Rosie For Autograph Makeup Review…

Hello Beautiful People,

Welcome to another blog post about makeup, I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoy writing about them and taking photos of them. I love taking photos and editing them, like I’m not even kidding you have to see my photo gallery. I’m lucky to have more than enough storage! Okay, enough of me rambling (as always) and let me tell you what I’ve got in store… Today I will be reviewing, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s makeup line, ‘Rosie for Autograph’ that is sold exclusively at Marks & Spencer, (a British, multinational retailer) alongside her other lines, such as lingerie and fragrance. I have used these products for a couple of months now and wanted to give my own personal opinion on how they worked for me and if I recommend them for you to go out and try them for yourselves. A little disclaimer, I kind of cheated and added a filter on the swatches, I’m sorry I didn’t want to discontinue the theme. However, they are not far from their true shades and this is where will see how good I can use my blogging skills to give you a true description of their ‘true colours’ -no pun intended!

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I love how you see the reflection of the clouds on the products it took me a while to achieve that!

Firstly, let me tell you that the packaging is life. The rose gold packaging does catch the eye of the customers and my friends have admitted that the packaging is why they became interested in the products… Shall we get into the products? Yeah? Me think so too!

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The first product is an ‘Starstruck Contour Stick’ in the colour ‘Killer Contours’ it does not come in different shades but it is buildable, in that I mean the more you apply the more it becomes pigmented and darker it becomes. On the image above it looks really dark, but keep in mind that in real life it is a tone or two lighter and that was achieved by only two swipes. It is easy to blend when applied, with this product I like using a beauty blender and it just blends evenly and without appearing patchy.  However, I don’t know if it is just on my skin but I found that it doesn’t stay on for the whole day. What I did to solve this problem was just add powder bronzer on top and let me tell you it does work. I love the shade and how it feels lightweight on the skin.  This product costs £15.00.

The next product is an ‘Cream Blusher’ in the shade ‘Camisole Blusher’ it is a very Rosie tone, (yep we need to question those blogging skills). I mean more of a Autumn shade which you can wear in any season. On the website it looks more towards a pink shade but in real life it’s more of an earthy pink tone, try imagining that. No, but realistically it does have a brownish shade within it which creates a more fresh and natural look. I do not use any brushes for it, I apply it with my fingers and it spreads easily without drying out on one spot. I don’t usually wear blushers but this one looks really natural on the skin. It costs £14.00.

This product is an ‘Cream Eyeshadow Stick’ in the shade ‘Almond Eyes’ which is a beautiful pale gold colour. This eyeshadow stick is extremely pigmented, long lasting and has a metallic finish. It is perfect for a lid colour as well as a inner corner and brow bone highlight. It is very blendable and silky smooth, I also use it as a highlight and have recieved many compliments on it. It only costs £12.50, you get alot of product, (don’t judge it by its size) and you only need a small amount to make your eyes pop!

This next product is an lipstick in the shade ‘Lady Rose’ it is a more darker/ warmer tone of pink. Personally, to me it looks very vintage and is beautiful on the lips. I’ve looked at photos of the lipstick being worn by different people and it suits all skin tones.  It isn’t long lasting but is easy to reapply, you don’t need no liner, it looks amazing without it. It is very moisturising and hydrating. My lips feel so soft right now, it is unbelievable. This is a must, go try it out and see for yourself. It costs £14.00

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This product is an ‘Transclucent Finishing Powder’ called ‘Super Model Silk’ durrr Rosie is a model. Let me emphasise one thing though, it does live up to its name. The product leaves the skin feeling so silky. I compared it to the NYX powder and the NYX felt a bit artificial it had a weird feel to it (I love the product but this is what I thought when comparing both!) Whereas Rosie’s powder blends to the skin and you can feel your skin, it’s just more softer and smoother, like baby skin, no joke! I love the packaging because the product doesn’t just pour out, you have full contro, because of the net like material ontop of it. It costs £18.00.

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The last thing is the cute makeup bag, which is also in the colour rose gold. Ugh, how can you pass that up! Clever packaging, what can I say? I was lucky to get the makeup bag for free, as there was an offer going on at the time. However, it costs £16.00 it is compact, doesn’t take up alot of space yet fits your most used products that you need with you for the day. It also looks visually appealing so why not? Overall I enjoy using these products, I really don’t have anything negative to say about them (this blog post is NOT SPONSERED). They are good and I do recommend them, if you want to try out something new and more natural.

