5 Good Things That Happened This Week

A few weeks ago I was feeling really rough, the kind of thing that leaves you flopped in the bed, absolutely miserable and utterly sorry for yourself. I’m sure you’ve all been there at some point. Thankfully I’m much better now, but it did give me a chance to read through a few more blog posts than I normally get chance to do and watch a few extra YouTube videos, so it wasn’t all bad.

I have been reading Amie’s posts for a number of years and she is one of only two people that I know who love Autumn more than I love chocolate. Her posts are so warm and cosy, and can brighten even the dullest of moods. Amie is such a lovely blogger and has been there to support me  whenever I’ve felt ready to give up. It was her blog post 6 Amazing Things From The Last Couple Of Weeks that inspired me to write a few of my own and to remind me that life is not all bad even when I’m not feeling that great.

So here goes.

5 Good Things That Happened This Week

1 I found out that my sister from Canada is coming over and staying with us for a few weeks, I am so looking forward to seeing her I’m bursting with excitement. We’d never met until a few years ago, we both have the same dad and were brought up in different countries. I feel as though I’ve known her forever as we’ve become so close.  I’d better start getting in a few supplies and making the spare room look pretty. It definitely needs some lovely fresh flowers for when she arrives.

2 The latest Blogosphere Magazine dropped through my letterbox, it’s so much better than searching round different WH Smith stores only to find they haven’t got it in stock. I always find loads of inspiration from amazing bloggers. I’d treated myself to a raspberry muffin and a large cappuccino to enjoy while I flicked through the pages. Pure indulgence, I know, but we all need a little me time every so often.

5 Good Things To Happen This Week

3 Hurray, Strictly is back, bringing glitz and glamour to my Saturday night TV. I love everything about the show, the dancing, the music, the costumes and this year sees an amazing line of celebs all fighting for the glitter ball trophy. Another show I’ve been absolutely gripped by is Bodyguard. It stars Richard Madden, who is better known for playing the role of Robb Stark in Game Of Thrones. I’m sure there will be a lot more twists and turns before the series finishes.

4 I finally finished a crochet blanket that I’d started years ago, then lost all interest. After watching a few YouTube videos where people are either knitting or crocheting, it gave me the motivation to carry on. It’s nothing special and literally made up of scraps of wool I’ve picked up in charity shops, but it’s the cosiest blanket ever. I’m pretty bloomin proud of myself for actually getting it done.

5 On a final note, can I just say I’m finally ready for Autumn. The shops are full of it, everyone seems to be talking about it on social media. I sent Adrian up into the loft to bring down the boxes that have been in storage all over summer. I dug out the autumnal candles, thick fluffy throws and most of my autumn clothing. I found some items I had forgotten all about, like the Monsoon animal print clutch bag and Topshop heels that are in the main photo. I’m bang on trend, just by shopping my own wardrobe. How great is that?

And I’m sure before the month’s over I will have bought at least one pair of new pjs!

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Hello, I’m Sharon

I’m a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger with an obssession for makeup, clothes, candles, coffee, cats and anything pretty. After gaining a Business Studies qualification I found myself working for a number of high street fashion brands and became even more infatuated with the wonderful world of fashion.  I have always enjoyed shopping and scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration on makeup looks, outfits and interiors. I began writing Rosie Loves Life in 2015 after combining two of my passions, clothes and makeup, it was a place for me to have a creative outlet and an escape from the pressures of everyday life. On my blog you’ll find a little bit of everything, from beauty reviews, clothes I’ve bought, pretty homeware, food and places I’ve visited. Rosie Loves Life has developed over the last three years, and in 2017 I was nominated for Most Addictive Blog, which I honestly never expected. I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with some amazing fashion and beauty brands (River Island, GOSH, REN, Kathleen Skincare, Norvell Tanning, L’Occitane and Jane Iredale to name a few.) These days you’ll see at least one or two posts a week covering a range of topics including outfits, beauty reviews, interiors, travel and life in general. My blog is a place where I can mix my own personal feminine style with whatever is currently on trend.

Blogging has definitely changed my life. I’ve pushed myself to learn new skills, it’s increased my confidence and I’ve been able to connect with new people all over the world. I’m thoroughly enjoying writing Rosie Loves Life and look forward to seeing where it takes me in the future.

