Friday, 2 February 2018

Tarte Shape Tape REVIEW

Yup.. So it happened. I have well and truly fallen into the Tarte Shape Tape trap.

My boyfriend very kindly accepted the challenge of taking my Sephora shopping list on holiday to Florida with him last year. Of course, being the UK blogger that I am, Shape Tape was top of that list. I had serious FOMO watching all the American Youtubers talking about it and not being able to try it myself. Seriously, how rude!

So, "full coverage" isn't really my thing when it comes to bases. My foundations are always on the light-medium side of the scale. Concealer, however, I like to be a little bit more heavy duty. Not sure why.

Tarte Shape Tape is most definitely heavy duty. Don't let that put you off though! It wears beautifully on the skin. I use it mainly under my eyes in a triangle shape and maybe draw some funky lines on my forehead and chin if I'm feeling fancy (Am I a blogger yet?) I then pat it all out with a damp Beauty Blender sponge and love the look it gives.

 It definitely adds more coverage, yet looks really flawless on the skin. I love how effortlessly it meshes into the skin, leaving a really radiant finish. I have found if I don't spend enough time blending it, it can go a bit patchy throughout the day, however, I'd assume that would happen with most products. Taking the time to really mesh and blend it with the skin makes it look more natural and flawless. It also lasts really well throughout the day, I never have any problems with it creasing or sliding off my face.

So, yeah.. Believe the hype on this one basically.

Have you given Tarte Shape Tape a go? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks for reading.

Zoe xo

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Top 5 Beauty Products of 2017

Nivea Smooth and Protect Lip Balm
Possibly the most basic, fuss free product I have ever talked about on my blog but it is just so good I had to talk about it. This little Nivea lip balm cost me a couple pounds and is easily one of the best products I discovered in 2017. It is free from mineral oil which is  must for me when it comes to any product (but especially skincare) so it doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the lips. I keep it on me literally at all times and just throw it on whenever my lips feel dry or dehydrated. No matter how often I apply it either it never feels icky, like too thick or goopy on the lips.

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation £16
Fresh Nude foundation has been my everyday foundation for 2017. I love how it wears throughout the day. For such a lightweight foundation, it really sticks around and lasts so well. It almost looks better and better as the day goes on. It is described as a "semi-matte" finish. If you have dry skin I would say semi-matte is the finish you will probably achieve, however, I have oily skin and it definitely leans on the more dewy side for me, especially a few hours in. I set it down with a generous amount of translucent powder (more to come on that!) and it looks great all day. It has a light coverage that you can build up to a medium coverage by adding an extra layer. I just find it great for everyday! It looks so lovely and natural on the skin whilst still giving me coverage. There is  great shade range (16 shades) with lots of different undertones to choose from.

Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder £22
The powder I use to set my foundation is the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder. This stuff is so good! If you want a setting powder that really sets everything in to place, but is totally invisible on the skin- this is your guy. I love applying it with a damp beauty blender. I dip my sponge straight into the powder and pat it all over the skin. It meshes flawlessly into the skin but really does lock everything into place. Despite being completely matte, it does not look cakey or heavy at all! I love how it looks under the eyes too- it does a great job at locking concealer into place and stops creasing. But again it does not look heavy, which is something that can easily happen under the eyes. You also get a lot of product! I've had my pot since May and I have barely made a dent in it.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid Treatment £5.80
My favourite skincare find not only of 2017 but possibly ever. Not to be dramatic but it really is that good. If you struggle with congestion on your skin, you need this guy. It wipes out congestion within a couple days and leaves the skin feeling so plump and supple. I love an AHA but lactic acid was one I hadn't used before, however, this has worked so well on my skin I will be looking into more products containing lactic acid. I have written a full review here if you want to know all the details but basically it is so bloody good and you need it in your life.

Vichy Mineral 89 Serum £25
Now you're probably sick of me banging on about Vichy Mineral 89 but I can't help it! I'm obsessed. If you have dehydrated skin, Mineral 89 will literally be your best friend. It instantly hydrates the skin and gets rid of any tightness caused by dehydration. It is super, super lightweight so sinks into the skin so easily without leaving any residue or stickiness, making it great for oily skin too! You can read my full review on Mineral 89 here! Oh and just in case you're on the ball and reading this as it goes up- Escentual are selling Mineral 89 for £14 instead of £25. I've attached the link that takes you straight there! GO GO GO.

So, those are my top 5 beauty products of 2017. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

My 2018 Blogging Goals

My 2018 Blogging Goals

Get Back Into Blogging
My main goal in 2018 is to properly get back into blogging. I have been blogging for around 4 years now, which is crazy. In 2016 I dropped out of the blogging game completely due to a mix of things including a broken laptop (main issue), laziness to get broken laptop fixed, a full time job and anxiety. A mean combination that left little time for my blog. However, I feel like 2018 is the year I am going to go for it! I really want to get back into my little blog and recreate my tiny space on the Internet.

Set and Stick to a regular upload schedule 
So I am going to aim for 3 times a week. When I started I would upload Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That was before I worked full time, of course. I feel like that is still a pretty good routine to stick to though. I might have to drop down to twice a week but I'll see how I get on.

Write some different styles of posts..
Types of posts to try:
  • Personal posts (Anxiety? Friendship? 2017 Personal Highlights?) 
  • Fashion (Favourite fashion accessories, OOTD)
  • Lifestyle (Favourite local places to visit (Brings in a new audience)
  • Blogging "Tips" (Photo props, apps for editing photos..) 

Stats, stats, stats
I know a lot of people say stats don't matter. And to a lot of people that is true. To me, however, someone who is a (much) smaller blogger, tracking stats is key. It shows my progress, my growth. Or maybe when something isn't working. When you're still kind of figuring things out in terms of blogging, your stats and where they come from etc can help you improve a lot. you. Ya know?

Stats I am Tracking

  • Monthly Stat Progress (How many views I gained in that month)
  • Monthly View % comparison (% +/- vs last month) 
  • Top 3 posts of the month (Most views)

Gain another sponsored post offer
Towards the end of 2017 I was offered my very first sponsored post (How exciting/scary!) You can check it out here! I would love to be given the opportunity to write another sponsored post. I might write a post on my "first sponsored post" experience because I feel like I could have done with that when I was writing mine and needing some tips and advice. What do you think?

What are your blogging goals? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading.

Zoe x

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