Monday, 22 May 2017

We Need To Talk | The State Of Blogging

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Hello Everyone.

Today's post is a little risky because I can imagine it might ruffle some feathers, but hey, what is life without a little honesty?
Everything I'm about to say is just my personal opinion and feeling lately, I may change my mind next week or even tomorrow, after all, opinions can change overnight, but for now, right at this moment in time, I'm going to divulge to you all my feelings on:

Why Blogging Is Beginning To Suck


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Monday, 15 May 2017

Urban Decay's New Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection



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If you follow me on twitter, you'll probably be in the know that I was at an Urban Decay blogger event last week in sunny old Newcastle Upon Tyne. The event was showcasing the new Jean-Michel Basquiat collection which is absolutely stunning and really unusual.




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Monday, 8 May 2017

Cuteness Overload

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Hello Everyone,

Today's post is what I consider to be a nice bit of light relief from the complexities of modern life, sometimes I find myself getting bogged down with life as we know it, I've mentioned these sorts of feelings before when I discussed our increasing inability to switch off and be alone with our own thoughts and also when I discussed the importance of taking time out and I still stand by these posts but I also think that sometimes we just need to look at nice things to get a happiness boost, for me that involves either taking a lovely walk outside through the hills or staying in and looking at lovely cute things that I fill my house with like a bloody magpie!



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Monday, 1 May 2017

How To Have Shiny, Healthy Hair In 3 Steps


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Hello Everyone!

Today I'm here to talk to you a little again about hair, now I know that lately I've written a fair few hair posts but I've recently entered into a little love affair with all things hair.

It started last year, as many of you know, I had waist length hair that I chopped short and donated to The Little Princess Trust (and if you have long hair and are considering a haircut, please please PLEASE consider donating your locks to these children) and since that point, I've been experimenting with my new shorter, healthier hair.
There was the post about the straightening brush, then I discovered my new favourite straighteners which replaced my GHDs (shock!), I also tried the hair tong with the smile inducing name (The CoCo LoCo Long Tong) to experiment with curling my shorter hair and finally, last week, I tried some clip in ombre hair extensions which were really fun! However, through all of this I've often had comments and emails asking me how my hair is so shiny, well I'm here to let you know my top secrets my friends, get ready, we're going in.



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Monday, 24 April 2017

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow | Best Hair Store Review

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Hi Everyone!

Today's post is going to be dedicated to my first forray into the world of clip in extensions, if you remember waaaaayyyyyy back when you might recall I've tried out 3/4 hair pieces before (you can see the Annabelle's Wigs 3 Way Challenge and my Hot Hair 3/4 Wig 'Brianna' Review by clicking the links) but never have I tried clip in individual hair pieces before.

Till Now.

So I was contacted by Best Hair Store to try out their range of human hair extensions (which means you can use heat on them and dye them too) and after a look at their range, I decided I'd like to try their ombre range and opted for This 7 Piece Set to try, after sending over my address I was shocked to receive a text with a delivery date for that week, that's quick by usual PR standards, if there's one thing I love, it's quick delivery!

Now let me treat you to a picture of me, my natural hair and some serious blurring filter due to a horrible foundation testing gone wrong, but the point is, you can see my real hair:


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Monday, 17 April 2017

5 Truths of Living in a Haunted House

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Hi Everyone,

Yes you read the title correctly, today I'm going to talk a little about living in a haunted house, now I imagine the vast majority of you will be side eyeing me right now wondering if I'm just a little too old to believe in ghosts but let me assure you, prior to moving into my current house I wouldn't have believed me either but after three years of living in casa del demon I'm ready to rethink any scepticism I once had and accept that perhaps my house is haunted as there's been too many weird occurrences to explain away now, waaaaayyyyyyyyy too many.

So without further preamble, here are five things I've come to accept from living in a haunted house, enjoy:




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Monday, 10 April 2017

Guest Post From Felicity Everett - Author of The People at Number 9


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Today I have something a little different for you, a guest post from Felicity Everett, the author of the exciting new fiction: The People at Number 9

Review


The People at Number 9 is the story of Sara and Neil who are entranced by new neighbours Lou and Gav with their artistic tendencies and glamorous lives but are they really all that they seem?

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Sometimes I Lie

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My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
 1. I’m in a coma.
 2. My husband doesn’t love me any more.
 3. Sometimes I lie.



