A Festive Face of Makeup

Sunday, 15 December 2019

With the amount of makeup I have to wear every day at work, when I'm not on stage, I tend to just leave my skin to fly solo. This is partly due to laziness,  and partly to give it time to breath. But it also means when I'm dressing up for an occasion, I can actually enjoy applying and playing around with my makeup and not just be slapping  the same thing on at the 5 minute call. Though I'd love to think I'm quite the makeup artist, reality is, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing, so having a simple but effect look is always my main aim. My current Festive Face is exactly that. A glowy look with a sassy red lip.
Once I've applied my skincare routine, I tend to start with the L'Oreal Paris Infallible Luminising Primer. This is a really light weight but beautifully pearlescent primer, that really brings a lovely natural glow to the skin without feeling greasy. For my base, I've really been enjoying the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. Apart from the light, but breathable coverage, it also has SPF 50, which for someone who tries, but never really gets on with SFP is an absolute god send. Its rich and creamy but still incredibly light. I tend to squeeze a pump onto the back of my hand, and using my beauty sponge, blend it across my face, building in areas I need it most (always my pals; the dark circles that have a permanent residence under my eyes) I top up any areas I need a bit more coverage on, with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I have used this concealer since I can remember, and whenever I stray and my eyes start to wonder down the sparkly makeup isles, I always come crawling back to this little staple and beg for forgiveness. The coverage is amazing and isn't at all cakey, and at £3.99, I'd be a fool to let this one go!
Ever since I heard of Charlotte Tilbury, I'd had my eye on the Instant Look in a Pallet, Pallet. It has everything you need for a day to night look and means you need 4 less pallets in your makeup bag! I recently got one for my birthday, and let me tell you, I am smitten. The bronzer and blushes are the perfect warming tones, that can be lightly applied for a 'just stepped outside into the cold winter air' kind of blush, right through to a stunning night out look. The eye colours that come in are so beautifully pigmented, meaning you hardly need any on your brush and fall out is basically none existent! There are 3 colours included in the pallet and though they've ordered in the way Charlotte recommends, you can really play with them to create a look you love. I've been loving sweeping the bronzer over my lids for a quick day look, before adding a shimmery shade to bring the festive feel.
The highlight is, in my opinion, similar to the Becca Champagne Pop Highlight, very warm and golden, but subtle, adding just the right amount of glow, without looking like a disco ball. Which is a look no one wants, but lets not all lie and pretend is something we've all never done to ourselves once or twice... I always struggle with mascara, I can never seem to find the right one for me, but this L'Oreal caster Oil Enriched Paradise Volumising Mascara is currently doing not too bad a job. I was a bit worried at first that it might be a bit clumpy and give me the spider leg lashes that creep me out, but I was shocked to find that a little goes a long way. It took me a bit of time to work this one out, but this is definitely a less is more, to buildable, kind of product.
My final step of this look is always my favourite. I only ever tend to wear a red lip  at Christmas and look forward to finding my perfect one each year. This year has seen the arrival of the Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon. My favourite being Hustle in Heels. This is a rich post box red, that is richly pigmented and is applied Matte. the crayon its self is soft but is also so easy to apply, making the whole staying inside the lines game, much easier. I usually tend tp stay well away from any from of Matte lip, but this one, I love. it doesn't dry my lips or cause flakiness, and is still in place even after a  three course meal, something I think is essential in the party season if, like me, your partial to stuffing your face!

I hope this has given you some ideas for your festive face this year, and I'd love to hear what your current favourites are. let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for ready, and Merry Christmas,
Rosie xx

The Easiest Gingerbread Men in Town

Monday, 9 December 2019

Is it even christmas if you don't bake gingerbread men while listening to the sweet sweet tones of Frank Sinatra's chirstmas album? Its a no from me. When it comes to baking, as much as I love it, I'm definilty too impationt for lavishishly decorated, time consuming bakes (though if I've got a whole day free then I do try to give them my best shot!) so something quick and simple is right down my street. What I love about these, are that they just the perfect mouthful. Not too big, not too small, and light enough that you don't feel like a whale If you *accidently* eat the whole batch...ahem.  This is the recipe I tend to use, its so quick and simple and you cant go wrong. of course, sometimes I like to change the amount of spices I put in, or dust them in sugar and cinnamon before bake them to give them more of a chew, but these is just the basic's, and as the old saying goes, if it aint broke, don't fix it!

  1. Method

    Heat Oven to 180 degrees, and line a baking tray with baking paper. 

    Sieve the flour, salt, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon in a large bowl. in a saucepan, heat the butter, sugar and syrup on a medium heat until the butter had dissolved and syrup is lightly bubbling. 

    Add the dry ingredients into the pan and mix until a dough is formed.

    Once a ball has formed, pop it in a bowl and cover, and leave it in the fridge for half an hour.

