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Wednesday, 30 November 2016


I am pretty excited for this, and slightly nervous, I have decided to do Blogmas and Vlogmas! Now before we all get ahead of ourselves let me just clarify that I will not be blogging and vlogging daily. I will either blog or vlog daily. For example today it is a blogpost but tomorrow could be a vlog! (I don't even know if this makes sense?!) Anyway I'm doing something I have never done in my blogging career (LOL) to date which is putting out content on to the world wide web everyday until Christmas Day. and I'm pooing my pants a little... this is such big a commitment!

Now I'm sure you are all aware of blog/vlogmas but for those that don't I shall do a quick and speedy intro to it. Basically it started over on Youtube about 5 years ago, where Vloggers would upload daily in the month of december. I guess this could be like an online advent calendar?! I'm not sure when Blogmas started but I'm guessing it kind of took off when Vlogmas did. Vloggers and Bloggers record all things christmassy on their channels. For me I have found some Vlogmas' a little boring, because sometimes it is just their daily lives in December, where as I've found Blogmas to be more like gift ideas, festive outfits of the days... you get my drift. 

So for me I want to do a mix of both, the blogs will be more to do with  'Christmas Traditions' whereas the vlogs are going to be more tutorial for example making festive things (hopefully)! 

I have decided to post the youtube videos into my blog so it is easier for people to navigate and only have to look in one place for my content. If I hadn't chosen to do this you guys would be playing a game of 'easter egg hunt' and that is completely the wrong season and also very time consuming in our busy digital lives.

I have complied a list of the things I hope to blog/vlog about and on what days, so feel free to dip in and out of this. If you would like to take inspiration from any of the ideas I've listed before then go for it!

Thurs 1st - I'm Doing blogmas/vlogmas 
Fri 2nd - Homemade Advent calendar 
Sat 3rd - Favourite films to watch at Christmas
Sun 4th - 
Mon 5th - Christmas Traditions 
Tues 6th - 
Wed 7th - Ginger Bread House Making
Thurs 8th - Winter OOTD 
Fri 9th - Paper Gift Packets
Sat 10th - Favourite Seasonal Lush Product
Sun 11th - Decorating The Christmas Tree
Mon 12th - My Christmas List
Tues 13th - Bauble wreath Making 
Wed 14th - Lookbook Christmas Day Ideas
Thurs 15th - Bauble Making
Fri 16th - Christmas Surprise (This is super exciting keep your eyes peeled)
Sat 17th - Christmas Market
Sun 18th - Festive Centre Piece
Mon 19th - Christmas Makeup look
Tues 20th - Rice Crispy Trees 
Wed 21st - My Favourite Makeup Product For Christmas
Thurs 22nd - Christmas Pamper Night
Fri 23rd - Going home
Sat 24th - Christmas Eve Traditions

Let me know if you are doing blogmas or vlogmas so I can follow yours throughout December!


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Rimmel London's Only 1 Matte Lipstick

A new generation of matte lipsticks have hit the shelves of the beauty aisles in the form of Rimmel London's The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks* which claim 'high coverage and big impact colour'  with 'a non-drying formula'. Have they hit the mark on this one? Read on to find out...

Lets start with the shades, initially I was slightly concerned about the size of the shade selection, with there only being nine shades on offer. However Rimmel have done a pretty good job. There are some amazing nude shades which I think anyone could pull off. There is also a few gorgeous reds, a couple of pinks, a daring purple and a lovely wintery burgundy.

Top to Bottom The Matte Factor, Look Who's Talking, Run the Show, High Flyer,Salute, Trend Setter, Leader of the Pink, Call the Shots and Take the Stage.

 I think I'm slightly indifferent to the outer packaging. Although I do like that there is a strip of colour around the base of the product as this makes it so much easier to find the shade you are looking for, rather than up turning lipsticks in search of the perfect shade! In terms of practicability it is very good packaging, the lipsticks are sturdy enough to be thrown in hand bags and the product itself sits next to the bullet casing, I would have loved to have seen a matte black outer casing as I think this would have given the product a more high-end feel to it! 

On to the formulation, I am in love with this formula. The consistency is creamy and is easy to apply, it comes out more of a satin finish and then dries down to a matte finish, which makes working with this product so much easier! The colour pay off is also pretty good, I found 'Look who's talking' required a few coats to get a full colour, however the rest of the shades all had beautiful colour pay off in one swipe.

Now the all important feel of the lipstick. We all know that 3 o'clock feeling when your matte lipstick has literally sucked any moisture out of your lips, well I can say I didn't find this with the Only 1 Matte collection. The lipsticks felt light weight on my lips, and didn't cause the 3 oclock crack. I think this is a lipstick range that everyone should give a go, they're amazingly priced (£4.99!) with a quality which is second to none!

Have you tired any of Rimmel's Only 1 Matte Lipsticks? If so tweet me or comment below!


*This post contains PR samples, this does not affect my opinion on the products and all views are 100% honest and my own*

Friday, 11 November 2016

Working in Retail | NEW JOB

Thats right folks, you read it correctly I have a NEW JOB which isn't in retail (finally!).

