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.

 

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.

Click the link to check out my Instagram Thewhiterose.ela

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

Until then….

With Love

Ela x.

My Favourite The Balm Eyeshadow Products…

Hello Beautiful People…

It feels like ages since I last made a blog post (only 5 days… but still I’m not use to not writing). Before I get started, I want to apologise for not being active, so to make it up I’ll be posting tomorrow (well today because it’s currently 00:32 am in England). Basically, two posts in one day! If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to… I’ve been very busy, doing shopping for my new house and I have to pack thing up only to unpack them again (yes moving is harder than it looks ) and on top of that I need to pack up for my holiday (which is 11 days away). So yeah its been quite chaotic…

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Anddd…This is how I’ve been dealing with my responsibilities! By procrastinating with the help of some cute Snapchat filters!

Now on to the main focus of this post! Since starting makeup, one of my fave brands to experiment with has been The Balm. I’ll admit the packaging was what caught my eye, it looks very playful and eye catchy. Of course, it caught my eye and buying one product lead to me buying another and then another (you get the idea) the cycle continues. I use their single eyeshadows and palettes most of the time when doing my makeup, especially if I want it to be very bold and out there. So, enough of me rambling and let’s get started.

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The first product is a single eyeshadow which is called the ‘Shady Lady’ in the colour ‘Luscious Lani’. It is a very pretty pink champagne colour. According to The Balm the product is formulated from specially pressed and finely milled pigments. This helps the product to not crease up or have that crumbled effect on the eyelid. It does not have chunks of glitter but has a shimmer to it that makes the eye POP! What I love about it, is that it’s easily buildable and blendable, you have control over the product. Keep in mind that these eyeshadows are meant to glow, I’m not even joking I use it as a highlighter sometimes.

 

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The second product is called ‘Mont Balm’ an ‘Eyeshadow Palette- For Girls On The Run.’ Starting from the top left the colours are, ‘Zermatt’ a shimmery charcoal colour,  one swipe of it is subtle but buildable. ‘Aspen’ a nice medium burgundy colour. ‘Whistler’ a shimmery taupe colour and ‘Cortina’ a neutral cream tone, perfect for a base  shadow. All the shadows except from ‘Cortina’ are shimmery and give a metallic effect. Whereas ‘Cortina’ is a matte colour. What I love about this palette is that it is perfect for throwing it in your bag and creating either a neutral or dramatic look.  Perfect for day time and night-time. It is also a nice gift for a special person who (like us) adores makeup.

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This third product has a special place in my heart as it was my first ever The Balm palette and trust me I hyped over it so much that I couldn’t put it away for the first couple of days…It was always in my hand and you get the idea, I was obsessed. This one’s called the ‘NUDE’tude‘ eyeshadow palette. It is formed of 12 eyeshadows both matte and shimmery. And no they’re are not all nude, which is what I love about it! We have some dark colours such as black, burgundy and dark brown. As well as a light brown, pink and white, these are all matte colours. We also have some shimmery pinks, nudes and darker tones. So, with this palette you can you can create a variety of looks, whether its neutral, medium or bold. The choice is yours…

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The fourth product is called ‘The Balm Voyage’  and boy do you become a voyager (okay! that was cheesy) but seriously! Just by looking at the package I feel the need to travel more. The palette includes nine eyeshadows that you can use dry or wet (longer lasting results when used wet), a bronzer, highlighter, two blushes and two lip and cheek creams (woah, I feel out of breath typing all that). In the photo below you will not see the lip and cheek creams as I actually don’t like them, so I wanted to focus on the main eyeshadows. But I have to admit the highlighter and bronzer look amazing on the skin.  My favourite look with this palette is… Using the ‘Tervetuloa’ for the crease and either ‘Bienvenue’ or ‘Benvenuto’ as the main lid colour, adding some highlighter on my brow bone and inner corner of my eye a swipe of mascara and Bonjour to the new look. I told you the palette does make you want to explore…  All the colours are pigmented so even though they look small a little bit goes a long way! Plus the palette is compact and useful to carry for those journeys where you don’t want to take a big make up bag filled with wonderful yet heavy makeup products.

