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Monday, 1 November 2010

October Loves

Hi Girls,
I cannot believe it's November already, so as it's the start of a new month I thought I would do a post on what I've been loving in October. I also wanted to apologise for my absence over the last couple of weeks, I've been having a few personal problems and they have taken up all my time and energy over the last few weeks. It's amazing how guilty I feel for missing only a few weeks, I've been itching to get back!
Here's a few things I've been loving this month:

Li‘l Lush Pud
This was my first ever Lush purchase and I loved it! My skin smelt lovely afterwards and I could still smell it in my bathroom the next day! I've just made another order to Lush so I'll let you know what goodies I've got. If you've never tried Lush I would highly recommend you do. I've always been a bit nervous about Lush because whenever I've been in the shop I felt overwhelmed by all the different types of products and I wasn't sure what any of them did. I finally took the plunge and read their Lush Times paper and I feel like I understand what's what now!

My Dorothy Perkins ring

OPI Sparkle-icious
This is from the Burlesque Collection. Such a fun polish which I'm going to be wearing lots between now and Christmas. It will be great for all the parties over Christmas! It was really easy to apply and dried super quick.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and MAC Studio Fix Foundation NC15
I'll be doing a review on these two in the next couple of weeks so I'll talk about them more in depth then.
I'm in love with MAC Studio Fix foundation, I know this is probably an old one for most of you but I have only just tried this for the first time this month. I bought the pump too, I thought it would be too fiddly to try and tip it out and would end up wasting lots of product too which you definately don't want!

Upcoming things I will be reviewing:
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm
Part 1 of my perfume collection
Mac Studio Fix Foundation
Fade Out Eye Cream
H2O+ sea-derived skincare

Hope you all had a brilliant Halloween!

Zoe xoxo

Monday, 18 October 2010

I'm a beautiful blogger & One Lovely Blog Winner!

Hey Ladies,
So on Sunday night I was sat trying to enjoy the last few hours of remaining freedom before Monday rolled round again when I got a lovely surprise! I went onto Twitter and saw I had received 2 blog awards from the lovely Behind the Shoes :) It made my night and I was over the moon to receive the following:

As part of receiving these awards I have to tell you 7 secrets/facts about myself and pass these awards onto 10 other lovely bloggers.

I'm not sure these are very interesting but here you go haha!

1. I almost died once, when I was really small (about 5 I think) I almost drowned at hemsworth water park and a man jumped in to save me!

2. I'm a big console gaming geek (when I get time!)...current favourites are Left 4 Dead and any kind of guitar hero/rock band game.

3. My favourite kind of music is rock/punk/metal music - bullet for my valentine, paramore, papa roach etc (hence my love of the above games!)

4. I have a strange finger (lol) my mum trapped my finger in the door when I was 1 and the end of my finger came off and my nail is now stuck to my finger so it's curled over. I hate it but I forget it's there 99% of the time. (I will spare you a picture unless any of you would particularly like to see!!)

5. I love to sniff any kind of catalog or magazine it's one of the best smells ever haha along with grapefruits, matches and fresh cut grass. Ooh I also like to sniff my cats fur, they smell nice!

6. I don't drink alcohol very often and I much prefer a cup of tea (as sad as that is!) My other favourite drink is a snowball they make me think of Christmas my fave time of year :)

7. I was an only child for most of my life (my mum had me really young at 15) and thought I always would be, but I now have a sister who is 4 and a little brother who is 1.
So, the lovely ladies I have decided to pass this award on to are:

Dainty Dolly Mix
All Made up
Charlottes obsessions
Hayleys Fashion Fix
Peonies & lillies
Cheryls beauty blog
Skin scrubs
Cheeky Beauty
The Beauty Hall
Sana's beauty spot

Well done girls! Make sure you all check these blogs out, they're great :)

Now you girls just need to do the same as above xxx

Got images from google

Sunday, 17 October 2010

My Gorgeous Babies!

