Liebster Award

Liebster Award: Red Lipstick RosieBig thank you to the lovely Roisin at Everythings Looking Rosie for nominating me for the Liebster Award! As a newbie it’s lovely to be supported in this way, and quite an honour. If you hadn’t nominated me, I would be nominating you! I wasn’t completely familiar with the award, but now I am, I’m extremely grateful! Here are the rules:Liebster Award: The Rules - Red Lipstick Rosie

Part 1: Questions From Everythings Looking Rosie

  1. How did you pick your blogs name?
    I’ve been wearing red lipstick since I was about 15, I wear it pretty much everyday, and have barely worn another colour since. As it’s essentially my signature look, I thought it would be an appropriate name!
  2. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
    Stop caring what other people think, and do what makes you happy. People are going to judge you and be mean, because that’s what people do. Find the ones who are kind and caring and hold on to them. And be one of those people yourself.
  3. What are 3 makeup items you could not live without?
    This actually works out very well for me, because as a general rule, I only use 3 items! A matte red lipstick (my current favourite is Mac Ruby Woo), concealer (I use Seventeen Staytime Concealer in Extra Fair), and mascara (I’m currently using Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Cat Eyes Mascara). This is my go-to unless I have more time (or just motivation) on my hands.
  4. Describe yourself in 3 words.
    Shy, sensitive, crazy. Yeah, that sounds about right!
  5. What is your guilty pleasure?
    Cheeseburgers. I love cheeseburgers.
  6. What’s your favourite post you’ve written?
    I think so far (because there haven’t been many yet) it would be my first post about singing (read it here). My singing journey is something very dear to me, and is something I’m continuing to work on.
  7. What’s your favourite makeup brand?
    This is a difficult one, I think at the moment I don’t strictly have a favourite at the moment (I haven’t found ‘the one’ yet!), but based on what is mostly in my makeup bag, I’d have to go with either Rimmel or Sleek.
  8. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    My absolute favourite place in the world is Grindelwald in Switzerland. If I could move there I would. It’s unbelievably beautiful, surrounded by mountains, the people are lovely, and the food is incredible. In the summer, the mountains are green and flowery, and its warm and sunny. But in the winter, its a real snowy wonderland. I love it there.
  9. What is your signature dish?
    I love to cook, I’m always looking for new recipes to try. But one of my best is a pasta dish, with chicken, bacon, peppers, tomato and mascarpone sauce, tortellini, and copious amounts of cheese. It’s really good (even if I do say so myself!). My mum and boyfriend loved it.
  10. What’s your favourite quote?
    Be kind.
  11. Your biggest pet peeve?
    Judgmental people and general unkindness. I can’t stand to see people judging others for their looks, life choices, career choice, sexuality, skin colour, size, or just anything. Live and let live. If it’s not hurting anyone, it’s none of your business. While everyone (including myself) has done at least one of those things in their life, it’s important to grow as a person and better yourself.

Part 2: 11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I went to a dance college for 3 years and I still can’t dance.
  2. I don’t like any sports. Not one (much to my boyfriends disappointment).
  3. When I was 12, I insisted on only wearing pink clothes (yes, really).
  4. When I was 16, I refused to wear trousers or jeans – skirts and dress only!
  5. I’ve never broken a bone, but someone did throw a rock at me and cut my head open when I was 11.
  6. I LOVE 40’s & 50’s style clothes and hair. 
  7. I can’t cope with anything gory or psychologically disturbing in any way – nightmares for weeks!
  8. I can only drink coffee if it’s mild, and full of copious amounts of cream and sugar. We’re talking about 7 teaspoons of sugar. Needless to say I don’t drink it very often.
  9. I love cheesecake, but only if it’s chocolate or vanilla, and I don’t eat the biscuit part. So actually I only like cheesecake filling.
  10. I always wanted to be in Downton Abbey.
  11. I have a mild obsession with fairy lights and candles. 

