Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Stereotyping and being me

Stereotyping a judging are both things I touched on in a post I did not too long ago called 'What does blogging mean to me.' I spoke about fearing the judgement from people around me and that one of the things I felt most scared about being judged on was my decision on where to go after secondary school.

If you are unaware then I'll fill you in, I have chosen to do a course on Beauty Therapy at College which I'll be starting very soon in September. It took me a really long time to accept and admit that
no I didn't want to go on and spend another two years doing A-levels and that in fact I wanted to spend my next two years doing a beauty course.

I have never been an overly academic person, don't get me wrong I'm not failing all my classes, I'm just not an A* student, more of a C occasional B if I'm lucky and the odd D girl. I don't mind this though, not everyone can be a brainbox! I don't want to call myself the dumbest but I'm the least clever out of my friendship group at school which honestly doesn't other me, we all have different goals and whilst they might be disappointed with an A instead of an A* and I'd be ecstatic with a C, that's okay.

There isn't one subject at school that I would say I fully enjoy. If I had to pick I would say English but even then I don't like it that much. The thing where my interest and passion lies is beauty and so of course going to school (college) and learning about the thing I have a passion for instead of subjects that I don't enjoy is the perfect situation.

When it came to looking at places to go and subjects or courses to take I think I always knew in the back of my mind, something around beauty was what I wanted to do. However I felt embarrassed admitting this. I got the impression that people thought doing a college course and a beauty one in particular instead of A-levels was taking 'the easy way out.' Through some things I had heard people say and just from what I believed myself I thought everyone believed that the type of people that choose to do that course are the airhead type, the type that can't be bothered to put any effort in to actual school work, the dumb ones.

I felt embarrassed to tell people and this includes my family that I was doing a beauty course in case they thought any of those things about me. I've heard people make passing comments like "Well if I do rubbish my GCSE'S at least I can still go to College and just do a course there." To me this is basically saying College is the easy option, and maybe the people that say that don't mean it to sound that way- but to me it does.

Luckily now I'm at a point where I don't really care what other people think about it because I know I'm going to enjoy it so much. I know I've 100% made the right decision choosing to do this over A-levels because it's still the holidays as I'm writing this, but I'd quite happily start College tomorrow if I could. I know for a fact though if I was doing A-levels this would not be the case and I would be dreading the day school starts again.

I'm getting to do something I love everyday as school work, it doesn't get much better than that!
I hope you enjoyed this post and I know it was really long and I basically just rambled but I just had to get all that off my chest. Thanks for reading.

*Update: Since writing this I have got my GCSE results back and I'm really pleased with myself. I got 1 A and that was in English Lang and I genuinely think that blogging helped me become a better writer and thus helped me get that A! So an extra big thanks for reading my posts because every read encourages me to write more, and that writing has definitely helped me a lot!*
Kate Rose xo

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Morphe 35T palette

Morphe palettes are undoubtedly gorgeous. From the sleek packaging to the actual shadows on the inside I'm in love, and wondering why the hell it took me this long to get my hands on one! 

So my first impressions of this palette are that the actual eyeshadows are a lot bigger than I thought they would be. I don't know why but they just seem quite big to me, which is a good thing! 
The palette comes with 35 shades, most of which are shimmery apart from a few that are matte. I have swatched every single shade and haven't found one that doesn't live up to expectation although there are a few, specifically the 2nd and 3rd gold shades on the fourth row, that are slightly more pigmented than the rest- so by this I mean their pigment is insane!

The palette is called 35T meaning there are 35 shades and the T stand for taupe which is meant to be the main hue among the shadows. Although I don't see any particularly taupey shades jumping out at me, the palette does pretty much offer every type of shade. There are golds, browns, pinks, cranberry's, purples and even a gorgeous khaki green shade.
The picture above and below are to show you just how stunning these eyeshadows are. They aren't any particular shades, just a random selection of some of the ones I thought were the prettiest. If you do want a post where I show swatches of all the shades though, do let me know!
So the price of this palette is £19.50 which is an absolute bargain for 35 amazing shades! Compared to Mac eyeshadows that are £10 each if you buy them individually, I've worked out with my insanely good maths skills (jk I'm crap at maths and had to use a calculator) that these Morphe eyeshadows come to just over 55p each and I personally think they are way better than Mac shadows.

