Saturday, 31 January 2015

10 things to do on Valentine's day

Valentine's day can be an expensive time of year if you're not careful with money. If you are planning on spending the evening with your boyfriend or girlfriend, why not do your research before you break the bank. 

Myself and Gary choose not to make a big deal out of Valentine's Day because we are firm believers that you should show your love everyday. This year, we haven't made any plans, but I have suggested some ideas which I thought I would share with you all today...

10 Things To Do On Valentines Day
  1. Cook a romantic meal for two at home with candles and then run a bubble bath with some prosecco.
  2. Go ice-skating or somewhere fun. Valentine's is about what you both enjoy, it doesn't have to be soppy.
  3. Go for a massage. You can usually find some great deals online and if you book early you should get it at a cheaper price.
  4. Book an evening away! If you want to spice things up and get away from everything research hotels. 
  5. Chocolate... it's a given really! 
  6. Roses! Gary usually buys me roses, our first valentines he bought me a dozen roses which was incredibly romantic as I was not expecting anything. Every year since he a bought me a single rose. 
  7. Dress up and make a dinner reservation. It doesn't have to be expensive, it's just nice to make the effort.
  8. Go to the cinema. If you want to do something casual that gets you out the house then make a date of it. 
  9. Re-enact your first date.. whatever that may be
  10. Indoor picnic.. nobody said that Valentine's Day has to happen in the evening. If it's a nice day, go for a picnic in the park. If it's a lousy day, have an indoor picnic with chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. 
What are your plans this Valentine's? 

Friday, 30 January 2015

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter

Hey guys! Today I thought I would write a review on my newest beauty purchase. I have seen these bright Revlon lip butters in Boots for a while now, after seeing them on the beautiful Emma Stone I couldn't help myself. I had to have them.

I purchased three different colours, all of which look great with my skin tone. Revlon have an array of different tones which really do look stunning. I have purchased the only three I think suit me. They are perfect for the spring/summer seasons. I have heard countless reviews, but I always feel that it's best to try them for yourself. I know these have been out forever, and they do not seem to be going anywhere any time soon. 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Top tips for mastering a job interview

If you're anything like me, you have a full time job. Yes, I am a Miss 9-5 (what a way to make a living) and I have a very busy (and budding) career. 

As much as I would love to blog for you guys on a full time basis, it isn't feasible and I have bills to pay plus if I am being honest, I enjoy doing both. I remember the transitional period of leaving university and hunting for a full time job. It can be stressful and there are days where you will feel like you're useless and untalented. Do not fret! 

There are thousands of other people in the same situation that feel this way - I don't know if that's comforting but what I am getting at is, you are not alone. 

So, today I thought I would offer my advice on how to master a job interview. It's rather a random post for my blog, but I thought it sits well under my lifestyle posts.

I have been asked frequently what I do for my day job, how I got my job, what my skills are and also whether I am a full time blogger. Now, you all know I am a businesswoman - or try to be. I have a background in digital marketing and content and I champion these two areas (or should I say try to). I am an enthusiastic blogger who enjoys offering my advice on a regular basis and I would like to eventually merge everything I have done in my past and what I currently do right now to make one incredible opportunity - where that will take me I am unsure, but I am positive it will be awesome. 

I am always learning, and that's the beauty of working somewhere that helps you to excel. 

I cannot say that my suggestions will 100% get you the job you seek, but I hope it gives you more confidence in your interviews. 


Monday, 26 January 2015

Why I Became A Blogger

I know this isn't my normal style of post, however, I wanted to share with you all the reason I started blogging in the first place. 

There are so many bloggers that say the same things and you more than likely feel as if you're reading the same post repeatedly. However, we all have our own reasons and stories behind why we express ourselves in this way. Which is why I wanted to share mine.

I have always loved writing. I am a writer at heart, I know that's rather a bold statement - although it's true. When I was first introduced to blogging platforms, I immediately took to the idea of this little space on the web which I can design and use as my very own release. 