However today I thought I would focus this post on working in retail, the pros and cons and what it is  like. I have had the joy of working as an assistant and a manager, I'm not sure which one is better to be honest.

So what is retail like to work in? Well I'm going to be honest. It sucks. But seriously I think its probably one of the hardest jobs out there and you should never be rude to customer assistants because they aren't a punching bag. 

Lets start with the Cons so then we can end on a positive.

Hours. At Christmas, at weekends, late at night, early in the morning, you name an hour and you'll be working it. In retail you just work. You can forget the christmas parties that your best friend is hosting. You can hold with very bated breath when you ask for the weekend off to attend the music festival down the road. And you may as well take your holiday request form to the fire and burn it before you dare ask for Christmas off. Okay in fairness, I have had really good experiences with Christmas. I once worked at the Co-op whilst at university and the deal was that if I did over time before Christmas and worked Christmas eve I could have a week off to visit my family but be back for New years eve, and I did work at the airport for two Christmases and this wasn't too bad as Christmas isn't the peak trading time in the airport, but still time off was limited and not to expected. 

Customers. They can be so so rude it is unbelievable, you have to have a patience of a saint in retail sometimes, I have just left a beauty company and some of my worst experiences have been the customers here (apart from the time an old man who told me my degree was pointless when I worked at Co-op, oh and that time someone called me a C**t because I wouldn't serve them alcohol). I've had plenty of 50 year old women shout in my face for no real reason. I've had ladies shout at me about the quality of products and that I'm giving them cancer because the products have parabens in (to clarify the products I sold rarely contained parabens). There is also the awkward moment when customers assume that because you have a baby face you are therefore not the manager. It can be so awkward when telling people this, especially when you know they want to ask you for your age and whether you still live at home. 

Traffic Stopping. Something which I hated over everything was traffic stopping. I am naturally an observer, being made to go out and talk to complete strangers, quite obviously not shopping for skincare was the most terrifying thing of the job. I think for me it was because when I'm a customer I hate being approached, so when I had to this as part of my job it didn't feel like it was true or fair. (if you're wondering what traffic stopping is; it is basically asking every single customer who isn't shopping at your counter if they have heard of the brand you work for and whether you would like to try the brands products.)

There is the general assumption that working in retail means that you are stupid, this really isn't the case. I have met so many people who are worthy of so much more, and probably brighter than most of the customers they serve. The thing with retail is, once you are in your are in. I started working in retail when I was 16 and its taken me 8 years (1 college course and a degree) to leave, I tried 100s of times to leave but with the only experience of retail it was so so hard, but there are so many transferable skills to take to other roles! 

The Pros.

Days Off. I personally didn't find this a positive but I know lots of people that do love this; having days off in the week. I found this somewhat boring because all my friends and family would be working, but it is super handy if you need to make a doctors appointment, go food shopping or even book in a job interview with out questions being asked.

The Customers. So I know I bashed them earlier in the post, but on the flip side, sometimes the customers really do make your day, especially working in the beauty industry. I had multiple ladies come up to me and thank me for giving them amazing service and helping them find a solution to their skincare problem. When a customer comes and finds you to thank you that can really turn your day around. 

The People. You end up working with a whole host of different characters and that can be so much fun because you be-friend people who you wouldn't normally be-friend. You become a close knit unit. When people leave its like leaving school because you know you're not going to see them anymore, obviously I know this will be the same in many roles and jobs. 

Let me know if you have any experience in retail and what it was like for you by commenting below or tweeting me @ohhsorosie.


Friday, 4 November 2016

Urban Decay Smoky Palette Review

Hello you lovely people!

Today I have finally decided to do a beauty review! Its been a long time coming and I'm really looking forward to sharing my thoughts on the Urban Decay Smoky Palette. I am fully aware UD have just released the Ultimate Basics palette but I've already have the Naked2 Basics (which I adore!) and this time I wanted to try a new palette which had a little mix of everything.

If you haven't ever tried Urban Decay eyeshadows, all I can say is, you are missing out! I find with all the eyebshadow palettes I've bought from Urban Decay have been a dream to work with and I fully think even the newest makeup user would find these super easy to blend and use. In general all the shades from Urban Decay have been beautifully pigmented too.

Now on to the Smoky Palette. The Smoky palette has 12 shades with a mix of matte, satin and shimmer shades. It has a double- ended brush; precision and a blender. There is all a full size mirror in the compact too!

The shades range from bronzes, browns, greys and taupes. Something which on reflection I'm not sure I like.... Let me explain. I think its more of a change thing (owing to the fact the Naked3 is all rose gold tones and the Naked2 Basics is all taupe tones), the smoky palette kind of shocked me because it has a range of different tones, where as my previous UD palettes have all had the same kind of tones does that make sense?! Having said that, I love the browns and bronze colours. I like that there seems to be a nice mix of mattes to shimmers, and I also love that the shimmer colours are quite fine but still has a gorgeous sparkle. I haven't really ventured out into the greys, if I'm honest I'm a little afraid of them. Having blue eyes makes me wonder whether the grey will compliment my eyes or not! So to sum this up, I love the feel of the product and I do really enjoy using some of the colours, but I do think some shades un-touched.

Have you tried the Smoky Palette? If so tweet me your thoughts here!