18 August 2017

It's A Long Story by Arbonne

Arbonne It's a Long Story mascara review, UK beauty blogs

If I had to choose a product to take with me on a deserted island it would have to be mascara. I think eyelashes make a huge difference to the makeup look, so for me mascara is one of the most important products in your makeup bag. Along with foundation, these two are always worth splurging on if the effects are meeting and exceeding expectations.

I was introduce to Arbonne by Rachel Montague-Ebbs (check out her Instagram here!) and she kindly sent me this mascara along with a few skincare goodies to sample and get familiar with the brand. I was really excited to trial the mascara because it's such a favourite product of mine.

Arbonne It's a Long Story mascara review, UK beauty blogs

It's A Long Story mascara promises to create the look of longer and fuller lashes, whilst keeping lashes in great shape with the added vitamins and extracts like bamboo and pea which condition the lashes. I loved the look of the mascara - it comes in a tube which is handy to stand on your dressing table; and the bristles on the brushes really help separate your lashes to make sure all of them are coated.
I've been using the mascara for over a month now and I'm really happy with the results - my eyelashes have grown back stronger after I picked some of them to get rid of eyelash extensions, and the mascara delivers as promised! One coat will give you gorgeous longer looking lashes for everyday wear, or you can layer it for a more dramatic night time look.

£30 is quite a lot for me to spend on mascara, but the quality of the product lived up to the price - I haven't been disappointed once in the mascara. I think if the product does exactly as promised, it's worth the price - I always buy Dior Nude foundation because I love it, but my bank account doesn't...

What do you think? How much are you willing to spend on makeup and are there products which you would splurge on vs bargain products?
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16 August 2017

Places To Visit: Prussia Cove, Cornwall

Prussia Cove, things to do in Cornwall, travel blog
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4 August 2017

Bravura London - Animal Friendly Skincare

Review of Bravura London Skincare, UK beauty blog, Bravura London, Dalry Rose
Bravura London* Revitalising Ginseng Toner £12.40 // Azulene moisturiser £9.90 // Salicilyc Acid £9.59 // First Cleanse Oil £14.50

I was introduced to Bravura London at a blogger event and had a great chat with the girls manning the stand. Bravura was founder in London in 2003 by an experience facial therapist Amanda Elias, who now runs the business from Wales alongside her partner Ryan Heslop.
Bravura is known for being the very first company in the UK to be able to supply chemical peels to be used at home - their aim was to make chemical peels safe, affordable, and easy to use for anyone with skin problems.

Bravura London uses active ingredients which they believe are proven to work for different skincare types and needs, like Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, natural ingredients like volcanic mud, seaweed extract, aloe vera, and the common cucumber, and vitamins like vitamin C. The best part is that none of these products or ingredients are tested on animals, and most of the products are suitable for vegans - fist pump! Not that I'm vegan but I'm definitely up for brands being animal friendly because in our time there's just no excuse for animal testing. And actually whilst we're talking about being ethical, there is something else I found out about Bravura London - as they're based in Wales now, they do everything to help the community grow by employing local people and allowing working hours to be 7am to 3pm so that it fits around children and school hours. How nice is that? Maybe more companies should start adapting these hours.

And they're environmentally friendly. Boom!

Review of Bravura London Skincare, UK beauty blog, Bravura London, Dalry Rose
Review of Bravura London Skincare, UK beauty blog, Bravura London, Dalry Rose

One of my favourite products is the Azulene moisturiser: a light, unscented emollient cream which is suitable for sensitive, normal, combination and oily skin types. This is a great solution for problem skin as it hydrates, provides relief and soothes the skin for a longer period of time, without irritating the skin as it contains natural ingredients like azulene and aloe vera.

Azulene is a natural healing botanical extract which comes from the chamomile flower. It helps to soothe sensitive skin and prevent inflammation, blackheads, and blemishes. Along with Azulene and aloe vera, this moisturiser contains rosemary, sage, and hop extracts; and hazelnut, wheatgerm, and avocado oils all of which help with nourishment and healing of problem skin.

After cleansing skin, apply a small amount of the Azulene moisturiser on your face and neck - it also works great under makeup as it sinks in quickly and creates a smooth base.


Another shout out goes to the Salicilyc Acid from Barvura London - an effective treatment of acne and oily skin types which are prone to blackheads and open pores. This is a 2% daily use salicylic acid exfoliator (which looks like a serum but bear with me) which is used to unblock pores without drying out the skin.
Salicilyc acid is a lot stronger than most other acids used in acne treatment, which is why it still works on a much lower percentage than others. It's very effective at cleaning pores, reducing acne, and reducing wrinkles by removing old cells from your skin, reducing inflammation, and boosting collagen production.

