Life Update: Honesty

Aloha my beautiful readers, it has been a little while, hasn’t it. I apologise, I know everybody does, but I truly am sorry. I blog and vlog honestly, so I am going to continue being honest with you, life just got a little bit on top on me.

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We moved house, a big change in itself, but we are now living on a 7am-7pm building site. This means I can’t film videos until after 7pm, because let’s be honest, I’m not going to get up at 5am to film videos, I love making youtube videos but I’m not crazy. Then… A) There’s only a certain amount of videos you can film in that short window after 7pm B) After 7pm I just want to chill out, have baths, watch youtube, edit content and have quality family time.

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If I’m being honest, again, “Where there’s a will there’s a way” comfortably fits this situation. I lost the will, motivation and inclination to create content whether that be on my blog or youtube channel. I wasn’t feeling fully myself and I dont want to create content that isn’t 100% me.

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I don’t watch Pretty Little Liars but the quote “I’m back bitches – A” feels very appropriate. However it should be “-R” because I’m Ruby and all. Ah, I digress, have you missed my rambling, probably not, just pretend you have.

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Right, so I’ve decided I’m not going to pile so much pressure on myself, I am one of those people who beat myself up massively if I don’t achieve the 1000 things on my to-do list that day. Blogging and vlogging is supposed to be a bit of fun, it isn’t my job but oh how I wish it was, however there is no obligation to put content out there, I solely do it for the thrill of it. I believe if you’re doing what you love, it shines through, I don’t want to be forcing content out like a machine as I feel my audience will pick up on this.

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What next then I bet you’re wondering. In a couple of weeks I am going to New York, I can barely contain my excitement, I am hoping to create content about my trip once I get back. Between now and then, I’m trying to plan our trip so we can get the most out of our 7 days, whilst focusing on myself and my own wellbeing. Then in September, I will start attending a sixth form, which currently fills me with a lot of anxiety at the prospect of not knowing anybody at all. I hope to still produce content whilst doing A-levels, but on a much smaller scale, instead of every day more like a couple of times a week.

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I have throughly enjoyed writing this chattier post, I would love to do a weekly round-up post, perhaps on a Monday morning. It would sum up my week and I could link to all the content I uploaded that week – blogposts, videos and perhaps social media posts. Please do let me know if that is something you would be interested in seeing.

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I appreciate every single person who reads my blog and wish we could be the best of friends and go for coffee. Unfortunately for geographical reasons, we can’t, but I would love to get to know you all a bit better. Please share with me down in the comments something good or bad or exciting or annoying or funny, absolutely anything, that has happened to you recently. I would truly love to know!

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

PS. Hope you like the photographs, I snapped them one evening whilst on a dog walk, I am so happy with how they turned out.

My Highlighter Collection

Highlighting has blown up in the beauty world, a completely matte base used to be the desired look, but now looking like a glazed donut is the new in thing. I’m overall really happy with my highlighter collection, I feel like I have a wide range of products and I hope this post inspires your wish list or for you to root to the back of your makeup collection!  I’m planning on filming the full face of highlighter challenge for my youtube channel so make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss out on that.

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Makeup Revolution radiance highlighter palette –  Very subtle highlighters, the first two shades are perfect to mix together and use as a setting powder. The slight shimmer prevents your face from looking flat like matte powders can cause. The bronze shade works well as a bronzer, a subtle highlight and an eyeshadow.

Bare Minerals warm radiance face colour – I rarely use this as I find loose powders such a faff, however, it does give a lovely warmth to your cheekbones. It is very warm toned and pigmented so a light hand is needed.

MAC soft and gentle mineralise skinfinish  – A cult beauty product that lives up to the hype. A beautiful, golden highlight that has the perfect amount of pigmentation. It has a smooth texture and doesn’t highlight uneven skin texture.

Body Shop honey bronze golden highlighting dome – A very creamy consistency that works well for strobing under foundation or as a subtle and healthy looking highlight.

Makeup Revolution radiant shimmer brick – In terms of quality and price, this is hands down my favourite, at £3 I wonder how it is so amazing! The top two shades are my favourite, they are insanely pigmented but not chalky or have a lumpy texture. When all swirled together, they make a beautiful shimmery bronzer, perfect for summertime.

The Balm Mary Lou manizer – Another cult beauty product that lives up to its hype. Mary Lou is an incredible champagne shade with such finely milled shimmer that it looks perfectly smooth on the skin. I use Mary Lou constantly and an indent hasn’t even been made into the powder.

Nars copacabana – Copacabana is insanely pigmented but as it is a liquid, it blends out beautifully and doesn’t look cakey or too much. It is a very pale pink iridescent highlight so I feel the it would work really well on pale skin as it would actually look like a highlight not a bronzer or blush.

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Left to right; three shades in the radiance palette, Mary Lou, soft and gentle, radiant shimmer brick, warm radiance face colour, golden highlighter dome, copacabana.

