Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Birchbox October 2014! ♥

Hi guys, it's been a while! My terrible internet has been down again but i think i might have fixed it this time *fingers crossed*. a few years ago, i had a GlossyBox subscription but only had it for a few months before i cancelled it. The idea is great - 5 deluxe samples sent to you every month but in the end i had so many perfume samples i just didn't know what to do with them!

Recently, i decided to give subscription beauty boxes another go, but this time use the much raved about 'BirchBox'. My first box was October 2014 - and i was seriously impressed. All of the products i received were generous sizes, products i would use and have been wanting to try out. The first product i saw in the box is the Benefit It's Potent! eye cream (£ full size) which i admit, i was delighted to receive this. Loads of people rave about benefit skincare and I've yet to try any yet! Next up was the KMS California Hair Play Spray I'm always on the look out for more hair products - especially as i'm going to start trying new styles more often. I also received the BalanceMe Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm which I've tried before - and loved it. i especially love how you fill in a profile and receive products catered to that. This balm is for dry and sensitive skin so will be perfect for me.

I also got a full size of the Pixi Shea Butter lip balm in 'Ripe Raspberry'. I love lip balms - especially tinted and the colour looks lovely for A/W, I can't wait to start using this! Last but not least, i got a sample of the The Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion which is for shaving bumps or redness which is always a helpful product to try out!

My lifestyle gift was a cute little Lipstick pen - so I'll be making all my notes with that from now on!

What did you receive this month? Tell me in the comments!
Lots of love,
Rosie xo

Monday, 20 October 2014

Make Up Revolution Atomic Lipstick Collection! ♥

Once again, the lovely guys over at Make Up Revolution have released yet another lovely collection. Just in time too. Halloween is just around the corner and with this release and the Give Them Nightmares eyeshadow palette being released recently too, MakeUp Revolution have given me some inspiration for this halloween. 

Now, as you've probably guessed, i have more than a slight soft spot for bright and bold lipsticks. MakeUp Revolution's Atomic lipstick collection also their brightest and most intense red lipstick yet. It's hard to believe MakeUp Revolution have only been around for six months or so! 

The Atomic lipstick collection has five shades: 'Atomic Ruby' intense red, 'Make me Magnificent' shimmery purple, 'Make it Right' a deep purple, 'Serpent' a jade green and 'Make me Tonight' a deep brown. 

My favourite shades are Atomic Ruby (obviously) and Make me Magnificent. The lipsticks have the same formula as all of their £1 lipsticks - creamy, pigmented and moisturising. I found using these the best way of getting the perfect lip was to apply a layer, blot with a tissue to remove any excess then to apply another layer. I haven't had a problem with these smudging although I've used Atomic Ruby a lot more than the others. I'll definitely be using these lipsticks in some way or another in a Halloween look when i decide what i'm doing for Halloween and what i'm dressing up as. These lasts a few hours though when they start to fade, it's obvious as they are quite bright! At only £1 these are great quality at such an affordable price. 

I can't wait for Halloween now!

Have you tried this product? what did you think? Tell me in the comments!

Lots of love,
Rosie xo

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks 'Pink Cloud' ♥

I can't be the only one guilty of always buying the same brands every time i'm in a shop. I'm starting to become a bit bored of all the same brands and i've tried most of their products so i think it's time i start looking at the brands i've been overlooking. 

Natural Collection is a brand i used for years, when i first started getting into make up as it was so affordable. Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks 'Pink Cloud'* (£1.99) is one of the first Natural Collection products i tried again recently. 

I like all natural brands, you know no nasty chemicals are doing any damage to your face and you know what is actually in that product that you are applying directly to your face. We all know i'm a bit of a blush hoarder - i'm obsessed with blush i'll admit it. the Blushed Cheeks in 'Pink Cloud' has been a product i've enjoyed using. it's a bright pink in the pan, but translates onto the skin with a lovely sheer and natural finish. It's matte too which adds to the natural looking effect. The product wears well through out the day - though i have had to touch this up once or twice since i started using this.

I'm definitely going to be trying out more Natural Collection products now!

