Happy 28th Birthday to ME with 28 Questions in Collaboration with Christie's Lifestyle

Today I turn 28 to state the obvious, and I am doing something a little different for this years post. I have collaborated with my longest, best friend and fellow blogger Christie from Christie's Lifestyle

Instead of just answering some basic questions about myself, Christie has chosen them all and has also replied to all of my answers to decide whether she thinks I have answered truthfully or not. We hope you enjoy learning a little bit about Romanovs Views and our longterm friendship. 

  1. Name an inside joke that we share with each other.
Romanovs Views: Flip Flops are a very nutritional breakfast 😝
Christie: It’s true, they are!! Haha love this.

  1. What would you rather have in life – love or money?
Romanovs Views: Love, I have my own money at the end of the day.
Christie: I thought you would say this, and I hope love is something that comes your way!

  1. Name one bad habit that you have.
Romanovs Views: Just one? Uhm, speaking before I think… I would like to say that I have gotten better with age and time though?
Christie: Yes you’ve definitely got better at this over the years. Although it has made many entertaining cinema trips with you speaking to people who are on their phones or chatting haha. I think your patience is much better these days haha!

  1. If you could have dinner with any famous person – who would it be?
Romanovs Views: Stuart the Minion, because he is the bestest ever!!!!
Christie: I thought you were going to say me, but I shall accept this answer 😝

  1. What was the last thing that made you cry?
Romanovs Views: All this weight loss. I was trying on my mums bridesmaid dress and even though I had it fitted a week earlier it was loose. I knew that it was going to be even worse the week later when I actually had to wear it, and it wasn’t the fact that it didn’t fit right that made me cry. It was the feeling of being completely alone and lost. I had been dealing with a lot of pain and weight loss alone for a long time and just been putting on a brave face not letting anyone know what I was going through. So when my Nan called me and I was standing in that dress it just broke me.. I spent the day crying.
Christie: That’s really not nice to hear and I want nothing more than for you to find out what’s going on and get better!

  1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life – what would it be?
Romanovs Views: I am not sure, honestly. I guess, if it was only one thing then it would have to be my Nan’s Sheppard’s Pie.
Christie: I feel like I need to try this out to verify the answer haha...

  1. What is your favourite song?
Romanovs Views: This changes so often for me, I am always listening to the latest Country Music. Right now it has to be Lay Low by Josh Turner.
Christie: I’ll be honest I have never heard this song but will check it out!

  1. Think of your first high school crush… would you want to go there now?
Romanovs Views:  God no!!! If you remember rightly I already did ha ha. So NO!!!!
Christie: Hahaha…. Yeah lets not mention names but LOL!! I remember now hahah!!

  1. What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?
Romanovs Views:  Hmm…. I think it is my Mac Book pro… Or Harley if you tally up all the vet bills from all the accidents she keeps having! No sorry, technically my Car.
Christie: Haha bless Harley, worth the money I am sure! Are you sure its not Too Faced products? 😜

  1. What is one thing you’d love to achieve in the next 5 years?
Romanovs Views: My Chartership, if I can ever get my butt into gear!!!
Christie: You can do it girl! I have faith in you 😝 !!!

  1. Have you ever won anything? Big or small?
Romanovs Views: Yes. A voucher for some glasses at Dipple & Conway, a bunch of Know Cosmetics and My Tiny Box from My Little Box.
Christie: Oh yes, and thank you for winning some Know Cosmetics for me as well, loved those!

  1. You go for a night out clubbing – what are you drinking?
Romanovs Views: Usually water or coke.
Christie: This is true! You don’t need alcohol to shear the sheep or go fishing on the dancefloor!

  1. What is your signature dance move?
Romanovs Views: Was the slut drop ha ha… but now is our random backwards arm shimmy thing.
Christie: Haha yes, and as said in the first question we do like a good old fishing sesh!

  1. Do you believe in ghosts?
Romanovs Views: Obviously, I have seen one or two. Does Shannon peeking through the window at us watching Fourth Kind count? Actually there was that weird shape in the road on the drive home from one of the Paranormal films!
Christie: OMG that was the scariest moment of my life!!! Thought she was an owl!!! Hilarious!!!

  1. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Romanovs Views: Despicable Me 3!!!
Christie: This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest 😋 !