I'm definitely going to be investing in another of these palettes, preferably the 35O palette if it ever comes back in to stock. Thanks for reading.
Kate Rose xo 


Friday, 26 August 2016

How much is my face worth

Recently I've seen a few people doing a post on how much their face is worth by adding up the prices of all the products they use and then hiding away in shame once they see the damage. They are one of my favourite posts to read so I thought hey, why don't I do it and see the extortionate amount of money I've spent on making my face look made up. Let the fun begin...

Face primer: Nivea men post shave balm £5.35

Foundation: Mac studio fix fluid £22

Concealer: Benefit eraser eye mini £5, L.A girl pro concealer £3, Maybelline eraser eye £7.99

Powder: Mac studio fix powder £22, Laura Mercier loose setting powder £29

Highlighter: TheBalm Mary Lou manizer £17.50

Bronzer: Soap and Glory solar powder bronzer £11

Eyebrows: Maybelline brow drama sculpting mascara £4.99

Eye primer: Mac painterly paint pot £16

Eyeshadow: Morphe 35T palette £19.50

Mascara: Maxfactor false lash effect £10.99, Maybelline lash sensational £7.99

Lipstick: Soap and glory sexy mother pucker lipstick in Cinnamon beige £9

= £191.31
Oopps... Okay so £191.31 is ALOT of money, especially when you see people doing a whole face for £20. But I did actually think it would be more than this but look, at least I'm under £200 right...that's an achievement!

Id love to know how much you think your face is worth if you haven't done this before, or how much it actually is worth if you have done this yourself. Thanks for reading.
Kate Rose xo


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

5 fears I need to work on

Fear is an emotion I feel too often. I find myself fearing the most stupid of things at times, like moths for example. I have no idea why but I'm completely petrified of them, if theres one in the same room as me I have to leave, if I go up to my bedroom and see one in there I have to call my mum to get it for me before I can go to sleep. I know I shouldn't be frightened of them, they are tiny little things that can do absolutely nothing to me, but still whenever I see one I am instantly fearful. This is a small fear but the type of fears I'm talking about in this post are the bigger fears that I'm sure not only I have.

Fear of rejection
Whether it be fear of rejection in a relationship with a partner, the fear of rejection from you peers or even fear of rejection from that company you sent an email too asking if you could try out their products to review on your blog, most people including myself fear rejection in one shape or another. For me being rejected by my peers and people around me is the one that gets to me the most, I'm scared of talking to new people and showing them who I really am because what if they don't like me, or what if they think I'm weird. But really I shouldn't think like this because if I don't put myself out there and in a position to be rejected then I'll never know what the outcome would have been, and if they don't wanna hang out with me and accept me then it's their loss.

Fear of change
Change and me, yeah we're not friends. I used to dread each new school year where I'd have to get a completely new timetable and find my new classes and meet my new teachers. I'd much prefer for things to just stay the same. But with starting college in September I know that a lot of change is coming and that's something I need to except and get used to. I'm trying to see that change doesn't have to be bad, change can bring new and better things.

Fear of being judged
As an insecure teenager this is something I feel a lot. Whether it's the clothes I'm wearing or the makeup I'm sporting that day there's always a little nagging thing in the back of my head saying things like 'Do I look good in this outfit?' 'Have I gone too overboard with the bronzer today?' 'Are my clothes nice enough?' I've finished secondary school now but when I went there I remember I used to be so happy that we had a strict head teacher that hardly ever let us have non school uniform days, because the thought of having to pick out an outfit that I thought my peers would deem 'socially acceptable' frightened me. But in reality I'm not living my life for them, I'm living it for me! Why should it matter if they don't like my choice of clothes or hairstyle, and I also have to think that half of the time I think I'm being judged, maybe I'm not, maybe that's just me being over anxious and presumptuous

Fear of failure
For a very very long time I had the mind set of 'well at least if I don't try then I don't have to go through the upset of trying and failing, I can just fail knowing I didn't try at all and that'll be less embarrassing than trying and failing.' Yes I know I know, that's a realllyyy bad way to think but it's the way I did think and sometimes still do. I need to work on one, believing in myself, and two, knowing that it's okay to fail. I've just got to get back up and try and try again.

