Thursday, 4 August 2016

Tanya Burr Martha Moo Luxe Lip Gloss REVIEW and swatches

If you are looking for an affordable liquid lipstick, look no further than Martha Moo from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. 

This £5.99 liquid lip ticks all the boxes when it comes to an affordable, on trend lip colour.  Not only is the shade very much on trend, a very wearable mauvey nude, the formulation is also great. It is a light, whipped texture that wears very well on the lips. It sets down to a completely matte finish, yet does not feel drying at all. It also layers up quite nicely, as it does not cake or bunch up at all.

How does it wear? Pretty damn well. It lasts for hours before starting to wear away ever so slightly in the center of the lips (more so toward the inside of the lips) but I find that with most liquid lips. It is not a problem either as it layers up really nicely, so touch ups are nothing to worry about.

I love the shade as I find it is far easier to wear than a lot of the nude shades going around right now. It is still very on trend but has a lot more pink in it, which makes me slightly less dark and more wearable. If you are slightly paler in complexion I feel this will work really well for you. I find with a lot of these types of shades they end up looking super dark on. Martha Moo pulls enough pink to keep it looking slightly lighter on the lips.

My overall though of the Tanya Burr Luxe Lip Gloss is it is great. Especially for only £5.99. How it feels and wears on the lips compares to liquid lips three times the price. The colour is totally gorgeous, too.

Have you tried the Tanya Burr Luxe Lip Gloss yet? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thank you for reading!

Zoe x

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

July Favourites

Tanya Burr Matte Lip in Martha Moo // £5.99
Another liquid lip to add to the collection. I am really impressed with the formula of this. It is very long wearing and comfortable on the lips. Not as light as some other liquid lips I have tried but by no means heavy or thick. The colour is beautiful! I feel like it is a great option for those who want that on trend mauvey-nude shade but a lot of them come up too dark (in my case, from being so pale. Weh.) It pulls of the perfect amount of rosy pink and nude at the same time.

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray // £6.99
I forgot how bloody good this stuff was! For £6.99, I can easily say this is one of the best and most affordable texturising sprays I have tried. I bought this when I first got my hair cut into a lob (almost 2 years ago. Mental.) but the cap broke and I forgot all about it. Well, I picked it up again from Boots and I have totally fallen in love. This is a great option for anyone with super fine hair (Ahem, me) who struggles with their curls staying in place but also wants to add that messy/undone look to your hair. It gives a lot of hold, without being too heavy or stiff in the hair and messes up your hair to that perfectly tousled, textured look. I will say, however, trying to brush this out the next morning is a nightmare and if your hair is particularly dry, this might be a little too much for you. Other than that though, I love it!

B. Hyaluronic Acid Spritz // £7.99
Yet another facial spray. I like this one because it is super hydrating. I love the fact is has hyaluronic acid in it yet it doesn't feel sticky or tacky on the skin at all. I layer this up generously between masks, treatments etc and it works a treat. Great for anyone with dehydrated skin that is looking for an instant boost of moisture.

Topshop Lip Contour Lip Liner // £6.50
I go between thinking this liner makes me look a bit dead and thinking it is the best thing since sliced bread and I want to wear it, and only it, for the rest of my life. I think it is possibly the fact I am not use to wearing this kind of shade that makes me think I look dead. It is far paler than any other lip product I own. I do love it though. I fill in my entire lip with it and usually just leave it there. It is surprisingly comfortable to wear despite being a liner and easy to top up and reapply.

What were your July favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

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Zoe x

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

My Top Base Products (NARS, Bourjois, Laura Mercier, NIOD)

Primer has to go to the Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot primer. I use to go for the more silicon based primers, now, the thought kind of makes me cringe. One Heck Of A Blot almost feels like a light lotion when you apply it, it sinks into the skin immediately and disappears. Usually, this would be a big "No-no" for me, as I usually like primers to practically blur out the features on my face when I apply them (hence why I liked silicone based ones). So it doesn't really smooth out/fill in pores or make your skin look flawless immediately but it does make your makeup stay in place all day. And really, isn't that what a primer is for? I have oily skin, so makeup sliding off my face is a main issue for me, alongside going patchy and weird looking throughout the day. The main areas of weird patchyness, would be my chin and between my eye brows, since using One Heck Of A Blot this is not a problem for me anymore. It keeps my makeup in place and smooth all day. I do still get shiny, which I don't really mind as I tend to like a glow to my skin and it is never anything over the fine line of "glow" to "greasy".

For foundation is has to be Bourjois Healthy Mix. You know when something is just good? Well, this is how I feel about Healthy Mix. I love the coverage for a start. It is so buildable and covers well, without looking heavy on the skin. I find it blends in seamlessly and is really easy to layer up for more coverage. It sits lovely on the skin and lasts really well throughout the day (thanks One Heck Of A Blot primer) It gives a natural/dewy finish but again, never anything too intense for my already oily skin. I sometimes need to blot my nose and forehead but that is pretty much it.

