L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly

I recently got bored of my bronbré hair (my new word for bronde and ombré) and have been lusting over the idea of having lovely long blonde locks again. However, with the cost of highlights falling way out of my budget at the moment, I wanted to find a cheaper way of blending my mid-brown roots into my bleach-blonde ends.

I saw Claire raving about the L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly on her blog, and although she had used it to create sunkissed highlights in her brunette hair, I thought it could work well to lighten the darker, top half of my ombré hair.

L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly isn't a scary home-dye, but a leave-in, gradual lightening product that is activated by heat/sun. It comes in three shades (I use 03 - for light blonde to very light blonde hair - to match my light ends) and it's so easy to apply simply with your hands. To lighten all over, like I did, I simply coated my hair in a generous amount, brushed it through evenly, and sat outside for the sun to work it's magic (I even went blonder in the car, through the sun roof! Or on rainy days, the hairdryer on full heat works just as well). The jelly can also be used just to create soft highlights (like Claire did) by carefully applying it freehand on to selected sections.

Unlike other hair colourants that can be really drying and leave a nasty chemical smell behind for a few washes, the Sunkiss Jelly is ammonia free and enriched with camellia oil, leaving behind a delicate floral fragrance. And as for dryness, if anything I'd say my hair is slightly softer than before!

As you can see, the results are pretty amazing for a £5.99 product! I am pretty stunned, to be quite honest! I wasn't expecting such a drastic lift in colour...


The picture on the left was taken seven weeks ago, before using the Casting Sunkiss Jelly. The picture on the right was taken this weekend, 4 applications later, looking slightly windswept on the way back from the beach, where I'd sat in the sun to let the jelly activate.

I can't believe how well this product worked for what I was trying to achieve. It's saved me £70+ and hours in the hairdressers!
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Rosie & Gym: Working out with a PT

I’ve come to love working out and manage to make it to the gym 5-6 times a week, but my downfall is being too scared to try new things by myself for fear of doing it wrong and looking stupid, or worse, hurting myself. So when Brighton-based personal trainer David Staffell asked if I’d like to review a couple of PT sessions with him, I jumped at the opportunity to learn some new exercises, try something new and push my limits.

David has his own company, DS FIT, where he and his team of trainers work across South-West London, Bristol and of course Brighton & Hove. David himself lives in Brighton, and we met up in Preston Park one lovely sunny afternoon for some training.

He quickly assessed my fitness levels and understood my goals, so we could get straight to work, starting off with some cardio circuits. This involved things like toe taps on a step, bunny hops over the step, squats and shoulder presses with a weighted sandbag, and body weight exercises like press ups, walking planks, crunches and so on. Then we got the boxing gloves and pads out (my favourite part!) and worked on some high intensity boxing combinations with sprints in between.

The next session was probably my favourite session of the three, partly because it was a glorious sunny morning and we found a spot in the park under a tree with blossoms all over the ground - very picturesque! I also loved that I got to try out something totally new that I’d never done before – using a TRX suspension trainer. I’d always wanted to use the one in my gym, but never really knew what to do with it. As it turns out, there are endless exercises you can do on a suspension trainer, depending on which part of your body you want to target and it’s great for building strength by using your own body weight. 

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I did a full body workout on the TRX, working my legs with squats and lunges, my arms with standing press ups, and my core by putting my feet in the TRX handles and doing suspended press ups (REALLY BLOODY HARD). Then we did a bit more core work (crunches, leg lifts, Russian twists) split up with some kettle bell sprints.

In my final training session, David set up a five station circuit using some simple equipment – a step, a bosu ball (aka - half a Pilates ball), some dumbbells and the boxing gloves/pads. This time I worked round the circuits for the whole session, doing 40 seconds on each exercise with 10 seconds rest between each one.

As my last session was after a couple of weeks of eating, drinking and lazing around on holiday, I found it a real struggle. But David pushed me to work as hard as I had done before and helped me to break through that barrier of getting back into my normal routine, which was great!

