Saturday, 31 January 2015


So the other day I did a post about simple and fast 'going out' make up, and today I wanted to share a variation on the previous look, this time including a bold red lip. Like I said in my previous post, I often don't wear a bold lipstick if I know I'm going to be eating (such as at a restaurant), however If I'm going somewhere that doesn't include eating a full on meal then I will go all out and wear some lipstick. 

As usual, before I start I apply whatever moisturiser I feel like using that day and then prime my skin with Benefit's Porefessional primer*, focusing the product around the centre of my face where my pores are the largest. Then I dotted the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade 01 under my eyes and on any red spots and buffed it into my skin using the Jessup angled detailed brush. To set this concealer and even out any other areas of my face, I buffed the Chi Chi Real Minerals loose powder into my skin with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. As usual, I contoured using the AC On Tour Highlighting and Contouring Kit by Australis and applied the shimmery highlight from the same kit on the tops of my cheekbones. To bring back some colour into my fair skin, I dusted a little of Essence's Blush Up powder blush in the shade Heat Wave onto the apples of my cheeks and a little on the tip of my nose. 

Then onto brows, I use Za's Brow Liner* in the shade grey to fill in any sparse areas in my brows and set them using the Model's prefer Brow Fixer.

I kept the eyes pretty simple considering I was going to be applying a bold red lipstick. First I ran the NYX Jumbo Pencil in the shade Yogurt all over my lid and blended it out with my finger. Then a set this with an Art Deco Shadow in the colour 373 Glam Gold Dust before lining my top lid with a cat eye flick using the Za Liquid Liner*. To finish the eyes, I curled my lashes and put on two coats of Collection Super Size Mascara* on my upper and lower lashes.

Finally, for the lips, I lined the edges with the NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Red to create a crisp line and blended this inward with my Real Techniques Fine Detailer brush. Then I applied Lime Crime's Velvetine in Red Velvet to fill in the rest.

I hope you liked this look and please send me pictures if you decide to recreate this look yourself!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Simple and Fast 'Going Out' Make Up

This make up look is my go to when I have very little time to get ready for going out somewhere, but still want to look a little bit fancy *insert Iggy Azalea reference here*. I particularly like this look when I'm going out for dinner because I'm not wearing a bold lipcolour which tends to go everywhere when eating! In this tutorial I just used products that suit my skin type and just work the best for me, but by all means, swap out certain products to suit you.

After cleansing and moisturising my skin, I applied the Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher(sample), mainly focusing it around my nose, cheeks and chin to smooth my skin ready for foundation. Then after that was dry (about 2 minutes) I applied a little of the Collection concealer in the shade 01 under my eyes, paying particular attention to the inner corners as this is where my under eyes are the darkest. I buffed this in with one of my Jessup detailer brushes (If you'd like a review of these brushes let me know). Then, I applied Covergirl's TruBlend foundation in the shade l1 all over my skin with a brush and then smoothed over with a beauty blender sponge. I then set my T-zone with a little BYS Translucent Powder. Using the Australis AC On Tour Contouring and Highlighting Kit, I lightly contoured by cheekbones with the lower middle shade using my Real Techniques Contouring Brush. I then took a little of the shimmery highlight on my finger and ran that along the tops of my cheekbones,and then to finish the skin, I swept a little of Topshop's Powder Blush in Let Her Go onto the apples of my cheeks.

To fill in and define the shape of my brows, I used the Za Brow Liner* in Grey (Which totally doesn't look grey thank goodness!) and set that with the Model's Prefer Brow Fixer.

For eyes I kept it really simple and used a little of the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk on my inner corner as a base for highlight and then swept a Taupe colour from the Chi Chi Classics palette over the remaining portion of my lid. I lined my top lid thinly with the Za Liquid Liner* pen and tightlined with the black Gel Liner* of the same brand. Then over the white I applied earlier in my inner corners, I patted MAC's All That Glitters eyeshadow. To finish off the eyes, I curled my lashes and applied the Za Perfect Action mascara.

And to finish off the entire look, I applied the Carmex Moisture Plus Lipbalm in the shade Peach Sheer.

I hope you liked this tutorial and please send me pictures if you decide to try this look out for yourselves!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

DIY Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk

Ahh, Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate milk. The stuff everyone in NZ goes crazy for and out of their way to find. I must admit I got a little caught up in the hype because everyone was saying it tasted better than any other chocolate milk. And while it does taste really nice, it's very easy to make at home. Follow these simple steps to create your own LRC Chocolate Milk.