Recently I have whipped out the NIOD Photography Fluid again. This time though, I have been mixing it in with my Healthy Mix foundation to recreate a luminous, glowy concoction for my face. I do one pump of Healthy Mix, followed by one (large) drop of Photography Fluid, and then another pump of Healthy Mix and mix it together. I just love how this looks. If you want that natural lit from within glow, NIOD Photography Fluid is your guy. You can use it as a primer too, on it's own, or like I do, mixed in with my foundation. Using it on it's own first as a base, amps up the glow even more. It isn't glittery or sparkly at all, just naturally radiant on the skin.

I quite often find myself sitting thinking about how much I bloody love NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. And when I am applying it, I get the overwhelming urge to buy at least 20 back ups- you know, just incase. This concealer is hands down, the best concealer I have ever tried. I only wear it when I want something more full coverage i.e nights out or when I just have one of those days where I just want to slap as much makeup on my face as possible (we all get them.) It is so full coverage, it looks flawless. It blends beautifully over the skin, espeically with fingers then a damp sponge. Despite the combination of a high coverage formula and me generously slapping it all over my face, it never looks heavy or cakey on the skin. It sits beautifully, wears well and looks fantastic. I can't rave about this product enough. It is so worth the £22 price tag.

And last but not least, when you're done applying copious amounts of concealer, foundation and glow enhancing primer/base things to your face, you need a powder to set it all down. My favourite has to be the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. The hype is real. I was highly skeptical of this product- £29 for a translucent powder? Yes. But oh my, is it worth it. I honestly did not think a powder- a translucent powder at that- could make this much of a difference to my makeup. I'll start of by saying it is invisible on the skin, no matter how heavily you apply it. It sets makeup in the most flawless but natural looking way and wears beautifully throughout the day. It never looks cakey on my skin, it just meshes beautifully to give a soft, natural finish. It will set down and add a slightly more matte appearance the skin but not in a way to make your makeup appear flat or dull, it almost just "blurs", to create that soft focus look.

What are your top base products? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

Zoe x

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Feel Unique Pick n Mix Sample Service

I was browing on the Feel Unique website when I came across the "Pick n Mix" section and instantly got excited at the conept. 

Choose up to 5 samples per month for FREE
Pay only £3.95 shipping and handling fee
Get a £3.95 gift voucher in your follow-up email which you can redeem on a future purchase (excluding Pick 'n' Mix)

There is so many samples to choose from, from a wide variety of brands. You can choose from skincare, makeup, haircare, body care.. Anything! Some brands are high end, some are more budget friendly. I was really impressed with the variety of brands and products you get to choose from.

What I Chose:
Bare Minerals BareSkin Foundation (Bare Ivory) 
Elemis Pro-Collegan Eye Serum
NARS Skin Tint (Alaska)
NARS Orgasm Blush
Sally Hansen Air Brushed Legs (Medium)

Lets talk about the actual samples, shall we? Overall, I have to say I was pretty disappointed. Now I know these are "free" samples but some of them, are a bit like "..Really?"

I was most disappointed in the Bare Minerals Bare Skin foundation. Now maybe it was wrong of me to expect one of those tiny little bottle samples they were handing out left, right and center when the foundation first launched but I was so disappointed with the sample size of the one I received. This isn't even as much as a foil packet, it is a piece of cardboard with the product under a piece of foil that you peel back. You wouldn't even be able to get one application out of it.

The NARS Orgasm blush was also very disappointing. It comes on cardboard, the thinnest scraping of blush ever, that is so thin as soon as you put your brush in it, it crumbles to pieces.

The Elemis Eye Serum I expected to come as it was, a little sachet but that is fine. I have no problem with that. It is a very expensive, potent product that even that tiny 1ml will probably get me a good weeks worth of applications. Foil packets are a total pain to use but like I said, I was expecting it.

The Sally Hansen Airbrushed Legs was the most generous out of the lot, at 10ml but it came in a foil packet. I think it would have been far more functional to put it in a tube, which I was expecting

The NARS Skin Tint came in a tiny little tube, which I was expecting, so I am happy with that.

Yeah, overall, I'd say it's a good idea they are just missing it slightly. Like I get they are technically "free" samples but you do pay £3.95 which you then can only get back through a purchase on Feel Unique anyway. If it was genuinely completely free I would not be complaining but it is the fact I have technically paid £3.95 for this. I feel like all these samples are the kind of thing you'd get thrown in as an extra on an order. I think for this to work they need to make them at least appear slightly more deluxe. People love a mini, guys! Little tubs, pots, tubes, rather than foil packets and scrimping amounts of product squished onto the back of a piece of cardboard.

Have you tried the Feel Unique Pick n Mix service before? Let me know what you thought in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

nSpa Skin Glow Mud Mask REVIEW

nSpa are such a hidden gem brand. They are so affordable (like, nothing is over £10 kind of affordable) and I can confidently say I have loved everything I have tried from them. I recently went ahead and picked up the nSpa Skin Glow Mud Mask because I love me a clay mask.

The nSpa Skin Glow Mud Mask comes in at £6. Yup, that is right. And currently, in ASDA all nSpa skincare is on 2 for £8.