Part 3: Questions For My Nominees

  1. Where is your favourite place in the world?
  2. What is your favourite lipstick?
  3. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  4. What is your personal mantra?
  5. What is your one essential fashion item?
  6. If you could only shop in one clothes store for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
  7. What do you like to do in your free time?
  8. What’s your favourite movie?
  9. What are your handbag essentials?
  10. What is your favourite restaurant?
  11. Why did you start blogging?

Part 4: My Liebster Award Nominees

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:

Ramblings By Alisha
A Girl Of Some Importance
Little Blog Of Beauty
Ninz Beauty
Sorbet Sundays
Dolly Dowsie
Color U Bold

So thankyou to Everything’s Looking Rosie, and I can’t wait to read everyone else’s responses!

Have a lovely day x

Diary: Bowling, Swimming & Anniversary

Diary: Bowling, Swimming, & AnniversaryI went ten-pin bowling with some of my family for the first time in years, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is! We’d booked about 2 hours worth, and it flew by. We started with the sides/barriers down (like proper grown-ups) but after about half an hour of repeated gutter-balls, we sheepishly asked for them to be put up (we’re a talented bunch). I didn’t think I would be very good, and I’m not, but I was nowhere near as bad as I thought I would be! I even got a spare on my first go! Surprisingly, my boyfriend was not great at bowling to start with (sorry sweetie), and he’s usually good at everything. By the end of the game he had got the hang of it, and was actually pretty good at getting strikes and spares, but at the start.. Oh my. I honestly thought he was going to accidentally kill someone, he was so aggressive with the ball! He even managed to get it jammed on the other side of the barrier in the gutter. It was quite something. It was such a good laugh though, I haven’t been bowling in so long, I didn’t remember what I’d been missing. So I think this is going to have to be a more frequent thing.

We went swimming too, which again I’m really not very good at (are you noticing a pattern? Bad at cycling, bad at bowling, bad at swimming). I can swim, I’m just not a strong swimmer. And I always swallow too much water which makes me feel really sick and bloated. But it was such good fun, we went to a pool that had a lot of slides and rapids and so on, so I mostly felt like I was halfway drowning, especially on the rapids. I actually wore the Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour, and it honestly didn’t budge, despite the fact I spent half my time there underwater! (Full review here). I want to swim more, a few times a week maybe, as I need to do more for my fitness. 

I’ve been trying out more green tea this week, and I found gingerbread flavour! It’s so good! I was a bit worried because when I opened the box it smelt like sage stuffing (not exactly what you want in your tea), and the teabag smelt like strong ginger. But once it was stewing it smelt amazing, ginger and golden syrup. And it doesn’t taste too bad either, it’s a vast improvement on standard green tea. I also tried apple, which is bearable, but not as good as gingerbread. Either way, I’m going to stick to drinking it, as long as I keep finding flavours I like. I’ve also been trying to eat more vegetables and less meat this week. I made a pretty good pasta dish, which will be going into my recipe book (I get a little obsessed with collecting recipes).

My boyfriend and I also had our 4 year anniversary on Sunday, so we had a nice weekend together. We went shopping to treat ourselves to a few little pieces, as we don’t really go shopping often, and then we went to Nandos. Nandos is sort of a staple restaurant in our relationship. I introduced Ross to Nandos when we were first dating, and once we moved to London, it became a regular thing for us. Since we’ve come back to Devon, we haven’t eaten there so much. In London, they’re everywhere, but in there’s only two Nandos in the whole of Devon, and that’s pretty much it until you get to Bristol. So in a fit of tradition and nostalgia, that where we ate. On Sunday we went to Teignmouth – somewhere we used to go for walks when we were first dating – and played adventure golf. It was really nice, but so so cold and windy! So we ordered pizza when we got back. It was a simple and sweet weekend together. I’m very lucky.

