Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Mini Beauty Haul

Why is it that everything runs out at the same kind of time? I seem to be coming to the end of my foundation, concealer, mascara, skin care and shower products all at once! I had a mini spree to replace some of my nearly empties this week. Here's what I got:

Nip and Fab Oil Control set : £8.50 (ASOS)
Dainty Doll 002 'Saucy Sailor' Lipstick : £2.89 (eBay)
Hi-tech Mascara : £1.18 (eBay)


I'm going to talk about the oil control box set first! I've heard really good things about the Nip and Fab brand previously so when I saw this reduced to £8.50 on ASOS I had to give it a try! I've since looked online and each of these products retails at £10 each so I'm chuffed with my bargain! So far I've only given the Shine Fix and Spot Fix a quick try as I've only got a few more days worth on my current facial scrub. If the result is worth raving about I'll write a seperate review on the Clean Fix facial cleanser. 

On the picture above is a swatch test of the Shine Fix on the left and Spot Fix on the right. The Shine Fix instructions say to apply to the t-zone, chin and nose to eliminate excess oil. It seems to be a multi functioning product as not only does it prevent shine it targets visible pores and blackheads. The consistency is very similar to that of a primer but is slightly denser. I applied in underneath my make up but it does say to apply as often as needed so I gather it's okay to put on over foundation too. My skin definitely feels nice and oil free. Before work in the evening I usually take off all my make up and reapply as my skin looks shiny by then. If i could just reapply this instead it would save so much time! Regarding the long term solutions it offers such as 'busting black heads' and targeting visible pores i'll just have to wait and see if there is improvement. With products designed for oily skin I worry that they'll be too aggravating as I have a combination complexion but this seems gentle but effective. I'll be sure to update if there are any drastic changes!

I haven't been able to give the Spot Fix a proper go as Sod's law would have it my skin is pretty clear today! Not that i should complain as so often it's not. I don't know about you but during my teenage years my skin was relatively spot free - it was when i hit my twenties it got bad! Alongside the rest of them, this product calls itself a must have so it has a lot to live up to. It's in a gel format which is slightly sticky. It has a very gentle smell of witch hazel which suggests it won't be too over powering on the skin.

I'm impressed with the little dabble i've had with the products so far. For a while now, i've used Benefit's Porefessional for reducing visible pores and that's been very impressive. However, as well as everything else at the moment that's running out so if the Shine Fix is an adequate replacement i'll be very pleased!
If you're interested in trying any of the products, the box set is still available on ASOS for £8.50.

Right on to the next..

This is 002 'Saucy Sailor' from Nicola Robert's beauty range 'Dainty Doll'. It retails at £12.50 from Boots but I got it for £2.89 + £1 pp via eBay. There seems to be a number of cosmetics from the range on eBay so it's worth checking out if you're not sure about spending that much! I stumbled across this by accident as i've now turned into a bit of a lipstick fiend. I ordered it on a whim and read a number of mixed reviews whilst waiting for it to arrive. Overall the reviews were negative, a number of which were disappointed with spending what they would on MAC on the products. I'd originally looked in to purchasing the concealer too as i've quite fair skin but was put off by what i'd read. I tried to keep an open mind whilst trying this. The colour is a classic red with a slight pink pigment. I like how bright it is compared to most of the others I own. I've had it on for a number of hours now and it's still stayed pretty well. The product does feel pretty basic though, the box it arrived in has a pretty design but the one on the lipstick is very simple. There isn't a nice smell or taste to it either. The consistency is pretty dense,which made it a bit difficult to apply and my lips feel quite dry for having it on now. It's strange as i'd expect that from a matte lipstick but this neither has a matte effect or shine. Overall, for the price i paid i'm pleased but would have felt slightly cheated if i'd spent £12.50.


Hi Tech Mascara - £1.19 from Hong Kong via eBay. I'm going to admit this straight away, I did buy this because it had a cat on. I didn't really expect it to be worthy of throwing away my current ( and yes depleting) mascara but it's been more than pleasantly surprising! It's got a small bristled brush which I prefer to the big chunky ones a lot of them have. It's really good for grabbing smaller lashes. I've had to be careful not to make them too clumpy but I think that is partly because it's new anyway. For the first time in a while I haven't applied eyeliner because I don't really feel like I need it!

Above I have the mascara and Dainty Doll lipstick on.

I'm waiting on one more thing at the moment which is a matte black nail polish (another eBay order). Overall, I feel like i've managed to start replacing my depleting beauty products and have a treat. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the above i'll try and find the direct links for you.


