Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Zoeva Classic Brush Set | Review

Brushes, more brushes! You all know I have quite a collection of face brushes now but the addiction doesn't stop there, say hello to my new obsession. Zoeva! I have recently had the opportunity to try some Zoeva products including brushes and makeup and I was then contacted by Zoeva themselves and they asked me if I wanted to try out their Classic Brush set and of course I said yes. This set is perfect because it has all you need for the perfect makeup application, included in the kit are 8 brushes for the face and eyes and today I am going to talk you through the brushes and my thoughts on the set itself which by the way comes in a beautiful Zoeva case with hot pink lining! 

105 Luxe Highlight | I have been wanting a highlighter brush for so long now, I love my fan brush to apply highlighter but I have found using this Luxe Highlight brush I have more precision and can highlight smaller areas much easier like the cupids bow and brow bone. 

125 Stippling | This large stippling brush has been perfect for days where I want to create a flawless base without making my foundation to heavy or thick. It gives a nice airbrushed cover that is light and blends to perfection, definitely a brush to use if you prefer lighter coverage it's been working great with Mac Face & Body foundation for me lately and it's also great for dusting a light amount of powder onto the face. 

128 Cream Cheek | This fabulous set arrived around the same time I received my new Benefit Majorette Blush and it has been the perfect brush to apply this cream to powder blush, it allows you to grab just enough product to create a gorgeous flush to the cheek and it blends out beautifully. 

142 Concealer Buffer | I adore applying concealer with this brush, it's dense but not too dense so you still have ease of movement on the face and it doesn't drag on any delicate areas. It works the concealer in well and leaves you crease free! 

227 Soft Definer | Ah so soft, so wonderful! I absolutely love this brush, it's super soft and gentle on the eyes and blends shadows out so easily. I love to use this brush when I have nearly finished my overall eye look just to tidy up and soften any harsh edges I may be left with it works wonders on creating the perfect blend. 

228 Crease | As you can probably guess by the name this is a crease brush and it is great for blending shadows into the crease and perfecting any shading you desire. Another super soft brush and doesn't shed! 

230 Pencil | The pencil brush is something I have only recently started using in general with makeup and I find it so much easier when creating a smokey eye, it's the perfect brush to blend shadows on the lower lash line without creating a huge shadowed area. It's precise and also great for smoothing out edges. 

317 Wing Liner | The wing liner brush, for someone that is pretty useless at wing liner I found this a dream to use. The pointed edge helps to create the perfect wing in a matter of seconds and the fact that it's a super flat brush helps you create thin understated wing, I love how you can use this brush to build up the wing to something more dramatic or just keep it simple with a small flick. 

Overall I have been loving the Zoeva Classic Brush Set, each and every brush is of such a high quality and they are all so soft. The price is absolutely fantastic, it's 60 Euros on the website but for all of those brushes I think it's a great buy. They are seriously some of the best brushes I have ever tried in regards to quality and price and highly recommend if your looking to treat yourself to some new brushes. 

Have you tried anything from Zoeva before? 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

3 Fragrances You Need This AW

When the seasons change we all tend to switch up our makeup and beauty regimes but do you ever think about changing up your fragrances too? This is something I always do, I always love fruity floral scents for Summer, something pretty and light but when AW comes along I opt for slightly heavier more sensual scents. I have three new scents for you to feast your eyes on today which are going to be my go to scents this AW, ever since I tried them I fell in love and I think you will too. 

This new fragrance from Calvin Klein is the perfect everyday kind of scent, it's a very sensual and desirable fragrance that has been designed for the everyday confident woman. The packaging is sleek and chic, it fits into the palm of your hand perfectly and looks very nice on my dresser . The notes in this fragrance is something I'm not used to and have to admit when I first smelt it I wondered if it was a unisex fragrance, once sprayed on to the skin and warmed up you get the most beautiful sexy smell you can definitely tell its a CK fragrance and on me the sandalwood/musk qualities really stand out which I love, there's also an oriental feel to the perfume which is very different for me but wonderful too. Top notes; Salt, Pink Pepper, Black Pepper, & White Pepper. Base notes; Sandalwood, Musk, & Cashmeran. Heart notes; Oris, Ambergris, Solar Accord

This is a fragrance I have always loved but never owned Stella McCartney has recently relaunched her signature fragrance Stella, this classic fragrance and if you haven't smelt it you need to pop into your local store and give it a whirl. The packaging is a gorgeous plum glass bottle and gold accents, I absolutely love this fragrance, it has quite a heavy rose scent to it with a warm amber base such a perfect fragrance for those who love floral scents but really want to step it up for AW as it's quite strong. This is a seriously long lasting fragrance that lingers on for hours and hours, I really adore how one spritz will go such a long way and it's a fragrance I get many compliments on. 

