Monday, 30 November 2015

Getting Personal // Where Have I Been

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Well hello there! Long time no see… But oh my, how much I’ve missed just sitting there on my laptop with a nice cup of hot chocolate wine and pouring out my heart on a sheet of paper! It’s surely been a while and I feel like I owe you all a big apology! I really am terribly sorry that I’ve been so quiet on here and on all my social media channels over the past few months. But you know how this one goes – life happens and this time it just took the better of me. If you’re regular down these parts, I am sure you’ve all probably guessed that something was wrong. Having said that, thank you to all of you who took the time to e-mail me asking what was happening and where have I been. Your support means the world to me!

A lot of people seemed to think that I’ve quit blogging and I’m here to tell you that this is definitely not the case. I love my little blog with all my heart and I will not leave it for the world. RosyChicc has always been my happy place and I intend for it to stay that way. Sometimes though, things do get messy and a little bit sad and I feel like that’s just part of life. A part that not many people like to talk about of social media but I am a firm believer that we need to portray not only the good, but a little bit of the bad too. Life is not always a walk in the park and that’s okay. Sometimes we need to face the troubles in order to acknowledge all the good we actually have. A lot of times things will get ugly, it will hurt, but we need to learn from that and grow as people.

Over the past few months a lot of things changed for me. I won’t go into too much detail as there are third parties involved but let’s just say that I reached my lowest point in life. There are a ray of emotions and feeling floating in my head right now. There are things that I still don’t quite understand. What I do know is that I had the time to reflect back on a lot of things and there are some pretty valuable life lessons that I’ve learned recently. I will never be the same person again. I will never be the na├»ve girl who only sees the good in people. I will never be like that again. I learned it the hard way but hey – life goes on right? There are so many things yet to be learned and for the first time in my life I feel ready! Ready for the good and the bad. But for now I’ll just leave you with some things that I realized when I did my soul-searching recently. These are the things that I’ll always carry with me and I hope they help some of you too:

1. It’s okay to seek help. If you’ve been following my little blog for a while then you may know that I suffer from anxiety. I know, I know – a rather controversial topic in the blogging community but you know what? I don’t really care. Even though a lot of people might say that I am ‘yet another blogger suffering from anxiety and panic attacks looking for attention’, I actually believe that this is a topic I must address as it’s something that’s been controlling my life for years now. The reason why I am mentioning it is because I finally sought help. After years of refusing to get professional help, a few months ago I finally got the courage and called a therapist. It wasn’t easy at first but let me just tell you – it’s the best decision I’ve ever made and I feel proud of myself. For calling, for finding the inner strength to actually go and stick with it. I’ve already stared feeling better and I am looking forward to my next session. My point is – don’t be afraid to seek help. There is nothing to be ashamed or worried about, I promise. And it really does help, so if you’re struggling with something mental health related – just pick up the phone and book an appointment. It’s liberating.

2. We are our worst enemy. We all have a vast array of demons in our minds and that’s okay. What’s not okay though is letting them ruining or controlling your life. If there is something your don’t like about yourself – bloomin’ change it. It might take a while but that’s not important. Make that flaw your number one priority and work every singe day towards removing it from your life. Acknowledging the fact that we are not perfect is the first step to growing as people and the change must start from within. Also, don’t criticize others, they are in the same boat as you and have things to improve. We all do, just don’t let your weaknesses defeat you.

3. The truth will set you free. Honestly really is the best policy and always saying the truth is the way forward. I’ve happened to fully comprehend that the hard way but hey! I am kind of glad that things went down that road because I’ve leaned a lot of things about myself and learned that saying the truth is always my best bet. Unfortunately, things did get ugly at some point and the only right thing to do was for me to come clean and let it all out. It was the most liberating feeling and words cannot describe how happy and proud of myself I am that I got the courage to say the truth. It made me realize that being honest with people, as well as with yourself, is what we should always strive to do. We owe that to the people we love and to ourselves as well.

4. Forgiveness is the best gift you can give to someone. Again, I learned that the hard way but it is actually so true. If someone has hurt your feelings and they are truly sorry – give them a second chance. We all make mistakes; it’s in our nature. No one is perfect after all, so try and be more forgiving. I know how hard it gets sometimes but you don’t want to loose someone you love without giving them the chance to prove themselves and show you how much they actually care about you.

