March Empties 2017!

I’m sorry but how is it March 31st today?! This year is absolutely flying by, we’re a quarter of the way through already! It’s been such a busy month for me and Aprils proving to be just as busy seeing as I’m jetting of to the states on Thursday! As always, month end means it’s empties time and when I opened the box this month I had genuinely forgotten half of the items I’d placed in there over the last four weeks! I clearly have had a busy month!

  • Heyland & Whittle Orient Candle – This is the most obvious item in the box and probably took the longest to use up! I got it from one of my lovely tutees as a Christmas present and assumed I would have burnt it by the end of January! This thing was relentless and actually gave off a stronger fragrance as time went by too! I did prefer the slightly milder fragrance it gave off towards the beginning of it’s life but it was a lovely wintery scent nonetheless. I am also the sad act who is saving this glass to use for my Gin & Tonics as it’s the perfect size!
  • Soap & Glory Flake Away Scrub – This was in my CrossEyes goodie bag and I finally got round to using it this month! I can literally never be bothered to exfoliate my skin so when I do, I go a bit mad! I used this whole tub in one go and my skin felt great! I need to use some of my other scrubs up soon as I seem to have a tonne! I’ve always been a fan of this one though and would happily use it again.
  • Bath & Body Works Cherry Champagne Toast Anti Bac Gel – Oh how I enjoyed picking these out last year when I went to the states! My favourite was definitely the Island Margarita which they have since discontinued! Damn them! This made my hands feel nice and fresh but the scent was very strong to the point where people were commenting on it. It wasn’t a bad smell, just very intense. When i’m there next week I’m going to look for a milder scent for my next batch to bring home!
  • Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate – This is my all time favourite bath product and something I need to have in my life at all times. I can already feel myself stressing that I’ve let myself completely run out! I may have to order some more tonight! If you need calming down, go out and buy yourself a bottle of this, you won’t regret it.
  • Nip & Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix – This is my new holy grail face scrub as it just seems to work absolute wonders. Since my Nip & Fab haul, I have been loving this brand of skincare, but this has been the real stand out product for me! It’s such good value and leaves my skin in excellent condition. I have already bought another tube!
  • NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray – I love setting sprays and, regardless of whether they work wonders or not, I love spritzing my face with them to end my makeup routine. I’ve had this NYX spray a while and I really enjoyed it. It’s a good budget friendly option if you don’t want to go all out on the Urban Decay All Nighter. I would definitely buy it again at some point!
  • Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser – I’m honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed using this cleanser! It was great as a second cleanse or a morning freshen up and left my skin feel clean but not stripped in the slightest. It also left it incredibly soft which I really liked! I have cleansers coming out of my ears but if I didn’t I’d definitely grab this again!
  • Seventeen Skin Wow Concealer – This is such a dupe for the Touche Eclat but hey, i’m not complaining at the lower price! Unlike the Touche Eclat, this is more concealing than highlighting yet it does still brighten your under eyes beautifully. It also lasted a lot longer than I expected and at around the £7 mark it’s a complete bargain! I’ve written a post all about it here.
  • Tony Moly Skin Purifying Masks in Seaweed & Milk of Makgeolli – I loved using these two masks but I don’t know whether I can honestly say they did anything. I bought the full set of Tony Moly masks and despite being great value, i’ve not noticed any real benefits from using them which is a shame.
  • REN V-Cleanse Revitalising Night Cream – This was from my Look Incredible Advent Calendar and actually lasted me quite a long time! To say the price of REN skincare, I don’t really feel like this did anything that my other creams haven’t done and I did find it a tiny bit greasy with prolonged use.
  • DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Sample – I had this from Feel Uniques Sample Service and I actually really liked it! It was light and non-greasy and just seemed to dissolve makeup really easily! A pretty good find!

That’s everything for this month! What did you guys finish off this month? Let me know in the comments!

Much Love

xoxo

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My Showcase| March Steals!

