour UK! ♥

Hey guys! I was lucky enough to get to go to Warped Tour UK last weekend at Alexandra Palace, with some amazing bands playing i was super excited! Here's what i wore on my face both days (i couldn't bring too much as i had to bring just one make up bag!)
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Bourjois Happy Light Primer
MAC Studio Scuplt Foundation NW15
MAC Studio Tech Powder NW15
NYC Sunny Bronzer
Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush "Live Pink"
Maybelline Eraser Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

ELF Essentials Quad in Butternut 
L'Oreal Blockbuster Pen
Benefit They're Real Mascara

YSL Rouge Volupte "Lingerie Pink"
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It was a really lovely weekend where i got to meet lots of lovely people and see some great bands! Tell me if you went! 


Monday, 18 November 2013

NARS Fairy Kiss Palette! ♥

I've been lusting over NARS for too long now. I wanted to try everything they sell as everyone raves about the quality of their products and they look divine. I never knew what to pick up first though, a blush or a palette? Well, i'm obsessed with blushes and eyeshadow palettes equally, but while at my local NARS counter, this little palette caught my eye and i just instantly fell in love.
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 photo photo42_zps59c07bcc.jpg When it comes to packaging, NARS is brilliant. Compact and sturdy with matte black on the outside and a massive mirror on the inside. The palette isn't too big either - it easily fits into an make up bag if you wanted to travel with it. The palette has 6 shades - Monosque, Kalahari, Brousse, Tokyo, Brumes and Pandora. I love the name too - Fairys Kiss is such a pretty name! As the palette was limited edition i'm not sure if it's still being sold but all except one of the shades are in the permanent collection! 

The quality really has impressed me. The shadows are soft and blend like a dream but last all day long! Even without a primer! The formula is lovely which means no awful fallout. Although it's expensive, i feel it's 100% worth it. You can get a few different kinds of looks - sexy and smokey or soft and subtle. 
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What do you think of this product? Tell me in the comments!
Lots of love, 
Rosie xo


Friday, 15 November 2013

17 Phwoar Paint! ♥

As someone who has some intense dark circles/bags under my eyes, concealer is a product i'm constantly trying out. I'm always on the look out for that perfect all round concealer - good on blemishes AND under eyes! I need a concealer that easily covers up any imperfections but lasts all day and doesn't cake.
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I was seriously underwhelmed by the 17 Phwoar Paint. I mean, for a product that is designed for combatting the appearance of dark under eye circles, i feel like it didn't make enough of a difference. It did take the edge off, but not only could you still see most of my dark circles but it didn't last all day! To me, foundation and concealer should last all day. But i do like the formula of the concealer, it's very creamy in texture and easy to apply. All in all, i thought the concealer was okay, not brilliant for me but if someone only had very slight under eye circles, i think this would be the perfect product as i never noticed any signs of caking. 

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Lots of love,
Rosie xo


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

FOTD: Work! ♥

Hello everyone! Today's post is another Face of the Day! This is the make up i normally wear to work (i do try and switch it up a bit everyday!). I've also started incorporating some new products into my routine so i can test them out!
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Bourjois Happy Light Primer
Max Factor 3in1 Foundation 
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser Concealer
Yves Saint Laurent Touché Eclait
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural
Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush in "Live Pink"
MAC MSF "Soft and Gentle"

MAC Paintpot "Bare Study"
L'Oreal Blockbuster Eyeliner
Revlon Lash Potion Mascara 

Rimmel Colour Rush Balm "Rumour Has it"
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I really like this look for work, it doesn't take too much time and doesn't look like 'too much' in my opinion!