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Monday, 27 March 2017

So You're Over Michael Kors? What Next?

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Hello Everyone, it's been a long while since I posted anything fashion related over in these parts but, although I don't follow trends religiously, one thing I have got a bit of a lust for is handbags.

For quite a while now, Michael Kors has been dominating the scene with his gorgeous bags with a semi affordable price tag but, as time has gone by, it seems that everyone owns a MK bag, which has left some of us feeling a little 'over' the whole Michael Kors phenomenon but where does that leave us in terms of pretty and semi affordable designer bags? Well my friends, as a self confessed bag pervert, let me give you some of my favourite recommendations.


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Monday, 20 March 2017

Bringing Back The Books


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Hi Everyone,

Long time no book talk (at least over here on the blog, I'm upon the book talk on my YouTube Channel) so I thought I'd pop on here with two books I've read this month, one that I really liked and one that... well... not so much.


Review

If you're a fan of The Gilmore Girls (and who isn't?), you'll know Lauren Graham by her alter ego 'Lorelai Gilmore', the fast talking, quirky, outspoken and jazzily dressed mother of Rory Gilmore. I have been a fan of the Gilmore Girls since it came out waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy back when I was a kid and, although I wasn't too blown away by the recent Netflix revival, I still watched it with all the love of a Gilmore wannabe and so when I read the tagline for this book 'From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls' I was sold, the order was placed and like the little stalker I am, I waited.

Annnnnddddddddd, it was a bit of a let down if I'm honest. 

It just didn't go anywhere, it read a little like the ramblings of a madwoman. I imagine if the actual Lorelai Gilmore tried to write a book, this would be it. The whole thing felt messy, unfinished and had very little in the way of Gilmore Girls behind the scenes, which, let's be honest, is the whole 
reason I bought it in the first place.

I'd really only recommend this book if you fricking love Gilmore Girls and don't mind only about two pages worth of any gossip, and even then, the gossip is like a coffee from Pret a Manger - weak.



Review

This on the other hand, this is a book worth reading. The picture may look like it hasn't been jazzed up but from the nature of the story I felt that adding blog props would be an insult, the book is about two women who have both lived in a little house in london that is infamous for it's bizarre minimalist nature and 200+ rules that must be followed in order to live there (see why blog props wouldn't be appropriate with the minimalism in this book?).
As is suggested by the title, one of our females is on the current timeline and the other one is 'The Girl Before'.
We are lead through a suffocating and tense journey inside a house that seems to take over your very being from the moment you are handpicked to live there by the eccentric yet charismatic architect who designed the strange living quarters.
If you like a fast paced psychological thriller with a bit of an edge then this is for you as I was completely pulled into a world of mystery, fear and misunderstanding as the secrets of the house are revealed, this was a 5/5 read and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it if you do pick it up.

So that's it, two books, one I'd seriously push on you all and the other... well let's just sidestep that one shall we.

Let me know if you'd consider picking any of these up.

Bye for now

Rosy xx
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

CoCo LoCo Long Tong | Review

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Hi Everyone!

What a week and a half! I've had no internet, my laptop inexplicably fell into a pool of milk and I was struck down with the illness from hell, but nevermind, I digress.

I've made it through the 1950s (as in, no internet, totally not being dramatic here) and arrived back in 2017 with my milky laptop, my bag of medicine (ref: illness from hell) and a review of my cracking new curling tong from Lee Stafford.

Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Long Tong - try saying that without smiling, it's a challenge.




"Is that a blush pink and rose gold colour combo?" I hear you cry, yes my friends, yes it is.

The CoCo LoCo Long Tong features a 40% longer barrel to make it even easier to curl long hair, my hair is currently pretty short so I don't have too much of a worry but when it was long last year I had endless trouble trying to find something to add a bit of curl into my normally straight hair - where were you Lee Stafford? I needed you!

Now for the interesting bit, the barrel is actually infused with coconut oil that heats up when styling to give you silky soft hair at the finish, I've never heard of anything like this before so I was pretty interested to find out if it worked (ok let's be honest, I wanted to know if it smelled weird or if it made my hair sticky) I'm pleased to report there was no strange smells and my hair didn't feel coated in anything but it was pretty soft.