It’s been an exciting month here at The Rose Beauty Files and one of the things that has definitely contributed to that excitement is that I am now working with My Showcase as a Beauty Ambassador! My Showcase houses over 50 independent beauty retailers such as Neom, New CID and Magnitone to name but a few! As an ambassador, I will get to try a selection of their best deals out and share my thoughts with you all! I’ve made it clear that I will only be reviewing items I genuinely love here on my blog so don’t worry about that and everything that is sent will clearly be marked with an * to let you know as usual.

This month I received my first box and I couldn’t believe all the goodies that were inside! I was like a child in a toy shop and dived straight in opening things, swatching and giving them all a good try! I received three full priced items and two gift with purchases relating to the other three items. These offers expire at the end of the month so I wanted to let you know my initial thoughts in case you wanted to give them a try yourself. I’m not going to lie, this months box was a complete winner for me and included products that I can see myself using again and again.

Evolve Beauty DSCF0064_Fotor.jpg

This was a skincare brand that I’d never heard of before but I am a complete convert and I’ve since made a list of other items that I want to try from them! Evolve creates organic and natural skin, body and hair products using vegan and cruelty free ingredients. The are a London based company that creates their products in small batches to ensure that you get a fresh product every time. I found this incredibly cute as there’s a little label on each product telling you when the product was created and the name of the person who made it! I loved this personal touch and the apothecary style packaging of the products is incredibly on trend yet minimalistic. With skincare I don’t want to pay for the packaging, I just want to pay for the quality of the product inside.

I was sent two full sized items to try, the first being the Radiant Glow Mask* which is suitable for all skin types and is made with raw cacao and coconut. This product smells like an absolute dream and made my skin so incredibly soft after just one use! The product looks like a very thick nutella or marmite texture with tiny little gritty particles (technically they are coconut shell!) inside. You apply a thick layer to your skin and leave it on for five minutes. As you are applying the mask, it has a very gentle warming sensation which I loved and the coconut shell powder inside helps to get rid of any dead skin and those stubborn dry patches that are rife at this time of the year! I plan to do a full review of this in the coming weeks but my first impressions were very very good! This retails for £20 for a 60ml jar which I would suspect could last you at least ten masks making it only £2 a go which is cheaper than a lot of sheet masks! Perfect! DSCF0068_Fotor.jpg

The second Evolve Beauty product I received was the Daily Renew Facial Cream* which is for normal to dry skin. I would say I am more of a combination skin type but I find this to be perfect at nighttime or when my skin is going through it’s drier patches. I think it will be a touch too heavy for the summer but it’s definitely not a heavy cream overall. This cream is packed full of natural peptides, hyaluronic acid and argan to keep skin perfectly hydrated! I think this one smells quite coconutty but it’s not too overpowering either which is perfect for me. You get 60ml of product again for £24 which is brilliant as my normal Clarins moisturiser is £36 for only 50ml. DSCF0066_Fotor.jpg

At the moment, when you buy two Evolve Beauty products on the My Showcase website, you get their Skincare Taster Kit * (Worth £12) for free! The kit includes the mask and the cream i’ve mentioned above but also their Hyaluronic Acid Serum ! I’ve tried the serum out a couple of times to check I had no adverse reactions and that and the miniature mask have been popped into my washbag to take to America with me next week! I’ve been so impressed with the products from Evolve Beauty and I’m dying to get my hands on the Gentle Cleansing Melt which has won awards and has also been recommended by Caroline Hirons in her spine edit! There’s no higher claim than that, she is my skincare goddess!!

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New CID is a brand i’d heard of through reading blogs but didn’t really know a lot about. They have an entire makeup line covering the full spectrum of products. The product I was sent was the i-Glow Compact Shimmer Powder in Sirocco*. When I opened it I was quite worried that this would be too dark on my very fair skintone, however I was definitely proved wrong! I would liken this to MAC’s Mineralised Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle but with more pigmentation! For me, Soft and Gentle wasn’t glowy enough and was a more subtle highlight, whereas this is the same colour and tone but packs a lot more punch! In typical me fashion, I have also been lazy and been using this as an eyeshadow and it is GORGEOUS! I cannot wait to douse myself in this throughout the entirety of summer for a perfect golden glow! It retails for £26 so it is quite pricey but the pan size is huge! If you didn’t want to spend that much then luckily it does come in a smaller size too for only £16 which would be perfect for popping in your handbag.DSCF0060_Fotor.jpg