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The last product is my favourite! Now I can’t remember when matte eyeshadows became very popular but when it did this palette was also becoming popular. This palette is called ‘Meet Matt(e) Nude’ I actually thought Matt was a real person. I know, moving on… If you were thinking the previous shadows looked small well this one is for you then! As these pans are large, like, this palette has lasted me a long time, which is amazing as I love them so much! As you can see they are everyday shades hence the name nude and they’re all matte so perfect for neutral toned makeup looks. What I love about this is like the others they are all pigmented even ‘Matt Malloy’ is true to its colour on the palette and on the skin. I like mixing these colours with my other palettes for example I love using ‘Matt Garcia’ for my crease and lower lash line and ‘Luscious Lani’ as my lid colour and inner corners. Mix and match people!! It gives you a choice of various colours to experiment and create different looks with, so I do believe that you get what you pay for. Trust me, this palette is worth it!!unnamed-7

 

Andddd that is it for this post guys! I hope you enjoyed it, if you have questions, suggestions or opinions do comment. If you want to see more of these reviews (which are NOT sponsored) like this post! As usual thank you for reading and following, and see you in my next post which will be up later today… My followers are from all around the world so I can’t keep up with the different time zones LOL! I’m sorry.

Stay happy my lovelies…

With Love,

Ela x.

 

Mystery Blogger Award

Hello Beautiful People,

Today’s blog post is very special to me! Why? Because since being a part of this community not only did I have the opportunity to share with you what I love but I also had the chance meet sweet and amazing bloggers. One of those amazing bloggers nominated me for the ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ so I want to say a big thank you to femmerewritten for nominating me! Make sure you check her blog out and show some love…


OkotoEnigma created the ‘Mystery Award Blogger’.  The purpose of the ‘Mystery Award Blogger’ as Okoto states is,

“… An award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”

             – Okoto Enigma


The Rules:

The rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Put the award logo or image on your blog
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in your post.
  3. Name the creator of the award and link their blog.
  4. List the rules.
  5. Answer your nominator’s questions.
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  7. Nominate 10-20 people.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 original questions of your choice.
  9. Share links to your best blog posts.
  10. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.

My nominator, femmerewritten, asks:

-What made you start your blog, and what makes you stay? 

Inspiration and courage. Two simple words. Yet they have such importance to me. I was inspired by all the bloggers and vloggers that I saw on Youtube and Instagram. I clicked on so many links, read so many blog posts and said to myself, ” One day, I want to do this, to be able to write about what I love and share this with people who also love it…” That one day never came… I use to put it behind, not feel confident in my abilities and felt that I wouldn’t be creative enough.  Then I came across, Les Brown, an American author and motivational speaker, he says,

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” 

-Les Brown

These words gave me the courage to take action, face my fears and that is how I created, ‘TheWhiteRose’. As for what makes me stay, the answer is YOU. My followers are the reason why I want to write. You don’t see the big cheesy smile I have when you, follow, comment or like. It means so much to me… And it gives me the courage and strive to create content that you all like and find useful. The more I write, the more I enjoy…

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This was when I was at Hyde Park, London.

 

-If you had to write about one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Hmmm… I love writing about various things but if I had to pick one it would have to be, makeup. I love makeup and there are so many products out there, that I could, experiment and write about…

-Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Everything… Literally…I mean it! We are surrounded by technology so much that it is hard to miss all those motivating, inspiring and creative, posts about travelling, lifestyle, makeup, fashion and so much more. For example, my post about ‘What’s In My Bag?’ was inspired by Youtubers that made videos about their; uni bags, gym bags, travel bags and it made me want to write about mine. Inspiration for me is everything and everywhere…

Where is your favourite place to write?

I enjoy writing in my conservatory during days where its cold or rainy and outside in my garden during the warmer weather. I’m in the conservatory right now because it is now 23:11 pm in England and I don’t enjoy being out in the dark. I  also really like the sounds of birds chirping it helps me focus… I love writing in Cafe’s too, the atmosphere is upbeat and productive.

