20/07/2014

URGENT NEWS: Life Update


Hello my lovelies,

Just a quick post today to apologise for not coming on and posting as much as I said I would. I've had a lot going on in my life at the moment, some good, some not so good and some down right bad.

First bit of good news I finally have a job and it's one of my dream jobs. I'm a teaching assistant and so whilst I save money to start my own business, it is really really exciting that I have this position. Plus I get all the school holidays off so bonus.

Second not so good news, my spending ban went ok, but I did buy stuff as my dog had two ops during the spending ban so not too bad, but still I had hoped that I wouldn't spend a penny.

And finally on to the bad new, unfortunately I have had some upsetting family news. My dads cousin has passed away and within seven days my great aunt (on my dads side) also past. We knew my great aunt wouldn't last that long as the doctors said she wouldn't see Xmas, but she did and then it was down hill from there. Then we get news that another one of my dads cousins is ill. Don't know if it's terminal yet or not. Then whilst skimming through my Facebook news feed I see that an old school friend became a dad. Great news I hear you say, no not at 25 weeks. Thankfully though he spent four glorious weeks with her, before she was sadly taken away from him and his girlfriend in the early hours of Friday morning.

I will try and get on here more often, but as I am sure you will appreciate it is a tough time for me at the moment. I will keep you updated with the blog, I have a load of posts in my head that I want to do, so stay tuned!

SHARE:

Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara


I am a huge lover of Maybelline mascaras. Yes they have had some misses but the majority of the releases are huge hits. I was super excited when they released the Big Eyes mascara and I am happy to report with after using it non stop for 3 months it is love. 

Little bit of eyelash background, they are straight and I mean straight, we are talking they cover my eyes they go down that much. However nothing a good eyelash curler and a good waterproof mascara can't sort out...kinda. Enter Maybelline Big Eyes mascara with two ends one for your top lashes and one for your bottom lashes, now feel free to correct me but I think that Maybelline are the first drugstore brand to do this. I know we have had double ended mascara before but not one intended for your bottom lashes right? 


First off we will talk about the brushes, the top one is a chunky brush, not too big, its regularly shaped, I was expecting it to resemble The Falsies brush but its more like The Colossal Brush. Overall its a good shape for providing length and loads of volume. The other end is a small tapered brush that makes its so perfect for the lower lashes, how many people can put up their hand up and say they have smudged their under eye area trying to apply mascara with a huge brush? (*raises hand) well with this brush your problems are fixed, if I had to compare it any mascara I would say its very close to the Clinique bottom lash mascara, but obviously a bit cheaper. Also the brush works well for getting right in the corner of your top lashes. 

I bought the waterproof version mainly because I need to make sure the curl lasts all day and I can happily say with this mascara it does. The overall finish isn't too dramatic of a look but the lashes look defined and have a good amount of volume. So if you are looking for a everyday mascara that keeps the lashes curled and gives them good amount of volume or if you even just struggle with applying mascara to you bottom lashes then give this one a whirl, you wont regret it.

 Mascara retails for €11.99 / £8.99 / $9.49
SHARE:

20/06/2014

Spending Ban Update



Hello my lovelies,

As you know I decided to do a spending ban. I am happy to say I haven't spent a single penny on make up, clothes, accessories. However, I did spend money on my dog as she had to have an X-ray and also on my father for Father's Day. I am also going to have to spend money on my mother as it's her birthday in a weeks time.

Apart from that the only other thing I have spent money on is coffee when I have been out and that's it. Hopefully I can go to the middle of next month without having to spend just for the sake of it.

My next update will be at the month mark, where I will probably extend the ban if I find it easy to do another month. 
SHARE:

04/06/2014

Eeeek! I'm Not Allowed To Do What?!

Hello my lovelies, Yes I am finally doing the big spending ban. Now I've said sooo many times to friends and family that I will do one, but I've never really thought about putting the wheels in motion and actually doing it. That was until my bank statement came through, now along with the various iTune purchases of 99p and the Clarins purchases. I also had purchases to my local vet as my lovely doggie Summer has had two ops in the past two years and requires regular check ups and post op treatments. So these are going to take precedent over everything else.

Also as I am looking for work (and hoping to start my own business) I'm not really in the position to be spending money on things that I don't really need. I have more than enough make up to last me at least a year maybe two. So from now until 11th July (might extend) I plan on only buying what I need to buy, like my mums birthday present, Father's Day present and post op treatment for my dog oh and my rent as well. So that means no clothes, make up, hair products, accessories or useless food and magazines. There will be exceptions as I plan on having my hair cut soon and maybe go for the ombré look or maybe have highlights,

So anything in the above list that appears on my blog will be from before the spending ban started. I hope (fingers crossed) this means the blog will improve as I will have enough products bought before the ban to review. Rather than going oh I want that must review it and never actually getting round to reviewing it as I've been out and purchased another new product. 

Have you done a spending ban? How did you find it?


SHARE:

20/05/2014

Clarins Skin Consultation and Free Facial.

Hello my lovely dolls,

So over a month ago I was in debenhams and I get stopped by a member of the Clarins team, she offered me a free skin consultation and free facial. I thought it's free so why not! So I sit there and she looks at my face and asks me about my skin routine. Now I admit my routine was a lot to be desired. It was make up removing wipes, soap (yes I know sin), water, tea tree oil and that was it oh and moisturiser. She also asked me what it was I hated about my skin, to which I reply my pores and acne and oily/dryness. 