I also found that blogging helped me in other ways. As much as I hate to admit it, when I first began writing my overall style and grammar was poor. I am not saying it's perfect now, because I am sure if a proof-reader scanned through my work they would immediately pick up on errors. 

But, what I can say is that I have improved dramatically on my writing technique whilst at university and blogging enabled me to really build on that skill. 

When I initially started out, it was all fuzzy - I had no clear direction and quite frankly I was trying too hard to be like everyone else. It only occurred to me a few years ago that maybe, just maybe, people will love my work because it's my style, my clear direction and my own opinion. 

Writing beauty related posts felt right for me. I am extremely and utterly in love with makeup. The way that makeup can make you feel, the mask that it represents for some and the confidence that it builds for others. I love playing with makeup and the diversity of it. It has always been a big part of my life. 

I remember when I was around 8 years old and my sister used to dress me up. She would use her makeup on me which of course my dad hated (he thinks we are beautiful without it). This memory and quality time is definitely hands down one of my fondest childhood memories and I have continued to have a love for beauty products ever since. 

I began writing on Sprucenews in 2013. It was originally a space for me to share my opinions on fashion and modelling, which was once a topic or area that I adored. However, as I began trying to understand where I could take my stance this beauty direction shone through and eventually took over this space.

It just felt right, to write about something that puts a smile on my face.

Over the past few years it has grown beyond just a small space to share my thoughts, it's now an open site where I share reviews, opinions, videos and images. 

Blogging offers me a means to escape. I lose myself in blogging, writing beauty reviews and producing videos. It's become such a large part of who I am and I love it. 

I would recommend to anyone who is either looking for a hobby or a way to lose themselves. It's almost like a diary out in the open to express who you are and what you enjoy. 

I hope this offers you more insight into who I am and why I love writing articles for you all to read. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Beauty Essential Of The Week | January 2015

This week's beauty essential has got to be the Bourjois Paris Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in the colour Ole Flamingo. I absolutely love this colour and brand. The lipstick itself is incredibly long lasting, it's a great texture and easy to apply with the lip gloss style applicator. Very easy to contour your lips and get the look you want. 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

12 Things Successful People Do Differently

Everyone wants to be successful, we all try to be, we all wish we were. I find that success isn't instant, it is gradual and you have to work at it! 

I have tried to take a positive outlook on life and I do believe that if you think positive then positive things will happen to you. My life isn't perfect and like everyone else I have been through hardships, heartbreak and loss. But I realise that although some things in life to put it quite frank, can be shit! It is the steps you take to make your life better, not dwelling on the past, or having regrets about mistakes you have made.  

This is why I decided to write this post '12 things successful people do differently' 
  1. They create and pursue s.m.a.r.t goals
  2. They take decisive and immediate actions
  3. They focus on being productive, not being busy
  4. They make logical, informed decisions
  5. They avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect
  6. They work outside of their comfort zone
  7. They keep things simple
  8. They focus on making small, continuous improvements
  9. They measure and track their progress
  10. They maintain a positive outlook as they learn from mistakes
  11. They spend time with the right people
  12. They maintain balance in their life
Success only happens when you're willing to put the effort in to achieve your dreams. 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Best Lip Balms of 2015

Lip balms are essential products within my everyday makeup routine. A good lip balm provides moisture, long lasting softness and smooth texture. 
I also love a lip balm that both smells and tastes nice, that's just a preference of mine, however it isn't important.

I have a large number of lip balms that I use, I have a few favourites that I wanted to share with you and a few that I feel do not match up to my expectations. 


Thursday, 15 January 2015

What I'm Wearing | Workwear

I rarely write these types of post. However, after a few requests I decided to include this into my regular post schedule. I usually dress rather casual for work, skinny jeans with a nice top. However, today I decided to dress more business like and smart.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

January Glossybox unwrapped

To my utmost delight, my Glossybox came in the post! It's always like a present when it arrives, neatly presented with a bow. This month I was especially excited, after hearing all products were going to be full size which is of course a bonus. With news about town that Glossybox has a new beauty editorial director, it was of course interesting to see what awesome things they had planned. 


