elf Cosmetics Rosy Go Round Moisturising Lipstick

elf Cosmetics Rosy Go Round Lipstick

If you like a bright lipstick, this could be a fab one for you to try! elf Cosmetics have pulled another great lipstick shade out of the bag with Rosy Go Round* from the Moisturising Lipstick range.

What elf Say

“The velvety, satin texture glides on lips with vibrant colour and luminous shine. Enriched with Shea and Vitamins A, C & E to nourish and hydrate lips.

The rich, creamy formula seals in moisture for long lasting wear and comfort.”

First Impressions

My first impressions of Rosy Go Round, the first lipstick I’ve tried from this collection, was that it looked exactly as it does on the website, which is awesome.

The packaging of the lipstick is simple in its black tube, with a little pocket of colour at the end, which I always find useful when rummaging through my lipsticks as you can see just what the shade is without taking the lid off. This would be perfect too if you had one of these amazing storing boxes (which I want sooo badly)! Just recently found these much cheaper versions in Homebase too, so might snap up a couple when we move.

So What Do I Think?

Rosy Go Round reminds me a lot of a lipstick I reviewed last year from Revlon, Finale. Finale is a ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick and is pretty matte. Rosy Go Round is a very similar colour but is way more moisturising and has a lovely sheen to it. So between the two, I now have the best of both worlds.

This shade is beautiful. It looks just as it does in the tube, is really lovely to apply; just a couple coats and I’m done and is really moisturising as promised. I don’t wear bright lipsticks like this an awful lot, in fact I think the last time I did was Christmas (shock), but when I do, this will definitely be a go to for me.

I really like this shade and if you’re a lover of a pop of colour, give this a try. For an astounding £3.95, why not get a couple!

Do you like to wear bright lipstick? What shade is your favourite?

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Pink Banana & Chocolate Buns

Pink Banana & Chocolate Buns

Passing the time whilst waiting for baby no 2 to arrive has certainly been interesting. When I was pregnant the first time, I seemed to find more energy at the end and didn’t have a toddler to keep occupied too, so I don’t remember being this frustrated!

Today, on good recommendation from my mum, I thought I would do a little baking. Not only to keep my mind off the imminent arrival but also to help keep Grace occupied.

A really simple, quick and easy recipe to bake with your little ones are these Pink Banana & Chocolate Buns. The pink is obviously optional, but on Grace’s suggestion on this occasion, they HAD to be pink!

Ingredients

(makes 16 buns)

  • 10oz self raising flour
  • 6oz margarine
  • 4oz caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 bananas
  • Handful of chocolate chips or flakes
  • Bun cases
  • Pink food colouring (none or other colours if preferred)
  • A little extra caster sugar to decorate.

Method

  1. Measure and mix together the self raising flour, margarine and caster sugar
  2. Make a hollow in the centre of the mix and add the eggs
  3. Mix together well
  4. Chop bananas into medium size slices and add to mixture
  5. Add chocolate chips/flakes to mixture
  6. Mix all together well, but leave the bananas in chunks as much as possible (for extra yum!)
  7. Add food colouring as required to achieve desired colour
  8. Cook at 200*c for 15 minutes
  9. When cool, sprinkle a tiny amount of caster sugar on top for decoration.

These are so easy to make, they take no time at all to cook and the little ones love getting involved with the mixing, adding to the bun cases and eating! Definitely the eating!

It’s certainly helped pass a little time for us today and now that we have some yummy buns to eat too, the day will zip by in no time!

For another quick and easy fun recipe to make with your children, why not try my Blueberry Jewel Bakes too!

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Since writing my review of some of the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty collection, I’ve been dying to show you a beautiful autumn eye look that can be created using the Eyeshadow Quad* in Moody Browns & Gold, the Contour Eye Liner Pencil* in Black and the Class Act Black Mascara*.

For the purpose of this demo, I’ve also used the Timeless Beauty flat and round eyeshadow brushes, together with a few other products listed at the end of this post.

I thought I’d chat about each of the products a little first and will then detail how I created this pretty autumn eye look.

Eyeshadow Quad in Moody Browns & Gold

“I love playing with eyeshadow – it’s fun and subtle application can really enhance the shape of your eyes.” – Joan Collins

How pretty is this compact! That’s all I want to say to start off with. I love how the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Collection of products are all designed with the stylish woman in mind and this gold compact is such a perfect example of how wonderfully the products have been created.

The Eyeshadow Quad gold compact, £25, is beautifully weighted with a magnetic snap shut, which I love! It also has a great mirror inside, which is compact wide, so super useful, together with two double ended applicators.

Timeless Beauty Eyeshadow Quad

Timeless Beauty Eyeshadow Quad

The 4 colours themselves are really stunning in this quad. The medium and dark browns are perfect for creating smoky eye looks, the cream shade is great for adding a little highlight to the inner corner of your eye and the gold adds a bit of added drama and dimension to the look.

Each of the shades are beautifully pigmented, with the cream maybe being the least and when used with an eyeshadow primer will last and last on the lids.

Class Act Mascara in Black

“Eyelashes have been troublesome for me as my own are not naturally long and full. Now, with this mascara, they have real presence.” – Joan Collins

I’ve recently tried and been using a few lower end mascaras, and whilst one became a favourtie of mine a while back, another left me feeling really disappointed. The Timeless Beauty Class Act Mascara, £20, in it’s gold packaging however is an absolute dream!

Timeless Beauty Class Act Mascara

The packaging is super luxurious, again and the wand itself is beautifully fat, designed to coat every lash.

