Monday, 23 January 2017

Jeffree Star Beauty Killer

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Hi Everyone!

Seems like an eternity since I did a good old makeup post, I've just not really been buying very much makeup lately... Ok for like the past year, but seriously, how much makeup does one girl need? Apparently another palette so... yeah... 

Anyway, at the back end of last year I allowed myself to buy another palette - the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Beauty Killer Palette.

 I'm a sucker for pink, I'm a sucker for stars and this product has both, I was putty in the hands of the Beauty Bay website when I saw this stunner, the outer packaging is really pretty too which you can see in the picture below.

Inside, the prettiness continues with the most stunning little star print eyeshadow pans. I have to be honest, not every shade here is daytime friendly, but, with some blending, I think all the shades are quite wearable, even the pink as I've got used to making pink work after THAT palette people went wild for last year.

Can we just all take a moment to revel in the beauty that is this palette (and yes, the shade 'expensive' did turn up damaged - thanks Beauty Bay :( and ironically, the palette is expensive... I'm sure it's the world trying to tell me not to waste money on makeup). The design is pretty unique and I don't think I have anything like this in my collection - although I do have a very similar pink shade.

My favourite shade in the palette is 'Courtney' and I predict this will be the shade I use till I hit pan, it will be a great lid colour or crease colour, matte and highly pigmented... Absolute stunner.
The shade that was a bit of a let down is Violence, it worked lovely when applied with fingers but for some reason it was weak when picked up with a brush, still though, fingers did the trick and I managed to get great pigmentation from it.

The showstopper shade, however, was Black Rainbow as on first glance it appears like a black shimmer shade but when you look closer, the glitter particles are all different colours hence the rainbow name.

Overall I'm really pleased I own this palette but would I repurchase again if I had my time over? Probably not as it did take a while to get here, I ended up with the wrong invoice in my box (yes ladies and gents, I was sent someone else's invoice) and the product was damaged, but still... look at the stars and pink.

Have you got or tried this product? Have you had anything happen where you ended up with the wrong invoice and a damaged product?

Rosy xx

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

5 Comments Bloggers and YouTubers Generally Hate

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Hello Everyone,

It's been a while since we had a Top 5 post on here, what with Christmas and all the rush, my usual posting topics have been a little haywire but I'm back again with another Top 5.

Last year my Top 5 posts were some of your favourites, my favourite Top 5's were:

Top 5 Things Disney Failed to Prepare Me For
Top 5 Worst PR Emails I've Ever Had
Top 5 Worst Things About Living With A Man
Top 5 Reasons I Have Beef With Barbie - and no, this isn't a body image post.

But today I'm going to have a little rant about something that has been driving me crazy the last couple of months and that is:

Top 5 Comments Bloggers and YouTubers Generally Hate

Number 1: - "Great"

I am a fan of writing fun posts, Top 5s or beauty reviews when I compare a body cream to Kate Middleton... that sort of thing, but I also like to get serious in these parts too, like when I discussed the adverse effects of FOMO (That's Fear of Missing Out) or when I talked about the horror that is Female Genital Mutilation and on these types of posts (where the topic isn't all light and fluffy) getting a comment such as 'great' or 'this is perfect!!'  is really bloody annoying! So Female Genital Mutilation is great? You didn't read what I'd written did you? No.
To top it off, you just spammed me your link, I like to go and leave a comment on any links I am sent but not when it's obvious you're not a reader, you're a spammer.

Number 2: - "Follow for Follow?"

Same as above, spam! I don't know how many times this has to be discussed on twitter chats, comment sections, blog posts and videos, seriously people! Please, for the love of google, stop with the follow for follow, because most of us won't go for it.

Number 3: - Fight Club

This is something I've been getting on my YouTube Channel since I uploaded a video about the book 'Everyday Sexism' (you can see that video here) and in this video I discuss some worrying points, trends and stats that this brilliant book highlighted to me, this was a book that really opened my eyes to the amount of sexism in Britain today, but here's the little twist... the book also discusses some of the sexism that men face which I mentioned in my video... Unfortunately a select few men have seen me sitting there with a book about sexism and haven't listened to a word I've said... I've had emails, tweets and a couple of comments from men that I can only describe as tossers Complete Idiots either kicking off calling me a man hater, a privileged idiot jumping on a bandwaggon or anything else they please (and a couple of the emails have been unpleasant to say the least)  when if they'd bloody watched the video, they would see me say nothing of the sort.
For the record, I don't hate men, I've had some very good male friends and hell, I'm married to a legit member of the male species - complete with xbox and FIFA for god sake! 
There are always people around that just want a fight and will actively search for videos or posts about subjects they want to row about, these people are morons, lesson over.