That was it for this blog post. I hope you found it useful and enjoyed reading it. Do comment, or email me any questions or suggestions for future posts! Check out my Instagram TheWhiteRose.ela and I’ll see you in my next post!

Until then with love,

Ela x.

A Tour Of My Desk…

Heyyy Beautiful People,

In this post, I’m showing you my desk and how it is set up. I’m the type of person to keep things simple and organised. Seriously… If my working space is messy, I have to clean it up in order to start let alone complete my work. I’m not even kidding! My friends know me well so when they call, they don’t ask what I’m doing.  Instead they say, “Ela, are you still organising your stuff, I swear you was cleaning yesterday too!” On the other hand, my mum goes, ” If only you cleaned the house the way you do your room then there will be no mess to clean up.” I’m not even exaggerating. Anyways, enough of me rambling and let’s get started….

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This is an overview of my desk. Now something I think you all will be wondering (and may know) is where my chair is from and the answer to that is…IKEA! I call it the ghost chair, it’s very comfy and stable.

Now, let’s move on to what is on my desk…

The first thing that I always keep on there is my imac. In no way am I trying to brag about what I have! In fact, this was a treat for me as from the age of 12 till about three years ago (at the age of 17) I didn’t have a computer, I used to stay at the library and go to my friend’s house to use the computer and printer. So, I was grateful for my parents when they gifted me this, it helped me a lot.

My laptop is also what I keep on my desk, but not all the time. When I write-up a coursework, my internet clusters up with loads of tabs and this not only confuses me but I find it difficult to keep up with the websites I’m looking at so I use two screens and minimise the amount of tabs I use by splitting them up. But as I said it is not always on my desk. I take my laptop to my university all the time as that is what I keep my notes on.

I also have marble sticky notes, for those who are wondering I purchased them from Primark… For the girls that have an addiction to marble! It’s okay!

If you’re wondering what’s on my screen (little bit of self promotion lol) it is my latest posts on TheWhiteRose.ela to check them out click the link Latest Blog Posts and scroll down….

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In this corner of my desk I have my two notebooks, I love, notebooks and as you may know I love marble ( I guess it’s obvious since 90% of my things are marble) and I enjoy writing to-do lists and notes to keep me organised. I have a candle which is from T.K. MAXX it’s called  T.J. MAXX in America, I know, I was confused too! I also have a plant that I bought from Urban Outfitters, it’s very refreshing and creates a calm and peaceful atmosphere, I definitely recommend keeping plants in your work space! The open notebook is there for visual purposes, I keep that one in my bag.

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This is my first drawer (the one on the left) as I said I like keeping things simple. In this drawer, I keep my USB SuperDrive as both my computer and laptop do not have cd slots. I also keep my old iPhone which is in its pink case, I sometimes need it for photos, apps and information that I haven’t transferred to my new phone. In the see through little box with polka dots, I keep my pain killers, its compact and makes my desk look tidy. The last three items is a small grey notebook, (I told you I love them), my reading glasses and my go to pencil case, that I use all the time… You’ll see why I said that in a moment. That is it for the first drawer, let’s move on to the second one.

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If you thought my first drawer was empty then this one you’ll find is emptier. I went on holiday and bought a sea shell, it was too pretty and I keep it in my drawer, I don’t know why… It looks pretty and matches my pencil cases. Talking about pencil cases, you may have realised that I have a couple… Why? Because, I have loads of pens and pencils, I try to keep them tidy and separate. For example, in the marble (YES marble…again) case I keep my coloured gel pens. Whereas, in my Ted Baker one I keep felt tip pens. I’m a very visual person so my notes are always colour coded! If you ever look at my notes, you’ll understand what I mean….

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Here is a final view of my desk. I hope you enjoyed this little tour… Thank you for reading. If you want me to check out your blog, follow, like and comment! I would love to check out your blogs. As I always say comment or email me any suggestions.

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Thank you for checking this post out, I will see you in my next post…

Until then….

With Love

Ela x.

My Haircare Essentials…

Hello…Again Beautiful People.

I know I put up a new post yesterday (links here if you want to see what’s in my bag) but I really wanted to put up another blog post as I really enjoy writing about things I love and sharing them with you. I have been using these products for a while and have seen changes in the texture, thickness and hydration.