    Optional while waiting - have a cup of tea and watch a Gavin and Stacy Christmas Special

    After the half an hour, on a clean, cry surface, lightly dust dust with flour and roll the dough out to about 2 point coins in height.

    Using your cutters, stamp out your shapes and using a spatular, lift your shapes and place them on your baking try.

    * Top Tip * Tap your cutter in flour and after stamping, give your shape a little wiggle, and your shape should come out in the cutter making it easier to pick up and place on the tray.

    Cook for 10-15 mins then leave to cool.

    Decorating it totally your call. You can leave them, dust them in icing powder, use royal icing, or my personal favourite, white chocolate.

    Melt a block of white cooking chocolate in a bowl over hot water and pop into a piping bag, and go wild.

    I hope these turn out as yummy for you as they do for me, and I'd love to hear what your festive go to's in the kitchen are!

    Thank you for reading, and happy baking!
    Rosie xx

Night Night, Sleep Tight - Getting A Good Nights Sleep

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Being asleep is my favourite thing. Being in bed is my happy place. Getting to sleep is the bane of my life. Considering I love everything about bed time, I find physically getting to sleep, one of the hardest tasks of the day. Ahh the irony.
I’ve always struggled with sleeping, when I was younger, getting to sleep was the easy part, staying asleep was the problem. But as I’ve got older, with so much surrounding us in our lives to stimulate my mind, I find switching off and winding down super hard. (Staying asleep is also a struggle, but let’s cross our bridge at a time).

Over time, I’ve tried and tested many different strategies to send me to the land of nod, from meditation to teas, but these few are ones I’ve found helpful, so I hope they help you too!!

Bath Time

My mom is a firm believer that a bath fixes And solves everything. Sad? Have a bath. in pain? Have a bath. Fat? Have a bath. Tired? You guessed it. Have a bath.
I find this one only really helps me in the winter, I don’t know if that’s psychological or because I end up sweating to death in the summer, but on a cold dark night, baths really help. I like to use the Lush Twilight bath bomb and light some candles, listen to some soothing music... (or the sweet sounds of the gossip girl theme tune on Netflix...) I always feel more relaxed and sleepy and ready to have a good sleep.

Lotions And Potions

If you don’t like the smell of lavender, abort this mission here! If you like the smell then stay with me. This Works pillow spray and roller is probably one of the best products I have ever found to help me doze off. It’s calming and you can almost feel your body relax when you breath in the subtle fragrance. I top it off with the legendary Sleepfrom lush. This is s smooth body cream that I use on my chest arms and hands. It does nothing for moisturising, but when paired with the this works duo, works wonders for helping me slip off.

Crack A Spine

This year I set myself a goal of reading more. In my everyday life, I don’t have much free time to sit down and properly invest in a book, so I like to do it before bed. I usually opt for happy go lucky stories, as my imagination goes wild, but I’ve definitely found once I’m warm and cosy and smelling like a  lavender garden, reading a book really helps me wind down and puts me in the perfect place for sleep.

Put Ya Phone Down

As much as we all don't want to admit it, we're all addicted to our mobile phones. Social Media both rules and ruins our lives, and we all end up with one stealthy thumb which can scroll for hours. So putting it down at night can sometimes be way easier said than done. Now I won't sit here and pretend I can do this every night, FAR FROM IT! But I do try. Try being the optimum word here. With following a bit of a night time regime, I try to be getting ready for bed by 10 (I know that's probably quite early for most of you, but I'm a sleep girl!) so I try to get of Insta and send my final Whatsapps around then. Then I do my skincare routine and get into bed, attempting to resist the urge not to pick it back up again! I know people suggest to keep it out of reach or in another room, but I don't have a clock in my room as I need it to be dead quiet and pitch black, so I keep it on my bed side so I can check the time in the night. On the rare nights I actually succeed with this, I defiantly wind down and fall to sleep quicker, on the nights I don't, I really notice a difference. some times I'm fine, or sometimes its 2:30am on a Wednesday morning and I'm sitting here writing this... speaks for its self!

I could ramble on about sleep for hours, but I'll save you all that delight for another time and wrap this up here. I hope some of these little tricks have been useful and I would love to hear any recommendations you have, us sleepy gals got to stick together!

Thank you, as always, for reading,
Rosie xx

The Tour Diaries Part 3 - Packing

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

It's pretty daunting when you have the task of packing for potentially weeks away on end. Luckily for me, I have a base in both London and Birmingham, meaning I can go home pretty much every Sunday in between venues, to wash all my clothes and pack a new suitcase for week. This does mean however, that I have half my clothes in the big smoke, and half in Birmingham, and don't really know where I live anymore, which is always interesting! But the luxury of only having to wheel a little suitcase around with me, instead of one that was almost bigger than me, and that nearly resulted in a hernia when I tried to get it off the train when I used it for the first venue, is totally worth my almost homeless existence!

