Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Body Scrub ♥

This might be TMI but I sometimes have a problem with body acne. I've spoken to a few people and found they suffer with this too. For me, it's one of the first things i'd change about myself and especially with summer coming up i'd like to change this as soon as possible.

While i was browsing Boots i saw the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Body Scrub (£4.99 Boots). I've been using this for a few weeks now and i've definitely seen an improvement in my skin. This scrub easily buffs all the dead skin away leaving my skin looking healthier and looking softer. I've noticed a massive decrease in the amount of spots i have and the ones i already had, were gone very quickly. 

It's a very mild scrub so i've taken to using this everyday for places like my elbows, knee's and shoulders. Because the formula is very mild i don't have to worry about anything irritating my skin from too much use. I'll definitely be picking up more items from this range and re-purchasing this when it's finished. If you have problems with acne on your body, this range is something you need to try!


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers ♥

If you haven't seen my latest haul post, you can read it here. I picked up two of the Make Up Academy Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers whilst i was browsing Superdrug. I just had to make a few purchases as it was 3for2 across all make up! I've used MUA a lot over the years and i love some of their products and others i can't use at all. 

The Make Up Academy Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers (£3 each) come in a variety of shades - of which i have two. I have 'Aflush' a bright pink and 'Tranquility' a nude. The packaging is a lot better than MUA's regular line - these don't look like you only paid £3 each for these. 

The formula is pretty good - the wear time for me was around 4-5 hours (including eating and drinking) before i would need to re-apply. The pigmentation was really good so i didn't have to use too much of the product each time. They thankfully didn't smudge easy as i am super clumsy. I liked the fact they looked glossy for quite a while whereas most lip lacquers seem to be matte.

The only thing i wasn't too fond of, is the overly artificial smell of these. 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

5 under £5 ♥

Is it just me or does £5 get you a lot less these days? As a kid, £5 was some serious money and would last me a whole day in my local town centre - including getting lunch! But nowadays, i spend more than that so easily! I'm a lover of a good bargain and i would say most of my favourite products are high street/drugstore items so i had a look through my collection and decided which were my top 5 beauty items under five pounds....

NYC Smooth skin Sunny Bronzer (£1.99) - I can never quite believe the price of this. I picked this up after hearing a lot of great things and it's never disappointed. For pale girls, this is the ultimate go-to contour powder that never looks orange and is easy to use. For under £2 too - it's so cheap! 
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) - A beauty bloggers favourite. I've been using this for years. It easily conceals dark circles and any blemishes without feeling heavy on the skin. It comes light enough for my skin tone too which is a massive bonus. 
Models Own Colour Chrome Silver Polish (£4.99) - For nail polish, my favourite two brands are Models Own and Barry M. But Models Own recent release - the Colour Chrome Collection - features this gorgeous nail polish. It doesn't chip easily, looks gorgeous on and is super shiny!
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner (£3.99) - The one i've shown is the nude version but i love every shade of this especially the black. It's super pigmented, lasts a really long time on the waterline and has a great formula that doesn't tug at your skin at all. Best Kohl eyeliners ever. 
Maybelline ColorTattoo (£4.99) - Love these. I use them on their own, as an eyeshadow primer or as part of a look. They're versatile, they have a nice range of colours and keep my powder eyeshadow on for longer. They're easy to blend and look great by themselves on the lid. 


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Spring Make Up Must Haves ♥

Spring is easily my second favourite season, after Summer, as i love the weather. The days are starting to stay lighter for longer and you have those odd lovely days on the weekend that mean Summer is coming! I like to switch up my routines based on the seasons changing - and i always change up my make up bag for Spring.

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Foundation is turning into my go-to foundation at the moment. Medium coverage that's easily build able. The finish is slightly dewy but keeps your skin looking really natural which is perfect for this time of year. I always reach for the NYX Dewy Finish Spray in Spring. Who doesn't love a good dewy finish? This thankfully doesn't make you 'too' dewy or greasy but leaves your skin looking natural, glowing and healthy.

 For my cheeks, it's this time of year that i start experimenting with my orange and coral shades again and one of my favourite blushes is the Bourjois Cream Blush 02 which is a lovely light orange - it looks really flattering on as it's nowhere near that bright once applied and blended. For me, i love a good contour and highlight. But my favourite highlighter is the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle which is everyones favourite. It's a gorgeous, golden highlight that easily lasts all day to keep your face looking glowy.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Coconut Oil Uses ♥

I love multi-tasking products - so much. I love them even more if they're really easy to find and a great price too. For me, a pot of coconut oil is an essential. I have a lot of different uses for it and i know others love it too. 

Unlike a lot of other bloggers, my uses are slightly more limited considering i hate coconut oil in cooking. I really dislike the taste of it so my uses are purely practical (but mostly for beauty purposes)

Hair Mask - I warm a little bit of this up and run through my hair, concentrating on the ends and leave on overnight. Once rinsed off your hair will be soft, sleek and healthier looking.
Body Butter/Lotion - Applying a small amount of this onto slightly damp skin after a bath or shower helps add some extra moisture. I normally save this for my knees, elbows and shoulders as this is ultra moisturising. 
Lip Balm - I always use Lip balm before i go to bed and i've started using Coconut oil on my lips as it's so moisturising. I always wake up with super soft and smooth lips. 
Cleanser - When someone first mentioned this to me, i was skeptical. But i tried it and it easily removed my days make up with the help of a Muslin cloth. Even waterproof mascara and eyeliner came off. Best of all? Because it's super hydrating and natural your skin doesn't feel irritated! 