I hope you had a lovely week.
Rosie x

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer

Normally I’m not a big fan of lip glosses – they’re sticky, un-pigmented, they fade quickly, and my hair always gets stuck to them. However,  the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer is something of an exception. 

While in the form of a gloss with the same shiny lacquer-like effect, they have the pigment and staying power of a lipstick. The pigment is ridiculous, one swipe is completely opaque, I don’t even need to re-dip the applicator to get full coverage. The doe-foot applicator is comfortable and hugs to the shape of your lips. Their staying power is actually pretty good as they do have a staining effect, although the gloss-effect does fade. However, as they’re not transfer-proof, you’ll need to touch up after eating or drinking. As they’re not a matte gloss, they touch up perfectly with no peeling or crumbling. Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer is available in 13 shades on Boots.com for £6.49 (Get them here). I currently have 4 shades, Eclipse, Big Bang, Stellar, and Across The Universe.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Eclipse

Eclipse

Eclipse is a deep plum red shade.

 

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Big Bang

Big Bang

Big Bang is a bright coral-based red.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in StellarStellar is a bright barbie pink.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Across The UniverseAcross The Universe is a darker brick-based red.

There are many more shades available in nudes, pinks and purples. These are so comfortable to wear, and are only £6.49.
Will you be picking up any of these?

Have a lovely day x

Style Favourites: Midi Skirt

Style Favourites: Midi SkirtOne of my all time favourite style items is the midi skirt. Classic and feminine, you can dress them up or dress them down, heels or flats, crop tops or jumpers. Plus it’s a great length for me (I don’t like my knees – is that weird?), so it’s always a staple item for me. I love the midi skirt, and I’m always looking for new ones to add to my wardrobe. So here’s a little collection of the midi skirts currently in stores (basically my own wishlist!).

Zara Floral Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtZara – £39.99 (Get it here). Beautiful floral print, wide pleats, perfect with a cream crop-top and pink strappy court shoes.

Boohoo Check Print Tulle Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtBoohoo – £25 (Get it here). I adore tulle skirts, they make me feel like a ballerina fairy (I promise I’m not a 5 year-old). This one also comes in pink and baby blue, and has a faint check pattern.

Asos Wine Pleated Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtASOS – £30 (Get it here). Floaty pleated skirts are beautiful, and this one comes in several colours.

New Look Shell Pink Pleated Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtNew Look – £24.99 (Get it here). More floaty pleated skirts! This one comes in shell pink and a gorgeous light grey. Perfect for spring!

Zara Grey Jersey Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtZara – £12.99 (Get it here). This basic skirt is a flattering fit, and made of comfortable material. At £12.99 how could you go wrong? It also comes in baby pink and black.

Boohoo Pink Floral Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtBoohoo – £18 (Get it here). Boohoo has a tonne of pretty floral midi skirts, so if this one isn’t exactly to your taste, you may find another on their site.

Topshop Pink Layered Tulle Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtTopshop – £39 (Get it here). Another stunning tulle midi skirt, this one a little more traditional, in a lovely baby pink.

New Look Black Floral Midi Skirt - Style Favourites: Midi SkirtNew Look – £26.99 (Get it here). This is one of my favourites, combining floaty pleats with floral patterns for a stunning finish.

So there we have it, a round up of my current favourite midi skirts. What are your style favourites?

Have a lovely day x

Singing: Learning To Belt

Singing: Learning To BeltIn my first few years of singing I was taught just to ‘belt’, or an approximation of it which was basically shout-singing. For those who don’t know, belting is one of many vocal techniques or sounds. It is generally set in the lower or chest register (generally speaking, the voice you speak with), and is a strong clear sound, used in pop music and musical theatre. When I started learning to sing, I didn’t know the proper technique, and I wasn’t taught it. I was told I had to belt everything (people seem to most impressed or consider you a better singer if you can belt high), so I shouted most things that I sang, which resulted in many sore throats and losing my voice several times. I had no idea that this was wrong, because it was all I knew.

