Saturday, 29 November 2014

November Advertiser

It’s that time of the month again where I get to share the fantastic blogs and websites that have been gracing my sidebar and this month I have had the pleasure of having the lovely Obsidian Beauty Supply as my Exclusive Advertiser. It is a must-visit page for any beauty addict and I’ll leave you to their fab company now, enjoy!

Obsidian beauty Supply, located in Houston, Tx. Obsidian is a beauty retailer that’s Hip, fresh and fused with and utterly modern feel where luxury and style meet. Since opening in 2011, products include an exclusive line of hair extensions, a variety of natural and organic hair care lines, unique fashion accessories and health and beauty events.  The launch of the full service salon in November 2014 proved to be a success and also includes professional makeup and lash applications. Obsidian recently attained celebrity status when it was chosen to participate in a celebrity gifting suite for the BET Awards in 2014. Leslie has also been recognized as one of Houston’s 40 under 40, a Top 50 Black Professional and Entrepreneur and finalist for the Pinnacle Business Award.

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect…it just means that you have decided to see beyond the imperfections.” 

If you fancy Advertising on my blog in December as well, you can book a slot here.

Lots of love,

Friday, 28 November 2014

Monthly Roundup / November

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! So I won’t be a proper blogger if I didn’t start the post by saying how bloomin’ fast the time is going! Seriously though, December is literally just around the corner and so is the end of 2014, which is madness and I am still trying to figure out where did the year go! On a much brighter note though, if you are anything like me and absolutely LOVE Christmas, then you might be getting a little bit over excited for the upcoming holiday and the fact that it’s less then a month away! Yay! I just can’t wait for spending some quality time with my family, watch funny movies, wrap tons of presents, indulge in all sorts of yummy food and drink unreasonable amounts of hot and spicy beverages! Eeeeeep!

Before we get too carried away with dreaming about Christmas though, I wanted to take a moment and apologize for not being very active on my blog or social media for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been going through something personal, which really affected my blogging inspiration and I felt like I needed a bit of a break. I am really sorry but I am slowly getting back to it, so be prepared for some exciting new posts coming your way! :) And before I bore you all to death – here are my three favorite posts for the past four weeks and I really hope you enjoy!

Lots of love,

Don’t forget to enter my Benefit and Rimmel Giveaway here.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

6000 Followers Giveaway

Hello lovelies! So RosyChicc hit 6000 Followers not too long ago. I still can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that currently I have 6300 people reading my rambles, following and supporting me throughout this amazing journey! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this blog is a massive part of my life and I literally cannot imagine my life without it. It benefits me in so many amazing ways, which I can’t easily put into words even if I tried. Everyday it helps me grow as a person, it makes me much more confident and above of all it gives me the opportunity me communicate with so many incredible people from all corners of the world, who never fail to put a smile on my face and inspire me to continue what I am doing.

Having said that, the point of this post is to say a huge thank you to all of you who have been supporting RosyChicc for the past two years. Thank you for always being there for me and helping me reach yet another mind-blowing milestone. I haven’t run a giveaway for yonks, so I decided to go and get two of my all tome favorite beauty bits, and make one of you a happy bunny on Christmas Day! We are talking the gorgeous Benefit Hervana blush and the stunning Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Sloane’s Plum (review here). Both absolutely brilliant products, which suit everyone and perk up the skin beautifully. Hope you enjoy! :)

I am using Rafflecopter to manage the giveaway and if you want to enter you need to:

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This Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and will run from November 25th  till December 25th.

Once again, thank you so much for all your support!

Good Luck Everyone!
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

My Top 5 Photo Editing Apps

Best Photography Editing Apps

Calling out all Instagram obsessed people out there – it’s time we talk ways to up our photo game! I figured it’s about time I took my Instagram addiction to the next level and dedicate a special blog post for my top 5 photography editing apps. Be it for iPhone, iPad or Android – I’ve got you covered! These five godsend tools have everything you’ll ever need to create a picture worth a thousand (or five) likes. Let’s get started and if you fancy you can follow me on IG here!

