Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015! ♥

I can't believe I'm actually writing this. It seems like it was only a little while ago that it was January, now it's here again. 2014 was a great year for me so I'm not sure if 2015 can top it for me, but lets hope it can. 

lots of exciting things happened to me in 2014 but here is just a few of them. 

  • I started a new career within IT. I ended up being a lot better at it than i ever thought and ended up loving my job and the opportunities it gives me. 
  • I celebrated the end of my teens.
  • I went on the holiday of my dreams and visited Los Angeles with my boyfriend. I saw the Hollywood sign and walked down the Sunset strip. 
  • I got to visit Universal Studios.
  • I went to Warped Tour in the desert and watched 3 of my favourite bands ever. 
  • I got to go Access All Areas to Sonisphere Festival and see my close friends band play a packed out stage. 
  • I lost over 2 stone by eating healthier and starting to exercise.
  • I celebrated my 3 year anniversary with my other half with our closest friends at a theme park. 
  • I went to a lot of gigs, from small pubs to packed out arenas.

Now, for the inevitable 'New Years Resolutions'. I don't normally have these but for once, i thought i would. 

  1. Give up smoking. 
  2. Be consistent with my blog and grow it as much as i can. 
  3. Travel more. 
  4. Go to as many gigs as i can.
  5. Go to at least one festival in the summer. 
  6. Get down to my goal weight. 
  7. Join the gym and start playing sports.

Happy New Year! 


Monday, 29 December 2014

2014 Beauty Favourites! ♥

I love writing favourites posts almost as much as i love reading them. I find them much more helpful than reviews when it comes to seeing if I'd like to try a product or not. Last year, i did a yearly favourites (which you can read here) so i thought I'd do another one this year. 

Favourite Skincare

 This was probably the hardest category for me, as I've tried so much new skincare this year and I'm always changing up my skincare routine. But i did have a couple of products which really stood out for me like the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. My skin is very dry - especially this time of year - and can use all the help and hydration possible. I apply this all over my face around once a week and i was surprised by how quickly it sunk into the skin rather than leaving my face feeling sticky. Another product I've been using a lot recently from Origins is the Origins Super spot Remover Blemish Treatment. I don't have 'problem' skin but i do get spots like any other person. I always apply a little of this directly onto any blemishes and it not only helps to soothe them but also visibly reduces the redness. Last but not least is my favourite go-to everyday moisturiser which is the Olay Beauty Fluid Nourishing day Fluid. I find this has the best balance between keeping my skin soft and moisturised without taking a long time to sink into my skin. 

Favourite Make Up

Again, this was quite hard to choose but for me, my ultimate foundation choice this year has been the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation 'Light Beige'. The medium coverage is perfect for everyday but can be built up if you have any blemishes or problem areas. Another favourite, which was a recent find, is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full coverage Concealer 'Fair'. This certainly is full coverage and i use this on everything from dark circles to blemishes. It's a very fair shade which makes it perfect for use under the eyes. I love a good contour and highlight so I've been using my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish 'Soft and Gentle' very often. it gives off a gorgeous golden sheen on the skin that can look quite natural if applied with a light hand. For blush, my favourite look is a soft and natural one so I've chosen the Bourjois Little Pot Blush 'Rose Frisson' which is a gorgeous dusty rose pink with a little shimmer. It stays on easily all day and always looks natural. 

For me, my all time favourite palette this year has got to be the theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow palette. It's got such a lovely mix of shades and finishes that it's so easy to create multiple looks from. MakeUp Revolution as a brand may have only started this year but two of their products still made their way into my 2014 favourites. The MakeUp Revolution Focus & Fix Eyebrow Shaping Kit 'Light Medium' is the first ever brow kit I've ever used. The top right colour is the perfect match for my brows and it's so easy to use. This has been helping me define my brows and I've had compliments whenever i use this. I love a bold lip and red is my go to for a bold lip which is why i chose the MakeUp Revolution Lipstick 'Atomic Red' as a favourite. it's such a gorgeous true, bright red that really does pop on the lips. It's probably the brightest red in my collection. For contouring, I've been loving the The Body Shop Honey Bronzer which has been perfect for that and also as an all over bronzer. The colour is perfect for us pale girls to contour with without looking muddy.

So, these are my 2014 beauty favourites, what were yours? Tell me in the comments!


Saturday, 27 December 2014

Beauty Haul! ♥

Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! I had a very busy one but as always it consisted of a lot of food, a lot of wine and family time. Christmas Day is also my other half's birthday so i get to spoil him extra rotten! 

I went out shopping a couple of days after Christmas to grab myself some beauty bits I've had my eye on for a while. I couldn't really find many good beauty sales but i did get one or two bargains! 

First i grabbed the Indeed Laboratories The Ultimate Hydration Trio (£39.99) which I've had my eye on forever. so many bloggers swear by Hydraluron for their dry skin so i need to see if this is worth the hype or not! 

 I also picked up the Real Techniques Limited edition Nic's Picks Brush Set (£29.99) because they're just so gorgeous! I'm always in need of more brushes and i love the regular Real Techniques brushes!

I also grabbed a Real Techniques Powder brush as i seem to lose brushes! Max Factor had an offer on where if you bought £15 worth of their make up, you received a free gift. So, i picked up two of the Max Factor Colour Correctors in 'Corrects Redness' and 'Corrects Dark Spots' (£8.99 each). I have trouble with dark under eye circles and redness on my cheeks so hopefully this will help counter act that! I also picked up a couple of back ups, like my current go to foundation - the Maybelline SuperStay Better skin Foundation and the Seventeen Phwoar Paint Concealer. 

