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Beauty: New Zoeva Palettes, Brushes & Brow Products

Posted on March 27, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s Monday morning and the sun is shining – I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend?

I have some fantastic new products from Zoeva to share with you today – including new brushes, a load of brow products, and a gorgeous matte palette that has recently launched. Let’s take a look…

Starting with the new Matte Eyeshadow Palette (£17.50- currently out of stock) – This palette is just so beautiful – and the shades are very on trend at the moment. Inspired by the calmness and beauty of a night stroll through the silent streets of a sleeping city, this palette includes a selection of warm nudes, with an injection of bright tones in orange, coral and yellow shades.

At only £17.50, this makes each shadow only £1.75 per pan – you can’t get much better than that! The formula is excellent too, as expected from Zoeva – giving fantastic colour payoff that’s easy to work with and blend.

Zoeva really are all about the brows right now though, and they’ve just released a generous selection of brow products, so however you like style your eyebrows, they’ll have a product that works for you –

The Brow Spectrum Palette (£20.00 at BeautyBay) is described as the ultimate eyebrow kit to help you achieve flawless, professionally groomed arches. The palette features a range of highly pigmented brow powders that are easy to blend together to create customized shades. Zoeva have also added a couple of matte and shimmer highlighters to brighten the eye area and lift the arches, which is a really nice addition.

The Graphic Lash Mascara (£9.00 at BeautyBay) promises to thicken and lengthen lashes with its ultra-pigmented formula and a dense spiral brush, giving instant volume. It separates the lashes for maximum definition, and has a creamy, buildable texture which easily creates natural looking thickness, or layered up giveing you volumized curls.

And the Graphic Brow Fix (£8.50 at BeautyBay) is the perfect one-step product for those looking to both style and tint their brows in one go. The superfine spiral brush applies the gel product which ‘locks’ the brow hair in place whilst tinting it at the same time, leaving you with ultra-groomed and visibly thicker looking brows.

For eyebrows that pop, the Brow Light in Margarethe (£7.50 at BeautyBay) could be just what you need. This jumbo waterproof highlighting crayon gives a lovely, precise matte pearlised line that’s perfect for highlighting the brow bone, or inner corner of the eye.

And lastly the new Graphic Brows (£7.50 at BeautyBay) – if you’re looking for precise, sculpted brows, this is definitely the product for you. This super fine pencil offers a waterproof, smudge proof formula, that lasts all day. The retractable pencil creates precise strokes, mimicking the natural hair and filling in the brows with ease, while the spiral brush grooms into shape and softens the colour, giving a natural-looking, well defined brow.

And lastly, Zoeva have also added five new brushes to their ever-expanding brush collection, of which I have three…

The 137 Petit Fan Brush (£9.00 at BeautyBay) is a super dinky multi-tasking fan, perfect for applying highlighter to brow bone and cupid’s bow, and it’s also small enough to separate eyelashes and remove excess mascara.

The 117 Petit Defined Buffer Brush (£13.00 at BeautyBay) has a small, angled brush head which perfectly adapts to the contours of the face for the precise, comfortable application of foundation and concealer, this is specifically handy to use below the eyes and along the nose.

And the 135 Petit Face Definer Brush (£13.00 at BeautyBay) is another great brush for applying foundation, but this one is really suited more for blending out your concealer and setting loose powder around the eye area.

If you’d like to see any swatches or have any questions please do feel free to drop me a line on one of my social channels. Zoeva products are available now at BeautyBay.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: An Introduction to IT Cosmetics at QVC

Posted on September 28, 2016

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Hi Guys!

IT Cosmetics are one of those US brands that have been on my wish list for a while, so when the guys at QVC gave me the opportunity to try a few of their products, I jumped at the chance!

For those not familiar with IT Cosmetics, they’re a US based brand that has gained quite the cult following over over some of their base products – such as their famous CC Cream and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer. Luckily I’ve been able to try one of these out, as well as a couple of their other popular products…

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So one of IT Cosmetics most famous products is of course the Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, which is available as a bundle including a Dual-Ended Concealer Brush (for £23.64) This is an award-winning full coverage concealer that offers highly pigmented, natural-looking coverage, while the formula treats the appearance of lines, wrinkles and discolouration.