Thank for reading.
Kate Rose xo

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder

£29 for a loose powder from a brand I've never tried before? I don't think so! Or maybe not... I've been eyeing up the Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder for the longest time now but I couldn't really justify spending almost £30 on a powder because come on, that is ridiculous. But after having some holiday money left over and with it being my birthday 8 days I decided to bite the bullet and order it. I mean what did I have to loose... well £30 but that's not the point. The point is that I was treating myself and trying something new, plus the whole excuse of 'it's for the blog' might have helped too. 

So the first thing I noticed about this product when I opened it was how big it was. I was expecting something quite small but in all honesty it's so big I think it could probably last me my whole life. The box it comes in as well as the actual packaging of the product are both incredibly sleek and just from looking at it you can tell it's a luxury.

So on to the actual product, as I'm sure you can imagine, its quite messy but I suppose that's what to expect from a loose powder. It is loose after all! I use it to 'bake' under my eyes and set my concealer there, and to put under my bad attempt of contouring to make it more 'sharp' and 'defined'. It works incredibly well at setting my makeup and leaves the areas I apply it looking much brighter so I can see how it makes the line of your contour stand out much more. 

I apply the powder under my eyes using my Real Techniques setting brush to get the precision I want and then sweep it away from there once it's set with my Real Techniques blush brush. Then when I apply it under my contour I use the same blush brush to sweep it away, but I apply it using an egg shaped beauty blender.

The only thing I've noticed about this product that's not so good is that if I have quite a few different concealers on under my eyes (combating dark circles can be difficult sometimes) the powder can tend to make the concealer look orangey. But I'm going to test it out with some other concealers to see if this is always the result.

Another plus to this product is that it doesn't flashback from what I've noticed. I've taken selfies of myself using the cameras flash and haven't noticed any flashback at all. I can't say if that would be the same with having flash photography taken of you from afar and I don't know if flashback also depends on how much of the product you apply, but I used a reasonable amount and didn't get any at all.

Overall I absolutely love this powder and I have to say that it's definitely worth the £29 as it'll probably last me my entire life! As always, thanks for reading!
Kate Rose xo


Friday, 19 August 2016

My summer essentials

Summer is one of my favourite seasons but with it, comes some beauty essentials that I most definitely need. This is also a collab with the lovely Alice from the blog Alice J Lorna so make sure you check out her post too after you've read this.

Fake tan
Garnier summer body moisturising lotion is a gift from the gods. During the summer if I'm lucky enough to get a tan I find it dry's out my skin and I'm always looking for new moisturisers to combat that. This product not only moisturises and hydrates your skin, but also adds a slight tanned glow to your skin too. It works as a subtle tanning lotion so you won't turn out as brown as you would if you used an actual fake tan, but it will add a more bronzed glowey look which is perfect for those summer months where you've got your legs out.

Let's be honest, deodorant should be an essential all year round but especially in the summer months. We all know during the summer you get a bit more sweaty and nobody wants to smell bad, so I make sure I take a mini deodorant out with me just in case I feel like I want a top up. It's also so small that it fits in to any bag and is really discreet

Matte powder
Hot weather usually leads to oily looking skin and so to fix this any type of matte powder is your best friend. I like the Rimmel stay matte powder which I apply generously to my forehead and nose as these are the two places on my face that go oily the most. This is another product I like to take out with me in my bag so I've always got it in case I start to go oily again.

I don't know why but I always feel like summer is a great time to wear blush. A light pink coloured blush is perfect to help with the glowey summer look. I love the Maxfactor crème puff blush in seductive pin especially as it's such a subtle rosy glow. I also think blush is a great alternative to brinzer if you're not too keen on having an overly bronzed face.

Lip balm
I like to try and keep my lips moisturised and so to give them a break from my usual matte lipsticks, I use the summer as an opportunity to try and wear more lipbalms and glosses. The Zoella kissy missy lip balm is my must have at the moment as it feels super moisturising and it also adds a lovely pinky colour to your lips.

I'd love to know your summer essentials and don't forget to check out Alice's post too. Thanks for reading.
Kate Rose xo

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

What does blogging mean to me?

