Thursday, 31 January 2013

Follow me on Instagram! *If you want*

Hello again lovelies! Just a quick post to say that I'd love it if you could follow me on Instagram! Also, link me to your Instagram account if you have one!
Secondly, I'd like to mention that I start school tomorrow which means that I probably won't be posting as regularly. But I will be hanging around on Twitter and Facebook occasionally, so tweet or FB me any blog requests etc. or even to say "Hi!" I love hearing from you! 

Instagram Name: @lovelyrosepetalblog

Current Favourite Lipstick

Hello my lovely readers!
If you have read my blog for a while (or even just seen my profile picture on here) you would know that I love red lipstick, and have many variations of this colour. However, my current favourite red lipstick is called Ruby Woo by MAC. It's quite different to my usual red lipsticks which are all fairly brick coloured. Ruby Woo is a matte, bright, almost pink red. It is a really lovely summer and spring colour, because it adds a fresh pop of colour without looking too heavy (despite being a very opaque formula). 

Definitely give this colour a go if you like red lipsticks as it suits pretty much every skin tone. It looks particularly pretty on dark skin.

Have any of you tried Ruby Woo by MAC? What do you think?

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Bluebells Cakery

Today my mum and I went out to Hillsborough to visit a little cafe called "Bluebells Cakery". It is SUCH a beautiful place full of cute little trinkets and of course, sweet treats. I got the Chocolate and Raspberry cupcake, my mum got the vanilla cupcake and we chose the Lamington cupcake for my big brother who was at home. I also got a chocolate milk-shake which came in a little glass jar with a striped straw.

This cakery has a really nice vintage/homely feel about it. The fact that the cupcakes are served on different patterned plates makes it feel like you are at someones house for morning tea. If you live in Auckland, I would definitely recommend stopping by Bluebells Cakery.

You can find them on Facebook
And their Website

Opening Hours
Wednesday-Friday: 7:30am-4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-4:00pm

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

I made these the other day as I had a craving for cinnamon rolls! They turned out really well so I thought I would share the recipe I used with all of you! Hope you have fun making these. If you do end up making these, please take pictures and post them on my Facebook page (click here). 


1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
1/3 c. plus 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/3 c. butter
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 package active dry yeast
4 to 4 1/3 c. all-purpose flour     

Combine 2 c. of the flour and the yeast in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
Heat milk, 1/3 c. of the sugar, 1/3 c. of the butter and salt, stirring, in a medium-sized saucepan until just warm and the butter has almost melted.Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Add eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl. (This can also be done without an electric mixer).Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can with a wooden spoon.

Turn dough out onto a flat, floured surface.Knead in just enough of whatever flour remains so that the dough is soft, smooth and elastic. This should take about 4 minutes of kneading time.

Shape dough into a ball, place in a large, lightly greased bowl, and turn once so that the dough is greased all over.Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap, place in a warm spot and allow to rise for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
Punch dough down after it has risen and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.

Divide dough in half, cover, and let rest 10 minutes. Lightly grease a large baking pan.

Roll each dough half into a rectangle. Brush the melted 3 tbsp. of butter over the dough.

Combine 1/2 c. sugar and the cinnamon and sprinkle over the dough.

Roll each piece of the dough up, starting from the long side. Seal the seam when finished rolling up the dough by pinching the dough with your fingers and smushing it into the main body of the rolled up dough. Slice each rolled-up log into equal pieces and place in the greased baking pans. Cover the pans and let the dough rise in a warm place until nearly double in size, about 30 minutes.

Bake rolls in a preheated, 190℃ oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden.

Cool rolls slightly, then remove from pan. 

To make the icing to drizzle over the top of the rolls, mix about 3/4 cup of icing sugar with a little boiling water to make a smooth paste. 

Thursday, 24 January 2013

DIY Detox Facial

Hello lovelies!
Every now and then, I like to treat myself to a "Detoxifying Facial", firstly, because it makes my skin feel and look great, and secondly it makes foundation and make up in general glide on and create a smooth "canvas" to work on. These are the steps I take for my detox facial. I alternate between using a scrub and mask as I don't find I need to use both in one facial, but if you want to use both, feel free to do so! You can add in your own steps if you want. I'm not stopping you! 

First I like to start off by removing my make up and then massaging coconut oil all over my face. (You can use any oil that is suitable for your skin, i.e. Almond oil, olive oil, grape seed oil). Not only does this step feel nice and relaxing, but it removes any tiny bits of make up remaining on your skin and adds an extra bit of moisture. The great thing about coconut oil is that it can be used for different things. Some of which being a moisturizer for dryer skin types, lip balm, face mask (mix with a bit of manuka honey and leave on for about 15 minutes then wash off), bath soak, body lotion....As you can see, there are multiple uses for this oil.
After I've rubbed this into my skin for a few minutes, I then grab a hot towel and wipe the oil off.