When I found out I'd got this tour, I didn't really know where to start with packing, I didn't know what I'd need, what would be a luxury and what an essential. I had Googled packing essentials when on tour and I couldn't find anything particular helpful, which prompted this post. So hopefully it'll be a little bit of help!

When it comes to packing, I usually just work on a rotation of clothes and only pack for the days I'll be away (which for a serial over packer, is a task and a half lemme tell ya!).  Due to the fact when I'm at work I hardly spend any time in my actual clothes and most of my life in costume, I tend to opt for comfort over style. Gym leggings and baggy jumpers are my best friends. Every day we do a physical and vocal warm up, so something I can move about and roll on the floor without worrying about getting ruined, is essential. And between shows I tend to chuck pyjamas on because I live for comfort and no one wants to try and slither back onto gym leggings after you've peeled off your sweaty stage tights! Now that's a visual image, you are welcome!

With my tactically small suitcase, I have to be very strict on myself on what I pack so I thought I'd share with you what my essentials are, because let me tell you, I could've done with reading this before I set off on this adventure!

1. Dressing Gown

For me, I am very much a; feeling happy? put on your dressing gown. Feeling tired? put on your dressing gown. Life falling apart? put on your dressing gown, kinda gal. Bur in all seriousness, when you walking from the bathroom to your room, or popping down for a drink in the middle of the night, the extra layer not only adds warmth, but defiantly makes me feel more comfortable. No one wants to do the mad dash post shower in just a towel through someone else's chilly house! So this item was absolutely without a showdown of a doubt, an essential.

2. Warm Pyjamas

There are some people in life, who are born with the gift of hot blood. I, however, do not possess such gifts. I am deffo one of those annoying people who are always cold! And one of my genuine hates, is being cold in bed. When I'm cold or get into a cold bed, that's it for me. I just cannot get warm, so when you have no control over the heat in digs, a pair of warm and cosy PJ'S are absolutely the first things that get chucked into my case!

3. A Mug

We all have a favourite mug (please tell me I'm not the only one) that we reach for for our morning tea. Which is why I always have my trusty and adorbs pig mug with me. Well, that and the fact that you book bigs in good faith you'll be staying somewhere clean and tidy. But unfortunately that's not always the case. How someone can let their home out in some of the states I've seen blows my mind, but that is a story for another day!

4. A Towel

There is nothing better that a nice hot shower and a fluffy towel on these cold winter mornings. Usually towels are included in the price for the room, but I've learnt my lesson on taking the risk with this. not to say this is always the case but I've had to use one too many holey and scratchy towels, with a questionable musky smell, for my liking. We do get provided towels in the show, and I've definitely had to sneak it out on more than one occasion, which is why a soft towel that smells like home is essential for me!

The are just a few of many things I make sure I've always got packed in my case every week, I'm sure there's more and if I could I'd pack my whole bedroom, wardrobe and mom in there, but sadly, I cant. So these are just a few things that make me feel comfortable and at home when I am most defiantly, not.

If theres anything on your essential packing list when your on the road, I'd love to hear it, leave It in the comments below :)

Thanks for reading,
Rosie xx

Listening To Your Body - When is Enough, Enough?

Thursday, 28 November 2019

With winter well and truly on its way, its now more important than ever to look after ourselves... which I believe is what they call pot calling the kettle black. I am ashamed to say I ignore my body all the time. When my mental health is bad, I try to listen to what I need, listen to what my head is telling me I need to do. But when it comes to my body, I'll be the first to hold my hands up and say, I ignore it.

I know I won't be the only one when I say I usually put my job before my bodies needs; Oh, I'm hungry! Cant eat too much or  I'll be bloated and my costumes won't look good. I'm tired... ah well, have a banana and Lucazade, got to power through. Ou oh, I'm ill! well you've got people in the audience so keep pushing through. Like many performers, creatives and free lancers, work is so hard to find that when you have it, admitting it's defeated you, even if its for a day, is tough.

I'm currently working on fixing a little problem with my vocal folds, so all my energy has gone onto working and correcting on this, meaning my regard for my body went out the window. I was working myself into the ground and stressing so much, I never seemed to have enough sleep. So when it came to our show arriving in my home town, in a theatre I worked in for 4 years if my life, you can imagine how thrilled I was when my body had had enough and blasted me with an infection to end all infections.

At first I thought It was just a sore throat, I was tired and its chilly out, a honey and lemon and a paracetamol will solve this, right? Wrong. we opened on Wednesday, and by Friday I arrived at work, where I very undramatically... ahem... passed out. Now in any other job, you'd usually have called it a day and stayed in bed, but I had people in the audience and the thought of letting them down was worse than feeling a big crappy.

This then led to probably the worst vocal performance of my life, which led to a minor breakdown side stage mid show, and after a very pathetic fight, resulted in me having to be practically banished from the theatre and for my understudy to go on the next day. After a trip to the docs, a diagnosis of 2 infections and a virus and many a box of antibiotics, I was massively annoyed to know my week off that I had been looking to for weeks, had to be spent in bed.