You will need:
1 x 250g block of Whittakers Milk Chocolate (you won't need to use the whole block)
1 x 750ml Lewis Road Creamery Milk (to be honest though, you could use any full fat milk that you like)
Pinch of salt

Break about 3/4 of the chocolate up into squares and place in a microwave proof bowl and melt in the microwave. Keep an eye on it as chocolate can seize up very quickly if not watched. Melt the chocolate in 10 second bursts.

Heat the milk in a saucepan on the stove. You don't want to boil it, but bring it just to a slight simmer then take off the heat. 

Gently pour the melted chocolate into the saucepan with the milk and stir carefully. Add in a tiny pinch of salt to help bring out the wonderful chocolate flavour. When the mixture has cooled down a bit, pour it back into the milk bottle and refrigerate for a few hours. Enjoy!

Let me know if you try making this chocolate milk yourself!

Nail It: Manicure Must-haves

It's quite ironic that I'm writing this post now as I sit here with terribly chipped pink nail polish on, but I realised I hadn't done a post like this and wanted to share a few products with you that I've been really loving using on my nails.

I am the worst for ripping off my nails (not completely off, but you know what I mean) when I am stressed or nervous, and it doesn't help that my nails grow veeeeerrry slowly. Ripping and picking at your nails not only looks pretty gross, but it's actually a breeding ground for bacteria which can cause some nasty infections if not taken care of. Now I'm not normally one to buy into products that claim to magically grow your nails, but I believe that the Maximum Growth by Sally Hansen and Essie's Help Me Grow treatments really do work. I apply the maximum growth on my nails every few days when I don't have any nail polish on. It's a thin product, so you can apply multiple layers without it looking weird and thick. I use the Help Me Grow underneath my nail polish as a strengthening base coat. Not only does this make my nails noticeably stronger and more durable, it also works fabulously as a base coat because it really smooths over any ridges in the nail plate and helps nail polish really stick.

In terms of nail polishes, I've really been enjoying the formulas of both Essie and Max Factor Glossfinity. Both have really nice brushes that spread the product evenly over the nail without streaking and dry with lovely shine without a topcoat. The Max Factor nail polishes last at least 4-5 days without chipping.

To finish off my manicure, I apply the Essence Gel-Look topcoat. This is my FAVOURITE topcoat I've ever tried because it's super duper shiny and glossy looking and really locks in the colour of your nail polish. I've had this for a good few months and it hasn't gone all gloopy in the bottle either, which a lot of topcoats tend to do! And best of all, it's incredibly inexpensive, being around the $3-4 mark. I know that a few people didn't get on with this product, so if you've tried it, I'd be interested to know what you thought of it.

I'd love to know what your Manicure must-haves are! 

Monday, 26 January 2015

Books: TBR

I've come to the conclusion that I am unable to go to a bookstore without buying a book. I just can't do it! Which is why I end up with a big pile of books that I need to get around to reading. While I've been pretty good in that I've reduced the number of books in my TBR (to be read) pile already, I've still got a fair few to get onto reading. I can't complain though because I actually love having a bunch of books waiting, as it motivates me to read more often and I don't have big long gaps between each new book. So, anyway, without further ado, here are the books in my (greatly reduced) TBR pile...

Looking for Alaska: Like everyone else, I read and really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and wanted to find more books by him to read. I picked this book up at the airport because I was going to read on the plane, but then I think I watched a movie instead, and the book remained in my bag. I'd heard a few people had really liked 'Looking for Alaska', so I thought I'd give this book a go.

Jane Eyre: This was a bit of a strange novel to buy, because I'm not normally one to read 'gothic/romantic literature' (if you could call it that). But this year, I'm making an effort to broaden my reading by looking at some classics. Sanne over at Booksandquills had done a video on this book and her review made me wanna check it out. Opening up the book and seeing how small the text is and how many pages there are is quite daunting, but I'm determined to read this from start to finish!

If I Stay: The movie of 'If I Stay' is out at the moment, or at least was out... (I don't know, for I live under a rock), but I didn't wanna watch the movie without having read the book first. So when I saw this in my local bookstore, I nabbed it up right away. I've heard great things about this book, so I can't wait to get into it!

