9 Things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming Vegetarian

9 Things I've Learnt Since Becoming VegetarianI’ve been vegetarian for about 2 months now, and it’s been going really well. Along the way, I’ve learnt a few things.

  1. People will be offended by your choice.
    I have no idea why this is. But people will try to convince you that you’re an idiot for not eating meat, that humans are made to eat meat etc etc. That’s fine, but I’ve never tried to convince anyone else to be vegetarian, I’ve never chastised anyone else for eating meat, and yet I find I’m constantly having to defend myself. It doesn’t seem right to me, but there we are. Live and let live, right?
  2. Vegans will still hate you.
    Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand veganism, and there are aspects of it that I’d be willing to try. However I don’t understand why vegans attack vegetarians so much, when we are taking steps in the right direction. Very bizarre.
  3. You have to check food labels when shopping.
    This was something I wasn’t very good at to begin with, and I’m still getting to grips with it: remembering to check that what I’m buying is actually suitable for vegetarians. Sounds simple, but it can be surprising what isn’t actually vegetarian. Which leads me onto my next point:
  4. There’s a lot of surprising foods that aren’t vegetarian.
    I already knew you couldn’t eat jelly sweets and marshmallows anymore because they have gelatin in them, but did you know that parmesan cheese isn’t vegetarian?! My heart broke a little. Parmesan, gorgonzola, camembert and a few others are made with rennet, a substance taken from the stomach of cows. Luckily, there are versions of all these cheeses made with a vegetarian version of rennet, so my cheese-eating habits don’t have to change so much. 
  5. Tofu is gross.
    Like seriously, I don’t know how anyone can eat that stuff. It’s like rubbery, overcooked egg-whites, but worse. Ew. Do not recommend.
  6. There are so many different options.
    Giving up meat doesn’t mean you live off of beans and tofu (blargh). Quorn does a huge range of meat replacements, and while they don’t taste exactly like meat, they do taste pretty good. Supermarkets also do their own version of meat replacements. So really, all you’re doing is taking the meat out of your current meals and changing it for the vegetarian version of itself. Also, if you like mushrooms, I recommend trying out recipes with mushrooms replacing meat. I actually often prefer that to fake meat!
  7. It won’t ruin eating out.
    If you’re worried about going out to eat, don’t! Most restaurants offer a really good range of vegetarian meals, and you’ll often find yourself trying something new. 
  8. I’ve started eating a little healthier.
    Mcdonalds, KFC, Burger King etc. are all off the menu! And in fact I’ve found myself craving more vegetables with my meals, and fruit as snacks, which is pretty unusual for me! 
  9. I love it!
    I wasn’t sure if I would find it difficult, as I plunged straight in at the deep end, no meat, no fish, no gradual introduction.  I haven’t found it hard, I haven’t really missed meat, I’ve discovered so many new recipes, and foods I didn’t know I would like. And I feel good about it!

Have you, or would you, try vegetarianism?

Have a lovely day,
Rosie x

Spring Clothing Haul

Spring Clothing HaulSummer is almost upon us! Half the year almost gone already, and the sun is finally beginning to shine – even if only once a week or so. I usually have an awful lot of restraint when it comes to clothes shopping. I would love to spend all my money on a ridiculous amount of clothing to fill my non-existent walk-in wardrobe, to wear to non-existent events. Thankfully I have a little more sense than that, however it hasn’t stopped me from purchasing a few items here and there. And so, here is my spring clothing haul!

Quiz Floral Blue Prom Dress - Spring Clothing Haul

Quiz – £34.99

New Look Black Bardot Jumpsuit - Spring Clothing Haul

New Look – £22.99

New Look Green Floral Maxi Dress - Spring Clothing Haul

New Look – £22.99

New Look Basic Black Cardigan - Spring Clothing Haul

New Look – £9.99

New Look Blue Denim Midi Pinafore - Spring Clothing Haul

New Look – £22.99

New Look Camel Pinafore - Spring Clothing Haul

New Look – £14.99

Roman Green Floral Dress - Spring Clothing Haul

Roman Originals – £35

Roman Daisy Print Shift Dress - Spring Clothing Haul

Roman Originals – £35

I’ve been desperate to find a jumpsuit that actually suits me, and I finally found one! I usually end up looking like I’m wearing pajamas, which is fairly unfortunate. I need a tapered leg, and I love a bardot neckline, so this New Look one is perfect. The Quiz prom dress was one of those things that I new I had to have as soon as I set eyes on it; pretty, mid-length, and floaty. And the New Look maxi dress is something very different for me; I’m not used to a low neckline or long length, but I loved it! Sometimes you have to try something a little different.

