Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Affordable Family Night Ideas *

Hello Everyone,

Today’s post is a sponsored guest post, read, enjoy and I’ll see you all in the next one.

Rosy x

If you have kids, and want to spend time together, it can be challenging finding things the entire family will enjoy. However, there are fun activities, which aren’t costly, and everyone can enjoy together, which you can do from the comfort of your home. Consider a few of these tips. 

Drive thru movie 
If you have a large yard, or a basement, you can set up a projector, buy a movie, and enjoy a drive-thru screening with the family. This is a fun way to keep things fresh, to “get out of the house”, without leaving home, and it is also a very affordable way for you to have fun with the entire family, if you don’t want to spend much money on entertainment. If you would like some movie ideas then Which Movie Next is a great place to visit.

Have a picnic in your yard
Okay, you might not go to a public park or beach at night, but what’s stopping you from having a picnic in your yard? Make sandwiches, smores, fun treats, and spend some time outdoors, especially with the great summer weather. Set up a tent or make a fort with a few blankets together. The kids will love the idea, and you can spend quality time together with the entire family. 

Game night is another idea. Whether this is video games or board games, you can set up themed-nights. Allow a family member to choose a theme each game night to keep things fresh and ensure everyone enjoys the festivities. And, make it a competition (boys vs girls or parents vs kids). It’s engaging, fun, and a great way to utilise items you have at home, to enjoy quality time with the family. 

You don’t have to spend money to enjoy time with the family. These are a few fun ways to make the most of items you have at home and enjoy time with the kids and your spouse once a week. 


Thursday, 2 August 2018

My Go-To Five Minute Makeup

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Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re all coping in this heatwave we are having, personally I’ve been melting but to take my mind off the muggy misery we are going back to basics to discuss how to look put together in minutes.

As many of you will know, I very recently had a baby and if there’s one thing babies are good at, it is eating up every last second of your day. Where I would once spend a good  hour or so getting ready at leisure (listening to audio books, selecting the perfect shade of shadow), I now find myself placing my baby in his swing and backing out of the room in slow motion maintaining eye contact and smiling like a serial killer trying to convince my baby that this is all perfectly casual, I will return in one millisecond but he sees through me and starts to grumble and so my ‘get ready’ time turns into a desperate dash around the house screaming “WHERE THE HELL ARE MY CLEAN KNICKERS?!”  - joke... or maybe not a joke.

Anyway, sometimes I just have to spruce myself up a bit, like when I’m due a visit from someone and I want to look like I’m well rested and breezing through this whole motherhood adventure rather than my new look that resembles the cast of Jurassic Park after the raptors have started munching their pals... - Joke... or maybe not a joke.

To crack this routine I’ve had to have a serious product purge, experimental items do not feature, I need brands I know, love and trust to see me through these early baby days. These are brands I’ve used for years and they’ve never let me down, this is my moment of need after all and I need to know that these old friends have got my back without much effort on my part.

I picked up a sample of this IT Cosmetics CC Cream when I was in the US last year and loved it, it has medium coverage but looks way more natural than a traditional foundation. It is really easy (which means QUICK) to blend in, it colour corrects and helps conceal dark circles which means I can cut out using a separate product for my under eyes thus saving precious minutes.
Add in that it claims to moisturise and reduce the appearance of wrinkles all with a nice little factor 50 SPF, which means I can cut out using a moisturiser and a sun lotion too, it’s all about those valuable minutes people!

Next on the list is my favourite lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury, I love a bit of Charlotte Tilbury because the finishes of her products are so natural and last for ages. I am in love with this shade called Stoned Rose Which is a lovely coral pink colour but the most natural coral lipstick I’ve ever used. I also double up this lipstick as a cream blusher which continues to speed up my get-ready time and also has the handy side effect of pulling my look together as everything matches. I pop a little on my finger tips and dab into the apples of my cheeks, thank you Charlotte, you make to look alive!

Ah Urban Decay, you may remember a post I published a while back about how Urban Decay is the brand that started it all - my love of makeup that is. A good ten years later I’m still a loyal fan and I always have something from Urban Decay in my routine and at the moment I’m making use of my trusty old Naked Palettes, the shades blend with no real effort on your part, they last all day and each palette has a range of shimmers and mattes that can change your look dramatically all in one handy palette. I’m currently using my Naked 3 palette and especially liking the lighter shimmer shades to brighten up my eye area, let’s pretend I’m sleeping well shall we?

Finally I finish off my look with a quick cat eye from whatever liquid liner I'm using at the minute and a coat of mascara and I'm out the door. No pictures of these items as I've still not found my holy grail product in either of these areas.

Let me know if any of these are your products of choice!

Bye for now,

Rosy xx

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