Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Favourites

Hey guys! I thought I'd try something new today with a never-before-done favourites post! It's basically a roundup of all the items I've been loving this month, so let's get started! 

First up... Stila One Step Correct. Can we just talk about the packaging for a minute? The way the different colours are all pretty and swirly baffles me, I love it! I got this from Marks & Spencers (who knew there was such makeup glory lurking in M&S?!) for £24 after hearing all the hype about this product.  Well I have to say this primer really is a miracle worker, perfect for any of you who suffer with redness like me as the green is great for combatting that. The lilac minimizes sallow tones so I like to put this under my eyes where I get a lot of dullness and the peach is just an overall brightener for the skin. This feels lovely and light on the skin, and I can actually see it balancing out my skin tone from the minute I apply it - a real winner! 



I've been eager to try the Rimmel Provocalips Lip Lacquers for quite some time now being a keen 'over-drawer' when it comes to the lip department. What I mean to say is I have quite thin lips so I'll usually line my lips quite heavily for more definition and shape, which looks great at first but it's such a pain if you're planning to eat a lot (or kiss - wink wink) and I'll often find myself checking in the mirror only to see No. Remains. Of. Lips. Anywhere. This is why I was in need of something super long-wearing and I have to say, long-wearing isn't even the word for this product. This literally doesn't come off. It goes on at first a lovely shiny, quite sheer gloss and then when you set it with the white transparent lacquer it becomes matte and completely sets. You'll have to try it to see what I mean but you can literally rub your mouth intensely or scrub your lips with a toothbrush and this won't budge! I finally got mine off after a long sleep and hardcore scrubbing, but trust me, it wasn't easy! This might be a huge put off for some, but like I previously mentioned, I love a lip product that is guaranteed to stay. They're also reasonably priced around the £5-7 mark, depending where you shop.
L - R - 200 I'll Call You (A dark purplish pink) and 110 Dare to Pink (A light, nudey pink)

I've rekindled my love with a trusty favourite in the past, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. This eyebrow pencil is completely unique to any brow pencil I've used before with an ultra fine nip and softer, waxier texture perfect for drawing on fine hairs. The spoolie on the other end is also so dense which makes brushing the brows out a delight and keeps them nice and natural looking. This definitely is more on the pricey side at £15 but it is worth every penny in my mind as it makes filling in the brows so easy!





I was always a 'felt tip liner kinda gal', usually Collection 2000 was my go-to, that was until I finally decided to take the plunge outside of my comfort zone and try a gel liner. I wasn't (and still aren't) entirely sure of the ins and outs of gel liner but I was aware of how frequently used it is by professionals in the makeup industry when getting that desired wing shape. I still need a lot of practice, and a slightly better angled brush (my Hair & Makeup Addiction one is getting a little rugged for want of a better word) but I'm getting more and more used to the gel consistency and also enjoy wearing winged eyeliner now (something I wasn't too fond of on my self when I used felt tip). This Maybelline Lasting Drama one is great for beginners as it's completely affordable at the price of £7.99 and isn't too scary to work with. It also comes with a brush so even more bang for your buck!



Moving on to non-beauty favourites, my read this month has been a book by Karen Joy Fowler called "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves". I don't want to spoil too much as there is a full in depth book review coming up very soon so stay on the look out if you're interested, but this book completely took me by surprise and really fascinated me as it's like nothing I've read before. I definitely recommend it if you're one for thinking in new ways and learning new things. 



A food favourite this month (and every other month of the year quite frankly) is Sultana Bran. That's right, good old substantial sultana bran. I have this for breakfast every morning and it's great for providing myself with the well-needed energy for the day (I don't need to go on about how important breakfast is, do I kids?) and is even more tasty with some banana!




I'm also obsessed with my phone case at the moment. This was a real bargain, only £2 from Primark! It's just so pretty and mesmerising with the iridescent shattered glass effect with undertones of blues, greens and lilacs. It actually reminds be a lot of an ice bar or something from Frozen!



This month I've started watching an American ABC series called Revenge on my Now TV - another thing I've been loving! If you're a fan of Pretty Little Liars you'll love this with the same genre of drama/mystery. It's set in the Hamptons and is about a girl trying to right the wrongs done to her family by making them pay the price. I'm only on season 1 but I am addicted so far!



Lastly, and quite randomly, I've been loving roses because it is of course the month of lurveeeee. We've had them scattered about our house for the past week and a bit and I can't help but admire their beauty everytime I walk past them. They remind me of one of my favourite Disney films Beauty and the Beast and fresh flowers always make me happy!



What have you been loving throughout the course of February? 

"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to me nice." - Unknown

Lots of love,

Lily



Sunday, 22 February 2015

Minimal Yet Glamarous Makeup Look

This is my go to makeup look at the moment as I've recently used gel eyeliner for the first time and have loved playing about with winged eyeliner. It takes me quite a lot of time to get it the best it can be (it is no where near perfect) so I like to balance out my time by keeping the rest of the eyes dead easy with a simple contoured lid that takes two seconds. The two other features that make this look for me would have to be the plump, beige lips and bronzed skin - just wearing lip liner and a sweep of bronzer instantly makes me feel more glamorous! I have also been stalking Kylie Jenner's Instagram more than ever recently after seeing her at the Grammys and falling in love with her all over again so I'd be lying if I said she wasn't my main inspiration for this makeup.  


I used my good old trusty Beauty Blender to blend the Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum foundation and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer after drawing on my brows with Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow. I love using a Beauty Blender as bouncing it on the skin doesn't move the makeup around your face which maintains that full coverage but the dampness of the sponge minimises the cakeyness and makes for a gorgeous, flawless finish.



I then go on to my usual contour routine using Fawn from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit


I double up with Fawn as an eyeshadow and use it to contour my crease. I also added some Havana from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in the outer crease for further depth then created a winged line with the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner


After curling my lashes and applying Loreal Telescopic mascara, I put on the Eylure Kimberly No. 118 lashes to emphasise that winged eye shape.





For lips, I overly lined with Boldly Bare from MAC then used a mixture of the MUA Luxe in Halycon and my foundation for a matte, light beige lip colour.

Excuse my gross dry lips! I was wearing a matte lipstick and ate food before taking these photos and obviously didn't realise the state of them at the time haha! 

"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together." - Elizabeth Taylor

Lots of love,

Lily

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Jumping on the Bloglovin' Bandwagon

Hello lovelies. This post was well due for as I have the exciting news to announce that Lily Rose is now on Bloglovin'! Well, it has been for a while now but let's just say I haven't been using it to its full worth because I wasn't aware of its full capabilities. Let me explain to you why Bloglovin' is so wonderful and why you should all join it right now to follow me or your other favourite blogs.



So firstly, what is Bloglovin'? It's basically a 'reader' which allows you to follow multiple blogs from a variety of platforms and read them all on the one site. A huge fan of Zoella's website? Love that girl's blog on Wordpress? Know a friend who's using Weebly but your on Blogger? I'm sure you're tired of typing the endless URL links. Well not now as Bloglovin' enables you to read all your favourite blogs from any platform under the same roof, in one feed! It's just as easily convenient and addictive as scrolling through your Twitter timeline or Facebook feed. 

All you need to do is set up an account like any other social media site, and hey presto, you can start following blogs! If you are a blogger yourself, just type in the name of your blog and "claim it" so people know that that blog is run by that account. For instance, my account is Lily Lowe and I use that to follow other blogs and comment on posts but I leave a link to my actual blog Lily Rose on Bloglovin' so people follow that and not my account. It's a bit like your Google profile and the GFC members which i will explain in a separate post for those who don't understand. Another quick analogy if you aren't fixed up on the blogging terms and think I am talking a foreign language, it's also like being a businessman and asking people to follow your business site instead of your personal profile - it just so happens you need a personal profile to run a business site. Make sense? I hope so!


HERE'S HOW TO JOIN THE BLOGLOVIN' BANDWAGON:


  • Go to Bloglovin’ and sign up. All you need is an email address! Already nice and easy.
  • Bloglovin' will immediately suggest blogs for you to follow or you can import all of the blogs you were reading with Google reader (if you were) to your feed.
  • Next to each blog is an easy way to unfollow or assign them to a group. So you can have your favourite beauty bloggers in one group, the YouTubers you watch who also have a blog in another etc. Great for any crazy organisers out there!
  • If you’re a blogger, you’ll want to claim your blog. Simply search for it, and click "claim your blog" (Bloglovin' will then ask you to prove it's actually yours by posting a link in your latest post - nothing difficult!) Once you claim your blog, you’ll have access to all the cool shiz like your blog analytics and will also be able to get the Bloglovin' button (A.K.A the best thing since sliced bread) that you can paste into your blog template.      
Now for the part where I get all desperado on you people and BEG you to follow my blog on Bloglovin'. Just kidding,  but it would be lovely as it just gives me that little confidence boost to carry on doing what I'm doing as some people out there might just be enjoying it. 


HOW TO FOLLOW ME (WHICH OFFICIALLY MAKES YOU A LOVELY PERSON):

  • And the final step is of course to follow my blog Lily Rose. Simply click here which will navigate you straight over to my blog so all you need to do is click 'follow'. How easy was that??
Thank you if you got to the very bottom of this.


Lots of love,


Lily