Don’t be too hasty though as if you buy any of the three shades of New CID shimmer powder (in full size), you get a Chrome Powder Brush as a gift which retails for £29 alone. I’ve tried the brush a couple of times and to be honest I have found it to be a bit too heavy for me and the bristles are softer than I would have liked. I’ve been trying it with bronzer instead for a softer golden glow and it has been working a treat with that though as the product is less concentrated!

I hope you liked seeing what i’ve been trying out and i’m going to be including more in the future as I get the latest offers through to show you. The links are affiliate links so if you are unhappy with that then just head to the My Showcase website should you not want to purchase anything through my links! I’m so excited to see what the next box entails as I’ve been so impressed with this one! Let me know what brand you’d most like to try from My Showcase!

Much Love

xoxo

 

Nottingham Fashion Week 2017

On saturday I was lucky enough to bag myself a front row seat to this years Nottingham Fashion week! It warms to celebrate the fantastic shopping we have in the city and everything that graced the catwalk could be found in the town centre. It was set in the beautiful council building in the Old Market Square which really was a fantastic location for it! The grand staircase leading up to the orange room with beautiful high ceilings really did make you feel like you were in for a treat! Although I was invited to all three shows, I only managed to make it to the ‘Club to Campus’ show. As the name probably hints, this was all about student fashion designed to cover you from both student life on campus to an even bigger student life at the clubs. DSCF0012_Fotor.jpgDSCF9991.JPG

Being a student myself, I feel like the styles present were brilliant and really represented a whole host of different tastes! Within the show there were a fews key trends such as ruffles, sports luxe and my personal favourite, the incoming pink trend where anything and everything was a gorgeous shade of dusky rose. For me personally, I found the sports luxe to be my least favourite as a) I don’t spend much time in the gym, b) I rarely wear trainers of any description and c) I would not prance round campus in either joggers or bold lycra leggings if you paid me. I know a lot of people love this trend though so it was great that it was included! DSCF9987.JPG

Sitting front row has made me even more determined to make it to one of the big fashion weeks at some point in my life. Fashion is something I love but sadly i’d have to admit it’s not something I’m very good at either! I find it very hard to piece outfits together but heading to that show gave me so much inspiration! The thing I loved the most about the show was that the models were so diverse! There was someone from every ethnicity, every body shape and both males and females! I’d have liked a 5 foot 4 representative with slightly too much thigh but beggars can’t be choosers hey!DSCF0024_Fotor

I’m going to include lots of photos of my favourite parts of the show and if you are in Nottingham, definitely try and grab tickets to one of the shows next year! I believe that this is their sixth year running and it’s growing in popularity each time! The tickets are free, but they come on a first come first served basis when ordering online. I hope you like some of the outfits in this post and use them as your own inspiration like me!

Much Love

xoxo

Chino Latino’s 12th Birthday Bash!

Last week Tom and I were invited to attend Chino Latino Nottingham’s birthday celebration! They were celebrating a huge 12 years here in Nottingham with a black and red theme to match the decor of the restaurant! Chino Latino is a Pan Asian restaurant, something that probably wouldn’t be top of our list of cuisine choices, however I’m a firm believer of if someone has taken the time to invite you to something you should always take them up on the offer. DSCF9952.JPG

It was clear that Chino Latino has not scrimped on the budget as we were greeted by fire artists, champagne, beer or wine and a huge table laden with freshly made sushi. I was so shocked at how many people were there, the turn out of over 350 people was absolutely fantastic and gave the event a wonderful atmosphere! A professional photographer was circulating (I’m still trying to locate the pictures) and canapés were forever appearing for us to try. Everything looked and smelled delicious but unfortunately as a vegetarian I was only able to try one, the Sweetcorn Fritters. Whilst these were delicious with a lovely spicy taste, I would have loved there to have been a few more vegetarian options so I could test the menu out a little bit more. Tom eats meat so he was thoroughly enjoying himself and said that everything he tasted was lovely. DSCF9953.JPG