 Max Factors Free gift was a little make up kit with a lipstick, nail polish, eyeshadow and mascara in. I've not tried any of these before so I'm looking forward to trying these.

 Last but not least, i picked up some new Barry M polishes to add to my collection. I've been needing a new base coat/top coat for a while so i grabbed one of those! I also picked up one of the Gelly hi Shine polishes in 'Lychee'. 

 Hope you had a lovely Christmas! 


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Make Up Revolution All About Pink Blush Palette! ♥

Here i am again, with another review of every bbloggers favourite budget brand - MakeUp Revolution. They seem to constantly be coming out with awesome new releases and when i saw this pop through my letter box i got very excited and could hardly wait to take photos so i could swatch this palette! 

MakeUp Revolution All about Pink Blush Palette* (£6 MakeUp Rev) is a great little bargain. For only £6, you get 6 full size pink shades and a large mirror. Like all MakeUp Revolution products i've tried, the quality is so high especially when you look at the price tag. In the palette you get a mixture of shades, you get a peachy pink, hot pink, barbie pink and a pinky coral as well as two highlight shades. 

The highlight shades were really hard to take a photo of but in natural light, they both look very subtle and natural on the skin but give you a lovely glow. 

These powders last well on the skin - around 6/7 hours of wear time before they start to fade. They're all fairly pigmented but easy to build up to achieve the desired colour. This would be a perfect little stocking filler for a beauty lover! 

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

Lots of love,


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Birchbox December Box! ♥

December is one of my favourite months for trying new beauty products - especially as everything is Christmas themed. A few years ago, i tried a subscription box but cancelled after only two boxes because i was bored by the amount of perfume samples i was receiving. A few months back, i decided to try again and a new brand. So i signed up to receive a Birchbox once a month. 

We all know how Beauty Boxes work. You pay £12.95 a month and you get samples of high end or luxury products sent to your door once a month. It's not always sample sizes - you can get full size products too. So, this is what i got this month! 

First up is the Ilsci Organics Gel Mask Grape Stem (£39.95 full size). I always love a good face mask to give my skin some added TLC. This mask claims to smooth and rejuvenate the skin and is apparently all natural, can't wait to try this out!
Electric hair Hydrate Shampoo (£17.50 Full size). I dye my hair a lot which has led to it feeling quite dry so anything that promises to hydrate my hair is a good idea for me. I haven't heard of this brand before so will see how this goes! 
Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in 'Smoke' (£8 Full Size). This is the first of the 'full size' products in this month's box. I've only tried a couple of Eyeko products and i love dark smokey eyes so this product will be getting a lot of use from me! 
Benefit High Beam (£19.50 full size). I LOVE High Beam so i was really happy to get this in my box. It's my favourite liquid highlighter and it lasts for ages so this little bottle will last me a while. 
Models Own Velvet Goth Nail Polish in 'Amethyst' (£5 Full Size). This is the second full size product. I have another colour from this collection and it's gorgeous. It's matte but sparkly which is a huge plus. Only problem is removing this can be a major pain in the bum...
Trilogy Certified Rosehip Oil (£16.50 Full Size). I've never tried using Rosehip oil before but i know a lot of people swear by it. I get a couple of dry areas, especially around my shoulders that could use some extra nourishment. 

This months 'lifestyle' gift is a Sophia Webster Purse which is leopard print and stripes. It's cute and I'll probably keep this in my handbag for my small change but it's a nice touch. 

I've loved this months Birchbox!

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


Friday, 5 December 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water! ♥

Finally, i can post again! November was a really hard month for me - i had a lot of personal issues, stress from work and I've had bronchitis all at once. Not fun! But, I'm back and I'm going to try and be better when it comes to blogging because I've missed it a lot!

While having a browse in Boots for some Christmas gifts i ended up treating myself to a couple of new beauty bits. does this happen to anyone else or just me? I've ran out of my Vichy Purete Thermale Micellar Solution* recently and have been looking for a more budget friendly alternative. I love using Micellar solutions as i have sensitive skin that is really easily inflamed. 

I've been using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (£4.99 400ml Boots) recently. it's very budget friendly at just £4.99 for 400ml or '200 uses' according to Garnier. Since i found micellar solutions, I'll never use a face wipe again. The Garnier Cleansing Water easily removes all my face make up with one cotton pad and then i use another for my eyes and lips. I've yet to have any problem removing even my more stubborn waterproof eyeliners, mascara's or lip stains. 

It doesn't have any perfumes so thankfully it's very gentle on my sensitive skin. While I've been ill I've been having trouble with my skin acting up and this definitely helped to soothe my sore dry patches of skin rather than make it even more dry like some products can. If you suffer from dry or sensitive skin or just want a product that removes your make up quickly and efficiently - you need to try this! 

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

Lots of love,
Rosie xo

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Merry Christmas Giveaway!♥

i know it's been forever since i last posted but i've been going through some personal problems the last month or so, which are all sorted now that made it impossible for me to blog, so sorry! 

I can't believe it's already december, i mean, where has the year gone? its flown by....

a Rafflecopter giveaway I love December because i love wooly jumpers, mulled wine and fairy lights. So i thought i'd start off the festive cheer with a little giveaway! 

Good luck :-)

Rosie xo
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