5. You need to loose yourself in order to find yourself.

6. Unconditional love does not exist. Having said that, I still have some hope left. Even though the Universe has done the impossible to take that hope away, I still have faith. Cuz you know what? This is the way I understand love. But this is not the selfish type. It's the kind that conquers all and gets stronger and stronger with every storm that passes. And if the ego comes in the way? Well then it’s simply not the one.

7. Actions speak a thousand times louder than words. I am someone who doesn’t believe in words. Words don’t mean a single thing if you do nothing to back them up. Remember that the next time you make a promise to someone and give them your word. I know I will.

8. Dreams don’t work unless you do. Always keep pushing, trying and fighting harder. Go get what you want. No one is going to make your dreams come true. The only person responsible for your happiness is you. Chase it and don’t let go. Because otherwise? Well someone may as well hire you to build their dreams. And we don’t want that, do we?

If you’ve come down to here – congratulations and I am sorry for this uber long post. We all know I tend to ramble sometimes. I just really felt the need to share all this with you before I continue on with my regular beauty and lifestyle posts. I feel like I am finally ready to get back to blogging, so keep your eyes peeled for lots of exciting content coming your way. I’ve decided to *attempt* and do Blogmas this year but *shhhh*, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and take things one-step at a time, shall we! See you all tomorrow with some monthly faves and till then I just wanted to say a massive thank you all for reading and making my blog a place full of love. It’s much appreciated!

Lots of love,
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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Dubai In-Flight Beauty Essentials

In Flight Beauty Essentials

So tomorrow I’m en route to Dubai. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit and I am seriously looking forward to it! I can’t wait to go at the top of Burj Khalifa, swim with dolphins in Atlantis, go on a safari, eat all the delicious food and just dive into the unique culture. The excitement is real! What I am not particularly excited about though is the flight. I hate flying. It’s my biggest fear and I am most probably the worst flyer you’ll ever meet.

Travel anxiety is definitely a thing and what I find helps me a bit to calm down is planning my in-flight beauty companion. These are some of the things that make the whole flying experience a bit more bearable and here are the items I’ll be taking on board with me tomorrow…

Kicking things off with the boring bits, we have a toothbrush and toothpaste already packed in my carry-on. After hours spent glued to my seat, eating unhealthy, carb-loaded plane food, all I want to do is brush my teeth. I’m sure you know the feeling, so in my bag they went. As did some breath strips to help freshen things up mid-flight. Another not particularly exciting, but necessary thing that I never leave the house without is my trusty Tangle Teezer (here), which I cleverly forgot to photograph. The amount of knots I always manage to accumulate during flying is ridiculous, so this little gem makes sure that I don’t look like a crazy lady when I step out of the plane. As much as I like the messy hair look, the state it always gets to on board is just hilarious.

Germs must be kept at bay at all times but there is just something about planes that makes me 10x more cautious, so I like to slather my hands with hand sanitizer multiple times. You can’t beat the ones from Bath & Body Works (here) and I can’t wait to get to Dubai and get my mitts on more autumn-y scents eek! For some added on board moisture, the Antopodes Jubilation hand cream is my best bet. Its lightweight, fast-absorbing formula is ideal for travelling and it completely sorts my really dry skin out. Face wise, I always fly with some sort of moisturizer and the Benefit Total Moisture (here) is my fave. It’s the perfect travel size pot and the actual cream is heavenly. It is the most hydrating cream in my collection, which makes it my preferred choice when flying. My skin always gets really dry and sore on board and this rejuvenates it on the spot.

I like giving my skin a lil’ mid-flight spritz to help me freshen up and the La Roche-Posay Eau Thermale (here) is my fave companion. It makes me feel refreshed and makes my skin look radiant and hydrated. As excessive as it sounds, I never get on board without at least three lip balms to ensure that my lips don’t get dry and chapped. I’ve experiences the super dry & sore post-flying lips and it was painful, so I like to be prepared. I’ve already packed some my ultimate fave *cough NUXE Reve de Miel cough* but the one I’ve also been loving recently is the Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop in Berry Bomb (here). It performs pretty decent on the hydration front (unlike the original Baby Lips) and I love the purple-y pop of color it gives. It’s the perfect post-landing touch as it makes me look a bit more lively.
Perfume is always a must and this time I’m taking my Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy & Viva La Juicy le Fleur duo roll-on. I am in love with La Fleur’s sweet floral scent and it’s the perfect pick-me-up for when you get off the plane.

