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5/11/15

Current Beauty Favourites


1. Alpecin Double Effect Caffeine shampoo: Boots 

I have wanted to blog about this shampoo for so long and share my amazing discovery! So here we have it, finally! I was intrigued after seeing a few adverts on TV about the cult German caffeine shampoo...but thought, wait that's a bit odd...caffeine, in a shampoo? Well basically, caffeine is put in coffee and Coca cola etc. which gives you energy, right? So, basically it does the same for your hair, and it has done to mine. 

My hair has grown SO fast and it has added a lot of volume to it as well. I cut my hair (I know, I know) a while back thinking I wanted a change...and have been trying to grow it back ever since and this Alpecin shampoo has definitely sped up the process. Yes, it is a shampoo normally recommended for people suffering from hair loss but it also works well for me and my hair has increased by roughly 2 inches already and i've only been using it 1-2 times a week. And it's not just me saying this, several people have remarked how lovely my hair looks, and how much it has grown too! It doesn't have an over powering smell, except it does smell a tad 'masculine' but doesn't stick around. It's not a gunky product to use and washes out easily too. I 100% recommend this!

2. Mirror compact c/o House of CB 

It's good to have a little compact mirror on you when out and about to touch up make up or check for any breakouts or stray eyebrow hairs. This little pink beauty is from House of CB and it comes with a normal sized mirror and a magnified mirror on the other side...not always flattering but very useful.

3. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24h: John Lewis 

I decided to invest in a good quality foundation and went for this Lancôme product that my mum uses and recommended. I actually already borrowed it off of her and loved the great coverage it gave me. My mum insisted that I buy one of my own (and stop borrowing hers!) so I did and i'm so glad I made the investment. It covers EVERYTHING so much so, I don't even need concealer most of the time. As the bottle guarantees, it stays put all day long and doesn't budge. It's a nice glide-on product so it's very easy to apply and blend. The foundation also contains SPF 15 AND it's oil-free...it is perfection in a bottle. (the shade I use, pictured below, is shade 02)

4. Illamasqua nail varnish in shade 'Phallic' c/o Illasmasqua 

Despite me saying in one of my earlier posts that it's out with the dark colours on nails for Spring/Summer, it's still nice to wear a dark shade for the evening. The shade Phallic has a lovely shimmer to it so it's perfect for going out. It's easy to apply and doesn't chip too easily.


5. Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub: Superdrug 

I was on the hunt for a basic scrub that I could use to help wake my skin (and me!) up in the morning. This one is ideal as there's no pesky smells or ingredients, it's just your basic facial wash that exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling refreshed and silky smooth.

6. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 001 dark brown: Boots 

One of my favourite vlogger/Instagram make up artists, Jamie Genevieve recommended this to use, surprisingly, on the lips, rather than on the eyebrows. I've been on the hunt to find the perfect lip liner that resembles the Kylie Jenner lip so when this was recommended, I thought this may work... and it really does! I apply it alongside my Bobbi Brown Lip Color in 'Rose' and they both match each other perfectly. The pencil is easy to apply, stays put and doesn't bleed into your lip line like other lip liners. It looks great with a smokey eye and a bold brow on a night out.

7. Sassoon Motion hold flexible hairspray c/o House of CB

I'm not one to put a lot of product in my hair as I find it ends up feeling weighed down. However, when House of CB gave me this Sassoon hairspray, I thought, ok I'll give it a go and I honestly love it. It doesn't leave my hair feeling hard and sticky like some hairsprays do, but gives it that bit of bounce and life that it needs. It smells lovely, feels light and allows you to style your hair around it.

What are your current beauty favourites?

Lots of love, Lucie Rose x

5/10/15

Gig Review | Foxygen @ The Kazimier

Liverpool is often remembered as the city of the Beatles, the Albert Docks, football and the nightlife but also it's avant-garde music scene which I think is definitely up there with the best in the UK. On my birthday last Thursday, with nothing else planned in particular till the following night, I decided to go along to a gig at The Kazimier...


I'm normally the type that will only go to concerts and gigs of bands I know, but lately have been finding a lot more pleasure in going to see bands I've actually never heard of before. I'm not sure what it is, but I think it may be not having any expectations or knowledge of the band that makes it a lot more exciting. It's definitely a surprise when the band is totally not what you imagined. Foxygen were exactly that. The Californian psychedelic pop and garage rock band consist of Sam France on vocals, Jonathan Rado on guitar and keyboard, Shaun Fleming on drums alongside their 3 fronting singers (like backing singers but they were at the front of the stage...) donning short sparkly dresses and 3 other guitar/bass players... it was a pretty busy stage to say the least. 

All photos taken by me on a Canon EOS 600D and edited on Photoscape

Foxygen definitely gave me a birthday to remember and an experience i'll never forget. Have you listened to Foxygen lately?

Lots of love, Lucie Rose x

5/3/15

20 Things I've Learnt Before Turning 20


As i'm turning the scary yet exciting age of 20 this coming Thursday, I thought i'd put together a little post of 20 important things i've learnt so far to help any of you out there going through those, at times painful, and life-changing teen years!

1. Don't compare yourself to others

This is something i've had to seriously work on for a looong time but i've gotten a lot better at it. Saying things like "She has a nicer figure than me" or even "She's more successful in her education/career than I am" isn't healthy or good for your own self esteem. In the end, saying these thoughts to yourself is never going to make you feel better about yourself or improve you as a person. My tip is to switch those jealous/comparative thoughts into inspirational thoughts. So, instead of thinking "She's way more successful than I am"... think "What a remarkable woman, she motivates me to better myself. I wonder how she became so successful. Maybe I could ask her for advice on how she got where she is." ...  these thoughts are much more productive! You have to think "if it's possible for her, it's possible for me too!" if you get my jist.