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

Friday, 17 October 2014

Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose in it! ♥

Yes, this is another Soap & Glory skincare post. I reviewed the Peaches and Clean cleanser here earlier this week. On the same shopping trip, i also grabbed this product. Soap & Glory are easily one of my favourite high street brands as their products are high quality, affordable and the packaging/names are brilliant. 

Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In it (£) is a product i picked up to use as an everyday face scrub. Something gentle enough to use everyday to keep any dead skin at bay. 

I always use this on a freshly cleansed face and after i've used a face wash. This feels quite cool and tingly on the skin - and you can feel the tiny beads buffing away all the dead skin cells from your face. I always seem to have the most around my nose and chin, so i always make sure to give those areas extra attention. It's easy to wash off and doesn't leave any nasty feeling on my skin nor does it aggravate my sensitive skin. 

I don't have too much of a problem with my pores, but every so often i do have a problem with them being blocked up. Using this everyday helps to maintain healthy pores - especially on my nose.

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

Thursday, 16 October 2014

LUSH Oatifix Mask ♥

Like most other beauty bloggers, i rushed out recently to stock up on some of the new Lush products. While i was in the shop i also treated myself to some skincare, bath bombs and lots more too. Lush is a shop i love - the smell draws me in. The shop is so bright and full of colour too.

I picked up the Lush Oatifix Mask (£6.50 75g) on that shopping trip. It's definitely Autumn/Winter now and with the weather being a lot colder, my dry skin needs all the tender loving care possible. The Oatifix mask, like all LUSH products, is filled with lovely fresh and natural ingredients. Oatifix contains oatmeal, ground almonds and banana. It doesn't look like your average face mask but it works brilliantly on my skin.

Lush says:

"This gentle, nourishing mask is made with fresh bananas and illipe butter to moisturise dry skin. oatmeal, ground almonds and kaolin work together in a mildly exfoliating base to eradicate dead skin, leaving you soft, supple and moisturised."

Anyone with dry skin knows how annoying it is to constant have dry or even sometimes flakey skin. My skin is also quite sensitive so i have to be careful about what brands i use on my face. I always put a generous amount of Oatifix all over my face and leave it to soak in for at least ten minutes before rinsing it off. Once it's been washed off, my skin feels smoother, more hydrated and healthier. The build up of dead skin can make your skin look very dull and once you remove this mask, your skin doesn't look dull. Oatifix is gentle on my skin and smells lovely (like oatmeal). The Oatmeal has an anti-inflammatory effect too on the skin so any sore spots feel a lot better after using this. 

I always rotate between a few face masks with every use but this is one i'll definitely keep in my collection as i've enjoyed using this so much!

Have you tried this product? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!

Lots of love,
Rosie xo

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Cleanser! ♥

I ran out of my cleanser recently and made the mad rush to Boots to grab another. As always, i was drawn to the Soap&Glory section of the shop because i can't resist the funny names and bright packaging. I ended up buying the Peaches and Clean cleanser which i've used a few times before and liked. 

Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Purifying Cleanser (£8). I've used this before as i've had this in christmas gifts before and i've always enjoyed using it but keep forgetting to repurchasing this in full size! For me, cleansers have to be gentle on my sensitive skin, remove all make up and leave my skin feel soft and clean. 

Peaches and Clean does easily remove my make up every evening. I always use a pump full applied straight onto dry skin and rub it in. i always massage my eyelids to remove any mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow too. I always use a muslin cloth to remove if i can, but it works well to just rinse off with warm water.  It leaves my skin feeling very soft and smooth but is gentle on my overly sensitive skin too. It smells amazing like all Soap&Glory products do, like peaches and cream (if you couldn't guess from the name!). It removes my base make up easily though waterproof mascaras can be a little harder to remove and sometimes require another cleanse. 

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

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Rimmel Provocalips in Kiss Me You Fool! ♥

I'm always excited for a new make up release. Especially if it's a brand i love, like Rimmel. The latest release has been a line of intense lip products called the 'Provocalips' similar to their Apocalips. The only difference is these come with a colour on one end and a 'lock and shine' on the other. I picked up two shades of the Provocalips as i love wearing dramatic lip colours and the claim that these last 16 hours was too tempting.