Then I had my fourth singing teacher, and she changed everything. She was classically trained, so taught me the same way. I started using my ‘head-voice’ more and more (higher register), until I was almost solely using the higher register. My voice became very strong in this area, to the point where I was able to create a sound fairly similar to that of belt technique, but without the damage to my voice. It lacked the same tone and clarity, but it’s volume and control lent a similar sound. I continued like this for several years, with my next teacher reinforcing the same technique. By the end of this, I had a very classical and ‘legit MT’ sound to my voice, and my range was approaching soprano. My teacher had said it was important to make your head voice strong, because the lower you can sing in you head register, the easier it would be to blend with your chest register. This is true for classical singing.

It wasn’t until I went to college that I learnt to belt again. I was so terrified of trying it again, afraid of cracking and making mistakes when surrounded by so many more talented singers. For the duration of my first year, I mainly cheated it, using my ‘fake belt’ head voice to get by. However, in my second year, I had a bit of a breakthrough. Up till then I’d been managing to belt B below middle C (B5), but during an audition for a section in the end-of-year showcase, I accidentally belted a C# at the end of What Kind Of Fool (Saturday Night Fever). This may not sound like a huge difference, but a semitone can make a surprising difference, and this was two! It happened quite by accident, but I was chosen to sing the song in the show, which I honestly could not believe, as I felt my audition had gone so badly.

For the rest of the term, I worked on strengthening that C#, and added a new song to my repertoire (one which is now probably my most favourite to sing), How Did We Come To This from The Wild Party. This song is so dramatic and stunning, but it has a lot of sustained C#’s throughout, which terrified me. But I mastered it. My singing teacher was so encouraging, and so determined that I could do it, that I almost started believing her. I find it hard to pinpoint the exact technique that helped me achieve it, but it was mostly to just go for it and not worry about how it sounded. Then came the placement, finding the most comfortable way to place the note to get the sound I wanted. I think this may be different for each person, and it’s certainly different for each note and vowel sound.

My favourite technique – or maybe it’s just the one that physically feels like it’s working – is anchoring. Anchoring is a technique used to shift tension away from your throat and vocal cords, freeing them up to work. There’s different ways to do it, some people like to stand up against a wall and push their back into the wall, or face the wall and push their hands into it. The one I use is planting my feet and anchoring them down, or pushing them down. I prefer this one because it feels like there’s no tension in the whole of my upper body, so no risk of tensing my vocal cords or neck. 

By the end of my 3rd year at college, I was much more comfortable with belting up to a C#, and even started touching on a D. I was still very wary of trying new notes, and would always be asking and checking with my teacher if it was a note I could sing, rather than just trying and seeing if I could do it. But I had gone from not being able to belt anything higher than an A to starting to practise a D. Three whole notes probably doesn’t seem a lot, but for me it was a huge difference.

After I left college, I didn’t sing properly for a long time, but once I did I realised my capabilities had improved further. Upon trying to belt a D I found it quite comfortable, which shocked me. It turns out, for me personally, having no one there to hear me crack and make mistakes made it so much easier to find out what I could really do. Employing the same techniques I learnt at college, I could suddenly hit notes I’d only ever dreamed of before. Recently I hit an F (!!) while messing around in my kitchen singing Hurt by Christina Aguilera. I was actually singing in the wrong key, which meant I sang a whole tone higher than the original (the note in question is an E in the original song). It was unintentional, and I couldn’t believe what I’d just sung once I checked the note. I sang it again, and again, and again, reveling in how comfortable it felt. Eventually I recorded a little clip to see how it sounded (a little rough, but I hit it!).

 

I’m going to continue strengthening this area of my voice, and see if there’s more I can achieve. I often slip back into my ‘fake belt’ head voice, because it’s so comfortable for me, and it’s hard to break a habit of several years. But I’m working on it.

If you’d like to here more, I’m posting some clips to my instagram here.