This is nothing to do with beauty but I really wanted to do a post about my gorgeous kittys Dolly and Bo!
They are both British Shorthairs - Dolly a Blue Cream and Bo a Blue. People never understand that Dolly is the same breed as Bo because she's a varient. Apparently hundreds of years ago the BS nearly went extinct so they bred them with Persians. Even though it's not done now the persian still runs in the blood and every now and then you get a fluffy one! (This is what I was told anyway!)
Here they are, love them to bits

FOTD Special Request!

Good evening girls,
How on earth is it Sunday night already, the weekend's just go way too fast!

I had a request from the lovely Skin Scrubs a couple of days ago, who wanted to see me with green eyes.
I kind of didn't want to do a FOTD because I've been ill this week and now my skin is all dry so I'm sorry about that!
I had a rake through my make-up and the only greens I had were in my Front Cover Eye Spy pallette.

There was 3 greens in the pallette - Lime Sherbet, Parrot and Amber Green. I first started off trying to do a day look with the Lime Sherbet and Amber Green but the colour payoff was just not good enough and you couldn't even see it on the camera. I think next time I will try those colours wet to see if it gives a stronger colour.

So next up I thought I would try a more evening/party look using the Parrot colour.
First I primed my eye's using Urban Decay Primer Potion, than I put the parrot colour all over my lid blending out the harsh edges and I also put a little bit underneath my eye as well. Next I put liquid liner on my top lid and lined my lower lid with a black pencil. On my eyelashes I have on Max Factors Xperience Mascara. Here are the results (click to enlarge) -

After I had done this plain green look I thought I'd try adding some of the glitter that comes with the Eye Spy pallette on top of the green. I used Sweet Pea and Ingot -

I had to be quite careful putting this on over the top as it tended to drag the eyeshadow colour underneath so I just tried to pat it on. Here's what it looks like with the glitter -

I was sparkling like a Christmas tree! You can't see the effect as well on the pictures but it does look really pretty in real life and would be good for a party! On my lips I was wearing Models Own Lip Balm in Blackberry.

I REALLY like Models Own Lip Balms, I would say they're more of a stain than a balm as I don't find them particularly moisturising but they give a lovely colour and they smell yummy! :)

Well I hope you like today's FOTD and hope you all are enjoying the rest of you weekend!
Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Juicy Couture rollerballs, my new handbag must!

Evening girls,

Well it's been a while since I've posted, or it feels like it anyway! I've been really ill the last couple of days and just really haven't felt like sitting in front of a computer, I'm not actually better yet but I felt like it was getting too long without a post!

So a couple of days ago I got a set of 3 Juicy Couture 7.5ml rollerballs and I LOVE them! I have to admit I bought them without smelling them first which I don't normally do but I'd heard a lot of good things about them so I thought I'd take a chance and the gamble paid off.

Viva La Juicy
Described as having top notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin tempered with honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine. Underlying it all are warm tones of amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline.
This one is my favourite out of the three!

Juicy Couture
Featuring top notes of watermelon, mandarin, and passion fruit combined with the freshness of bright marigold and green apple, lightened by a splash of water hyacinth and crushed leaves. Deeper notes of wild rose with sophisticated princess lily and creamy tuberose undertones. Base notes of caramel créme brulé and vanilla meld with elegant precious woods and patchouli.

Couture Couture
Top notes of pink grape accord with orange flower and middle notes of blushed plum, honeysuckle and base notes of sandalwood this perfume inspires to show off,  be loud, talk to strangers, make a scene, and love life!

What I was really surprised with was how strong the scents are and how long they last. I have quite a few perfumes (Will do a post on my collection soon!) and most of the time I notice the smell for a while but then after a couple of hours I can't smell it anymore. With these I put a really small amount on my wrist and on my neck in the morning and I mean a really small a swipe on each and I immediately noticed how strong the scent was. Later on that night I could still smell it pretty much just as strong as when I first put it on!