Then she takes my make up off. I nearly cried as I never go out in public without make up unless it's for like 2 minutes to go round the shops for milk. So after she's removed my make up, she starts prodding my skins and running her fingers all over. Now I've always been told never touch your face as all the dirt will transfer. But don't worry she had used hand sanitiser so must have been ok, once all that is done and dusted she tells me my skin is really dehydrated. So she pulls out a catalogue type book and marks all the products she thinks I will need. 

She then proceds to get all the products to show me how to use each one and explains to me how each one will improve my skin. The range she suggested for me is hydra quench, so that my face or rather skin becomes hydrated. After all the talk and showing me how to use the products - in the form of a facial - I get to chose my products. I first chose the foaming cleanser, toner and moisturiser, then I got given a free bag with body scrub and body lotion and I also got free samples of two types of face oil (lotus and blue orchid) I also got to chose four other samples so I chose a bronzer, which I haven't used yet, a lip gloss (review to follow), another type of moisturise which I used at night and beauty balm.



The extra products are from when I went back for my review which was last week and it had been a month of using the stuff and I am pleased to announce that my skin is no longer dehydrated. Yes that's right in a month or just over I have improved my skin hydration and I'm also please to say my acne has cleared up a lot since using the products. So I also got at this review a face mask and cleansing milk which to be honest since using has made me flare up I think I prefer the cleaning foam as it is used with water rather than just wiping it off like the cleansing milk. With this I also got another free bag (not pictured) I got anti wrinkle free gifts that I gave my mum to try. As well as a sample of eye make up remover, eye cream and their new tinted moisturiser (review to come.) 

Also I am happy to say after the facial and skin consultation the lovely lady Katie even reapplied my make up for me so I could continue shopping. Apart from having my make up removed the other embarrassing thing was sitting in debenhams with people walking past and having a face mask on lol. Once she had reapplied my make up she even marked on the catalogue what products she used incase I wanted to purchase them at a later day. I think I will but maybe put them on my Xmas list first.

Now I don't want to scare you, but this was my face before I started using the products and changing my routine something massive. 

 

Sorry about the quality the lighting and my iPad were rubbish. Now this is my face now! 


Again sorry about the quality I do promise to take better ones in future, but the camera on my iPad was the only one available as my proper camera is charging.

So there you have it a massive improvement I think. I would love to hear your views on the Clarins range and any products that you have used.




SHARE:

Life post - a small ramble on "Friends"

                     
So over the past couple of months, since being out of work I have noticed that my "friends" - not all of them but a close knit group - have started to exclude me from things. How do I know this? I hear you so, well there's this little thing called Facebook where they plaster it all over. If it's not checking in at a certain place it's tagging people in pictures as well as putting up statuses about how the night was awesome. Yes I know it shouldn't hurt, but it does I asked them why I was getting excluded and they said because you don't like the things we do, you don't like just sitting round someone's house you'd rather go clubbing. Yes I admit I do hate just staying in and yes I would rather go clubbing, cinema or out for dinner, the latter two they do without me as well. 

Now before you say anything this group of "friends" are younger than me by two years and so should be able to go clubbing without leaving at midnight. I mean on my birthday I went clubbing and only three people came along, because the others didn't feel up to it, yet they all went out for another mates birthday clubbing a month before. This mate claims they only went clubbing to make me happy, I turned round and said well if you didn't want to go clubbing you didn't have to, I had another mate who's birthday it was the same day who was out clubbing I could have spent it with her instead. 

Plus on my birthday I had one of them have a go at me for not wanting to do what they want, she didn't even say happy birthday can you believe that, the nerve! But anyways before I ramble further, it's safe to say that after much thought and negative feelings I decided to delete them thinking they would contact me asking why had I done it. How wrong was I, none of them have contacted me since, even my ex who I was on speaking terms with again has deleted me after spending a night out with the group again without me. When I asked him he turns round and says his Facebook is messing up, all well and good and I would have believed him if he hadn't have turned round afterwards and said 'my life has not and never will revolve around you' um we were a couple for nearly two years and he told me when I ended it that he don't want to lose me as I'm his world hmmm! 

So yea so much for him growing up, so now I'm down five "friends" and to be honest I feel so much better as I'm not worried about what they are doing and if they are excluding me from things. I've got a more positive outlook on life (so far). If they want me back in their lives then they can contact me, I can't give two hoots anymore. 

Sorry for the ramble just needed it off my chest a my family are sick of me going on about it. I think the moral of this post is, not to worry what other people think of you. If they want you in their life they will do whatever they can to keep you there. If not then it's their loss, you are a much better person without so called friends who do nothing but bring you down!

Have any of you had "friends" change on you and exclude you or just cut you out of their lives for no reason?
SHARE:

01/05/2014

Cosmopolitain Blog Awards 2014


Hello my lovelies,

Yes that time of year has come round again. Blog award season and I'm going to push for nominations. I'm sorry to clog up your news feeds, but this would be very much appreciated if you would go to Cosmo website and nominate Rosie's Vintage Chic for best new beauty blog please. As of today May 1st Rosie's Vintage Chic has been going for exactly 18 months, I really can't believe it's been that long. Thank you to all those who follow me, either on twitter, bloglovin or on GCF, I truly am thankful that you take the time to read the blog. 