Being a clay mask is is designed to really detox and purify the skin. It claims to deeply cleanse the skin through the use of charcoal and kaolin clay. It reduces pore side and improves overall skin condition by using the ingredient cimicifuga extract. And it also contained aloe vera and vitamin E, so sooth and provide the skin with antioxidant protection.  I also noticed it contains salicylic acid high up in the ingredients list, which means it is great for blemishes/blackheads etc. You leave it on the skin for 10 to 20 minutes and remove with warm water.

My first impression was I love it. It does that thing, where it sinks into pores, instantly wiping out blackheads. That is a huge thing for me, I like to see masks working and you totally do with this. Another thing I noticed straight away is it is strongly scented. This is something I have noticed it all nSpa products, they all have the same kind of musky, nutty scent to them (which I love by the way) This is just something to keep in mind if scent in a product is an issue for you. It doesn't bother me in the slightest, especially when it is such a lovely smell.

I have loved the results of this mask! Instantly, it made my skin look great. If you struggle with blackheads, congestion, blemishes etc this mask will be great for you! It wiped out blackheads and made my skin look really clear and even overall. I also found, that over the next few days, my skin was far less congested and stayed looking really smooth and clear. I struggle with congestion badly on my skin and after using the nSpa Mud Mask, my chin was smooth to touch and the congestion had reduced considerably. I also found it did not leave my skin feeling to tight or stripped, which can often happen when using something designed to draw out all the impurities in the skin. Of course, follow up with a good moisturiser though.

I always say never spend much on a mud mask, which is true, you shouldn't. But actually finding one for cheap that works as well as this is difficult. I am really impressed! I felt like the results from the mask carried on for a few days. My skin looked and felt great for a while after, it stayed clear and smooth.

Have you tried the nSpa Glow Mud Mask yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Zoe x

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

June Favourites 2016

Drops of Sun from The Body Shop // £12

Since I was in Rome for almost a week, I came home with a tan. And since I could not be arsed going out and buying a new shade of foundation, Drops of Sun from The Body Shop has been a total life saver! Basically all you do it add a drop, or two, or three, however many you want, to either your foundation or moisturiser and it gives your skin a natural tint. It has been great, it just deepens my foundation every so slightly so it matches better. I have used it in with both my foundation and my moisturiser and it works fantastically in each. It doesn't go patchy or uneven and looks so natural on the skin. I highly recommend it (Also great for any fake tan lovers out there!)

Clarins Instant Concealer // £22

Holy crap, this is so good. I am actually kind of in shock at how good it is. For such a light, natural looking concealer that literally looks like skin, it covers remarkably. Again, I took it to Rome and after coming in from sunbathing, my face was slightly red in some areas. I just buffed this over the skin and it covered everything flawlessly! If redness is an issue for you, get this guy. It is bloody amazing! I am still using it now that I am back from holiday when I want coverage but not a full face of makeup, it works so well and is so quick.

Real Techniques Setting Brush // £6.99

This is the brush I have been using to apply the Clarins Instant Concealer. It is such a good size. Small enough to blend under the eye and around the nose but big enough to cover other areas quickly and evenly.

La Roche Posay Serozinc // £8.50

Serozinc is a favourite of mine all the time, I use it literally every day,  but in Rome when I was hot and my skin was looking way too oily by midday, this was a life saver. A quick spritz of this and I was instantly refreshed. It is great for taking away excess shine, without leaving the skin feeling tight or dry. It is also very cooling and refreshing. When I got home, I was kindly sent the 50ml travel size, which I will 100% be taking away with me on my next holiday!

Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Tinted Lotion // £6.99

I have used this tinted lotion almost every day since coming back from Rome and I can honestly say it has really made a difference to my skin. I had a natural tan anyway but this has intensified it but kept it looking smooth and even. It smells like biscuits but I can deal with that because the results it gives are so great! It is so easy to use, you cannot go wrong with it. You just apply it like a body moisturiser and it builds up a gorgeous, natural glow over a few applications.

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer Kit // £10

In particular, the peachy/pink shade. It is great for cancelling out dark bluey/purple tones. It is a thick, creamy consistency but blends out nicely with your finger tips. I have used the yellow side too but there is no way I could just use it on its own, it is yellow. I then go over it with my No.7 Instant Radiance concealer to add coverage. It's a good little combination!

What are your Jun beauty favourites?

Thank you for reading!

Zoe x

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit Review and Swatches

So, along with the Modern Renaissance palette, I may have also purchased the Anastasia Glow Kit in Sun Dipped too.
At first, I was not interested in the Anastasia Glow Kits. Like, at all. I found the shade choices a bit too pinky toned or icy for my personal taste and I was having a love affair with BECCA Champagne Pop at the time, anyway. Then.. Sun Dipped hit the shelves and I caved. The more golden/yellowy/bronze palette was far more up my street so I bought it. And before I bought it, I was stalking every picture on Instagram, every website that stocked ABH waiting for its release. I was excited, okay?

Sun Dipped is far more golden/yellow in tone, to give a more golden, bronzed look to the skin. Despite thinking it looked absolutely gorgeous and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, as someone who is more on the pale side, I was worried about the shades being too dark for my skin tone. I knew I would be coming back from Rome with a tan, but I was still hesitant as to how the shades would look.