I’m a sucker for pinafores and floral dresses, as you may have noticed by now. Unfortunately this means I have less basic pieces than I’d like; plain tops, cardigans, trousers etc. My eye just isn’t drawn to them in the same way, so I end up ignoring them completely, then coming to put an outfit together and finding I don’t have what I need. Perhaps in my next haul, I’ll have a few more simple pieces to go under those pinafores, or with my favourite midi skirts. 
Have you had a spring clothing haul of your own?

Have a lovely day,
Rosie x

Liebster Award Number 2

Liebster Award: Red Lipstick RosieI’ve been nominated for my second Liebster Award by the lovely Sorbet Sundays (big thanks and love to you!)! She was one of my nominees from my first Liebster Award, and has a really wonderful blog. If you haven’t checked her out before, go say hi to her! I’m extremely grateful to her for sending the nomination back to me, and really loved reading her responses to my own questions.

In case you’re not familiar with the Liebster Award, here are the rules:Liebster Award: The Rules - Red Lipstick Rosie

Part 1: Questions from Sorbet Sundays

  1. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
    Stop judging and be kind. I’ve never been a particularly bad person, but there were always judgmental thoughts in my mind. I trained it out of myself eventually, but I wish I’d done it sooner. I wish I could say ‘stop being so shy, be more confident’, but as I still feel like that now, I don’t think I could preach that to my younger self!
  2. What is your favourite beauty treat/indulgence?
    Oooh. I don’t know if this really counts as a proper indulgence, but every time I wash my hair I use a hair mask instead of conditioner. That probably sounds really lame, but I only wash my hair about once a week (it’s super long, and doesn’t get dirty/greasy in that time, don’t judge haha), so it’s really nice to use a treatment on it. I currently use Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle for long hair. My hair always feels so soft afterwards, even the ends – which are currently at my hips and haven’t had a trim in almost two years (oops).
  3. Who is your favourite beauty icon?
    I don’t really have a proper one, but I have huge love and respect for Bunny Meyer a.k.a. Grav3yardgirl. She taught me so much about inner and outer beauty. Plus she loves red lipstick.
  4. Do you have a clothing style, and if so, what is it?
    I wouldn’t know how to describe it! I like pretty dresses, floaty skirts, and worker boots. It’s kind of cutesy-indie-grunge (is that even a thing?!).
  5. What is your favourite makeup style?
    I suppose you could call it classic; red lipstick and winged liner. Quite 50’s. I actually don’t wear that much makeup, apart from the in-your-face lipstick.
  6. What is your favourite quote?
    “Have courage and be kind” – Cinderella. I also love anything from Charlie Chaplins speech in The Great Dictator. It’s an absolute masterpiece.
  7. What do you love and hate about blogging?
    I love the sense of community, most people are really sweet and willing to help each other out. It’s also a nice way to outlet and just ramble on about whatever I’m thinking. However, I am no photographer, and I really hate how unprofessional my photos look, and the way I have no idea what I’m doing when trying to take them.
  8. What is your favourite post you’ve written, and why?
    To be honest, I don’t have many posts yet, I’m still a newbie! So I think I haven’t written one that I love yet.
  9. Who/What is your favourite Instagram account?
    Ohhh this is a hard one! There’s so many I love, but one of my favourite’s is that of mummy/lifestyle blogger Constance Hall. She is an absolute Queen, she writes so honestly. Her Instagram is full of wise words and cute pictures of her gorgeous babies.
  10. What are your top 5 most played songs in your iTunes/music account?
    I don’t even know where to begin! Anything by Adele – she is incredible in so many ways. Lippy Kids by Elbow – probably my most favourite song ever, it’s like a lullaby for the soul. The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore by James Morrisson – I don’t know what it is about this song because it’s quite sad, but I love it. I Put A Spell On You by Nina Simone – jazzy, bluesy, empowering. Let Me Sign by Robert Pattinson – kind of a weird one, but his voice is nothing like you would imagine, and I love it.
  11. What do you daydream about?
    Getting married and having lots of babies. That and being a Disney Princess. Ha ha.