I thought I'd save the best until last and finally introduce you to my favourite of the three fragrance we have today. This is a limited edition fragrance from the one and only Jimmy Choo, this glitzy gorgeous perfume will be the perfect Christmas gift and trust me when you wear it you will feel a million dollars in it. It's perfect for day or evening wear and smells divine, when I wore this for the first time my husband instantly asked me what I was wearing and complimented me on my choice of fragrance. I asked him to describe the scent to me as I couldn't think of what I was smelling even though it smelt so good and he said it was like a creamy, intense kind of scent and I now get where he is coming from because it has notes such as toffee, orange and patchouli. Theres definitely a woody warmth to the fragrance making it that perfect Autumnal scent and I am totally in love. As mentioned this is a limited edition fragrance so I highly recommend snapping it up while you can, theres also a free gift when you purchase this on Fragrance Direct and we all love a free gift don't we?! 

Do you like to switch up your fragrances as the Seasons change? What's your current favourite? 

*Products in this post were kindly sent to me from Fragrance Direct
I am an ambassador for the brand so occasionally get fabulous goodies to share with you all. 
Thursday, 25 September 2014

Faux Blowdry | Tools & Process

Being a mummy with limited time means I have even less time to sort out my Maine, I have to admit I am quite lazy when it comes to my hair so I like to use products that are quick, easy and effective to use. Today I thought I'd share with you a few essential tools I use to create a faux curly blow dry, I don't have time to go have my hair blow-dried in the salon like I used to so I have found a few tools that help me create that blow-dry bouncy look in no time.

Brushing my hair is something that happens twice a week when I wash my hair so as you can imagine my locks can get a little tangled, my hair type is quite thick, wavy and very knotty so this is where the Wet Brush comes in a treat. If you use a Tangle Teezer and love that then you need this brush because this is even easier yo use and doesn't tug or pull at the hair at all. When I first used this brush I was shocked at how smoothly it tamed my hair, each brush stroke detangled instantly and there was no need to pull on my tender head. Huge thumbs up from me!

Hair prepped it's time to dry, I usually just blast dry and use a paddle brush when I want to straighten my hair so this is all I do. No fancy business with big round brushes or rollers, once dry I section my hair into three sections and straighten with my Cloud nine straighteners and we are pretty much done. Wait, aren't we trying to achieve a big bouncy blow-dry? Well yes we are but here comes the faux part,  I grab my Babyliss Pro Ceramic Dial-a-Heat Tong and get to work! I have the 32mm width tong because I want to create big curls that look super natural and of course bouncy. I grab 1-2 inch sections and curl away clamping the ends of my hair and twisting the tong up, I leave it for a few seconds and unravel a gorgeous wave. Once I have completed each section I run my fingers through my hair and roughen it all up, this stops the look looking to 'perfect' and gives that full natural effect that I love. Final step is to finish with a shine spray and I have been loving the Sebastian Professional Shine Shaker, this shine spray is lightweight and crisp free it instantly adds that mirror shine finish, it also protects from heat so is the perfect spray to use throughout your styling session. 

I hope you enjoyed reading how I create a fab faux blow-dry, I'd love to know how you create this look and if you have any tips!

*Products in this post were kindly sent to me from Fragrance Direct
I am an ambassador for the brand so occasionally get fabulous goodies to share with you all. 
Sunday, 21 September 2014

Benefit Majorette | #CHEEK2CHEEK TAG

Hello pretty ones, I hope your all well. I was recently sent some blush goodies by Benefit, the package contained one of my favourite Benefit Blushes, Sugarbomb and a new blush that has just been created by Benefit called Majorette. As you all know Benefit send the best packages and I am so lucky to receive them, inside the box along with all the other goodies there was a info card and on the back of it included a tag called #CHEEK2CHEEK so I thought it would be fun to do today and I also want to tell you a little about Majorette and my thoughts on the new product. 

1. How do you apply Majorette? 
I like to apply this cream to powder blush by using my Zoeva cream blush brush, this brush picks up just enough product to apply to the cheeks and it blends beautifully on the skin. I also find that it works well if I want to build more colour and makes applying the blush more than once great, it works well and doesn't take away any makeup I've already applied. 

2. What Box O'Powder do you wear Majorette with? 
Well as mentioned I was kindly sent Sugarbomb in my surprise package, this blush has been working well with Majorette because they are similar tones but I don't feel it's essential as I have been mainly wearing Majorette alone because I find I can build up enough intensity with the one blush alone. It's such a gorgeous colour. 