I always try to get as much sleep as possible on the plane to make the time go by faster. Having said that, a sleeping mask is vital because it help me drift off much quicker. I put the mask and some fuzzy socks on and wrap myself in a huge cozy scarf and I’m usually good to go. It’s my favorite part, apart from the food. Obviously. When things don’t go down so well though and my anxiety is kicking off, I like to rub some of the This Works Stress Less Rollerball (here / review) on my wrists and inhale the vapors. The lovely Eucalyptus & Lavender blend instantly calms down my senses and de-stresses me. It helps me switch off and I can breath easily again. An absolute in-flight essential for everyone with travelling anxiety!

Have you tried any of these products before? What beauty bits do you always get on board with you?

Lots of love,

P.S. Don’t forget to add me on Snapchat (@rosychicc) to see what I get up to while I’m in Dubai!
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

September Favorites

Beauty Favorites

La Roche-Posay Serozinc

benefit high beam

metallic flash tattoos

So September passed by like a flash! Don’t quite know how that happened but autumn is officially here and I couldn’t be more excited. Oversized cozy jumpers, berry lips, crisp air and pumpkin spice lattes. Love. Autumn is hands down my favorite season and the preparations for my fall beauty wardrobe have started in September and the list of my most-loved items goes as follows…

I think it’s safe to say that my skin has never really been as clear and healthy as it is now. Spots have been kept at bay and my complexion is luminous and glowing. I have a post talking about all my skincare faves coming up soon but I think that the good condition of my skin is mainly down to two products. First, we have the GlamGlow Youthmud Mask (here). This baby just rocks and I’m here to tell you that it is as brilliant as everyone else says it is. The mask gently exfoliates the skin, removing all dead skin cells but it also manages to absorb impurities and leave the skin feeling and looking clean. Youthmud minimizes the appearance of my pores, which is something that I really struggle with. The main reason I fell in love with the mask though is because of the way it brightens up and tightens up the skin. It makes the biggest difference and my complexion looks 10x more radiant, toned and lifted. The La Roche-Posay Serozinc* (here) is the latest addition to my daily skincare routine and I’m simply in love with it. It is basically a zinc sulphate solution, which helps cleanse and sooth the skin. I use it as toner, pre-serum and spray it directly on my face. I don’t know what is the magic behind it but it just mattes things down and keeps my complexion spot-free. It’s just brilliant and now you can get your mitts on it from here without a trip to Paris needed. Score.

When I think autumn, red lip always pops in my mind and this past month has all been about the Maybelline Color Drama Velver Pencil in Light It Up (here / review). It’s basically the perfect, easy to slap on red and I’m just smitten. Its bright classic red shade is to die for and I find it suits everyone as it’s not too orange or pink. It’s right in the middle and I love how it compliments my skin tone. It gives me some serious Marilyn Monroe vibes and the formula is spot on as well. Creamy, hydrating, super long-lasting and extremely opaque. Definitely one to check out ladies! Super affordable too.

Nails wise, it’s been tight between Essie Fiji and YSL La Laque Couture in #39 Beige Gallery (here / review) but I think this greige beauty has been sported a bit more this past month. This concrete beige with grey undertones is a total beauty and doesn’t make my hands look like death, which is usually my issue with nudes. Beige Gallery is one of the most classy and sophisticated varnishes in my collection and the creamy, opaque formula is the dream. It applies like charm with its perfectly sized, wide brush and it hangs around for days without chipping. Definitely my fave high-end polish atm!

It might be due to the whole ‘strobing’ craze that’s been going around the beauty community recently but highlights and I are having some serious love-affair right now. The one that’s been gracing my cheekbones the most recently is Benefit High Beam (here). I am all about its pearly pink shade that looks stunning on my cool toned complexion. It’s not too shimmer-laden and just highlights the skin in a really subtle and beautiful way. Just make sure you don’t put too much on as it might look a bit cakey or seep into pores. High Beam highlight applies easily, just work one cheekbone at a time as I find it sets rather quick.