Another thing I like about these is the size, being 7.5ml they are so easy to pop in your bag or clutch and you always have something with you. As the scent is so strong this also makes me think it's really good value for money and will last a long time because you don't have to use very much.
It's my first ever perfume in a rollerball and I'm liking very much! You can pinpoint exactly where you want it instead of it spraying everywhere!!

So if you are thinking of buying a Juicy Couture perfume and aren't sure whether to go for it I would definitely recommend them, they're lush! I think I want a smell of their new one now - Peace, Love, Juicy Couture.

Hope you are all having a good week so far, it's not long until the weekend girls!

Monday, 11 October 2010

MAC Tartan Tale Collection

Just wanted to do a quick post on MAC's upcoming Tartan Tale Collection which I think is released in November in the UK and the end of October in the US. I don't overly love the packaging but the colours all seem really wearable. There are a couple of things that I might get. Here's a couple of pics.

I like the nude eyeshadow pallette and I also quite like the brush kits. What do you all think of this collection and are you planning on getting any of the items?

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Sunday FOTD!

Hello my lovlies!

Just thought I'd do a quick FOTD, my first one!

I'm wearing:
- MAC prep + prime SPF50
- MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NC15
- MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NC15
- The Body Shop All Over Powder
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- MAC Venomous Villains Evil Queen Eyeshadow - Her Alter Image (All over lid)
- Front Cover Eye Spy Pallette - Gothic Grape (In the crease and outer corner)
- Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner
- Max Factor Xperience Masacara
- MAC Venomous Villains Evil Queen Blush - Bite of an apple
- MAC Venomous Villains Cruella Lipstick - Innocence Beware!

I'm really liking the new Max Factor Xperience Mascara so far, it makes lashes look long, is a nice glossy black and so far hasn't clumped!
I bought the Front Cover Eye Spy Pallette last Christmas and as you can see I've barely even touched it! This is the reason I didn't buy the new To Go one they have on offer at boots at the moment for half price. I wasn't really impressed with most of the colours either. I really like the one I have so I'm just going to use this one up.

While I was at it I quickly took a picture of me wearing the MAC Venomous Villains Malificent Lipstick in Dark Deed. (I know it doesn't really go with the rest of my make-up, I just slicked it on to show you) I really like it but with it being such a dramatic colour I think it would be best worn with simple eyes and a more natural blush.

And finally as promised some updated swatches of the MAC Venomous Villains Collection. I took the last one's at night and you couldn't see the colours properly so I took these in daylight.

Malificent Mineralize eyeshadow - She Who Dares (top picture)
Bottom picture left to right -
Malificent Lipstick - Dark Deed
Cruella Lipstick - Innocence Beware!
Evil Queen Blush - Bite of an apple
Malificent Beauty Powder - Briar Rose

Thanks for reading xxx

Saturday, 9 October 2010

NOTD Mac Venomous Villains Nail Lacquer - Formidable!

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. I've been catching up on house work and all the TV shows I don't get chance to watch during the week and decided to paint my nails while I was watching the telly.
I have to admit doing nail polish is not one of my favourite things to do, I don't know why I just find it really difficult to get it to look nice. I think it's because I've got quite small nails so I normally just have clear nail varnish on.
Anyway, I decided to try out the Venomous Villains nail polish I picked up in Formidable! from the Maleficent line. It is a dark purpley (don't think that's even a word!) colour with turquoise shimmer in and I really like it, it's very pretty and dramatic.
Here are the results, as I say I'm not particularly good at nail polish!

The pictures just don't do it justice, it's so much nicer in real life and is really sparkley! :) I wish I had gotten Mean and Green as well but out of the 2 I'm glad I got this one. You can read about the other items I got from the Venomous Villains Collection here.

Thanks for reading and have a good evening xxx

Friday, 8 October 2010

Little Boots Haul

Evening girlies and Happy Friday!