You can also catch up with even more of what I get up to in my daily life over on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

For all collaborations and general enquiries please contact rosieloveslife40@gmail.com

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My Most Worn Summer Accessories

If you’re anything like me, I absolutely love switching up my accessories over the summer and chances are you’ve probably already seen most of these all over my blog and Instagram.  Accessories can completely change the look of an outfit and I’ve collected quite a few this summer. I did go a bit spend happy at the beginning of the season, I never was a minimalist but it certainly made putting together an outfit a lot more fun in the mornings. You’ll see from the theme of this post that the colour pink has featured heavily with my accessories, no surprise there then. Pastels were a huge trend during Spring and Summer, this was music to my ears as I wear them most years. These are some of my favourite accessories that I’ve worn a lot and I’ve put them together all in one post for you to see which ones I loved the best.

My Most Worn Summer Outfits

My Most Worn Summer Accessories

Styling A Maxi Dress For Summer

Basket Bags

I’ve definitely been lusting over basket bags this year, they just scream Summer and look so pretty with flowy dresses or a white broderie anglaise outfit. I almost gave in and bought one in a really bright playful style from Topshop after seeing it all over Instagram. Luckily I found these two light embroidered bags in a charity shop for four quid each, both in perfect condition. I was lucky enough to be sent the dark camel basket bag by fashion brand Tobi and fell in love with it’s cross body style as soon as it came into my possession. The strap sits comfortably on the shoulder without digging in, the clasp pops shut securely and inside is fully lined. Although it’s not a huge bag, it’s still a decent size to put a few bits in. These three bags have all been out exploring with me on more than one occasion this Summer.

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

Lola Rose Jewellery

Jewellery 

I wanted a watch with a blush pink strap for so long, all the ones I’d fallen in love with were out of my price range, Adrian bought me this one from Anne Klein, I love the classic design and rose gold detail and the neutral colour means it will go with most of my day outfits.

I adore wearing pretty gold jewellery with any outfit, most of the items I own are dainty, feminine pieces that work for day or night. I absolutely love wearing this rose gold Ted Baker Cuff Bracelet , no surprise it has a pink floral design at each end.

Another favourite has been this beautiful gold layered necklace* to add a hint of glamour to a simple day dress. The smaller chain is in a choker style and the longer chain includes a disc pendent which sits perfectly just below the collar bone. I think it’s one of the prettiest necklaces I’ve ever seen.

I usually wear quite delicate items of jewellery  but wanted to add a few more statement piece to my collection. I already wear the large gold leaf earrings and pink geometric necklace which you’ll see in the main photo. I went for something completely different with this gorgeous chunky bracelet from Lola Rose. The colour is Moon Quartzite and made up of 9 semi-precious grey toned stones that are held together with dainty, sparkly rose gold beads. The bracelet has an adjustable Chinese knot clasp and allows you to easily alter the size for the perfect fit on your wrist. The colour and style look amazing with a tan, it surprised me how much I have worn it.

Summer Off The Shoulder Dress

Fun Things To Do This Summer

The Perfect Summer Occasion Outfit

Bags

I’d spent most of last year eyeing up lot’s of designer bags with the bracelet style handle and oh my word, how bloomin expensive are they? My bank balance wouldn’t cover it, that’s for sure. Thank the lord for high street versions which are much more affordable.

The Nude one from Amazon is such a versatile colour and practically goes with everything, it’s a dupe for the Chloe Nile Bag and surprisingly really good quality. The Pink Bag from Guess made an appearance quite a lot this summer. I think it looks super cute with my floral dresses and I absolutely love the colour. They’re both the perfect size to fit a few bits in, I’ve worn them cross body using the adjustable strap during the day or by holding the gold circle bracelet handle to add a bit of sophistication to an evening outfit.

This River Island white cross body bag definitely has designer vibes, the boucle and pearl embellishment across the front flap looks absolutely beautiful and certainly adds a touch of class to my summer occasion outfits. Again I love that it has two straps, one that’s long and adjustable or a shorter one which can be worn hung in the crook of your arm. It’s good quality and a decent size with two main compartments to fit all my junk in. And I’m not finished with it yet, this is going on a lot more outings over the next few months, it’ll look fab with some of my neutral toned outfits for Autumn.