I will say that I'm going to need more practice using the wand, it heats up to a very hot 200 degrees celsius and, as I'm a complete amature with curling wands, I had to use the clamp which I found left a strange kink in my hair on some strands, I know I used to be able to use a curling tong waaaaaaaayyyyyy back when so I'm sure I'll be able to sort out this little kink (literally) when I recall how I used to be able to wrap hair around the barrel without deploying the clamp.

As you're probably aware if you come to this blog a lot, I like my hair messy, I'm not too into perfect hair so I always massively mess up any style I do and below are the results after I'd curled my hair, brushed out some of the curls (but not all... this adds to the kind of messy 'don't care' look I like) then I scrunched my hair about a bit so it was even more messy and finally I was happy, pics are below.




My love for curls has been replenished and I can't wait to start curling my hair again now.

So things I liked:
  • The colour scheme - I mean... stunning right?
  • The coconut oil infused barrel, could be a little gimmicky but I love me a bit of 'extra', you know?
  • Swivel Cord - it turns as you curl your hair meaning you don't wrap yourself up as you go.
  • The thumb grip on the clamp handle, it just made it easier
  • It heats up really quickly.
Things I didn't like so much:
  • The clamp, as I said, my hair is really fine so it left a kink when I used it, I really need to remember how to wrap hair around a barrel in the mirror and cut out the clamp in the future.
Overall, I've really enjoyed using this Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Long Tong   and I can't wait to keep practicing with it to get back to being the curling queen I was in my teens. You can pick this up on Amazon for £29.99 but it is currently on offer for £24.99, just a little heads up there.

Will you be trying this? Do you like curly hair? Will I ever regain my skills?

Speak to you all soon.

Rosy xx




*PR Sample
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The One Where eBay Sent Me Porn




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Hi Everyone,

Today's post is going to be a little different in that it is going to be a video, partly because I feel the camera reaction is way better than anything you'll be able to read written and also partly in vain to plug my YouTube channel (where I mostly talk about books if you're interested.)

For those of you who don't want to watch the video, I'll sum up quickly what happened.



So I wanted to buy a very popular book about a girl who is date raped and then photos of the event surface on social media, eBay instead sent me a totally different book about a woman with a rape fantasy instead. To see the full story, click the video, sit back and enjoy the horror that unfolds when eBay goes wrong.




I hope you enjoyed the video and perhaps even subscribed (hint hint) and the direct link to this video (should you want to subscribe *casual face* is Here

Have you ever had an eBay horror story?

Rosy xx
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Monday, 6 February 2017

Pastel Style | My Living Room Transformation

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Hello Everyone,
Today I'm doing a mini book review and living room transformation post in one (because I'm handy like that and also, they're directly linked)
I recently picked up Pretty Pastel Style in TK Maxx never thinking it would make me transform my living room, but a week later, here I am with a total different room.


A few of you may be aware that I live in a little cottage in the countryside, I've been there almost 3 years now and I've been trying to transform it bit by bit. When I first moved in, everything was dark, and I mean everything, as time has gone on I've gradually introduced light into each room whilst maintaining the cottage feel but my first attempts at decorating my living room (which was all dark blue walls when I moved in) failed to please me, yes the white walls I painted were an improvement on the dark blue it was when I moved in, but I still had the old carpet down and the dark wood wasn't working for me, I don't know why it took me reading this book to be inspired as I've already painted all the other panelling in the house white anyway, but sometimes we just need a little push!


Excuse the paint tins in the picture above, I took this photo as an afterthought just before I got started on my vision of pastel heaven.


Et Voila! with a touch of paint, a new carpet and new artwork I feel like my house is transformed. The newly re-decorated living room fits with the rest of the house now and still has the cottage feel which I felt like I needed to keep in a cottage surrounded by woodland and fields.


A couple of strategically placed candles (I have two kittens - 'nuff said) really add to the cosy feel I was going for.




New bits of artwork have helped update the room and add an individual touch.


I also painted the door into the room with a custom mixed dulux gloss in a pastel pink.



Pretty Pastel Style  is full of stunning ideas and pretty much interiors porn if you're a pastel nut like me.


Even my kitten loves it all haha. So if you're into pastels this might be one to look at because it really kicked my creative juices into flow, incidentally, if you are into pastels, make you you have a look at my Instagram because I photograph any pastel goodness I find on a daily basis (PLUG PLUG!!)


So that was a pretty quick review but I'm really pleased with what I've achieved, so till next time, bye everyone.