After half an hour of mingling with other bloggers, we suddenly heard this loud bang and turned around to see a Chinese dragon dance taking place in the middle of the floor, performed by the Nottingham Mantis Kung Fu and Lion Dance group! Complete with live drums, elaborate costumes and even cabbage throwing (yes you read that right!), it was truly an amazing sight to see! The ‘Dragon’ then lead us into the restaurant where we were greeted with unlimited cocktails and even more food! The staff really did pull out all the stops that night and the inclusion of a free bar was incredibly generous! DSCF9964

A few cocktails later, I discovered the dessert table and boy was I in for a treat! Profiteroles, macaroons, lemon tarts, fondue… you name it, it was on there! I spent longer than I’d like to admit devouring every sweet thing I could get my hands on! They were all delicious and I was quite surprised at the huge selection as I always thought Chinese restaurants were more of a savoury affair! With a tummy full of pudding we headed off to mingle some more before heading home to the pooch. DSCF9972_Fotor.jpg

We had a lovely night and it was a fantastic event filled with entertainment, good food and delicious cocktails. My advice to Chino Latino for next year would be to try and cater for a few more dietary requirements as both myself and the other vegetarians ended up eating a hell of a lot of pudding and drinking a lot of cocktails on an empty stomach that night! Thank you so much to Cartwright Communications for inviting us both and we look forward to visiting you again in the future! DSCF9976_Fotor.jpg

Much Love

xoxo

Supporting The Independents |Gray & Bull Nottingham

On Monday I attended a small blogging event at a local independent opticians in Nottingham called Gray & Bull. They’re a small shop located on Pelham street which is just off the market square and Bridlesmith Gate. I was amazed to hear that they were actually established in 1806 and have kept that traditional theme to their shop over the years and the back story of how the current owner, Shiraz, came to buy the shop was a lovely lovely piece of history. He has actually been a client of Gray & Bull since he was a child and spoke about gazing through the window at the frames he wanted to buy with his parents. After finishing his degree in optics he approached them asking to buy the store and in 2010 they finally gave in to his dream! I loved the little back story as it really felt special and you could tell Shiraz loved his job!IMG_2594.JPG

As a daily glasses or contacts wearer, I really appreciate a good pair of glasses and I managed to find quite a lot of lovely frames in the store. I would say that this is definitely a high end store and for that reason, sadly nearly all of the frames were way out of my price range. Gray & Bull really focus on quality which often means that that is reflected in the price! For this reason though, they do often supply the police with their vital glasses for their roles be it undercover police or even those that patrol the streets keeping us safe. It’s crucial that their glasses are fit for the job and Gray & Bull ensures that this is the case. IMG_2584.JPG

On the night we were lucky enough to chat with a representative from one of Gray & Bull’s key high end brands, Barton Perreira. We got to hear all about the luxurious, hand crafted frames made from the best quality acetate from Japan called Zyl. The glasses are actually made by a group of men so each pair is unique and is finished to the highest standard, often not even including screws to keep the glasses in place which is quite mind boggling! You could definitely feel the difference in the frames quality compared to other acetate frames but again there was quite a jump in price! Barton Perreira have quite a large amount of famous clientele and apparently even Kate Moss doesn’t get a free pair and has to pay herself! IMG_2591.JPG

One of the things that Gray & Bull love is that they do actually still sell from their windows. This means that someone can pass by, spy a frame in the window and actually get it made up for themselves. Personally, I didn’t feel like the window display didn’t represent the calibre of frames inside the store and was quite easy to pass by without noticing. If I was part of the team I would definitely focus on making this area more of a draw for the extensive foot traffic that goes on outside of the store! They have some absolutely beautiful frames on offer but this wasn’t really shown to the best of it’s ability in the window. DSCF9947.JPG

I really enjoyed the evening finding out about what they have to offer and definitely found tonnes of frames I would love to wear. I’ve included a few throughout the post so let me know which one is your favourite and why! As a student I can’t see myself being able to have a pair anytime soon as they’re more than my yearly car tax and insurance combined! I think their niche is high end clients and if I had the money I would definitely be joining the queue to get a pair though. Thank you so much to Gray & Bull, Barton Perreira and Amy especially for putting on a lovely evening!