Like all the Glow Kits you get 4 shades. And I have to say, I am super impressed with the variety you get in here.
(Oh, just as a side note: Please excuse my finger marks in the powders. I broke the blogger rule and stuck my fingers straight into this before I took pictures. I did not think they would show up so obviously in the photos, oops!)

Bronzed is pretty dark. In fact, there is no way I will be able to use this as a highlight. Maybe, dusted around the outside of my face with a fluffy powder brush to give a bronze tint, but no way as a highlight. The shade itself is absolutely stunning and can definitely be used for other things, such as eyeshadow, which I am super excited to try out. If you have a deeper skintone, this will look stunning on you.

Summer is so up my street. A pretty, yellow/gold based highlight. Yes, please. It reminds me of Mary-Lou from the Balm but far more subtle and toned down. I think this will be the one I reach for the most out of the palette.

Tourmaline is a strange shade in the pan. I have never seen a highlight shade like it before. Swatched, it is a rose gold kind of shade, heavier on the rose than the gold. It is very pink but pretty! I imagine it'll take some playing around with to get right but I like it none the less.

Moonstone is also lovely. It has a cooler undertone than Summer and in certain lights, has a pinky/purple iridescence running through it.

So, really.. The only shade I can't wear for its initial purpose of highlighting is Bronzed but like I said, I have plans to use it in other ways. The others are fine for lighter skin tones, so if like me that was a worry of yours, there you go. Go ahead and buy it!

The actual powders are lovely. Swatching them was a dream. They are so soft and buttery and actually felt like a cream product they were that smooth. The pigmentation, as you can see, is amazing but I was actually quite surprised when I applied them to my skin. I found they were quite subtle. Well, I mean, not really but comparing them to Mary-Lou from The Balm and BECCA Champagne Pop (which are my go-to highlights) they are. But they are buildable, if you want to layer up that glow, you can. I used my Morphe M501 brush which is my favourite for highlighting.

So, overall, this is a really versatile products. The actual shade range is great, each shade is very unique. And also the fact you can build the intensity of the powders to how it suits you is great.

So far, I am happy with the Sun Dipped palette. I am glad my fear of it being too dark for me wasn't an issue, with the exception of Bronzed but like I said, I look forward to using that as an eye shadow. I may eve try layering it with a lighter shade, to lighten it up a bit? Who knows, I shall have to play with it and see.

Have you tried the Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for reading! 

Zoe x

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

REVIEW Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette (and Swatches)

Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette review, Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette swatches

Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette review, Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills answered all our eyeshadow prayers and have released the most gorgeous, warm toned eyeshadow palette to date. I am sure you have already heard so much about the Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. My Twitter/Instagram have been flooded with photos and swatches of the Renaissance palette recently and I couldn't resist picking one up for myself. Especially since you can get an amazing 15% discount through Cult Beauty, which I will tell you how to get at the end of this post!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

NEW IN at The Body Shop (Pinita Colada, Drops of Sun, Skin Defense, Instaglow)

I posted on Instagram/Twitter a few days ago about The Body Shop and their new Summer releases. I have just been so impressed with the new products they have to offer that I thought I would talk about them a little bit more in depth.

The line that is getting the most buzz from the Summer of Love event is the new Pinita Colada bodycare range. To me, this is like the perfect Summer time scent. It is fun and playful and think it will make a great choice for taking away on a sunny Summer holiday. As you can imagine Pinita Colada is suppose to smell like the Pina Colada drink. It is a nice blend of coconut and pineapple. I was actually surprised at how subtle it was. I immediately imagined it would be a strong, powerful scent, especially since so many of our other scents are, but it is surprisingly soft. Do I like it as much as last years Mojito range? I am not sure, but I do love it. And yes, it is coming with me on my Summer holiday!

The Honey Bronze range has also been expanded to include the new Drops of Sun. I love everything about this, including the name! I think it is so clever and cute. So, on the bottle Drops of Sun is described as a "holiday glow creator" I couldn't have put it better myself, really. This is a tinted gel that you can mix in either with your moisturiser or foundation. It gradually builds up a natural, streak free glow to the skin. It is so easy and fuss free to use and the result it amazing. I will be adding this in to my foundation when I (hopefully) come back from Rome with a bit of a tan, to darken it up a bit. It saves you buying a new foundation shade and adds to your natural glow. It is great! And only £12, bargain.

Skin Defense, Skin Defense, Skin Defense. I have already dedicated a whole review to this little beauty but I had to mention it again. This is by far the best facial SPF I have come across. I am so fussy when it comes to SPF, everything is too heavy or sticky or sits weird on my skin. Not this guy! It is the most lightweight and easily absorbed SPF ever. It is SPF 50 with UVA and UVB protection. It is also loaded with Vitamin C and red algae to help brighten the skin and protect against environmental damage ans free radicals. If you have not tried it yet, I urge you to just swatch it on your hand next time you are in The Body Shop and see for yourself just now lovely it is.

