Tuesday, 30 August 2011

August Favourites

After a couple of weeks of the ball im getting back on it and doing my August favourites before the month of August is actually over (only by a few hours)

So here are just a few things i've been loving this month and the reasons why!


  1. ELF Stipple Brush ( The brush head is a lot smaller than it looks on the photo).
I adore this brush for applying foundation. It gives a really great light coverage and buffs your foundation in nicely. It's as good a quality as any MAC brush or higher end brush you could pick up for a teeeny weeny fraction of the price. This was in a half price sale at thetime of purchase and cost me just £1.75 (RRP £3.50). You can purchase this at ttp://eyeslipsface.co.uk/product~prodID~227.htm

     2. Chanel Viatlumiere aqua foundation in B10 beige- pastel

Your probably all sick to the back teeth of hearing about this foundation. So all i'll say is that it's a beautiful, light foundation with moderate coverage which doesn't clog my pores at all.
     3.) Bourjois Volume clubbing mascara in Ultra black.

This is a great mascara for adding volume and curve to your lashes. It is quite clumpy, but in a nice way. I love the effect of this. Plus it doesn't smudge or transfer throughout the day.
     4.) ELF mineral eye liner in Black
This just has a really nice creamy formula that transfers onto the eye well and stays put for hours. It's also a very rich black so gives a great smokey effect.

    5.) Bourjois 3D effect lipgloss in Rose Pacific
I adore this lipgloss firstly for it's rosey coral colourm that appears translucent on lips giving a really nice glimmer of colour to nude or coral lips. It also is a totally non sticky formula so glides on easily and lasts longer than expected!

    6.) Vera Wang Love struck perfume

For all the lovers of Vera Wang Princess there is a new girl in town. The Sweet and musky aromas of Princess remain in this new addition but it is now accompanied by more grown up floral and citrusy undertones. I actualy prefer this to princess, and I am a long time lover of that fragrance but I do feel that this one has a much more grown up feel  about it, even though it stills bares a girly and pretty tone. The fragrance is not quite as sweet as princess but is slightly more musky. The fragrance is a lot more delicate and light but is equally beautiful. Im pretty rubbish at describing perfumes so im going to cut myself of here before I make a fool of myself.

So that was a very short selection of products I've enjoyed using this month.

I hope your enjoying reading my blogs again and if you want to see more let me know in the comments section.

Much Love

Product Rave! BB Cream

Hola Rosettes.
In today's blog im going to review the new sensation that is beauty balm a.k.a BB cream!
I heard about this new revolutionary cream whilst reading a magazine, and after reading what it claims to do I felt I had to try it.
BB cream originate from Korea and was originally used to sooth skin that had been cosmetically treat. Of course, A high percentage of people who had been through such procedures were well known and famous names, and after discovering the great effects of BB cream ('Beauty Balm') retailers and buisness men/women saw dollar signs in their eyes and began to sell the product itself to a wider audience. It has now become a phenomenon within Asian women and is slowly making its way into  more global markets in the UK, USA and Europe.
So, a lot of 'beauty balm' creams retail in the higher price bracket. BUT, whilst shopping in Birmingham I spotted this product for sale in Superdrug....
This is the 'Daily All-in-one B.B. cream' by Garnier. It currently retails at £10.00 but im not sure if the price is going up after the introductory season. The product claims to give you 'Immediately perfected skin' in the following 5 areas:
Evens tone + boosts glow.
blurs Imperfections,
Smoothes fine lines,
24 hr hydration,
SPF 15 UV protection
The product comes out very thick and has the consistency and color of a tinted moisturiser. Once blended it leaves a nice sheen on the skin and gives a coverage slightly better than you'd expect from a tinted moisturizer. It is a lot thicker than usual and takes a bit of getting used to. The product also targets uneveness in the skin and will dampen the appearance of any acne scars or spots. If you have good skin you can simply use this product on it's own for resounding results, a nice coverage and a dewyy glow. And these are just the immediate effects...
After using this product for a week I have noticed a HUGE change in my skin. It's a lot more even and hydrated. Foundation appplies a lot, lot easier and smoother. The texture of my skin is better and any red spots are a lot less pigmented. The coverage of the product also means I have to use a lot less foundation so my skin isn't caked with make up and I have a lot less blocked pores and blackheads.
I simply cannot rave about this product enough. It is the best £10 I have ever spent and a true skin investment. I can totally understand why this has become such a beauty phenomenon. I would recommend it to anyone. The product comes in Light, Medium and Dark shades so there is something for everyone. It really will work wonders for you. I PROMISE!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

10 Quick Tips

Hola Rosettes

So my posts have definitely been flacking recently,

in both quantity and quality!!

