Saturday, 24 January 2015

Eau My Goodness...Percy & Reed Shine and Fragrance Spray

There are so many lovely things about this little can of joy that I just don't know where to start. The pretty packaging? The dreamy scent? That it makes your hair shiny? Or the fact that I managed to nab two bottles in TK Maxx for just £6.99 each when the RRP is £22. It took all my willpower not to sweep the whole shelf. No girl needs seven bottles of shine and fragrance spray, no matter how lovely it is.

Percy & Reed are well known for their gorgeous branding - cute black and white illustrations of girls with flowing locks adorn their products - but this takes even their cuteness to a new level. The beautiful floral can is now the focal point of my dressing table, stealing the limelight from any other substandard bottle nearby. I have to admit that, although the shine and fragrance spray inside the can is good, the design is my favourite thing about it. It's just such a pleasure to look at and use - sorry not sorry!

But the product does deliver, giving me two of my all time favourite things - a glossy shine on my hair, and a delicate rose fragrance. The spray is a fine mist that's as light as air, it doesn't weigh the hair down or leave any sort of residue. A quick sweep over the hair leaves only a dazzling, glossy finish and a wonderful fresh and floral fragrance. I'd always thought hair perfumes were a bit naff before now, a bit of a gimmick. But I've changed my mind. It's delightful to get a whiff of roses every time you swish your hair!

In summary, it's good and it smells nice, there's not much more I can say. I just wanted an excuse to share the pretty pictures.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

hit refresh | Women's Health x Birchbox

I'm a bit late to the party here, but HAPPY NEW YEAR! I'd been planning on kicking off 2015 on Everything's Rosie with an exciting announcement - I'm going to be dipping my toes into the realm of health and fitness blogging! But, I've been lazy with the blog as I've been busy down the gym - so let's skip the awkward, 'too late for New Years Resolutions Posts' post and just jump straight in with a very apt introduction to Everything's Rosie's new addition - a little look inside the January 2015 Birchbox.

I'm not a Birchbox subscriber, but couldn't resist their collaboration with my favourite magazine, Women's Health. The theme of the box is 'Hit Refesh' - which is exactly what I needed to do after a very lazy and over-indulgent Christmas... which started around Halloween. Oops.

Inside, there's a little booklet full of twelve challenges that'll help you hit your refresh button. From sneaking in a little extra cardio, to getting a better night's sleep, to sorting out your skincare regime - it's a like little checklist of things to do to get your healthy routine back on track after all the festive chaos.

The theme continues with the products, most of which will make great additions to my gym bag. 

1. First up, the ActivBod 'Feel Great' Shower Gel which, as the name suggests, is targeted towards gym go-ers. I go to the gym in the mornings - so with its 'invigorating blend of sea minerals and green tea extract', this is great for perking me up to face the rest of the day. 

2. Next, is a cooling lotion from Shaveworks, which is designed to calm the irritations of shaving. But, in line with the theme of the box, I've been using it to soothe any soreness and redness after a workout.

3. A detangle spray is a must in my gym bag as my hair is a tangly knotty nightmare. This Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle spray works wonders at calming the sweat-induced frizz and nourishing the dryness caused by the air-con. Plus it smells amazing - seriously, no need for perfume!

4. One of my favourites in the box was the Stila Lip Glaze in the shade Gleam - a barely-there gloss with a subtle hint of glitter. I do like wearing a lip balm in the gym but this is far too sticky, but it sure is pretty for afterwards!

5. Next up is tonight's beauty treat - a sample of REN Glycoactic Radiance Renewal Mask. My skin is looking a bit dull and blemishy at the moment, so I'm looking forward to renewing it's radiance with this 'fast-working exfoliating treatment that improves texture, tone and combats conjestion'. Sounds ideal.

6. My other favourite thing in the box was the pilates band. I've been playing with it whilst watching TV (mainly to distract myself from wanting chocolate). This arm workout video almost killed me! It's harder than it looks!

7. Lastly, there's a sachet of Embrace Matcha Green Tea. I'd discovered the incredible health benefits of Matcha last year, so looking forward to whipping up some metabolism boosting smoothies with this!

Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What did you get in the January box? 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Rosie & Fifi's Christmassy Girls Night In

What nicer way to celebrate Christmas than with a cosy girly night in with one of your BFFs?! When Debenhams asked if I'd like to host a Christmas themed sleepover for myself and a blogging buddy, I immediately flooded Fiona's inbox with excitable texts. 

A few weeks later, she was spammed with more even more excitable texts from me, as two huge boxes of sleepover goodies from Debenhams had been delivered. There were all the essentials for the perfect girls night - face masks, OPI nail polish, a Disney soundtrack and sweet treats, as well as some rather festive mugs and a teapot, some comfy cushions and the best part - two incredibly cosy onesies! Fifi looked adorable dressed as a little figgy pudding! Wheras I chose a less festive fox onesie as I knew I wouldn't be getting out of it again until at least March (and so far, I haven't!) It's got little furry paws on the sleeves, a fur lined hood with ears, and thumb holes!

When Fifi arrived at my house, I took her onesie to the front door and made her put it on before she could enter! Then we stuck the Disney tunes on, put the kettle on, and delved into our box of goodies!  We gave each other festive red manicures and worked our way through a tin of Christmas cookies, a box of thorntons chocolates and endless cups of mint, orange AND white hot chocolate, topped with cream and mini marshmallows. I felt sick for about three days after, but it was so worth it. Yum!

After managing to roll off the sofa, we called it a night and Fiona headed home on the train, with her figgy pudding onesie still on! 

Merry Christmas from Rosie & Fifi McGee! x

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Last minute stocking stuffers for him

I have a Dad, stepdad, two brothers, two nephews and a boyfriend to buy for, and every year, it's the biggest challange of Christmas. Buying for men is a nightmare, so I wouldn't blame you if you've buried your head in the sand and avoided their gift buying until now. But don't panic, as ASOS are to the rescue with ULTIMATE last minute delivery. If you order before 8pm this evening and choose next day delivery, you'll still have time to get those manly gifts wrapped and under the tree before Christmas morning.

If you're stuck for inspiration, here're a few ideas that I think the men in my life would be thrilled to find in their stockings on the 25th!

1. This watch with interchangable straps gives two looks for the price of one, and looks very familiar to the Daniel Wellington watches that every super stylish man will be lusting after this Christmas, but for just £28!

2. Maybe your Dad travels alot for work, or your brother is off travelling this year. Wherever 2015 takes them this sleek real leather passport holder will get them there in style.

3. It's a known fact - you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes, so make sure he keeps his buffed and shiny with this shoe care kit.

4. Outdoorsy type? Make sure he keeps warm on his next adventure by packing him off with a cuppa tea in this fishy flask.

5. This guide to being the perfect gent gives tips and advice on everything from writing professional emails to meeting the parents. And who knows - you may just benefit from this gift too!

6. Korres is without a doubt one of my favourite skincare brands, so why not share the love by gifting one of the men in your life some natural skincare goodness? This Aftershave Balm is bound to be soothing and, if the female skincare products are anything to go by, smell incredible.

So hurry. You have 7 hours. The clock is ticking!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

What I Wore: Hearts and Fur

Embroidered Heart Jumper - Oasis | Hooded Fur Jacket - Zara

Just a quickie to share some snaps of my gorgeous new jumper. Isn't it cute?! My size was out of stock, so I got a size up, and lucky I did because it comes up a little bit small. It's going to be my Christmas Day outfit with some jeggings and my big fluffy fur socks. A pathetic excuse for a Christmas jumper, I know, but I wanted something I'd be able to wear throughout the winter.

I wore this out yesterday to go and see The War of The Worlds at The Brighton Centre. It was absolutely spectacular - a mix of on screen and on stage performers, a live band and strings section, a real life 10 ft tall Martian space invador throwing flames across the audience. And Shane Ward. In a military uniform. Apparently I was sitting there like this...*heart eye emoji*

My Dad's a musician, so I grew up in theatres going to musicals and live shows. Fun fact - I've seen Fame The Musical 108 times! Recently, I hadn't been to a show for a while, but now I've definitely got the bug back! There's always loads going on in Brighton, but being so close to London too, I'm thinking about booking The Script tickets at The O2, or heading to the West End to see The Lion King! I've wanted to see that for ages!

Have you been to see any bands or musicals recently? Any recommendations?