My least favourite launch has to be the new Instaglow CC creams. I was actually quite excited for these to come out and when they did I was just left a bit.. Confused. They are described as CC creams, yet almost marketed like a primer? Okay, so, most CC creams on the market are either green, yellow, purple tinted, which is what offers the colour correction aspect, to which you then layer your regular base on top of. Others, come in flesh toned shades, with colour correction pigments running through them. They are what you'd use as your base.

The Intaglow shades are questionable to say the least. Bright Glow is a white, iridescent cream that reflects a violet/blueish undertone. It is very intense and shows up a lot on the skin, even on my pale skin. Peachy Glow is just.. Peachy. And Warm Glow is a very rich, red toned browny/bronze shade. So, this alone means they are not suitable for colour correction or to wear on their own as a base? I just don't really get where The Body Shop was going with this one. I own Bright Glow and I think it would look pretty dotted along the high posts of the face and blended out to give almost a highlighted effect to the skin. Which is totally not what it is meant to be used for but I am kind of out of ideas on how to actually make it come in useful! I'd say give these a miss to be completely honest.

Have you tried anything new from The Body Shop recently? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

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Friday, 10 June 2016

Summer Holiday Travel Essentials

After this post, you won't be hearing for me for a couple weeks as I am away on my Summer holidays! Yaaay. I am going to Rome and France. I haven't been away on holiday in years, so I am excited to share with you my summer holiday beauty essentials that I will be taking away with me this year. Obviously, I am taking 108363526 other beauty products away but these are just the ones I feel will come in particularly handy on holiday.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

SLEEK Matte Me REVIEW (Affordable Kylie Lip Kit Dupe?)

Sleek matte me review, sleek matte me swatches

Sleek matte me review, sleek matte me swatches

Despite it coming into Summer, everyone still seems to be very much obsessed with the whole matte lip trend. Including myself. Every brand is now churning out their version of a matte liquid lip, Sleek being one of the most recent. Their Matte Me lipgloss caught my eye when I was browsing and their offer for 2 for £8 seemed a far better deal than £20, plus £14 shipping for one Kylie Lip Kit, so I added a couple to my basket and checked out.

The shades I went for in the Sleek Matte Me lip glosses (I would not call these a gloss, by any means) are Shabby Chic, which is a nudey, pinky, mauve (of course) and Velvet Slipper, which is a darker, slightly vampy shade. It has a strong berry undertone too it but still ties in with the whole nudey-pink trend.

The formula is lovely. It is super light and fluffy in consistency, making it super comfortable on the lips. They aren't as lightweight as the Kylie Lip Kit, which, on me personally, I found practically weightless, but they are still super light feeling and not drying at all. Speaking of drying, I found that even though the Kylie Lip Kit did not feel dry, it looked it. Posie K sunk into and exaggerated every line on my lips, making them look really dry, the Sleek Matte Me lipgloss does not do that. Yay! Obviously, it is a completely matte formula, so if your lips are super dry anyway, it'll show but a good scrub and a balm underneath and you should be fine.

The Sleek Matte Me's are also very opaque in consistency and judging from the shades I have tried, they aren't patchy either. This may vary from shade to shade but Shabby Chic and Velvet Slipper both apply like a dream.

Top: Velvet Slipper
Bottom: Shabby Chic
In terms of longevity, they are great. Now, I don't mean to keep comparing them to the Kylie Lip Kit but with them being the most in demand matte lip product of the moment (and the only other liquid lip/matte lip gloss I have tried) I feel as it just makes more sense to. So with that being said, I did find the Kylie Lip Kit does last longer throughout the day. It really stays in place all. day. long. Only wearing away right on the inside center of my lip by the end of the day.The Sleek Matte Me do last a great amount of time though, don't get me wrong! We are still talking hours. The Kylie Lip Kit just goes that couple hours longer. The Sleek Matte Me wore away in the exact same way, right in the center, more on the inside. Everywhere else, wore evenly and did not flake or go patchy at all.

Despite not lasting as long as the Kylie Lip Kits, if you need to reapply, no problem at all. The Matte Me's stayed super smooth and even, no matter how many times you go over it.

Overall, I am so impressed with the Sleek Matte Me lip glosses. I think the quality is great, they're long lasting, pigmented and comfortable to wear. What more could you want? Oh and did I mention, they are also super affordable at only £4.99 each! Currently 2 for £8 in Boots. Amazing!

Have you tried the Sleek Matte Me lip glosses? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments below. Also, you can read my full Kylie Lip kit review with swatches here!

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

Friday, 3 June 2016

How To Add Texture and Volume To Fine/Flat Hair

If you have fine, flat hair, like me, you'll know the struggle and the constant lust to get thick, voluminous locks. I am always looking for hair styling products to give my hair body, volume and texture that it desperately needs.