Eleanor & Park: I'm thinking of reading this next, as I have just finished Fangirl by the same author (Rainbow Rowell) and I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want it to end! A friend of mine couldn't recommend this book enough, so when I saw the last copy of it in the bookstore, I had to buy it. I'm pretty sure this book is going to be a winner.

If you'd like to keep up with what I'm reading and check out what I've already read, head on over to my Goodreads profile and add me!

Have you read any of these books? What's in your TBR pile?

Friday, 23 January 2015

Free Weekly Planner Download

Hi Lovelies! I don't know about you, but I love to organise things, especially my blog posts. I've found that my blog runs a lot smoother if I have planned in advance what posts I am going to writing and taking pictures for and what day they will be published. Also, by planning ahead, I can ensure I have a good mix of beauty, (reviews, tutorials, haul), fashion, (wish lists and outfit ideas) and lifestyle posts here on Lovely Rose Petal. Instead of writing all of this post planning down on a post-it note, that will surely get lost, I decided to make a weekly planner template on photoshop that I can print off and fill in. In keeping with my organisational tendencies, I put a coloured dot beside each post idea, so that from a single glance I can check that I have a good mix of blog posts planned for the week. If you don't have a blog to organise, not to worry! You can use this planner for organising extracurricular activities, study periods or uni lectures.

If you'd be interested in downloading this free weekly planner template, simply click here! If you do download this planner, send me a pic of it 'in action!' either on Instagram (tag me in the post so I can see!) or Twitter, (@Albertinelello).

Happy planning!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Iphone Photography Tips

Now, I’m not claiming to be an expert at iPhone photography (is there even such thing as an iPhone photography expert?!) but having a beauty blog and taking LOTS of pictures of products and pretty things, I’ve learned a few tips to ensure my pictures turn out the best they can.

LIGHT: My first tip involves finding the light. For my pictures I like to use natural light, because I reckon this gives the best final result. By using natural light, colours show up true and everything is a lot more crisp and less grainy than artificial light. Seeing as it’s currently Summer here in NZ, I tend to take my pictures in the late afternoon/evening as the sun isn’t too bright and there won’t be any harsh shadows cast. I really don’t like using flash in my photos, so if it’s too dark, I’ll just usually wait till the next day. But by all means, if you like to use flash, then flash away! (that sounds worse than I meant it to..)

BACKGROUND: I like to have a clean and crisp looking background for product photos, so when I take product photos for instagram, I lay out my products on a white window-sil/seat thing. Doing this means I have a white background, AND an excellent source of natural light (shining through the window in front). If white backgrounds aren’t really your thing, then experiment with different fabrics and surfaces.

BURST MODE: I like to take quite a few photos so that I can pick out the best ones from the bunch. To take multiple photos (a ‘burst’) all you have to do is tap the screen to focus the image and then hold your finger down on the shutter button. The longer you hold your finger down, the more photos it will take. This is also a great feature to use when taking a group picture with your friends!

STRAIGHTEN: Being the perfectionist that I am, I like to make sure that my pictures are straight and centred. Sometimes this doesn’t matter if I’m taking a picture of ‘scattered’ makeup, such as in my #FOTD’s, but a majority of the time, I use the edit feature within the iPhone camera or VSCO cam to straighten any pictures that might be a little off. To do this through the iPhone camera, simply select the image you want in your album, and tap ‘Edit’. Then tap the crop symbol (next to the cancel button) which will take you to the place where you can rotate, crop and slightly rotate your image.

BRIGHTENING: Despite taking photos in good lighting, I do sometimes have to further brighten my images. To do this I either use the brighten feature on Instagram or I use VSCO cam to ‘up’ the exposure a little. The only problem with brightening images, can be that the contrast can get lost. To fix this, simply bump up the contrast one or two levels.

I really hope you enjoyed this post, and please do let me know if you'd like to see more of these sorts of posts in the future!

5 Nice Smelling Products

Yes, I'm aware that this is a bit of an unusual post, but I figured that because I am such a sucker for nice smelling products, I would share with you some products from my collection that are just that!

This overnight mask smells exactly what I'd imagine a spa at a beach resort would smell like. Fresh and uplifting mandarin and apricot make up the base scent of this wonderful mask. I particularly love this product because the scent remains on the skin! (Now that's what I'm talkin 'bout!)

Caudalíe Beauty Elixir (CRISP & MINTY)
I'm almost out of this, and deciding whether or not I'm going to repurchase. The reason why I'm debating this is because despite it not doing anything AMAZING to my skin, it smells SO GOOD! I've loved spraying this on my face this Summer, because it cools down my skin and the minty scent makes me feel so refreshed in this stifling humidity.

