Wednesday, 30 September 2015

GlamGlow Mask Reviews and Comparisons

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Glamglow are a brand known for their masks that are used and loved by many famous faces. Today I thought I'd write a post comparing and reviewing each of the GlamGlow masks I own. Going over what skin type each is best suited for, what they do, the results etc.

Monday, 28 September 2015

September Favourites 2015

September favourites time! I have a good mix of things this month from makeup to skincare to even  non-beauty favourite that I've added at the end. 

My first favourite is MAC Patisserie lipstick. This has been my go-to, easy to throw on lippy this month. This is what I class as a "nude". It is a sheer, brown based pink, with subtle shimmer running through it. The formulation is so comfortable and moisturising on the lips, which means it doesn't last the longest amount of time but that's okay because it is so easy to reapply.

The original Urban Decay Naked Palette has been a staple for me this month and probably will be for the rest of my life (only sightly dramatic) I am so obsessed with this! How did it take me so long to pick this up? It's funny because my friend Sophie and I were talking about how everyone still makes such a big deal out of this palette and it's such "old news" now and here I am, raving about it. This has everything I could ever want in a palette. I've written a whole post on my thoughts about it, that you can read in full here but just know, I love this. It has the perfect mix of shades and I love that it is a more warm toned palette.

Kiehls Avocado eye cream saved my eyes from the return of dehydration this month. Since taking a bad reaction last year, under my eyes can flare up in a red, itchy rash (niiice) that gets so dehydrated and sore. Anything I put on it stings and makeup looks awful on top of it. The only thing I could put on it without it stinging at all was the Kiehls Avocado eye cream and not only that, it completely cleared it up too! A little miracle product. The thick, buttery consistency helped to combat the dryness and the soothing formula helped to calm the irritation. This has gone from being my evening eye cream to my "all day, everyday" eye cream. I love it.

I've already written a full post on the Oils of Life Essence Lotion from The Body Shop, which if you read that post I am sure you knew it would be appearing in this months favourites. This is a fantastic product for if you've got dehydrated skin and need a boost of hydration is a super light form. It's a bi-phase liquid you apply before serum and moisturiser for an extra fine layer of moisture. It sinks in immediately and plumps the skin up full of hydration, it is amazing. It is feather light on the skin, making it perfect for all skin types, especially oily skin.

My last beauty favourite is this Revolution Blush Palette in "Hot Spice". I think this is a great palette for the upcoming Autumn months as it has some great mauvey/pink shades. They're really pigmented and easy to blend. I don't have a favourite shade, I just choose one and go with it and it always looks really pretty on the cheeks.

My non-beauty favourite for this month is the lovely George Ezra. What a talented young man! I am obsessed with this music. I've got Wanted on Voyage on repeat constantly and if for whatever reason I don't have it playing, I'll be singing or humming one of his songs. My favourites are Listen To The Man, Leaving It Up To You, Get Lonely With Me and Drawing Board. There is not one song I skip on the album, they're all fantastic and I love how each one almost tells a little story (my favourite being Leaving It Up To You) Not to mention George is so adorable and seems like the most charming, down to earth guy.

What are your favourites for the month of September? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Urban Decay Naked Palette (I'm only 5 years late.)

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Yes. I am only 5 years late to the Urban Decay Naked Palette party. But, seriously, how have I gone this long without this palette?! I own and love the Naked 3 palette which as you know is a very warm, pinky, rose gold based palette, colours I totally love. But for some reason I had never even taken an interest in the other 2 palettes (now three with the introduction of the Naked Smoky, which I am literally the only person on Earth that does not like that palette!)

Now that I (finally) own it I am kind of completely obsessed with it. It, to me, is like the perfect palette. I love the more warm base it has to it in terms of the golds and browns. It also has the perfect mix of those pinky/taupe shadows that I love so much. The only two shadows I'll probably not use are the two at the end, Creep and Gunmetal because they are distinctly cool toned, which I don't like. Other than that, I can't fault this palette.

My favourite shades are Sidecar, which is a beautiful shimmery, goldy toned brown. I reach for this shade a lot, it is so easy to apply all over the lid and blend a touch of Buck (matte light brown) into the crease but most days, I just throw on Sidecar on it's own and it looks great. For a more smokey look I love using Smog, which is a slightly darked brown that still has a lot of pretty shimmer running through it. I also love Half Baked for if I am going out and want something that stands out a bit more.

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If I want to go for a more pink toned look I love using Toasted and Sin. They have that pink tone running through them but are still so wearable and great for an easy everyday look.

I reach for the Naked Palette everyday now. I think I could easily get rid of all my other palettes and never feel the need to buy another one, that is how good and versatile the Naked Palette is. I use it for a day look, if I want something quite subtle and pretty on the eyes but I can also use it for when I am going out and want something more smoky and sexy. It does it all.