Aviary (iOS & Android) – Free
Say hello to my ultimate favorite – Aviary. This little helper does everything you’ll ever need in a editing app, and a lot more. It gives you full control over the effects; from easy ways to spruce up any photo to offering plenty advanced features. You can make the photos more vibrant and fun using the build-in effects Hi-Def, Scenery, Food, Portrait and Night. Aviary also has a vast array of gorgeous filters, as well as frames and stickers. My favorite part is that you can actually eliminate redeye, fix blemishes and whiten your teeth. And if this isn’t enough – you can adjust the brightness, contrast, sharpness and saturation. And the best part? It’s free. Get downloading ladies, it’s worth it!

VSCO (iOS & Android) - Free
When it comes to filters VSCO is definitely a winner. It has more filters that IG has to offer and I absolutely love that you can adjust the intensity of the filter as well. You can slap on the filter of your choice for a swift umph or go for more in-debt editing with all the essential tools. We are talking brightness, contrast, saturation, tint and much more. Oh, and you’re able to import and export your image without budging the quality and you can even straighten it, which I find that a lot of apps lack. Enjoy!

Instasize (iOS & Android) – Free
Now this baby I discovered recently but it has quickly made its way into my top 5. Why? Because now we can upload our full size photos to Instagram without the annoying cropping and cutting. And it doesn’t sacrifice the quality either. Brilliant isn’t it! Instasize allows you to add and overlay filters, text, stickers and backgrounds. Again, you can edit the brightness, contrast etc. The cool thing about this app is that it makes the collage-making a child’s play and you can put together fun and creating collages and even add all sorts of frames if that’s your thing. Lovely.

Visage Lab (iOS & Android) – Free
If you are after getting airbrushed and flawless skin in literally seconds, you’ve come to the right place and Visage Lab is your best friend. This baby transforms any facial photo and helps you get the perfect selfie. You can: (wait for it) enhance skin & eye makeup, get rid of blemishes, whiten your teeth, remove shine, smooth wrinkles and enhance colors while still looking natural. Fab! I am not a massive fan of the interface and the minor glitches but oh well. There are some filters available for you to use and you can also see the original photo and all the corrections you’ve made. Say bye to all your skin concerns ladies - Visage Lab is the quickest way to perk up your skin and make you look ready and confident enough to conquer the social media.

PicFX (iOS) - £1.79
I have had so many questions, asking me what I use to add those pretty light effects we all know and adore and here is the answer – PicFX. This lovely app allows you to add brokeh, heats and flame effects to your images, as well as play around with tons of different filters and textures. You can go as dramatic or as delicate as you fancy and you can even mix and match your filters, which I adore. PixFX gives you the opportunity to use the same square aspect ratio as Instagram, which helps you see exactly how your photo will look once it’s published. Love. It.

Have you tried any of these fantastic editing apps? Which is your favorite app to help you perk up any photo and make it IG-worthy?

Lots of love,

Monday, 17 November 2014

The Autumn / Winter Nail Polish Wardrobe

Autumn / Winter Nail Polishes

Autumn / Winter Nail Polishes Nails Inc. Basil Street, Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, Sally Hansen Plum Luck

Autumn / Winter Nail Polishes Essie Bahama Mama, Barry M Gelly Watermelon

Autumn  Winter Nail Polishes Swacthes

Autumn  Winter Nail Polishes Swacthes

I do love a good bright and colorful mani but I must admit that muted nail shades and I have been having a love affair for quite some time now. The A/W season has always been my favorite time of the year to sport the darker colors of the palette and slap on more subtle and neutral shades. They are classy, easily compliment any outfit and effortlessly add to the whole ‘colder weather’ feel of the season. I’ve recently rummaged through my nail varnish stash, trying to pick my top 5 polishes and here is the aftermath. We have a vast array of colors and finishes in the mix, so let’s get started, shall we?