Have a lovely day x

Diary: Cycling, Spa & Segways

Diary: Cycling, Spa & SegwaysI cycled this week. Yes, actually cycled. Exercise DVD last week, and cycling this week?! What’s going on?! I haven’t gone cycling since I was about 13, and I forgot that I suck at it. And also, it’s kind of hard! Well for me anyway. My legs ached, I couldn’t balance well, I crashed into EVERYTHING, and just generally got in everyone’s way. But it was quite nice too, as long as the way was fairly flat. I can’t go uphill, I had to get off and push the bike up. So maybe (just maybe) I could do it again. Regularly..? I know my boyfriend would probably like that!

I also kind of want a segway now. I was absolutely terrified going on it the first time this week, but it’s fun! I was mostly scared of falling off and going too fast (I’m of a nervous disposition, had you noticed?), but you can’t go very fast, and it’s hard to fall off unless you’re a bit stupid with it. It’s a weird sensation to get used to, tipping your weight to move, and pushing your arms to either side to turn. It reminded me a little of skiing somehow, but a little less risky than plunging down a mountain! 

I went to a spa too, which for the most part consisted of me feeling like I was drowning in steam, but steam that smelt nice. You can read about my experience in full here.

I love going out to eat, but I’m usually a creature of habit, my boyfriend and I often stick to what we know with our favourite Nando’s. But we tried out Frankie & Bennie’s this week, and I loved it! The atmosphere is great with 50s and 60s music playing in the background, and an old American diner feel to it. And there’s so much food to choose from! It took me so long to decide (and we both said we need to go again just to try some more of the menu), but I ended up with a four cheese pizza with red onion, and it was delicious, proper thin crust, just the right amount of sauce, and loads of cheese. I love cheese far too much. They also have free refills on soft drinks. We didn’t get a chance to try the dessert menu, which in my opinion is fairly tragic, but there’s always next time.

And we also had a naughty McDonald’s as it was my sisters birthday, and my dad, step-mum and brother had come up for a visit. I was planning on making pasta with lots of veggies, but that will wait now. After the rather indulgent week I’ve had, I think I need to work on a healthier diet, and possibly a proper fitness regime (more cycling, dare I say it!). I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, and recently I’ve been craving a lot of vegetables. So I’ll start there, along with my green tea (trying out gingerbread flavour this week!).

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

Clark’s Village + Mini Haul

Clark's Village + Mini Haul I don’t have much experience with outlets. Perhaps I’ve never realised their full potential, the cheap prices of perfectly good items from seasons past, but on my travels this week I discovered the wonder of Clark’s Village in Somerset. Clark’s Village is a whole shopping ‘village’ full of discounted brands. I was initially sceptical, as I had had a quick read of their store list online and wasn’t particularly impressed. However, once I got there I realised how wrong I was. There was only a few brand names that I actually recognised, and I wasn’t overly interested in those. But after wandering around a little, I found some stunning boutiques that I’d never heard of, and fell in love! 

The first I almost walked right past, but I spotted a gorgeous navy trench coat in the window, and dragged my boyfriend inside. And my goodness, was I glad I did! Sugarhill Boutique was full of dresses, jumpers and blouses that were just exactly my style. Floaty dresses, adorable blouses with peter pan collars, and cute prints everywhere. There was so much I wanted, but I’m on a fairly strict budget, so I settled for this gorgeous cardigan.

Sugarhill Boutique Burgundy Cat Cardigan - Clark's Village + Mini Haul

Sugarhill Boutique Burgundy Cat Cardigan – £15

This stunning cardi was £15 down from £54! Plus, I got it as part of a deal because my mum wanted a jumper that was also £15, which meant we got both for £25 – £12.50 each! And it’s so soft and comfy. I always see people wearing printed cardigans, and I’ve never found one I wanted! At least, not one that’s in my price range. So I was so happy to pick this one up, burgundy with cute little cream cat prints on it (I actually thought they were owls at first…) at such a bargain price! Sugarhill Boutique is definitely going to be one that I check out more from now on. I could have bought half the store! I also had my eye on a floaty short-sleeve midi dress (navy with tiny white polka-dots), an cream blouse with a pastel coloured owl print, and a pale turquoise top with a peter pan collar and a swan silhouette print. I wanted it all.