Personally, i love using coconut oil and i'm slowly converting my friends and family into using it all the time. There are even more uses that i haven't spoken about. These are just my favourites! 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Smallest Beauty Haul! ♥

I had to pop into Superdrug to pick up some paracetamol recently, and i still couldn't leave without purchasing a few new things to try out. Is anyone incapable of saying no to make up every time they go into Boots or Superdrug? I'm hoping it's not just me! 

L to R: MUA 'Aflush', Models Own Silver and MUA 'Tranquility'
The first product that made it's way into my basket is one of the limited edition Models Own Chrome Colour Nail Polishes 'Silver' i was hoping to grab the rose gold one too but sadly this was out of stock. I love silver as a colour and love it on my nails so i can't wait to try this out. I also grabbed two of the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip lacquers as it was 3 for 2 across all cosmetics. I picked the two shades 'Aflush' and 'Tranquility'. I'm looking forward to trying all of these out!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Beauty Haul ♥

While having a quick browse around Boots while shopping for some necessities, i ended up treating myself inevitably to a couple of things. I mean, who can go into Boots for toothpaste, shower gel and leave with nothing else?!

The first product i picked up is the Maybelline Brow Drama 'Medium brown' because I've heard so many great things about it. It looks kind of fiddly to use but I'm hoping I'll get used to it! Next up is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream as I'd heard this is similar to the Benefit's Porefessional as a primer but for a lot less! I also got the Bourjois 123Perfect CC Cream 'Ivory' as I've been told this has great coverage for a CC Cream and I'm on the lookout for something for the hotter days. Last but not least i picked up Essie 'Sunday Funday' which is a lovely coral colour!


Sunday, 12 April 2015

My Blogging Routine ♥

When it comes to blogging, i surely cannot be the only really nosey one who wonders how people write their posts? I mean, for me, i have a really set routine that i always stick to.

I like to always be ahead of myself so i always make sure i have at least one weeks worth of posts already written up - just in case i get writers block. I always plan my posts in advance too - i carry a little mini notebook around with me always so i can jot down post idea's and it also has my schedule in it too. I have a 'to review' box of goodies on my computer desk so normally I'll take a few of these out and take photos and edit those. 

When it comes to post writing, because i make notes throughout the week, post writing doesn't take too long at all. I always make sure I'm comfy with a cup of tea and my cat on my lap and sit and write for a few hours. It's even better now it's light outside for ages because it means i can write/take photos whenever i feel like it. 

I usually blog on the weekend, as i work Monday to Friday so i don't get much time at home during the week. This is the most productive way for me!

How do you blog? Please let me know in the comments below!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Current Beauty Wishlist ♥

Its that time again! Wishlist time. I always keep a list of products I've got my eye on and only get a couple a month - i like trying out new products but i do only have one face to put them all on to. I've had my eye on the items below for quite a while in some cases.

Current Wilshlist

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection - I have the powder brush and the blush brush already but I've been lusting after these since i saw them released. They're gorgeous and look luxurious. Perfect.
Burts Bees Honey Lip Balm - My lips have been so dry recently and Vaseline isn't enough so I'd like to try a new brand to see if it works out - I've heard a lot of good things about Burt's Bee's.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - Everyone raves about this foundation! I've heard so many good things and I've only tried a couple of NARS Products. I want glowing and perfect looking skin.
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - From what i've seen the reviews on this are 50/50. I love They're Real but also have very straight lashes that need help to get a nice curve so I'd like to see if this is my perfect mascara.
NYX Matte Lipstick Pure Red - I think that might be the most gorgeous red lipstick i have ever seen, i need it. 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Letter To My Teenage Self ♥

I've decided recently i don't want to just stick with beauty on this blog - i wanted to add a bit of lifestyle and maybe some personal posts too. So, i hope you like this one, it's a letter to my teenage self. 

To Teenage Rosie,

Hang in there. It will be better. Promise. I know you're having a tough time right now and it feels like it's never going to get better but it does. Friends don't mean anything if they don't support you, if they don't believe you then they're not real friends. You're not going to know them in five years. You can't help being ill - it's not your fault. School doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things. Don't be upset by it - they'll find out sooner or later how awful the past year has been.

don't cry over boys, they're not worth it. Especially not that one. Or that one. Don't jump in at the first sign of affection, there isn't any need. Have fun. Go to parties. Have a laugh and do stupid things. Go to as many gigs as you can. That frontman of the local band you have a giant crush on that you think doesn't know you exist? Well, in a few years he'll be yours.  Don't grow up too fast, you only get a year or two more with no responsibilities. Life will work out. 