My Most Worn Summer Accessories

It wouldn’t be a Rosie Loves Life blog post without pink accessories, now would it? If I honestly had to narrow it down to two bags that I’ve been soooo in love with, then it would be these two. I’d wanted a velvety quilted bag for as long as I can remember. On a rare visit to TK Maxx back in the spring I saw this one from Marc B hanging all alone on the rack and I immediately knew I had to have it. Things got even better when I discovered it was reduced from £45 down to £20, oh yes, I was at the till quicker than you could say gold chain. It may be diddy in size but believe me, it’s like the Tardis inside with so many deep pockets.

The faux seude pink bag from Topshop is just as gorgeous, and as with the Marc B bag, the chain pulls through to make one long strap or two shorter ones. From the moment I got these two bags home it wasn’t long before they went on their first outings. I featured the Topshop one in my How I Style A Pleated Skirt post and love the whole outfit.

As if I don’t own enough pairs of shoes, but I didn’t have that many with block heels. The first pair I bought the moment I saw them on Josie’s Instagram, they are from Topshop and have a ruffle design with a chunky block heel. They’re also a pretty good dupe for a pair of Kate Spade sandals only a lot cheaper. The pinky nude pair are from Kurt Geiger and I bought them in the sale, I’m all for a good bargain. These have a scalloped edge with a lower block heel and look super feminine. I’ve pretty much worn them all summer.

A Few Days In Norfolk

Fun Things To Do This Summer

Chatty Post

Sunglasses

Ok, I admit that sunglasses are an excellent way of hiding to the rest of the world that you’ve dragged yourself in at 3am after one too many Prosecco’s (or in my case stayed up late watching Netflix, lol!) but they do protect your eyes and help reduce your perfectly serum-ed skin from getting wrinkles. I found my dream pair of sunglasses a few years ago and they’re an absolute classic. The Tortoiseshell pair I picked up in Boots still leave the house with me most days, they probably know their way out the door by themselves. I was trying to be a liiiiittle bit more trendy when I purchased this pair of rose gold mirror sunglasses from Coconut Lane, they’ve since become my second most worn pair of sunglasses. Not sure what possessed me to buy the white sunglasses from River Island because they are unlike anything I’ve ever worn before, but I love them. They’re a bit more fun than my usual styles but hey, there’s nothing wrong with stepping out your comfort zone once in while, right girls?

What’s your favourite buy this summer?

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Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Summer days maybe coming to an end but we can still make the most of them with our beauty routines. That feeling of fresh, dewy skin and not being caked in a layer of heavy makeup. You may have only spent a few minutes on your makeup look, but you’re left feeling pulled together and ready for the day ahead.

Jane Iredale have recently launched in the UK and their makeup is fully mineral based, each item is kind to your skin as well as looking great when you’re wearing it. They have an excellent range of shades in each product, which includes BB Creams, Foundations, Tinted Moisturisers, Lipstick, Eyeshadows and Blushers. Even their concealers are mineral based so your skin will reap the benefits on those days you need a little extra coverage. Mineral makeup is better for your skin as it’s non-comedogenic, creating a barrier on the surface and allowing your skin to breathe rather than clogging up the pores. It’ll help protect your skin against pollution and the minerals include active ingredients that will truly benefit your skin.

Sound good so far?

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

I’ve been testing four products from Jane Iredale and first up we have a PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in shade Brown Sugar. The palette includes three colours which complement one another well and are highly pigmented, they can also be applied wet or dry, depending on the look you’re going for. The soft creamy eyeshadows blend together beautifully and last for ages with no creasing. The eyeshadows are full of ingredients that will benefit your skin, even those with sensitive skin like me.

The PurePressed Blush in shade Barely Rose, a browny pink colour, is so subtle and natural it’s perfect for everyday use. This has become my go-to blusher on those days when I don’t want to wear too much makeup. Just a sweep of this blusher gives my cheeks a natural flush of colour. Again, it blends in beautifully over the top of a BB Cream and lasts pretty much all day.

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

PureMoist Lipstick gives a pop of colour while hydrating and protecting your lips just like your favourite lip balm. These come in a vast range of shades. I found it so hard to choose but eventually went for the colour Renee, a beautiful pinky rose. It’s the kind of lipstick I can just swipe on with a touch of mascara and BB Cream and feel made up without having to spend hours getting ready. These balmy lipsticks are highly pigmented and super long lasting, they are packed with vitamins, Orange Peel Wax and Moringa Butter to soften, hydrate and protect the delicate lip area. I don’t normally say this about a lipstick but they smell divine thanks to the Blackberry extracts. I must say, I absolutely love the sleek gold packaging, I think it looks extremely classy and is slim enough to fit into even the smallest of clutch bags.