Part 2: 11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I love to sing, but only if I’m on a stage, or in my kitchen while no one else is home.
  2. I really really want to be a Disney princess. Preferable Rapunzel or Sleeping Beauty, but I’m not fussy.
  3. I’m a vegetarian as of March 2016 – I’m a newbie veggie, and I love it!
  4. I’m a real romantic.
  5. I cry at everything. Like seriously everything. Just ask my boyfriend.
  6. I’ve done a little bit of hair modelling (nothing professional), and I loved it! Would definitely do it again if given the opportunity.
  7. I did 3 years of sixth form because I was too scared to leave and go to college. I’m glad that I did though because that last year was the one that built up my confidence the most, and also without that time, I never would have got together with my boyfriend.
  8. I love thunderstorms, and the sound of the rain.
  9. I hate going out clubbing. It gets to 11pm (usually when you’re actually leaving to go out) and I start to wonder why I’m not in bed. What a grandma.
  10. I’ve never been outside of Europe!
  11. I always wear socks to bed.

Part 3: 11 Questions for My Nominees

  1. If you were a Disney Princess, which one would you be?
  2. What is your dream job/career?
  3. What is your best healthy living tip/advice?
  4. What is your favourite TV show?
  5. What is your dream holiday?
  6. Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?
  7. What’s the best piece of advice anyone has given you?
  8. If you could only buy clothes from one shop for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
  9. What song always puts you in a good mood?
  10. If you could choose to meet anyone in the world (alive or dead), who would it be?
  11. What is your favourite lipstick?

Part 4: My Liebster Award Nominees

Again, huge love to Sorbet Sundays for nominating me for the Liebster Award, and I can’t wait to read my nominees responses!

Have a lovely day,
Rosie x

Celebrity Deaths

Celebrity Deaths2016 seems to be the year of an unprecedented number of celebrity deaths. So many legends have been taken from us already this year, and it’s only April. Some were fortunate enough to reach old age, but most were far too young to have passed. With David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Ronnie Corbet, Victoria Wood, and Prince to name a very few, their losses have been felt everywhere. However, while most people mourn these losses, I’ve noticed a very large number of people who seem to have the mindset of ‘who cares?’.

I find this extremely rude. Their excuses are ‘just because they were rich, people care’ ‘it’s only because they’re famous that you even know about it’ ‘people die everyday, get over it’ ‘they wouldn’t know or care if you died, so why do you?’.

The reason so many people care is because these celebrities touched their lives in some way. Whether it was through song, performance, or writing, they made a difference to someone, and its unacceptable to belittle that loss and emotion. If someone you know lost their mother, father, sibling, partner, child, or friend, would you really tell them just to’ get over it’ because ‘people die everyday’? I sincerely hope the answer to that is no. Imagine losing your own idol, whoever that may be. People do die everyday, and each of them is mourned by the people whose lives they touched, whether its family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances, students, or colleagues. People are affected. 

In the case of celebrity deaths, MORE people are affected. Because more people knew of them. More people appreciated their talent. More people saw the passion in their work. More people heard their message. More people are hurt.

So next time someone in the public eye dies, even if it’s not someone you were a huge fan of, appreciate the people who are hurting because of it. Support them, even if you don’t feel the same. It’s never ok to belittle someones emotions. And it’s never ok to belittle someones death.

Be kind.

Diary: Easter, Babysitting, & Vegetarianism

Diary: Easter, Babysitting, & Vegetarianism - Red Lipstick RosieHow can Easter have come and gone already?! The year is flying by, as usual. I hope everyone had a lovely Easter, regardless of whether you celebrate it, or just enjoy the long bank holiday weekend! I’ve not been one to celebrate it much; when we were kids we did Easter egg hunts with our grandparents (which of course, we loved), and while I was at a religious primary school I took it all very seriously. These days we exchange chocolate, but that’s about it. As you get older, it becomes more about the long weekend anyway! I spent mine with family.

