Friday, 3 February 2017

New In Zoeva

Everyone knows I looooove everything Zoeva. Every time they release something new I'm the first in line to get it and this release was no exception. A brand new all matte palette was enough and then they released new brushes and brow products with it!
I use the palette literally everyday at the moment as all 10 shades are wearable. The bright red and purple may look scary but trust me, blended into the crease they're really not that bad and mixed with the other shades it looks lovely. The browns in the palette make for really nice all over the lid shades if you just want a natural wash of colour. The white has a warm hint to it making it a good matte brow highlight or base for a other shades. In all honesty I could rave about this palette forever and all you really need to know is that Zoeva have nailed it once again.
The palette is only available from the Zoeva website but shipping to the UK is so easy it shouldn't be a problem. I reeeeally recommend you get it!
The only new brush I picked up is the 135 Petite Face Definer and oh my god its my new favourite foundation brush. It's just amazing. It's dense whilst being soft and tapered making it so bloody easy to blend my trusty Loreal True Match in. I love that its tapered because you can blend around the eyes really well too and if I'm feeling lazy I'll blend my under eye concealer with it. I can't see myself using another foundation brush for a really really long time.
The last thing I picked up from the new range is the Brow Light. Theres only one shade of this product and if I'm being honest its not a colour I would normally pick for me but I really like it. I don't use it everyday, it's more of a 'full on night out face' product but it works really well if you do it quite subtly and blend it. It helps create a more shimmery and glowy eye look that's gunna be perfect for summer.
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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Goodbye 2016

2016 was one of the hardest years of my life. It's been a year full of negatives and positives and frustratingly for the most part, the negatives outweigh the positives.  
Don't get me wrong, the positives are pretty special. I turned 18, celebrated with a weekend in London, started driving lessons, got a full time job which I love, got back into photography, found a new love in baking, made brand new friendships and made more memories with old ones.
However where there was a high, there as a low. When my Grandad passed away in January I was forced to grow up and deal with things that before I wouldn't of even thought were going to happen to me. It was a shock and something that came out of absolutely no where. He was one of the best people in the world. It's nearly a year he's been gone now and if I'm being honest I'm still struggling. It's got easier but I still haven't got my head around it and to be honest I don't think I ever will. I've never experienced loss before and I didn't expect it to feel like it did. Writing this post in March actually helped a lot because for the first time in 3 months I actually got everything I was feeling written down and out of my mind.

Losing my grandad shaped 2016 for me. The rest of the year was a blur. I held back so much because I just wasn't myself. All of my friends were moving on, living life and experiencing so many firsts like normal 18 year olds but I didn't want to do any of that. I felt silly that something that happened at the beginning of the year was still affecting me. However it did make me realise who my true friends are. Going through what I did made me realise that you can have a best friend, someone you talk to all the time, but as soon as shit gets real and you're the one in a bad place going through something more important than their recent boring boyfriend drama, they will disappear off the face of the earth with no care in the world. But you know what, why would I want that "I'll only talk if we can chat about my very insignificant relationship drama instead of your rock bottom struggles which I know you're going through" person in my life? I don't. After saying that though, if it wasn't for my family and true friends, I don't actually know where I would be right now. 

2017 will be better. I'm determined to go outside of my comfort zone a little more. Maybe I'll actually say "yes" to the invitation of a night out and maybe I'll go away more and not just live on the sofa on my days off work. I want to focus of myself and get myself back to me again. I feel like after what I've been through in the last year, I can just about get through anything now. Yes I probably will still have crappy days but thats all part of it and I've learnt how to deal with them.

I've set myself simple goals. I want to pass my driving test, continue with photography and baking and most importantly make sure there are more positives than negatives by the end of the year.
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Three Ways To Be Happier At Winter

I feel like it's only natural to feel a little rubbish at this time of year. With the weather getting colder and the evenings getting darker I'm sure everyone generally feels just not quite themselves. I get like this every year so. I wanted to share some ideas that I use to instantly make myself happier.

Plan for Christmas
In October and November when you start to feel all doom and gloom theres honestly nothing better than planning days and nights out  for Christmas. Whether its finding local Christmas markets online, going on a forest walk with a warm hot chocolate or planning a festive night out (or in if you're like me!) with your gals, it will instantly cheer you up and make you feel sooooo festive!! It also gives you something to look forward to which for me keeps me going through the dark and cold months.

Me Time Matters
Whether it's running a hot bubble bath just before you go to bed or applying your favourite face mask, you should ALWAYS find time for yourself. For me, there's nothing better than coming home after a long day at work and jumping straight into a steaming bath. I always make sure to use a Lush bubble bar or bath bomb (their winter range will put anyone in a festive mood) and either watch an episode of Grey's Anatomy or shuffle my Spotify playlists.

Look After Your Skin
I'm the first to admit that my skincare routine is crap. Most of the time I forget and go to bed with my makeup on so I'm always on the lookout for any new products that can make my life easier. Recently I bought myself a couple of bits from the new Garnier Moisture Bomb range and O M G it's insane. My favourite thing I got is definitely the 3 in 1 day cream. I use it all the time but for the best results I like to apply it overnight. When I wake up my sin is clear of any dryness, blemishes and red areas. It also makes your skin look so hydrated and awake making it great for winter.
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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Zoeva Plaisir Box | First Impressions


When I first heard about this new Zoeva set I was counting down the days till I could get my hands on it! I love everything Zoeva so I already knew I was going to L O V E this.
The set comes with 3 eye shadow palettes in the most beautiful packaging ever, I mean everything is gold foil so what's not to love! The palettes are kept in a lovely box making it a perfect christmas present either to give to someone or to keep for yourself!
There are two brand new palettes (Blanc Fusion and Caramel Malange) and one Zoeva classic (Cocoa Blend.) Blanc Fusion is probably my favourite of the three as it contains mainly mattes which are gorgeous taupes and browns. Caramel Malange is the perfect Autumn palette full of mattes, shimmers and frosts with red, brown and orange tones. It also has the most amazing copper frost which is so pigmented its basically a pressed pigment! Cocoa Blend is a Zoeva palette I've always wanted as its got lots of chocolate hues and dark tones making it perfect for winter and christmas.
The set itself costs £48 and as each Zoeva palette is £18, it's well worth buying them all together. I can see myself using this palette everyday for quite some time as it's got every type and shade of eye shadow you could ever want.
♥ 
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Monday, 3 October 2016

Holy Grail Every Day Face Products

Recently I've been using the same products to do my makeup every day and I love all of them so wanted to share what they are with you and the routine I use.
I start with the L'OrĂ©al True Match Foundation which I either use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Sigma Flat Kabuki F80 Brush to blend it in. It has just enough coverage for me and leaves a really nice dewy finish that isn't to drying.
A product I've only just recently added into my everyday face is the Bourjois' Radiance Reveal concealer. This is the BEST concealer, for me it's even better than the Collection one! It radiates under my eyes and helps to cancel out any dark under eye circles.
Next I use two Soap & Glory products. The first one I use is the Solar Powder Bronzer which is the BEST every day all over bronzer. With a paler (more of a powder) side and a natural coloured bronzer on the other it creates a lovely natural tan when mixed together and applied all over the face. I then use the Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick which is a bronzy nude blush which looks SO nice on the apple of the cheeks blended into the solar powder.
On my eyes I use two Makeup Geek shadows in 'Creme Brulee' and 'Mocha.' I buff 'Creme Brulee' all over the lid and then put 'Mocha' tight in the crease and blend it softly so it's not to harsh. Then I use Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara which helps to thicken and lengthen my lashes.
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Friday, 23 September 2016

Lush Oxford Street Haul | Christmas & Halloween


We all know how much I LOVE Lush but I love it even more when they release their new christmas & halloween collection!! Lush Oxford Street has all the new products out before any other stores so yesterday I made the trip there and spent way to much money!

