Monday, 27 October 2014

Lifestyle Post: Richmond Park

Hi Everyone,

I had a rare treat this weekend as my boyfriend had his first Saturday off work in months, and so after the compulsory Friday night out, what better way to spend the weekend than in the beautifully Autumnal Richmond Park?!

For anyone that hasn't been to Richmond Park- it is ginormous. We walked for what felt like miles but barely made our way across even the tiniest section of the park. It is also absolutely beautiful, and full of wildlife (most notably deer, as you can see from my photos!). They are beautiful animals but not as placid as they seem, and we saw quite a few of the young males scuffling and clashing antlers.

Autumn seemed to be in full swing in Richmond Park and we crunched our way through the park admiring the lovely colours. I wore my favourite new coat from Next and my Topshop boots, teamed with jeans and a cosy knit, perfect to protect against the Autumn chill.

After the park we traipsed back to our car and heading into Ealing for dinner. It was a lovely end to a great day, and it really made me appreciate this wonderful Autumn sun we've been having!

What did you all get up to this weekend?

Rosie x

Sunday, 26 October 2014

First Impressions: Fairydrops Mascara

Hi Everyone,

I recently invested in the Fairdrops Mascara having heard about it first on Vivianna's blog. I am fortunate enough to have quite long eyelashes, but the problem I have is that they are dead straight, and so this mascara really appealed to me as it promises to lift and separate lashes (like a bra for your eyes!).

This is a Japanese mascara originally designed by Japanese celeb Aya Yasuda, and as such it is not the easiest to track down in the UK. I managed to find it in stock in the Topshop flagship store in Oxford Street in their new Beautymart section which is filled with lots of exciting makeup products from overseas!

First impressions of this mascara is that the packaging is really cute, yet feels quite luxurious. The gold mascara tube reminds me of high end mascaras like YSL Babydoll, but at £18.50 the Fairydrops mascara is a little easier on the pocket. The wand itself is separated into three thick 'bulbs' and is slightly bent which makes application nice and smooth. The above photo is taken without using eyelash curlers and I was quite impressed with the level of curl I achieved- I have since used the mascara with eyelash curlers and was even happier with the results.

The problems I've encountered with this mascara so far is that it is not 100% waterproof and does have a tendency to run slightly, although it is stubborn and is not the easiest to remove at the end of the day. I also find that the solution is quite thick and makes my lashes a bit gloopy looking, although I have managed to reduce this by using less product.

I feel the price is a little steep for what it is (the tube was a bit smaller than I expected) but then I am not a fan of spending a lot of money on mascara generally as I find it quite an unexciting product to splash out on!

Overall I like this mascara for the much needed curl that it gives my poker straight lashes and for its staying power. It will probably become my go-to daily mascara, although for nights out I'm not sure it will give me the volume and waterproofness (if that's a word!?) that I'm looking for.

Have you tried Fairydrops? Let me know what you thought of it!

Rosie x