Monday, 30 May 2016

The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence REVIEW

If you are at all fussy with SPF and can't seem to find the perfect lightweight sun protection for your face, I suggest you march to your nearest Body Shop store and pick up their new Skin Defense Multi-Protection Essence. Which, despite the long (and rather confusing) name, is just an SPF for the face. A bloody good one at that!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

My Top Highlighters (ft BECCA Cosmetics + The Balm)

My top highlighters, BECCA Champagne Pop, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer

My favourite highlight of all time has to be The Balms Mary Lou-Manizer. You just can't beat it! The slightly cooler toned highlight compliments my skin tone really well but will also look beautifully on a variety of different skin tones. I love pairing it with Benefit Hoola as a bronzer/contour, the two look so good together. Mary-Lou is the most intense highlight I own. It shows up so well on the skin and catches the light beautifully. This definitely isn't the highlight for someone who wants a "subtle glow" It is super intense and pigmented. Mary-Lou is really smooth to apply, never appearing patchy or chunky on the skin and I find that is wears all day. It really stays put!

My next highlighting favourite has to be BECCA Champagne Pop. Just.. Gorgeous. Again, not for those who want something subtle. Champagne Pop stands out beautifully on the skin, making your skin look so radiant and glowy. Champagne Pop has more of a warm undertone to it than Mary-Lou, pulling more of a peachy-gold tone. It is so soft and easy to blend, making it a dream to apply. I do find though, as it is so soft, it doesn't last as long as May-Lou throughout the day. If I want a super glowing highlight, I will actually mix Champagne Pop and Mary-Lou together on the tops of the cheek bones. I usually do this on a night out when I want a super glam, intense highlight. I love the combination! It looks so stunning.

BECCA champagne pop swatch, BECCA Moonstone swatch, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer swatch
Top to Bottom: Mary-Lou, Champagne Pop, Moonstone

My most recent highlighting discovery also comes from BECCA. This is their Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Moonstone. This is a liquid highlight, something I stayed away from for the longest time. I just never imagined a liquid highlight working for me, I always stuck to powders. I was so wrong! This is absolutely stunning. I take a tiny amount on a damp mini beauty blender, and gently tap it over the skin. Whilst it is still quite intense and noticeable on the skin, I'd say it was more on the natural "lit from within" side of highlights. It is absolutely stunning and I can't wait to take this away to Rome with me! Again, a slightly cooler shade but it still picks up a slight gold-y undertone. So beautiful on the skin, I love it. It applies beautifully (especially with a beauty blender) and melts into the skin, making it look more natural but still radiant. 

What are your favourite highlights? Leave me some recommendations below in the comments!

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Zoe x

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The BEST Highlighting Brush | Morphe M501 Review

Now, I am just going to state straight away that the Morphe M501 will only be classed as the best highlighting brush for those that like a less than subtle glow from their highlighting powders. If you want a soft, subtle sheen on the top of your cheek bones, then sorry, this is not for you.

I pair the Morphe 501 brush with any highlighter I use. I mainly reach for serious glow givers such as the Balm Mary Lou-Manizer or BECCA Champagne Pop. Both highlighters are intense as it is but when paired with the Morphe M501 brush, it amps up the glow even more!

Morphe m510, Morphe brushesThe Morphe M501 is a small, tapered brush with long, soft bristles. There's just something about the shape or the length of the hairs that allows it to pick up a lot of product (which is why if you like a subtle highlight, this is not for you!) with just one sweep. Despite picking up a lot of product, it never applies it in a heavy/chunky/chalky manner. It spreads the product effortlessly and evenly over the cheeks to give the most gorgeous glow. The shape is great too, it is quite small but fluffy, so it stops you applying highlight in areas you don't want it. This is a problem I found when using something like a fan brush, it may have a lot to do with the fact I have a small face and would end up with highlighter directly under my eyes and down past my contour by using a brush of that style, it was simply too big for my face, even when I would try and be really precise with where I applied it. The Morphe M501 allows you to be very precise as to where you apply your highlight but the long, soft bristles then allow you to blend and buff the product out effortlessly!

Not only is the Moprhe M501 a great brush, it is also super affordable and great quality! It washes really well and holds it's shape, it has puffed out slightly but that is something that tends to naturally happen to brushes once they've been "worn in".

Have you tried the Morphe M501 before? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

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Zoe x

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Clarins Exfoliating Toner REVIEW

I think we all have those products that we almost take for granted? The products it takes us being without to realize how good they are. I totally had this moment with none other than my Clarins Gentle Brightening Exfoliating Toner.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Face Masks (and Treatments) That Actually Work

Skincare can have a lot of crazy claims as it is, but I find especially with the likes of masks and treatments. This can make it difficult to find masks that actually work on the skin and don't just have a bunch of ridiculous claims attached to their name. I have a few masks and treatments that I find really effective and reach for on a weekly basis. From treatments that help with blemishes, to moisture replenishing masks, I've put together a selection of my top masks and treatments that actually work.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Kylie Jenner Lip Kit Review and Swatches

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Like the World really need another Kylie Lip Kit review but here is mine anyway. I feel like I resisted the hype for a long time. Reading about how she apparently just slapped a $29 price tag on a white label product ticked me off, to put it nicely. But after seeing snap after snap of the lip kits on Instagram and the improved packaging (The box really did it for me) I couldn't resist when my Sister said she was going to place an order.