The other store I wandered into was Yumi, which had some gorgeous dresses, however what I actually picked up was an absolutely stunning dress from Mela Loves London.

Mela Loves London White/Navy Rose Skater Dress - Clark's Village + Mini Haul

Mela Loves London White/Navy Rose Print Skater Dress – £18

This is exactly the kind of dress that I dream about finding. Floaty chiffon skirt pulled in at the waist, fitted bodice with a boat neck, and that blue rose print! It’s like a dream come true! I got this for only £18, down from £27. Not such a big saving as the cardigan, but so so worth it. I love the vintage inspired style of it, the colours are beautiful, and the fit is so flattering. Again, I will be checking out both Yumi and Mela Loves London more in the future.

I almost snagged a gorgeous pair of shoes in the M&S outlet, but they didn’t have my size, and for £9 I was pretty upset! They were black suede-effect pointed court shoes, with cut outs on the side, the kind of shoes that go with anything, and exactly the kind of shoes I’ve been searching for! And of course I popped into the Lindt store (how could I resist?!) and got some Lindors, and chili chocolate. My boyfriend also picked up a pair of £40 sweatpants for £4 (seriously!) in Saltrock.

I’ll be on the look out for outlets in my area, as this one was a 2-hour drive away, but I will definitely be returning to Clark’s Village again. We were there for a few hours, and only managed to look in about half the shops! There’s so much to choose from, and some lovely restaurants too. You can find almost anything you could need, home-ware, clothing, underwear, sports gear, chocolate, kitchen-ware and more! The savings you can make are unbelievable, so I’ll keep you posted if I find any other outlets or discount stores that come close!

Have you got an outlet store in your area? Or have you been to Clark’s Village?

Have a lovely day x

My First Spa Experience

My First Spa ExperienceAt 22 years old, it’s kind of sad that I’ve never been to a spa. I’ve never done the pampering thing, had my nails or eyebrows done, had a massage or been in a sauna or anything! That changed this week. I had two different treatments, and a ‘spa experience’. 

I’m not opposed to pamper sessions, I’ve just never had the facilities or money to do it! While I was at college there was a salon next door, and the girls were often going in to have their nails or eyebrows done. However, my student budget didn’t stretch that far. To this day, I’ve never had my eyebrows done (is that really bad?!). So this time, when the opportunity arose for a few treatments at the Aqua Sana, I gave it a try.

The first I had was a Paraffin Wax Hand treatment. I had no idea what to expect on this one, but it sounded ok. Being the socially awkward creature I am, I was mostly just dreading having to sit with a complete stranger and talk to them for half an hour (a social anxiety nightmare!). But she was nice, and must have sensed I wasn’t very good at chatting, because she didn’t force it. The treatment itself was strange, my nails were filed, some creams and oils were rubbed into my nails and forearms, and then I had to place my hands in gloves full of hot wax. I felt kind of bad for my therapist (is that the right word?) because I’m so over-sensitive to heat, she had to wait for it to cool a little before I could put my hand in. Then it kind of sets and you can’t move your hands, and she put a big oven-mitt-thing over the gloves. Then you just sit there until she said I could move my hands to sort of break the wax. I felt like a bit of a melon during this bit, sat with my hands stuck in giant oven gloves. My hands were quite soft afterwards, so I suppose it was nice, but I few hours later my hands were even drier than normal, so I’m not sure what the point was in the end. Nice to be pampered though I suppose.

