Glossybox Review

If you didn’t already know, the October 2017 Glossybox has an extra special theme and this month it’s Unicorns Vs Mermaids! I was secretly hoping mine would arrive in the unicorn box as there are two different designs, they cost £10 each plus postage and packing and it’s filled with amazing products that will definitely brighten up a dull Autumn day.

So you can safely say I was over the moon when I opened up the packaging and found which design I’d been sent and you can be sure that I’m keeping the box for storage in my office, regardless of what’s inside. Anyway, onto what products came with the October Glossybox.

Mermaids vs Unicorns Glossy Box

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette

Full Size – RRP £4.00

Makeup Revolution is one of my favourite drugstore brands and this palette is absolutely gorgeous, it’s possible to create so many different looks with these 12 vibrant colours. Perfect, as I’m still attempting to be slightly more adventurous with my makeup. Each shade is highly pigmented, the powder has almost a creamy feel and blends in really easily, I’m pretty sure as with most of Makeup Revolution eyeshadows this one lasts well too. It’s got to be worth every penny.

Glossy Box October 2017

Kawaii Enterprise Brush Cleaning Egg

Full Size – RRP 7.99

I already have a larger brush cleaning egg but anything that saves me time on this weekly chore is always a winner, even better as it comes in pink. I think this one would be perfect for eyeshadow or medium sized face brushes, especially if you haven’t got many to clean. As with my other brush cleaner I wouldn’t use it on my makeup sponges, I’d worry they’d split. These brush cleaning eggs are extra gentle and do get your makeup brushes super clean, I simply use a tiny amount of baby shampoo with mine. It’s such a handy tool to have.

Glossybox October 2017

Lord & Berry Magic Brow Pencil

Sample Size

I don’t have that many brow products and was excited to see this pencil inside this months Glossybox. It came in the shade Brunette but mimics the natural colour found in your brows. It’s super pigmented and really soft, making it easy to apply. I think this one will get so much use in the coming months.

Glossybox October

Beauty Bang Cream Colour

Full Size – RRP “20.00

This is one of those products that is designed for practically everything from a blusher, highlighting cheek bones and as an eyeshadow or lipstick. It’s so simple to use, just by dabbing it on with your finger tips and applying the colour where ever you want it. I think this shade will make a stunning highlighter and a really neutral lip shade, perfect if I’m in a hurry but don’t want to go completely bare faced.

Glossybox October 2017

Sleek Creme To Powder Blusher

Full Size – RRP £5.99

First of all, let’s ignore the fact that I am the world’s most clumsiest person and ended up putting my finger through  the blusher as I was taking the plastic wrapper off ready to take this photo. I’m not a great fan of cream blushers but this one feels so silky soft and easy to blend with a makeup sponge. The shade is absolutely stunning and I’m sure I’ll be using it for both both day and evening looks.

Glossybox October 2017

This has to be probably my favourite Glossybox ever with such a cute, colourful theme, plus this month there are four gorgeous full sized products, how fab is that? There are a couple of new brands for me to try and two that I already adore almost every product they have. You can also get your hands on an embroidered sweatshirt for £29.99 from their website, but you’ll need to be quick as there’s only a limited supply.

Glossybox is a monthly subscription box which costs £10 per box, plus postage and packaging, each month there is a different theme. I can’t wait to see what the November box will include.

Have you tried a beauty subscription box?

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my autumn bucket list

Yes, I do realise it’s probably a bit late in the day to be writing an Autumn Bucket List and at the speed we’re going it’ll be time to write my New Year Goals, but what the heck, there’s still time left to have some fun, isn’t there?

You may have seen on Twitter that I was without Internet for about a week, thanks to a couple of different departments at Virgin not acknowledging where the fault was. Hopefully that’s all fixed now, but boy did I miss not having the internet. Not just for social media but to type up these posts and  NO NETFLIX!! Note to self, save up and buy a lap top so I can sit in a cafe using their WiFi and work on my blog, or at least pretending to be while actually secretly watching my favourite series and sipping my fifth pumpkin spiced latte!

autumn bucket list

On another not so good note, I’ve not been feeling my usual happy self, a mixture of hormones being all over the place, having a rotten cold that has knocked me for six and a general feeling of where am I bloomin well going with my life. I know, bad combination! I came so close to giving up blogging, numbers were getting in the way, the comparison thing kicked in (which it’s never done before by the way!) and worrying too much that I was an extremely tiny fish in a very big ocean. I’m sure everyone’s had these thoughts at some point but I felt totally alone, like I my printed words were floating around in a big white room, with no doors or windows and no one could see them. It had absolutely nothing to do with being sent free stuff or being invited to events because I know I’ll never be able to attend them. It was more a question of why? Why am I even bothering to sit here every week stressing over schedules, stats, SEO, titles and photos if I can’t take my blog anywhere (told you I was hormonal). Shutting myself away in my room was definitely not the answer to all my problems, although it felt good at the time.

