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Monday, March 30, 2015


For the last few weeks I have been trialling some new (very lovely) skincare bits from a brand that, until this point, I had never had the chance to try before; Rodial. I was luckily enough to receive both the Rodial Glamtox Day SPF15* and the Rodial Glamtox Serum* in the post, and I can ensure you that since the moment I got my mitts on them, I've been generously slathering them on at every opportunity. Let's get started by taking a quick look at the Glamtox line and what it promises to deliver in these insanely chic looking silver tubes of joy. The Glamtox line is aimed at lifting and brightening tired skin, and is particularly effective at targeting ageing skin and wrinkles. If we want to be more specific, Rodial actually describes the Glamtox line as 'Containing ingredients such as Vitamin C for brightening, Gransil to correct skin tone, Wheat Protein to reduce lines and wrinkles, this is a 5 step range to flawless, younger looking skin.'

The Rodial Glamtox Serum* is a natural oil based serum enriched with vitamins that's aimed at brightening your complexion and smoothing out wrinkles, as well as hydrating and promoting clearer skin. Sounds like rather a big claim right? Well, after giving this a good ol' testing for a few weeks, I can confirm that this serum is certainly a welcome addition to my skincare routine. Then we have the Rodial Glamtox Day SPF15 Moisturiser* - a beautiful day cream that provides similar effects to the serum mentioned above. As well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and providing intense hydration, it also provides SPF 15 which protects your skin from any further damage. What's more, it is also an excellent base for make up - it absorbs extremely quickly but helps to even out any uneven skin texture. Along with the Rodial Glamtox Serum*, this provides the perfect foundation for my daily skincare routine. 

Overall, the products that I've had the pleasure to try from the Rodial Glamtox line have been really lovely. Using both the serum and the day moisturiser everyday have allowed me to experience the definition of luxury skincare. For my sensitive, dry skin, this line has been extremely beneficial to use, and although I am only 21 and am not yet in the need for anti-aging products, I can still see the great benefits that the line has had on my skin.

This has been my first time trying any Rodial products and I've been thoroughly impressed! Have any of you tried any of their products? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

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. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Manicure Box

Although I don't always have time for it, one my of favourite things in life is taking good care of my nails. For me, sitting down and taking the time to treat myself to a good ol' DIY manicure is incredibly relaxing and stress relieving, so I do try to fit it in as often as possible. To make the process as smooth as possible, I like to keep all of my nail care bits and bobs in a convenient location, and a Glossybox lid has been my 'manicure box' of choice for a fair while now. So without further ado, here's a sneak peek at the contents of my secret nail stash...

Nail polish remover:

A manicure box would be pretty pathetic without a trusty nail polish remover, and my personal favourite is the good ol' Boots Essentials Nail Polish Remover. For me this does the job perfectly without drying my nails out too much or damaging them, and at only £1 for 250ml, it simply can't be beat! Don't forget to stock up on those cotton pads too!

Nail Scissors/clippers:

Another essential for a quality manicure is a good pair of scissors and/or clippers. I'm personally not really a clippers kinda' girl, so I tend to stick to using these basic nail scissors from Boots. As far as I can tell, you don't need to splurge on expensive nail scissors to get the job done - just make sure they're small, precise and nice and sharp! 

Crystal nail file:

The day that I bought a crystal nail file was the day that my nail game changed forever. I purchased this Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File a few years ago, and I can confidently say that I will never go back to a regular nail file again. Crystal nails files are a bit more expensive than regular ones, but they never get blunt and they prevent breaking in the nail, so they are definitely an investment worth making.

4-way nail buffer:

I've been a fan of 4-way nail buffers for years because they improve both your nail surface and the longevity of your manicure, amongst other things. In all honesty, any buffer will do, but I tend to go for generic ones like this Boots own brand 4-way buffer because they all do the same thing, and as they wear out fairly quickly, I don't see any point in spending more money than you have to. 

Nail Brush:

A nail brush is an essential tool for me for a simple reason - without sounding grim, all sorts of rubbish hides out under your nails, and a brush is the best way of getting rid of all of that nastiness, full stop.

Cuticle care: 

When it comes to cuticles, I like to have a number of tools in my arsenal. To start things off, I use the Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover in conjunction with a cuticle pusher and trimmer duo like this one from Elegant Touch to make sure that any dry skin is removed and my cuticles are pushed back. I also like to have a nail oil on hand to top off my manicure, and the one that I'm currently using is OPI's Avoplex Replenishing Oil, but I've tried a lot of oils in the past and I'm yet to come across a dodgy one yet.