What products do you use everyday? Tell me in the comments!
Lots of love,
Rosie xo


Monday, 11 November 2013

MAC Soft and Gentle! ♥

There are some bblogger favourite products out there, that after reading god knows how many reviews raving about the product, i cave in and buy it. Some products are so well loved that nearly every beauty blog has a review of it. 
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The MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in "Soft and Gentle" (£22) is one of those products. I've yet to meet anyone who has tried this and hasn't loved it. It's such a great product. It looks gorgeous, the powder is domed and you get quite a lot for your money too. It lasts so well - easily lasting all day for me! I love using it on my cheekbones, on my chin, down my nose and on my cupids bow. It's such a universally flattering product too as i think this would love gorgeous on everyone. I love highlighting products, i feel like they really finish a look! I'll definitely be trying out more of the MSF's! 

Have you tried this product? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!
Lots of love,
Rosie xo


Friday, 8 November 2013

My Slimfast Diet: Week 4! ♥

Hello beautiful people, today is the 4th week update for my Slimfast diet. Now i've been doing it over a month, i've noticed a few 'little' changes which are making me smile. My stomach is definitely getting flatter and i don't even get the cravings for junk food anymore! The only thing i've found that's kept me going is: not denying myself anything. Everything is fine in moderation, i love pasta and i've been eating a lot of pasta meals (mostly ready meals but a few home made recipes too!). I'm not a big sweet person anyway but Special K Cereal Bar in Chocolate and Mint is super yummy and sweet and only 90calories per bar.

I've decided to carry on slimfast until i've lost the weight. Mainly because, i've tried other diets before and never found they worked for me! Now i've found one that does work for me, i'll be staying on that one. I'm also joining the gym tonight - i want to start swimming a couple of times a week and to do a couple of sessions a week after work to help lose a bit more weight and to tone up. 

I'm going out tonight for my Dad's birthday (for a chinese, my favourite!) but i'll be good and not over do it. I've found little hot chocolate sachets in plenty of flavours like mint, orange, caramel and white chocolate with only 35-40calories each, which are tasty and i'm not sure why but hot drinks always seem to fill me up! If i fancy something to 'eat' at lunchtime at work, i have a Chicken Noodle Soup in a cup from Sainsburys, 59calories per sachets and 4 sachets are only 80p! Bargain!

I've now lost a total of. 11lbs! I'm now on just over ten stone! I'm really happy :-) only another 10lbs to go! 

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who's left a comment or tweeted me or just generally been so lovely and supportive of me this last month. You're amazing <3

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Too Faced Candlelit Glow! ♥

I don't know about anyone else but when it comes to payday and i rush out to Boots or Debenhams to spend some serious money, i always seem to head straight for the same brands. I've been wanting to try Too Faced for a long time and until recently, nowhere near me sold it! Thankfully, the larger Boots in my area now stock them so i have managed to pick up a few things.

Too Faced Candlelit Glow Highlighter is a product i've been lusting over for too long. I wasn't sure what the quality would be like. I'm so glad i took the plunge and bought it as it's actually beyond beautiful. The packaging itself, is gorgeous. It really stands out in my make up collection as it's so sweet. The compact is really sturdy with a gorgeous metallic cream on the top and metallic rose gold on the bottom. The actual product is beautiful in terms of appearance too as the powder shows a chandelier with hearts. It almost makes me not want to use it, incase i ruin it!

The Highlighter is in two parts. A white and a pink with the pink being slightly more subtle and more appropriate for daytime wear, but mixed together they make another lovely colour. The product has a really lovely golden shimmer to it. It lasts quite well throughout the day - a good 6/7 hours before it fades.

Have you tried this product? Tell me in the comments!
Lots of love,
Rosie xo


Monday, 4 November 2013

My Guide to Contour and Highlight! ♥

I can't be the only one, who when i started getting more and more into make up, was still baffled with contouring and highlighting. If not for me reading beauty blogs and watching beauty gurus for years, i doubt i'd even know what it was now! Over the last few years, i've tried and tested a lot of products. Some good, some bad and some just downright awful. It's a learning curve but here's what i've learnt and this is my guide!

Contouring is actually a lot easier than i thought it would be. I personally like to use the NYC Sunny Bronzer with my Real Techniques contour brush as i find they both work really well together. The NYC Sunny Bronzer is the perfect contour for any fellow pale girls out there who like me, have a lot of trouble finding a bronzer that isn't too dark! 