Although David’s prices are really reasonable, having a Personal Trainer is not something that many people can afford permanently. However, I think that booking out a block of three to five training sessions when you need a little extra help is a great idea. Whether it’s for a bit of motivation, to train specifically for an event, or to break through a plateau – sometimes a bit of professional support is just what you need. 

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The Body Shop Summer Edit

Are you sitting comfortably? Because there's a lot going on at The Body Shop this summer, and I want to tell you all about it! The Body Shop hosted their first ever Brighton event for us this week, and whilst the prosecco was flowing and we admired the view of the yachts in Brighton Marina, we were introduced to the new products and collections, coming to a Body Shop near you this summer!

Stay tuned to Everything's Rosie over the next few weeks for a closer look and reviews of some of these products, but for now, here's an introduction to the new additions to The Body Shop for SS15.


The Voyage Collection is such a perfect summer concept - five fragrances inspired by traditional ingredients from across the globe. Four of the five scents are already available in store; Japanese Cherry Blossom, Fijan Water Lotus, Atlas Mountain Rose and Indian Night Jasmine, with a fifth, Italian Summer Fig joining the collection on 21st July. To celebrate the new addition to the range all five fragrances are having a design overhaul, swapping their (fairly boring) tall rectangular bottles for these absolutely stunning multifaceted glass bottles. Each one has a different colour base that subtly reflects and defracts through the glass, and is presented in a box decorated with a pattern symbolic of that region.


Focussing on ancient beauty rituals and treasured ingredients from across the world, the brand new collection of bath and body products is the most decadent of The Body Shop ranges. The Spa Of The World collection features indulgent body creams, scrubs, clays and oils, all of which are spa-worthy products with blissful fragrances that let your senses escape to the four corners of the globe from your own bathroom. The products are split into three 'rituals' based on how the products make you feel - the relaxing ritual, the revitalising ritual and blissful rituals.


It wouldn't be summer at The Body Shop without mentioning their Honey Bronze range, and new in for SS15 comes three new products to get us glowing! First, a multi-action highlighting dome to create a summery shimmer on the cheekbones, collar bones, shins. Next, the Honey Bronze Face Gel, for an instant sunkissed face. It has a matte finish and hydrating gel texture, and says it can be used in place of a foundation. Finally, the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist. I don't know about you, but my legs never tan as much as the rest of my body, so I think I'm going to love this. It's shimmer free, so promises a natural bronzed look, and leaves legs feeling silky smooth.
And of course all come with that delightful honey smell.


There's nothing new about the Beauty Gems collection, because there doesn't need to be. The Body Shop have simply rounded up the best-selling, must-have products for the summer months, to help you (re)discover their hero products. Within the collection I already spotted one of my ultimate summer essentials - the Vitamin E Face Mist. I took this on holiday, kept it in the fridge, and it was like a refreshing spritz of heaven when we got back to the apartment after a day baking in the sun. Lauren said she couldn't live without the Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil and Sophie rates the Instablur primer, so I shall be trying both of those out! Each of us were given a different Beauty Gem to take home to try, I got the Warming Mineral Mask, which I'm sure both Rich and I will love using!
Are any of your favourite Body Shop products on the list?

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Battle of the beach sprays

Tanned skin and beachy mermaid hair go hand in hand, and since returning from my holiday with a bit of colour to me, I've ditched the straighteners and shine spray in favour of the au natural beach babe look.

There are a few techniques to using a salt spray (scrunching, twirling, leaving it to dry in a bun) and I find them all very much hit and miss - sometimes I'll magically get perfectly formed mermaid waves, other times I get a wind-swept, knotty mess. I've tried dozens of different salt sprays over the past few years, but out of the two I'm using this summer, one seems to be more reliable at achieving the desired look than the other one...


Last year I fell in love with the original bumble&bumble Surf Spray, so when the new Surf Infusion spray launched this summer, promising beachy waves and silky smooth hair, I couldn't resist splashing out £21.50 on a bottle.

On first impressions, Surf Infusion's size and packaging were a bit of a let down. Compared to the black matte bottle and chrome spritzer of the original Surf Spray, the Surf Infusion's standard plastic bottle is far from being luxury. Also, the bottle is tiny -100ml isn't very much product for such a steep price tag.