What does blogging mean to me. I thought a lot about this question before I went to sleep last night and I still haven't been able to form one complete answer, maybe because there isn't one. Blogging doesn't just mean one thing to me, it means being myself, building friendships with people just like me, it means having a passion for something and doing something I really enjoy. I've seen people slate bloggers, saying that blogging is easy and all the people are fake and whilst I'll admit that maybe there are the few odd bloggers who are doing it for the wrong reasons and aren't really like the people they portray themselves to be, 99% of the people who blog are doing it for the right reasons and are some of the nicest people ever.

For me and I'm sure a lot of other people, friendships are a massive part of blogging . I've been able to speak to people, even if it's just through a quick blog comment, that are just like me, and that feels amazing. I can see that to people outside of the blogging world and to parents even, that it might seem ridiculous that you can form these friendships so strong with people you've never even met. But you can, and that's the beauty of it! You might have the perfect group of friends in real life but you might find you don't share certain things in common with them (which is okay) but having a passion and not being able to share it with people can be hard, so by having these internet friends who DO share your passions means that you never have too feel alone.

I honestly couldn't describe to you the joy I feel when I read a comment on one of my blog posts that says something like "I found this post really helpful" To read that something little old 15 year old me has written can help someone or benefit them in some way, even if it's just helping them choose the write shade of lipstick, fills me with the sort of happiness and satisfaction that I cant get anywhere else. The fact that someone has taken the time to read something I wrote and then got something out of it too, is the most rewarding thing ever.

Being myself
Through blogging I've learnt to accept myself more and learn where my passions lie. I've never been an overly academic student and the thought of doing two more years of subjects I didn't enjoy at sixth form terrified me, but what terrified me even more was doing something different to me friends, something vocational. I'd always had in the back of my mind that I'd quite like to do something in the world of beauty but I was scared to admit that to my friends and even my family in case they thought that was me 'taking the easy way out'. I've always felt there's a slight judgement around people wanting to do beauty at college and not proper subjects and that there's a stereotype of what you have to be like to do that (I'm going to do a whole post on this soon so I wont go in to full detail) But through blogging in the months coming up to when I had to make the decision of where to go after secondary school, I learnt that my passion for beauty is a big one and one that I would quite like to take further. I'm also hoping that by running my blog alongside doing a beauty course at college might benefit me too in some ways.

Blogging has helped me in so many ways and has definitely become part of me. If I didn't blog I don't know where I would be right now, possibly doing something that isn't right for me after leaving school, maybe I'd have found a different hobby? But I do know that I wouldn't be as happy as I am right now.

I'd love to know what blogging means to you and of course, thanks for reading!
Kate Rose xo


Sunday, 7 August 2016

The best of: Lipsticks. My top 5

Lipsticks as you might have noticed due of how many lipstick posts I've done recently, are quickly becoming one of my favourite makeup products to buy. So I've put together a list of five, of what I would class as the best lipsticks. This post is also a collab with Anna from It's-Anna's-life who's blog I will link at the end of this post so make sure you go over to her blog and read her post after this.

Sleek plump power lip crayon in Notorious nude
Another of my favourite nudes is this lip crayon by soap in Notorious nude. As well as also having a glossy finish like the others this one also gives a slight tingle to your lips as a way of 'plumping them'. This one is probably the closest to my natural lip colour out of all of them so when I put it on it give more of the effect that my natural lips are plumper, rather than that I'm wearing an over lined lipstick. (I've also done a more in depth review of these here)

Soap and glory sexy mother pucker lipstick in Cinnamon beige
Cinnamon beige was the first lipstick I ever tried from S&G and I absolutely love it. It's a gorgeous matte nude that reminds me a lot of Mac Velvet teddy. Although the formulation of this is matte its still super hydrating to the point where the lipstick doesn't even feel matte when it's on. (I've also done a more in depth review on these here)

Barry M lipstick in 169
This Barry M lipstick in 169 is the pinkest of the bunch and probably the most creamy which is what I love about it. It goes on to my lips with almost a wet look to it because of how moisturising it is and it's an incredibly pigmented lipstick too with the colour in the bullet being the exact colour on your lips.