Application of Class Act is really slick too. The creamy formula feels so amazing as it coats the lashes. I needed just two coats to get really good coverage and I was really pleased with the volume that was created.

Contour Eye Liner Pencil in Black

“My eye liner pencil makes it quick and easy to add definition. It glides smoothly over the skin and has a soft texture so it is easy to blend.” – Joan Collins

I love discovering a new eye liner pencil because I go through them so rapidly and never need to wait long before I can start using a new favourtie. The most recent eye pencil I reviewed is still the one I’m currently using, but I have to say that compared to this Contour Eye Liner Pencil, £12, I think it’s likely to be shelved pretty soon!

Timeless Beauty Contour Eye Pencil

For a start this pencil is super long! Much longer it seems that most eye pencil’s I’ve tried. I love the gold lid, cute, and the formula of the liner is really creamy and pigmented, without being too much so.

Application is really easy and really does blend easily too. I used a small blending brush to soften the product under my eye and am really happy with the effect. It’s also really great to use on top of the lashes, instead of a liquid liner and again, blends really beautifully to create any desired look.

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So for autumn, there is no quad more perfect for creating a smoky eye with very little effort. The look above was created in about 20 mins and perfect for a night out with drama!

You can make this look as subtle or intense as you like, by adding less or more product and with the shadows being so blendable, you can easily take the look from day to night in a flash.

Easy steps to creating this look:

  1. After applying eye primer, I applied the medium brown shade across the whole lid.
  2. I then applied the dark brown to the outer corner, blending inwards and outwards to smooth out any harsh lines.
  3. I then applied the cream shade to the inner corner of the eye and a little underneath, to create a more open eye effect.
  4. I then applied a little of the gold shade down the middle of the eyelid and blended out a little. This is a great way to create added dimension to the eye lid.
  5. I then applied a little of the Contour Eye Liner under the eye and inside the top lid.
  6. I used the dark brown shadow to blend and ‘smoke out’ the liner under the eye a little.
  7. Finishing the look, after applying eye liner, I coated my lashes with the Class Act Mascara.

Other products used to complete this look:

  • JC Timeless Beauty First Base Foundation in Warm Medium
  • JC Timeless Beauty Impeccable Finish Loose Powder in Translucent
  • elf Studio Eyebrow Kit
  • JC Timeless Beauty Glorious Gloss in Ava
  • Smooch Bronzer in Tan Queenie
  • Me, Me, Me Cosmetics Cheek & Lip Tint in Coral Blossom
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Avon Mega Effects Eye Liner

So here’s to the really exciting news! If you love the look of this eye look then you could win yourself one of two sets of products to create the look at home yourself!

I’m lucky enough to  be able to give away two sets of……

  • Eyeshadow Quad in Moody Browns & Gold
  • Class Act Mascara in Black
  • Contour Eye Liner Pencil in Black

…..to two lucky winners!

Each set is worth £57 each, so this is the perfect way to add a little luxury to your makeup collection by just completing the rafflecopter below.

This competition is open to UK residents only and closed at midnight on 30th September.

Get entering and good luck!

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After a few days of rain, it was lovely yesterday to see a little sun and be able to get outside with Grace and enjoy it. There’s so much going on in our house at the moment, with baby on the way and an imminent house move, that I think Grace has been going stir crazy.

Sunshine is such an amazing healer for making us feel better isn’t it? Just a little play outside, gave Grace a new spring in her step. She loves playing with her water table and it was probably one of the last times that she’ll be able to this year, so we got stuck in.

I think that at just 2 & half Grace is very aware that there is a major change afoot and that some of her ‘stir craziness’ has been because of the new baby. They’re so clever aren’t they! Although she’s making all the right sounds about having a new baby brother or sister, I’m sure deep down she’s wondering what this change will mean for her. I must admit, I’m a little nervous about how the dynamic will all change too, so I don’t blame her for feeling a little unsettled.

The autumn sunshine cleared our heads though and when we returned inside, we both seemed to feel refreshed and ready to continue the day. I just wish summer weren’t over and this will be one of the last chances we get to enjoy the sun. Without a trillion layers on that is!

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Today I treated my nails to a little nail colour and thought I’d try Mango Madness from elf. I’ve loved the look of this polish for a while and included it in my elf wish list back in May.

Mango Madness* is a gorgeous coral shade and is easily applied to the nails. I always apply one thin coat, leave to dry (which takes no time at all) and then apply a second. elf nail polish dries really quickly, evenly and with a wonderful shine and Mango Madness has loads of that shine – as you can see above.

Application Tip

A little trick to help nail polish from chipping is to paint a thin layer of colour along the edge/tip. This seals off the polish and helps it to last a little bit longer. I like to do this when I apply the first coat, but works equally well on the second.

What Do I Think?

At just £2.50, I don’t think you can go wrong with elf nail polish. There are so many awesome shades to pick from and moving into autumn, some great autumnal shades to adorn our nails with, like Champagne, Purple Pleaser, Green Machine and Garnet. Watch out for my post soon on Mint Cream, which is a shade I love any time of the year!

I really love Mango Madness. As I thought, the colour is gorgeous and is exactly as it looks in the bottle, so I’ve been really impressed. There’s nothing worse than a nail polish that dries a completely different colour to your’re expecting. Hate that!

I love the shine on this colour too. When I applied it, it was raining heavily outside and it felt like autumn had well and truly arrived. A little dab of Mango Madness definitely brightened my day!

Have you tried many elf polish’s? I’ve got quite a collection now and will be digging out some of my favourtie autumn shades to share with you soon.

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