  1. Describe your ideal date.
Romanovs Views: A dog walk.. I’m fairly simple really. Plus I don’t really want to go through all the hassle of a restaurant and food straight away!!!
Christie: Yes this sounds very ‘you’! Would be ideal!

  1. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Romanovs Views: Nope. Unless it is for your pet or child.
Christie: I agree on the pet front! Although I didn’t like biscuit when we got him, I do love him now lol.

  1. Do you miss any particular foods/drinks since becoming a coeliac?
Romanovs Views: KFC!!!!!! Chinese!!! Owh and Pringles…
Christie: Yeah I think I would miss those foods too…!!! MATE have you had Chipz from tesco? Gluten free pringles! Think they taste alright if you ask me! Just a shame they only do 2 flavours.

  1. What season do you like the most?
Romanovs Views: Summer obviously.. I am a heat addict.
Christie: Yep this is true, and you tan nicely as well rather than burn/peel like me.

  1. Jeans or Joggies?
Romanovs Views: Jeans, I am not really one for Joggers am I.
Christie: No, to be honest I cannot picture you in a pair of Joggy Bizzles. Pyjamas maybe but not trackies haha…

  1. Top 3 things about having a dog.
Romanovs Views: No matter how bad your day is, when you come home, they are always so happy to see you. Even if you have just been gone for a few minutes; the complete loyalty and trust, there is nothing else like it. Lastly the laughter, you always end up laughing at the things they do even when they are being naughty. You try to be mad but they have this way of just making you smile.
Christie: Aww that’s really lovely! And you make a great dog owner too so its good to hear you get some much back from it.

  1. What is your most important memory?
Romanovs Views: I am not entirely too sure, I have blocked out a lot of my childhood. I always remember one funny memory when I used to stay round my grandparents. I had a Furby at the time and it was time for bed, it would not be quiet. So my Grandad shouted at it “Shut Up”, and from then on whenever it heard my Granddad speak it would say “Shut Up”. It was so funny and made him get so annoyed.  
Christie: Haha this is brilliant!! Love this story!!

  1. What is something you dislike in a person that drives you mad?
Romanovs Views: Hypocrites. To say you dislike something or that you won’t ever do something because it is against your beliefs or whatever and then to do it a few days later… AGHHHHHHH!!!!!!
Christie: That is rather annoying I agree!!!!!

  1. How many sugars do you like in your tea?
Romanovs Views: What now or when I was younger? Now I have between 2-3.
Christie: I will never forget the day we went to the café in Costessey and you asked for 9 sugars. I don’t think the woman believed you behind the till!! Glad to hear you have cut down quite a bit there haha…

  1. What is your favourite type of flower?
Romanovs Views: Lillies.
Christie: I think I knew this…! Good choice!

  1. If you had to change careers, what job would you choose?
Romanovs Views: I have no idea. I love my job, maybe a teacher.
Christie: I think you’d make a good teacher.. I’d be scared of you and would do the work lol!

  1. Do you prefer fruit or vegetables?
Romanovs Views: I have never thought about this before? What do you prefer, Leeks??? I guess fruit because you don’t feel obliged to eat them.
Christie: I like them both, my body prefers fruit.. veg just does not agree if you catch my drift lmao… And yes I love a leek! Especially on the ceiling hahahha….

  1. In all of your experience as a coeliac, where has been the best restaurant to cater for your needs?
Romanovs Views: Hmm, this is a tough one.. the restaurant of Kim’s house ha ha. No I would probably have to say either Applebee’s in USA. I can’t really remember any in the UK that wow’d me, other than the Gluten Free Café.
Christie: I agree, I think America is a lot better catered for coeliacs than we are here!

I had a good giggle doing this collaboration with you Kim, and look forward to 29 questions next year 😉.
Hopefully we can do one for your 28th in June...

If you would like to wish me an extra special Birthday, please head over to the UK Blog Awards and give us a Vote. 

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

My Little Box November 2017 Sunday Edition

I have always been a lover of My Little Box and have stayed with them even when they have let us down with less than good service. I was pretty happy as usual when this months box came through the post, only to open it up and find a note to say that this will be the last box in the UK!

I am sure I am not alone when I say I am not happy! Especially when their reason is to focus on their Gambettes Box, I am sorry but a box of tights is not a replacement for this subscription! I will now be on the hunt for a suitable replacement.

Nominated for the UK Blog Awards 2018!!!!!!!

