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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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Travel Makeup Bag: The Summer Holiday Edition

Travel Makeup Bag: The Summer Holiday Edition

So if everything goes to plan this time tomorrow I will be sipping Margaritas on the beach and oh boy am I excited! Palm trees, sun, salty hair and cocktails? Yes please! Since I can barely contain my excitement, plus I’m trying my best to up my organization skills at the moment, I decided to make a lil’ ‘to pack’ list so that I won’t end up forgetting my bathing suits again (true story). I still refuse to come to terms with the fact that I am not a light packer and decided to try and keep things as minimal as possible for this trip and the holiday makeup manu goes as follows…

A light makeup base with luminous finish is all I want when I’m headed to the seaside, which calls for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (here). You aware of my feels for this foundation and I love everything about it from the lovely medium coverage to the healthy glow-y finish it adds. The travel-friendly packaging makes it even better choice for this trip, so in my makeup bag it goes! Concealer wise, I have packed two of my faves and they are in the form of Make Up For Ever Full Cover (here) and Rimmel Wake Me Up (here). The MUFE offering makes all spots nowhere to be found and the waterproof formula makes it that much more perfect for my summer holls. Wake Me Up on the other hand is the foolproof under eye concealer that brightens everything up in one go and I just cannot be without it. I do love my dewy base when I’m at the seaside but for times when I want to matte things down a bit the Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte (here) is my best bet. It keeps the oils at bay but at the same time the light-reflecting pigments makes my complexion look radiant and natural. Love.

For my brows, I decided to take away my Beauty UK High Brow Eyebrow Kit* (here). I’ve been using the lighter shade recently and I love how nice of a match it is for my natural brow color. The shadow is pigmented enough and easy to apply and the wax is perfect for taming and shaping the brows. I am still trying to stomach the cheap packaging but I’m getting there…

Strobing and I have been having a moment recently and the Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette (here /review) is what’s been helping me get highlighted up. The golden shades are simply beautiful (swatches here) and I love how radiant and glowy they make my skin. They are not necessarily subtle but I can definitely use all the glow right now, plus I definitely favor having super luminous, sun-kissed skin when I’m at the seaside, so this baby is coming with me. If I still fancy adding some warmth to my complexion though, the Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder (here) is my bronzer of choice for this trip. It is a lovely blend of warm and cool tones and doesn’t make me look too muddy or orange. It doubles as contour for me and the amount of people complimenting me on my contouring says it all really. The powder is really fine, blends like a breeze and stays put for yonks. Golden Goddess look made easy right here, plus the cocoa scent is to die for! I haven’t been wearing much blush recently but I decided to be better safe than sorry, so the Top Shop Cream Blush in Flush (here / review) is already thrown in my makeup bag. This little pinky coral gem never fails to brighten up my complexion and enhance my skin and I love how flattering it is no matter how tan or pale I am. It just adds a nice hint of color and makes me look as if I’ve flushed naturally. The cream-to-powder formula is a total winner too and it not only blends easily but it also hangs around for hours. It really is a good’un.

I like to keep my eye shadows very minimal when I’m on summer holls and the Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks in #6 & #7 (here / review) will be my partners in crime this year. They are super easy to just slap on and head out the door and the waterproof formula is perfect for summer nights out and beach parties. They won’t slip and slide everywhere in the heat and the long-lasting, crease-proof formula is just marvelous. #6 Golden Brown is my favorite out of the two and it’s my trusty speedy smokey eye companion. I’ve been sporting #7 Golden Beige as a base for the Too Faced Copper Peony eyeshadow (here), which I’ve been absolutely loving lately. It’s been gracing my lids for the past two months and the stunning copper shadow compliments my green eyes beautifully and enhances my tan. The buttery soft formula and metallic finish are downright amazing and I just can’t leave without this beauty packed in my suitcase!

After making my lashes rather happy on my last year’s beach holiday, I decided to take the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascaras (here / review) again with me this year. It is water-resistant, separates well and gives my lashes incredible lengths in just one swipe. I love the jet-black color of the mascara and it doesn’t clump or smudge. Skinny Brush is not my usual everyday mascara of choice but amongst all water resistant ones I have lying around it’s definitely proven to get the job done well and I’m not complaining.

I will probably have a last-minute lipstick panic and throw all the lippies in my bag but for now I managed to narrow down my lip choices to three. Two brights and one nude. The nude option will come as no surprise if you’ve been reading my blog for a while and it comes in the form of Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk (here / review). Muted pinky nude that makes my lips look bigger and fuller? Check. Velvety soft and not drying? Check. Waterproof? Check. Super long-lasting? Double check. In my makeup bag t goes then… For my brighter option we have the YSL Rouge Volupte in #11 Rose Culte (here / review), which I love for its bright fuchsia shade. It is really feminine and elegant on the lips and the balmy texture is ideal for the hot weather. The Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Melodieuse (here / review) is definitely a summer 2015 staple for me and I cannot leave without it. Its bright coral pink shade screams ‘summertime fun’ for me and I love it for times when I’m going for a more classic look. It has that retro chic vibe that I love and the luxurious click packaging just makes me feel extra sophisticated. It feels really balmy and hydrating on the lips as well and I am simply in love with its juicy finish.

Have you tried any of these products before? Which are some of your summer holiday beauty essentials?

Lots of love,
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