This was the wake up call I didn't want but massively needed. I think we're all guilty of working too hard and neglecting your bodies, but sometimes we have to stop and listen when your body shouts back and says enough is enough. You need a rest gal! And there is no shame in it, we all get ill and its not a sign of weakness! Its not good to over work yourself and burn out, look after yourself and listen to what your body needs, you only have one, keep it happy!!

If you have any tips on keeping healthy in these winter months, do let me know, sharing is caring and I deffo need any advice you've got!

Thanks as always for reading,
Rosie xx

The Tour Diaries Part 2 - Digs

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Welcome back to The Tour Diaries, I hope you enjoyed part one! I join you from my digs in High Wycombe, catching an early night before we open here tomorrow.

In this post, I thought I'd explain a little more about where I sleep when I spend these weeks on the road. Every week we get given a touring allowance, which basically covers our accommodation and travel for the week. Finding somewhere to stay for the time we're in each city, is souley down to us. We can choose a hotel, an apartment, Airbnb, tent... pretty much anything you can think of, but I've mostly been using a website called Theatre Digs Booker. This is a website where people with spare rooms, flats or houses to rent, can post pictures and details of their properties for you to rent for the week, at usually a pretty good price (which is usually under our allowance, which I call a WIN!) While these are sometimes a steel, it also means you more often than not end up renting a room in someones house. While 99% of these houses and hosts are lovely, you're bound to get the odd... interesting experience. (Luckily for me, I've never had anything too bad...if we don't talk about the couple who only, and I mean only, wore mini silk kimonos around the house and told me off for buying milk...) And I'm not going to lie, no matter how nice your house and host is, it is never going to be a completely comfortable experience just waltzing into someones house, cooking dinner and going to bed like you've been pals for years, then leaving a week later and never to see them again.

With this in mind, every few weeks, I've been treating myself by booking a Travelodge (classy) or Premier Inn (Sassy) close to the theatre. I know, I'm really pushing the boat out here! But sometimes it's nice to treat yourself to not having a half an hour walk to and from the theatre every day (not that I mind the walk, it ups my septs and my Fitbit celebrates for me!)  and by being able to basically role out of bed in into the stage door. While this small luxury does make me feel massively more relaxed and comfortable, it also means I can't cook a batch meal for the week, so my blood stream ends up being 45% instant oats, 45% instant noodles and 10% complimentary Twinnings tea (call me a tea snob, but nothing beats Yorkshire. AM I RIGHT?!). Its a massively good job I like all these things, but its only when I get home that I realise I have never appreciated eating a meal off a plate and not out of a plastic tub more. Oh the glamorous life of theatre!

Touring the show I'm currently on is hard work, as we usually (always) have 2 shows a day, which is great fun, but also means we spend 99% of our lives in the theatre. However this doesn't mean I don't want as nice digs as I can possibly find. Sleep is so important, so a nice bed and a comfortable surrounding is vital, especially if you're a light sleeper like me! That us why, if you're about to embark on a tour in this mad business we call show, or any other for that matter, I would hiiiiighly recommend looking on Digs Booker or Air BnB. Being able to see photos of the property, read reviews and talk to the host can make a world of difference when you're making your choice

My Autumn Highlights

Friday, 1 November 2019

When it comes to Autumn, I’m your gal. Anything to do with fallen leaves, cosy days, hot drinks and Halloween is completely my jam. Autumn has been my favourite time of the year for as long as I remember. Normally when October 1st hits, I go full Fall mode and Autumn up the room.  I’m talking artificial pumpkins, leaves, candles, fairy lights, the whole hog. But this year because of my baby nephew (who is the most beautiful thing on gods green earth, may I just add) being born and having to spend time in hospital, and because of being here, there and everywhere on the road, I’ve had to cram my whole month of Autumn Maddess into one weekend. So I had to pick out my favourite activities, and go to town. Packing a month into 2 days isn’t easy, but this is what I did!

Pumpkin Picking

Living in Central London, this little activity was not as easy to find as it usually would have been back home. We’d discussed going to the ever famous Tully’s farm, but decided the 1.5 hour drive was just a tad too long. So instead we opted for Cammas farm, which luckily was only a nice 45 minuets away! When we arrived, it was rammed and my anxiety took over. So we didn’t stay as long as we usually would, but the pumpkins we picked were corkers and it was worth the whole ordeal to be able to bring those little beauties  home!

Carving Said Pumpkins

When I’m carving pumpkins, in my family it is an unwritten law that you HAVE to be watching a scary film while the carving commences. And by scary films I absolutely mean Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas. But they’re the best ones, am I right?!