Mac cremesheen lipstick in Modesty
Mac lispticks are some of my favourites anyway but my one in the shade Modesty is just my ultimate fave. Modesty is a your lips but better shade with the slightest bit more pink thrown in there. This lipstick is perfect for when you want a slight bit of colour to your lips without it looking like you've got loads of lipstick on. It's also a cremesheen formula which means its extremely hydrating on the lips.

Makeup Revolution lipstick in To get lucky
To get lucky is one of the Makeup Revolution lip hug lipsticks and is the final in my top 5. This for me is about as daring as it gets with lipstick colours (so basically not very daring at all but oh well..) It's a  cherry red colour lipstick and as I'm sure you've guessed it, it's a creamy formula. As well as going on the lips well, I find this to be one of the most long lasting lip products and is great for special occasions where I want my lippy to last throughout the night.

I hope you enjoyed reading and make sure to check out Anna's blog so you can see her version of this post too. Thanks for reading.
Kate Rose xo 

Friday, 5 August 2016

The Liebster award

Seeing that my friend Kizzi from the blog Beauty and Brownies had tagged me to do a post answering some questions for the Liebster award meant I could sigh in relief. You see I'm currently on holiday in Spain and unorganised me forgot to plan some blog posts to put up, I was also lacking in ideas but answering this post is a great way for you as a reader to get to know me more and mean that I still have something to post!

The rules...
- You must post the award on your blog
- You have to acknowledge the blogger who nominated you (Kizzi)
- You have to answer the questions assigned to you
- You must give 10 facts about yourself
- And finally, you have to nominate  further 10 bloggers who deserve the award and ask them 10 questions as well

So on to the questions from Kizzi,
1. If you could travel one place in the world, where would it be?
So I'm going to throw the classic stereotypical answer out there and say New York. However I would also really like to go to Rome, India and Rio.
2. What is your favourite animal and why?
To be honest I'm not really an animal person and I actually don't think I have a favourite one! Maybe a flamingo...
3. What is your favourite memory as a kid?
I have lots of great memories from being a child but I would say my favourites would be those where my evenings were spent playing football and games in my garden with my brother and cousins.
4. Do you have any plans for the next year?
Major plans, I would say no. However I would quite like to visit places like London more often and become a bit more adventurous.
5. What is your favourite sweet? 
Good ol Haribo tangfastics are probably my favourite. They really are an oldie but a goldie.
6. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Another stereotypical answer but probably the friendships I've made through it. Without blogging I would never have met some of the lovely people.
7. You have to live in a city for a whole year, which city would you pick?
Again I'm going in with New York, the city life and hustle and bustle looks invigorating and I don't think I'd ever get bored there.
8. Who is your favourite musician/ band? Why?
One Direction #sorrynotsorry I've been a fan of them forever and saw them in concert last year. P.s If you're reading this Harry, please marry me! xoxox
9. What is your most embarrassing moment (that you can share)?
I usually tend to block out any embarrassing moments that happen to me so I'm struggling to think of any. Although the time I was on my period and leaked at school on to my skirt was pretty awkward...
10. What is your favourite pass time?
100% listening to music. I listen to my Spotify playlist at any chance I get as music really helps to relax me.

So those were all the questions for me to answer so now I'll give you 10 random facts about me...
1. I don't have any pets
2. I have different coloured eyes, one is brown and the other green although the difference isn't too noticeable
3. Going travelling is one of my biggest dreams that I really hope to accomplish
4. I don't know what career I would like as such when I'm older but I think I'd like to do something in beauty as that's what course I'm starting in September
5. I genuinely thought I had a fear of cheese strings but then one of my friends ate them around me so much that I stopped hating them so much
6. I've never been a person to keep a diary, I used to try but I always forgot about it and ended up writing in it about once a year
7. My favourite food is chicken nuggets
8. Up until the age of about 13 I was an avid reader but now I can't even remember the last time I read a book
9. The film Romeo and Juliette is one of my favourites (that may have something to do with young Leonardo DiCaprio being in it though...)
10. My feet are different sizes so finding shoes that are comfy on both feet can be a struggle

Now for the last set of questions I'm going too give 10 for the 10 lovely people I tag to answer...
1. Do you have a guilty pleasure? If so what is it?
2. Are you a sweet or chocolate person?
3. When is your youngest memory from?
4. What is your start sign and do you believe in horoscopes?
5. Why did you start blogging
6. If the opportunity of blogging full time was given to you, would you take it?
7. Who's your favourite celebrity
8. Are you a fan of the Kardashians? If so who' your favourite?
9. What's your favourite drink
10. Dogs or cats?