Well this all sounded pretty fantastic to me. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes, so I had very high expectations for this product to work – as that’s exactly what it’s aimed at. I tried out two shades, Light and Medium, and found that I preferred light for my pale skin tone. The formula is very creamy with intense pigmentation, and it gives high coverage that most definitely erased my dark circles. I found the finish to be a bit on the shiny side though on its own, so setting it with a powder really worked for me. I was so impressed with how it literally made my dark circles vanish! I should point out it can also be used for general blemish concealing but it’s particularly aimed at the under eye area as it doesn’t settle into fine lines, and also helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles.

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Next we have the Sunshine in a Compact Vitality Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer & Mega Fat Fan Brush (£34.50) – This Sunshine in a Compact Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer is a nice warm matte bronzer in a large compact (there’s nothing worse than a tiny bronzer, don’t you think?) The formula is talc-free, and contains IT Cosmetics Drops of Light Technology to add instant radiance to your complexion without any glitter or shimmer.

The formula also includes anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, silk and antioxidants to treat the skin whilst preventing the product from settling into any fine lines, and blurring the look of pores and imperfections. I actually initially thought the shade might be a tad too warm for me, but it applied with just the right amount of colour payoff and gave a lovely glow to my skin.

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And lastly the Hello Light Creme Illuminator (£29.00 including a brush not shown) – Now I am all about the highlighters right now, and I couldn’t wait to try this one out. This product promises to give a lit from within glow to the complexion, offering a light, natural radiance and illumination. It’s also infused with skin-loving, anti-aging and hydrating ingredients; including Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Silk and Vitamins A, C, & E, which work together to hydrate, condition, and nourish the skin.

Now I’ve used a fair few highlighters in my time, and I know what I like and what I don’t like. From the description, this sounded like everything I look for in a highlighter – and oh my gosh it was literally highlighter perfection!

Firstly the shade is on the paler side, which is perfect for my fair complexion – and it’s not chunky, glittery or shimmery in any way – it’s just pure glow! The creme formula is a dream to apply, and really easy to build up if you want a more intense look. It glides on the skin with ease and also doesn’t emphasise the look of pores which some highlighters can tend to do.

I’ve included a bronzer and highlighter swatch below –

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I’ve swatched the bronzer with quite a heavy hand here just so you can see the colour. It’s a really nice warm terracotta, again light enough to suit those with fairer skin tones. And you can see the highlighter is a really light colour, almost white – I love it!

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I really am so impressed with these products – the quality across all of them is just fantastic, and though they seem on the expensive side, in my opinion they are well worth the money – especially the highlighter!

I’ve also had a quick look on the IT Cosmetics US site – and there are so many amazing looking products on there – I hope QVC UK can offer a bigger range soon!

Al the above products are available now at QVC.

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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My NYC Sephora Haul! Feat. Kat Von D, Milk Makeup, Tatcha, Becca & More!

Posted on September 19, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Any beauty lover will know that one of your priorities when visiting the US is of course, Sephora. Visiting New York was my first ever visit to the US, so I had my first ever Sephora store experience too!

For those yet to experience this pleasure, I have to tell you it’s actually quite overwhelming – especially for a small town gal like me who gets excited visiting Selfridges! Sephora is literally floor to ceiling beauty – so I decided to tackle it with a strategy – basically if the brand was available in the UK, I didn’t bother looking. So I headed for all the exciting US brands that I’ve been dying to get my hands on – Kat Von D, MILK Makeup, Anastasia and Sephora’s own brand to name but a few. Let’s take a look at what I picked up…

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So first of all I headed for Kat Von D (and yes I know we have it in the UK now, but it wasn’t available here when I was in NYC!) I really liked the look of the new Lock-it Concealer Creme – a super-versatile, rich and creamy concealer with 24-hour wear and instant full coverage. It promised to brighten the undereye area, cover blemishes and correct discolouration which was exactly what I was looking for. I got Hayley to help shade match me and ended up with shade Light 3 Warm. I started using this while in NYC and I have to say I was very impressed, it did a great job of covering my under eye circles as well as staying put throughout the day. I picked up the Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush too – described as ‘a high-performance concealer brush with an exclusive sculpted shape to seamlessly blend under eye concealer and instantly cover blemishes‘ I thought this would be the perfect match for the Lock-It Concealer. It’s just the right size and shape for concealer coverage on the under eye area, and applies product like a dream.

While I was at it I thought I’d also grab the Kat Von D Lockit Setting Powder too – you know, when in Rome! This is a weightless translucent loose powder, formulated with Micro-Blurring Technology to blur pores and set and perfect makeup for a flawless, locked-in finish. This is probably the most lightweight and silky finishing powder I’ve ever tried – it leaves your complexion velvety matte and smooth – and you can also use it for baking if that’s part of your routine too.

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I’d also been dying to try some bits from MILK Makeup – they had quite a big range on offer, and I decided to pick up a couple of quirky sounding products…

Firstly I grabbed the Milk Makeup Cooling Water – this is basically a twist up stick that you apply to the face to cool, soothe and hydrate the skin. I tried it on the back of my hand and the cooling effect really worked! The product contains rich marine minerals and caffeine to hydrate, whilst give skin an energized, glowing look.

And the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick – well, I’d heard of this and thought it sounded fantastic, so I popped it in my basket too. Technically this doesn’t give a holographic highlight, but it does give skin an iridescent lavender sheen, which is really fun and pretty. Also, you can use it wherever you like – lips, eyes, cheeks – I’m looking forward to creating some fun looks with this!

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I then checked out Sephora’s massive own brand range, and they literally stock everything! I loved the look of their retractable Hide & Sleek brushes, which come in high shine metallic casings with lids so they don’t get ruined in your makeup bag. I grabbed the Skinny Cheek Contour Brush – a retractable cheek contour brush in a slim and elegant rose gold case, and the Skinny Foundation Retractable Brush – a chic retractable foundation brush this time in gold casing.

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I’m also really glad I came across the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder – I’d been wanting to snap this up for a while, but the full size tub is $60.00 – eek! I found this mini 10g tub which was only $15.00 and very much in my price range. If you haven’t heard of Tatcha, they offer luxury skincare inspired by Japanese Geishas – you should definitely check them out if skincare’s your thing. Their Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is a creamy, water-activated enzyme powder that effortlessly releases debris from skin, leaving it feeling polished and baby soft in an instant. It’s formulated with nourishing Japanese rice bran blended with papaya extracts, to help reduce the look of fine lines and addresses uneven skintone, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. I’m looking forward to giving this a go!

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And while I was checking out all the amazing mini products and sets that Sephora has to offer, I came across the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal Glow On The Go Set – this is a mini duo of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector luminizers. I love Becca’s highlighters and these mini pressed and liquid Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Opal just looked so cute – as well as being the perfect size to throw in my bag.

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And lastly, I couldn’t resist the Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Lip Set – this is a six-piece, multibranded lip sampler set, including two full size products, and it was only $28.00 with a  total product value of $97.00! –

  • Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment (sheer rosy tint)
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft (mauve pink nude)
  • Lancôme Juicy Shaker in 313 Boom-Meringue (lemon meringue flavor – full size)
  • NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien (rose pink)
  • Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out (deep nude – full size)
  • Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua (dusty mauve)

By this point I’d tried mentally adding up how much I was spending and decided I’d better calm down a bit. I quickly glanced at Anastasia, Surratt and in the general direction of skincare and fragrance and decided I’d better head to the checkout before I got too carried away.

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So yes I ended up spending quite a lot of money… but I don’t regret it. It’s not every day I get to pop into an actual Sephora store, so I’m glad I made the most of it while I had the chance!

Do let me know if you’d like to see any swatches, or full reviews of anything – this post ended up being quite long so I decided not to include swatches this time 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

Cohorted August 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on August 15, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Cohorted’s August beauty box has just arrived, so let’s take a look inside…

  • NARS Andy Warhol Flowers III Palette, worth £45.00
  • Smith & Cult Nail Polish in xx, worth £19.00
  • Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets, worth £14.00
  • Cohorted Ovali Brush, worth £18.99
  • Lancome Precious Cells Eye Cream, 2x 3ml tubes, worth £24.00

Total value of box = £120.99.

Ok so overall this looks like a great box – let’s start with the NARS Andy Warhol Flowers III Palette. Now I’m going to be completely honest and admit I feel a bit on the fence about this one. On the face of it this is an excellent product, it’s a limited edition Andy Warhol palette, and though unboxed, it’s a really nice eyeshadow palette of high value. My only niggle is that this product was launched in 2012 – making it four years old. Now some people might not have a problem with this (and personally I don’t in this case, but of course this depends on the product as well as personal preference) but I think this is definitely a point worth mentioning. You can see what the inside of the palette looks like here.

Next the Smith & Cult Nail Polish – now this really is a gorgeous product! I have a few Smith & Cult polishes (check them out here) and they really are fab polishes, as well as being presented in stunning packaging. This shade is Regret The Moon, it’s a lovely warm white, with the slightest tint of pink to it. In contrast to the above NARS product, this is actually a brand new shade which is great news! 🙂

Next we have Nunzio Saviano – a brand that I haven’t heard of, but their Anti-Frizz Sheets do sound rather appealing, especially with the hot weather we’ve been having lately. The box contains 15 individually wrapped sheets which promise to instantly smooth hair and eliminate frizz, while controlling static ad taming flyways. I think I’ll be taking a few of these to New York with me next week!

Next the Cohorted Ovali Brush. I’ve already done a comparison post on an original Artis brand oval style brush, compared to an Ebay dupe – and in my opinion you definitely don’t need to spend a fortune on ‘oval’ brushes. Cohorted’s own branded oval brushes come with a really nice rose gold and matte black finish, with the Cohorted logo printed on the handle. These are available to order now from Cohorted as either single brushes or sets.

And lastly, the Lancome Precious Cells Eye Cream – I couldn’t actually believe it when I worked out that the two tiny 3ml samples included in the box are actually worth £12.00 each! If you look the product up online you’ll see a 20ml tub is £80.00, so this is a great opportunity to try a product that many of us wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to due to the high price. This product promises to firm, nourish and reduce wrinkles. I’ll be interested to see if it makes any difference to my rather large eye bags!

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Overall I think this is a great box, and definitely well worth the £35.00 price tag. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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A Little Zoeva Haul…

Posted on March 21, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’ve had my eye on Zoeva brushes ever since I first discovered them. My first lusting was the original Rose Gold collection sets with the brown handles – I’m a sucker for anything rose gold. Then I heard they were recently releasing the Rose Gold Vol.2 sets, so I saved up my pennies for the release date, and then I stocked up!

I went for both sets, as well as the corresponding brush pots, the Rose Gold Eyeshdow Palette and also a fan brush which I wanted from the standard brush range. I ordered direct from the German Zoeva site, as it seemed to work out cheaper than in the UK, and my parcel also arrived the same week! (Also Germany is in the EU, so no import taxes or fees – result!)

The brush sets were EUR 70 each including the brush holders, which works out at just over £50 each, compared to the same sets which are £61.50 each from Love Makeup in the UK. Shipping on the German site was EUR 7.50 (£5.43) so it definitely worked out to be the cheaper option purchasing from there.

This may sound expensive, but with one set including eight brushes, and the other including twelve, they’re actually really good value for money, averaging out at just over a fiver each.

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The brushes are most definitely amazing – as expected. Apart from being beautiful to look at, they really are top quality too, the bristles are soft but firm, and they’re synthetic too in case you were wondering. I now have literally every eye brush a girl could ever want or need! The face brushes were slightly more limited so I also purchased a fan brush separately which I had my eye on. The sets also come in beautiful rose gold metallic leather cases, with shiny rose gold zips. The cases are fantastic quality too, so I’m now wondering what I can use them for!

I’ll briefly touch on the Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette, which at EUR 17.50 (£12.66) for ten good sized shadows is a complete bargain. I’ll being reviewing this separately though so you can get a good look at it.

I really can’t recommend these brushes enough, I’d love to hear what your favourite brushes are? xxx

The Body Shop: Testing on Bloggers

Posted on December 21, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today I’m going to test out and review some fantastic Body Shop products, but first, did you know The Body Shop have teamed up with the RSPCA to create awareness of their new Make over the world campaign, called Testing on Bloggers?

The Make Over The World campaign includes ten companies across the globe that have committed to not using animals to develop new products or ingredients, not marketing further products in countries where animal testing is required, and also helping to further the development of humane alternative methods.