But on to what really matters - how it performs. It adds some movement into my hair, but I'm finding it difficult to achieve any defined waves. Applied to dry hair, it creates a textured, wind-swept effect to my straight hair, which looks nice when I'm after more of a boho/festival chic look, but I wouldn't call it 'beach hair'. Scrunched in to wet hair, it created a few (limp) waves - but as I say the results are pot luck.

And what about the oil-infused element? There is less of the crunchy feeling with this compared to Surf Spray (and most other salt sprays), but there's still some stiffness and certainly no softness or 'sheen' as promised. I also find my hair prone to tangling when I had use the Surf Infusion and I tend to return home with one large mat of hair.

For a bumble&bumble product, and the price tag, I was expecting miracles - but it didn't wow me at all. Overall, it's probably the most anti-climatic product I've ever bought. Ouch.
On a recent night out, my friend's sister brought out a bottle of this Schwarzkopf salt spray, and her hair just seemed to magically transform into neatly tousled waves. A queue of girls quickly formed around her as everyone wanted a spritz! To make sure I wasn't drunkenly mistaken at how good this stuff appeared to be, I picked up a bottle in Asda a few days later. It was on offer for £3 (from £4.20), so 7 times cheaper than the bumble&bumble option, and double the size. 

And I was right... this stuff is amazing. 

I find this spray works equally well on damp or dry hair, a few spritzes and a bit of scrunching and I'm left with mermaid-worthy, beach babe waves. Nine times out of ten, I've got a perfect 'straight-off-the-beach' look, which makes this the most reliable salt spray I've ever used. 

As with any salt spray product there's going to be a crispy residue, but with the Mermaid Look Salt Spray it really is minimal and I hardly notice it with the amount of movement in my locks. And as for tangling - there is none.

My winning beach spray by far!

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Festival Wish List

I've not got any big festival plans this year, but that hasn't stopped me from wanting to be dressed head-to-toe in flowers and fringing! And besides, living in Brighton, I'm never far from some kind of festival - Shakedown and the brand new Together the People Festival will probably be on the agenda, and Pride, of course!

This year's seventies trend goes hand-in-hand with the festival vibe, and I'm finding myself being drawn towards a more bohemian look than normal at the moment. I'm eager to get my hands on this beautiful crochet dress from Topshop that I saw on Ellis' instagram. It's only £26 and so retro - definitely on my next pay-day list! As TTPF is in September it'll probs be a little chilly, so this knitted tassel kimono looks like a cosier alternative to the thin cotton kimonos that are everywhere at the moment.

A festival wish list wouldn't be complete without a pair of wellies and I've wanted a pair of Hunter boots forever! I love this pastel green pair but in reality I'd probably go for a safer, all season colour like the dark purple ones.

To accessorize; a flower crown (obviously), a simple saddle bag, and a statement necklace. I love Wolf & Moon's geometric pendants that are made from a mix of Perspex and wood - which I think gives a real 70's vibe.

Are you headed to any festivals this year? If anyone's going to Wilderness I'm so jealous!

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Dreaming about driving!

Usually I am obsessed with the idea of buying a new Nars lip pencil (this might have happened today... x3) or paying an obscene amount of P&P to order some Victoria's Secret gym clothes from the States, but my latest obsession really is ridiculous. I want a mint green Fiat 500. And I can't even drive.

But they're so pretty, aren't they? Every time I see one I go all heart-eye emoji. The interiors are even nicer too, with a mint green dashboard and cream leather steering wheel.

However I have a looooong way to go before I can whizz along the seafront in my little pastel coloured dream car, learning to actually drive it might be a good start! I learnt to drive when I was 17, and after a whopping 40(!!!) lessons I took a test. And failed, miserably. I got an impressive 14 minors and 2 majors, then I moved to Brighton where buses are great (hmm I say that begrudgingly, but they are, I guess) and parking is extortionate. So no more lessons were taken, my theory test expired, and I gave up on becoming mobile.

But now my inability to drive is not only a little bit embarrassing (getting a green ID out at the bar is so uncool) but also hindering the hunt for my dream job. Lots of beauty companies (Green People and The Body Shop for example) are based out in the Sussex countryside - a journey that would take me 15 minutes by car but would be basically impossible by public transport. So, as soon as I've saved up enough money I'm going to re-take my theory, book some lessons, and pass my test - it's just so expensive!

Then comes the expense of the tax, MOT and insurance, but luckily the More Than Young Driver Insurance rewards safe drivers by giving them cash back when they can prove they can drive safely, via the little black box they install on your car to monitor your driving style. I think this is a great initiative when you look at the high rate of road accidents in new drivers!

Although I was clearly a terrible learner driver, my problem was being over-cautious and at least that's better than being over-confident! I think when I finally get to grips with my driving I'll be safe and sensible, and hopefully benefit from More Than's cashback scheme meaning more money for lipsticks and over-priced sportswear!

Any other non-drivers out there feel embarrassed of their green licence at the bar? Or any of you got a Fiat 500 that I can envy you for?

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Helmies - Nail Helmets

I always manage to get some kind of bump or smudge on my freshly painted nails. Even when I'm trying my hardest to sit still as long as possible, something'll happen to mess up my manicure. Enter Helmies...

Helmies nail helmets are little silicon caps that you slip on to your fingertips once your nails are touch dry (5-10 minutes depending on your nail polish), protecting them from bumping, smudging or chipping, whilst you can get on with your day. The stretchy, lightweight helmets have a slightly powdered texture which prevents them from smudging the nail polish themselves when you put them on. And, they have an open backed design, freeing up your fingertips so that you can use your phone (avoiding Instagram withdrawals). 

There are three sizes included in a pack - little pink ones for your pinkie (obviously), white ones for your fingers and thumbs, and large pink ones for your big toes. The toe Helmies are an absolute godsend - no more carpet fibres sticking to your pedicure and no worries if you're clumsy like me and  have a habit of stubbing your freshly painted toe! Unfortunately I find the white ones are too big for my three middle fingers (they're fine on my thumb) and tend to slip off if I'm doing something too strenuous. I've compiled a list of things that I've discovered you can and can't do whilst wearing your helmies...

You can...
...read a book
...type on a keyboard
...use an iPhone, just about. Fine with scrolling, not so good with typing. Good luck if you have a smaller screen than an iPhone 6.
...use the TV remote
...(carefully) make a cup of tea

You can't...
...sort out the laundry
...put make up on
...do your hair
...get dressed
...make a packed lunch

So they're not quite a manicure miracle, but definitely a great beauty gadget for those who struggle to sit still watching (nail) paint dry. I'm sure I'll be putting my Helmies to good use to prevent manicure-induced boredom, but I wouldn't say they're a game-changing must-have product. (Except for the toe helmies, which are the best invention ever).

What do you think? Gimmick or genius?

ps: review of that Butter London polish (Molly Coddled) here.

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Rosie & Gym: Pretty Muddy Race For Life

If you read this post last month, you'll know that I've been busy training to take part in Race for Life's 'Pretty Muddy' event to raise money for Cancer Research UK. I'd been going to FIT classes to improve my overall strength and fitness, running 5k on the treadmill at least once a week, and even had a couple of PT sessions to prepare me for the race. 

But then I went on holiday and a lot of lounging, eating and drinking happened, and since being back I've been struggling to get back on track - equalling two whole weeks of junk food and not much exercise. So yesterday morning when I met Laura and Lilla at Stanmer Park (Sophie was unable to make it due to a job interview!), I was feeling probably the most unfit I've been all year, and a little anxious about what was about to happen. 

However, once I got going it wasn't half as bad as I expected! It was more challenging than it would've been two weeks ago, but I still managed to complete the 5k course in 45 minutes (which included a ridiculously steep incline and queing for the obstacles). A 5k run on the treadmill usually takes me between 30-35 minutes, so considering the uneven ground, queues, incline, heat and having no music or water en route, I'm pretty pleased with my time! 

Here we are before the race, all nice and clean.....