Halloween Baking

I am a fiend when it comes to a baked good. And if it’s a seasonal baked good you have to fight me away with a sick. I love baking, I find it so therapeutic. So this year me and the boy rolled up our sleeves and made some spooky black shortbread bats and cats. So spooky, so simple and so so tasty. It was the perfect autumnal treat to have with a hot chocolate and a film, cosied on the sofa.

Decorating The House

I live for a theme, and autumn is no exception. My normal yearly decoration session starts 1st October and continues to grow until things get out of hand. This year however, I didn’t really have a home to decorate, being on the road, but knew I’d be home in London performing for Halloween week! (The pumpkin gods all worked their magic for me there!) which meant I had to pack an extra large suitcase to fit a few of my artificial pumpkins in to bring with me. Deciding who made the cut was way harder than it needed to be, fyi! But when I got to London, I went to town. I was there for 5 days and it was, what can only be described as, a Halloween grotto. I’m talking cobwebs, spiders, fairy lights, spiderweb table clothes, the tackier the better. I usually opt for a more classier autumn decor, but this year with time not on my side, I vomited Halloween all over the house and lived my BEST life!!

I’d love to hear what your traditions for autumn are, and what would be your top 3 If you had to choose!

Thank you, as always, for reading,
Love, Rosie xx

The Tour Diaries - Part 1

Sunday, 20 October 2019 London, UK

When I found out the news I'd got acting work for the next 18 months, I didn't really know how to process that little nugget of information. Of course getting that phone call, is what every actor dreams of. But when you finally get it, believing your agent is having a joke with you is a lot easier to fathom than the actual truth. Then once you've got your head around the fact you're no longer an "out of work actor", then comes the fun of all the life admin and practicalities that comes with it. Now, I've worked professionally and toured before, but I've never toured for this length of time. Which means everyday is now a school day, so I thought I'd do a mini tour series to keep a little diary of my adventures. so without further a do; Welcome, to the tour Diaries - Part 1!

It all began back in August. Off I went, bright eyed and bushy tailed, to catch the Northern Line at 8:45, with hope in my heart and excitement bubbling over. This feeling of giddiness quickly came to a stop, as me and pretty much half of London's commuters, listened to the joyous sound of the TFL staff announce the Northern Line train was being held on the platform indefinitely as the line is suffering with server delays. Always a treat! Enter City Mapper. After a mahoosive detour and a 25 minute walk later, I came out of Kennington Park and nervously walked into the rehearsal room for day one.

The first day consisted of mostly introductions to the team, set and vision for the play. We all left on a massive high that day, and I had a lovely warm feeling from how well we'd all got on. As the weeks went on, the rehearsals got more intense. Saturdays in the sun eating picnics in Regents Park, were a think of the past, and Saturdays in the rehearsal room doing a dance call in the boiling temperatures of this years summer, were very much a real thing. The days got longer, the work got harder, and the dances got sweatier, but after 5 short weeks in the safety of our church hall rehearsal space, it was time to pack our bags and head off to the first venue for the final week of rehearsals and tech. For anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of doing a tech rehearsal, they tend to be the longest days of your life. you kind of forget what the outside world looks like, and your dressing room becomes your second home. These rehearsals are where you put the show technically on stage. You're in full costume, any quick changes are sorted out, and we all work slowly through the show, stop staring each scene to iron out any problems. The technical team spend hours upon hours plotting lights, working out sounds, and building set, and collectively everyone prays to god that the show will all come together in the way we've all been imagining. 4 Days of 10am-10pm Tech rehearsals later, we were ready to start the dress run. This should, in theory run relatively smooth and will highlight any issues that might crop up in the show. The old saying goes, 'Bad dress, Good run", and boy did that saying live up to its truth. To put it nicely, the dress was... interesting. Which didn't help with the pre show nerves as we prepare to open the show the next day. As the play is based on a book written by David Walliams, the opening show was a sell out. His massive fan base had brought in a wonderful audience who seemed to have a great night. only made better by the fact during our bowls the man himself, Mr David Walliams jumped up on stage and gave a speech on how much he enjoyed the show! And just like that, the year and a half UK Tour had began, I was being paid to dress up and sing and dance and it wasn't all a dream.

Time is already flying by, but I'm loving every second working on this amazing show, and I can't wait to see what else it brings!

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of this little series, let me know if there's anything specific you'd like to hear about in the comments below!

Thanks, as always, for reading,
Rosie xx

A little Life Update

Monday, 7 October 2019

Well, its been a hot minute since my post, and since I published my last one back in April, A LOT has changed. I have experienced every emotion seemingly known to man, and have gone from being slightly lost and confused in the world, to landing an acting job bigger than I could've imagined.

So in the words of Maria Vontrap, let's start at the very beginning, its a. very good place to start.