Without you lot it would just be an online diary, which is what it actually was to be, but as I got reading other blogs I found out it can be so much more and now it is my hobby and I love it so much. Yes I have spent a lot of money buying make-up, clothes and all sorts of other things to review, but I love it and I love reading other bloggers reviews and then trying the product out for myself.

So please could you nominate me for Best New Beauty Blog please I would love you eternally. Thank you much love!
SHARE:

Birthday birthday birthday

So just over a week ago (April 22nd) I celebrated my 27th birthday yes I know I'm getting old. I thought it's my birthday I'll get a nice lie in. Oh how wrong was I at 6:50am my dad comes into my room and shouts HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Now I normally wear an eye mask to bed as my curtains aren't black out ones so the sun shines through and so I sit straight up wearing my mask and I hear him laugh. Me in my half asleep state telling him kindly thank you but I was sleeping so don't do that. I must admit it was sweet, he even took the day off work. Said he had a migraine bless him.

Mum brings me a cup of tea and I drink half of it and fall back to sleep only to wake up at 10am, at which time I do the usual open cards and presents. I didn't get much, but then again I wasn't expecting a lot. I did get a curling wand and some jeans and an ann summer gift set from my folks. Yes  you read that right my folks got me a gift set from Ann summer. Luckily it was a joke present and I can take it back and get some nice underwear instead. I got a primark gift card of my nan and granddad and I'm currently waiting for my sister to visit so I can get her present.

Although it was my birthday I decided to make some cupcakes for my dad to take into work the following day as it was his 50th. So there I was at 3pm out in the kitchen mixing and baking and melting chocolate, on my birthday my parents told me I don't have to, but I wanted to and anyway I like baking and it saves dad money popping into tesco on the way to work to get cakes for his coworkers. Now I was told he had 40 people in his office so I made over 40 cupcakes, this however, turned out to be a white lie. I still made and decorated the cakes and he took them into work. Now I thought seen as there wasn't 40 people in the office my dad would bring some cupcakes home. Nope, all the cupcakes went. My dad said he was so proud of me and happy that everyone like them, as I had slaved away until 10pm that night decorating and packing them all up in individual cupcake boxes.

He did however, bring home a tarybake cake that he was given by one of his co-workers so me and my mum demolished that between us. So I can't complain that all my cakes went. I do after all want to start my own little cake business so this is a good start I must say.

Here are just some pictures I took during and after baking. 
 
Red velvet cake mix.

Cakes cooling off, 1st batch.
 
Final product all decorated and packed up ready to go.

I will post some pictures later showing what I go, once I've taken the Ann Summers gift set back that is lol.

Let me know what you think! I try to reply to all comments I receive. 

SHARE:

06/04/2014

Company Blogger Awards



Hello my beautiful lovely dolls,

That time has come round again the blog awards. I have taken the leap and entered the competition. It would mean so much to me if you were to nominate Rosie's Vintage Chic. I've been going or rather the blog has been going about 18 months and I know I haven't done regular updates, but I do try and put my heart and soul into it. It's just that personal problems have risen since Christmas. I promise to update the blog regularly and soon a new look will appear I am just in the middle of designing it . So keep your eyes peeled and in the meantime please please vote. I've entered it under "best personal style blog".

Again it would mean so much as it would show that I have lovely followers (not that I didn't know that already), but also I do posts that keep you coming back for more.

Much love xx
SHARE:

03/04/2014

Hello April!



Hello my lovely beautiful dolls,

I completely forgot that it's April, yes I heard about and read all the April Fool's jokes, but it never really sunk in what month it was. I mean how can I forget as it's my birthday month, oh god I'll be 27 in 16 days. Man I feel old didn't help that I was looking at pictures from my 18th birthday today that my sister sent me. Do you think she was trying to tell me something? 

Anyway, it's April clocks have gone forward, nights are getting shorter days are getting long. Soon summer will be here and I will have felt like I haven't accomplished anyone on my yearly wish list. However, I have lost 3 and a half lbs this week, hoping to do the same next week and I would have reach half a stone lost in two weeks. Hoping to do it for my birthday, so I can fit into some new clothes that I have recently got but not yet worn. Which is normally what happens and my mum finds I'm annoying yet funny at the same time.

What are your plans this month? I would love to hear them.
SHARE:

Beauty Tips: Coughs & Colds

For time to time we all suffer with a cough or cold or sometimes both and this can make us feel drained, tired and lousy. So, in keeping with my homemade remedies, here are my tips of what I do when suffering with a cough or cold...
Honey & Lemon - Great for soothing a sore throat. Try mixing honey and lemon with hot water for a nice, hot, soothing drink. Of if you are hungry, try speading onto toast. This will help too.
Steaming - No, not a pink potion in a cauldron! But inhaling hot water can help unblock your nose. Boiling water will do but you can try adding some tea tree oil, eucaliptus or Olbas oil all will help. Place a towel over your head to keep the steam in and inhale deeply.
Drinks - Keep drinking plently of fluids. Water or hot drinks are all fine. The steam from hot drinks will help unblock your nose and loosen any muscus.
Lavendar - Sometimes sleeping can be distrurbed with coughing and sneezing. Try burning a lavendar candle in yor bedroom to help you feel sleepy or place dried lavendar in some hot water and let the steam fill your room.