Jane Iredale have just launched a new range of Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks in 15 different shades, there’s even one called Sharon (maybe I should have chosen that one!) but I’m officially in love with the shade Tania, a natural pinky peach. The creamy formula gives a matte finish and is super hydrating and won’t dry out the lips. The lipstick sits comfortably on the lips and is extremely long lasting, managing to stay on well through lunch and an afternoon coffee break. That’s pretty good going in my book. It contains Moringa Oil, a rich antioxidant which will nourish and soothe your lips and a unique blend of waxes to protect and hydrate your lips. I’m even one of those people who get excited about the magnetic click when you close the lid. At £24 they are on the pricier side but oh so worth it, I will have to treat myself to a couple of darker shades just in time for Autumn.

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale products are also cruelty free. This is a brand I couldn’t recommend enough, I absolutely love the makeup I’ve been using and I’m so glad I came across them on social media. You can learn more about Jane Iredale on their website and Instagram.

Have you tried mineral makeup before? How did you get on using it?

*Items in this post are PR samples and have kindly been sent for the purpose of a review. All photos and opinions are my own.

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Bilou Bodycare

I have a real weakness for anything sweet. Anything from food, beauty and the candles in my home, then I’m usually first in the queue. Makeup palettes that smell of sweet peach and lipsticks with a yummy smell of of chocolate have all made it into my makeup bag. When it comes to body care there are quite a few products that have an almost synthetic fragrance, despite the delicious description.

One brand has got it spot on with their body care range. German Brand, Bilou, is well known for it’s unique fragrances and have recently come over to the UK and is exclusive to Superdrug. You’ll find a much larger selection of products online but they are starting to filter more into their stores. Products include delicious scents such as Coco Cocktail, Pink Melon, Fizzy Berry, Cotton Candy and Tasty Donut, and everything is 100% Vegan.

I was very kindly sent some products from the range to try out for myself and I thought you’d like to know my thoughts on each one.

Bilou Bodycare

Fizzy Berry 2 in 1 Body Spray

The first product is a 2 in 1 body spray it states it’s a deodorant as well as a body spray. I tested this on a day I was just pottering around at home even though it smells absolutely divine, I shall still keep wearing my normal deodorant, just to be safe from body odour. If you are a lover of all things fruity then this is definitely one for you. The scent reminded me of cherry sweets and lasted quite a while on me, the spray felt really gentle on my skin thanks to moisturising ingredients. I think it’s perfect to carry in your bag if you want a quick freshen up during the day.

Cotton Candy Gentle Cream Foam

I couldn’t wait to see how the Gentle Cream Foam performed as I’m use to a thick body lotion. This moisturiser is super lightweight and fluffy which comes in an aerosol bottle, you only need half a pump to produce a good amount of product. to cover your whole body. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and it absorbs really quickly, great if your in a hurry and need to fly out the door in the morning. It contains Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil to help keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. The fragrance isn’t quite as strong as the body spray which I quite like, it means I can wear my usual perfume during the day without this body foam overpowering it.

Pink Melon Creamy Shower Foam

I wasn’t sure how I’d get on using the shower foam at first, I’ve used them before and some have dried out my skin. This one didn’t in the slightest, my skin felt hydrated afterwards, once again you only need to use half a pump to get your whole body clean. It’s also in an aerosol can and the consistency is light and fluffy, I did feel as though I was showering myself with a bottle of the squirty cream you’d use on your trifle. It has the most incredibly delicious summer fragrance, as though you’re being showered with melons and sweet raspberries. One morning I’d run out of shaving foam and this made an excellent substitute,  it certainly smelt a lot sweeter.

I’ve really enjoyed using this range over the summer and at only £3.99 they are such a great bargain. Bilou really haven’t compromised on the quality, not all body care I’ve tried at this price point is as good. Their products smell amazing and leave my skin feeling soft, oh and can I just mention, how cute the packaging is!

Have you tried any of the range from Bilou? Which one was your favourite fragrance?
*this post contains PR samples
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