I had to babysit my two little cousins – who are utterly adorable – which was something I was a bit nervous about. There’s something a little unnerving about being completely responsible for someone else children; despite the fact that I’m 22 years old, a fully qualified adult (ha ha) who has lived away from home, being in charge of caring for 2 small children makes me feel like a highly under-qualified child. Of course it was fine, it was only for a few hours, and they are very sweet and play nicely, but that’s just another factor to worry about! Children are so inquisitive, their minds always active and seeking stimulation. When there are two of them, you have to find a way to entertain both without one feeling bored or neglected (hats of to parents, you do this full time!). I actually really enjoyed myself, it’s so lovely when a child looks to you for comfort or reassurance, or just wants you to share in something they’re interested in. 

We went up to my grandparents to do an Easter egg hunt, as my sister and I used to when we were younger, which was lovely, helping them out with their clues. A lot of my extended family on my dad’s side were there, as an early celebration for my aunt’s birthday (as well as Easter), so it was nice to see and catch up with everyone. And the little ones got to run around with my younger brothers and baby cousin, blowing bubbles and enjoying the sunshine together. I also got to see my mums family; we all sat around having takeout, and talking. It was lovely.

My mum cooked the most amazing roast dinner the other day. I’m sure everyone thinks their mums cook the best roast, but my mum really does do the best one! We had roast lamb, which is my most favourite. However, my boyfriend has recently become a vegetarian (for over a month now), and I think I’ll be joining him. He’s wanted to do it for a couple of years, and finally thought enough is enough. And I agree with his motives, it does seem wrong that we kill animals for food, and while once upon a time that was a means of survival, the worlds a different place. So my conscience can’t take it much longer. I don’t want to be one of those people that pushes their ideals onto other people, so I will not try to persuade anyone to do the same, and won’t judge people for continuing to eat meat. It’s a big thing to give up when it’s such a staple part of everyone’s diets. Luckily, there are so many alternatives like Quorn (which thankfully I actually like!), and I love vegetables anyway. So in the next few weeks, I’m going to cut meat out from my life. I’ve already started collecting recipes for it (a weird hobby of mine), and I’m actually looking forward to it. There will be things I’ll miss (like the aforementioned lamb – sadly no meatless alternative to that one)[EDIT: I have since discovered that you can in fact get lamb replacements, along with a whole host of other meat replacements I didn’t know about, from Quorn! Thanks to Motherhood IRL for the info!], but I can still have so much, meatless sausages, chicken (which is actually really good!), and mince. And I can still have my mums best roast dinner, just without the meat, and that’s not so bad.

I hope you’ve had a lovely week,
Rosie x

 

Liz Earle Skincare Review

Liz Earle Skincare Review: Red Lipstick RosieI’ve never been good at routines, especially skincare ones. My mum has always said how important it is to look after your skin, and I’ve never exactly neglected mine, but I’ve never set myself in a proper routine for longer than a few days. I’ll forget one day, or feel lazy another, and somehow I just give up on it. But I’ve always wanted to have a proper skincare routine, I love the idea of using products and potions; perhaps it makes me feel grown up (which seems silly at the age of 22!). My mum bought me a Liz Earle gift set a few months ago, and I’m gradually getting into that routine I wanted.

I didn’t know much about Liz Earle before I started using it, but my mum insisted that their products were really high quality, and especially good for sensitive skin such as mine. It turns out she was right, and as an added bonus, they’re a cruelty-free brand. My boyfriend and I have been making a conscious effort to buy more cruelty-free products; we’re not perfect with it yet, but we’re trying. That side of the industry is growing, and it’s becoming easier to find such products. As it is, far too many companies do still test on animals, but people are gradually becoming more inclined to ask the questions, and push for products to be cruelty free.

The set comes with 3 full sized products, plus a bonus product, also full-sized. My one included the normal/combination skin set of Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (100ml), 2 muslin cloths, the Instant Boost Skin Tonic (200ml), and the Skin Repair Moisturiser (50ml). Mine came with the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion (150ml) as a bonus product, but I believe this changes regularly. It costs £45 as a set, but is worth £63.50, and also has a dry/sensitive skin set. You can get it at Boots.com.