This is a professional treatment which can be used at home so always do a patch test before use, and always follow the instructions provided to you. You can apply the peel with your fingertips or a makeup brush, but Bravura also sell chemical peel brushes which are pretty cheap and useful to use.
The treatment takes about 10 minutes, and you may notice some light flaking or dry patches when you first start using this exfoliator, some redness, and maybe some itchiness - but this is all normal as you are speeding up the process of removing the old cells and growing new cells. Remember to always rinse your face with cool or tepid water, never with hot water as this may cause discomfort and damage to the skin!

There are precautions you need to take when performing this treatment - like using a high SPF in sunlight and not using sun beds as salicylic acid increases your sensitivity to sunlight; and you may want to consult your doctor if you're on mediation, treatment, are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Review of Bravura London Skincare, UK beauty blog, Bravura London, Dalry Rose

I'm really impressed by the quality and the wide range of products Bravura provide, and I can't wait to explore more of their skincare products. They're an ethical company who use natural ingredients, don't test on animals, and support the local community; their prices are reasonable compared to the quality of product; and they have a wide range of professional grade creams and treatments to choose from.

What do you think of Bravura? Would you try the products?
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3 August 2017

A Visit To Arundel Castle, West Sussex

Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
what i'm wearing: skirt Zara // top H&M // shoes JustFab // bag TKMaxx // belt* Johny Loves Rosie

Day trips to new places are what drives me to work harder - it's a reward to be able to take a midweek break Wednesday and go to explore some beautiful place whether it's round the corner of a few hours drive. A little while ago, Heidi and I visited Arundel Castle because we wanted to take some beautiful photos for Instagram and also tick another place off our list of relatively local attractions. 

Arundel Castle was built in West Sussex, and is a historical castle with beautiful gardens and a chapel. I was surprised at how much there is to do in the castle grounds especially on a sunny day, our 2 hour trip turned into a whole day!

Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose

We visited Arundel Castle during the tulip festival which was beautiful - I feel like there were hundreds of different types of tulip dotted around the grounds! But there are many events which take place - find them on the Arundel Castle website. And when the weather is sunny, it's really worth going for a picnic in the scenic grounds. Just bring a picnic blanket, snacks, and drinks - for inspiration read my blog post all about our picnic at Arundel Castle.

There are several gardens which are full of gorgeous flowers and tropical plants - I really enjoyed walking around them and smelling the fresh air, sitting down on benches, and taking in the scenery. You know a lot of people who visit my Instagram account are surprised by how much beauty there is around the area we live in - it's easy to dismiss the UK as a holiday destination because we're aiming for Thailand, Australia, Italy, etc for beautiful scenery and experiences, but trust me sometimes beauty is a short drive away from home.

Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose

One of my favourite parts of Arundel Castle have been the main gardens - a home to many flowers, plants, fountains, and streams. Full of gorgeous colours and incredible architecture this is an Instagrammers heaven! And also a pretty peaceful place if you go during the week rather than a weekend when I can imagine it gets pretty packed.

I love wandering around new places - there is so much to be discovered. Because of my travel anxiety, and a plane phobia which is a totally separate post I will write when I can bring myself to, I need to find beauty in places that are easily accessible. That's not to say I don't travel outside of England, and my anxiety will never stop me from going somewhere I want to go - all it means is that I need to find ways of travelling that don't give me PTSD and nightmares after! In fact, I'm even more motivated now to carry on travelling and going on adventures because someone close to me threw my travel anxiety in my face earlier this week, and it was unpleasant to say the least.

Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose

We're all different, we all have our little quirks, and trust me no one on this planet is perfect. Which is why I detest it when people try and use our 'quirks' against us. And when someone hits out at your quirks, my reaction is immediately to prove them wrong, and show them that I'll achieve everything I want to - just in my own time, in a way I feel comfortable with, and with people who are willing to take the time to come with me on my adventures.

And in between longer trips to Spain, Scotland, Wales, and France / Ireland (next on my list!) I really love going on smaller trips with my travel buddy, Heidi. We're both freelance, we both work our asses off for the brands we work with, and sometimes a midweek break calls for a trip somewhere new and exciting.

Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose

The other place that I urge you to visit is the Fitzalan Chapel - it's absolutely stunning. Wherever I go I just have to visit the cathedrals and chapels because the architecture is incredible and the art is beautiful. There's also something very peaceful about being in places of worship - I guess everyone is quiet and respectful of each other, everyone moves very slow and gentle, and this affects the aura of the building. Stunning, the whole experience.

There are many beautiful cathedrals dotted around England, but Fitzalan Chapel has really stood out for me as an architecturally beautiful place. And in front of it is a garden full of white tulips which looks incredible too!

Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose
Arundel Castle, things to do in West Sussex, UK lifestyle blog, Dalry Rose

Have I inspired your next trip to be Arundel Castle in West Sussex? Highly recommended! It's the perfect family day out - there were many kids running around the grounds whilst their parents enjoyed picnics, and there is so much to explore! We didn't explore much of Arundel as we had to go home for the evening, but it looks like the town has some nice pubs and shops to explore too. We'll definitely be back!
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