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