I hope some of these tips help. Let me know any of your own!



SHARE:

Broken heart - how do you cope?

                                   

Hello my lovely gorgeous dolls,
Today I'm going to talk about how I deal with heartbreak. Just about everyone experiences a break-up at some point, and many then have to deal with heartbreak — a wave of grief, anger, confusion, low self-esteem, and maybe even jealousy all at once. When you do go through heart break most people will tell you you'll get over it or you'll meet someone else, but when it's happening to you, it can feel like no one else in the world has ever felt the same way. If you're experiencing these feelings, there are things you can do to lessen the pain.
Here are some tips that have helped me in the past.

Let It Out

  • Share your feelings. Some people find that sharing their feelings with someone they trust — someone who recognizes what they're going through — helps them feel better. That could mean talking over all the things you feel, even having a good cry on the shoulder of a comforting friend or family member. Talk with a friend or family member, a teacher, or counselor. It might make you more comfortable if you find a female family member or friend, like an older sister or a neighbor, to talk to.
  • Don't be afraid to cry. Going through a break-up can be really tough, and getting some of those raw emotions out can be a big help. Now if you're a guy then this will be tough just like sharing your feelings with someone, but there's no shame in crying now and then. No one has to see you do it — you don't have to start blubbering in class or anything. Just a find a place where you can be alone, like crying into your pillow at night or in the shower when you're getting ready for the day.

Be Kind to Yourself

  • Remember what's good about you. This one is really important. Sometimes people with broken hearts start to blame themselves for what's happened. They may be really down on themselves, exaggerating their faults as though they did something to deserve the unhappiness they're experiencing. If you find this happening to you, nip it in the bud! Remind yourself of your good qualities, and if you can't think of them because your broken heart is clouding your view, get your friends to remind you.
  • Take good care of yourself. A broken heart can be very stressful so don't let the rest of your body get broken too. Get lots of sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly to minimize stress and depression and give your self-esteem a boost.
  • Do the things you normally enjoy. Whether it's seeing a movie or going to a concert, do something fun to take your mind off the negative feelings for a while.
  • Keep yourself busy. Sometimes this is difficult when you're coping with sadness and grief, but it really helps. This is a great time to redecorate your room or try a new hobby. That doesn't mean you shouldn't think about what happened — working things through in our minds is all part of the healing process — it just means you should focus on other things too.
  • Give yourself time. It takes time for sadness to go away. Almost everyone thinks they won't feel normal again, but the human spirit is amazing — and the heartbreak almost always heals after a while. But how long will that take? That depends on what caused your heartbreak, how you deal with loss, and how quickly you tend to bounce back from things. Getting over a break-up can take a couple of days to many weeks — and sometimes even months.
Yes heartbreak is hard to handle and yes it seems like the end of the world, trust me I've been there and know how it feels, but it will get better in time. I'm not saying you'll be fine tomorrow or even by the end of the week as we all have our own methods and time scale in which we mend. A word of warning though, if your heartbreak is down to a break up, the moment someone new enters your life make sure that you are truly over your ex. There is nothing worse than starting a new relationship when you still have feelings for your ex. Main reason being is the feelings you have for mr or miss new won't be real and you will start to compare your new beau to your old one.
Now I've been in a relationship where my ex compared me to all his exes. Mainly because I wasn't the "type" he normally went for. So it felt almost like he was keeping score and writing down all the flaws and all the things he found interesting as he would tend to say "well my ex never acted like that or did that" well I'm not your ex so yea I'm not going to act or do things like her! It actually made me start to try and act or turn into his ex. Let's just say that didn't go down well as he then turned round and said "my ex use to do that and I hated it!" I could never win with him. So please I beg you don't go into a rebound relationship as when that fails you will go back to square one and it will be a whole lot worse.

So just take your time, keep yourself busy, cry when you need to, talk to someone if you want to or need to. I normally block or delete my ex from Facebook, delete their number, box up anything they have given you or any pictures you may have of them and put it somewhere you won't be tempted to look in and bring back those memories. In time you may feel like you can handle the emotions and if you truly can then by all means open the box, but the second you feel like you're going to cry put it away. I have in the last year started speaking to my ex and was surprised when I found out he had grown up and he still had feelings for me. Yes I still care for him, but I know getting back together might not be the best thing. So we are close friends and nothing more and it's great as I can talk to him about anything even guys I like. He even gives me his views on things, which yes most might find weird but it's not. Having him back in my life after not speaking or having any contact with each other for five years is great.

Yes you will be able to do that yourself, might not take you as long but you will get there in the end and you will look back and think to yourself. It was for the best, having that heartbreak has made me who I am today and that is stronger. Breaking up with someone is hard and you may think being with them was a mistake as you wouldn't be hurt if you hadn't been with them as your heart wouldn't be breaking, but it's not a mistake it's a lesson that everyone learns in their life at some stage. Our choices and lessons make us the people we are today.
                     
Hope any of you who are going through a heartbreak are ok, if you need to talk drop me a line and I will try to help. If not please feel free to tell me how you deal with heart break.
SHARE:

18/03/2014

Brow Arch March


Hello my lovely beautiful dolls,

For those of you who haven't heard and you'd have to be living under a rock not to, March sees the launch of Brow Arch March. Now Brow Arch March is happening all through March at Benefit brow bars located in 50 Debenhams stores across the country. What it is, is a free brow wax for a requested minimum donation of £5, with all proceeds going directly to cancer charity Look Good Feel Better. LGFB is an international cancer charity which help both women and teenagers feel better about themselves whilst going through chemo and other treatments. 