...and here I am at the 4k mark, climbing out of a mud bath, looking rather worse for wear with my bra on show! (Clearly this was unintentional, but as it's out on display I'll take the opportunity to tell you about it as it's a pretty awesome sports bra. It's a push-up, padded sports bra*  in leopard print with a black, polka dot mesh insert. It's underwired and offers great workout support and comfort, but I feel so much more confident wearing this rather than most sports bras which give me no assistance in the boob department. I even wear it as a normal bra when I've got a low cut top on, as the polka dot mesh looks so pretty peeking out and preserves my modesty when my top slips down! Black Topshop cami I'm talkin' bout you! Anyway I massively digress...)

Here we are at the end, where a big inflatable mud slide marked the finish line! This was so much fun and we were getting sprayed with water guns as we slid down, the only rubbish part was having to queue for about ten minutes to get on it and finally complete the race!

And after, covered in mud and sweat and proudly wearing our dog tag medals!

We had so much fun and have so far managed to raise £261.50 for Cancer Research UK, but I'd really love to raise even more to help the brave people who have to live with this horrible disease every day. We heard from a young girl who had been diagnosed with spinal cancer on the day of her school prom. She is undergoing treatment and has to take £96 worth of medicine every day! I got quite emotional listening to her before we started the race! Someone very special to me is also currently fighting his battle with cancer which makes this a charity very close to my heart. If you'd like to sponsor us and donate to Cancer Research UK, our justgiving page is HERE.

Are you taking part in any fundraising events this summer? Next on my list is the Colour Run!

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Miami Beach Babe Collection by Kiko

When I visited the brand new KIKO Cosmetics store in Brighton last month, I fell just a little bit head over heels in love with their Miami Beach Babe collection and couldn't resist picking up a few pieces to brighten up my make-up bag for the summer!

The capsule collection of bright shades and glossy metallics capture the vibrant, rollerskating, laid-back vibe of Miami beach and it's certainly not shy to celebrate a kitsch use of colour, incorporating elements of Pop Art and Art Deco into the products and packaging.  Brightly coloured eye make-up seems to be KIKO's focus in this collection with luminous shades of metallic eyeliner and colourful mascara. No secrets that that's not my style, but what drew me in were the products that created the poster girls' sunkissed skin and tinted glossy lips...


First I was drawn like a moth a the flame to the pink and sparkliness of the Double Deco Blushes*, duo tone blush compacts each with a pink matte and a pink shimmer inside. True to (unadventurous) form, I picked out the most muted variation of the three, Coral Gables - a matte peachy coral with a shimmery dusky rose. This is almost like having three blushes in one as the two shades can be used alone or mixed together. Alone, the peachy shade gives a neutral flus on my skin tone, while the shimmery rose gives a bright pop of colour, and swirled together they create a multi-dimensional effect that just subtly catches the light and defines your cheeks.


The first product that really got me in to make-up back at school was the GOSH Giant Sun Powder bronzer (twas the envy of all my friends y'know), so I couldn't resist picking up the oversized bronzer from this collection as a tribute. The Beach Babe Bronzer* (I got the lighter shade, California Sand) is a matte bronzing powder, so it's great for soft subtle contouring. Lightly dusted across the forehead, cheeks and neck, it gives a gorgeous sunkissed glow, and because it's shimmer free, it gives a healthy natural look. Extra brownie points for the large mirror and its chocolatey scent!


Now these were clearly a no-brainer decision when adding to my stash, because THEY HAVE POLKA DOTS ON THEM. I'm not a bold lip kinda gal, so the sheer and glossy finish of these give just a subtle splash of colour, while the silky consistency feels lovely and hydrates my lips - perfect for hot summer days! These are the shades Tropical Juice (a vibrant pink grapefruit colour) and Jolly Roger (A sandy nude) and both have a high shine finish. The polka dots have no effect on the lipstick colour - they're just there to look fun!

What do you think of KIKO's Miami Beach Babe collection? 
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My summer base

I'm loving my make-up routine more than usual at the moment, and it's down to these products that are leaving me with the perfect summer time base. It's fresh, light and luminous, with enough coverage to combat any redness or shine, but lightweight enough to let my skin breathe.