Back in April, my boyfriend and I decided it was time to make a massive step, and move in together. He lives in a lovely flat in London and as that's the best place to live if your trying to crack this acting malarky, I was massively excited to pack my bags and head to the big smoke. As it got closer to the move in day, I won't lie, I started to get nervous, and the "I'm gonna live with a boy" episode of friends started playing in my head. (I know you all get the reference!) Then out of nowhere, me and my family where hit with the massive shock of the loss of my grandad. He was the centre and the heart of our family, so the sudden absence of him shuck my world upside down. Needless to say, the move got put on hold and I hid my head in the sand for at least a month. During the planning for my Grandads send off, I learnt so much about him I never knew, and suddenly felt like I had a new spark for life, choosing to take his view of the world, the challenges head on, and working none stop until you get what you want. He inspired me every day, but since we lost him, all I've wanted to do is make him proud. He taught me to take the world head on and I could never even begin to thank him enough for that.

I decided there was no time like the present, and with his can do attitude, and a fire burning back in my heart, I packed up my car and tootled off to London. Now, I won't pretend that I found the move easy, I had gone from Birmingham were I drove everywhere, to relying solely on public transport, gone from no worrying too much on how much a packet of chicken cost, to counting every penny,  but I was doing something for me, I was challenging myself, and I was happy. I was pretty lucky that just before we lost Grandad, I had had a job interview for a Bridal Store, and had managed to bag the job. For me, it was important to have a job that didn't leave me feel soulless, but that allowed me to be creative, work in an industry I was interested it and meet new people along the way. For a solid 5 weeks, I got on the Hammersmith and City line and commuted my way across London to sell beautiful gowns to excited brides.

Until one day I had a call from my agent. I had an audition for a UK tour. In previous auditions, I would get myself into a RIGHT tizz. I would be stressing, changing my mind on material, and dousing myself in a massive amount of self doubt. But this time it was different. My Grandad always encouraged me to do the best I could and that was all anyone could ask for. So that's exactly what I did. I chose a song and I stuck to it. I learnt my material how I wanted to perform it and not try to guess what the panel would want. I let the saying 'what will be, will be' guide me into the room, and somehow, I managed to get the job!

I literally had like, a week, from finding out I'd got the job to starting rehearsals, and 8 weeks later, I've completed 6 weeks of rehearsals and am about to go into my third venue with the show. My life has literally been tipped upside down and through all the darkness, I'm finally coming out the other side. I'm working in the industry I have aimed for all my life, in a sell out show, being paid to live my dream. I'd be lying if I said this wasn't hard though, I've had to leave my family for weeks at a time, and this wouldn't be such a task, if my sister hadn't just given birth to the most beautiful little baby boy ever! (I don't know if I'll ever get used to saying that!) So leaving is always heard, but knowing the opportunity I've been given, helps me get on the train each week and travel to the other end of the country.

In these last few months, I've gone on the most crazy emotional roller coaster (I'm talking a mix of Air and Rita Queen of Speed for anyone of you Alton Towers goers) but somehow have come out the other side. Its times like this when you have to sit back, and pat yourself on the back. Even in the darkest of nights, the sun will always rise, even if you go for it and it doesn't work you still win. You still had the guts to head straight into the something that frightened you, and that type of bravery will take you somewhere!!

Thanks for Reading,
Rosie xx

Easy Easter Bunny Treats

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Easy Easter Bunny Treats

Easy Easter Bunny Treats

Any Chance for me to run wild with a theme or season, and you know I'm gonna go full steam ahead! I've always loved baking, but with a very busy lifestyle, and a diet I am desperately trying (and failing miserably) to stick to, its not something I've ben rushing to do lately.
But its Easter, and I'll be dammed if my blood isn't 99% mini egg on Easter Sunday, so these biscuits are the prefect start in getting me into a perfect Easter coma!
These little bunny biscuits are quick and simple, meaning you can whip them up in no time... plus they're cute AF, and f that's not a good enough reason, I dunno what is!!


The ingredients are simple, all you need is:
3 Cups of Plain Flour and a little extra for rolling
1 tsp of Baking Powder
1 tsp salt
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Caster Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tbsp. Milk
1 Bag of Mini Eggs
A Gingerbread Man Cutter
Easy Easter Bunny Treats


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
Add the Egg, Vanilla, Baking Powder and Slat, and continue mixing till smooth.

On a slow setting, gradually add the flour until a dough is formed. You may need to go use your hands here, but that's part the fun!!
Flour your workshop, and roll your dough until its about 3mm thick. Using your gingerbread man cutter upside down , carefully cut the dough and transfer to your baking tray- and magically our bunnies begin to begin to appear!
Now to shape the bunnies... Place a mini egg on the bunnies tummy, wrap it's arms round the egg, and press them into place (Use a drop of water to moisten the arms if they aren't sticking) and use a toothpick to poke in 2 eyes and a nose.
Bake for8-10 mins, or until the edges are golden brown, and... VOILA!
Easy Easter Bunny Biscuits are ready to be devoured, and a sugar coma in ago-go!