Now I first heard about it from another fellow blogger and unfortunately I was a bit late to get involved in the actual march which happened in London 9th March, but I heard everyone had an amazing day. So ladies those of you that went congratulations and I would love to hear more about your experiences.

Today I ventured into my local Debenhams and went up to my benebabes and booked an appointment the and then. I had my eyebrows tinted, waxed and tweezed. I must say I love them and all for five pounds for the eyes but I had more done as I have a photoshoot coming up the lovely benebabe said 'how would you like your upper lip waxed as well?' 

I have to admit at first I was mortified I thought is it really that bad! I think she saw that look as she quickly said 'it will make the make up sit really nice for your shoot! So I went ahead and having that done in a department store was horrifying to say the least! However I'm really happy with the final result so here are my new eyebrows!


Here is what they looked like before!


A big difference! Ok she filled them in and they were a bit darker than what I am use to but that is easily washed off! 

So my lovelies any of you have your eyes done or plan of having them done I would love to hear your experience!


SHARE:

28/02/2014

Hello March and Hello Spring!


Hello my beautiful lovely dolls,

Well we now move out of another month and into another one. March is a semi busy month for me, I have my sisters birthday and her wedding anniversary to celebrate as well as Mothers Day. At least this year it doesn't involve Easter. Oh and I also have two mates who have birthdays in march and on the same day and I've been invited out clubbing by both. I don't know what one to go to as they don't know each other so I'm a bit torn up with that one in all fairness.

                        

Then we have lovely Spring! Well I say lovely it normally rains in Spring so it will be Welles, raincoats and umbrellas...very chic! Well this is only a quick post to say hope you had a wonderful February, hope you got the valentines you wanted if you are into all that stuff that is. As well as to say enjoy the coming month and lovely wet and windy Spring weather we are predicted. I have a few plans for March one involves a photoshoot for a calendar it's theme is burlesque show girl so I'm having to sort out a costume. Once I have been given permission I will post the pictures I get. It's going to be my second calendar I've been in, but I'm hoping it will be better than the last one I did. The theme was cartoon heroes I went as Wonder Woman - big mistake as I got one of those tacky fancy dress costumes. I'll post a picture once I find the cd with them on.

Also this calendar will be the first that has featured both myself and my sister again it will be her second calendar feature. But she's also had other burlesque shoots. This will be my third one, my sister introduced me to the photographer and I've been hooked ever since. I love the vintage period it's so classy, elegant, chic and glamorous. Everything I love to be honest.

I would love to hear what your plans are for this month? 
SHARE:

14/02/2014

Valentines Day




Hello my beautiful lovely dolls,

Yes today is that day some love to love and others love to hate, regardless of whether or not they have a valentine. I've noticed a lot of singles moaning about not having a valentine, but take a minute to think about those who don't have a mother on Mother's Day or a father on Father's Day. I think you'll find that it more important than whether or not you get flowers or chocolate.

Yes I'm single and to be perfectly honest, I don't care that I don't have a valentine. It's just another day! I mean why should you need a day to show your partner you love them. Surely you should be doing that the other 364 days of the year, or is that just me? 

Ok I did send a valentine card out this year, but just for the fun of it! I don't expect anything back. The guy I like don't like me back and I'm fine with that honestly! I just and I don't mean to sound like someone moaning because I don't really mean it that way, I just wish people who are single saying I haven't got anyone or those who do moaning oh he/she never got me anything! There are some who do have someone who's partner is out fighting a war they shouldn't be fighting or those who have a loved one who died fighting for their country! Yes we have a day to remember then, but just like today we should remember them every single day of the year!



Tonight I'm going to sit down with a nice cup of tea and something to eat and what chick flicks or horror films I haven't really decided yet. So for all of those who have got someone enjoy your day. For those who don't have someone I just want to say:

What do you think of valentines day? Are you going to be celebrating or not?

SHARE:

05/02/2014

Apps I Use

Hello my lovely dolls,

This post is just a random one letting you know what apps I use. Both my iPad and iPhone are packed with apps mostly games and blogging/social networking games. I admit I still have that flappy bird game on my phone it's so addictive.

Right onto the apps I use mainly the blogging/ social media ones.

1.
 Evernote, I use this mainly for blog post ideas and I'm also using it to write a novel, I use this for the novel as I can work on it on the go without have to lug around my laptop. Plus I email myself the recent work I've done. 

2. 

Ok so I haven't really used this much since I got it over two years ago, but I'm planning on linking my blog to it so I use it more. But it's a really good app that stores your pictures and allows others to follow you, almost like photo bucket and twitter rolled into one.

3. 
 So not technically blogging but still social networking as it allows me to keep I touch with people without using up my credit or rather adding unneccesary money onto my phone bill. It's just like texting only unfortunately you have to have some sort of internet 3G/4G connection.

4. 
 Pinterest, now I know we all love it. My mum and sister are even on here. I have boards for inspiration, health and well being, hair, make up, organisation, baking. Yes I admit I am also one of those that has a board on wedding ideas. No I'm not getting married nor do I have a boyfriend, I just like pinning stuff I like. 