Rosy xx
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Monday, 23 January 2017

Jeffree Star Beauty Killer

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Hi Everyone!

Seems like an eternity since I did a good old makeup post, I've just not really been buying very much makeup lately... Ok for like the past year, but seriously, how much makeup does one girl need? Apparently another palette so... yeah... 

Anyway, at the back end of last year I allowed myself to buy another palette - the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Beauty Killer Palette.


 I'm a sucker for pink, I'm a sucker for stars and this product has both, I was putty in the hands of the Beauty Bay website when I saw this stunner, the outer packaging is really pretty too which you can see in the picture below.


Inside, the prettiness continues with the most stunning little star print eyeshadow pans. I have to be honest, not every shade here is daytime friendly, but, with some blending, I think all the shades are quite wearable, even the pink as I've got used to making pink work after THAT palette people went wild for last year.





Can we just all take a moment to revel in the beauty that is this palette (and yes, the shade 'expensive' did turn up damaged - thanks Beauty Bay :( and ironically, the palette is expensive... I'm sure it's the world trying to tell me not to waste money on makeup). The design is pretty unique and I don't think I have anything like this in my collection - although I do have a very similar pink shade.


My favourite shade in the palette is 'Courtney' and I predict this will be the shade I use till I hit pan, it will be a great lid colour or crease colour, matte and highly pigmented... Absolute stunner.
The shade that was a bit of a let down is Violence, it worked lovely when applied with fingers but for some reason it was weak when picked up with a brush, still though, fingers did the trick and I managed to get great pigmentation from it.

The showstopper shade, however, was Black Rainbow as on first glance it appears like a black shimmer shade but when you look closer, the glitter particles are all different colours hence the rainbow name.


Overall I'm really pleased I own this palette but would I repurchase again if I had my time over? Probably not as it did take a while to get here, I ended up with the wrong invoice in my box (yes ladies and gents, I was sent someone else's invoice) and the product was damaged, but still... look at the stars and pink.

Have you got or tried this product? Have you had anything happen where you ended up with the wrong invoice and a damaged product?

Rosy xx
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

5 Comments Bloggers and YouTubers Generally Hate


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Hello Everyone,

It's been a while since we had a Top 5 post on here, what with Christmas and all the rush, my usual posting topics have been a little haywire but I'm back again with another Top 5.

Last year my Top 5 posts were some of your favourites, my favourite Top 5's were:

Top 5 Things Disney Failed to Prepare Me For
Top 5 Worst PR Emails I've Ever Had
Top 5 Worst Things About Living With A Man
Top 5 Reasons I Have Beef With Barbie - and no, this isn't a body image post.

But today I'm going to have a little rant about something that has been driving me crazy the last couple of months and that is:

Top 5 Comments Bloggers and YouTubers Generally Hate



Number 1: - "Great"

I am a fan of writing fun posts, Top 5s or beauty reviews when I compare a body cream to Kate Middleton... that sort of thing, but I also like to get serious in these parts too, like when I discussed the adverse effects of FOMO (That's Fear of Missing Out) or when I talked about the horror that is Female Genital Mutilation and on these types of posts (where the topic isn't all light and fluffy) getting a comment such as 'great' or 'this is perfect!!'  is really bloody annoying! So Female Genital Mutilation is great? You didn't read what I'd written did you? No.
To top it off, you just spammed me your link, I like to go and leave a comment on any links I am sent but not when it's obvious you're not a reader, you're a spammer.

Number 2: - "Follow for Follow?"

Same as above, spam! I don't know how many times this has to be discussed on twitter chats, comment sections, blog posts and videos, seriously people! Please, for the love of google, stop with the follow for follow, because most of us won't go for it.

Number 3: - Fight Club

This is something I've been getting on my YouTube Channel since I uploaded a video about the book 'Everyday Sexism' (you can see that video here) and in this video I discuss some worrying points, trends and stats that this brilliant book highlighted to me, this was a book that really opened my eyes to the amount of sexism in Britain today, but here's the little twist... the book also discusses some of the sexism that men face which I mentioned in my video... Unfortunately a select few men have seen me sitting there with a book about sexism and haven't listened to a word I've said... I've had emails, tweets and a couple of comments from men that I can only describe as tossers Complete Idiots either kicking off calling me a man hater, a privileged idiot jumping on a bandwaggon or anything else they please (and a couple of the emails have been unpleasant to say the least)  when if they'd bloody watched the video, they would see me say nothing of the sort.
For the record, I don't hate men, I've had some very good male friends and hell, I'm married to a legit member of the male species - complete with xbox and FIFA for god sake! 
There are always people around that just want a fight and will actively search for videos or posts about subjects they want to row about, these people are morons, lesson over.