I hope you have a eggxcellent Easter (Sorry!) and thank you like always for reading!!

Rosie xx 

How To Jump On The Tonal Trend

Sunday, 31 March 2019

How To Jump On The Tonal Trend

How To Jump On The Tonal Trend

I am a self confessed member of the monochrome army. And I am not ashamed to admit it! On a day to day basis, my wardrobe generally consists of black and white pieces, an occasionally, if I'm feeling fruity, a cheeky grey number. Now I realise that probably sounds very drab and boring, but, even though I'm an actor, I've never really been on to want to stand out from the crowd with my fashion choices. I find back to be extremely flattering and I usually feel quite sassy and safe when I'm wearing it.

But recently, a whole new hype for tonal colours has appeared in the shops, and lemme tell ya, I don't hate it. I always find myself drawn over to the colourful pieces, pick them up, say "they're beautiful"... and then buy it in black. But this year, I'm determined to branch out a bit further with my fashion choices, so I thought I'd write a post on how I'm going to ump on the tonal trend with a few simple pieces.

First Off, The Plain White Tee

We've all got one, they're a staple in everyone's wardrobe. Mine are usually used as a layering piece under woolly jumpers, but a crisp white tee is the perfect start to creating a tonal outfit.

Neutral Trousers

These are everywhere at the moment. You cant walk into a shop without seeing a pair. I chose more of a paper bag style, as they sinch my waist in and are super lightweight. These are from H&M, and aside from being ridiculously comfortable, they're also super affordable at £19.99.


White Trainers

When it comes to shoes, I know I'll be loving a pair of tan sliders when the sun comes out to play, but till then, I've been loving pairing my outfit with a pair of whit trainers. Like with the trousers, you can pick up a nice pair in basically every shop at the moment, so you can spend as much or as little as you like.

Finally, The Bag

Since straw bags blew into fashion last summer, I've had my eyes peeled for the perfect one, that would break the bank. I finally found this little number in Primark. Its big enough to hold all my unnecessary crap, has a handle aaaand a shoulder strap, and comes in a perfect light sand colour. I think a bag like this keeps an outfit casual, while still being enough of a statement, adding texture to keep the outfit interesting.

And that's completes the look. Its so simple and comfortable, but looks so chic and put together. If you have any tonal pieces that you're loving atm, lemme know in the comments below!

Thanks for readings,
Rosie x

The Toner of All Toners

Sunday, 17 March 2019


Pixi Retinol Toner Review

Over Christmas, something miraculous happened. Being away with work, kept me away from the copious amounts of chocolate my mom fills the house with, and meant I ate essentially none!! Despite the lashings of stage makeup, and sweating under the lights, my skin actually started to look better than it had for a long time. Now i'm not saying this was all down to the chocolate, but I think we all have to give into the fact... it probably had a big part to play. Since I got home in January however, that little bubble burst, and I was back to bad skin. (Ergh!) I tired all the usual, cutting down chocolate and dairy, cutting back on different fruits, trying different scrubs, toners, serums, you name it, I tried it. And no matter what, nothing seemed to help. It was getting me really down, my makeup looked awful, and no matter how hard I tried to fight those negative feelings away, I was starting to fail.

Until one cold windy day in March. I'd just about given up hope and walked into boots on a whim to see if anything new caught my eye. And then I saw it. Glistening it all its violet and mint green glory. Now we've all heard of, used and loved the Pixi Glow Tonic. And we'd all be lying if we said we didn't have a bottle of 3 stashed away in our beauty cupboards. But Pixi have recently brought out loads of new products. Enter Pixi Retinol Tonic. (Que confetti cannons, a marching band, maybe a party hat or two...)

I'd seen this little bottle of joy on the gram a few times and always thought "ah, yeah I should try that" and I just never saw it and then forgot about it. So there I was, stood in Boots, in a state of mad desperation and self consciousness, and purchased this little beauty. And lemme tell ya, best £10 I've ever spent!

I used it that night and I honestly couldn't believe the result! When I woke up, my spots had maaaassivly gone down, and though I still had scaring, my skin defiantly felt smoother and brighter! Since then I've used it every night, I find it so gentle on the skin and not at all like I'm rubbing acid all over my poor sensitive skin. Its odourless and hasn't seemed to dry my skin out at all, which I often find with toners. I honestly think whether you have sensitive skin or not, this is would work wonders for all skin types! I only purchased the mini bottle, but I can guarantee I'll be going back for the full sized one when I've used up all this magical potion.

Pixi Retinol Toner Review

If you're skins in a skin slump and are looking for a solution on a budget, I would highly recommend picking up a bottle of this, you will not be sorry!
If you have any skin changing products, please share them in the comments, I'd love to get a little skin saving stash up my sleeve!