Highlighting is one of my favourites parts of applying my make up and i wear it everyday! I have a few highlighters i love but right now i adore the Too Faced Candlelit Glow highlighter as it's just so gorgeous. I use my ELF Angled Blush Brush to apply it too.

I apoligize for my terrible Paint Skills.
What do you use as your contour/highlight? Tell me in the comments!
Lots of love,
Rosie xo


Sunday, 3 November 2013

October Favourites!

Oh my god, is it really November? Already?! I swear it was summer like, the other day? It feels like i've only just put up last months favourites but here i am again, here to tell you about the products i've been loving all throughout the month of October. 

The weather has been awful here in England. Cold, windy and wet! Yuck. My skins been needing a lot of extra TLC recently as it's already very dry and this weather just makes it worse. I've recently started to use my Garnier Moisture Match again, every night before i go to bed as it really helps hydrate my skin. I use a different moisturiser in the morning, but this one has a bit more of an 'intensive' feeling to me. It's super gentle on my sensitive skin too and i really enjoy the smell of it too. 

I've been loving the L'Oreal Full Restore Leave In Conditioning Spray (i like the whole range, but this product i love especially!). It really helps make my hair feel super soft and healthy and it leave my hair smelling really fresh and clean. I use this after i wash my hair on the ends to help conquer any damage caused by bleaching/dyeing my hair over the years.  I'm loving how a lot of drugstore/high street brands are coming out with 'gothic' collections and i've really loved the Models Own Velvet Goth polish in "Obsidian" which is a really gorgeous black with gold shimmer. It's really lovely and unlike other polishes with glitter, it doesn't have that horrible sandpaper feeling to it. I'm definitely going to be picking up the rest of the collection. 

I've also been loving Sleek's Antique blush from the Vintage Romance collection as it's just the perfect Autumn cheek colour. Very subtle and natural but with some soft shimmer, it's just gorgeous. I reviewed it in full here. Last but not least, i can't stop reaching for the MUA Undress Me Too Palette as it's got so many fabulous Autumn shades and you can create so many different looks with it! The quality is brilliant and it's so cheap at only £4!

What products have you been loving this month? Tell me in the comments!
Lots of love,
Rosie xo


Friday, 1 November 2013

My Slimfast Diet: Week 3!

Hello everyone! This is my week three update of my Slimfast diet. I've been really enjoying this diet, especially now I've weighed myself and seen some differences on my body. My tummy has got a little flatter, I've never had that much of a problem with that compared to other areas, and I've been told my face looks slimmer which i hadn't noticed but was nice to hear anyway. 

As I've cut out Coca Cola and other high calorie drinks and switched onto drinks like diet coke, I've definitely seen a difference. I never realised how many calories i was drinking for no reason! I've been craving lots of 'sweet' flavours this week, so I've been having hot chocolate everyday. I love the Cadburys Highlights Hot Chocolate which is only 40cals per cup! Satisfies a craving plus it's super yummy. Houmous and carrot sticks is a great snack at work as it's tasty but not loaded with calories. 

I've decided to only do one more week of Slimfast, or until my drum runs out and then try a different diet. If i don't find another diet that i feel works for me, I'll go back on Slimfast. I'm really proud of myself for losing this weight as before I've never had the willpower to last more than a day dieting. 

I've loved using apps to help me too, i use the MyFitnessPal app to track my calorie intake as it helps me keep track and not carry on eating throughout the day. As I've found Lot's of low calorie snacks and meals, i don't feel hungry often which is always good. 

I've also lost another 2lbs this week! Which means I'm now at 149lbs! As my target each week is to lose 2lbs, I'm over the moon. I've had quite a few people tell me it looks like I've lost weight :-)

Thank you to everyone who's been supporting me while i do this! I love you all!
Lots of love,
Rosie xo

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