I’m always late to jump on the bandwagon and I just recently discovered the beauty of the flash / metallic tattoos. These boho chic inspired temporary gems have become a night out essential for me and I love having fun with different styles and colors. They look seriously dreamy with tan on and I never fail to feel like a proper bohemian princess wearing them. I love how versatile they look and you can apply them wherever you fancy. I’ve seen people go seriously all out but I just like to add a couple just to compliment my jewelry and outfit for the evening. They apply and remove like a breeze and if you’re looking for something fun to add to your look pre-concert /party / festival - look this way. There are tons of shops where you can get them online, so go have a browse.

Have you tried any of these products before?

Lots of love,
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Monday, 7 September 2015

Wishlist-ing // Temptist

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So with a brand new apartment to renovate starting from scratch and a cheeky little trip to Dubai coming up next month, I think it’s safe to say that strings have been tightened in the purse department. I’ve restricted myself to going Space NK crazy recently but let me just tell you that this spending ban has just made everything seem that much more appealing. I’ve caught myself browsing Selfridges and Harvey Nichols’ websites way more that I probably should have, which has only just resulted in me having a mile long wishlist. Typical.

And just when things were getting out of hand I was contacted by a brand new website called Temptist (here), asking me to share the top five items that have been tempting my poor wallet recently. It wasn’t easy but I have somehow managed to narrow them down and here are the lucky winners. We have some beauty, fashion and photography gems thrown in the mix, so head over to have a peek if you fancy. I love the concept behind Temptist as it’s the place where ‘wish lists get social’. You can safe all items you are lusting after in one place and share them with family and friends. It’s really cool, I promise. I’ve even started pinning some Christmas present ideas, it’s never too early right?

temptist site

Oh, and also the lovely people at Temptist are giving away a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick (which I am dyiiiiiiing to get my mitts on btw) to one lucky winner. All you need to do to enter is go to their website, sign up and add the lippy from my tempting items list to yours – easy peasy. Good luck ladies!

What is your number one item that you badly want to treat yourself to?

Lots of love,

Discloruse: This post has been sponsored by Temptist. For more information please check out my full disclaimer policy here.
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Friday, 4 September 2015

Dare To Be You // Ghost Girl

Ghost Girl Fragrance

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Ghost Girl Fragrance

Self-confidence is not something that has always come easy for me. It’s taken me years and years of self-discovery and learning how to actually love myself. I used to be one of those girls that would always fear to express themselves at school and would fall into any fashion/music trend, well just because everyone else loves it. If I could tell anything to my 15-year-old self it would definitely be to embrace myself, be more daring, take risks and not be afraid to show my true colors to the world. Being comfortable in your own skin and having that amazing feeling of inner confidence is extremely important and that’s why I’ve fallen head over heels in love with the idea behind the new GHOST Girl campaign.

GHOST dare you to be you! Step out of your comfort zone, be edgy, rock that bright purple lipstick if you fancy, channel your inner rebel, express yourself in any way possible, be bold and never be afraid to be you! It’s the most rewarding feeling, no doubt about it!

I just love the powerful message GHOST are sending to the younger girls and I hope that more people feel inspired and take that incredible journey to self-discovery. It surely did inspire me and let me tell you - I felt pretty damn good! I slapped on some rather bright lipstick, put my hair up in a ponytail and hit the park for my first one-on-one boxing session. I felt liberated and free and smelled pretty amazing at the same time as well. Because the fragrance itself? Well, it’s love…

A beautiful blend of pear, pomegranate and orange blossom, which are mixed with cedar wood and musky cumber, which help balance everything out and add a lot of character to the scent. GHOST Girl is sweet and fruity but in a completely non-overpowering way. The fragrance is really feminine but definitely has a certain edge to it, which I adore. It’s playful, adventurous and carefree and the stunning graffiti bottle is the ideal finishing touch that looks lovely on my dressing table and it’s the perfect daily reminder that I should believe in myself more. This gorgeous fragrance is out now and you get your mitts on it here.

‘GHOST fragrances have been on a bold journey of self-discovery and unveil their edgy side presenting a brand new feminist floral that is complimented by a brand new look and feel. The scent, like the campaign is bursting with attitude for the strong, daring and fun-loving girl of today. Their most fearless fragrance to date, this intoxicating scent marks a change of direction for the brand adding a young, mischievous edge to the existing classical collection.’

GHOST Girl. Dare To Be You.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Ghost via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ghost.

Lots of love,
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