The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue* is pretty much the perfect summer time base. The gel texture combines a sheer coverage with multiple skincare benefits and an SPF 30.

With enough coverage to be a one-step base on a good skin day, the Complexion Rescue leaves a beautiful dewy glow on the skin.

It's intensely hydrating and is packed with 'hydrating humectants' which (google tells me) attract moisture from the air and draw it into the skin. My skin feels quenched and revitalised all day, even out in the sun.

Ignoring both the bottle (apply with fingertips) and the MUA at the bareMinerals master class (apply directly on to a brush), I've found I get the best out of the product by applying dots over my face and gently buffing it in with the bareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush.


KIKO's Natural Concealer* does absolute wonders under my eyes. It's subtle, light-reflecting finish banishes dark circles and blemishes. I'm quite self concious about my under-eye circles, and struggle to find a concealer that can combat the discolouration without looking too thick and cakey, but this one is pretty full coverage, without being at all heavy-duty.


Mineral Veil is Photoshop in a pot. I don't know how I've lived without it until now! The translucent and totally weightless finishing powder blurs over any remaining blemishes peeking through the sheer coverage of the C.R and soaks up any oil or shine, whilst letting C.R's beautiful, dewy finish show through.


I'm still loving the Soap & Glory duo tone Solar Powder bronzer - the darker shade is great for creating a soft contour in the hollows of my cheeks (using the Mac 168 brush) and the lighter shade over my forehead and cheeks adds a bronzed summer glow.

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Holiday Snaps: Akbuk, Turkey

Rich and I have just returned from our first holiday together and it was rather lovely indeed. We went to a small town called Akbuk in Turkey, staying in a family friend's apartment just a short bus ride from the main 'strip'.

Akbuk isn't really a beach resort, but instead there are lots of wooden jettys along the coastline. We spent most of our days chilling out on the Gezgin Cafe's jetty, which was near the apartment. The jetty was filled with loungers and big comfy beanbags to laze on, and best of all - their diet coke came in PINK cans! We found another nice jetty nearer the town too, which was closer into Akbuk town but was empty both times we went - we had the entire thing to ourselves! It was lovely to relax with a book and soak up some sun before jumping off the jetty into the crystal clear sea. Rich got himself a snorkel and went diving to find me a pearl... that was unsuccessful but he brought up lots of pretty shells to make a wind chime from! Whilst he was exploring the sea bed I worked on my tan and got through two books - 'When In Rome' by Nikki Pellegrino, a chick flick set in 1950's Italy, and Harper Lee's classic 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.

One day we left the jetty and went out on a boat. It was only 100 lira (about £12 each) for all day sailing around different coves and beaches, with a lovely fish salad and pasta lunch included. There was some great music playing chilled out chart hits and a bar for ice creams and beer - I'm not a really a beer drinker but the Turkish Efes beer is nice! We both got really tanned at sea too!

In general I don't rate the holiday for it's food - most eateries weren't anything special. In fact, the first two evening's meals, near our apartment, were rather vile. But we soon scoped out the nicer restaurants that were much nicer quality and served nice wine and proper cocktails. These were in the main part of Akbuk. The nicest meal I had all week was at a newly opened Esinti. It was a Turkish Mousakka parcel - aubergine, beef, tomatoes and potato inside a thin, crispy parcel, served with rice, chips and salad. The rest of the time we ate at the apartment, mainly lots of Karpus (watermelon) which was about 20p for a fruit twice the size of my head! One place we went back to countless times was called Pasa, mainly for their amazing cocktails and gorgeous sunset views. 

And I'll leave you with my favourite holiday picture... 

Do you have any holidays planned this summer?
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His 'n' hers Superga's

Superga opened a brand new store in Brighton yesterday, and a new pair of kicks seemed just the antidote to cure our holiday blues.

The Italian shoe brand's original heritage style, the Classic 2750 lace-up canvas pump, was established in 1911.

104 years later and the Italian brand has found a new home next to Brighton's Clock Tower. Inside we found a range of styles, all inspired by their iconic 2750 shoe (slim soles, flatforms, slip-ons, mid-tops and of course the 2750 itself) available in every colour of the rainbow with some patterened, lace, glitter and metallic options too. Men's options were a little more limited but still offered different styles in a range of more muted colours and a couple of denim styles, which I liked.