I cannot believe I have been nominated for the UK Blog Awards 2018, it was such an unexpected surprise and I am truly honored. 

I have been writing seriously now for over 2 years, all thanks to the amazing Christie, from Christie's Lifestyle. She is one of my oldest friends and I honestly don't know where I would be without her, she showed me that you can really get yourself out there and I started to use the platform as a virtual diary of sorts. I was going through a tough time in my life where I was trying to leave an emotionally abusive partner; I had just moved out from his place and was finding my feet on my own. So this really gave me something to focus on. 

When I finally saw the light and left him for good, I started writing a post about what I had been through and finally after a long time got the courage to post it; which got some really encouraging feedback. I felt it was a great way to show awareness to others that we are not alone and that people around those, in these kind of situations don’t find it just as easy to walk away as you might think.

I am also a Coeliac, having been diagnosed since I was 21 I thought I was fairly well adjusted, however we all have bad days or months. I am currently undergoing some major tests due to major weight loss, sever pain and so on. This is a great chance for me to vent my frustration over my illness/ disease and share my journey with others in the same boat. I know that there aren’t that many of us out there, especially of the young variety.

I do love my beauty products too and focus a lot on that, but have recently been trying to make sure that whatever I use is Gluten Free! Let me tell you it is not easy! I am a major beauty addict, but aren’t the majority of girls.

My blog means the world to me and I have spent the last few years focusing a lot of time and energy to grow all aspects of it, especially my Instagram feed and my Flat lay game!

I hope you like my focus to share my thoughts, frustrations and journey with you all. I do always try to write things as I would say them, which is not always very diplomatically correct but that makes it funny in my eyes. 

So please follow this link and vote for me, I might not be a big time blogger but every little helps :) 

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

I Got More From the Too Faced Peaches & Cream Collection!

After trying out the setting powder and eye shadows from the Peaches & Cream collection I had to get more from the range. I have to say I am absolutely hooked and need more!!! 

I had heard that the Peach Perfect Foundation was a dupe for the Estee Lauder Double wear, but was obviously skeptical. Let me tell you there is no need to be! It is amazing, The formula is easier to work with, stays in place all day long, for over 14 hours! Plus you get 48ml in the tube, a pump cap and the packaging is just to die for as with all Too Faced products. The scent is very subtle, which I found to be pretty refreshing for the whole range, the only down side is the colour selection.

Too Faced Gingerbread Man Matte Limited Edition

I am a total Too Faced addict and when they release limited edition Melted Matte Lippies I just HAVE to get them! They are my go to lipsticks and they are completely gluten free!!! 

Give a Gingerbread Man kiss this Christmas! 

Last year they launched the limited edition Candy Cane, which was a very bright, highly pigmented fuchsia. That had a gorgeous scent of mint mocha, that was so strong when you licked your lips you got a taste of peppermint.

The Hard Parts of being a Coeliac No One tells you about!

Having been diagnosed for almost 7 years now I would like to say I am fairly well adjusted, but there are always new challenges and things that happen that really make you want to scream at the top of your lungs!

Everyone tells you it will get better and it does believe me, you get a handle on the diet, the cross contamination and all the basic rules. BUT no one tells you about all the unknowns and the obstacles people put in your way that make it that much more difficult to be safe. That is such a funny way to put it isn't it, to avoid being 'Glutened', is it safe or stay safe.

I have not been doing to well recently, losing a lot of weight, feeling lethargic and generally feeling like I have been 'Glutened' most of the time. For which the Hospital are giving me another endoscopy, what fun hey. Anyway this has lead me to think about other things such as make-up, which to be honest I have never really thought was an issue before.

I love to wear lipstick and never really thought about it but when you eat, some of the lipstick does come off onto your food and therefore you are digesting that. So it is actually important for it to be Gluten Free. Thankfully though I did find out that Too Faced Melted Matte Lipsticks are formulated without gluten, woopie!!!

Don't worry I am getting to my point here. I have found that when discussing this subject with people they have often mocked me or just simply dismissed me as a complete idiot. Like whatever are you on about, Gluten Free lipstick?!?!?!  This is just one example of dismissal I have received over the years, I have a serious auto-immune disease that actually requires me to take ridiculous precautions such as this!

You find that many people are very ignorant to our disease, it can be ever so frustrating. I still get it now where people automatically say 'owh so like an allergy to wheat'. You just want to pull your hair out and scream NO!!!!! When half the time it is just easier to reply yes.

Earlier this year I did have a little meltdown before I went away for my Mum's hen weekend away in Valencia. I had not been away abroad since being diagnosed, so it was a pretty daunting experience for me. I have been away to America, but they are so much better equipped than us, so I don't even count that as 'abroad'. When we got out there and I was armed with my translation cards, I felt much better. We found a few restaurants and even Macdonalds was way better than the UK!

The thing that struck me was the fact that I didn't find I had much support or understanding about what I was going through. I knew we weren't going to a 3rd world country, but it was still an extremely scary thing for me to be doing.

A great issue I have yet to find an easy get around for is a shared office kitchen! I know this is not something the great majority of the population thinks about and a lot of people moan about the state of their office kitchen, but for us coeliacs it is a much bigger concern. Crumbs all over the side spreading everywhere, food splattered in every orifice of the microwave and the dreaded CAKE DAYS!!!

You have to think about every little thing, and quickly become the office Nazi, mostly due to ignorance of our disease. It's not like I am being overly OCD or anal just because I feel like being a twat, I genuinely have to be overly cautious. Cleaning the side before I use it every time, re-cleaning clean cutlery. I won't even use the tea towel provided, just because I don't know what it has been used for, so use the paper towels.

I even panic on cake days, even if someone has been kind enough o think of me, when everyone dives into the cakes it goes everywhere and there is no guarantee that my specially bought stuff is now not contaminated. Then you worry about explaining that, because you just get dumbfounded looks like you're being overly dramatic.

Somedays you do just really hate being a Coeliac and let me tell you it is okay to say that. You are not the only one, trust me on that!

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

Letterbox Cake by Bakerdays and Competition*

When I was contacted by bakerdays to review one of their cakes and provide you guys with a chance to win yourselves one of your very own, how could I say no??? 

They offer a variety of sizes and sponges, including Gluten and Wheat free, perfect for me as a Coeliac. There are other options such as dairy free so I am sure that if you were in need of a specialised order they could accommodate.

I am a little odd and do not like jam in my cakes, so asked that the sponge cake come with no jam just the butter cream. They obliged and it came just as I asked.

The cake itself was very nice, not too sweet and not too dry like you usually get with gluten free cakes. The ratio of icing to cake was pretty spot on, I went for a simple emoji design that I think complimented my Blog.

I liked the little motif "Have a sparkle filled day!" perfect for anyone needing a little pick me up.

Their prices start from £14.99 which for me is a little pricey considering how teeny tiny the cake is, but then it does have to fit through a letter box! It does come in a nice tin and with some candles, balloons etc. so I suppose you do get a little more for your money. 

They aim to get the cake out to you within 7 days, and the best before date lasts two weeks from dispatch. Which is a pretty good time. 

I love the idea of being able to send someone a little cake through the post, personalized and unannounced. 

If you would like to be in for the chance of winning yourself a Letterbox cake then you can enter here. 

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* I received this yummy cake from bakerdays for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback, all my views and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in anyway. Please see my Disclaimer for more information.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

Thing's I am Tired of Hearing as a 27 Something Singleton!

I am nearing 28 now and swear I am jinxed when it comes to men, you often find yourself questioning yourself and whether it is something you're doing or whether you're that much of a bad horrible person?? Answer is NO, they're just Jerks! 

That being said I am sick and tired of comments from people around me, yes I know they may mean well but seriously do you not think I am tired of hearing it all and it loses it's meaning after a while..

Here's the best one!

"Someone will come along when you least expect it"

I live like a hermit! I am not joking I like my own time and I like doing my own things, I have to force myself to socialise. Even if I wanted to go out I have no one to actually go out with, what am I supposed to do. Go and sit at a bar by myself? Yep good one!!! Also the people saying this are constantly moaning that they want to "set" me up... sorry is that not defeating the object of that statement?? 

I have been waiting for almost 28 years now, I have resided myself to that fact it just isn't going to happen!!! I also want to point out that this statement makes you feel even more lonely and stupid, like have I been unknowingly looking?? Should I look or should I shut off??

"Why are you single?"

This one always makes me laugh. I have often been asked by new work colleagues (bearing in mind I work with men), "Why are you single? It's not like you're ugly", hmmm well I don't bloody know.. "You have a lot going for you, you're quirky". Well obviously not, because I wouldn't be single would I???? 

I am single I suppose because I am not going to put up with being treated like SHIT and being used. The last few guys that I have actually liked seemed to just not be interested in me in the slightest, so what am I supposed to do about that.. If they can't see me as fun like other guys can, then their loss at the end of the day, bub bye!

"You've got plenty of time"

Do I?? I don't think so.. I am sorry but I don't want to be a 40 year old or older mum! If that is even in the cards for me. I am tired of women looking at me like a complete twat when I discuss things and am being deadly serious about the fact that I do not think that my time will come to get married or have kids. They think I am about 20 years old and are stunned when they realise I am actually nearing 28.. owh yeah actually I do know what I am talking about love. 

I have also been compared to people I don't even know, that are apparently doing the same thing as me...

"They only pick people that want to FUCK them around and the ones that actually like them, they find something wrong with them"

Yep that's exactly what I do, I go out and ask guys if they are arseholes, abusers or psychos and if they tick any of those boxes then I go out with them no questions asked... If they are a nice guy then I will definitely find something wrong with them and write them off straight away. You've got me sussed! 

Don't consider the fact, that sometimes when two people that do genuinely get along may just not click romantically. Doesn't mean for one minute that I have found something wrong with them, but I shouldn't try to force something that just isn't there. 

As for the dickheads I come across, I can't help that the majority of guys I date are that way inclined. Even guys I have thought were friends or acquaintances that are/ were in relationships have turned out to be twats because they have in some way let me know they have feelings for me. That is just not on and to put me in that situation is just not fair, I do not want to know! Then meaning I have lost that friendship. 

I am just at the point where I am done with listening to advice from people that do not understand what I have been through and what I am going through. If I want to be with someone I will let them know, if I want to be set up I will let you know. For now I am tired and done with being mugged off quite simply. 

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

My Little Box X ASOS October 2017

Following last months disastrous box I was pleased with last months collaboration with ASOS. With the launch of their new make-up range My Little Box joined forces with ASOS to bring us a selection of beauty treats and lifestyle pieces created by the wonderful peeps over at ASOS. 

This month's box was swapped for a large multi-purpose pouch. I for one love the design and think it could be used for just about anything. You could even use it as a going out clutch bag, you would certainly make a statement with this piece.

The second lifestyle piece was this very cute notebook, which comprised lined and blank pages for scribbles and thoughts. I thought this was a very innovative idea, great for those that are a little bit creative and need to get ideas out onto paper.

Pureheals Propolis Rose Callus Sheet Mask, Hydrating and Plumping. The makers of Preheals believe in nature, therefore they source their ingredients from fresh fruits, veg, honeycombs and volcanoes. I always find sheet masks odd, like you're putting on someone else skin, makes me think of films like the Hills have Eyes and Leatherface! That aside, I left the mask on for about 15-20 minutes and can't say I noticed too much difference other than my skin felt soft and moisturised. It didn't break me out which is always a plus.

This months My Little Beauty item was a much needed hand cream, it smells absolutely devine with a slight coconut scent and the screw top cap makes it extremely easy to do back up again once you've applied the cream.

 Nude By Nature Perfecting Primer, R.R.P £22.00. This Aussie brand is all about kindness and is completely cruelty free so sources all of their products are environmentally sourced. For example the Kakdu Plum which is only available in Australia and packed with vitamin-C, and it can be found in this primer naturally! I have been using this primer ever since we received it and I have had no problems whatsoever, no break outs and keeping my foundation in place all day.

ASOS Make-up Liquid Pen Eyeliner in Decisive, R.R.P £6.00. This vegan friendly eyeliner is also intensely black and perfect for a winged or cat liner. I am loving the ASOS range, mainly for their packaging design. Pink and black with simple yet cute detailing. I will certainly be re-prchasing!

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting. 

Romanovs Views xoxo

Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask*

This is marketed as Amazon's No 1 best selling sleep mask. I cannot sleep without an eye mask now, and have found it difficult in the past to find ones that are actually comfortable and stay in place.

This one intrigued me as it is molded, contoured and claims to not actually touch your eyes. All while creating a blackout from any light. The carefully crafted design allow you to still be able to open and move your eyes, which is supposed to enable a better REM sleep.

REM Sleep is one stage of our sleep, rapid eye movement. During this time our eyes move rapidly in many directions. So it is essential for us to not restrict this movement with an eye mask, due to REM sleep making up 20-25% of our sleep.

I can vouch that this mask certainly creates a black out effect and allows you to move your eyes freely. I can see it being pretty good for those that need to look freshly done up and don't want to ruin their make-up whilst on the move.

For someone like me that sleeps on their side a lot, I found it to be a little uncomfortable as it was quite rigid, however once you got used to it and fell asleep it was fine. I was pretty impressed with the fact that it didn't budge all night, I usually wake up in the night and have to hunt for my usual sleep mask.

I thought for £10.00 this was pretty reasonable, especially when you get a little carry case and free ear plugs too. You are generally looking at the £6.00 mark for a decent eye mask, so this wasn't too outrageous in my mind.

If you are in the market for a new mask then I would certainly give this a try, but just be aware that it is slightly rigid and does take some getting used too.

* I received this sleep mask from Bedtime Bliss for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback, all my views and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in anyway. Please see my Disclaimer for more information.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

Cute Fall Looks

Here it is my first ever Fashion post, please be nice. I am no model and am in no way a fashion critique, but this is my idea of fashion and what I like to wear.

Lovelily Fragrance from Accessorize*

Another tantalizing perfume that brings your senses back to spring time and keeps you smelling gorgeous all day long.

This fragrance is very reasonably priced at £19.00 for 75ml. Perfect at this time of year as a stocking filler, for that special lady in your life.

To Blind Date or Not?

Having had my fair share of dates from online dating sites and just random meet ups that have obviously ended up going  no where and leaving me feeling like what is the point in dating at all? I was recently set up on a blind date of some sorts..

So here's the thing he knew what I looked like and knew way more about me than I did about him.. but when I was given his number to set something up we seemed to click straight away. I didn't think at all about the fact that I didn't know what he looked like, which is quite refreshing to be perfectly honest.

Monsoon Rose Gold Perfume*

I have always struggled to find perfumes that I really like, I always find that they just don't smell that nice or don't last too long. The Monsoon Rose Gold EDP is an exception to this rule, when it arrived I was shocked at just how much I loved the fragrance. 

When you first spritz yourself you're hit with juicy notes of citrus, rich floral and decadent woods these combined reveal a delicate and sensual feminine scent.

My Little Box September 2017 Rouge Edition

This months My Little Box review is a lot later than usual because it arrived pretty much at the end of September and has really annoyed the majority of it's customers.  I am not that impressed with this month's box, but then we cannot expect to be happy with every single box we get. 

The main thing that I was miffed with, was the fact that we seemed to be missing one lifestyle piece, there are usually two lifestyle pieces and three beauty products. So what happened to that???

I will start with the two Nuxe products we received which were both sample sized. I have used the Shimmering Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, R.R.P £34.00 for 100ml, previously so receiving the non-shimmering dry oil was a nice change especially when applying it to your hair. It is a luxurious product and a little does go a long way.

The Nuxe Prodigieux Huile de Douche Shower Oil, retails for around around £10.50 for 200ml, which has a subtle golden shimmer and gently cleanses your skin leaving it feeling silky smooth. It has a sweet light fragrance, which can be explained by the infusion of the sulfate-free almond oil cleanser.

This months My Little Beauty item was this gorgeous red lipstick, pictured worn below, if you are a regular reader then you will know I am abit of a lipstick snob. I can tell this is cheap, the smell is very similar to those you get in kids kits or lower end brands like Rimmel or Collection. I found that it did stay on fairly well with my primer and Lipcote top coat, but nothing compared to a Mac lippy or my go to Too Faced Melted Matte. I was pretty disappointed because I have had a liquid lipstick from My Little Box before and it was pretty good. 

This months only Lifestyle item was a one size fits all T-shirt, thankfully due to all the random and worrying weight-loss I have experienced lately it actually fits me. I do really like it and think it will go pretty well with most outfits. I felt very french with my red lips, glasses and cigarette. Not that I condone smoking, it's just such a french look isn't it! 

I found rolling the sleeves up and tucking it into jeans, paired with heels really created a very Parisian Chic look. You could even add a cute casual style formal jacket with it to give the look a real pop.

I know a lot of people weren't happy with this month's box, I would love to know your thoughts?