Halloween
Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb
This is one of the products I'm really looking forward to use. It's scent is really woody and earthy which is perfect for the bath bomb. It turns your water yellow, green and then red which is lovely for Autumn.
Pumpkin Bath Bomb
This bomb reminds me exactly of a wintery pumpkin spice latte and I can't wait to use it.
Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb
This is one of m favourites from last year and I'm s glad its back. It turns the water green and then a lovely deep pink.
Monster's Ball Bath Bomb
I'm not 100% on the scent of this bath bomb but I had to buy it because it's SO cute!
Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar
This is another one of my favourites from last year, I mean it's bright orange and covered in glitter!

Christmas
Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb
This bomb has been redesigned for this year. The gold stars are bath melts which makes it really relaxing in the water. 
Golden Wonder Bath Bomb
This is my all time favourite Lush product. It's full of glitter and multiple colours and its gorgeous!! 
Northern Lights Bath Bomb
This was released a while ago for bonfire night but I'm so glad they redesigned it and bought it back for Christmas! With yellow and blue at each end this will look so lovely in the bath!
Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb
A Lush Christmas classic! Multi-coloured confetti and gorgeous pink water makes it amazing!!
Mistletoe Bath Bomb
I don't really know much about this bomb as it's new for the 2016 collection but the pink and green colours are really lovely.
Satsuma Bath Bomb
Inspired by a christingle at Christmas time this bomb is lovely!! I can't wait to use it.
Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb
With the same design as the ever so popular 'Roller' from Lush this bomb will sell out quickly!! The pink top melts away slowly while the yellow bottom fizzes away quickly making a lovely relaxing bath.
So White Bath Bomb
Another Lush classic which has been redesigned for this year. In the water it fizzes away to release a lovely blue tint to the water.
Father Christmas Bath Bomb
 This doesn't really need much explaining! It's Christmas in a bath bomb!
Peeping Santa Bubble Bar
I mean how cute is this bubble bar!!! I used at least 10 of these last year and I'm planning on doing the same this year!!
The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar
I'm SO glad that this bubble bar is back this year! I love it!
Santasaurus Bubble Bar
This bubble bar is reusable which means you can get a good 4-5 baths out of it. They have a few reusable bubble bars out this year but this one is by far the best!
Bubbly Shower Gel
Looking back now I regret not buying a bigger size of this, it;s just lovely!! The celebratory scent is gorgeous and it's literally christmas and new years in a shower gel!!
Rose Jam Shower Gel
I'm not sure if this is a Lush Oxford Street exclusive or not but if you have the chance to buy it, you really really should! It's not to floral at all, it's more a fruity jam scent and it's so nice.
Ylang Song Bath Bomb
This bath bomb isn't in the Christmas range but I had to pink it up as it's an Oxford Street exclusive. I'm not to sure on the scent but it looks amazing in the bath as it's full of petals!!

'Be Excellent To Eachother' Tote Bag
Everytime I got to Oxford Street Lush I always pick up a new tote bag and this one has quickly become my new favourite.
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Sunday, 11 September 2016

ZOEVA Rose Golden Complete Eye Set | Review

I have been lusting over this brush set for god knows how long and after hearing so so so many people rave about it I finally caved. I really didn't need anymore brushes but I mean how could I resist!!
You get 12 brushes in this set and a lovely little pouch to keep them in (it's also really handy when it comes to travelling!) Not only do they look amazing but they are also now my new favourite eye brushes. There's literally a brush for everything and I find myself only reaching for these over anything else.. 
My most used brushes from the set are:

228 Luxe Crease
I love using this brush to apply matte shadows in the outer v to build up depth to any matte eye look. It's the fluffiest brush in the whole set and blends out shadows so well.

231 Luxe Petite Crease
I use this brush to build up depth in my crease (using mainly dark matte shadows.) It's great for the crease as it's small and pointed which makes it really precise.

226 Smudger
This brush is great for applying eyeshadow under the eye. It fits perfectly just under the eye as it's not to thick. It's also good to blend out an eyeliner pencil along the lashline.

234 Luxe Smoky Shader
This is my go to brush for applying loose or packed pigments. It doesn't pick up to much product and is the perfect shape to pack shadow onto the eyelid.

There isn't one brush I haven't used, they are definitely worth the money and I really wish I bought them sooner!!
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