My second treatment was a joint one with my boyfriend, the Serail Mud treatment. This one was mostly just funny. We had to go into a mini steam room, exfoliate each other with some salts (which FYI hurts), then shower, and then put mud on each other, which was hilarious. Then the steam is turned on and you sit facing each other, massaging the mud in which doesn’t really do much as the steam makes it too watery and it slips off. This steam was quite nice, it didn’t have any scents added, and it wasn’t too hot. I only coughed a little. Then you shower again to get the mud off, which takes a surprisingly long time. Afterwards you go to the ‘relaxation room’, which is basically a big room full of loungers and blankets looking out onto a garden, with soothing music playing. I didn’t feel like the mud made a huge difference to my skin, but it is softer than usual, so that’s something!

Finally, we had the full run of the spa, which included a pool, several saunas and steam-rooms, and quiet zones. I found this kind of bizarre, everyone wandering around in matching robes, a bit dreamy-eyed and sweaty, and not really talking. Most of the rooms were dark, and between that and the steam in some of them, it was a little stressful trying to find somewhere to sit without sitting on someone. The first sauna I went in (bearing in mind I’ve never been in a sauna before) was a Tyrolean sauna. And I sort of thought I was going to die. Or at the very least, melt into a puddle. It was so dry, and I’ve never experienced heat like that, I could barely breathe! I sat for a few minutes before I had to leave. I probably should mention that I don’t do so well in heat, I feel lethargic and dizzy, so for most people it wouldn’t be such a shock to the system.

After that I wasn’t sure what to do with myself, I wandered around for a while, and then tried a Japanese steam-room. This was possibly worse than the sauna, the steam made it almost impossible to breathe, I choked and coughed and probably annoyed everybody else in there who was genuinely trying to relax, and it was just as hot as the first sauna I went in. So after that I tried a few more steam-rooms, which weren’t as hot as the first one, but still fairly unpleasant. Some of them smelt beautiful, with scents of jasmine and lemongrass, but I found the scents made it harder to breathe. My favourite part of the whole experience was the waterbeds. Found in the quiet zone, my boyfriend and I snuggled up under a blanket for a while, which for me was the most relaxing part of any of it. I’ve never been on waterbed before, and it was surprisingly comfy, when the water moved I found it really soothing, like being rocked to sleep.

Overall I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the whole experience. I don’t think I particularly found it relaxing, but it was fun at times. I think if you’re like me, and struggle with extreme heat, then saunas and steam-rooms may not be for you. There’s plenty of other treatments on offer, so I’m sure there’s something for everyone! Maybe even something for me, if I was so inclined to go back. I found most of the spa rooms stressful more than anything else, but everyone else seemed to love it! So I think it’s just me who struggled. Perhaps I should try it again someday, I know my boyfriend wants to go back.

Have you been to a spa? How was your experience?

Have a lovely day x

Diary: Exercise, Pancakes & Valentines Day

Red Lipstick Rosie Diary: Exercise, Pancakes & Valentines DayMy mum made me exercise this week for the first time since I left college (back in June, oops). Let me start by saying that I despise exercise. It’s boring, it usually hurts, and I get all red-faced. It’s not a pretty sight! It was a 20 minute workout on Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred (get it here) at Level 1, so I suppose it wasn’t so bad. And I’m pleased to say I found it a little easier than expected, so perhaps I’ve retained what little fitness I gained from 3 years of exercise-filled training. That doesn’t mean we didn’t experience a serious case of jelly-legs afterwards though. I moaned and moped about having to do it, but I suppose a little exercise never hurt anyone. I just wish I enjoyed it and felt motivated to do it. But as my mum insists I do it, I suppose I had better complete the 30-day program.