5.
Need I say anything on this other than it allows me to follow and read all my favourite blogs in one and on the go.

6. 
Bit like Pinterest but I feel it has a more teenage feel to it. Pinterest it almost like the adult version more mature version of thus. However, saying that I still like the site. It's a good place for finding pictures.

7. 
 Twitter a way to officially stalk, I mean follow your fave celebs. In fact I got a follow on my personal account from an actor called Garrett Wang. For those of you that don't know he played a character called Harry Kim in Star Trek Voyager. Over the weekend I had the lovely opportunity to meet him and others. I will leave that for another post however.

8. 
 A place where you can keep in contact with old friends and family. My parents aunts, uncles, paternal grandmother and cousins are all on this. So it's nice to keep them all updated on my life all at once, rather than contacting them individually. Plus I have a blog account where I post blog updates.

9. 
 Almost like a professional Facebook, you can upload your CV and follow companies, groups and apply for jobs. I am following the alumni group of my university as well as being connected to university tutors and old with colleagues.

10.
 Finally YouTube. Now I follow all make up artists, blog channels and cake making tutorials. I do have my own channel, but I have yet to have the guts to actually film anything and post it. I know there is a video of my somewhere thanks to a uni mate of me doing something and fluffing up my lines. She found it funny to change the voice and so I sound like a chipmunk.

I do use hoot suite and four square and google plus. However, I've had to delete them for a bit as there is not enough room on my phone or iPad, until I actually delete some games and pictures that I don't need anymore. 

I would love to hear what apps you use. Are there any apps that are better for blogging than. These ones? 
SHARE:

Confidence


Hello my lovelies,

Today is a post for advice and hopefully inspiration. So many of us don't feel that confident in what we do, what we look like, or how we speak, but here’s the truth: you’re awesome. You just are. You’ve got strengths, talents, abilities, and experiences that help make the world a better place. You do that thing you do in a way that no one else can, and it’s seriously amazing.

But perhaps there are some situations in which you find it difficult to tune into your indisputable awesomeness. Even if you have a deep sense of self-assurance, maybe there are times when you can’t quite seem to turn it on.

Confidence is tricky that way. It’s this slippery thing that we don’t always seem to have a proper grasp on. Sometimes we’ve got it, and sometimes we don’t. For example, maybe you are the type of person that feels comfortable while talking with a small group of friends, but you feel like a nervous wreck at a large party filled with people you don’t know. Perhaps you are confident of your knowledge in a particular subject, but you feel utterly incapacitated when you have to share your ideas with an audience.

We all have specific areas of our lives that seem to rattle our sense of self. While it often seems like the world is divided into two groups – those with confidence and those without – the fact is that there are individuals who are simply more practiced at the art of projecting confidence. It’s a skill, one that you can develop. And the great thing about practicing this particular skill is that it actually leads to a deeper sense of belief in yourself. Think of your confidence as a muscle you can strengthen, and one that deserves to be strengthened because, again, you’re awesome. Click through to read five ways to get started.

Work your strengths

A surefire way to lose your confidence is by attempting to be someone that you are not. Perhaps you admire someone else’s demeanor – the way they carry themselves or the manner in which they communicate – so you decide to try it out for yourself. The problem with this is that it can often feel a lot like lying. Instead of borrowing someone else’s personality, focus on what’s great about yours. To use myself as an example: I am a good storyteller, but I’m not so much of a facts-and-figures kind of girl. When I’m trying to communicate my thoughts in a confident way, I often tell a story. If I were to pull out charts and scientific data, I would just feel like a fish out of water.

Be mindful of your body language and posture

This is the big one, right? We all have certain “tells” that indicate that we are nervous. Perhaps your hands get a bit too expressive, your eyes dart around the room, or you cross your arms. These habits are unconscious, and we do them as a means of soothing our own discomfort. While it can be helpful to tune into what our specific tendencies are, it’s likely that this awareness might cause even more anxiety. Instead, if you find yourself feeling tense, focus on just two things: your posture and your breathing. By simply putting your shoulders back and breathing deeply, you immediately assume a more confident stance. In doing this, you will start to relax, and you may find that you have less of a need for those self-soothing physical habits.

Ask questions

This one is especially great for those networking moments in life. Instead of stressing over how to explain what you are all about to someone new, simply turn the tables by asking questions. People love talking about themselves. It’s true. And when someone gets the sense that you are genuinely interested in their life, it endears you to them. Plus, it takes the pressure off of you. Suddenly, you’re the interviewer and they are the subject. But don’t think of people as subjects. That’s just mean.

Be prepared

Much of our anxiety is a result of a lack of preparation. This is especially true in matters of public speaking. If you haven’t taken the necessary steps to ready yourself, even if you are knowledgeable, it’s likely that nervousness will creep up. Physiologically, when you are unprepared, your sympathetic nervous system takes over. And in case you’re not caught up on your psych terms, your sympathetic nervous system is your fight-or-flight response. It’s that rush of adrenaline that happens in situations that feel life threatening. We can all agree that this is a terrible condition under which to give a speech or talk about something you care about, so that being said, do your homework! Know your stuff. Practice. Over-practice. Do whatever you can to avoid that feeling of impending doom.