So I thought I'd try and upload a few simple blogs that are quick and easy to write, that hopefully you will all find interesting.

The first in my string of shot blogs is my 10 Quick Tips blog.

Here I'm just going to give you guys 10 simple beauty related tips you may not have known before.


1.Massaging your scalp before shampoo will loosen all dirt and loose skin and therefore make it easier to wash away when you do shampoo. I suggest doing this for 30 seconds at the start of your shower under running warm water to give a deeper clean.
2.Conditioner needs time to be absorbed into your hair, simply applying it then rinsing it off will not give it chance to fulfill it's potential. I tend to leave my conditioner in whilst I clean my face and body, this gives it chance to nourish your hair and leave it soft and glossy.
3. Water is probably the best thing for your complexion. Skin often get dull, dry and spotty because we are dehydrated and therefore our complexions suffer. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day will keep your skin and body fresh and hydrated. If you struggle to drink water try carrying a water bottle round with you. When you get thirsty it's their to hand and is easy to fill up. You'll probably find you drink more than you realise.
4. Even a cheap nail varnish can look good if you use a decent base and top coat. I've made the mistake of not using a base or top coat for years and always been disappointed at the quality of my nail varnishes. I would strongly recommend investing in a decent top coat. For a cheap and effective one use barry M nail hardener, base and top coat (R.R.P around £3.00), if you want a slightly better but more expensive one try one by sally hanson, especially 'hard as nails' (these retail between £6 and £10), then for a more luxurious one try the OPI one, which will vary strongly in price depending where you get it from. I recommend ebay!
5.To get more volume in your eyelashes, before applying the mascara bring your wand as close as you can to the root of your lashes and wriggle back and forth, then rotate the wand a bit to get some more product onto the lashes. The quantity of product will lift the roots and set them in an elevated position so not only will your lashes have volume now, but it will stay there all day. You can continue the wriggling and rotating motions to get a thicker lash if wanted.
6.You don't have to invest in an expensive spot cream to get rid of spots. There are many household items which can transform into miricale spot cures. My two favourites are sudacrem and toothpaste. I find if you dab one of these on a spot over night it will draw out a lot of the redness and help smooth out its appearance.
7. EBAY! I  buy a lot of branded items of ebay, because a lot of wholesalers on their are cheaper than what you could get in the shops. Obviously wholesalers don't have to pay rent or staff a lot of the time so their comission and profit on a lot of the products are cut because they can afford to sell them cheaper. You do have to beware of fakes but feedback can help you with this. Firstly check the photos and compare them to those on the brands website (if there photos that have obviously been found on the internet don't bother and be very wary), also check the feedback. People aren't stupid, if they;ve accidentally bought a fake they will say in the feedback.  A lot of people who wholesale make up on ebay do it in vast quantities so have a lot of feedback, it is obvious whose real and whose not! Thirdly, if the price is to good to be true, the majority of the time IT IS!
8.Google shopping is a great tool for finding cheaper products. What I do is type in the exact product I want, whether it be perfume, make up or clothing and sort the prices from low to high and you can usually find some great deals! And the difference in prices is amazing! You also may find some new internet stores!
9. Don't store your brushes and your make up together. I hate it when your make up gets covered in a loose powdery dust etc, so I've found keeping your brushes seperate to your make up keeps the packaging a lot cleaner. It also means you don't have heavy items of make up bashing on to your brush bristles and bending them and damaging them into all kinds of weird and wonderful shapes.
10. If your nail varnish has been left with the lid slightly off and turned into a gloopy mess there is one life saving method. But I would literally recommend this for the nail varnish's last use, and nothing else. If you pour a bit of nail varnish into the pot and shake up it will loosen the texture and you will have a nicer consistency of nail varnish. However, throw it out after this use because the products will seperate and go funny after a while!!

So that was my top 10 quick tips.
If you want more blogs like this let me know
Hope you've had a nice weekend!!


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Holiday Essentials

Hello Rosettes,

So as I told you in my last blog I did spend last week on holiday,

I was only sunning it up in Newquay so obviously climates etc weren't very different

I was camping!
Which called for a lot of help from products which didn't require heat or electricity in order to maintain an acceptable appearance.

