Beach Day Essentials…

Hello Beautiful People,

Before I get started I want to say something. As you may know I’m currently on holiday. Spending time here has made me realize that whatever you go through in life whether it is tough, hard and upsetting, just know that giving up is not the answer. There are always good days to come and even though you might not see it, I DO! Always be happy, grateful and hopeful, what you may not see but want now is what you could have tomorrow. Always smile!

  • Little advice from, yours truly, Ela.

Now we can start, today I will be talking about my pool/beach essentials with a twist (more like a day at the beach with me). Let’s see if I can give you a short version of my day.

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I wake up to this view, I know! It is beautiful. The sun peeking through the balcony door and the sound of the waves waking me up, is life. I didn’t include my breakfast as I was too excited to get into the pool and then the beach so I literally had the smallest slice of butter and jam with blackcurrant juice. What comes next? Easy 5 plus hours in the beach and the pool.

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So the first thing is quite heavy especially if you have to carry it all the way from England, like me. My pink shell pool float, I know what you’re thinking, it’s from Urban Outfitters I bought it for £24.50 with student discount. It was on sale for £28 pounds! I love it though, I didn’t want the unicorn one so when I saw this one, it was love at first sight. Let me tell you big or not, you need a float, why? Because it is so much fun and no I don’t mean laying on it and enjoying the sun. No no! Being pushed off it and trying to get back on it while having two other people fight over it is the fun part! It’s all for the laughs…

I also carry a towel with me, who doesn’t? I don’t like it when I get out the water and have to walk while I look like a walking rain.  It’s purple but my favourite colour is grey.

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The next important thing is (the most important) and that is a sunscreen. I use the HAWAIIAN Tropic- Satin protection. This one is non-greasy and leaves the skin looking radiant. Why do you need this? Because right now my sisters are complaining of sunburn whereas I’m enjoying life.

In my list of beach essentials, my sunglasses come next! These ones I bought from Westfield Stratford, London, at the sunglasses stand (on the bottom floor). I love this style, cat-eye, Dior look alike ones.

I didn’t include my phone as I was using it to take the photos but I do bring that with me alongside my earphones. Sunbathing and listening to music for me is perfect and I still can fall asleep! Try waking me up, nope not happening.

A hairband and a clip is a must, if you have Tarzan hair like me you know the difficulties of trying to swim with it. Not pleasant at all. Whereas when I tie it up I can at least see where I’m going, so it is definitely an essential for me.

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Water is a must! I get dehydrated quickly and then hunt for a fizzy drink. But when I carry a water bottle around with me, it’s the first thing I reach for.

The last thing I carry with me is a nail polish. When I’m sunbathing and resting I do get bored easily so to pass time I do put nail polish on. This one is a holographic one from a brand called Golden Rose.

I carry all of this (yes, the towel too) in my beauty bag that I bought from Marks and Spencer it came in a set of three and was only £6.50.

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After hours of swimming, running and laughing with snacks in between I get hungry. Let me be honest, it isn’t the healthiest of foods. In fact, it’s the opposite but after a day full of activities, it is deserved.

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After eating I spend an hour in the pool and go to my hotel room and get ready for the evening. Here is today’s makeup and hair (with a filter of course). That was it for this post I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you did, like, comment and follow.

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The blue dot is caused by the light reflecting through a children’s play house tunnel. But the sunset is beautiful!
Thank you for reading, I’m ending this post with a beautiful view that I know you’ll like. I’ll see you in my next blog post… Here is a link to my Instagram thewhiterose.ela

Until next time, stay happy and smile.

With Love,

Ela x.

 

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 Current Skin Care Routine…

Hello Beauties,

Today I want to show you my skin care routine. As you may know taking care of our skin is and should be an important part of our daily life. Not only does your skin feel, clean and fresh, but when we clean our skin we also unclog our pores, remove unwanted bacteria and prevent spots from forming on our faces. So to conclude we NEED to take care of our skin. The products I am going to show you, have worked well for me, just bare in mind that we all have different skin types and our needs differ.

1. The first product is the GARNIER: Micellar Cleansing Water. I’m guessing you have heard of this product as its been very popular due to the level of positive reviews it has received. My skin care routine begins with me removing my make up. In this step I just pour the some of the product on to a cotton pad and remove my makeup using circular motions. REMEMBER: the eye area is very sensitive so make sure you are EXTRA gentle. This product does remove mascara and other excess make up easily. I do recommend it for you make up lovers that cannot remove those mascara stains without irritating the area!

2. The second step involves giving my face a quick wash to get rid of any excess make up using the Avène: Cleansing Gel. I love this product it lathers up nicely and makes my face feel fresh instantly. It gives my face a clean surface to work my other products on and removes oily and waxy substances that the sebaceous glands produce. I also use this product at night before going into bed!

3. This step I only do ONCE A WEEK as it is an intense detox mask by Soap and Glory, it is called the NO CLOGS ALLOWED: Super self heating deep pore detox mask. You only need a small amount (on the packaging it says a grape sized dab but how big is a grape?) a little goes along way and as soon as you put it on your face you will feel the heat (don’t worry it doesn’t burn you or anything) it just feels hot. When you apply this product you will have to scrub it on your face until it turns blue (it has worked on me and has changed colour) and you wait five minutes then wash your face. GUYS… Please don’t rub that towel on your face with such force gentle pats are advised, don’t irritate your skin as this is an intense cleansing mask, we don’t want any harsh movements.

4. I love this step! Why? Because I really enjoying using cleansers that are in a foam form. It makes my face feel like baby skin. The foaming cleanser I currently use is the SAMPAR: Dry CleanSing- No-rinse foaming make up cleanser. Even though it states that you don’t have to rinse it, I always have to rinse my face. What I do is apply this on my face and use the BRAUN: Face cleansing brush. Now I know you’re wondering why I would use the brush after using an intense face mask but the brushes are so soft and doesn’t irritate my skin. I use it gently, lightly and again in a circular motion. I rinse my face and pat it dry.

5. This step feels so relaxing, it’s like taking a short trip to heaven! No I’m not exaggerating. After the step above I use the Avène: Thermal Spring Water and just spray it all over my face and boy does it feel good! All I can say is that it is soothing and anti- irritating. You can use this to cool down any rashes or after waxing, epilating shaving or just to for a quick cool down!

6. The last and final step is a nice hydrating face cream. The one I use is the Avène: Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream (for dry to very dry sensitive skin). I really like this brand so its safe to say that I really like the moisturiser. It feels very hydrating and really helps with the dry areas that I sometimes get (especially during the winter). I apply this morning, night and maybe during the day when my skin needs hydration.

So, that is all to my skin care routine, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any requests or questions, please do get in contact. I have loads of blog topics to talk about and cannot wait to share them with you.

I want to give a shoutout to an amazing blogger that I met on this platform. If you like my content then you’ll deffo love hers!! This is the link to her blog do check it out and follow her, trust me you won’t regret it! Alyssa Claire also check her Instagram its simplyalyssa . My Instagram is thewhiterose.ela do check that out if you want to see more…

And as always stay beautiful, happy and positive. See you in my next blog post!

With Love,

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!)

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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