Only you can make yourself happy, stop relying on other people to make you smile. You're worth more than that, you deserve better than that. Sometimes people deserve a second chance and sometimes they don't. Learn who does and doesn't. Your family are the only people you can count on, and they're getting old now. Look after them.

Be happy. Be kind. Keep up the good work kid.

Lots of love,

The older but probably not wiser Rosie.

Monday, 6 April 2015

LUSH Dark Angels ♥

As someone who has quite problematic skin, i'm always trying out new skincare. I have extremely dry skin that is also easily irritated. For me, skincare needs to be quick and easy as well as effective because i don't have time to apply 20 different creams and serums every night. 

One of my favourite brands to grab skincare from is LUSH. Their products are all handmade and made with good ingredients (plus none are tested on animals). I've enjoyed using their face masks, toners and lots mores. But unfortunately, i seem to have found one of the only products i don't like in there.

Lush Dark Angels (£6.75 Lush) is a cleanser that also exfoliates too. This is the reason i picked it up, to help deep cleanse my skin and remove make up while also buffing away any dead skin gently on a daily basis. Unfortunately, i can't stand the smell or texture of this. It reminds me of liquorice, which i've never liked and the paste that it turns into doesn't feel particularly pleasant when applied to the skin. It easily removes all traces of my face make up and rinses off easily. I also noticed after using this my skin was slightly sore and irritated. I won't be buying this one again but will try another cleanser from their massive range. 


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Everyday Spring Lipsticks ♥

Now that Spring is officially here, we can all start getting ready for summer. For me, Spring gives me a chance to inject some softer tones back into my make up looks. In Autumn/Winter i prefer dark and bold lipsticks whereas Spring i like to go for a subtle or nude lip. This post is all about my top 5 most reached for lipsticks at this time for Spring. 

L to R: Nyx Megashine Lipgloss 'Beautiful', NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream 'Tokyo', Revlon Matte Balm 'Elusive' Make Up Revolution Intense Lacquer 'More than i could give' and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream 'Antwerp'. 

 If you couldn't tell from the photo, i really like pink tones around this time of year. My most reached for Lipgloss ever is the NYX Megashine Lipgloss in 'Beautiful' which is as the name suggests, beautiful. It's a gorgeous light pink with golden shimmer. The formula is lovely and thick but isn't overly sticky. Another great NYX lip product is the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'Tokyo' which is a very light pink with a matte finish. This lasts for hours on end - and smells like cupcakes. 

L to R: NYX 'Antwerp', Make Up Revolution 'More Than I Could Give', Revlon 'Elusive', NYX 'Tokyo' and NYX 'Beautiful'
Another great matte lip product is the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in 'Elusive' which I'd been wearing a lot in the last couple of weeks. It's a slightly darker colour than the rest - a dusty pink. It lasts well and compliments pretty much any look. I love lip lacquers for their staying power and the Make Up Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in 'More Than I could give' is no exception. It's a pure nude shade. The formula is good - staying power is good without any awful stickiness. The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'Antwerp' is definitely the brightest out of the lot, a bright coral pink. 


Friday, 3 April 2015

My Fake Tan Routine ♥

I'm super pale naturally so i use fake tan just to look a more 'normal' colour. I've been using fake tan for the last year or so now and I've worked out what works and what doesn't for me and my skin. For me, i need a fake tan that's easy to apply, doesn't dry my skin out and isn't too dark. 

When it comes to prepping my skin, i always shave and exfoliate a day or two before. I'm currently using the Soap & Glory Scrub 'em and Leave 'em Body Buff and pay the closest attention to my knees, elbows, shoulders and chest area. Once I've removed all the dead skin, i apply a lotion every evening after my shower or bath. My favourite evening moisturising lotion is the Palmers Cocoa Butter Firming Butter. For me, the more hydrated you skin is the better the fake tan will apply and take to your skin. I always use a different moisturiser in the morning - something quicker.

I always apply my fake tan with a mitt to avoid any orange hand disasters. I'm currently using the St Tropez Express Self Tan which you leave on for 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for a medium tan and 3 for a deep tan. I always go for the light - maybe leaving it on for an hour and a half at the most. I find this doesn't have that awful 'fake tan' smell. It also doesn't dry my skin out. It's easy to apply and work with. I've been enjoying using this and I've had a lot of compliments on my skin tone when I've been using this. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Make Up Revolution I ♥ Obsession Palettes!

It seems as if Make Up Revolution are always bringing out new products. It's hard to believe has only just celebrated their first birthday as a brand as they're so well known and loved by bbloggers. 

The Make Up Revolution I ♥ Obsession Make up Palette* (£3.99 Make Up Revolution Store) have 10 shades in the palette. I have the palettes in two shades: 'Pure Cult' which is nude and 'Paris'  which is a nudes as well as some brights mixed in too - like a pink and navy blue.  Like all Make Up Revolution eyeshadows I've tried, it's hard to believe how great the quality is for the low low cost. They're soft, blend easily and have good pigmentation.  

i can definitely see myself using 'pure Cult' more because on a daily basis i wear nude eyeshadow. But I'm always looking to add  more colour into my make up routine. I'd recommend trying these palettes out if you love make up. 

Products marked with a * have been sent for review. All opinions are my own. 

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