Number 4: - Unwanted Religion

This has been another annoying trend I've seen on YouTube. I watch a lot of storytimes on YouTube, I love hearing about the lives of others and I've also uploaded a couple of my own paranormal storytimes (such as my first Ouija Board experience) but on my ouija board videos I received a persistent commenter who was desperate to tell me I needed to repent, to be christened and to find God etc etc, simply due to the content of this video... I've seen similar annoying comments on the storytimes of others and seriously, what do these commenters think they will achieve? They have no idea if I'm already Christened or religious or anything, same thing with the other channels I've seen this on, it's invasive and unwanted, please stop.

Number 5: - "LOL"

As I've mentioned, I do like a good light hearted post, a bit of a laugh now and then but sometimes I do write a normal or serious post, and when these posts (or videos) receive a comment saying "LOL!!!" (or similar) I'm not quite sure where to go with that... What does it mean? Where am I going? Did I have something on my face? Why are we laughing????? 
It's just a comment that's sure to throw me right off, every single time... Probably why people leave it to be fair.

So that's my Top 5 Comments I hate getting, let me know if you've experienced similar ones yourself.

Rosy xx


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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Just Say No



Hello Everyone and Happy New Year to you all.

I don't know about you, but, as the New Year rolls in for me I am usually too full of turkey, cheese boards and continental meat and deli platters to make any rational decisions and this is surely why everyone makes the solemn promise to themselves around the 1st January that they will finally become a gym bunny and have a body like a Russian ballet dancer by February... not me, no no, as I sit here biting into some spare yule log I found hidden in my car, I'm going to make a slightly more attainable goal for my tubby backside, Just Saying No.


The big thing for the last few years has been 'Just Say Yes', partly brought on no doubt by a post written by Zoella about her struggles with anxiety and the impact this had on her life. This was an inspiration to many and the idea of 'Just Saying Yes' to all your invites, events and gatherings was a liberation of sorts, but, has it gone too far?

With the popularity of the idea of 'FOMO' (that's Fear of Missing Out), saying yes to everything seems to be fast becoming the norm for all of us, companies are even catching onto the phrase and I've even had emails announcing that to avoid 'FOMO' I need to shop their sale, but where does it stop?

Just saying yes can be a bit of a disaster for me personally. I find myself running on empty sometimes with appointments, meet ups, activities I can't fully afford, lunch dates, play dates, couple dates, suggesting dates and then it's bed time and I feel like I've not stopped running since I woke up 16 hours earlier... meanwhile, my book that I've only managed to get 15 pages into is sat on the side whispering "book neglect" at me since I've not touched it in a week (disclaimer, I don't actually hear voices) and I just feel sad.

It actually didn't even hit home just how miserable I was making myself until I was talking to a friend who had three social gatherings to attend in a week and had just had to pay for an emergency repair and couldn't afford to go out, "Just Say No!" I advised and shit hit the fan my friend became animated, "I can't, I've said I'll go and they're expecting me to bring drinks and......."
That right there was the moment, just like when Bridget Jones realised that if she didn't shape up she would die alone eaten by Alsatians, I realised that if I didn't want to end up burnt out, lying on my bed crying that I'd not had a moment alone to read or think in the last 25 years, I needed to change my life mantra.


So this year I've decided I'm not going to try and lose weight (fruitless, I love food), Spend less (pointless, I've been saving all my pennies for holidays anyway), read more classics (I could... buuuuuttt I love my thrillers too much) or become a better me (I'll do for now). No, this year I've decided that I'm going to shun all of it and become more selfish, yes SELFISH, because being everything to everyone is exhausting! There, I've said it. Sometimes I don't want to go out, I don't want to get dressed and be polite, I just want to sit on my sofa and just be.

This year will be the year I learn to Just Say No.

If you enjoyed this post, why not try Are We All Terrified of Our Own Thoughts and, as always, if you're a big yes person and saying yes is what keeps you rolling, then keep it up! We are all different and we need different things to recharge our batteries but for me, finally saying no is a liberation.

Happy New Year,

Rosy xx
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