Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas with Yves Rocher

A beautiful Christmas red lip deserves nothing less than to star centre stage in a classic festive makeup look. When Yves Rocher offered to send me over some of their festive-themed pieces to create a Christmas look with, I could hardly resist. The Yves Rocher Moisturising Cream Lipstick in 'Orangé Muscade'* is simply a dream to apply, it's brilliantly creamy and glides on without any hassle. It also has a gorgeous shine, and like the name suggests, is incredibly moisturising. I love the colour they send over - Orangé Muscade - as it's not your traditional Christmas red - there is a subtle orange tinge to it that sets it apart. On my eyes, I was able to try out their Lash Plumping Mascara in Waterproof Black*. Unfortunately, my short stubby lashes need quite a bit of help, and this wasn't quite up for the job. However, I will say that it lasted really well, didn't flake or smudge and really helped to separate the lashes - it simply didn't give me the volume and length I need. After completing the rest of my makeup (products listed below) I spritzed myself with the gorgeous Yves Rocher Perfume in 'Flower Party By Night'* which is perfect for taking you from day to night. Yves Rocher describe it as 'A floral and fruity fragrance with irresistible and delicious notes of Bitter Almond Essential Oil and Chinese Badian, with a base note of Bourbon Vanilla'. It certainly is a very rich and spicy fragrance with a strong scent of liquorice. Have you tried any Yves Rocher products? What are your favourites?

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The products marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for reviewing purposes, but all opinions my own. No payment was received for this post, apart from the products themselves.
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Trying something new.


Writing has never been my forte. I've always been more of a visual girl - expressing my ideas and emotions through photos and paintings, but things have changed and my blog has become a form of therapy for me. I have countless posts stored up that will probably never see the light of day, but when I wrote them emotions were running high and I just had to get whatever it was off my chest - even if it was destined to be seen by my eyes only. Maybe I'll release some of them in the future, but at the same time I don't want to bring you down or burden you with the twisted thoughts that come along with a mind clouded by mental illness. So, I thought I'd try something today and just let my emotions flow out onto the page in front of me, and see how it goes...

Falling in love is hard - emotions are running high, you're vulnerable and scared. Falling in love with someone who you'll never get to be with or even meet, however, may be the hardest thing of all. Let's just get this straight - I'm not saying 'never' because I don't think I'm pretty or funny enough - I'm saying never because this person lives half way across the world and we will never get the chance to meet face to face. It just isn't meant to be - but it still hurts. I feel heartbroken, which is completely illogical because there's no basis for it - it's a one-sided love. I haven't been rejected, but at the same time I haven't been accepted either. I spend nights obsessing over something that will never be, and because nothing has ever happened or ever will happen, it seems impossible to get over. I think this is the first time that I have ever felt like this - this enamoured with another human being, and that makes it all the more worse because there's literally nothing that I can do about it. 

To give this story a bit more context without giving too much away, I know this guy through the internet. He is fairly well known on a social media platform, and I am just one of his fangirls. You see my predicament. So how can I be in love with him? I honestly don't know, but I do see him  (through what he does) everyday, gotten to know him and I've chatted to him a few times, and I know that it doesn't sound like a lot but I feel like a giddy 13 year old school girl, and I haven't felt like that for a long time - if ever. You can understand why I said 'never' now can't you? But no matter how far-fetched or unrealistic it seems, I simply can't seem to let him go, and it's haunting me. It's distracting me from daily life - things aren't getting done when they need to because I can't clear my mind, I can't focus.

To be honest the whole thing is making me really quite sad, and I'm sick of it. I've got far too many other things to worry about at the moment so I really don't have time to be heartbroken by a one-sided love affair. If you've ever felt like this before, you'll know that I can't help it. I just don't know what to do...

Isobel x
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bad Day Purchase

It's been a bad couple of weeks. Endless working, a sore throat, a tidal wave of rubbish results and three essays to look *forward* to writing over Christmas. Yeah - not so good. One day on the way home from class I was feeling so crap about everything that I decided that I was going to march into Boots and buy myself something to cheer me up. I know - how materialistic - but it honestly makes me feel better. I've always had an emotional attachment to shopping - things just make me feel better, and if it helps me to carry on and get things done, then I don't think it's such a bad thing. It would be a different story if I bought a Chanel bag every time it rained (which would be a lot in England!) but I try to limit myself. This Dior Lip Balm has been on my 'things I want but are slightly too ridiculous to justify' list for a year or so now. At £23.50, the Dior Addict Lip Glow is supposed to enhance your lip colour whilst also protecting and nourishing. It's a tad extravagant but it's extremely popular so I thought I'd give it a go. Do you guys shop to make you feel better? Do you have anything else you do to lift your mood?

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

What I've Been Loving #35

It took me a little bit of time to really break this bad boy in, but as soon as I fully embraced the stunning shade (and its increddddible smell) I've barely been more than two feet away from it at any given time. It's incredibly creamy texture and gorgeous colour makes it a true winner and now it's officially become my go-to luxury lipstick (the packaging is amazing!)

I haven't tried anything from MaxFactor in years, but when I heard the likes of Essie Button talking about this bronze cream eyeshadow (which basically screams my name) I had to find a way to get my hands on it. Let me paint you a word picture - intense, bronze/golden, smokey amazingness sans excess shimmer. Winner. 

As a kid I hated the LOTR movies - my brother insisted on watching them all the time and all I remember is hours upon hours of fighting and scary-ass orcs. It wasn't until I fell in love with the Hobbit movies that I decided that I needed to give the original movies another try, and I'm glad I did. This boxset is 9 hours of pure amazingness - action, exciting plot lines and Orlando Bloom - what more could a girl need? If you've passed these up in the past, I'd definitely recommend giving them another go!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Time to hear from you


As the end of the year rolls around once again, it's time to look to the new year ahead of us and continue to grow and evolve. Isobel Rose is my biggest passion, and you - the readers - are what keep me coming back for more, so I want to continue to improve myself and my content to keep you coming back! I love the interaction with you guys, and it will always put a smile on my face when I see a regular commenter leaving a little message for me.

As thanks for completing this survey for me (and for being generally awesome!) I will be holding a little giveaway in the new year for all of my lovely readers. One of the ways of entering will be by completing this survey, so if you do this be sure to check that off when the giveaway is announced! There is no real way of me checking so this will be more of an honour system, so hopefully I can trust you guys to keep up your end of the deal ;) 

So, I guess all that's left to say is thank you for all of your support, and here's to another great year in 2015! 


Isobel x

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