Thursday, 21 March 2013

eBay time.

I've just put some things on eBay. I'd say that it's mostly things I bought because I loved but have never really worn! Everything is starting at 99p as usual and the postage is only £2.90 a go.

New Look Aztec Print Jumper Size 8/10/12

Cat Print Jumper Size 8/10 Forever 21

Lazy Oaf Fox Tee Size S 8/10

New Look Lace Peter Pan Collar Blouse 8

Internationale Scallop Bird Vest Size 10

Topshop size 8 Striped Bodycon

Truly Madly Deeply for Urban Outfitters size 8 Fox Print Jumper
One of my vices is animal print clothes :p if you hadn't noticed!
So bid away and message me if you have any questions :)
Rose x

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


You may or may not have noticed my lack of blogging as of late. At one point it seemed only a week i'd missed and that's somehow snowballed in to two weeks!
Last weekend I rounded up my Northern road trips by visiting Leeds - my former university town. It was the birthday celebrations of a good friend and it was lovely (if not slightly uncanny) being back there. If you've never visited, i'd highly recommend taking a trip. The city has so much to offer, from a massive town centre to vintage shopping to brilliant restaurants, museums and more. I could have spent a whole week there and still only felt slightly reacquainted.
On the Saturday, Jamie and I had the day free so we started in LS6 cafe. The interior is uniquely decorated and the coffee is lovely (cheap too!). After, we wandered into the antique shop next door (Top left picture) which has so much to look at. There's such a vast range in pricing, it's worth inspecting everything incase you find a bargain.
In the evening we visited Dry Dock. A pub we'd frequently go to as it's just across the road from the uni! The place itself is a boat, with a pub garden situated on the top deck. They do reasonably priced drinks and we got two burgers for £7!
I'll sum up the rest of the visit in these words : Wine, Crash Team Racing, birthday cake and lots of catching up.
I can't wait to visit again.

The rest of the week i've mostly been working to try and make my bank account look a little happier!
I've got plans for a couple of posts in the next few days too.
Rose x

Monday, 4 March 2013


Yet another post from me using the Diptic app. I find it so useful for photo central posts. Today is Monday and I'm thoroughly enjoying having the whole day off.  My plan was to do lots of writing but as usual I'm procrastinating terribly.

I was wearing a different outfit this morning - denim shirt, skeleton tee shirt and pleather leggings but I wasn't sure about it. I'm not entirely sure the pleather legging look is for me! Anyway here's what I changed in to. 
Denim shirt : New Look
Grey skater skirt : Topshop petite
Heart print tights : Primark
Green Doc Martens : eBay
Peace sign earrings : Primark
Belt : Primark
Lipstick: Kate Moss for Rimmel 107

I got my fringe cut when I was away. The last time I has a full fringe I was 7 years old! It's growing on me though (terrible pun!).

Hope you're all having a more productive day than me!

Rose x

Sunday, 3 March 2013

My Instagram Week #8

This is a very photo heavy post this week! I spent Monday-Thursday up north which was lovely for a break. On Tuesday Ashley and I went to Liverpool and caught up with my friend Sophie from University. It's only about fifty minutes away from where he lives which is ever so convinient. It was only the second time i've been to the centre and the first time was over four years ago when I was looking at universities. It's an amazing city and i'd love to go back soon - there's so much to see!

  • We spent most of the day at the Mersey Maritime Museum. I quite fancied looking at the Titanic exhibit and we wanted to go to one Sophie hadn't visited either. The sun appeared briefly and we had a pleasant walk down to the docks. 
  • The museum itself was massive; the first floor showed displays of the liners which also sailed around the same time as the Titanic. It then went onto the history of life at sea throughout the years before we came to the Titanic exhibit itself. We spent all afternoon wandering round, it was lovely to do something different and it didn't cost anything at all (except a voluntary donation!). 
  • Afterwards we went for a cheeky Starbucks and went back to Sophies for Scrabble and takeaway. I didn't win any :(. 

  • The next day we were off to Manchester nice and early. Ashley was off to work so i met Sophie again and Rose for a girly day. 
  • We started at North Tea Power, one of my favourite tea shops in the centre.  It has a lovely interior, decorated in lovely bits and board games on the side. They offer a huge range of teas and tasty coffee. I sat in there with my book (still A Clockwork Orange at the moment) until Soph arrived.
  • We planned to go on a mega shop but didn't get very far! We started with a look round Afflecks. If you haven't been before it's a building with a number of stalls and shops throughout. There's all sorts there such as American foods, alternative clothing, piercing, tarot reading, etc. I got a cat print bag and tried on a spotty green bodycon dress i'm slightly regretting not getting!
  • We then got lunch and perused Primark then it was time to meet Rose. We went to the beautiful Sugar Junction for coffee. Last time we tried to go it was fully booked but apparently the food is wonderful. It's got a lovely vintage feel which you can see in their choice of teacups (bottom right photo).
  • For dinner we went to the Black Dog Ballroom just across the road. The food was really good and we ended up getting a meal and a round of drinks free as a meal got dropped over Sophie!
  • After that we headed to the Odeon in the Printworks to see Mama. It was a jumpy horror film, not the best i've watched but good for a giggle. 
It was so great catching up with everyone, I think i could have spent a week in both and not got round to all the things i wanted to do. Next Saturday i'm off to Leeds which i'm so looking forward to. It still feels a bit uncanny being my former home and all.

How was your week?
Rose x

Monday, 25 February 2013

What I've been reading.

When I finished my degree last July I rejoiced at the prospect of reading what I liked again. Unlike a lot of my course mates who were put off books for a while, I already had a stack at the ready. At first I whizzed through popular fiction such as Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ( fantastically romantic) and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson (a predictable thriller). Recently though, I'm on with a slightly more challenging reading list. My aim is to read some of the popular classics I didn't study whilst at uni. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell was one I knew was on the syllabus for a lot of people but I myself had missed. I enjoyed having something more challenging to read and the content of the book was thought provoking.

Orwell's vision of the life in the novel is claustrophobic and his character's lack the privilege of privacy. The world is over run by technology and each home contains a television which can watch the inhabitants. Not only can the government not be trusted but a number of the surrounding population are part of the 'thought police' (a group who report thoses who have negative thoughts about Big Brother to the government). Noone can be trusted and individuals are discouraged from having relationships, referring to those around them as comrades. The children are to be feared most of all as they have no allegiance to anyone - not even their parents!
Written in 1949, Orwell's interpretation of life in the late 20th century was terrifying but in many ways parallell to our present day. The watchful eye of Big Brother can be likened to the amount of cameras which surround us on a daily basis.  Statistics say that the average person is caught on CCTV  60 times a day which is quite unnerving! The novel also contains elements of Orwell's present day, such as the repetition of war. The combination of the two makes the book very interesting to consider.
One of the most unexpected elements of this text for me was the inclusion of a love story. The protagonist Winston meets and falls in love with Julie. Together they try and have a relationship based on love despite the disapproval of Big Brother. It's interesting to read about their struggle for something we take for granted.
I'd definitely pass this book on as a must read. So much of our culture is based around our most popular fictions ( In this case the TV programme Big Brother!). There were some bits I found quite difficult to understand but it was worth persevering with.  

My reading list for the coming months is as followed:

A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Mary Queen of Scots - Antonia Fraser
Kings of Albion - Julian Rathborne
A Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
Little Women - Louise May Alcott
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

What are you reading at the moment? Can you recommend anything for my reading list?

Rose x

Sunday, 24 February 2013

My Instagram Week #7

I'm slightly cheating with this one as these photos aren't actually instagrammed but my week was so quiet I didn't really take many photos. I had Ash staying for a couple of days and the rest of the time I was working. Next weeks post will hopefully be a bit more exciting as I'm off to Preston/Manchester/Liverpool (Hooray for a week off!). I'm also half way through a post about what I'm reading but it's on the back burner at the moment as I can't think.
1. This is me today, a bit tired and scruffy round the edges. I'm wearing my Cowgirl shirt with my Topshop blue skinny jeans and black forever 21 boots which I think go okay. I've also got my hair up which I never really do. I tried to be fancy and curl my hair this morning but it ended up a frizzy mess.
2. This is me and my boy before he left. I get so used to him being around after a few days it feels strange when he leaves. 
3. I finally rewatched this after buying it last summer! It's such a great film (and play). Marlon. Brando is a babe too.
5. I went for a peruse round the shops and stopped at Costa for a break. Did you know you can still get Gingerbread lattes even though they're not on the board anymore?
5. On Monday I wore my Topshop sale tunic with a black body con skirt and my black suede wedges. I really like it but it is a pain for riding up. 
6. On Thursday I had a night off so we went to Cafe Rouge for dinner. They have a set menu of £11.50 for a starter and main which is really quite reasonable. I had a steak burger and fries which was super tasty.

Rose x