Before I get started I want to tell you a bit about my hair. My hair was very dry (still gets dry but not as much) especially towards the ends, this is because I have used so many chemicals on my hair including; home dye (I bleached my hair too many times and all I can say is that I’m lucky to still have thick hair), salon dye, extensive usage of heat tools topped off with constant use of various products within a short period of time. It is safe to say that I never let my hair breathe or rest, I was never happy with its natural waves it was too ‘frizzy’ for me. I had a professional opinion from an expert colourist who said that if I carry on bleaching my hair I could be affected by hair loss the phrase ‘more blonder the better’ vanished in that instant that day was the last time I ever wanted to go platinum blonde. I naturally have thick hair and I became very appreciative of this, instead of following the current hair trend I decided to face reality and take care of my hair.

Below are the products I use…

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  1. OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo:  I love macadamia oil and many of the products I use have this in them. Why? Because it hydrates the hair and gets rid of  the straw like texture. Instead of having hard and dry strands your hair starts to feel and appear soft, moisturised and shiny.  This shampoo is specifically for hair that needs hydration.
  2. OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner: I like using products from the same brand as the constant use of different products damaged my hair. I used to brush my hair (lightly) and my brush would be covered with strands of weak hair and I couldn’t understand what product caused it due to the use of so many products. This conditioner not only nourishes the hair but easily detangles it. It helps with split-ends and not only looks healthy but also feels healthy and strong.
  3. OLAPLEX HAIR PERFECTOR: This product is not for everyone, I advise people that have had or has chemicals in the hair to use it. The product claims to “reconnect broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair.” I’m not a hair expert either but basically it makes the hair strands stronger and decreases the amount of damage caused by chemicals. I apply this from the mid section of the hair  (I have never dyed my roots) to the ends of my hair. I like to leave it overnight, rinse it off the next day and then use my shampoo and conditioner.  Remember to apply it to unwashed hair. You won’t see the affects overnight but within a couple weeks I have seen a decrease in hair loss. I use this product during times I use harsh chemicals which is not often.
  4. MACADAMIA PROFESSIONAL NOURISHING MOISTURE MASQUE: This is the only hair mask I use and like the shampoo and conditioner it hydrates, reconstructs, revitalise’s and repairs damaged hair. It is very flexible to use, once or twice  depending on the hair’s need.
  5.  MACADAMIA NATURAL OIL HEALING OIL SPRAY: I love, love and love (x1000) this product so much, it is unbelievable. As the name states this product has healed my hair and brought it back to the thickness and texture it had before I ever dyed my hair. I am so pleased with it, it doesn’t feel thick, heavy or greasy on the hair. In fact, it has the opposite effect. Not only does my hair feel soft and shiny, it is manageable and appears as its been treated in a salon.
  6. OGX Argan Oil of Morocco: I don’t use this oil often only if I want my hair to have that extra shine and to tame it. Previously I used hair mousse and hair spray to tame and style my hair but it left it so dry and felt really clumpy that it was a no no from me. Instead I add argan oil which tames the frizziness, helps with the split ends and makes the hair more vibrant which is what I love thick, soft and bouncy hair.

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These are all of my haircare essentials… The products have not only helped my hair become more strong, thick, soft and hydrated but also has made me become more positive and more appreciative of natural hair. I used to admire the blonde that I never could achieve, always had a need to go blonder and never cared about the condition of my hair until I was going through hair loss, dryness and thinness.  The best advice I can give you is to appreciate, love and care for what you have and never feel pressured to change the way you look because its stylish, trendy and popular. Trust me! You are beautiful the way you are…

If you have come this far, thank you for reading, liking, commenting and following. I hope you found this post helpful! Also, I would love for you to suggest any blog posts you want me to write about. Comment below any ideas and I will try my best to post about it.

If you want to check out my Instagram page it is Thewhiterose.ela

As always stay beautiful, positive and happy…

Ela x.

 

 

What’s In My Bag? (Summer Edition)…

Hello Beautiful People,

In today’s post I want to show you, what’s in my bag. I don’t know about you guys but I love looking at what people carry in their bag. Call it being nosy or just plain curiosity, looking at what people carry is a way of getting inspired and it gives you ideas on what you could be carrying! As you may know by now, I finished my second year of university. So…hell yess to no more having to carry heavy bags filled with; notebooks, reading books, laptop and a whole lot of other stuff that causes your shoulder to ache (who can relate?) In this edition you will see what I carry during summer, whether its going to shopping, sight seeing or meeting friends for a day out.