Nails Inc. in Basil Street (here)
Nude nail polish is not something that’s on my everyday nail polish menu, but strictly following the ‘when in doubt go for nude’ rule, I like to have a good bare-nails polish on hand. This season’s nude lacquer of choice is the oh-so-beautiful Nail Inc. inBasil Street’. Its warm light beige-y shade, described as ‘pale soft toffee’ really tickles my fancy and I love how sophisticated and clean it looks on. It goes perfectly with everything and anything and never fails to help me look polished and put together. It’s a bit thinner in consistency and goes opaque in two or three coats but it dries quickly, so no faff at all. It stays put for good four days and the stunning cream finish is my favorite part.

Essie Bahama Mama (here)
My all-time favorite A/W nail shade is undoubtedly from the gorgeous wine red / berry color palette. These types of colors always look so chic and classy and compliment all skin types beautifully. The nail varnish that has been glued to my tips for second year in a row comes from Essie with their stunning ‘Bahama Mama’. Deep plum berry cream shade that screams mulled wine and it is always en vogue? Yes please! Now the formula could be better and I am not a massive fan of the watery consistency but it gets the job done and it’s not a deal breaker, thankfully. Full review and swatches here.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Plum Luck (here)
Vampy lips and vampy tips are a must-have for me during the fall and winter, and the dark polish that has been gracing my nails is this hauntingly beautiful Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure inPlum Luck’. Its almost-black but still plumy shade is uber unique and beautiful and such a staple in my collection. It’s the most gorgeous purple I’ve laid my eyes on and I love how it makes me feel edgy but feminine at the same time. As with the previous two beauts, Plum Luck it’s a bit too runny for my liking and you do need a few coats. The two-day longevity is not ideal either but I can’t help it – I am willing to overlook the drawbacks just so that I can admire the shade in all its glory! Review here.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Watermelon (here)
Now for a week worth of a perfect chip-free mani that literally takes seconds to apply, I have a very special offering coming from Barry M. I am talking about the stunning ‘Watermelon’ shade from their Gelly Hi-Shine range. I’ve banged on about this baby on a several occasions and you probably know the drill by now. Beautiful glossy finish? Check. Unique dark teal shade that always gets tons of compliments? Check. Brilliant formula that’s opaque and super long-lasting? Double check. Review here.

Essie Cashmere Bathrobe (here)
Last but not least I had to talk about my newly rekindles obsession with shimmery polishes and introduce you to the beautiful Essie ‘Cashmere Bathrobe’. It has everything on my wintery nail polish checklist sorted – adorable name, subtle crystal shimmer and fab deep shade. I adore the beautiful blend of shimmer, black and gray – it makes the polish so sophisticated and perfect for any A/W event. Plus, the lovely sparkle that’s going on is the perfect Christmas attire, am I right? The formula of this gem is on point, starting from the lovely brush, going through the high opaqueness and ending with the impressive 5+-day longevity. It’s love.

Have you tried any of these beauties? Which is your favorite A/W nail polish?

Lots of love,

Monday, 10 November 2014

Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady Watch

Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady Watch RosyChicc

Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady Watch

Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady Watch

Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady Watch

Daniel Wellington Watch

Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady Watch

Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady Watch

Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady Watch  RosyChicc

Picking the right accessories for my outfit before I head out the door in the morning is definitely one of my favorite things to do. I love going from the jewelry to finding the perfect shoe-purse combo and of course finishing off the outfit with a nice watch. Yes, I do love my watches and recently I added a new timepiece to my collection that I am head over heels in love with. You’ve all probably seen the gorgeous Daniel Wellington watches pop all over your favorite Instagram accounts and I’ve been wanting to get my mitts on one for ages. Needless to say that when the gorgeous Classic Trinity Lady* (here) hit my doorstep last week, wrapped in a luxurious leather box, I was smitten. From the gorgeous blue/white/purple nylon NATO strap, to the stunning rose gold detailing and the overall elegant feel of the watch – I love it all!