We both opted for the iconic Superga style over their newer options, and Rich chose himself a pair of 2750s in burgundy*. I struggled to decide between the  bronze metallic pair and the pink/red floral pair*, but eventually decided to go with the latter for now, and go back for the metallic pair for AW15. I'm picturing them with black ripped jeans and a leather jacket...perfect.

Superga offer half sizes, which is great as I'm usually a 4 and a half, but we both found the sizes came up really big and had to go smaller. I went down half a size to a 4 (and they're still a little roomy) and Rich had to go down one whole size. We promptly slipped our new shoes on and headed down to the beach (a little colder than the one we were sat on the day before!) for an ice cream. They're so comfy (ideal for manouvering across the pebbles!) and look so stylish yet effortless.

What's your favourite off-duty footwear?
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bareMinerals Master Class

If you've ever wondered how to get the most perfect, glowing, natural look with a totally flawless finish.. settle down and listen up cos I'm about to share with you the tricks of the trade that I learnt at a BareMinerals make-up masterclass last week. 

The Brighton BareMinerals boutique kindly invited me and some of my favourite bloggers along one evening, and when we arrived (and had gossiped over a glass of prosecco) we each took to our work stations, which had been set up with all the tools and products that we were going to need for the tutorial.The lovely MUA and assistant manager Millie picked out Louise to be her model (unsurprisingly, as Louise is bloody gorgeous) and demonstrated how to apply each product, as the rest of us copied step by step. 

We started by nourishing the skin to create a soft and supple base to work on. 
Products used:

Then we created a flawless complexion with a lit from within glow.
Products used: 

To finish off we used a champagne shimmer over the eyelid for a bit of subtle glamour, opened up the eyes with their amazing new mascara, and added a slick of their best selling lip gloss.
Products used:
Shimmer Eyeshadow (in Queen Phyllis)
Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss (in Maverick)

And this is the finished result.
A radiant glow and airbrushed complexion, and a polished eye and lip but without looking too 'done' - perfect for every day make up. Safe to say I had a bit of a spend up in store afterwards, and have been having all kinds of fun trying to recreate this look daily. Now I'm just regretting the bits that I didn't buy, especially the beautiful Queen Phyllis shimmer eyeshadow. You can't see it here but it's a beautiful wash of champagne subtle sparkle... Next pay day, you know where to find me.

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Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser... by Shopper Lottie

'Merhaba' from Turkey! Whilst I'm on holiday the absolutely lovely Lottie from Shopper Lottie is taking over Everything's Rosie with her thoughts on the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - a cult product that I am dying to try. If you enjoy, give her a tweet @shopperlottie :-)

Liz Earle has been a well-known name in the beauty industry for decades. With over thirty books under her belt, she’s a firm advocate of the benefits of botanicals and a pioneer in the beauty industry since the 1980’s, when she released her first best-selling book. In the 1990’s, she co-founded the natural beauty range, Liz Earle Beauty Co, which used her expert knowledge to create products that not only work but are good for you, for sale to the general public.

I absolutely love her products and it was hard to choose a favourite to tell you about! I decided on the one that I used the most, the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser.

The cleanser is easy to use, all you need to do is apply all over your face (you can also use it on your eyes to remove excess makeup, I often do) and then remove the product with the muslin cloth that’s provided in the box. This means that it doesn’t only cleanse your face and neck, but also buffs away dead skin, for a fresher, more radiant complexion.

The cleanser contains so many natural goodies that spoil your skin! Beeswax relieves chapped, dry patches, eucalyptus decongests, glycerine aids hydration for a youthful glow, hops extract tones the skin, pro-vitamin B5 stimulates cellular renewal, cocoa butter moisturises, rosemary essential oil invigorates and chamomile soothes.

The cleanser feels quite thick when you apply, so you only need to use a little. I apply all over my face and neck, before gently removing with a warm, damp muslin cloth. It leaves a lovely residue, which makes your skin feel soft and smooth without being oily. I use morning and night, as part of my daily skin care routine.