The next step is to cleanse the skin. Using your facial cleanser, massage this into your skin in a circular motion and then wash off with the hot towel from before. Before you do the next step, you may want to steam your face for a few minutes by filling the sink with hot water and lean over the sink with a towel over your head to trap in the steam. You can also add lemon to the water to further draw out any impurities. If your skin is sensitive, you can add either a green or chamomile tea bag to soothe the skin.

Mud masks are extremely good for detoxifying the skin as they work deep down and bring any impurities to the surface. Masks targeted at reducing pores tingle a little when applied to the skin, but don't worry! It's supposed to do that! (Though if it is really burning and causing a lot of irritation, remove the mask immediately and follow up with a cool, damp cloth). Apply your chosen mask and leave for however long the tube states, (usually no longer than 15 mins). Use a damp cloth to remove. Rinse out the cloth and repeat to make sure all product is gone.

As I mentioned before, If I am using a mask, I don't use a scrub and vice versa. I do this to avoid irritation. When I do scrub my skin however, I usually use the Clarisonic cleansing brush. I just find that this is easier that a manual scrub, which means having to wash away all the scrubbing particles. I gently scrub for about 1 minute or 2. Sometimes if I have more time on my hands, I will use a manual scrub. My favourite is the Apricot Scrub by St. Ives.

Then I finish off with a moisturizer or skin oil. I tend to use the oil in the winter when my skin is more dry and in need of moisture. If I choose to use any serums, I apply them now. And there you have it! A clean, fresh face! Hurrah!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Back to School Book Labels

Hello petals!

Seeing as school is just around the corner for most, I've been making school book labels  as I plan to be more organised this year! I'm not sure whether people would be interested or not, but I made some for you too!


1. Download the labels by clicking the link beneath the picture, and save to your computer.
2. Print off labels on colour printer on standard A4 paper.
3. Fill out labels and cut out.
4. Glue onto school books then cover books with Dura-seal (not sure what people in other countries call it!) or alternatively cut out a piece of "clear jumbo tape" big enough to cover the label and about 1 or 2 cm around it.
5. Voila! School books all ready for use!


Please remember that these are not to be posted on other blogs unless a link to my blog is provided. I worked hard on these and wouldn't want them to be out anywhere else on the internet (i.e. Tumblr, We heart it etc.) without a credit link. Thank you!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Happy 1st Birthday!

Exactly a year ago I decided to make this blog. I wanted to be able to share my love for art and make up etc, with the world in the form of blog posts. I am SO pleased that I did make this blog, because I've had so much fun and I LOVE hearing from my blog readers. It's such an amazing feeling knowing that people in America and the UK etc. are reading this. 
I guess I really want to say thank you! Thank you to all of you who have subscribed to my blog, left comments, sent me emails or even just said "Hi" on Twitter or Facebook! It really means a lot to me.

I was going to make a cake (would that've been going overboard?) but seeing as I only woke up just over an hour ago, by the time I took pictures of it, the light would be disappearing which would make for a very dark photo. (Not the best kind eh?)

Anyway, I'm going to go now before I bore you too much!

Photo Credit: Cupcake images from Bluebells Cakery and The Hummingbird Bakery

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Make Up Tutorial: 1950s

Okay, I'm just gonna put this out there. I ADORE the 40s and 50s! I'm not sure when it started, but I just love everything about that particular time. The clothes, the make up, the music, dancing...I could go on and on! But I shan't because I have a feeling that wouldn't make for a very interesting blog post. (I am actually reading a book though, that is set in the late 40s, which may be responsible for some of the more recent obsession with this era).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and please feel free to request any make up looks!

A special thanks to my amazingly gorgeous friend Hannah for being the model for this make up look!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Iphone Wallpaper Download

Hello lovelies!
I've been working hard on Photoshop lately to come up with some pretty designs for desktop backgrounds and Iphone wallpapers for you all as the desktop backgrounds had proven to be successful. I have two Iphone wallpaper designs for you to download.
(btw, Carpe Diem is a phrase from a Latin poem and translates to "Seize the day")



(Don't worry about the titles at the bottom of the above pictures, when you download them, they won't be there).

I really hope you like these! If you do download these for your phone, please take a picture and post them to me on Facebook, Twitter or email! I'd love to see the wallpapers in "action" (?!)


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

My Strange Obsession: Stationery

Hi petals!
Surely I'm not the only one who has an obsession (well, not really, but you know what I mean) with stationery! There are bound to be more people!
I'm not quite sure what it is, but I just love new notebooks, pens, pencils, folders etc. To feed my "obsession" I went on Pinterest and just "oggled" at pages and pages of cute and colourful items of stationery. Now, I shall share some of my faves with you! Yippeeeee!

Fresh Make Up For Summer

Hi there! Hope everyones 2013 has started out well!
As you have most likely worked out, I ADORE anything to do with make up and beauty, so it's no surprise that I am quite often "googling" images of celebrity make up looks to draw inspiration from. Well, I did a bit of "googling" today, and found some images that made me want to write up this post. As you can tell by the title, this particular sort of makeup post is about fresh, effortless make up for summer, because, let's face it, no one really can be bothered too much with their make up in the summer! I have three looks to share that can be worn for both day and night wear.