Sunday, 11 January 2015

My Top Red Lipsticks

To say that red lipstick is my all time favourite kind of lipstick is rather a broad statement. Especially when I own so many and they are all different colour reds. 

Trying to find a red lipstick that suits is rather difficult, especially if you are not quite sure what shades are best for your complexion. I own over 20 red lipsticks, all different brands and a variety of different shades. I thought I would show you my favourite most used red lipsticks. 

My favourite shades were chosen on the intensity and brightness of the red


Saturday, 10 January 2015

The Best Beauty Products Of 2014

Whittling down my beauty favourites for the year of 2014 I must say was simple. I am loyal to my personal favourites, although I am always happy to try out new brands and products as you all know. I can only say these are my favourites from the brands and products I have used and there are so many that I have not yet tried, such as more expensive luxury brands i.e. Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury & YSL. 

I have decided to put together a video and post to highlight my current favourites from various different makeup categories that I own. This is the first time that I have produced a video like this,I hope you like it, and hopefully they will only get better! 


Birchbox Revealed 2015

I had a very nice surprise this morning when I found that my monthly Birchbox was placed on my doorstep. It's always exciting to see what I will receive every month and I was aware that this month Birchbox had teamed up with Women's Health to produce a box about getting fit and healthy this January.

Determined to keep my New Years Resolutions this year (giving up fizzy drinks, sweets and cutting back on chocolate) I am really in the right frame of my to 'Hit Refresh' and become more healthy. My food choices have been better and I am drinking more water. 

I have found that it's not just your body that needs to be healthy, it's your mind as well! I want to be happier this year, think more positive about the future and do everything that I have on my 'Dreams & Plans' list. 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Beauty Essential Of The Week

My beauty essential of this week I must say is a rather random one. I have used this product everyday and have really reaped the benefits from it. 

In cold weather I find that my skin becomes dry. This week I have really felt the harsh winter, especially on my lips. The have been extremely dry and chapped. I ditched the lipstick this week instead I have been using Cherry Carmex. This tiny tub of lip protection has been my best friend, helping me add the moisture back into my lips as well as providing me with a soothing feel. 

I have used Carmex since I was 14 years old. It's been a staple product in my life from such a young age. I use it all year round because it is also an excellent coverage from the sun. 

It is rather a random beauty essential, but it's the product that I have used the most this week. I would recommend this product to anyone who suffers from dry chapped lips. It really does sooth and moisturise. It also doesn't leave those gloopy white marks in the corners of your mouth like so make lip balms do. 

What's the most frequent beauty product you have used this week?   

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Makeup Brushes | What They Are Used For

I don't know about you, but I get confused when I buy a new makeup brush set when trying to figure out what each brush is designed for.

There are so many styles of makeup brushes, but I thought I would share with you my makeup brushes and what I use them for. I cannot promise that I am 100% certain that I am using these correctly, I am not a beauty expert after all. 


Topshop Colour - Block Geometric Patterned Cape | 2015

It's very rare that I write fashion posts, but I felt that this particular item was worth the blog. Just before the New Year I spent my Christmas present Topshop Vouchers on this amazing cape. 

Better known in Topshop as the 'Topshop Colour - Block Geometric Patterned Cape'. It's beautiful, the reason I bought it was for work, being winter the office is freezing and I hate the early morning drive when I have to scrape the ice off my windscreen and hit the road. Capes are so handy to keep you warm and provide comfort when it's cold outside. 

It's like being wrapped up in a blanket! There were so many options to choose from, but I love the colours within this particular cape. The navy blue and burnt orange really are great winter colours and are better than my usual black, grey and cream winter selections. 

I thought it would be great to share this winter buy with you! I wore it for the first time today and received nothing but compliments from colleagues so it's definitely a fashion item I would recommend! And for £32 you can't go wrong!! 