I think Hot Cloth Cleansers are a product that’s on the rise, but it’s not something I had come across before. The cleanser is applied to a dry face, and massaged in to remove makeup and impurities. Then the muslin cloth is run under hot water, wrung out, and then used to gently wipe away the cleanser, makeup and all. It works as a kind of gentle exfoliator at the same time, which I’m not sure is a good thing or not, as generally exfoliators are a once-a-week kind of product. The cloths need to be washed every few days, and you can purchase new ones separately. So far I think I like it, it works for me, although it must be said I only wear generally light makeup (most days just a little concealer, mascara, brow powder, and lipstick), so I wonder if someone who wears a normal amount of makeup would struggle to take it off. I also don’t like the smell, although I couldn’t put my finger on what it is, and it feels quite drying afterwards, before moisturising.

The tonic has an extremely pleasant smell, very sweet and fresh, and effects your skin in much the same way, smoothing and toning. I don’t feel there’s much more to say on this one, but I like it. The moisturiser is fairly light. It has a nice texture, non-greasy, but at first I felt it wasn’t moisturising enough for my skin. This may be because it’s for normal/combination skin, whereas I think my skin is more in need of the dry/sensitive, however over time I think my skin has adjusted to it. I really don’t like the smell of the moisturiser, but again I’m not sure what it is about it that I don’t like. I can’t say that I’ve found much use for the eye lotion as of yet, but yet again it has a very unpleasant smell in my opinion. However I do think that the scents may be due to the natural-ingredient nature of these products, which isn’t a bad thing, and of course it could just be my personal taste in scents; we’re all different, and anyone else might find them pleasant smelling.

I will continue to use these products as there are many good qualities to them, but I think once they are finished I will try a few others before repurchasing. The main thing is that my skin does feel better than before, and it is a nice simple routine to get into. Liz Earle have many other products which I would like to try; as a natural and cruelty-free brand, their products do seem to be high quality, and definitely one to watch.

Have you tried Liz Earle? What do you think?
Have a lovely day x

Diary: Fires, Walks, & People

Diary: Fires, Going for a Walk, & People - Red Lipstick Rosie

I haven’t been feeling well for the past couple of weeks. I’ve mostly wanted to stay in bed all day and drink tea, cosy and safe. Sadly that’s not practical, nor very productive.

Lyme Regis - Diary: Fires, Going for a Walk, & People

Lyme Regis

Last weekend I went to see my dad’s family; it was really nice, the weather was beautiful so we went to Lyme Regis for a walk along the beach and some ice cream. It was almost warm at times, with the sun shining down, however as it was the sea-front, naturally it was a bit windy. And the wind was like ice! Lyme Regis is beautiful, it’s one of my favourite beaches. If you’re ever in the area, I would recommend it. And as it was Mother’s Day last weekend too, my mum’s family all came up for a Sunday roast, which was lovely. 

 

I managed to set fire to my bedroom this week… Maybe that’s an exaggeration. A candle exploded on my chest-of-drawers, and set fire to it. I managed to run downstairs, grab a towel, run it under the tap and run back up and put the fire out. But my goodness did it scare me! I was shaking and crying, and nothing had really happened. It could have been so much worse though; I know you’re not supposed to leave candles unattended, and I didn’t, but if I’d left it even for a few minutes, it could have spread. It did worry me though, the candle was in a glass holder specifically for candles. I think the candle burnt too low and the glass got too hot. It’s frustrating because I adore candles, I like the scents and the light-affect, but now I’m wary of them.

The weather has been improving, spring is coming! I have very mixed feelings about the weather getting warmer, I don’t like being cold, and I don’t like the dead-looking trees. I love blue skies, and greenery, but I don’t fare well in the sun. I get too hot and dizzy very quickly, and burn so badly. As long as I’m warm enough, but not passing out, not burning, and able to see a pretty view then I’m pretty happy.

Diary: Fires, Going for a Walk, & People

A bench with a view.

Seeing the sun out now, and seeing the leaves starting to bud on the trees makes me feel better. I need to go outside more, so I’m resolving to enjoy the beginnings of spring by going for a walk everyday. Even if it’s just down to the local park, or the shops, I should do it. Ross and I went on a lovely little walk up a big hill in town that has beautiful views of the whole town. It reminded me I like to go walking, as long as it results in a sit-down with a good view.