Hand scrub:

A great step in any manicure routine is the Rituals Miracle Scrub, an oil-infused nourishing hand exfoliant that truly takes a basic mani to the next level. A hand scrub really is a luxury and certainly not an essential for a manicure box, but if you're feeling fancy then it's a step that you certainly will not regret!

Base coat:

No matter how hard I've tried to find a cheaper alternative, whenever I stop using OPI's Nail Envy I instantly notice my nails changing for the worse. At £19.50 a pop it is ridiculously expensive, but it is amazing at strengthening your nails and keeping them healthy, and luckily the bottle lasts for months - even when using it as a daily treatment. If someone can suggest a cheaper alternative then please let me know, but until then I'll be saving up my Boots points to pay for my next bottle!

Top coat:

I've said it once and I'll say it again, nothing beats Seche Vite when it comes to top coats. Despite the fact that it becomes too thick to use half way through the bottle every.damn.time, it's super glossy, super quick drying and ensures an extremely long lasting manicure. I wish I could use more than half of the bottle, but for the result it gives, it's more than worth the hassle. 

Hand cream:

The final goodie in my manicure box is an essential final step to any manicure, and that's a good quality, extremely moisturising hand cream. I'm constantly trying out different creams so I don't have a specific recommendation for you, but just make sure you have one to top of your mani routine, as well as to keep your mitts soft and nourished in between DIY treatments. 

So that's a basic overview of what's in my 'manicure box'! I hope some of you have found this remotely useful if not interesting, and if you have any favourites that I've forgot to mention, please do share in the comment section! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WIBL #40: Back to basics

So today's WIBL is a combination of products, something old, something new, and something that's been around for a few months (I wish I could've said blue, but the BB cream is the old product!) I've been keeping things extraordinarily simple when it comes to both skincare and makeup, so the simplicity of my routine has obviously been reflected in my choices this time. Starting with the base, I've been using my beloved Dr Jart+ Water Fuse BB Cream every day without fail. The 'water fuse' element of it ensures that my skin stays hydrated and it also means that none of my dry patches are highlighted, which is a huge bonus for me. Moving onto my eyes, I've fallen head over heels with my new YSL Babydoll Mascara. The skinny, synthetic brush is perfect for my lashes because it really grips onto them and adds both length and volume. I mentioned in this post that I bought the dark brown version, and it's been great because it doesn't look too harsh against my light colouring. Last but not least, we have the product that takes all of the above off - the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse. In the Boxing Day sales this year I picked up this nifty little kit, and to my surprise, this has been my favourite from the bunch. This is a gorgeous, thick balm cleanser that melts away my makeup in seconds. What's great about this is that it comes with a pump, so there's no need to dip those grubby little fingers into a pot and get lots of product under your nails! It also has quite a heavy, relaxing scent and overall, the product just feels really fancy and rich. I don't think I could justify splashing out £40 for the full size of this, but I am thoroughly enjoying this sample. 

What have been your favourite products this week? Let me know!!

p.s. I'm running a giveaway - check it out here. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Blog Birthday Giveaway

As a way of saying thank you to all of my lovely readers that I've accumulated over the past four years, I've decided to host a small giveaway. The main prize I'm giving away - as you can probably tell - is the gorgeous Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta. However, that's not all! I'll also be throwing in a few secret surprises (some of my favourites), just to add an element of surprise to the whole thing! You can enter by filling in the Rafflecopter form below, which is pretty self explanatory, but if you have a question then just let me know. The giveaway will be open for just over 3 weeks, so get submitting your entries, and most of all, good luck!!

Isobel xx

p.s. This is open internationally :)

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Isobel Rose turns 4.

My, my, my, how did we get here so quickly? Today marks the 4th anniversary of my dear little blog, which is insane for me because it seems like just yesterday that I penned my first ramblings. Isobel Rose's 4th birthday is a momentous occasion for me because not only is it a hell of a long time to keep a blog going, but it has also accompanied me throughout my entire university experience. I started blogging 'seriously' in the summer before moving to the UK for university, and here I am, four years later, only a couple of months away from graduating. Four years is not only a long time to be writing a blog, but also an incredibly long time to be following one. I know that each and every one of you have followed me for different lengths of time, but no matter how long or short, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continuous love and support. I wouldn't be where I was without my amazingly loyal readers, and for that I cannot thank you enough. However, I do want to attempt show my gratitude, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a little 'thank you' giveaway in the next week or so - It'll be something to watch for trust me! Also, if you have a free second and you haven't yet filled it out, I'd love if you could give me some feedback to help my little blog grow even more in the years to come! It's been a phenomenal four years thanks to you guys, and I can only hope that the next four years will be just as great!

4 years. 4 countries. 1 beloved blog.

Isobel x

p.s. I ate this entire cake within 48 hours - twas delicious! (but smaller than it looks!!)