Thanks for reading,

Rosie x

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Rediscovering My Wardrobe

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Rediscovering you wardrobe
Rediscovering you wardrobe
I’m not always the best when it comes to creating new outfits out of what I already have in my wardrobe. I’m a serious outfit repeater and am definitely guilty of saying ‘I have nothing to wear’ as I’m looking at a fit to burst wardrobe. I love using Pinterest and instagram to inspire different outfit ideas...but always end up trusty ones I always wear, or panic buying a whole new outfit I’ll probably wear once and then decide I hate.
Since the explosion in the news about fast fashion, I’m now even more aware than ever about how bad this mind set and habit is, not just for my bank account (which just hates me permanently) but also because of the effect it has on the environment. If you haven’t watched the Stacey Dooley documentary on BBC3, then I would hiiiighly recommend! 
It made me rethink how I looked at clothes and inspired me to question if I could wear the item in more than one way. I think it’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing celebrities or influencers rocking a cracking look on Instagram and then going on the hunt to find the exact outfit to recreate the look. I know I do this all the time. I mean, wouldn’t we all be lying if we said we didn’t all have an ‘outfits’ board hidden away on Pinterest! But half the time, if I step back and think, I probably own a very similar piece I could recreate my own version of the outfit with, that would suit me better than trying to find their exact piece. With this in mind, I set my self a challenge. ‘No spend February’. And lemme tell ya, challenge it was. It made me seriously realise how often I’ll buy a new outfit or garment because I feel Like I own no nice clothes, or just because it’s Tuesday and I’m bored at work (don’t judge, we’ve all been there) and also made me realise how much of my wardrobe I just don’t wear anymore. 
With a new season on the way, I’m really keen to have a big clear out of everything I’ve not worn this winter and only keep the items I love. I know I own some beautiful pieces, I just need to fall in love with them again!!
If you have any suggestions on how to rediscover your wardrobe, I’d love to hear them, I’m in such a style rut so any advice is hugely appreciated!
Thanks for reading,
Rosie x


Rediscovering you wardrobe
Rediscovering you wardrobe





Top Tips for Getting Out And Going For A Run

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Tips for going for a run  
Tips for going for a run  

Tips for going for a run

With the realisation that spring is on the way, and my summer body is now hidden far far beneath my winter body, I decided I wanted to try and get out and get running, and attempt to try and find a figure again. 

Having this little brainwave is all well and good... physically putting down the biscuits and getting out the house is another story. If you’re anything like me, and need a bit of inspo to get you out and about, working up a sweat, so I thought I’d share my little tips on how I drag my sorry self out the door. Hope these help and you’re inner Mo Farah comes flying out! 

By A Sassy New Outfit

This originally just started as an excuse to go shopping, but seeing my sassy new running draw in my gear actually made me excited to wear it and get out the house. And it doesn’t need to be expensive either, Primark and ASOS have some lovely, flattering pieces, so even if you don’t feel the part, at least you’ll look it!


Go With A Friend  

When I decide ‘I’m going to get up and go for a run tomorrow’, I can almost guarantee it won’t happen, I’ll find an excuse or busy myself with something else. But i plan to gowith a friend, I know I’ll always go, because otherwise I’ll have to cancel and if there’s one thing I HATE, it’s letting people down. This way we both get out the house and feel better for it when we get back. And collapse in a heap. 


Listen To A Podcast 

Tips for going for a runThis is a pretty new revelation for me, which happened by accident. I was listening to my favourite podcast, Fearne Cottons Happy Place, which is just so inspiring, and rushed out the door to meet my friend. I was enjoying the episode so much I continued to listen to it as I walked to meet her, and then it just carried it on from there. What I’ve found is, when I have music playing, I’m going for a run, listening to music. I know all the words and it doesn’t matter if I’m not concentrating. But then I listen to a podcast, I’m listening to a podcast while running. My whole mind set changed and when I did this for the first time I couldn’t believe I’d ran 4 miles so comfortably! (Probably not a long run for most people, but I was proud, so you go girl!)  

Set Reachable Goals

I’m never going to be someone who’s going to run every single day, and will get up early to fit it in before work, cause I am such a sleepy girl and love my sleep. So setting a few evenings a week, is much more achievable. Some weeks we only get out once and that’s fine, it’s better than nothing!

Sign Up For A Run

I dunno about you, but I am quietly... okay loudly, competitive. So if I’m going to sign up for a run, ain’t no chance I’m coming last. Me and my friends have recently signed up for a 8.5 mile fun run. Where’s the fun in that I hear you ask? Well. I have absolutely no idea, but either way, I know I can’t fluke an 8 mile run no matter how hard I try, so having this goal has really helped me push on!

I hope these have helped you get your running mojo back, and I’d loooove to hear your tips of getting yourself out and about!
Thanks for reading,
Rosie x

Tips for going for a runTips for going for a run

Jacket: Primark
Crop Top: Primark
Leggings: Asos