Monday, 20 January 2014

Birthday Weekend!!

Hi Everyone,

Today I thought I'd do a little lifestyle post for you as to be honest I haven't had chance to experiment with many new beauty products recently! This is practically unheard of for me, but I have been moving house (again!) and living out of a suitcase, so all of my products are boxed up and hidden in the depths of the garage. Plus last week was my birthday and I have been busy celebrating!

Last weekend my boyfriend and I went to Cheltenham as a birthday treat and stayed in the gorgeous Hotel Du Vin. I chose Cheltenham as I'd been once before when I was at university in Bristol (ahem.. several years ago now) and really enjoyed it. The hotel I was not so familiar with but  Oh-my-Gosh it's gorgeous! We stayed in the Ruinart room which had an amazing his-and-hers bathroom complete with two showers and two baths. Yes, possibly a little bit gimmicky.. But surely you have got to give it a go?!

The trip was a real treat and we had a few glasses of champagne in the room before heading out for dinner at a lovely little French restaurant called L'Artisan. I wore my new ASOS jumpsuit which I am already in love with having umm-ed and ahh-ed over it for quite some time before purchasing!

The next day we had an additional treat when the hotel staff brought us breakfast in bed on a little tray complete with pastries, toast, juice, coffee and granola with yoghurt.. Yummy. I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the hotel to anyone as we found the staff to be extremely helpful and the whole trip was a great experience.

I hope you all had a brilliant weekend!

Rosie x

Sunday, 5 January 2014

What I Got for Christmas...

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all having a wonderful start to 2014! Christmas seems to be well and truly over now; the tree is down, selection boxes have been eaten and my Christmas playlist has been abandoned. I really enjoyed Christmas in 2013 and was lucky enough to receive some lovely presents, a few of which I thought I'd share with you in today's post. I'm doing this purely because I've read quite a few of these posts and found them really sweet and interesting, and so I hope you enjoy reading mine!

Handbag: I was truly spoilt by my boy this time around, and he bought me this AMAZING bag from Michael Kors. If any of you have read some of my previous Lust List posts then you will know that I am partial to a designer handbag, and Michael Kors is one of my all-time favourite brands. This bag is so buttery soft and has both a long and a short strap which makes it easy to carry around. I am so in love with it that I'm a bit scared to use it in case I get it dirty! It is absolutely beautiful and the colour is perfect for everyday- I was seriously impressed with his choice!

DKNY Makeup Bag: This bag is perfectly handbag-sized and will definitely come in handy. I always seem to be short of makeup bags so this was a really useful present for me and I love the cute DKNY pattern. 

Makeup Brush Set: This 11 piece brush set is from Fakeface and the brushes are lovely and soft. I love the angled blush brush and the precision eyeshadow brushes, plus they come in this really handy zip case. They are not quite on a par with my beloved Real Techniques brushes but who doesn't love a new set of makeup brushes, plus I love the packaging!

Makeup: I was given a lovely Estee Lauder set which includes a gel eyeliner, mascara and eyeshadow trio. I love Estee Lauder makeup and the packaging always feels very luxurious. I have only tried the eyeliner so far but it glides on so smoothly and really lasts all day so I'm very pleased with it. I also received some vouchers for Christmas so bought a few other bits and pieces including Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, MAC eyeshadow in Brun, Clinique concealer in Chamois and YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in Nude Beige. These were all treat puchases, especially the lipstick as I've had my eye on it for ages! I am really happy with everything I bought and I'm sure I will be reviewing these products soon.

Watch: This wasn't actually a Christmas present but I treated myself to this gorgeous Michael Kors watch in the January sales (yes, I'm obsessed I know!). I'd wanted one for a really long time and this one was just so beautiful that I couldn't resist. I love it so far and have been wearing it every day- it is such a statement piece but seems to go with everything and comes in this swanky Michael Kors box, yay!

There are a couple of other bits and pieces but as this is already quite a long post I won't bore you with them. All in all I was a very lucky lady and I cannot wait to test drive some of my new products! I am also one of the unfortunate January-birthday-people (the most depressing month to have a birthday ever), so hopefully I might have some new and shiny bits and pieces to show you after the 11th!

What did you all get for Christmas? If you've done a post on this I'd love to read it (and perhaps you can give me some birthday present inspiration!).

Rosie x

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Face Of The Day

Hello lovelies!

Today I am doing a quick Face of The Day post to showcase some of the fab new products that I have picked up recently. I have always been a fan of the full coverage foundation, but in this look I am trying something a bit different and using a BB cream instead. I did not expect to like this look as much as I do, but the BB cream I used gives a lovely illuminating glow and is perfect for everyday. I hope you enjoy!

Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Pink Light (under BB Cream)
Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer in 001
Revlon Photoready BB Cream Skin Perfector in 020 Light Medium (applied with fingers, not a brush)
Clinique Even Better Concealer in Chamois (used as highlighter on nose, cheekbones, chin and forehead)
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium

MAC Eyeshadow in Brun, applied with Bare Minerals Brow Brush

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer to contour
No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter to accentuate the highlighted areas
MAC Blush in Melba

No.7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in Black (on upper and lower waterline and smudged slightly under eyes)
Benefit They're Real! Mascara

Natural Collection Lip Lines (this is an old one and I can't find the shade I'm afraid!)
Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine

Overall I love this dewy, fresh faced look and it was so easy to create that I will definitely be doing it again! The Photoready range from Revlon is a firm favourite of mine at the moment and looks so flawless in photographs- I am planning a post on my favourite products from the range which will hopefully be available soon.

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone and of course feel free to leave me a comment!

Rosie x