If you are not familiar with Daniel Wellington, basically it is a Swedish brand that specialises in making high quality, stylish preppy timepieces that compliment beautifully both men and ladies. They stand out with their classic and timeless feel, as well as with the very minimal, yet sophisticated design of the face of the watch. The unique thing about the DW pieces is that you can change the strap of the watch with whatever strap tickles your fancy and suits your mood. Be it a colorful nylon or a classy leather one – it’s up to you and you can get really creative.

I’ve always been a massive fan of the preppy style, so if you are like me, a Daniel Wellington piece is a must-have. I adore all strap options but the one that really stood out to me was definitely the Classic Trinity. The color combination is to die for and the fact that it basically screams preppy and feminine captured my heart immediately. It goes beautifully with almost everything in my wardrobe and paired with a nice blazer or even a fury vest is a winning combo. I also find that the DW watches look gorgeous with stacked bracelets on for the ultimate arm candy.

Now, where did I put my favorite polo shirt, I am running late for my tennis lesson!

If you fancy treating yourself to a brand new Daniel Wellington watch (here) or want to get a Christmas present for a loved one, I have a special code for 15% off all orders. Just type rosychicc before checkout and enjoy! The offer is valid by November 30th. :)

Lots of love,

Saturday, 8 November 2014

The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream / Review

The Body Shop All In One BB Cream

The Body Shop All In One BB Cream

The Body Shop All In One BB Cream

Let’s put it that way – if you are a light coverage foundation lover I don’t think we will be going makeup shopping anytime soon. I just love my full coverage way too much and I am not willing to part with it. However, strange days are upon us and recently I’ve decided to brave into the more natural base products so I treated myself to a BB Cream. Not typical to say the least, but I figured – hey I want to have something to slap on on those rare good skin days and half an hour later The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream (here) was added to my shopping cart. Let’s discuss.

Being on a total rush when I was getting my mitts on the BB Cream I got the wrong shade (#idiot). I went for 02, instead of 01, which certainly wasn’t the best start of our friendship. And sadly, it never quite developed fully. It’s a bizarre product, let me tell ya. If you are not familiar with the concept of the All-In-One BB Cream, it is basically supposed to be a color-adapting cream that offers 24-hour hydration. It comes off white from the tube and the little pigment-filled capsules release color as you apply the product and adapt to your natural skin tone. So far so good – I find that the cream really does adapt and even though I got a darker shade it is still a pretty good match for my skin tone. I must say that all shades I’ve swatched do have a touch of orange undertones but I kinda like that as they warm up the complexion beautifully and the product still looks rather natural.

Now if I need to give credit to the BB Cream for something, it would be for the fact that it did manage to surprise me. Not in a good way, unfortunately. I expected sheer coverage but this product just adds a tint of color and goes on almost-translucent without evening out the skin tone or blurring any imperfections. It is definitely more of a tinted moisturizer, which was quite the let down. However, All-In-One adds the most stunning healthy glow to my skin, making it look super dewy and radiant, which I am really loving. To add more coverage I live to apply the BB Cream and then go over with some sort of mineral foundation and the results are gorgeous – luminous skin + decent coverage. Lovely. If you are into light coverage base products, All-In-One is a great option and it will be also perfect for those no-makeup-makeup days we all like to have sometimes.

As much as I love the glowy finish, the list of baffling points sadly continues. Personally, I wouldn’t put All-In-One in the BB cream category as it lacks all skincare benefits a BB cream should have. It doesn’t have SPF. Nuff said and as I said – it needs to be branded as tinted moisturizer. Apart from that, the formula of the cream is lovely. It feels really hydrating and the quite emollient texture glides on and blends evenly when applied with a brush or sponge. All-In-One feels really lightweight and its non-clogging aspect makes it a nice option as I haven’t experienced me any breakouts or skin irritation. Overall, I can’t quite give Body Shop BB Cream the stamp of approval. I rather enjoy the beautiful radiant finish it gives but the lack of coverage and SPF makes All-In-One a bit overpriced for what it actually has to offer.

Have you tried TBS All-In-One BB Cream? How do you like it?

Lots of love,
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