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Accompanied by some colourful and delicious macarons!

-If you could be anywhere in the world, doing anything, with anyone, where would you be, what would you be doing, and who would you be doing it with?

Easy. In Santa Monica. At the Pacific Park, walking by the beach, swimming, sunbathing and getting on the Ferris Wheel with my two close friends…


Three things about myself:

  1.  I love writing…Obviously but not just for my blog, I write my own books and soon they’ll be on Wattpad for you lovelies who are interested to read…
  2. I love puppies and dogs… I adore them so much. I always wanted one but my mum is scared of them. I’m not joking, she left three year old me and while she was running for her life I was walking to my death. Literally. I was walking on the road and the dog’s owner chased after me, grabbed me then chased after his dog who was chasing after my mum. I know hectic. How do I know this? Well the dog’s owner was also the previous home owners. The story was mentioned loads…

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    This cutie (her name is Daisy) was our guest while her owners took a little trip.
  3. My star sign is Pisces and boyyy am I emotional… I remember crying when     Moana’s grandmother passed away… *Starts singing- How Far I’ll Go* 

My Nominees:

I have listed 10 bloggers that I feel have amazing content. Who are inspiring, motivating and who deserve recognition… Congratulations guys!

1. Lianadesu
2. Alyssa Claire
3. ThePearlyLife
4. Stylebychia
5. bellezzacorner
6. Myliron
7. bellainizio
8. topictrends
9. thelostgraduate
10. findthebeauty


My five questions for the nominees:

  1. What do you love about blogging?
  2. What is your favourite quote?
  3. What makes you happy?
  4. Which blogger would you love to meet in real life?
  5. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My Fave Posts are linked below check them out!

My Current Drugstore Makeup Favourites…
What’s In My Bag?
My Current Skin Care Routine…


 

I would like to thank femmerewritten again, as this is my first nomination, it is very special…

Thank you for reading and a big congratulations to the nominees, I cannot wait to read your posts…

Until next time, stay beautiful, happy and positive,

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.

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!)

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As always stay beautiful and positive,

Ela x.

My Current Drugstore Makeup Favourites…

Hello Beautiful People,

As mentioned in my previous post, today I will be talking to you about the alternative, (more affordable!) products that are also my favourites during summer!