It was also Pancake Day! I don’t know why I get so excited about Pancake Day when I could literally have them everyday, they’re not exactly hard to make. But somehow they seem like a treat, usually topped with lemon and sugar. However, this year I made savoury pancakes. And you know what? They were amazing. Like seriously amazing. And I know I must sound terribly pleased with myself, but really its my mums recipe. So I can thank her for it! Who would have thought bacon, cream, and veggies would make such a pleasing pancake filler? It’s definitely going to become a staple meal for my boyfriend and I, he loved it. Who are we kidding though, the real star of the show is always the sweet pancakes. Naturally for me this meant nutella, strawberries, and copious amounts of whipped cream. So satisfying, and so unhealthy (boo). Ah well, it’s only once a year, right?

I started drinking green tea this week. And…yuck. I don’t know what I really expected to be honest. I love normal tea, but as I drink it with copious amounts of milk and sugar, it’s not exactly good for me. I’m not even sure if regular (is it called black tea? I don’t know) has any health benefits, whereas green tea is considered one of the healthiest drinks out there (apparently). I love the smell of green-tea scented things, but in reality, green tea is not like that at all. First of all it kind of tastes like nothing, and then there’s a faint bitter taste, and then, the after-taste. Ughhh that after-taste. I don’t even know what it is or how to describe it, but its not pleasant. I also tried a mint flavoured one which really isn’t so bad (if you put a spoonful of sugar in it… I know, I’m hanging my head in shame). I’ll stick with it and see if there’s any improvement to my well-being.

And finally, Valentines Day! It was mine and my boyfriends fourth one together. We don’t do too much to celebrate it, as our anniversary is two weeks later, and we’d rather celebrate that. But I had a sweet and thoughtful card, and stunning red roses (my favourite!), and he actually cooked! And it was so so good. He doesn’t cook often (maybe 15-ish times since we’ve been together?!), but this was genuinely a wonderful meal, so now he has to cook at least once a week (unlucky Ross!), seeing as he’s secretly really good at it. I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day, whether you had someone to celebrate with or not!

I hope you had a lovely week
Rosie x

 

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Review: W7 Mega Matte Lips

Review: W7 Mega Matte LipsI recently discovered W7’s Mega Matte while looking for new brands and matte lipsticks. I decided to give it a go, and I’m so glad I did!

Swatch of W7 Mega Matte Lip gloss in Hasta La Vista. Review.

Hasta La Vista

Mega Matte is a matte lip creme with quite a thick consistency, and comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator. First of all, it smells amazing, something sweet like buttercream (but if you’re not a fan of scents, don’t worry, it goes away once it’s applied). It goes on almost completely opaque, but is more opaque and longer lasting over lipliner. While it does go on completely matte, it does take a long time to properly set, at which point it’s mostly touch-proof, but not smudge-proof. It does come off a little if you’re not careful, so would need minor touch ups during the day. It’s pretty long-lasting, which is all I want in a lipstick (as well as being matte), and very comfortable to wear, not tacky and I don’t find it to be drying, but I don’t often find lip products drying where other people do.It won’t peel, crack, or crumble either. In my opinion, the formula is fairly similar to Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream, but maybe a little more opaque, and longer lasting.

Swatch of W7 Mega Matte lip gloss in shade Hasta La Vista. Review.

Shade Hasta La Vista

I got it in the shade Hasta La Vista, and my goodness, is it stunning, an intense blue red that goes well with my palest-of-pale complexion. It comes in 5 shades in total; Two Bob – a light peachy nude, Sinful – baby pink, Hasta La Vista – bright blue-red, Chippie – coral tinged pink, and Oddball – a bright barbie pink.

It seems this brand is quite hard to find. I found it on Amazon, but according to their website, their UK stockists include Asda, T.K.Maxx, Next, and Peacocks. I did recently stumble across it at my local Peacocks, which pleased me! Prices seem to vary too. Their website states it costs £4.95, however in Peacocks it was selling for £2.50. Either way, it is quite a bargain!

Overall, I would definitely recommend Mega Matte to anyone who enjoys matte lip products, or to someone who just wants to try one out! You can find it on Amazon here in shade Hasta La Vista.

Have a lovely day x

 

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