Monday, 18 April 2016

ZOEVA Nude Spectrum Palette Review + Swatches

Who can resist a beautiful warm toned eyeshadow palette these days? I have the Zoeva Nude Spectrum palette to add to my list of neutral, warm toned palettes collection.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

REVIEW The Body Shop Oils of Life Sleeping Cream

The Oils of Life Sleeping Cream* (£28) is the newest edition to the Oils of Life range at The Body Shop. With sleeping masks/creams seeming to be a very popular trend in the skincare world, I was not surprised to see The Body Shop hopping on board with that trend.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Review. Worth the Hype?

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Review, Zoe's Beauty Blog

The Laura Mercier Translucent Powder first caught my attention when I saw it being continuously raved about on beauty vloggers channels such as Jaclyn Hill and Manny Mua. Even though all I heard was good things I still couldn't help but think about the £29 price tag attached to a translucent powder.  So I thought I'd put it to the test and see if it was worth the hype.

Lets start with how it looks/feels on the skin. I apply it with my Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder brush. Despite dusting this generously all over my skin, it is practically invisible. It meshes seamlessly with the skin and gives a almost blurred/perfected look. I've never had the issue of it looking chalky or cakey at all, even when I have purposely applied more than necessary. It feels super lightweight on the skin too making it really comfortable to wear.

The main reason I got this powder was I heard it was great for keeping the skin shine-free, without looking heavy or completely flat. I have oily skin but like a glowy look, so I wanted a powder to stop me crossing the fine line between glowy and shiny. This powder does that. It definitely makes a difference in how shiny my skin gets throughout the day. Does it keep me completely matte and shine free? No. Do I want it to keep me completely matte and shine free? No. I have found my skin is no where near as shiny as it would be by the end of the day if I was wearing a different powder but it still looks healthy and radiant. If you wear to use a matte foundation and set it with this, then I'd say you'd be pretty certain to stay matte all day. I just like that it controls oils slightly and just gives a good balance. 

It wears wonderfully throughout the day. It doesn't go patchy or oxidize at all. It keeps my makeup set in place really well and like I mentioned earlier, keeps my skin looking glowy but not shiny. I honestly did not think I would see this much of a difference from a simple translucent powder but I am honestly really impressed. I mean, I am sure you could find a cheaper alternative out there somewhere but until then, I am more than happy with the Laura Mercier powder and am glad I have found something that works as well as it does.

Have you tried the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder? Or have you found a more affordable dupe? Let me know in the comments below!

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

March Beauty Favourites 2016 | Zoe's Beauty Blog

My first favourite is a new lip combination from The Body Shop. I have loved layering their lip liner in Clover Pink with the new Lip and Cheek Stain in Dusty Rose. I wrote a whole post about the must have combination here, but basically it is a super on trend mauvey, nudey, pink combination that is super comfortable and easy to wear.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Pixi Glow Peel Pads REVIEW

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I wrote about the Pixi Glow Peel Pads in my Pixi Skincare Review post a couple months back. I stated in that post that I was not reaching for them as much as I hated the sticky/tacky film they left on my skin. Turns out I need to reach the How To Use directions as I was using them completely wrong. Since discovering that you actually need to wash the sticky/tacky layer off your skin after 2-3 minutes, I now love the Pixi Glow Pads. Imagine that, right?

So, why do I like these so much? Firstly, they are super strong - and you can feel it. The Pixi Glow Pads contain 20% glycolic acid and oh boy, I can tell. As soon as I swiped the pad over my skin, I immediately felt the intense tingling/stinging sensation, to the point where I stopped for a moment in a kind of "Whoa!" moment. I like being able to feel the acid working away on my skin, it makes me think "Yeah, this is working!" So they get major brownie points for that. With that being said, this might be a drawback for some people as it makes them not so suitable for any sensitive faces out there or ones to use as your first ever acid treatment, you may find them too intense.

The second reason I love them is they bloody work! I have tried a lot of acid exfoliating masks/treatments and have seen no results from them, I have always been so disappointed. They didn't leave my skin feeling any different or looking any brighter, so what was the point? Until the Pixi Glow Pads, I found the only effective acid treatments were toners that I could use everyday to add a natural glow and light exfoliation.

I see an immediate difference in my skin after using the Pixi Glow Pads. My skin instantly feels smoother and more refined. My pores appear smaller and overall, my skin just looks far more even (and very pink straight after use, but what can you expect!) I also find these help to keep my skin clearer, too. Since using these, I've found they help to get rid of any active blemishes far quicker and they get rid of the marks left behind too! I find my makeup sits really nicely after I have used the Pixi Glow Pads, so I love using one before a night out to get a really smooth, even base.

And the third reason is they are so quick and easy to use. There is no faffing around with applying a mask and having to stand like a lemon or find something to do for 10-20 minutes. The Pixi Glow Pads only need to be left on the skin for 2-3 minutes. 2-3 minutes, that is it! Which makes them so much easier to use as you don't need to set time aside to use them.