After reading about the campaign I was shocked to find out that around 27,000 animals are estimated to still be used for cosmetics testing across the world. This includes the use of mice, rats and rabbits – this is just terrible to think about, and so so sad.

The Body Shop DO NOT test on animals, all their products are vegetarian, and they also support fair trade, so I’m really happy to try out a fantastic bundle of their products to find out if they really are as good as other brands.

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First up I have a couple of brushes – The Face & Body Brush (£16.00) and Eyeshadow Blender (£10.00).

Both brushes are cruelty free and made of super-soft synthetic hair. The Face & Body Brush is perfect for applying loose powder or bronzer over face, neck and décolletage, and the Eyeshadow Blender Brush is a soft, round-tipped brush that’s tailor made for blending eyeshadow seamlessly. I’m very impressed with how soft yet firm both of these brushes are, my only quibble is the flared end which I’m not used to. It probably sounds a bit weird but I just felt them a bit unusual to hold and manoeuvre! It’s no biggie though, there still great brushes 🙂

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Next are the Colour Crush Eyeshadows in Oh, Honey! 105 and Head in the Sky 510 (£7.00 each)

The Colour Crush eyeshadows are described as being intensely pigmented whether you go for a matte or pearlescent finish, with a silky soft texture that can be used wet or dry. Oh Honey! is a nude shimmer shade verging on champagne, it has a silky soft texture that really is a dream to apply and work with. This shade is perfect for a veil of shimmer over the lid, or built up in the inner corners for a highlight.

Head in the Sky is vivid cornflower blue with a matte finish. I’ve found that matte eyeshadows often fail to live up to their shimmer / satin / pearl counterparts due to the finish making the texture quite chalky, I’m pleased to say though that The Body Shop’s matte formula is excellent! It has a silky texture that’s very similar to Oh, Honey! and gave fantastic colour payoff even considering the light shade. I’m very impressed with both of these eyeshadows!

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Next is the Shimmer Waves compact in Bronze (£16.00)

This is a pretty five shade compact in a clear casing, at first though I wasn’t sure if it was an eyeshadow or face product, as you’ll see on the images above, the brow shade is pretty dark!

Well it is in fact a face compact. The Body shop’s description doesn’t really give me too much information, just that you can use the shades together or individually. I’ve swatched them individually above so you can see what each shade looks like, and I found the top two shades worn mixed together give a lovely shimmery blush, and the lightest shade makes a good highlight. The formula is similar to The Body Shop’s eyeshadows so it’s super silky and blendable which is great. I personally think the brown shade is too dark – for my pale skin tone at least – so maybe this compact would suit darker skins (or of course you could use it as an eyeshadow palette!)

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And the lovely Colour Crush Lipstick in Red Siren 101 (£10.00)

Red Siren (which strangely doesn’t have the shade name on the casing, just the number) is a beautiful almost true red, with intense pigmentation and a creamy semi-matte finish. I really feel this is halfway between a cream and a matte finish, which I really like. It’s comfortable to wear and lasts a good few hours before reapplication is needed.

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And lastly the Liquid Eyeliner in black (£9.00) and Define and Lengthen Mascara in black (£10.00)

I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of liquid eyeliners – this one has a fine felt-tipped applicator to give you extra control and a super fine line, which it definitely does, but the product itself isn’t the deepest black I’m afraid. It does last but it fails on pigmentation for me.

The Define and Lengthen Mascara on the other hand, was really pretty good. It defined, it kind of lengthened – my lashes are super short so this is a difficult feat for any mascara – but it didn’t give me clumpy lashes at all, whilst definitely thickening them up. I think this would make a great day time mascara for when you don’t want too heavy a look.

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So there we have it! The Body Shop really do offer some pretty good cosmetics! Apart from a couple of issues, over all I’m really impressed with the items I’ve reviewed. I’d highly recommend their Colour Crush Eyeshadows and Lipsticks!

This makes me think though – if The Body Shop can create these fantastic cosmetics and brushes without testing on animals at all, why can’t other companies do the same??

If you haven’t already, please take a look at the Make over the world campaign to learn more about what the RSPCA are doing and how you can get involved.

I hop you enjoyed my review xxx

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