Much Love

xoxo

The Unsung Hero| Urban Beauty United Brushes!

A couple of weeks ago, I was kindly sent some of the Urban Beauty United brushes* to try out. I wanted to give them a real test with a few different products before I let you know what I thought but over time it’s become clear that these really are pretty fabulous brushes! I’m going to go into what I like to use each brush for and why I think it’s good but as an overview, these are amazing!

First of all, lets just discuss the fabulous appearance of the brushes! A cream handle with a rose gold barrel and then beautifully topped off with hot pink bristles. I mean could you get more instagram worthy if you tried?! In total I was gifted the Smoke Screens Eye Set*, The Berry  Blush Angled Blusher Brush* and the Picture Perfect Professional Stippling Brush*. The one that drew my attention the most was weirdly brush No. 36 which was the pencil brush from the eye set. I’ve been looking for a good pencil brush for ages so I was ecstatic to see this in there as eye brush sets often neglect a good pencil brush, hence why I’ve never got my hands on one! I’ll start with that brush first and then follow on with each of the others.

No. 36 – Pencil Brush

This is quite densely packed, yet the bristles still have a good amount of movement to them. I’ve found it perfect for smudging shadow under the lower lash line and it blends the shades out beautifully. The only thing I would note is that the very tip of the brush can occasionally feel a bit sharp on the delicate eye area so perhaps use the side of the brush instead when buffing the product out.

N0. 11 – Berry Blush Brush

This is my second favourite brush out of the five and is absolutely perfect for applying blusher. I frequently use MAC’s Crisp Whites Blusher which is more of a subtle blush shade, yet this brush has really released it’s full potential and I notice the pigment much more than I have done with any other brush! The synthetic bristles are not overly soft and silky so it means product is actually picked up and retained on the brush so you can apply product with ease! For only £6 this is a total bargain!

N0. 31 – Eye Defining Brush

I’m assuming this brush is meant for eyeliner, yet I adore it for filling my eyebrows in! I have been looking for a brush that is firm enough to apply product yet thin enough to be able to simulate real hairs when I’m applying my brow product. I’ve been using this daily with Benefit’s Ka Brow and it’s 100% made me fall back in love with that product as i’ve been finding it a bit too messy with all the other brushes as they were too thick! It allows me to define my brows yet fill them in quickly and I’ve been incredibly pleased with this brush.

N0. 35 – Tapered Blending Brush

This is a fantastic brush for packing eyeshadow onto the lid, yet the way it has been cut means it’s pretty good at blending in the crease too! I’ve noticed that all the brushes have been cut incredibly precisely to make the most of their different shapes. Recently, I’ve been preferring an extra 20 minutes snoozing to doing excessive eye looks so this brush has been brilliant for packing on one shade all the way across the lid whilst simultaneously blending the edges. It’s quick, easy and effortless and that’s exactly what I’m looking for at the moment!

No. 13 – Professional Stippling Brush

This has probably been my least used brush of the five as I tend to use sponges to apply my base. I did give it a go with one of my foundations though and it worked pretty well, I am a complete beauty blender/miracle complexion sponge convert though so it’s hard to persuade me otherwise. However, yesterday I decided to use this with my MAC Studio Fix Powder and it performed amazingly! My powder was buffed to perfection and looked really flawless on top of my other makeup. I think I’ve found it’s usage in my collection! This one is only £7 too which I think is really reasonable!

The main things I think stand out about these brushes compared to others I have are:

  • Lack of shedding! – Not one hair has dropped from any of the brushes in the two or three weeks I’ve been testing them.
  • Shorter Handle – These have shorter handles than most of my other brushes which means for once I can actually fit them in my makeup bag! They are still more than long enough to use comfortably though!
  • The precision of the cut – Even with my beloved Real Techniques brushes, I often find  hairs that have not been cut right but these are absolutely perfect and incredibly precise! Personally, I think this really sets them apart from others on the market.
  • Appearance – I mean look at them, they’re gorgeous!

