Friday, 29 November 2013

November Favourites

This last month has just flown by and now its that time again, most of my favourites are skincare this month as i seem to be getting more and more into it, I'm quite interested in trying some liquid exfoliants with glycol, such as REN radiance renewal mask and Alpha H Liquid gold..cant decide so would love to hear your recommendations. Anyway moving on - November Favourites ha!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Arbonne - FC5 Skin Conditioning Oil

If you have read my previous post (October Favourites) you will already know i was going to do a separate post for this particular product, so here it is.

October Favourites

Wow its that time again already.. Monthly Favourites, this month i have been using more skin items due to the cold weather coming, my skin getting a little dry and a recent awful break out in spots..(urgh..honestly if anyone knows of a miracle spot clearing product please save me and let me know, because its just getting embarrassing now!) i haven't had bad break out like this in a while and have no idea why.

So getting on with the monthly favourites of October..here's the line up.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Una Brennan - Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (Review)

So i have been slacking on the blog post front last week, purely because i have been trying some new products out and seeing how i get on with them before a review. Recently i have gotten more in to my skincare and researching more things to try in different forms such as cleansers in balms and oils instead of creams that i usually opt for.

This is why i have for you today a review on the Super Facialist By Una Brennan - Vitamin C+ Brightening Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (wow what a mouthful).

I have started to hear more and more about the skincare brand By Una Brennan recently and while i was in boots a few weeks back i came across the range and walked away with the cleansing oil, i had wanted to try a cleansing oil for a while and i don't see them about that often either and when i do they are rather expensive.


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Thoughts On My First Glossy Box (October's Box)

Good Morning Lovelies,
On Saturday i was surprised to see i had my first ever Glossy Box waiting for me, i wasn't expecting it so early to be honest as it was only dispatched the day before and it said it should arrive the following Thursday...that was a great start.

I decided to join Glossy Box just because i had literally been thinking about it on and of for a year or so (ha), along with a bit peeking online at what other people got so i had a rough idea what to expect and what other peoples thought where on the popular beauty box.
I finally decided to bite the bullet and join after cancelling my Graze Box ...i started to get a bit bored of what i was getting and wasn't so excited to see what i got through the post anymore so that's where Glossy Box came in.


I really don't know why i thought about it so much and never really just gave it a go, its such a good idea for cosmetic junkies like myself who get excited for anything new to try, its like Christmas every month as no one knows what they get till all the boxes have been sent. From reading reviews and seeing other peoples boxes alot of people are saying how disappointed they are with the bits inside..alot of creams and perfume samples, to which i agree the perfume samples would be a bit annoying as I'm sure you can get these free from most places mabe? but I'm pretty happy as i would probably use or try at least everything in my box and all of the products always add up to alot more than the £10 box is worth so to me its a winner,

Every month with Glossy Box has a different theme which is great too and they are always presented so lovely in a pale pink box when opened reveals black tissue paper with a card that shows you the contents and a description of each one with any discount code, all wrapped up with a pretty pale pink bow..it just looks so ..Glossy! it also has a great read of a magazine included.





The October Glossy Box - Theme: Dark Romance
What's In My October Box:

MeMeMe Cherub's Blush - Cheek & Lip Tint (This Was Full Size ..Worth £5.50)
I have used this a few times now on my cheeks and it looks really lovely on and lasts all day, its probably rip off for Benefits ones but its a good product.

Katy Perry Killer Queen Fragrance - Sample
This smells pretty nice id say it was a night time smell, I'm awful at describing perfumes but its really wearable

Monu Illuminating Primer - Decent sized sample of 30ml full sized is 50ml and its £24.95
I have used this every day since i have had it and i like it, its pretty thick so you only need a little and it does leave your face pretty white so needs rubbing in alot, but it makes my make-up look great and makes it last that bit longer.

Premae Multi Vit Smoothing Serum - Decent sized sample 20ml full sized is 50ml and costs £22.50
This is probably one of my favourites in the box its very light sinks into the skin so easy and leaves my face feeling so smooth and healthy looking it also takes all shine away on my face which is amazing...mabe i will purchase full size hmmm...