Friday, 2 January 2015

January 2015 Dreams & Plans

I decided that I wanted to write a dreams and plans list for 2015. All the things I want to achieve and save for this year to make both my life, home life and career better. 
  • Progress in my career 
  • Save to buy a Mac laptop
  • Make more time for friends and family
  • Buy a new camera to produce awesome Sprucenews videos!
  • Show my appreciation for the small things
  • Go on holiday
  • Start saving properly
  • Be more thrifty with money - don't go reckless
  • Attend London Fashion Week 2015
  • Buy a Benefit cosmetic advent calendar 
  • Start yoga, Zumba and maybe even a spinning class
  • Love myself more, become healthy and cut out sugary drinks
  • Treat Gary to a weekend away
  • Book small weekend trips around Europe
  • Go to Harry Potter world

Thursday, 1 January 2015

BeautySpruce Competition | 2015

This competition is now CLOSED.

As it is the first day of the New Year I thought it would be a fab idea to run my very first competition!! I have been wanting to do this for so long, but never knew when the right time would be to kick start something like this. 

I always buy various beauty products as you may know, and I decided that my first fun deed of 2015 would be to host a beauty competition which consists of 10 fantastic beauty products that I would personally recommend and have purchased to give away to you! 

So here is what you could win! 

Bourjois Black out Sunglasses one size
Viktor & Rolf SpiceBomb perfume 1.5ml
Nails Inc London Baker Street Nail Varnish 10ml
Percy & Reed London Hair Finishing Polish 100ml
All That Jazz Nail Polish Androulla's Black Cherry On Top
Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer 600 Nude Eclipse
Benefit High Beam Miniature 
Topshop Pink Lip Balm
N07 Liplicious Lip Gloss
Makeover Essentials Makeup Tips Book

Here are the rules: 
To be in with the chance of winning the BeautySpruce2015 competition you have to do the following things... 
  1. Like the Sprucenews Facebook page
  2. Subscribe to Sprucenews YouTube channel
  3. Follow @roxannechand  and @Sprucenewsblog on Twitter
  4. Tweet me @roxannechand your favourite beauty product of 2014 with the hashtag #beautyspruce2015
Terms & Conditions 
Participants will have to follow the four rules for the chance to win the BeautySpruce2015 competition. Entrants must be over 16 years old. The competition is held on both Facebook & Twitter from 1 - 14 January 2015. 1 winner will be randomly selected by myself. The winner will be announced via Facebook & Twitter on 20 January and they will be provided with instructions of how to claim their prize. *Sprucenews reserves the right to withdraw the prize and chose another winner from all successful and valid entries received, based on the entry criteria above.*By entering the competition, you agree to Sprucenews announcing your name publicly as the prize winner on all Sprucenews social platforms. 
The competition is operated by alone and has not been sponsored by any brand or company. Neither have I (Roxanne Chand) been paid to run this competition. All prize products were purchased and paid for by myself. 
Please ensure you read and agree with the terms and conditions before entering the competition. 

Thank you & Good Luck!!! 
Love & Lipstick xo

10 Reasons to love January

January is a wonderful time of the year. It's that time of year where you can have a new beginning. You have a chance to make change to your life and positively effect those around you. I think having a fresh start is always a good thing. It just means that you're growing as a person. 

Here are my 10 Reasons to love January. Some of these are more personal favourites however, I hope you agree with some of them! 

  1. It's the start of a new year, chance to make new plans and look to the future
  2. The sales - make the most of the new year sales! I do love a discount. 
  3. My mum and little brothers birthday month
  4. Best time of the year to start a new hobby
  5. Make a change to your way of living, exercise more - LOVE YOURSELF!
  6. Start planning for next Christmas. Buy 2 presents every month 
  7. Knitwear is still a huge fashion statement! It's cold out there.
  8. eBay crazy! Sell those unwanted gifts you got for Christmas. Make yourself some money to put into your savings. 
  9. Start planning this years holiday! Oooo which hot beach do I need to lie on this year.
  10. The time of the year to make plans with friends and family and KEEP THEM! 
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