Assume the best

The worst thing you can do is go into a situation expecting failure. Our expectations are powerful, so much so that they can actually have an affect on the outcome of a given situation. If you expect that you will be nervous or uncomfortable, it’s possible that you are just setting yourself up to be exactly that. Instead, assume the best. Assume things will go great. Assume that you will say all the right things and that the people you are around think you are awesome. And honestly, they probably do. Because you are. Have I told you that?

What do you do to feel more confident?

SHARE:

Urban Decay Naked Palette


Hello my lovelies,

I jumped on the Naked palette rather late I got the original Naked palette a few years back, now the original Naked is a neutral girls dream palette. It comes with 12 shades.. shimmery neutrals right through to everything you need for that perfect smokey eye. The colours come encased in a velvet, oblong palette with a good sized mirror and a double ended make up brush. I personally love the brush that comes with these palettes and always use them.  

(L-R Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck. Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal)

haven't stopped using this since I bought it, mainly Virgin all across the lid, Sidecar or Smog in the crease and Toasted or Hustle in the corners. I am yet to use Creep or Gunmetal, they're gorgeous shades but I'm not very good with a dark, smokey eye and tend to look like a stripper. The shadows are so creamy, and super blendable. I'm having a major love in with Urban Decay at the moment and wonder why it's taken me so long to really look into the brand. Next up the Naked 2 then from there I might build up the Naked collection.

What is your favourite Naked palette? 

SHARE:

Mac lipstick Crème Cup Review


Hello my lovelies, 

Now this is a really late review, but I thought I would do it now as the hype over this lipstick has died down a bit. A while ago, actually over a year ago, I went shopping and ventured into my local Debenhams  store and went to the Mac counter where I picked up a lipstick, I had swatched pretty much every shade that I liked and decided I wanted to get a nice pinky nude, as I didn't have one in my collection yet. The shade I ended up liking the most was the highly raved about Crème Cup, I was hesitant to get this at first as I don't particularly like to go for the shades everyone talks about, I like to be different. But no matter how much I tried I just couldn't stop myself from lusting over this shade. 
Crème Cup is a Creamsheen finish, which means it is glossy, highly pigmented and long lasting, Creamsheens are very well known to be incredibly creamy, flattering and quite a thick lipstick. 

Crème Cup is definitely no exception to the Creamsheen reputation, I love the formula, it really is gorgeous and doesn't dry out your lips at all. The colour pay off is beautiful, a gorgeous blue pink, nude, perfect for an every day look for a pop of colour or the lip, or paired with a nice smoky eye for an evening look. It really is an all-rounder of a shade. The lasting power of this lipstick is pretty impressive too and will last on me a good 8-10 hours with no touch ups. 

I really do feel this shade is a must for Spring/Summer and will suit most skin tones as it's not too light so won't wash out even the most pale of skin tones. I really can't express enough how much I love this shade and I am so glad I picked it up, I definitely can see what the fuss all about! 

Have you tried Crème Cup yet? What are your thoughts on it? I'd love to know! I will definitely be getting a lot of wear from this shade! 


SHARE:

De-clutter your life and mind.


Hello my lovelies, 

2016 is my year of growth and full understanding of who and what I'd like to be...only took me 28 years! I am slowly realizing what is true and worth fighting for, what road I'd like to take and how I want to get there. One of the big things I'm trying to change this year is clutter in my life, whether that's as simple as keeping my house clutter free, spending less time online, buying less, collecting memories not things and living a more natural life or just spending more time with the people that are important in my life and not worrying about the ones that don't bring any substance to it. 2016 is going to be a great year, I'm working towards something that has taken me a long time to realize I want. So here are a few things that have helped me along the way and a few that I am still trying to work on.



Stay offline for one day// For me this is almost impossible...mainly because with blogging being online and social is so important...but I have been trying to stay offline for longer periods throughout the day. / 

Meditate for fifteen minutes// This is still very new to me, I usually try to meditate at night to help me go to sleep, I have a massive problem with being able to shut my brain off at night, so meditating has helped me just relax and turn down my thoughts.

No-complaint day// I have been really trying hard to not complain about my life or situations in it, I'll start off about things at work or random situations in the day that bothered me, then I remember that its really not worth my energy to worry about these things and I just try to think before I complain and work out if its something that's actually going to help if I speak up or if I'm just being a big baby and need to suck it up.

Identify your 3 to 6 main priorities// It's great having a list of things you want to accomplish or a social calender that's booked up, but spreading your self to thin will eventually wear you down, pick 3 to 6 things that you really want to focus your time and energy on, it wont bring as much stress into your life and these picked items will get more of your full attention.

No email or social media until lunch// Again this is a really tough one and it shouldn't be, I should be able to have a morning without being glued to my phone or computer but again it sucks me in. This is something that I'd like to work on...maybe not till noon, but I would like to at least, wake up, have my breakfast and a cup or tea without first going through my emails and social media. Give my brain time to wake up without all that stimulation. 

Define your goals for this year// I personally feel its so important to make goals for yourself, they may not have to be set in stone and they can keep changing every day if you wish, but I think we should always be growing and learning and finding things to accomplish or experience and making goals is a great way to keep yourself on track.