3. What's your top tip for beautiful cheeks? 
Always add a pretty blush to bring some life into your face, pretty flushed cheeks creates a youthful look and really makes you look healthy too. I'd also recommend applying a cream blush for that extra dewy glow. 

4. What's your cheekiest nail colour? 
Hmm I don't own a huge amount of nail colours but I did actually apply a No7 shade the other day and it's called Cheeky Chops! It's a pretty coral pink shade that's super gorgeous. 

5. What's the cheekiest thing you've done? 
I couldn't really think of anything cheeky that I've done recently so I asked my husband.... he said there are many things one of which is that I'm a secret eater and often hubby leaves chocolate or sweets in the cupboard for when he gets home and when he goes to eat it its gone... thanks to me! I also make him lie on my side of the bed in the Winter to warm it up before I get in then make him move over to his cold side when I'm ready to get toasty! 

6. Who's the cheekiest person you know? 
Hands down my son Vinny, he is the cheekiest little monkey! 

7. Who's cheeks would you peak at if you could? 
Cheek, cheeks? Bradley Cooper! 

8. What cheeky movie character do you most like? 
Austin Powers! Hilarious cheeky character. 

9. Have you ever rubbed cheeks with a celebrity? 
Sadly no, although I did meet Mickey Norcross and a few other TOWIE cast members at my Hen do. Mickey actually treated me to a VIP Hen Night at the Sugarhut which I didn't expect at all, I had an amazing time! 

10. Your favourite cheeky song? (Basically a guilty pleasure)
Oh gosh I love all cheesy music I couldn't pick just one but If I was singing at the Karaoke trust me I'd be singing the cheesiest song out there. 

11. Who do you 'Pass the Baton to' (TAG)?
I tag you all! 

I hope you enjoyed this tag, it was a pretty hard one to answer actually! If you haven't tried Majorette yet I'd recommend checking it out. The new unique packaging is absolutely adorable and I love, love, love the colour, it also smells divine. You can wear this pretty pink/peach shade alone or as mentioned above with another blush of your choice for that extra va va voom. Definitely my favourite Benefit blush so far, the unique formula adds a pretty sheen to the skin leaving a gorgeous natural finish that is dewy and adds that instant healthy glow. 

Have you tried Majorette yet? 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

OOTD | Fun Fair Chic

Hello everyone! First of all I want to apologise for the lack of blog posts this month, I have found it quite hard to get back into blogging after having a bit of a break so rather than force myself to write I have just been writing as and when I feel and want to. I don't want blogging to ever feel like a chore so this is why I've had a little break and it's been lovely. I hope you have all been well and have had a great Summer, I'm super excited about AW and must get shopping for my AW wardrobe. I have a lot I need to buy and of course many coats, is it just me or do you find every time winter comes around your looking for a new coat or five!? 

Today I thought I'd share with you my OOTD, we went to the fun fair this evening which was absolutely fantastic, we took Vinny last year but he was too small to understand but this year with him being 18 months old he gets the rides and the atmosphere it was so great to see the pure joy on his face when he went on each ride. Let me tell you once he went on one ride that was it, he had to go on every one! So so funny, it was his first time on a ride like that on his own and he was loving it bless him. I can't wait to take him again, we will definitely go on Saturday that's for sure. 

I went for a pretty simple outfit with some pops of colour here and there, you all know I love my River Island Mollie Jeans so they were a must, I just find them so comfortable and they go with everything. I then paired it up with a nice floaty cami from Dorothy Perkins I love this top so much it's super comfortable to wear and I adore the mixture of corals, creams and of course black. I opted for this Route 66 Biker Jacket* from Great Plains, this is such a great transitional piece for those chillier evenings although it was actually pretty hot so took it off for most of the night. I think I will be getting a lot of wear out of this jacket this Autumn, you all know I love a biker jacket and I believe it is sixth or seventh in my collection. I'd definitely recommend Great Plains for fab AW Jackets and coats! 

Lastly I wore some cream pumps from Primark, you seriously can't beat Primark for a great pair of pumps. I always get compliments on these and I adore the gold buckle detail I think it's very chic and makes them look rather expensive. No need for a change bag this evening, I used my pretty new gorgeous Folli Follie bag which I have been dying to take out with me, it's called the Heart4Heart Shoulder bag*. I absolutely love this bag, the colour, the style, everything! It's still big enough for me to bring Vinnys and my essentials which is ideal and it's super stylish, I particularly love the rose gold detailing on the front clasp it's perfect. 

I hope you enjoyed this rare outfit post, let me know if you'd like to see more and I'd also love to know what you've been upto lately! 

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