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I tend to wear a couple of these alternatively, so after writing this, I am definitely going to make a conscious effort to try and use some of the others more often.

What is your favourite highlighter? Have you caught on to the highlighting craze?

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

Morphs 35B Palette First Impressions

My justification for buying another eyeshadow palette is that I don’t actually own a palette with all the colours on the rainbow in like this one does. “I own too much makeup” said no girl ever!

If you want to see how I step by step created the look below then be sure to watch the video.

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Peachy eye with a pop of green on the lower lash line.

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35 pigmented and beautiful eyeshadows for £20, yes please!

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Morphe sell such high quality products for extremely affordable prices. Like every other makeup junkie on the planet, I have my eye on the 35o, but it is gold dust!

Do you own anything from Morphe? Do you own any bright eyeshadows or are you a neutrals kind a gal? 

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

Tanya Burr Lipgloss Collection

Tanya Burr is a youtuber and blogger, which I am sure many of you were already aware of, as she has over 3.5 million subscribers on her youtube channel. Youtube stars releasing cosmetic lines are a really love or hate topic, but personally I love it. Tanya released her original range in 2014, since then she has added many permanent and limited edition products to her range and has had a complete brand design makeover. The lip glosses I have are all in the original packaging, as I bought one of them way back when she first released them, whilst the rest I have bought from beauty outlets when they were taken out of stores to make way for the new packaging.

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The lip glosses retail for £5.99. I feel as if this is quite expensive for a lipgloss when other brands in Superdrug like Makeup Revolution and MUA do good quality products for at least half the price. When a Youtuber releases cosmetics, I feel as if you are definitely paying for their name more than the quality of the product. For all my lipglosses aside chic, I paid 99p, which means I got 6 lip glosses for the price I originally paid for one. I cannot link most of the shades as they have been discontinued but I would highly recommend popping down to a beauty outlet near you and having a rummage around as you get a lot of bargains.

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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked these lip glosses considering it is a “celebrity” makeup brand! They are sticky which I rather like, I feel like this makes them stay on longer and they don’t smear all around your mouth. They smell like watermelons which is definitely a bonus and have a really opaque coverage. The applicator allows precision, whilst covering a large area of your lip, so it only takes a matter of seconds to apply.

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Left to right – champagne toast, chic, just peachy, sparkling dewdrops, exotic island, enchanted forest and vampire kiss.

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Champagne Toast – Nude almost clear with flecks of glitter in, nice for putting over any lipstick to make it glossy.

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Chic – Nude pink, looks lovely by itself or on top of a nude lipstick.

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Just Peachy – A peachy baby pink, quite hard to build up to be fully opaque, would suit very light skin tones.

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Sparkling Dewdrops – Your lips but better colour, a medium pink with flecks of glitter in.

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Exotic Island – A bright purple pink, a very bold colour, but perfect for summer.

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Enchanted Forest – A classic berry purple, more sheer than the others but very buildable.

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Vampire Kiss – A true red which is very opaque for a lipgloss.

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I don’t own many lip glosses aside from these as I feel I have all bases covered, a red, a purple, a clear, pinks and nudes. Overall I really do like these lip glosses, but after paying 99p for them, I don’t think I could ever pay the full retail price.

Have you tried anything from Tanya Burr cosmetics? What is your opinion of Youtubers releasing cosmetics? 

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

Mini NYX + Paperchase Haul

I love having a nosey into what other people have been buying, no wonder my wish list is never ending.. For some reason, I usually save up all the products I have been buying for one big haul, however it usually ends up being a whopper of a post. As I picked up some bits from Boots and Paperchase on Friday whilst shopping with my best friend, I thought I would share them with you, there isn’t too much so this means the post will be nice and concise.

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I’ve been into Paperchase numerous times and always forgotten to pick up what I wanted. My online shopping basket has had the polka dot A6 mid year 2016/2017 diary, let’s squawk slim leather pencil case and black mesh flat pencil case (linked white version as black isn’t online) in for at least a month now. I never got around to purchasing them as I have a quarm with paying for postage, I will happily pay for products, but postage is a hell no! So when I spotted Paperchase on Friday, I went in and picked up my long-awaited stationary. The diary is compact so perfect to carry around in my bag without being too much of a burden. The pattern is very aesthetically pleasing and it has lots of handy pages like a conversation chart, yearly planner, exam timetable, school lesson timetable and a world time convertor. The banana leaf print is massive this season, I picked up this pencil case in preparation for September as I don’t think it will still be in store by then. It’s very small so I thought it would be perfect for just a pen, pencil and ruler to whip out in lessons. Then I bought the slightly larger pencil case to keep in my bag with equipment that I don’t need every lesson like glue, scissors and colouring pencils.