Then I joined in The Girl Gang chat on the Monday as I do every week and the topic was happiness and self care. I must have unintentionally come across as feeling down by the answers I gave because afterwards I had so many people message me to ask if I was OK and it honestly made me cry. Two things were said to me that made me snap out of the gloomy place I was in: “Numbers don’t define you” and “Remember why you blog.”

I started reading my old blog posts to remember why I actually started in the first place, OK so I won’t win journalist of the year as they were pretty basic, but who cares, I flippin loved them! I scrolled through old photos on my Instagram and Facebook when I wasn’t worrying about followers, likes or flatlays, and do you know what, they made me feel so happy. Of course I care when someone is kind enough to take time out of their busy day and leave a lovely comment or like a photo I’ve spent time on, don’t get me wrong, but as someone said “Numbers don’t define you.” After a few more tears, tantrums and talking to other bloggers who managed to talk some sense into me (plus plenty of chocolate) I started to fall back in love with Rosie Loves Life. I think if I hadn’t sorted myself out Adrian would have permanently moved into the shed with his crash helmet on to avoid the cups beings thrown in temper!

So I shall post what I enjoy posting about, whether that’s on my blog or social media, I know I can’t please everyone and there’s no point in even trying. Of course, if anyone does like what I’ve done please let me know as it really does make my day. I also want to say a big thank you to Holly, Sarah, Fiona and Amie for letting me moan away and to Stacey for the cutest happy mail she sent me through the post.

autumn bucket list

In other news, I have been invited to a Halloween party and in case you’re new to my blog I had a fear of masks, mainly clowns and balaclavas. I say “had” as I’ve been working with a counsellor for a while now to find out the root of the problem and to try and help me overcome my fear. I’m pretty bloody anxious about going but I’ve missed out on so many things over the years when it comes to celebrating Halloween so I’m determined to get there. It’s only a small party with a few of my friends who have also gone through the same thing, it won’t be anything too adventurous but even so, for me it’s a huge deal. I’ll keep you all updated!

autumn bucket list

Anyway onto my Autumn bucket list and all the things I want to get done before the season has been and gone and I’m sat here writing out Christmas cards instead of a blog post.

  1. Sort out my Halloween costume
  2. Go on a long woodland walk, collect leaves and conkers
  3. Be brave and purchase a very bold lip colour
  4. Make pumpkin or cinnamon muffins
  5. Buy a pumpkin to make a lantern
  6. make an Autumn soup
  7. Decorate the house for Autumn/Halloween
  8. Visit an Autumn festival
  9. Have a mini picnic in the park
  10. Finish sorting out my Autumn/Winter clothes that are in the loft, what’s to keep and what’s to give away
  11. Celebrate Adrian’s birthday (it’s 24th November in case I forget)
  12. Watch a sunset and take photos
  13. Watch Autumn/Halloween movies
  14. Do a DIY Autumn craft
  15. Dedicate two pages to Autumn in my scrapbook

I don’t actually have very long to get some of these done so I’d better stop talking and get my backside in gear. It’s also coming up to my two year blog anniversary, I can’t believe where the time has gone, thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way. For now I’ll leave you in peace.

Let me know if you have things you want to get done before the Christmas festivities begin.

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konjac sponge

I’d seen konjac facial sponges on the market and was excited to try one, especially the ones from The Konjac Sponge Company. They have a range of different ones for different skin types and have released their Mythical Creatures Collection. They are quite clever little cleansing sponges as you don’t need any other product, the sponge does all the work.

I have to admit, I’ve tried a cleansing sponge from a beauty subscription box a while a ago and wasn’t that impressed with it.  But the one I received from The Konjac Sponge Company was a totally different story.

konjac sponge

These sponges are made from 100% vegetable fibre and not only kind to your skin but also completely biodegradable so they’re kind to the environment too. Each box is fully recyclable and comes with a cute little hook to make it easy to hang up while your sponge is not in use. This is such a brilliant idea as it means your sponge can dry out completely before you next want to cleanse your face. I think the Mythical Unicorn looks adorable hanging in my bathroom, the collection also includes a dragon and a mermaid which are designed for specific skin types. How fab is that?

The sponge is made from the konjac plant root which is packed with loads of benefits to keep your skin looking and feeling it’s best. It gives your skin a deep cleanse, removing any dirt and grime, gently exfoliating to give your complexion a wonderful healthy glow. The sponge is even soft enough to use around the delicate eye area yet still be effective and also helps to reduce any puffiness. This konjac sponge is my skins new best friend and I’ve been using it as part of my daily cleansing routine for a few weeks now. I have extremely sensitive skin, so you imagine how pleased I was that the sponge didn’t cause any reaction at all, my skin feels so soft and smooth. A couple of people even commented on how glowing my skin looked and that was after I had started using the konjac sponge!

konjac sponge

It’s such a simple tool to use as it works so well, cleansing and exfoliating all in one, without leaving your skin feeling dry or tight.

How To Use

  • Rinse well before use and make sure the sponge is completely wet.
  • Massage in circular movements across your skin, especially on any problem areas. Although you don’t have to use any extra products I preferred using mine with a small amount of my normal cleanser.
  • Rinse the sponge thoroughly after use and gently squeeze out any excess water.
  • Hang it on the hook to dry out completely and it’s ready for the next time you want to use it.
  • Vegan and Cruelty Free registered

It really is as easy as that and I would definitely recommend these sponges to anyone who doesn’t want to spend too long on their beauty routine. It feels a bit strange at first, almost like you’re holding a blob of jelly in your hand but believe me it works!

These sponges are meant to last up to 3 months but should probably replace it if you notice yours starting to break down before then.

konjac sponge

Why you’ll love these konjac sponges:

  • Super easy to use
  • Affordable at only £10.99
  • 100% konjac and free of any dyes or additives
  • 100% biodegradable and Eco friendly
  • Suitable for everyone, even those with extremely sensitive skin
  • They also have ones available for use on your body

Honestly, what more could you want from a cleansing sponge? If you would like to have a look at the rest of the range from The Konjac Sponge Company, head over to their WebsiteTwitter or Instagram pages.

Have you tried a cleansing sponge? How did you get on using them?

*This product was sent to me in return for a review, but photos and opinions are my own
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barry m lip kit, nyx lipstick, sleek lipstick

For me, buying a new lipstick every Autumn is like being back at school and buying new stationery, I get super excited at all the new season shades and have to pick up at least one for my makeup collection. There are some amazing lip products on the market right now, I’ve found a few that I’ve seriously been loving over the past few months, and as Autumn is well and truly underway I’d thought I’d let you have a peek at what lipsticks I’ve been using.

For everyday I’ll apply NYX Lip Liner in Nude and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade Monogamous which is a beautiful warm toned browny nude shade, so it’s absolutely perfect for everyday wear. This lipstick gives an incredible creamy finish and is super easy to apply, it just glides on so nicely and took just one coat to give my lips a beautiful wash of colour. I’m seriously impressed with how long the lipstick lasted, only having to top up once through the day. It feels super nourishing on my lips due to it’s moisturising formula.

I’m also obsessed with Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in Allure which is a stunning metallic plum shade. I fell in love with the original Barry M Matte Me Up Lip kit, so when I saw they brought out a metallic version I knew I had to get my hands on one. I’ve been using the shade Allure quite a lot over the past few weeks as it’s perfect for day or evening. These lip kits are amazing, the applicator makes it easy to apply and the colour just glides on, it doesn’t feel sticky or cling to any dry areas and the colour lasts pretty much all day. The lip kit is such a bargain at only £6.99!

I enjoy wearing a bolder lip colour and this season I’m just loving NYX Butter Gloss in shade Red Velvet, it’s perfect for Autumn. This is a more comfortable liquid lipstick in the most amazing, creamy moisturising formula. My lips always feel super soft and hydrated after using this lipstick, it’s a bit like having a highly pigmented lip balm which is just what I need in the colder months. The sponge applicator makes it easy to apply as the colour just glides on and it lasts pretty much all day. This has to be one of my all time favourite lipsticks!

For Autumn I simply love wearing Sleek Matte Lipstick in shade Russian Roulette, it;s just the most gorgeous deep berry red shade. It applies nicely with just one coat, although I do wear a lip liner to stop any bleeding. It is super pigmented and dries ever so quickly into the most beautiful silky matte finish. Oh my word, once this stuff is on your lips, it’s on for the day, there wasn’t even the slightest bit of colour left behind on my coffee cup! It’s budge proof! I have to physically take it off with makeup remover!. For a matte lipstick, I was pretty impressed that it doesn’t dry out my lips or stick to any dry patches which is fabulous. So if you’re after a lip product that has amazing staying power and still looks as good at the end of the day as when you applied it in the morning, then you need this lipstick in your life!

The newest lipstick in my collection is one by GOSH in the shade Amethyst, which is a beautiful frosty purple shade, you do have to apply a couple of coats as it’s quite a sheer finish but it looks so pretty on that I have to give it a mention. It feels comfortable to wear, it’s incredibly moisturising and last for quite a while before you have to top it up during the day.

If you’re in a hurry the a chunky lip crayon is just the thing as they are a lipstick and lip liner in one. I’ve chosen Rodial Suede Lips in shade Big Apple, it’s just the most gorgeous deep pinky plum colour, perfect for day wear, without being too in your face. I found this lightweight chunky lip pencil so easy to use, it glides on smoothly, gives a beautiful matte finish and is incredibly long lasting. The colour is highly pigmented and feels really comfortable to wear as it doesn’t dry out my lips, for a matte lip product it’s actually quite moisturising.

And last but not least there is the Barry M Lip Liner in shade Mulberry which I’ve been using before applying a couple of my lipsticks. It can be quite difficult trying to find a lip liner which isn’t so hard that it doesn’t drag the delicate skin on my lips. This lip liner from Barry M is just perfect, it has a really velvety soft texture, but not too soft so you’ll still get a nice precise line and not too hard that you’re scratching every bit of skin on your lips.

What’s your favourite lip product for this Autumn?

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boohoo makeup

I couldn’t contain my excitement when I heard BooHoo had launched their own makeup collection and I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself. Scrolling through the website I came across so many gorgeous products from other brands including W7 and Technic, but I decided to pick up a few items from BooHoo’s own cosmetics range and put them to the test.

The BooHoo makeup includes eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks and lip kits, a setting spray, primers and highlighter palettes. They also have a set of four rosegold oval makeup brushes and a set of two beauty blending sponges! Here’s what I bought and my first impressions.

boohoo makeup, boohoo liquid lipstick, boohoo primer, boohoo highlighter

The first product I tried from my BooHoo makeup haul was the Illuminating Primer. This is quite a thin liquid, it applied well and was easy to blend, giving my complexion a healthy dewy glow. The primer felt really comfortable to wear over the drier areas of my skin but sadly it accentuated the large pores around my nose area.

The Highlight Palette is simply gorgeous, it’s set in rose gold packaging and at only £6 you’re getting a real bargain. The powders are incredibly soft and blend beautifully, the shade on the right has to be my absolute favourite. The glow that came off this little beauty matched a couple of my more expensive highlighting palettes!

boohoo liquid lipstick

I’m still very much in love with liquid lipsticks, especially in a good nude as they go with everything, for any occassion. I chose a pack of three liquid lipsticks from BooHoo which included a nude, pale pink and darker pink. Unfortunately the packs don’t have a shade written on them, but I really loved the raspberry pink colour. The liquid lipsticks applied really nicely with an easy to use applicator, the colour dried quite quickly into a stunning matte finish. It lasted pretty well, just not quite as long as I’d hoped but for £8 you’re getting three liquid lipsticks so I won’t complain.

The lip kit I chose was in the shade Pink. The liner applied really nicely without dragging my skin but the lip shade did feel a bit sticky and took a few coats to build up any colour. I’m going to keep this one in my bag for emergencies. at £4 it doesn’t matter too much if I lose it after one too many glasses of wine on a night out!

boohoo eyeshadow palette

The BooHoo Makeup Collection has a choice of three eyeshadow palettes, Smokey, Bronze/Nude and Colourpop and these have to be my favourite products from the whole range, I have the Colourpop palette with a mix of pinks, purples and nudes eyeshadows, perfect for any time of day, the bottom 4 shades are absolutely stunning! The powder is so soft, the shades have a high pigment and they’re easy to blend. The eyeshadow palettes cost £10 and with eight shades you do get a lot for your money.

Overall I think the Boohoo cosmetics range is a good budget brand if you’re just starting out in makeup or you don’t really want to spend a lot of money out on products. The range is also cruelty free.

I’ve also recently made a shopping trip to pick up some new clothes for Autumn and if you’d like to see what I bought then I’ll leave the link here.

Have you tried anything from the new BooHoo Makeup range?

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