  1.  Garnier Skin Naturals BB Cream: This product not only hydrates the face but also makes the skin appear radiant. It doesn’t provide a high coverage but will reduce the appearance of redness and blemishes. It feels very lightweight and blends really well with the skin.  This products costs £9.99.
  2.  If you prefer to use a foundation I have two to offer. The first one is REVLON COLORSTAY MAKEUP foundation.  This foundation has a buildable formula, depending on the type of look you’re going for, whether its daytime or night-time.  It provides an even coverage which results in the skin looking natural and healthy.  I don’t like foundations that feel heavy on the skin, and as it is summer I recommend the Revlon foundation as this one also feels lightweight. This product costs £12.99.
  3. The second foundation is RIMMEL WAKE ME UP foundation. Now before I begin, I wanted to let you guys know that I bought this foundation when I was tanned, thats why it is a different shade to the Revlon one, ( I had to clarify).  I love using this foundation during breezy summer days. Why? Because it makes the skin glow and when I mean glow, I mean GLOW! Don’t worry I don’t mean like a highlighter but it instantly removes the tiredness and provides a radiant, healthy looking skin. So, if you do want to go for a dewy and glowy look then do try out the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. This product costs £8.99.
  4.  The only drugstore concealer I use is the , Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer. I apply this directly under the eye and it really helps with under eye circles. Not only does it remove the darkness under the eye but it also brightens it. That is what I love about it, it instantly makes me look more awake. I also use this product on any other dark spots or blemishes across my face as it does provide a high coverage. This product costs £8.99.
  5.  For my eyebrows I use the KIKO MILANO PRECISION EYEBROW Pencil.  I need to sharpen mine but the shape of the tip allows you to achieve a more defined looking eyebrow. I also draw some hairs on my eyebrow to make it look more thick and I find it easy to do with this product as it says in the name it is very precise and enables you to have full control without smudging. It also comes with its own sharpener and separator comb! I bought this product during the sales and it only cost me £4.10.
  6.  I’m sure that you’ve heard about this product as it has become popular within makeup tutorials. It is the NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder. This product provides a translucent finish which is amazing as it can be used on all skin tones.  I’ve been using this powder for a while now and honestly from the first use it has left my skin feeling soft and looking silky smooth. I definitely recommend this product! It costs £9.00.
  7. As you may know from my previous post I enjoy using the NARS Orgasm blush, however, it is pricey.  So if you want to go for something cheaper then I suggest you invest in the BOURJOIS Little Round Pot Blusher. This one is in the colour 03 Brun Cuivré. The baked texture provides an easy application and feels light. It has shimmers in it and like the Nars blusher, makes the skin glow and feel amazing! This product costs £7.99.
  8.  As for bronzer I use the REVOLUTION ULTRA BRONZE. This bronzer is buildable and easily blendable which allows you to create any look you want whether it is subtle or dramatic. It adds colour to the face and gives a matte finish. It is ONLY…£3.00.
  9.  This next product is called REVOLUTION ULTRA CONTOUR PALETTE. This palette comes with various shades for contouring and sculpting. So I’ll leave the experimenting to you. The palette also comes with two baked highlighters that illuminate the cheekbones. A TIP: You can use this as a eyeshadow palette. Add the brown shade to your crease and the highlighter to your eyelid and brow bone, apply some mascara and you are ready to go!
  10.  The next two products are lipsticks. The first one is L’OREAL PARIS COLOR RICHE LIPSTICK in the shade 633. This lipstick is very pigmented and it leaves the lips feeling soft and moisturised. This product costs £6.99.
  11. The second lipstick is a RIMMEL MOISTURE RENEW LIPSTICK in the shade Notting Hill Nude. As it says in the name this lipstick is very hydrating, it is easy to apply and is a perfect shade of nude! It costs £6.49.
  12. The last product is a REVLON PHOTOREADY 3D VOLUME MASCARA. This mascara separates your eyelashes and gives you big voluptuous lashes. I love this one as it doesn’t clump or look too thick. Its natural and perfect for a daytime look…

Guysss… I literally took the hallway mirror down as a background for the makeup products… My mum thought I was polishing the mirror *laughing so hard* like who would do that out of nowhere. Definitely not me!

Below you’ll find the photos of each product. I didn’t add any filters so you can see the true colour and form of the product. Thank you for, reading this, giving likes and comments on my previous posts… It means the world to me and being able to share the things I love with you makes me happy!! I would love for you to check out and follow my Instagram, I just opened a Facebook account for this blog so if you like what I share, follow me on there.

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Hope you have a lovely week and see you in my next post. Stay beautiful and positive!

With Love

Ela xo

My Current Make Up Favourites…

Hello Beautiful People,

In this post I want to talk about the make up products I currently use and in love with. I don’t know about other places but for the past couple of days in England the weather has been so hot that I’ve been going make up free and it feels amazing. So, before I talk about the products I just want to say, always love your skin and be confident with being bare-faced! Trust me, that is the real beauty… But on days you do want to dress up and make up here are some products that I recommend especially for the summer…