2. There are always new, amazing and interesting people round the corner

Some people are meant to come into your life for a reason, to teach you a lesson and some also left it for a reason- because it wasn't meant to be. Being at uni has made me realise how many more interesting and lovely people there are out there and that you'll always meet new people, that you get along with and have things in common with. Eventually you won't miss those people that left your life, trust me!

3. Bin that fake tan,  just put it in the bin. You look fine the way you are

I used to religiously curl my (already curly!) hair and apply full o.t.t make-up every morning as well as 'cheesy wotsit' style fake tan every week. All of that just to fit in, to look 'good' and impress others. What a waste! Do what looks good on you, find your style, a make up look that suits you and not what you think you have to wear to be accepted and approved by people's opinions that don't even matter anyway. 

4. Life changes a lot, and it gets a lot easier if you just get used to it

When my parents decided we were officially moving to France back in 2009, I knew that meant leaving my home country of the past 12 years, my home where I grew up, my friends I grew up with and everything I knew being left behind me and having to start all over again. Doing all of this just made me more adaptable to change and not being so afraid of it because you think "well, what's the worst that could happen?" because really in the end, it turns out pretty damn ok. Change is good.

5. Everyone is just winging it

This sort of refers back to number 1... though you may think that girl is more successful than you, she's probably struggling and stressing too in other aspects of her life. The majority of people you think have it easy have their ups and downs too and probably don't have a clue what they're doing with their lives either, so be kind and take things less seriously.

6. The harder you work, the luckier you get

I worked hard over the time I was living in France to learn french, and it paid off. I worked hard to get my qualifications at school, though i'm sure my teachers would disagree, and it paid off. I worked hard to get into uni and I work pretty hard on this blog and it all pays off. What goes around comes around, what you give you get back in return. Look at me trying to sound like Rhonda Byrne ey.

7. Go to that party you don't know most people at, go to that gig of the band you don't know, do things out of your comfort zone

These are opportunities you should say yes to, to an extent of course. I've often found the best nights out have been the unexpected, un planned nights that you spontaneously go to even though you're thinking "I won't like it, nobody will like me blablabla"- ignore those thoughts and just do it! (not sponsored by Nike)

8. Get off Facebook, get off Twitter and go outside

I, for one, am guilty of this. I spent a lot of my time on Bebo (back in the day), caring about what people thought of my profile, how many friends I had, who commented my photos - oh my god if I only I could slap my younger self...none of these things matter. Online fame and acceptance is like Monopoly money, it's not real. Of course teens growing up now are even more exposed to social media than ever before so it's a lot harder but remember to go outside and have fun, because you'll never be that young again, but technology will be around for as long as you live.

9. Don't be afraid to be like Bridget Jones

So you said something stupid, or fell in front of huge audience (*cough* Madonna), or got a bit too drunk and puked in front of everyone, or just really really put your foot right in it - it's OK. People f**k up all the time, even the 'pros' do. I actually like it when someone isn't afraid to laugh at themselves so just embrace it, because there will probably be many more embarassing moments to come #spoileralert.

10. Do your own thang

Stand out from the crowd, do what makes you happy and don't try to copy others to fit in. You will feel a lot happier for just doing what you want to do.

11. There's never a 'right' time

I'd put off doing things because I didn't think it was the right time for it, i'd say maybe tomorrow, maybe next week and then eventually never get round to it... so just go for it!

12. Everything get's a hell lot better

Trust me, high school, education, everything, all of that is just a small phase in your life which will actually go in really quickly, so try to enjoy it for what it is and know that things only get better.

13. Be with positive people that are happy and doing good things with their life

and avoid people with closed, negative minds.

14. That i'm always in a rush for everything

I set my alarm so I can be on time, yet I laze in bed for about half an hour longer then start panicking and rushing about like a headless chicken complaining about not having enough time. This a regular occurrence for me and something i'm just going to accept that will probably never change.

15. It's ok to eat crappy food once in a while and finish a whole packet of biscuits in one go

Yep, i've been there.

16. Don't mix vodka and wine on a night out

Not in the same glass obviously but yeah...I still don't think i've learnt my lesson on this one.

17. You can't please everyone...

...so you might as well please yourself! There's always going to be someone out there that doesn't like you or doesn't like what you do.

18. Having braces isn't the end of the world

It was 4-5 years I endured braces and yes it's a pain in the arse when you eat a burger or pizza, it's painful and annoying but those years will fly in and you will have a dazzling smile in no time. Oh, and remember to wear your retainers at night or all that treatment will have been good for nothing.

19. Your parents mean well, respect them

A belated apology to my parents who I was a total pain in the butt to when I was going through my puberty stage...your parents may annoy you now and may nag you a lot but honestly, as cheeesy as it sounds, it's because they friggin love you, how lucky are you! Don't ever take advantage of that.

20. Starting a blog was one of the best decisions i've made

I know this sounds pretty extreme to say, but I honestly have no idea what i'd be doing with my spare time, apart from partying and uni work, without my blog. It's a place i've created to share my life and interests with other people and I don't know what could be better than that. I've already had some great opportunities thanks to this blog and it has built my self confidence heaps.

Those are the 20 main things i've learnt throughout my teenage years...here's to the 20's!

Lots of love, Lucie Rose x
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