NYX is a brand I have heard a lot about but as it was not available in the UK into recently, I had never tried anything from them. The vivid bright eyeliners are a product that I have seen talked about a lot online so I picked two up in the shades sapphire and violet. They are both such beautiful colours and the formula is amazing. I usually dislike this kind of applicator for liquid liner but I have found it really easy to create the perfect wing with. I’ve insert a picture below of me wearing sapphire, on the left, I use tape to make sure the wing is crisp and the rest is a doddle. First off I was lusting over the Mac pigment in teal but it wasn’t the perfect mermaid shade I was looking for. Then I found the perfect shade in the form of an eyeliner but I wasn’t in the market for spending £16.50 just on one eyeliner. After that I went to NYX and very nearly bought the glitter in teal, but again, it just wasn’t the perfect shade. Finally I decided on the studio liquid liner extreme in aqua blue as it was the closest to the actual shade I was looking for. It is a very multifunctional product, as I will also use it like I would with a pigment, all over the lid. I was playing around with my new eyeliners when I got home after my little shopping trip and created a double wing using sapphire and aqua blue. I really like how it turned out and it’s going to be a component in an upcoming makeup look for my youtube channel.

Shopping is definitely one of my favourite things to do, there’s nothing a little bit of retail therapy can’t fix! Colourful eyeliner is such a fun concept for summer, especially as festival season is upon us.

Have you tried anything from NYX? Is there anything I really need to try?

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

How To Cover Spots In 3 Simple Steps

There isn’t much to be said about today’s video, it’s one of those that is more of a show not tell kind of thing. Nevertheless I hope you enjoy it, don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you did!

I’ve made an enslate for my videos with links and everything, not going to lie, I feel quite swanky right now 😉 if you have any video suggestions on what you would like to see then please do let me know!

What is your holy-grail product for covering spots?

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

5 Bloggers That You NEED To Follow

Finding new bloggers to follow can be very overwhelming, with so many blogs out there, how do you know who to follow? Following too little leaves you with no blogposts to read and following too many clogs up your newsfeed so you don’t get a chance to see everyone’s posts. I have a solution! Today I am going to be sharing with you my five favourite bloggers. Five may seem like a small number but I have picked them carefully as to only share with you my very favourites. My whole aim is to give you potential new blogs to follow without overwhelming you so I felt five was a good amount.

All these gorgeous girls are my friends but I honestly love their blogs as much as I love them! I do also love many bigger bloggers as well but I chose to share these five as I feel that they are relatively small in the grand scheme of blogging but deserve SO much more recognition and SO many more followers .

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Dainty Alice – Alice and myself did a collaboration which I will link here if you would like to check it out. Alice’s bubbly personality reflects through her blogposts and will brighten your day without a doubt. Aside from regularly posting, Alice also posts frequently on her twitter and instagram which is basically an extension of her blog. Her “SUCKS” series is amazing, so funny, take it with a pinch of salt and you’ll find it hilarious. I also really enjoy reading her “boyfriend writes a beauty blog” as they make me laugh out loud! Overall, I believe everybody needs a little bit of Alice in their life, wouldn’t it be great if we could all have a pocket sized one?

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Lexi Life – Katy’s blog features lots of relatable blogposts like summer workout problems and pre-summer panics. Even though this a blogpost dedicated to bloggers I would just like to mention her youtube channel as I LOVE it! Katy vlogs her everyday life and her personality is so lush that it’s not surprising that her channel is doing really well. Also, look how stunning she is, goals right there. Katy also posts very frequently on snapchat, her story is so much fun to watch, her username is “lexilife95” and I definitely think you should add her!

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Aimee Deleis –  Aimee is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out. Her blog is pretty new but SUCH a high standard! She is amazing at makeup and her flatlays are to be envious of. She has a sneak peak blogpost of one of the new Benefit brow products which is a personal favourite of mine and I also loved her NYX matte lip creams blogpost. Her instagram is also fab, so aesthetically pleasing, definitely worth a follow!

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Lucy Writes – Lucy is such a lovely person, her blog is professional but down to earth. Her blogposts are practical and easy to read. My favourites have to be her favourite blogging tech and her lemon drizzle cake recipe. Lucy and I are planning a blog collaboration sometime in the near future so keep your eyes peeled for that. If you enjoy reading my blog then I think you would enjoy hers too as I feel our writing styles are very similar.

rWbGZLQAMusings and More – Emily posts once a week on a Sunday, I eagerly await all week and I am never disappointed. Her blog is a mashup of all things beauty, lifestyle and baking. Her adorable puppy Luna often features and I still “awwwww” out loud every time I see a photograph of her. My favourite blogpost of Emily’s has to be her experience of a Qblogger event but I do love her travel blogpost of a beach hut by the sea. Her instagram is also very attractive, it’s definitely one of my all time favourite instagram accounts!

This blogpost is different to anything I’ve ever done but I hope you have found it useful and found some amazing new bloggers to follow. I haven’t linked all of their social medias as it would take me all day, but if you click on their blog links, they all have links to their social medias on there.

Who are your favourite bloggers? I would love if you could leave your favourite bloggers down in the comments as I’m always looking for new people to follow. 

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo