Friday, 29 July 2016

Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Water

I'm proud to say I'm still on the micellar water hype because I just can't get enough of the stuff! I think it's amazing for those mornings or evenings when you are in a rush or too lazy to do the usual skincare routine. I've tried lots of different brands and I was excited to try this new one from Botanics All Bright range.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Garden in the Sky | London

Walking through an exotic garden over London's skyline...

Last Tuesday my friends and I took the lift all the way up to the 37th level of London's Walkie Talkie(155 metres up) to experience The Sky Garden. This free all year round event is amazing and I certainly recommend it to anyone.

Due to the fact that The Sky Garden is spectacular and free it is incredibly popular so you have to book tickets in advance - and tickets get booked up quick! We booked our slot for 4 o clock on Tuesday, we wanted to visit during the day in the sunshine to get the most out of the beautiful views over the capital.

As soon as we arrived at Level 37 we walked out on to the balcony to take in the amazing views over London (and it was very windy which wasn't great in a short dress,,, 😂). The huge windows gives you a 360 º view of London, and most of London's famous landmarks can be seen including The Shard, Tower Bridge and The Gherkin.

The Sky Garden is covered in exotic plants, trees and shrubs, and small seating areas, paths and bars are situated in admist the garden. We sat down and had an iced juice and a snack. My friends and I decided to go on the hottest day of the year (silly I know) and we were sweating very badly so we were dying for a refreshing drink! I had a fresh cranberry juice and a packet of berry popcorn - which was delicious and definitely needed!

We wandered around the garden taking photographs and having a lovely time, and then decided it was time for dinner. We walked to the nearest Bills restaurant at London Bridge (the birthday girl's choice) and it was delicious! I ordered the Mojo Chicken Skewers with cous cous salad, and finished with an Eton Mess. Oh and I ordered the most amazingly refreshing Watermelon Cooler! I had a delicious meal and overall a great day with my friends.


Monday, 25 July 2016

Happy Birthday Lily Rose!

''Go Shawty, It's your birthday!
We gon ' party like it's yo birthday!''

Today I am celebrating 2 years of my beautiful blog Lily Rose! I cannot believe it has been two whole years, the phrase time flies when you're having fun has never been so true. When I first started my blog I never imagined how much I would enjoy it. It has become a massive part of my life and has changed me as a person. If someone told me to describe myself I would definitely mention the fact that I'm a blogger as it's my creation and my small area online which I love. In this post I'm going to talk about my second year of blogging, and what opportunities, blog posts and events have occurred during the year 2015/2016... P.S. I made the cake in the picture above and let's say I was very happy with the outcome😊!

Over my time blogging I have made some lovely friends and have been welcomed into the blogging community. I have enjoyed partaking in many blog collaborations with other bloggers, and I also love taking part in twitter blog chats (if I can find the time!) It's great to talk to other people with similar interests with you, and whom share a passion for blogging!

Part of blogging is working with companies and I have enjoyed forming relationships with many this year. I feel very proud whenever I am contacted by a company whom have an interest in my blog and feel I would represent their products and service in a wonderful way. This year I formed a relationship with the beautiful (and very sassy) Coconut Lane, who welcomed me as a #coconutqueen and I have enjoyed working with them for some time now!

My favourite part of blogging is the ability to create your very own content on the internet for other people to read and enjoy. My favourite blog posts to write are certainly lifestyle or 'My Life' posts because I love the idea of documenting my life in a diary-like format so that I can look back in years to come at amazing moments in my life.

2016 saw the arrival of a new blog layout, more of a brand image, and better photography. I must admit that the beginning of this year wasn't the most exciting over here on Lily Rose because I had a break from blogging due to stressful A level examinations (dun dun dunnn!) Although, I was very relieved once they were over, and I had a sudden burst of motivation to make Lily Rose the very best it can be. I rebooted the schedule and planned exciting blog posts for my readers. I also became much more active on social media and even started YouTube! My YouTube channel started 2 weeks ago and is very much a work in progress and is in very early days. I have set myself a goal to upload every Sunday at 7pm and I've had very positive feedback so far. As a media studies student video editing has always been a love of mine, but for a while I didn't have the confidence or equipment to start. I have finally bitten the bullet and taken the leap, and I'm excited to see how it goes! YouTube has allowed me to give my readers another way of enjoying my content.

I feel as if I'm just a step into my blogging journey and I'm enjoying every moment. Lily Rose is only a small blog but people say 'The key to success is hard work and dedication', and this is definitely a saying I live by. To mark 2 years of Lily Rose, I will share with you a few blog stats as of now...

Total Pageviews: 24,150
Number of blog comments: 235
Sphere of influence: UK, USA, Russia, France, Ireland, Germany, Ukraine, Portugal, Australia and Netherlands hold the most of my readers.
Instagram Followers: 778
Bloglovin Followers: 106
Twitter Followers: 510
Pinterest Followers: 186
YouTube Subscribers: 14

This year has flown by, and my blogging journey has been filled with lots of travel, restaurant meals, days out, beauty reviews, interviews with other bloggers, fashion news and much much more. I have enjoyed every minute and I cannot wait for another year!


Friday, 22 July 2016

A Sweet Party Idea

Are you looking for a cute food idea for a party?

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Super Easy Mojito Mocktail

Looking for a refreshing, non-alcoholic and light drink this summer?

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Drawing Room | Locksbottom

Situated in the hustle and bustle of Locksbottom is this lovely little gem; The Drawing Room. The Drawing Room is a quaint and quirky café which my friends and I decided to try out on a spontaneous lunch trip last friday. It was such a lovely little place so I decided to share it with you.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Your Ultimate Festival Guide: Travel Essentials

Welcome to Your Ultimate Festival Guide!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Protect Yourself with Hawaiian Tropic

The sun has finally come out (well sort of), and that means that it is time to prepare and protect our skin from the sun. It is so important to wear sun cream in the summer to protect your skin from UV rays and to prevent problems such as burning, ageing and skin cancer; but the stickiness and creaminess is very disgusting. I hate the feeling when you are at the beach and all the sand sticks to your body all because of the thick, white sun cream that you have applied as sun protection. I am happy to say that I have found a solution! Hawaiian Tropic have created these two products below that have made sun protection glamourous! A beautiful dry body oil and a lip gloss.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

My Summer 2016 Workout Playlist

When you go to the gym, I think it is essential to have a great playlist to boost your motivation and ultimately your performance. Below I have complied together three lists of songs that are on my workout playlist at the moment. I have split the songs into three workout sections; cardio, dance and weights. These are all songs that I would recommend that you listen and workout to! My workout playlist is also available to follow on my Spotify, and I love hearing new recommendations so please leave any in the comments section below!

Monday, 4 July 2016

Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Friday, 1 July 2016

REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

This week I'm going to share with you this beautiful hot cloth cleanser by REN. I have loved using this cleanser each morning and evening to remove any makeup or dirt on my face. At a totally affordable price I think this cleanser is perfect for daily use.

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