Number 4: - Unwanted Religion

This has been another annoying trend I've seen on YouTube. I watch a lot of storytimes on YouTube, I love hearing about the lives of others and I've also uploaded a couple of my own paranormal storytimes (such as my first Ouija Board experience) but on my ouija board videos I received a persistent commenter who was desperate to tell me I needed to repent, to be christened and to find God etc etc, simply due to the content of this video... I've seen similar annoying comments on the storytimes of others and seriously, what do these commenters think they will achieve? They have no idea if I'm already Christened or religious or anything, same thing with the other channels I've seen this on, it's invasive and unwanted, please stop.

Number 5: - "LOL"

As I've mentioned, I do like a good light hearted post, a bit of a laugh now and then but sometimes I do write a normal or serious post, and when these posts (or videos) receive a comment saying "LOL!!!" (or similar) I'm not quite sure where to go with that... What does it mean? Where am I going? Did I have something on my face? Why are we laughing????? 
It's just a comment that's sure to throw me right off, every single time... Probably why people leave it to be fair.

So that's my Top 5 Comments I hate getting, let me know if you've experienced similar ones yourself.

Rosy xx


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Just Say No

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year to you all.

I don't know about you, but, as the New Year rolls in for me I am usually too full of turkey, cheese boards and continental meat and deli platters to make any rational decisions and this is surely why everyone makes the solemn promise to themselves around the 1st January that they will finally become a gym bunny and have a body like a Russian ballet dancer by February... not me, no no, as I sit here biting into some spare yule log I found hidden in my car, I'm going to make a slightly more attainable goal for my tubby backside, Just Saying No.

The big thing for the last few years has been 'Just Say Yes', partly brought on no doubt by a post written by Zoella about her struggles with anxiety and the impact this had on her life. This was an inspiration to many and the idea of 'Just Saying Yes' to all your invites, events and gatherings was a liberation of sorts, but, has it gone too far?

With the popularity of the idea of 'FOMO' (that's Fear of Missing Out), saying yes to everything seems to be fast becoming the norm for all of us, companies are even catching onto the phrase and I've even had emails announcing that to avoid 'FOMO' I need to shop their sale, but where does it stop?

Just saying yes can be a bit of a disaster for me personally. I find myself running on empty sometimes with appointments, meet ups, activities I can't fully afford, lunch dates, play dates, couple dates, suggesting dates and then it's bed time and I feel like I've not stopped running since I woke up 16 hours earlier... meanwhile, my book that I've only managed to get 15 pages into is sat on the side whispering "book neglect" at me since I've not touched it in a week (disclaimer, I don't actually hear voices) and I just feel sad.

It actually didn't even hit home just how miserable I was making myself until I was talking to a friend who had three social gatherings to attend in a week and had just had to pay for an emergency repair and couldn't afford to go out, "Just Say No!" I advised and shit hit the fan my friend became animated, "I can't, I've said I'll go and they're expecting me to bring drinks and......."
That right there was the moment, just like when Bridget Jones realised that if she didn't shape up she would die alone eaten by Alsatians, I realised that if I didn't want to end up burnt out, lying on my bed crying that I'd not had a moment alone to read or think in the last 25 years, I needed to change my life mantra.

So this year I've decided I'm not going to try and lose weight (fruitless, I love food), Spend less (pointless, I've been saving all my pennies for holidays anyway), read more classics (I could... buuuuuttt I love my thrillers too much) or become a better me (I'll do for now). No, this year I've decided that I'm going to shun all of it and become more selfish, yes SELFISH, because being everything to everyone is exhausting! There, I've said it. Sometimes I don't want to go out, I don't want to get dressed and be polite, I just want to sit on my sofa and just be.

This year will be the year I learn to Just Say No.

If you enjoyed this post, why not try Are We All Terrified of Our Own Thoughts and, as always, if you're a big yes person and saying yes is what keeps you rolling, then keep it up! We are all different and we need different things to recharge our batteries but for me, finally saying no is a liberation.

Happy New Year,

Rosy xx
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