Soap and Glory Hand Food (FRUITY & FLORAL)
This is my favourite hand cream because it is non greasy and it's scent is lovely and not at all overpowering. I'm a fan of scents that are a mix between fruity and floral, too much of either can be a bit sickly sweet. Thankfully, Soap and Glory got it just right with this scent, hence the reason why it's a winner in my books.

The scent of lip products is crucial to it's success. If I'm not keen on the scent of a lipstick or gloss, It's most likely going to be forgotten. Luckily the scent of the Revlon Colourburst Matte Balms are right on the money. The sweet minty scent reminds me of spearmint chewing gum!

I adore the scent which runs throughout all of the Trilogy range, so I thought I'd include one of their products that I've been using a lot of lately. Recently, I've been getting really bad migraines/headaches in the evenings and the last thing I want to be putting on my skin is something too heavily scented. Trilogy products have a really calming and non intrusive aroma to them that are great for those people who don't like anything too sweet or fruity. 

What are some of your favourite smelling products?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Lovely Rose Petal Turns 3!

Today, Lovely Rose Petal turns 3! I still can't quite believe that I have stuck to writing a blog for three years! I thought I would've given up after a while, but I've just enjoyed sharing my love for beauty and chatting with you lot too much to quit.
Last time I wrote this sort of post for my blog's 2nd birthday, I was almost 17 and about to enter my last year of school. This time I am almost 18 and about to enter university, majoring in Fine Arts. 

As always, I really hope you all continue to read and enjoy my blog, and if you have any post requests, please don't hesitate to contact me either through twitter, facebook, instagram or my email address. 

Here's to another awesome year of blogging!

(The photo is of the cake I made for my Granny's birthday a few weeks ago)

Monday, 19 January 2015

Two in One Shaving Saviour

The other day in the shower, I was using Lush’s African Paradise Body Conditioner* when I suddenly thought, “If hair conditioner can be used as a shaving cream, why not try using this body conditioner in the same way?” So of course I tried it, and lo and behold, it worked! And boy did it leave my legs feeling the smoothest they’ve ever felt! Containing Fair Trade shea butter and moringa oil, this conditioner helps the razor glide over the skin easily, whilst thoroughly moisturising the skin beneath. 
After shaving, I simply washed the remaining product off and pat my skin dry. It’s as simple as that! No need to apply moisturiser after your shower, simply shave and go! You’ll be left feeling so smooth, you won’t be able to stop touching your oh-so-soft legs and smiling like a goon!

(Let me know if you’d like a more in depth review of this product. I just had to share my discovery of using this conditioner as a shaving cream here, because it worked so well!)

Blushing Beauties

It has come to my realisation that I have a slight obsession with buying Blush. Now, I’m not sure when this became an obsession, but when you can no longer fit all your blushes into a single acrylic makeup drawer, that’s when you know you have a problem. Today I’ve grabbed a handful of my favourite blush products to share with you all!

MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power: This was my first ever MAC blush that I bought a few years back and since then its appeared frequently in my makeup routine. It comes out as a really pretty soft rose colour, making it perfect to wear with any lipstick.

NYX Cream Blush in Rose Petal: This colour is very similar to Fleur Power, the only differences being that it’s ever so slightly darker and a cream formula. Despite being a cream, this blush can be layered over powder products without any weird powder/cream cakiness.

Rimmel London Powder Blush in Santa Rose: A beautifully muted and ‘barely there’ pink. This is my go to neutral blush when I want to wear a dark red or Burgundy lipstick. And with the tiniest bit of shimmer, this makes the skin appear to glow.

Topshop Powder Blush in Let Her Go: Don’t let the brightness of this colour in the pan put you off! A bright coral that adds a freshness to any makeup look, without going overboard. I have very fair skin, but this colour would also look so pretty on darker skin tones. Once applied there is no trace of “powdery-ness”.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Flush: It was the formula of this blush that made me buy it because it’s like nothing I had ever seen before. Before you use it, shake the bottle to ensure the pigment is mixed with the liquid. Then squeeze a little bit onto the back of your hand to warm up the product before applying with a stippling brush. Being a more cool toned blush, it’s a different shade than I’m used to, but find that it still can be worn with many different makeup looks.