Before I get started, I want to talk about the bag itself…

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My bag is from H&M- I wish I can attach a link for you guys to check it out but I checked the website and they don’t have it anymore! It sucks because this bag sold out so quickly. I originally wanted the black colour but the next day it was gone and boyyy did I check, not just online but the stores in Oxford Street and Westfield in London but nope not a chance… I was lucky to find one in grey! This is called a shopper bag, its reversible but I use the imitation leather as the exterior as the suede will just get dirty easily. Its very lightweight, feels like you’re carrying a cloud rather than a bag and its spacious with no compartments. You ready to take a peek into the bag? Waits…No Reply… I’ll take that as a yes!

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I’m first just going to answer you’re question… Why the hell is she carrying an umbrella if its summer? Well… If you live in England like me, no matter the weather you need an umbrella. It could be the hottest day, you may be ready to go out and chill in the garden, ready to take in that vitamin D and guess what? The next minute you will be soaked with rain. So, yeah an umbrella is a must!

The next item I carry is a a small white and grey pouch it looks like snake skin but its fake! Can you see that Mickey Mouse? Yeah! Thats my keychain, I have my keys in that pouch because, once upon a time, a clumsy Ela chucked her keys in her bag carelessly and later on found out that she cracked her phone screen… Nope, I didn’t have a protector on. So, after a upsetting lesson I now carry my keys in a zip up pouch.

I carry my sunglasses in my bag all the time. Do I wear it? Errr nope… Only on days when my vision is extremely affected by the blinding sun. This may sound silly but when I have sunglasses on my eyes feel a bit claustrophobic. Yep, that makes no sense but my eyes need to breathe guys! That sounds sillier, moving on…

I recently told another blogger on WordPress that I loved her nails because she had this amazing marble design… If she sees this, she’ll understand my obsession when looking at my notebook.  I bet that gave you a hint on what I’m going to talk about next. Yes! I carry a notebook, especially within this time period as I’m about to move to a new house with two of my friends (we renting for our third year of uni) and I’m a visual person, I need to write down and be able to see a list in order to feel organised and I keep dates of when rent needs to be paid and contact numbers of companies and all the other adult stuff that I’m not ready to do right now.

Another item I carry that is a must is my purse… which is from a store called Stradivarious- its a glitter purse with  metal plate trim. I love it because its very sturdy, it has a strong zip (watch me jinx it now) and fits literally all of my stuff. Cards, coins, receipts and vouchers is all in there. It only cost me £9.99 and is currently on sale. Here is the link- Stradivarious Purse

The last thing I carry is my makeup bag! In it I carry;

  1. Aveeno hand cream- you need those hands moisturised. Always!
  2. A compact mirror- for touch ups and to remove that mascara that found its way to the side of my eye.
  3. Aspirin- I don’t overdose on it but it does help with the headaches.
  4. A roll on perfume- I hate carrying full size bottles of spray or perfume.
  5. Caudalíe Lip Conditioner- its not only the hands that need nourishment.
  6. Elizabeth Arden Lash Extending Treatment Mascara- believe it or not sometimes I forget to apply mascara so imagine me on the bus trying not to poke my eye…yep not fun.
  7. Chantecaille Lipstick in the colour ‘Camellia’-  I asked my dad to describe the colour he went it looks like the colour of a brick… That is the last time I ask him A question like that! No guys, its a very pretty rose colour not too deep not too light it has no sparkle but high shine. Treat yourselves people! You deserve it…

That is all that is in my bag… Thank you for joining me in another post. As always I want to thank you guys for reading, liking, commenting and following it means a lot. I try to check out all your blogs so just comment below and I will read it. Its interesting for me to see what you guys post and the posts out there are all inspiring and motivating. So keep going guys! Never give up there are people that enjoy what you pOST (including me!)

The link to my Instagram is attached below, do check it out and follow, I would love to check yours out too and I’ll see you in my next post…

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As always stay beautiful and positive,

Ela x.

New Beginnings…

I want to create a blog about many things ranging from fashion related posts to travel, reading, and daily life related posts.  My aim is to not only improve my writing but also to share what I write with an audience who shares the same interests as me. This blog is a new beginning for me, a chance to go out from my comfort zone and try something new. I always read blogs which inspired me, however even though they motivated and inspired me I was just another reader. Recently, I watched a youtube video that really encouraged me to start something I was not confident with and so here I am :). As I mentioned before in the ‘About’ section, I just finished my second year of university and have the opportunity to commit myself to a blog. I am also in the process of writing my own book, which will be up on Wattpad in the near future…

In the mean time I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this. My next post will be about some make up products that I really enjoy using and would recommend to you makeup lovers out there…

Ela xo