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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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Body Shop Bouncy Eye Mask REVIEW

For me, an eye cream has to do 2 things; be super hydrating and feel nice. Basically. When I saw The Body Shop were expanding their Drops of Youth range to include the Bouncy Eye Mask* I was very excited. I have previously used (and loved) their Bouncy Sleeping Mask, which is a mask you pop on all over the skin, and sleep in. In the morning your skin feels ah-maze-ing. I have a full review of the Bouncy Sleeping Mask I wrote a couple years ago when it first launched, have a look at that if you want full details!

Knowing the results I get from the Bouncy Sleeping Mask made me even more excited for the Bouncy Eye Mask. If it made my skin feel as plump and hydrated as the Bouncy Sleeping Mask, count me in!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Vichy Mineral 89 REVIEW

Vichy Mineral 89 caught my eye immediately. I am so into serums designed to give instant hydration to the skin. Vichy Mineral 89 is a hyaluronic acid based serum that contains the highest amount of Vichy's Thermal Spa mineral water than any of their other products. Whilst the hyaluronic acid plumps, hydrates and preps the skin for moisture, the thermal water is designed to help protect the skin against environmental aggressors such as pollution, whilst also soothing the skin.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Basic Invite | #AD

When Basic Invite asked me to work with them I was delighted as I loved their approach to custom invites and cards. I immediately went on the website and was blown away by the endless options they had to offer. Whether it is a birthday party, BBQ, anniversary, engagement- you name it and Basic Invite will have a invitation waiting for you to truly customize to suit you!

I was given the opportunity to customize 6 invites of my choice. When I say customize, I do not mean simply change a colour or font here and there- Basic Invite allow you to customize pretty much anything on your invites. From colour, font, text size/position, boarder sizes etc etc.. It goes on and on! And of course, your envelope in which your invites come in are customizable too! I was able to change the colour of mine to match the colour theme of my invite perfectly. Basic Invite over 180 colour options so you will always be able to find a colour that suits what you are going for.

I loved a lot of the Invite designs already on there but with the level of customization I was able to change it to suit exactly what I was looking for. The website offers a live preview of your changes as and when you make them, so there is no waiting around or guessing how something is going to look- everything happens as you make the changes, which I loved! It made the process a lot easier and saved time, too.

Talking about the actual designs of the invites, Basic Invite have so much variety. You can choose something really simplistic and classic or go for something more colourful and fun! I was able to choose a couple various designs- as an example of one of the more elegant invitations I chose this beautiful New Years party design. I loved the silver colouring and the overall simplistic yet eye catching design. Basic Invite also offer to have your invites to be printed in a foil font, which looks exceptionally beautiful and is available in gold, silver and rose gold- Perfect for adding that extra special touch to your invites! This feature is lovely for invitations for a holiday party as the foiling looks very festive.

An example of one of the more fun and playful invites is this lovely Valentines design. Originally printed to be used as an invite to a party for friends but using the customizing options I was able to re-create it into a personalized invite, individually inviting my boyfriend for a romantic dinner in a cute and playful way. I love it!

The colour previews on the website are very accurate. My invitations arrived looking exactly how they previewed on the website. The colours are bold and pigmented and the over all invitations are of an amazing quality.

When you have customized your invites to exactly how you want them, Basic Invite offer an amazing service where you can order a sample of your invite and have it sent right to your door so you are able to see the invite in real life before committing to ordering! I love this service and it is something I have never seen offered on any other site.

Basic Invite also offer a variety of other products- one of my favourites being these beautiful business cards. Again, I was so impressed with the amount of designs already available to choose from and was very easy able to customize my business card to exactly how I like it. I also loved the thank you cards and the RSVP cards.

With the business cards I love how you can change them to truly reflect your branding and image. I went for this pretty, watercolour floral print. I thought it represented my branding well as I was able to alter the colours to reflect the pastel, watercolour theme that matches my blog design. This is something I have never been able to do before but thanks to the endless levels of customizing you can do with Basic Invite I was able to create my perfect card.

Thank you to Basic Invite for working with me on this post! I highly recommend you hop over to Basic Invite and check them out yourself.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x

Friday, 5 January 2018

The Body Shop's Best Products

The Body Shop tend to be known for their old classics- such as White Musk, Vitamin E cream and Hemp Hand cream, but recently they have released some amazing products I recommend you check out. Working at The Body Shop gives me the opportunity to give everything a good try and I have narrowed it down to my favourite products they have to offer.

First up...