A huge thank you to Urban Beauty United for sending these over to me to try. As always my opinions are my own and it’s lovely to be able to be able to talk to you about a product that has really really impressed me! These brushes are available from Amazon, unfortunately I couldn’t find the eye set at the moment but I have linked to the other brushes for you. You can visit their website here to find out where else they are stocked near you!

Much Love

xoxo

*Products were gifted for PR purposes.

 

Weekly Roundup 6/03-12/03

I’ve never done a weekly roundup before but this week has been a little busy so I decided to  sum it all up in one post. The start of the week was just like any other regular week, with university and tutoring going on but the end had some exciting blogging things going on and some non-blogging things too so I thought putting them in post would be a nice way to let you all know what’s been going on!

WEDNESDAY – 8th March

I’ve been helping out with the university open days which is something I love doing! Meeting prospective students and chatting about the uni really is a day well spent for me and also an incredibly easy way to make some extra money! I did campus tours and talks and got to get to know some lovely people. It also makes me realise just how much I love my university and course and how much I’m going to miss it when I graduate this summer! If you’re at uni now then i’d definitely recommend getting involved in the open days!

THURSDAY – 9th March

I was up bright and early today to make the drive to Lincoln with my Mum. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to give a lecture on blogging and social media to their third year marketing students, an opportunity I still can’t believe I managed to get! I’d done a whole presentation in advance that Tom has jazzed up to look very ‘Rose Beauty Files’ and I was not nervous in the slightest, just incredibly excited! I was planning to do a whole post on the question and answer session afterwards but there was only a couple and definitely not enough to make a post on. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and as someone who received an offer from Lincoln myself, it was so lovely to go back and see a bit more of what the uni was about. It’s an opportunity I will always be grateful for! Following the lecture my mum and I headed home to meet my dad and go for a celebratory prosecco lunch at Carluccios, it was the perfect way to celebrate the achievement and just have a bit of downtime.

IMG_2553Thursday was a real blogging heavy day as I was invited to go and see the Cirque Du Soleil Varekai show in the evening. Tom came along with me and we both got to marvel at the incredibly talented performers in the show. It was so nice to do something together, yet still be involved in the blogging world and reviewing shows would definitely be something I would love to do again in the future! I adore the theatre, concerts and performances in general so it was really a lovely lovely evening!

SATURDAY – 11th March

Saturday marked an event that i’d been looking forward to for ages! It was the East Midlands Blogger Meetup hosted at Copper in Nottingham city centre and was organised by the gorgeous Sophie from Sophie in Wonderland. It was an amazing opportunity to meet all my lovely local blogging friends and I finally managed to meet my blogging chum Rachael after two years of internet chatter! We even managed to fit some shopping in afterwards which was brilliant as we could natter on about all the products we loved! There was a lot of ‘oh yeah I saw your review on that’ and ‘I heard that on twitter’. It was easy to forget that she reads all my posts! The meetup would have been complete if the gorgeous Lora and Kara could have been there but sadly they had already got plans! Next time ladies! IMG_2563.JPG

SUNDAY – 12th March

Finally the end of the week arrived and it was time for some catching up and relaxation over mimosa’s with my friend from school, Bridget (hi if you’re reading!). We headed to Côte Brasserie for brunch and I had some delicious french toast and fruit salad. If I wasn’t such a lightweight and a poor student a second mimosa would definitely have been on the cards! It was great to catch up and hear what she’s getting up to and we definitely need to do it more often!

That’s the week wrapped up, hopefully you enjoyed this slightly more relaxed, diary style post as i’ve never done one before but I felt I had to commemorate such a lovely week! Here’s to more weeks like this hey?! I hope you all had lovely weeks and if not, I hope this week is ten times better! I’ve got two more blogging events this week coming up and I’m also doing another open day for uni so it’s all go again here!

Much Love

xoxo