Here are just a few of my saviours from the week,

Umberto Giannini Flirty curls Scrunching Jelly

I had wanted to try this product out for ages as I am a huge fan of curling my hair, so I picked up a travel sized bottle from boots recently. This was definitely one of my saviours during my holiday. I couldn't use heat or styling tools on my hair so I needed something that would give it a bit of shape and style without using electricals. This product really gives a lot of lift and texture on the ends of your hair and does so without leaving a crunchy residue. The appearance of your hair after use looks natural and lasts all day. I really enjoyed using this and it's extremely handy when your on the go.

Trevor Sorbie Beautifully Moisturised Shampoo and Conditioner

I've always used head and shoulders shampoo and conditioner because I have quite sensitive scalp. However, on the same trip to boots I noticed both Head and Shoulders and Trevor Sorbie were in a 2 for £6 deal. Trevor Sorbie being the more luxurious competitor in this instance, so obviously I went with that choice. And im oh so glad I did. This duo really adds moisture and shine to your hair and helps to combat frizz and fly aways. It leaves such a smooth sleak finish whilst leaving your hair feeling weightless and volumized. It is all I could ask for in a shampoo and conditioner. The smell of it is the standard Trevor Sorbie one, which im not to keen on - it's rather chemically- but apart from this I love the effect it gives and how it's not to strong to irritate my scalp.

I LOVE ALOE VERA GEL. There. I thought i'd just say it. As someone with pale skin it is inevitable that I burn on holiday. Whether I go to the maldives or Scotland, I will burn, no doubt about it. So I have always taken some kind of aftersun with me. A couple of years ago I discovered Aloe Vera gel after a very painful experience with a sunbed and since then I have never looked back. The pictured gel I picked up in America and it had Lidocaine in it, this is probably the best one i've tried. However the UK's leading brand, I believe, is Banana Boat who do a great job as well. Aloe Vera gel is totally natural and not only does it help combat the burn it is ridiculously soothing. I definitely recommend it for anyone out there preparing to get burnt this summer!!

Barry M Topcoat Basecoat and Nail Hardener.

I do like to have painted summery nails on holiday but the sand and sea damage mean keeping your nails immaculate is a bit of a ball ache. However, this top coat really hardens your nails and leaves your varnish looking shiny and sleek. Another great thing is that, unlike many other top coats, this takes a matter of seconds to dry so you don't have to sit still for hours.
For the past few weeks I have been using the proactive skincare range, but on holiday I found it a bit of a hassle to keep on top of a skin care regime and sometimes I just needed a quick solution. I have always found that in terms of value for money and skin kindness baby wipes top that of face wipes, and I have always loved the Simple version so I really relied on these to keep my face clean. I also used them out and about when I was being a messy pup.

So I hope you lucky lot who may be jetting of on holiday soon found this useful.

And if you are going on holiday have a wonderful time!!!

Lots of loves


Apologies & explanations

Well hello there stranger!!!

It has been a while.

So first up,
sorry I haven't posted anything in ages, I have been on holiday for a week and before and after that was generally really really busy!! (If you want too see some holiday photos please comment and let me know). However, hopefully I shall be able to find lots of little pockets of time to scribble down a few decent blogs for my lovely followers.

Second up,

I have hit 100+ followers.
Now in the blogging world that doesn't sound like a lot but,
I haven't told any of my family and friends about this blog so all my followers are literally people who have discovered my blog and decided to follow, and a hundred people are a lot of people (imagine 100 people infront of you, that's a lot)

So thank you to everyone who's followed and please keep doing so,

What else?

I do just have to hit on the terrible things that have been going on in the UK, I live close to Birmingham, Wolverhampton and West Brom who have all been hit by the terrible riots that are occuring. I haven't seen any of this first hand, but watching news reports and a like is literally one of the scariest things. The idea that you can feel unsafe in your own town and country and can feel threatened by your neighbours and your countries inhabitants is evil and shocking. It seems that the rioting has lost it's original motive and that people are jumping on the band wagon as it is almost becoming a trend in younger people. It really makes me sick. And my heart goes out to all those people who have worked all their lives to build a succesfull buisness only to have it ruined by scumbags through no fault of their own.

I really hope that people come to there senses and put an end to this madness now.

Sorry to end on a negative note.
Hopefully this will be followed by a beauty related blog.