  1. L’ORÉAL PARIS: Age Perfect Extraordinary Facial Oil- After putting on a moisturizer of your choice and letting that sink in to your face, I advise you to put 2-3 drops of face oil. Now the one I use is for skin that is ageing, however since I’ve been using it I haven’t encountered any side affects. In fact my skin has been smoother and softer. It is also a perfect base to apply your tinted moisturiser or foundation smoothly.
  2.  Benefit: Stay Don’t Stray- This product is a stay-put primer for concealers & eyeshadows. What I love about this product is that it can easily blend and when applying make up on top of it, the eyeshadow and eyeliner does not crease up and it lasts for a long time without smudging. Also, when using this product I really love how it brightens up my under eyes, I don’t feel the need to put a concealer on top of it. Definitely a must for the summer!
  3.  For my face I use both, a tinted moisturizer and a foundation, I usually alternate between them. This usually depends on what I’m doing on the day and definitely the weather.  If I want something light I prefer to use CAUDALÍE: Radiance Tinted Moisturizer. I apply this product either by using a beauty blender or my fingers. What I love about it is that it feels like a second skin. It doesn’t feel heavy or cakey instead it looks natural and ofcourse hydrates the face. Also it has SPF20 which is a plus, especially during the sunny days. During days that I want good coverage I choose to use LANCÔME: TEINT IDOLE ULTRA WEAR. Like the tinted moisturiser the Lancôme foundation also feels lightweight and natural, it has SPF15 and is last longing. A plus side to this product is that it says intact for long as it is smudge proof and transfer free.
  4. I normally experiment with my eye make up. I love a defined crease, but lately I’ve been getting really lazy with it so the MAC: Mineralize Eye Shadow (DUO) is a really good alternative, it makes it look like you have put effort in your makeup and is really, really and I mean really pretty.  The one I use is in the colour ‘Love Connection’ its a pale beige with gold and blue veining. The baked formula is lightweight and easy to apply.
  5. The next product I want to talk about is No7: Stay Perfect Liquid Eyeliner. Now it took a lot of practice to get the hang of eyeliner and I used a range of eyeliners from pencil, pen and gel and I can say that the ones I used so far haven’t been satisfying. Especially the pen eyeliners, they always dry out and run out within a week of use which is very disappointing. As for the gel ones, (I guess I’m not good at them) they just get too clumpy and hard to move around, for me gel ones feel too thick. But the No7 has a nicely defined tip that is not too thin or thick. It’s very flexible so it easily moves around and enables me to create a precise line. It also dries quick and doesn’t smudge. Ela approved!!
  6. For my eyebrows, I use the Mac: Veluxe Brow Liner in the colour Taupe. This crayon like pencil is sheer but you can easily build it up.  It has a matte finish that looks velvety and comes with a spoolie, so you can brush through your eyebrows and make them look well groomed.
  7. As a mascara my go to product is Benefit: They’re Real! The brush is specially designed to seperate your eyelashes, which I love because it doesn’t clump my lashes plus it is very volumising. Who doesn’t love that?
  8. I’m getting there guys only three more products left! This item is a bronzer it only comes in one colour and matches most skin tones its The Balm: Bahama Mama. This product gives you a sun-kissed look which is very flattering. It is easy to blend and looks natural on top of your make up. This product also can be used as a contour powder and can give you a very defined look. A tip: you can use this product as a eyeshadow- tap your blending brush into the bronzer and swipe it across the crease of your eyelid. See perfect!
  9.  I sometimes add a blush to my make up routine but only on days when I want that extra glow! For this I use the NARS: Orgasm. This is a ‘peachy pink with golden shimmer’ this product is described by many bloggers as a shade that matches every skin tone, you can put a tiny bit on to give you a hint of shine or build it up for a more dramatic effect. As with many other products NARS: Orgasm is easy to blend and looks amazing on the skin.
  10. Last but not least, I want to talk about a lip product. For most days I go without a lip product or just apply a lip balm but for days when I want to put in the effort I use YSL: Rouge Volupté Shine in the colour ‘Ultimate Beige’.  This product glides on your lips and makes it feel hydrated and soft. It is very comfortable to use and looks natural.

So here are the products that I recommend you to try out. Now I know some of them are on the high end of the spectrum so keeping this in mind, I will make a post on the alternatives for these products. I want all you make up lovers to benefit from my advice and products. The alternatives are also products that I have used and still use. For now thank you for reading another post, I really appreciate you taking the time to read it. I hope you have a lovely week and see you in my next post…

Ela xo