What is your favourite palette? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Body Shop Oils of Life Essence Lotion

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So, essence lotions are a product I have never really taken an interest in. I thought that it was a bit of an unnecessary step and maybe even a bit.. Gimmicky? Last week, I wrote a post about The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil*, which I love. After a while of debating whether to buy the matching Oils of Life Essence Lotion, I finally caved and walked away with it (and the facial massager, too!) deciding to put it to the test.

So, for any of you wondering what an essence lotion is exactly, let me explain quickly. An essence lotion is meant to add an extra, micro fine, layer of moisture to the skin. It's all about layering and building moisture in the skin with essence lotions. You apply it after cleansing but before your serum. Essence lotions also prep the skin nicely for anything you then want to layer on top as they can make the skin more receptive. They're usually light, smell nice, add hydration and plump. Sounds great, right?

So, I'll just start of by saying I love this. This it the first essence lotion  have tried and it has instantly become a staple in my routine. This makes my skin feel great. Like the Oils of Life Facial Oil it is so hydrating but incredibly light on the skin. I just take some on a cotton pad and sweep it all over my skin. I then, still using the pad, press and pat it onto my skin, to really work it in. I do this all over, focusing mainly on my cheeks, which get particularly dehydrated.

If dehydration is a main skin concern for you, you need this. My skin is oily but also dehydrated, so I need something that is going to help to provide hydration to my skin without being heavy and this does just that. It is so light and comfortable on the skin. It is a bi-phase liquid but you can not feel any oil or residue after you've applied it. The hydration this provides is amazing! For something so light, it provides so much hydration to the skin that you instantly feel the difference. It is almost like a liquid moisturiser! My skin always feels so plump and supple after I use this, it completely eliminates any signs/feeling of dehydration.
I love using this with the Oils of Life facial oil. The two together work so well. The essence lotion really preps the skin, making the oil penetrate even quicker. I can really tell a difference when I use the two together!

Like the rest of the Oils of Life range from The Body Shop, it contains the 3 cold pressed seed oils; rosehip oil, black cumin seed oil and camellia seed oil.

Have you tried The Body Shop Oils of Life Essence Lotion before? Let me know what you thought in the comments below. Also are there any other essence lotions I should try out?

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

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Disclaimer: I work for The Body Shop. However, all opinions about products from The Body Shop are 100% my own and do not reflect the opinions of those at The Body Shop. Any product given to me for staff sampling has been marked with an *. Any product from The Body Shop not marked, will have been purchased by myself, with my own money at a staff discounted price. All my opinions are completely true and honest. 

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Makeup Empties Worth Repurchasing

Now this is a post you really will not see often from me. It takes so long for me to even make a dent in a product, never mind finish it, so that alone should tell you how much I enjoyed the products in this post. Not being able to finish makeup products is probably down to the fact that a) I have way too many and b) I simply get bored. I could really love a product but still, after a few months, get an itch to try something new. Recently, I have managed to finish up a few products that I really loved, so I thought I'd share that in this post.

Monday, 14 September 2015

No.7 Airbrush Away Foundation Review

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No.7 is a brand I have started to take more interest in since falling in love with their Instant Radiance Undereye concealer, which is now one of my holy grail makeup items. No.7 have recently released a new foundation; Airbrush Away foundation (£16.50) which claims to give you a "flawless, smooth appearance from every angle." quite a bold claim.

Friday, 11 September 2015

The Best Facial Sprays

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I love facial sprays. Whether it is to use them as a traditional toner or as a refreshing mist throughout the day. I can't seem to get enough of them. I have a few that stand out in my collection, ones that I reach for on a daily basis and recommend over and over again.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The Body Shop Oils Of Life | Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil

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The Body Shop have really stepped up their game recently and have come out with some really great products. To follow on from the luxurious Spa of The World Range, which features truly indulgent bath and body treats, The Body Shop now have the Oils of Life Range. This range is all about high quality skincare. The range has 4 items; 2 moisturisers (one for oily/combo, one for normal/dry), an essence lotion and a facial oil. This post is going to be all about the facial oil, as it is the star of the show. 

Monday, 7 September 2015

A Night With Morgan McMichaels and Kiehls

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Last week I was very kindly invited along to a Kiehls event in Glasgow for the launch of their new product, the Daily Reviving Concentrate. I was so excited as this was my first ever event I had been invited to through blogging! The event was held in the Buchanan Street store, which is lovely. We were taken upstairs and given a glass of champagne. The upstairs of the store had a barber which I thought was so cool and something I did not know Kiehls did. There was also a photo booth and lots of products to play with.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

August Favourites 2015

I'll start off  my August favourites with a product that has made an appearance in a favourites post before, which is The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Velvet Stick in Poppy Red (£12) I forgot just how good this product was.