The 10 people I nominate the answer those questions and do this tag are...
1. Tash from Thoughtful Tash
2. Anna from It's Anna's Life
3. Lucy from Freckles and thoughts
4. Jessica from Love Jessica Louise
5. Alice from Alice J Lorna
6. Grace from Grace Kate
7. Emily from Emily Jane
8. Hayley from Mylifeashayley
9. Laura from Blossom of hope
10. Izzy from The Pastel Style

That's all for this post I think, I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about me and thanks again Kizzi for tagging me. Thanks for reading.
Kate Rose xo


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

How I burnt my skin using toothpaste!?

Even from the title this post sounds like a weird one, because to be honest it is quite weird. I've been undecided on whether to do this post for a while now but I've finally decided to just bight the bullet and go for it. This is going to be a story time / advice post because whilst I'm telling you what happened to me, I really don't want you to go and do the same thing too. I'm just going to warn you as well that there is going to be pictures of my 'injury' in this post too so if you don't wanna see that then you might not wanna read on. I don't think they are too bad to look at but others might disagree and I don't want anyone to be like "eww you didn't tell us there would be pics of your flaky skin in this" because I've warned you now!

So it all started one night when my face was looking particularly spotty, I had about three big red blemishes appearing down by cheek and I just knew in the morning they would look horrendous. So before I went to sleep I decided to put some toothpaste on my spots to hopefully dry them out overnight and make them look better in the morning. This wasn't the first time I'd put toothpaste on my spots, but unlike the other times I'd done it, I used a lot of toothpaste this time. (this was the big mistake...)

When I woke up the next morning I went to the bathroom to get the dried toothpaste off my face and noticed the skin underneath where I'd had it was red raw and had almost wrinkled up like it had been burnt. That was when I realised I had probably overdone it with the toothpaste, but I was sleeping at my friends that day so I did my makeup like usual and managed to cover up the redness with what was going on underneath only being noticeable if you touched the skin and felt how dry and wrinkled it was.  

The next morning when I woke up at my friends I looked in the mirror and saw that the skin on the side of the cheek by my nose was flaking off, looked red raw and was sore to touch. After doing a bit of googling and reading a few stories of Yahoo Answers (ahhh I love that site) I realised that I had given myself some sort of acid burn from the amount of toothpaste that I'd put on my face. I also read some people suggesting to put aloe vera gel on the area because not only is aloe vera good for helping with burns, but it also helps to reduce the chance of scaring.

So on the way home from my friends my dad stopped in at boots and got me a bottle of aloe gel which I immediately put on my face. I squeezed some of the gel out on to a cotton pad and as soon as I applied it to the burn I already started to feel the coolness from it. I did this twice a day for the next seven days until the skin covering the burn healed over. By about day four the skin had stopped flaking off (which I was glad about because it was kinda gross) and by day seven the skin felt dry but it had grown back.

I kept up my use of the Aloe vera gel for a bit longer an then started applying some Laroche-Possay Effacla duo+ to my skin to also help with scarring and any further blemishes I would get around that area. So whats my skin like now, four months on from this little incident you might be wondering? Well thankfully nearly all traces of it are gone unless you look really closely at my face and  then you can notice a slight red patch near the side of my nose. I've added some pictures to this post to show you what my skin looked like for the first three days afterwards. Again I'll say that you might find this kinda gross but I've warned you and I don't think the pictures make it look as bad as it actually was.

So I guess the moral of the story is if you have a spot, don't put toothpaste on it! Stick to sudocrem or something that's actually supposed to tackle spots. I'd also say that the Aloe vera gel was the main reason why it healed so well, so if you ever find yourself in a situation like this or you've just got a bad burn from something else, then put some aloe on it and it works a treat! Thanks for reading.
Kate Rose xo

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