The first colour i picked up was the Rimmel Provocalips 'Kiss me you Fool' (£6.99). Kiss me you Fool is a bright fire engine red, not for the faint hearted. The colour is super pigmented and comes out opaque straight away with just the one coat on the lips. After you've applied the colour, you're supposed to let it dry then apply the lock and shine. The only problem i have with products like this is that inevitably, the white doe foot applicator on the lock & shine end - ends up whatever lip colour you're wearing. 

Rimmel claim this is kiss proof, food proof and transfer proof. Once I've applied i can kiss, slurp, eat and god knows what else and this doesn't budge whatsoever. It doesn't transfer onto my clothes or around my mouth either. I apply this around 7:30am and let me tell you, i had to remove this before i did my evening workout at 6pm. Whenever i wear this, people comment on how bright it is and how long wearing. I'm not sure about 16 hours as I've never felt the need to have make up on for that long but the provocalips easily have 10 hours wear in them. 

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

Monday, 13 October 2014

Benefit Rockateur Blush ♥

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm a big fan of Benefit. Their packaging is adorable and the products are such high quality. I've got quite a few of the boxed blushes and i recently added a new addition to my collection. Benefit's Rockateur has had my name on it for ages! 

Benefit boxed blushes are normally £23.50 for 8g but Rockateur is £23.50 for 5g. I'm not overly fussed about this though - as i find it hard to use up blushes! For me a perfect blush has to be long wearing, pigmented and of course a flattering colour. 

Rockateur is a gorgeous shimmery rose gold colour. I know some people aren't fond on shimmery blushes but i love them. Like all Benefit blushes, Rockateur is soft, pigmented and easy to apply. I don't normally use the brushes these come with unless I'm travelling and want to save space. This blush lasts a good 7 hours for me before needing a touch up. Whenever i wear this i always get complimented on how 'healthy' and 'glowing' i look! If you like rose gold - you need this blush! With this product, you only need to use a little bit as a little goes a long way. Since party season is coming up, I'm glad i picked this up!

The packaging is pretty like all benefit products. Rockateur being marketed as a 'provocative' colour is decorated with snakeskin and lacy suspenders!

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

Sunday, 12 October 2014

MakeUp Revolution Give Them Nightmares....♥

I can't believe it's October already! You know what that means? Halloween, Scary movies and sweets. I love Halloween much more than any other 'holiday' because i love dressing up and well, who doesn't love having loads of sweets? The lovely people at MakeUp Revolution have released a new palette recently that is perfect for Halloween. 

The MakeUp Revolution Salvation Palette in 'Give them Nightmares' (£6* MakeUp Rev Store) has 18 shades, 12 shimmer and 6 matte. I love the fact they've included matte and shimmer finishes. All of the names are little homages to scary movies like "Friday 13th", "Elm St" and "who's there?". Looking through the shades, it would be very easy to create multiple dark or smokey looks with this palette. A couple of my favourite shades are 'Beyond the Night' (shimmery black), 'Elm St' (Matte moss green) and 'Depravity' (matte bright purple). 

L to R: Who's There?, Danger Coming, Lethal, Pretty Zombie, Bump in the Night and Poisonous.
L to R: Lawless, The Hunger, I Am Watching You, Beyond The Night, Wicked and Friday 13th
L to R: White Noise, Elm St, Ash, Boo, Depravity and Darkness.
Just like all other MakeUp Revolution products i've tried, i was really impressed with the quality of the eyeshadows. The packaging says 'Super pigmented' and yes, these are. some of the shades are so bright too so a light hand and lots of blending is needed! 

I haven't decided what i'm dressing up as for Halloween yet or if i'm even doing anything, but this palette will be helping me get ready!

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

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September 2014 Favourites!♥

I really cannot believe it's already October! This year has flown past for me and it's going to be 2015 before i know it. I have a few favourites from september to share with you all today so, thanks for watching my second ever YouTube video!

I hope you enjoyed! It would make my day if you could like, comment or subscribe to my channel as i'll be posting videos more often!

Rosie xo
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