So today on my lunch break I popped into boots to pick up a couple of things. The main reason I went was because I wanted to check out the new Xperience line from Max Factor.

There are 4 items in the range, a Foundation, Mascara, Lip Tint and a Sheer Gloss Balm. I was originally going to buy one of each item but when I swatched the Gloss Balm I decided I didn't really want it because it didn't give off a lot of colour. This is currently on introductory offer in boots with up to £3 off each item.

The foundation comes in 6 shades and retails at £12.99. I got 40 - Light Ivory, which is their lightest shade and is described as being a luxurious full coverage foundation with a weightless feel. Suitable for sensitive skin, oil free and has SPF 10.

The mascara is a volumising mascara which comes in black or brown. I opted for Black and this retails at £10.99

Last but not least is the Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint. This comes in 3 shades which are all lovely and I wasn't sure which one I wanted the most but in the end I went for 03 - Pink Princess. This is just like a thick felt tip pen and you just colour your lips in with it! The lip stain costs £6.99.

Here is a swatch of the foundation and the lip stain:

The last thing I got was the Umberto Giannini Morning After Dry Shampoo. If I have to use dry shampoo I normally use Bastiste for Brunettes but even though it's kind of tinted brown it still makes your hair look abit grey! I've heard so many good things about this dry shampoo and that it doesn't leave hair white so I'll be letting you know how I get on with that.

Over the weekend I am going to do some proper examples of the products I've bought recently on my face. I haven't so far this week because when I get home from work now it's already dark and when I take pictures in artificial light rather than natural daylight it takes me ages to to get a semi decent picture which shows the colours properly so I apologise about my crapness there!

Hope you've all had a great week and thanks for reading.

Z x

EDIT: Oooh I almost forgot, I got this in Dorothy Perkins too today.

They had 20% off everything today and I tried on a beautiful purple top which I really wanted to get but I decided not to. The reason is because I'm in the middle of a weight loss journey at the moment, I've lost 1.5 stones so far but want to lose another 2-3 maybe. I am only 5"3 so technically I should weigh about 8 stone even though I don't think I've ever weighed 8 stone in my whole life!! I tried on a size 12 and it fit like a glove but I could tell straight away that if I lose even a small amount of weight it's going to be too big.
I don't want to waste money on clothes if they aren't going to last very long! Ho hum x

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

MAC Venomous Villains Haul

Hello girls!
Well today was a very exciting day because I finally got my hands on the MAC Venomous Villains collection! I love Disney so this collection was very appealing for me :)

The collection went on sale on the website on Monday 4th and is hitting the stores tomorrow. I would say now that if you are interested in this collection to get down to the stores sharpish because almost all of the items on the website are now gone!

There is four parts to the collection - Cruella Deville, Malificent, Evil Queen and Dr. Facilier.
Here is what I picked up (sorry about the photo's, I will take some better one's in natural light when I take pics of me wearing them)

Left: Innocence Beware Lipstick (Creamsheen)
Right: Dark Deed Lipstick (Amplified)

Bite of an Apple Blush (Matte)

Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo - She Who Dares
I really regret not getting the other shade of this - My Dark Magic but it is now sold out. If I happen to be at a Mac store I may get it if I see one.

Beauty Powder - Briar Rose

Nail Lacquer - Formidable!

Small Eye Shadow - Her Alter Image - It has a little bit chipped out! :(

I absolutely love this collection and can't believe how quickly it sold out but I do think there are a couple of things they could have done better or haven't thought about.
In my opinion the Dr. Facilier part of the collection should have been something like Ursula from The Little Mermaid, that would have been awesome! Ursula likes red lipstick and the Magically Cool Liquid Powder from his range would have tied in with the water theme.
The second thing I think could have been done better is that they did the Compact Mirror as part of the Dr. Facilier range but I think it should have been part of the Evil Queen range because her saying is - Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all! What do you guys think?

I will put up some pics of me wearing some of these in the next day or so with hopefully some better pictures.
Thanks for reading!

Z x