Clean out your closet// If you haven't worn it in 6 months to a year, its likely that your not ever going to pick it up to wear again so why leave it hanging in your closet taking up space. What I would like to start doing this year is clothe shopping smarter, don't just pick up a piece of clothing because it's cute, I want to think on whether it will go with the rest of my wardrobe, I wan't to have less clothes but ones that all work together to be able to build many outfits.

Take a step towards learning a new skill// Always keep learning, the second you stop learning is the second you stop growing. I am currently learning how to create more natural products to use. 

Unfollow and unfriend// Don't feel guilty for unfriending someone that is toxic in your life or one that isn't bringing happiness to your life. Whats the point of keeping a friend when they bring you stress...trust me, it's not worth it! 

Go bare-faced// Not only is this wonderful for your skin, it will make you appreciate and love yourself as you are.

Practice gratitude// Be grateful for the wonderful things in your life, when your having a bad day and feeling down, just really try to think about the amazing things in your life and know that it's really not that bad, no matter how big or small, do you have a roof over your head? Do you have people in your life that love you? Do you have more than £5 in your pocket? then you are doing better that a huge chunk of people in this world, stop worrying about the things that you cant change and learn to appreciate how many wonderful and amazing things you have going on in your life and be thankful for it every day!

Leave a whole day unplanned// Be spontaneous, or spend the whole day in your pajamas watching movies, take one day and don't plan anything, just let the day unfold. 

Do you really need to buy that// Think about what your buying and if you really need that in your life, think back on the last 5 purchases you made, will they bring consistent happiness to your life, can you survive without it? When I'm out shopping, which is rare but does happen, when I'm about to buy something I really contemplate on whether it's worth my money, there are so many things I want to do that involve travelling, spending my money on random items just makes me realize that I could have kept that money in my bank account instead.



SHARE:

Perfect- What Is It?


Hello my beautiful lovely dolls,

I'm not going to do a beauty post per se, but more of an inspirational post. Now when ever I go out shopping I always see young girls looking at make up and hear them say "I can't stand my face it's hideous and I just want to put a mask on.   I find myself thinking yes enhance your feature, but don't cover yourself up to hide your true self! I've been there and done exactly what they are doing, but as I've grown up and learned to apply make up to enhance my best feature I've stopped moaning about how I look...sometimes. 

I've also noticed some girls saying oh I want a nose job or lipo to slimdown my big hips. I want to shout no no stop! Again I have been there, a few years ago I was in topshop and I was having a personal shopper moment and the girl helping me was pretty thin and I found myself moaning about my hips and bum as they were big! She's looked at me with pure shock on her face and grabbed me by the shoulders and said "don't you dare say that you are beautiful, if a guy was to look at you years ago he would see child bearing hips and a voluptuous butt! I'm sure guys today see exactly that as well! You just need the right clothes to improve on these features!" 

So I say never ever say you're fat unless it affects your health! Even then don't say it, just say "ok I've put on a few pounds and I need to do something about it!" But don't ever go on a health freak kick cus you will just go from one extreme to the next.

Going back to the young girls, I looked at them and thought you've caked yourself in make up drawn eyebrows on and make yourself look like a clown how can you possibly think that is better than the real you!?! I have learned to go a few days without make up as it lets my skin breath! Yea I find it difficult to let guys see me without make up, but shock horror I found myself doing exactly that the other night when I spoke to this guy over Skype. I even told him I'm not wearing make up so excuse the hideous face! Yes I said hideous, but it was meant as a joke to him! He's turned round and said "I don't care to be honest I don't like it when girls wear make up as I can't see their true beauty!"

Now this was the first time I had ever spoken to him via skype so was the first time he's ever seen me. So I felt happy knowing a guy liked me for me and not the mask I always hide behind!


So just like the picture says "perfection doesn't exist!" Actually to me it does, however we all have our own view on "perfection" I see perfection as when we learn to accept ourselves and not what we think others say we should look like! Young girls today look at magazines and see thin celebrities and models, what they don't see is all the airbrushing that goes on to give them a thin waist or slim arms or that flawless smooth face! 

I personally feel that is the cause in the rise in eating disorders! The warped views on what they think is perfect! Now to you I might not seem perfect and I'm not believe me I've made mistakes, but they are life experiences. Yet I see myself as "perfect" as I have learned to accept who I am! I'm not going to change how I look or act. I'm not going to change my body just because some magazine says oh you're not a size 0 you're so not perfect! Yes I'm plus size and I don't give a damn, I am me I am real I'm not cosmetically altered, yes I considered lipo when I was younger. I'm glad I didn't have it as I wouldn't be me anymore! We are all born in different ways, different sizes, different colour skin. Yet we are all beautiful and perfect in our own ways. We are REAL! 

Even guys find themselves doing the same thing, trying to alter their body's with steroids so they become "buff" so girls find them attractive! NO NO NO. Girls will find you attractive for you being you, for your personality not your looks! Well they should because personality remains but looks will fade over time!


So yes we are born to be real. Not perfect by societies standards! We don't want to end up being copies of someone else. If we do then we won't be unique, we won't be standing out from the crowd and won't get noticed for who we really are.

So girls be you not someone else! Accept you for you, don't try and change because some editor of a magazine or cosmetic company says your hideous! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and sweetheart to me you're beautiful, you're stunning, you're amazing! So wipe of that thick mask and use make up to enhance features not cover them up! 
SHARE:
© Rosie's Vintage Chic. All rights reserved.
Blogger Templates made by pipdig