This first make up look is very simple. Karine Vanasse is wearing a light foundation, peach blush, mascara and a sheer red lipstick. This look is great if you are just starting out wearing bright lipsticks. This sort of make up is great for daily wear because it is not too "In your face". That being said, nothing is stopping you from skipping the sheer lipstick and going for a bright, bold red.

In this picture of Alexa Chung, all the focus is on her eyes. She is wearing a a bronze/gold eyeshadow on her lower lash line (try Tempting my MAC), with a sweep of liquid eyeliner. As for her skin, she appears to only be wearing a little foundation. In an interview, she mentioned that she didn't wear foundation most of the time because she doesn't feel she needs it. If you don't feel you need foundation, you may as well skip it and just use a pressed powder to prevent shine if you have oily skin.

This is my favourite of the three looks because it looks very elegant yet very effortless and fresh. Emma has just enough blush on to give her a healthy flush of colour, and her eyeshadow tones go very nicely with her hair and eye colour. Emma opted for nude lips, but bright red lips would look lovely also.

Let me know what look is your favourite and please tell me if you would like a  step by step tutorial on any of these looks. 

Picture Credit: one, two, three.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Free Desktop Background / 02

Hey lovelies! 
So it seems that my free desktop background post a few days ago went quite well, so I thought I would make another downloadable background. This may become a regular thing if you'd like, but then again, it really depends on when I have the time to make them. (They take quite a while to come up with a design then actually make them).
Anyway, please let me know if you like these and would like to see them regularly.


Thursday, 3 January 2013

Dirty Works Review

Hello again! I only posted a little while ago..I'm on a roll!
A few weeks ago, I was sent a box of goodies by the company Dirty Works. Because I was sent over ten products, I will only be sharing my favourite products. (which is still a lot!)

"The people of the Dirty Works Kingdom suffered from dull, drab and dreary lives. They longed to create glamorous products that would transform their existence from tedious to tremendous, dingy to dazzling and boring to brilliant!"

I was sent two scents. Coconut and their traditional scent. I prefer the traditional, but the coconut products are lovely too.

*Buff Your Stuff Body Scrub: I really like this scrub as it not only does what it says on the tin but it is also in a very convenient tube form. (which is a lot easier to use than a tub. But more on that later). The scent is very sweet but not too overpowering, and lingers on the skin after use, which most body scrubs don't do. This scrub contains pumice particles to slough away dead skin cells, and Shea butter, sweet almond oil and vitamin E for soft, smooth skin.

*Coconut Caress Body Scrub: This scrub is much like the other one, except it has a sweet coconut scent to it. This product contains walnut shell and coconut oil to condition and moisturise the skin. The pumice particles are small, so they don't scratch and irritate the skin.

*Coconut Caress Body Wash: Lathers really nicely and coconut scent remains for quite a while after use. The coconut oil leaves your skin feeling refreshed and moisturised. A pump form of this body wash would be good!

*All Of A Lather Body Wash: Like the other body wash, this lathers really well and only a little bit is required. This product contains lemongrass to make you feel fresh and awake. Love this body wash!

*Glow Girl! Buttery Salt Scrub: I was really excited to try this as I love dense,and nice smelling body scrubs, (if that makes sense!) I use is about once or twice a week as I feel I don't need it everyday. This scrub is great for exfoliating legs after fake tanning incidents (Pssh! Not like that happened to me!) The scrubbing particles are small so they exfoliate off the dead skin cells without scratching and irritating the new skin underneath. I do find this container/tub quite difficult to open. But then again, maybe that's just me.

*Bath Soak: I really like this bath soak because it has a lovely sweet aroma and only a little bit is needed to create HUNDREDS of bubbles! The first time I used this, I may have put a bit too much in the bath, as there were HEAPS of bubbles! (The bubble to water ratio was probably about 3:1) But I'm not complaining! HA!

*You Soft Touch Hand Cream: I keep this by my bed for nightly use. I'm one of those people who hates using hand creams that leave your skin really greasy for hours after, so I was pleased to find that this one doesn't. Despite not leaving hands greasy, it is very moisturising with Cocoa butter and Jojoba oil. A little also goes a long way.

*Supreme Cream Body Butter and Coconut Caress Body Butter: These two products are very similar as I think they are the same main formula, but contain a few extras.
The Supreme Cream is my favourite. It smells amazing and the scent remains all day. Great for dry legs after shaving, and doesn't irritate the skin. Great product!

Final Thoughts: I think this brand is really nice and really affordable. It also reminds me SO much of the UK brand, Soap and Glory. I thinks it's the mix of cute, retro style packaging and the product scents.

Farmers has just released the Dirty Works range so go check out their products! You are bound to find a few products that you like!

What Dirty Works products would you want to try?

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