One of my boyfriends friends recently came back from a year of travelling around America, and this weekend he set up a mini exhibition at one of the local pubs of his photography from his time there. I personally knew almost no one that was going to be there (a socially awkward persons nightmare), but I’m really glad we did go. It was a nice relaxed evening in the beer-garden, Ross got to catch up with his old friends, and I got to laugh at their shared memories. Plus, the photography was truly phenomenal, really beautiful stuff, real and full of stories. I struggle in social situations, especially those where I don’t know anyone. Actually I struggle in most situations that involve other people. Negative interactions have reinforced my fears over time, and this event was a nice reminder that not all interactions have a negative outcome.

I hope you had a lovely week,
Rosie x

Singing: Can I Really Sing?

Singing: Can I Really Sing? - Red Lipstick RosieThe doubt is always there. Can I really sing? I’ve been doing it a long time, but that doesn’t mean I’m any good. I suppose it’s a subject of opinion, and my own opinion is no. I’m not really very good.

I can sing in tune (most of the time), I know that much. But does that make me good? Not particularly. There’s so much more to it than that. I have a lot of training, and as a result I employ a lot of techniques and emotions when I sing, but that still doesn’t mean that when I hear a recording of my own voice I don’t cringe and immediately think I should never sing again. I started singing because I wanted to, I continued because I enjoyed it, I pursued further training because I needed it. I’m not sure I could ever have enough training, because the voice is something that changes and needs to be honed. 

But for my voice, there’s only so much technique can do; the rest is what I was born with. The tone of someone’s voice is the most personal and individual part, and while it can be improved, the foundation of it will always be the same. And I hate mine. Every time I hear my own voice I feel unbearably embarrassed that I ever thought it was acceptable for me to sing in public. To me, my voice sound childish and forced, and for lack of a better word, ‘yucky’. There’s so many singers I’ve come across in my life that have had little or no training, and their vocal abilities far surpass my own. It’s a source of wonder and envy for me, that these lucky people have needed nothing more than their natural talent to be wonderful. Although I must be clear, I don’t mean to say that these people haven’t worked hard. And then there are those who have had a similar level of training to me, and who are still a hundred times better. It’s frustrating.

I am a very self-critical person, especially when it comes to singing, I analyse every wobbly note, every moment of bad diction, every time I use the wrong technique, every time I use the wrong emotion. I want it to be perfect, and it never is. Unfortunately, this outlook does not help my confidence in the matter, doesn’t make it any easier to appreciate what I have. I often wonder what made me think I was ever good enough to go away to college and train,why I ever thought I was good enough for a career in singing, when I really don’t think I’m a good singer to begin with.

Perhaps I’m comparing myself to others too much. Everywhere you go, all over the world, there are wonderful singers. There were better singers at school, better singers at college, and better singers making careers. But as with most things in life, there’s usually someone doing it better than you, and it doesn’t mean you should give up. I struggle to believe anyone who’s ever complimented my voice, because I’ve heard it, and it ain’t pretty. And any time someone has said that I’m not a good singer, it has reinforced my own opinion. Who knows if I’m right or not, who knows if I really can’t sing or not. Opinions are subjective.

Self-doubt is a terrible thing, and I have plenty of it. But I think if you asked all singers ‘do you think you can sing’ and ‘do you like your voice’, a lot more than you think would say no. And not because they’re being modest, or because they’re looking for attention, but because they really believe it. There’s nothing wrong with knowing your own abilities, being confident, and saying yes, I can sing. But not all of us believe that to be true. Not all of us are confident. And that’s ok.

I’ll keep singing, because I enjoy it. I’ll still pursue it, because I enjoy it. It doesn’t matter that I don’t like my voice, because I do like to sing. And that’s all that really matters.

Review: Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain

Review: Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain Long Lasting Lip Color - Red Lipstick RosieI’m a huge fan of long lasting lip colour. I like to go about my business safe in the knowledge that I won’t need to reapply my lipstick all day long. So when I spotted this Romantic Bear Long Lasting Lip Color on Amazon (get it here), I had to give it a try. Little did I know that it was actually a peel off lip stain. I’d seen peel off lip stain before, but I wasn’t sure where to find them. I ended up with one kind of by accident, but I’m glad I’ve tried it out. I got it in the shade Cherry Red.

Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain Long Lasting Lip Color in Cherry Red - Review on Red Lipstick Rosie

After applying the lip stain – a.k.a. A big ole mess.

I’m still not sure how I feel about them. Maybe I don’t have a steady hand or enough experience, or maybe I’m just plain not doing it right, but the application is ridiculously hard! It comes in a little tube with a flat-ended squeezy applicator (think the kind of lip-gloss tube you used when you were 14), which isn’t great for application. Try as I might, I couldn’t get it to make clean lines. The formula doesn’t help with this either, it’s a sticky gel that sticks to itself if you try to smooth it on in more than one movement. I got quite lucky with my cupids bow (by some miracle!), but my bottom lip was a disaster. I couldn’t get the product to move, the gel I squeezed out just stuck to the gel that was already in place and formed nasty clumps. It felt like I had used half the tube, but I made do.

Then I waited for about 15 minutes (in which time it felt like my mouth had welded together), and peeled it off. It feels really strange while it’s drying, like you can’t move else your lips would crack – and if you do make the mistake of smiling or something it peels it off before you’re ready. It’s hard and shiny, and actually kind of pretty if it wasn’t such a mess. Most of it came off in one go, and only the inside of my mouth remained a bit sticky, but I wiped that part off with some tissue. And actually it didn’t look too bad! If you look closely you can see the line of my bottom lip is uneven but it’s not too noticeable. It comes out a nice pink colour, which is a little patchy, but that could just be my severely uneven application. And it does seem to be fairly long lasting. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the colour pay off I was hoping for, but for days where I want a toned down look for my lips, this isn’t a bad product.

Red Lipstick Rosie - before swatch

Before

Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain Long Lasting Lip Color in Cherry Red - Review on Red Lipstick Rosie

After

Just some tips for better application:

  • Exfoliate and moisturise first.
  • The less swipes you can do it in, the neater it’s likely to be.
  • Don’t go over where you’ve already applied it, it’ll just pick up the product and leave patches.
  • Don’t go too far on the inside of your mouth, else you could end up with pink teeth (also it tastes gross).
  • Try and keep your lips apart while it’s drying, else it’ll stick together and not dry in the corners.
  • Make sure it’s completely dry before you peel it off – this stuff is messy and will stain your fingers if it’s not dry.
  • Wipe off the flat applicator when you’re finished with it – you’ll end up with dry clumpy bits stuck to it next time you use it.

I think this product is especially great if you like a less bold lip (I’m bright red all the way), and have a fairly steady hand (I think we’ve already established I have zero skill when it comes to make-up). This product comes in several colours, and I think I’ll try out a few different brands of peel off lip stain, and see if they’re any easier/brighter than this one.

Have you tried a peel off lip stain? What did you think?
Have a lovely day x

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women's Day - Red Lipstick RosieHappy International Women’s Day to all you lovely ladies out there. Today is about celebrating the women in your life and all over the world, be it your mum, sister, girlfriend, wife, grandma, aunty, friend, and of course yourself! 

Today’s society often teaches women and girls to belittle each other, to compete for attention, to have the most likes and followers or the prettiest face. While there’s nothing wrong with having those things, the world would be a much nicer place if we all empowered and supported each other in all our endeavours. 

Woman can – and do – achieve great things. We decide our own lives and fate. It is important we all choose our own paths in life, and help others around us on their own journey. You can be whatever you want to be, be it a scientist, hairdresser, doctor, chef, mother, customer assistant, teacher, traveler or entrepreneur, or every single one of those things, and more!  We women are amazing, and sometimes it’s difficult to remember just how amazing we are. Our bodies are capable of so much, and yet we are in control of what we do with it. We can be strong, we can be soft, we can be passionate, we can be protectors, we can laugh, we can cry, we can fight, we can forgive, we can grow an entire human inside us, we can follow our dreams, we can love, we can climb to the top, we can do anything. You are incredible. Don’t forget it.

Happy International Women’s Day x