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes & Peach Perfect Setting Powder

When I saw that Too Faced were releasing a full Matte collection and all smelling of Peaches and Sweet Fig no less, I had to get something from the range. I jumped on the site as soon as Too Faced released Peaches & Cream, and managed to get my hands on the Just Peachy Mattes Palette and the Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder. 

7 Years Diagnosed Coeliac and My Hairs Falling Out, Nails are Yellow and I've lost a Shit Tonne of Weight

As you may well know back in April time I finally found out that I was Vitamin D deficient, I started taking supplements and started to feel better. Let's not be silly though, that was short lived!

I had started to lose some excess weight over two months which I thought was fairly normal, and linked to the Vitamin D thing, but here's the thing it carried on coming off. Rapidly! I dropped from a size 10 to a size 6 in about 4 months, I hadn't changed my diet or exercise in anyway.

S+ by ResMed Sleep Monitor*

I love my sleep, I mean I could sleep day and night if I really wanted too. When I was offered the chance to review the latest S+ Sleep Monitor by ResMed, I couldn't turn it away, I was intrigued to see just how well I was actually sleeping at night and if there was anything that the S+ could do to improve it.

The S+ is the world's first contact-less sleep tracker, that helps to analyse your sleep and thus provide any suggestions required to improve it. It is easily linked up to your phone via an app and quickly records the light, noise and temperature conditions in your room, which all add to the tailored feedback for improved sleep.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

Yes I think I am slightly addicted to Too Faced cosmetics! I have been eyeing this palette up for over a year now and finally had the spare cash to justify the purchase, god am I happy I did. 

They all smell insane as usual, which is always nice because who doesn't want to smell of sweet chocolate?

Estee Lauder DayWear Matte Oil-Control Anti-oxidant Moisture Gel Creme

After having a period of bad skin with viscous breakouts, I went to an Estee Lauder counter and spoke to one of the lovely women there. She was very helpful and gave me some free samples including this amazing moisturiser, it has worked wonders for me and consequently prompted me to buy a full size pot. 

This moisturising gel creme is aimed at those with oily skin types, as it is designed to control oil, minimise shine for up to 8 hours and reduce the look of pores. It is Dermatologist tested, oil free and non-acnegenic, so wont't clog up your pores.

Avon mark.

mark. is Avon's expertly developed beauty and fashion boutique, which has been around since 2003 in the US. God why do the US get everything first??? Due to the success of Avon's sister brand overseas, Avon decided to bring it over here to the UK, earlier this year.

The sister brand has been developed to help and inspire young women to make their "mark.", with a vast range of customisable products that allow them to show off their style and create your very own signature look.

Why it's important to remember it's okay to say NO!

With lots of dating sites out there nowadays such as Manchester DatingHampshire DatingNorthamptonshire DatingShropshire Dating and Staffordshire Dating, it can be hard to know which ones to pick and which ones will be give you the right kind of people.

Even just meeting someone can be difficult, someone can make themselves seem like the most genuine caring person until they don't get what they want. I know most men are just big kids but seriously if we say no or don't want to follow you round like a little puppy dog, don't throw your toys out of the pram!

If you read my recent post I'm Confused then you will know that I have yet again been unlucky in love, and just because I am going to be busy in the next few weeks with plans for my mums Hen Do he told me to just "Forget It". Yep lovely, so you really did want to start something didn't you. Basically because I didn't give it up and am not willing to be a silent little bimbo on your arm you're suddenly not interested.. funny that!

The whole time we were texting it was mainly focused on sex and I have to be perfectly honest, but I felt a little pressured and like I had to reply with something otherwise he would lose interest..
I wish I had said NO! There is a lot of stigma around sex these days and it's still a taboo subject. We all still feel like we HAVE to do it, even if it's just sexting or sending a naughty photo, but at the end of the day why should you have to if you aren't completely comfortable with it?

If you say no, or put things off and they lose interest, or start to try and persuade you in some way then really they do not care and are not worth your time. If they really want to be with you and want something real then they will wait as long as it takes for you to be comfortable.

Getting a response like "If you really liked/ loved me you would do it", then this is emotional blackmail.. my advice, RUN! You do not want anyone like that in your life.

Practice saying no, that may sound silly but really it works and you will be grateful for it in the right circumstances.

Once you finally meet someone you feel absolutely at ease with, then you will know that the time is right. For whatever you want to do. Always remember you deserve respect, you get what you give at the end of the day!