The instructions on the back say you can use the Glow Pads twice daily - I, personally, think that is slightly excessive and would suggest using these as more of a treatment product about 2-3 times a week. That is how often I use them and I see great results.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Mini Kiehl's Skincare Haul (and why I love the brand)

Kiehl's is a brand I absolutely love. Not only are their products great, a few of them standing out as holy grail items to me, I also just love them as a brand. Being a smaller blogger it is harder to get "noticed" by brands, I always find Kiehl's super supportive. They always take the time to thank bloggers for their posts and often retweet and favourite posts, which as a smaller blogger, can really help people see your work and gives me a bit of a confidence boost that a brand likes and takes interest in my work. Their customer service is amazing (I am still a customer to them more than anything) and they always take the time to reply to tweets, offer advice and ensure you receive the best service possible.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

REVIEW Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Benefit Hoola bronzer review

I really do wonder how I went this long without Benefit Hoola bronzer in my everyday makeup routine. And the funny thing is, I've had a little travel size sat unopened in my collection for a while now. I am not sure what made me pull it out one day a few weeks ago but I am so glad I did because it has shot straight up to "Holy Grail" status for me.

I have been mourning the loss of my beloved Honey Bronzer in 02 from The Body Shop for months now. I have been trying out other bronzers but none of them made the cut. They were all either too orange or too cool, oxidized throughout the day or didn't wear well. Hoola, however, is perfect.

What I love most about Hoola is the shade, obviously. For me, it sits perfectly between contour and bronzer. It is cool enough to place in the hallow of your cheeks and it is going to sculpt and define. But also warm enough that you can apply this around the face as a bronzer. The shade is quite light, which works for me as I am quite pale. I'd say if you had a darker complexion, this may not show up too well. Hoola also wears really well throughout the day and does not oxidize, this is a problem I have with a lot of bronzers.

Hoola is very pigmented, you only need to dip your brush in once to get enough colour for one side of your face. I have to admit I have gone over board a few times. I use the Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder brush to apply it. The Sheer Powder brush is a great shape and blends the product easily over the skin. It also doesn't pick up too much product, which is great as I said earlier that Hoola is very pigmented.
I talked about how much I love pairing Mary-Lou Manizer from The Balm with Hoola as my highlight in my February Favourites. The two really compliment each other and look great on the skin.

Have you tried Benefit Hoola bronzer before? What are your thoughts on it?

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

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Friday, 18 March 2016

Birthday Beauty Haul (ft MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, Benefit + more)

"I dunno about you but I'm feeling 22!"

And what better way to express that than sharing with you my birthday beauty haul. I turned 22 on the 11th March and received some lovely gifts from friends and family that I thought I would share in a post. I can't wait to try everything out and maybe even come back with some more in-depth posts abut some of these goodies. Thank you to everyone who kindly bought me a gift, you know who you are. I love everything! On with the haul.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Must Have Lip Combo from The Body Shop (NEW Stains and Liners)

If you are on the hunt for that perfect on trend, Kylie Jenner inspired lip look, that is comfortable on the lips, look no further. The Body Shop have re-vamped their lip liners, as well as added a whole new line of lip stains to their makeup collection. I recently picked up a couple of the products to try out and have found a new combination that I love.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

February Favourites 2016

I wrote a whole post about my £1 MAC Soar Dupe in February, which features the Primark 09 Lip Liner. As mentioned, this is not only a fantastic dupe for MAC Soar but it is overall a great pencil. For only £1 it wears well on the lips. It doesn't feel overly drying but hangs around for a good amount of time. The pigment and colour pay off it great too. For £1 you can't really get much better!

My bronzing/highlighting combination of the month has been Mary-Lou Manizer from The Balm and Benefit Hoola Bronzer. I'll start with Benefit Hoola as this was a product I have seen being raved about by bloggers for years but a product, that for some reason, never really took my fancy. I had a tiny little baby size I must have got in a kit once hiding away in my stash and randomly decided to pull it out one day. The colour of this is perfect. It is not too cool or too warm, it sits perfectly in the middle to where it gives you that slight shadow of a contour but the warms and definition of bronzing.

Mary-Lou Manizer is a highlighter I have been using for a while now but I just find it looks especially good when paired with Benefit Hoola. The two work nicely together, I think maybe due to the more cool tones. I find it just gives a natural but still glamorous looking contour and highlight.

My skincare favourite for the month is the Pixi Glow Peel Pads (£24) I wrote a post, Pixi Skincare Review, back in January and talked about these pads. Turns out, I was using them wrong! I complained in that post that they left an oily film over my skin which honestly, was kind of putting me off using them and I wasn't reaching for them as regularly as I would have liked but despite that, I did enjoy them. Soo, you actually have to wash that off after 2-3 minutes. DUUHH. Since doing that, I love these even more! They leave my skin so smooth and soft. you can instantly feel the difference just after those few minutes. I also find they've been helping to keep my skin clear and it looks more evened out. I now use these far more regularly and I love the results they give.

My last favourite is a body care product which is rare for me as I am the laziest person when it comes to body care! But I have really enjoyed using The Body Shop's Camellia Cream from their Spa of The World Range. First of all, it smells divine. But what I love most is it has the most beautiful texture. It is so light and fluffy, yet is so moisturising on the skin. I love how quickly it absorbs too, as I hate body moisturisers that feel heavy or tacky on the skin. I use this on my legs mainly and have seen such a difference in my skin since using it, my legs are super smooth and soft.

Those are my favourites for the month of February! What were your favourites?

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

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