I hope that you enjoyed reading all about the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser! It’s been a pleasure guest posting for the lovely Rosie, who’ll be back after her holiday with more posts for you. You can pop on over to my blog too, where she’ll be guesting in the next few weeks. :-)
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Rosie and Gym: MyProtein

Like lots of girls, I had previously been under a misconception that protein shakes were just for blokes that were bulking up. I knew that protein provides countless health benefits, but for a while I will still uneasy about having my protein in liquid form, irrationally terrified that they'd turn me into Jodie Marsh. But fish, chicken, eggs etc aren't the most convenient or portable snack, and as I've learnt just how important a high-protein diet is, and finding it difficult to consume enough protein from food alone, I've converted to protein shakes for a quick, easy and rather yummy protein hit.

So why is protein so important? Well, aside from a long list of health-related benefits like lowering blood pressure, preventing diabetes and increasing bone density, a high-protein diet is essential for losing weight AND toning up. Protein takes more effort than any other food group to be digested (burning more calories in the process) and also takes longer to leave the stomach, keeping you feeling fuller for longer and less likely to overeat, therefore, assisting weight loss. The amino acids in protein are responsible for repairing the muscles fibres damaged in exercise, building stronger, lean muscle, which visibly tones your body and increases physical strength. And in turn, lean muscle creates to a higher metabolism, further burning fat!

So clearly, once I learnt this, I was more eager to boost my protein intake with the help of shakes. Rich's PT friend suggested that, for my levels of exercise and my fitness goals (to become toned and strong), I need to consume as many grams of protein per day as lbs I weigh - so that's 143 grams per day. This would be almost impossible without supplementing my diet with shakes. (Supplementing being the operative word - I don't starve myself and use them as meal replacements!)

My current bag of whey protein is a Chocolate Peanut Butter flavour from MyProtein, which, if you're a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup lover like me, is a godsend. The peanut butter taste is quite subtle though and when I'm feeling fancy I do like to add in a little extra teaspoon of real PB.

MyProtein Impact Whey Isolate is lower fat and lower carb than most other protein supplements on the market but what's better is the HUGE array of flavours they have - Coffee Caramel, Blueberry Cheesecake, Rocky Road... sounds more like an ice cream parlour menu, right?

I'll often have a quick post-workout protein shake in my shaker to aid muscle gain and muscle recovery, but I've also been loving making breakfast smoothies, to refuel my body if I'd done a gruelling class the night before and to keep me feeling full and energised until lunch time.

My favourite breakfast smoothie, as pictured above:
1 scoop of MyProtein Chocolate Peanut Butter Impact Whey Isolate
1 banana
1 teaspoon of smooth peanut butter
Skimmed milk
(and I add oats if I'm really hungry)
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Kiko comes to Brighton

As if a trip into Brighton wasn't expensive enough for make-up junkies already, with MAC, Shu Umera, BareMinerals and Space NK boutiques, KIKO has now opened a cosmetics haven in Churchill Square

I went down on opening day to take a look around and familiarise myself with a brand that I'm sure to be getting a lot of use from, now that there's a store on my doorstep. The product range is absolutely massive, with everybody's tastes and skin types catered for.

There's foundations in every coverage and finish. Rainbows of nail polishes and lipsticks. Glitter, shimmer, matte, and sheen eyeshadows in every shade imaginable. Mascaras that lengthen, curl and volumise. Bronzers, highlighters and finishing powders. Make-up brushes and every make-up bag accessory you could need. And, to my surprise, a large skincare range. The core range is placed around the perimiters of the store whilst, in the middle, you'll find the limited edition collections, currently Miami Beach Babe, Modern Tribes and Generation Next. 

Nearly everything is really affordable (a few of the skincare bits are slightly on the pricier side), you're looking at £5 - £8 for a lipstick or eyeshadow, and around £15 for a foundation. So, cheaper than MAC, Benefit etc but definitely matching up in quality! 

As you can see, I got a little over-excited and walked away with a haul of new products to play with, so expect a closer look coming to a bloglovin' feed near you soon! 

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