Essence Blush Up in Heat Wave: I think this is the only gradient blush that I own, but I definitely want more! This blush contains an orange shade and a bright pink shade which blend together in the middle of the pan. You can use just one of the shades or you can mix them together to create your own custom colour. Like the Topshop blush, this would look beautiful on darker skin tones as well as fairer.

Collection Blush in Bashful*: If you want a more affordable a slightly shimmery dupe of MAC’s Fleur Power, then this blush by Collection is for you. This blush is very easy to wear and creates a nice highlighted effect due to the tiny bits of shimmer throughout. This blush also has very good colour payoff, meaning you don’t have to dig into the blush to get any colour.

Dainty Doll Powder Blush in 04: My favourite Shimmery blush ever! (as far as I know) With very finely milled gold shimmer throughout, this blush is perfect to add a bit of warmth to the skin during the summer. It is also extremely pigmented so a little goes a long way.

Am I weird to have this many blushes? (this isn't even all of them!) What's an item of makeup that you obsessively collect?

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Tips for a Good Nights Sleep

Now that it’s the holidays, I’ve found myself straying away from my usual sleeping routine. I go to bed very late/early (whoops!) and wake up late. I also find that my quality of sleep isn’t all that great either, and being someone who is a very light sleeper, any quality sleep I can get it vital.

Here are some methods I’ve been using to try and return back to being a normal person that sleeps (HA!)

One thing I find really helps when I’m having trouble sleeping is having a bath. Currently in NZ it is summer, so having a steaming hot bath isn’t ideal, but even just a warm bath with a bath bomb or bubbles is really lovely and helps me to relax in preparation for sleep. If you want, you could add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil into the bath to calm and clear your mind.

Being active throughout the day. I find the days where I’ve been active, whether that be swimming or walking around the block, I am a lot more tired when bedtime rolls around and fall asleep much quicker.

Get into bed at a reasonable time. A lot of the time, I go to sleep late because I have actually gotten into bed too late and haven’t ‘wound-down’ properly. I aim to try and get into bed about an hour/an hour and a half before I actually plan to sleep. This leaves me time to do any last minute email checks, writing in dates for things in my planner and finally reading a book. (currently I’m reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell).

If all else fails, and you can’t sleep, just lie in bed and relax. My mum used to always tell me to just lie in bed and relax if I couldn’t get to sleep. Your body will allow to you fall asleep if it needs to, so don’t worry about not falling asleep instantly. Sleep will come sure enough.

What are some of your tips for getting a good nights sleep?

Saturday, 10 January 2015


Hello! I hope you didn't mind me being somewhat absent for a few days over Christmas and New Year, I've been working on a few things, one of which being a painting commission for a family friend. But anyway, I'm back now for 2015 and excited to see how this blog will continue to grow!

Today I wanted to make a post about braids. More specifically, adding texture and volume to braids. I'm sure we've all experienced that feeling of discouragement when you find a really awesome braided do on Pinterest, and leap to the task of trying to recreate it, but when finished, the braid looks pretty limp and lack-lustre. I certainly know that feeling. But I've realised what makes those wonderful braided hairstyles look the way they do is the texture and volume that goes into them. The first thing one may think of to add volume to a braid is to "fluff it out" a bit, pulling the braid apart gently to make it appear thicker and fuller. 

Now that's all fine and dandy, but the next problem then lies in the fact that this volume doesn't seem to last beyond 10 minutes. One product I've found that really helps to retain this volume is Vo5's Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder. When I first bought this, I used it to give a bit of volume at the roots of my hair,and let me tell you, it feels pretty gross when used on the scalp. So with that experience, I didn't really pick it up again, until I suddenly thought, the reason why it felt gross on my scalp was because it's kind of sticky. This stickiness would be perfect to help hold in bobby pins and ..BRAIDS! I tried dusting a little of this powder into my hair when it was braided and lo and behold, it worked!

My lovely friend, Lily very kindly let me borrow her hair for this post to demonstrate how much of a difference adding volume and texture to the braids can make.

As you can see, by adding a little of this powder amongst the braid, I was able to "pull apart" the bits of hair to make the braids wider and thicker. It also creates a nice tousled look which I think looks really pretty. The first image is braids that have been pulled apart as much as possible without any product and the after picture is how much more you can pull apart the braid WITH the Oomph powder. Pretty cool huh?

Favourite Books of 2014

Hi lovelies, a bit of a different post today in which I talk about my favourite books of 2014! I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you'd be keen to see more book related posts in the future!

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