* This is a sponsored post. Please see my Disclaimer for more information.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

My Little Box August 2017 Wild Summer Edition

I am a little late with this one, but I guess I had a lot of other things that came ahead! As always I do look forward to coming home and finding My Little Box package, this months was pretty interesting with the two lifestyle pieces being staple favourites of mine.

I'm Confused...

Isn't it funny that when you decide to give up on the opposite sex (or the same if that's what you like) that something comes along... very expectedly I might add.

After having a rant about how I couldn't be bothered with men anymore because I seem to just attract Psychos.. I mean it's not like I have had the best track record is it. I had someone text me that evening, to make me aware that they were interested and didn't want me to give up.

Estee Edit from Estee Luader

The Estee edit launched last year and has already been announced as being discontinued. The Brand launched the new line in collaboration with Kendall Jenna, in an attempt to reach out to the millennial generation. 

Unfortunately I have arrived to the party a little late and have only been able to get my hands on a few items, especially with the few that were available and appealed to me. I would have liked to have tried to the eye-shadow palette though.

I wanted to try out the Pore Vanishing Stick, R.R.P £14.50. This easy to use stick, is supposed to blur the appearance of pores and minimise oil/ shine. The stick has two formulas, one on the outer core which is made of oil absorbing powders. While the inner core is a sheer pigment supposedly suitable for all skin tones.

It states that this can be used alone, as a primer or over makeup. I found that using it as a primer, it didn't do well at making my foundation last well throughout the day, bearing in mind I used DW. When I used this in combination with the Estee Lauder Mattifier primer, it seemed to work very well and kept my foundation in place all day.

I also fancied a matte blusher, so went for the Barest Blush in Ember Glow, R.R.P £14.00. This blusher is super soft infused with sunflower seed oil, for a natural soft finish. I found that you do need a light hand with this, as it is very easy to go a little too heavy. That said the finish is beautiful and lasts all day.

Always be kind, you never know what personal battle people are fighting.

Romanovs Views xoxo

PetShop Dog Food*

Having a busy lifestyle and schedule ensuring you always have dog food stocked up can be difficult, that's why repeat delivery dog food from the PetShop an online pet supplies store can be so handy.

I always like to get Harley Grainfree food and Huntland Adult in Scottish Loch Salmon, 2kg, (R.R.P £4.99) is a perfect example of that. It is a high quality dog food that is naturally grain free, specially balanced with 50% meat or fish and 50% vegetables. Huntlands' dog food provides a balanced diet for your dog meaning you don't need to be feeding them anything else, expect of course fresh water!

Influenster UK Max Factor VoxBox*

If you haven't heard of Influenster yet, then you really need to check them out. They are a US based platform where members post reviews and comments about products they have tried, not just ones they have received for free. Influenster also offer it's members the chance to try out upcoming products for free in exchange for honest feedback. 

Excitingly enough they have now launched in the UK and I was lucky enough to be chosen to be to review the first ever UK VoxBox, which was in collaboration with Max Factor. I was extremely intrigued to see what they were going to send through, however when it arrived I was disappointed. 

Radiant Skin Kit from Mens Society*

Shopping for Men can be difficult, especially when there is a lot of crap out there, that isn't worth it's salt. When I first started browsing through Men's Society I was pleasantly surprised with the selection of products. If I had a male to buy for then I am sure I would be able to find something suitable for sure. 

Too Faced Haul

I don't think it's any secret that I have a love for Too Faced, especially for their Melted Matte Lipsticks and Eye-shadow collections. When they released the Natural Love collection I couldn't wait to jump on the band wagon, albeit a little late to the party! 

The Natural Love Palette is a limited edition collection of 30 lovable matte, satin and shimmer shadows. The collection was created with 13 iconic shades from some of the best selling Natural eye palettes and 17 brand new never seen before shades. The story of Natural Love goes way back to 2009 starting with the original Natural Eye palette. 

The New Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Review*

The lovely Lydia from Lydias Hair and Beauty offered me a free blow dry using the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer from John Lewis in Norwich.  She is passionate about the benefits of using the Supersonic and wanted to show me the styling power of it.

So what makes the Supersonic so great?
For one it is super light when it is on, meaning that you wont get arm ache when blow drying. Great for those with lots of hair, maybe one day for me.. The technology transfers the air somehow making it more balanced and air light.