Monday, 15 December 2014

A new career in 2015?

Despite how much I am partial to a rant occasional moan about work, I know that I'm actually really lucky to have my job. Sure, working in marketing at my local newspaper is hardly the glamourous girly magazine job that I dreamed of, but still I'm doing the role I wanted in the industry I wanted to be in. Although the publishing industry is extremely challenging at times, I do love my role - creating marketing campaigns, planning events, working across lots of different topics and meeting lots of different people. My favourite project so far was creating a 'Win A Wedding' competition, and to attend the winners' special day and see all my hard work mean so much to someone was an incredible feeling.  And besides, there's still time to break out of local news and into glossy mags!

I'm by no means a career expert - but since leaving university in 2012, I have managed to get several interviews and been offered a fair few jobs (but ended up staying put after all!). So if you're thinking of a new career challenge in 2015, but are struggling on where to begin, here's my two cents of advice.

1. Experience
If you're looking to start out in a new industry, just get as much experience as possible. If you're lucky enough to be able to afford to intern - DO IT! I, however, wasn't in a financial position to work for free, so I got experience in other ways. I found a part time internship doing whilst earning money working in retail. I also did freelance bits & bobs, such as helping my friend market her Zumba classes, which looks impressive on my CV, and of course being a blogger has provided me with many skills that interviewers have found interesting.

2. The job hunt
Finding the right job site (or sites) for your industry is so important. There are so many specialist ones out there, for example, I always look to Wired Sussex for marketing/journalism jobs in Brighton, but it's also useful to be signed up to the big sites, like Reed or City Calling, for updates straight to your inbox (oh and obviously always check your local newspaper too!! :-)!)

3. Apply
Don't be too put off by job ads asking for years of experience. Sometimes other qualities (such as, in my case, writing and marketing my own blog) can substitute for years of in house experience. Create an ace CV that you can send out with your applications, but write each covering letter seperately, tailoring it to the company/position you're going for. I always try to start off with something interesting or relevant to their company - maybe a blog post I wrote about them, an article I read in their publication etc. Once, I applied to a video production agency, and made my CV into a short film. It definitely pays off to think outsite the box.

4. Dress to Impress
My boss has told me many a horror story about disasterous interview outfits she has seen. Spaghetti straps, see-through Primark leggings, leather pencil skirts... they're just not appropriate! I'm a big believer in using your style to make yourself stand out and show your creativity, but you HAVE to play it somewhat safe. My number 1 tip? Invest in a smart coat - it's no good being in a perfect outfit if you rock up at reception wearing a scruffy parka over the top - first impressions count!

5. Don't Give Up
So by now you should be sat comfortably behind your new desk, new business cards fresh from the printers. But if it takes a little while longer, don't give up hope. Negativity shows, and can lead you down a spiral of rejections. Just pick yourself up, learn from it, think of it as their loss, and start again.

As for me in 2015? We'll have to see. I'm looking forward to organising a health & beauty exhibition, then maybe someone at Women's Health will wanna hire me...?!

What's your day job? Are you lucky enough to be working in a job you love, or still waiting for the right opportunity to come up?

Friday, 28 November 2014

Lashes by Irene

I wasn't blessed with lovely long lashes. Mine are short and straight - even the best mascaras don't improve them much, and don't even talk to me about eyelash curlers.

I'd really wanted to get eyelash extensions since my sister-in-law wowed me with her beautiful long, curled and natural looking lashes, until she told me she'd paid £80 to get them put on and a further £30 every 2-3 weeks for infills. But then I found Lashes by Irene. Irene does affordable eyelash extensions (amongst other beauty treatments) at her home salon in Brighton and asks for just £35 for a full set of premium silk lashes and £20 for infills.

Irene is just lovely, she is so welcoming and takes great pride in her work, laboriously adding lashes for two hours until she knew they looked perfect. Her home is really relaxing, she sets up a treatment bed, had music on and aromatherapy oils scenting the room.

The finished look gives me long, lucious lashes that look and feel natural. There's no need for mascara (in the pictures I am only wearing mascara on my bottom lashes) and I am absolutely loving waking up in the morning being half made up already!

The treatment takes a long time, but boy is it worth it! I've already booked in for my refills in time for Christmas and I can't stop fluttering my eyelashes!