Eva Cosmetics Mystic Diamond Argonoil - Small sample in an annoying pot, full size 100ml for £22.70
I just love any hair oils, so i was happy getitng this and i have used this twice now and its actually pretty good, i do usually use my holy grail Morrocanoil but i can say this could be pretty on par it works just aswell and makes my hair so frigging soft! 



 
So overall i am pretty happy with what i got, and i think you should at least try all of the products before knocking it, you may be pleasantly surprised..

Are you happy with Glossybox?
Any other beauty box recomendations?
What are your thoughts?

Thanks For Reading
Love Zoe x



Thursday, 10 October 2013

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter

As promised to you from THIS post i said i would do a follow up post on the perfect partner to the Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Butter, and here it is Whipped Clean Luxe Cream Wash Shower Butter.


How luxurious does that sound already, and i kid you not the product is the same.. this has to be the richest shower product i have ever used it has the same scent as the delicious Smoothie Star Body Butter ( sweet pistachio, almond and vanilla ) which as i ranted on my last post smells amazing and just like freshly baked cookies, its so comforting.


I have been using this now for a few weeks on and off as a treat for my skin ( its also amazing for shaving with ), it leaves it so silky smooth with such a beautiful fragrance..followed by the Smoothie Star Body Butter it is just the ultimate skin treat, and makes the scent linger on you for longer.

This shower cream doesn't lather up to much which is fine by me as its so creamy and moisturising. It contains Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as Grapeseed, Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Oils, all of these lovely ingredients make this shower cream one rich, thick, luxurious product from heaven...oh yes!




So Rich and Creamy Even When Rubbing In

The packaging is your typical S&G retro girlyness that would look so pretty and kitch in your bathroom included with its funny little slogans this one is "Feeling Flaky? Try A Tablespoon A Day Of ..Whipped Clean" and comes in a handy squeezy tube so you can get every last bit of product.

So if you love the Smell of Smoothie Star or just fancy a really luxe body treat i really recommend this product.
Its avalable in most Boots stores for £8 a bit on the pricey side but they usually have some sort of offer on such as 3 for 2 or buy one get one half price.

also one of my lovely readers Charlotte from Makeup By Candlelight commented on my Smoothie Star post saying that the Soap & Glory's Breakfast Scrub would go really well, and i have to agree as i bought this at the same time and the smell is oh so similar and its a bloody good scrub which i always repurchase. 
LINK to Charlotte's Blog Makeup By Candlelight.. (check out her blog its brilliant and she seems like such a lovely girl ), so thanks for that comment and reminding me Charlotte.

Has Soap & Glory's Whipped Clean taken your fancy?
Whats your favourite Soap & Glory product?

Thanks For Reading
Love Zoe x



Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub - Review

At the moment i seem to be going through a lip product phase, probably because all of the sudden my lips have been feeling a bit drier recently and i needed to give them some urgent T.L.C. I bought several bits to help with that, as you can probably tell one of them is the Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub.



The Lush lip scrubs are so popular and I'm not surprised they are fantastic, i have used the Lush Lip Scrub before and i bought the Bubblegum flavoured one (which seems to be the most popular), i liked it and it did the job nicely i just got a bit sick of the very sweet bubblegum taste so wanted something a bit less-sickly and more fresh..Mint Julips is the one!

It has a gorgeous chocolate mint scent to it, all i do is put a small amount of the scrub on my finger and gently rub it into my lips ( to exfoliate and buff ) and when I'm done lick it off ...yep your heard lick it off its pretty much mostly sugar so its completely fine, and as its minty it also freshens your breath, what a bonus!
I am then left with lovely soft and smooth lips, this is perfect to use before lipsticks too as it makes them glide on more effortlessly and gives a better finish too, at the moment i am using this twice a day then putting on my lip balm of choice which is normally Nuxe Reve De Miel at night or a Nivea Lip Butter.


My lips are now so much better and thankful of my new routine! i know there are ways you can make your own at home using some Castor sugar and and various oils but i simply don't have time right now and quite happy paying £5.50 for it as you get quite a bit so will last a while and its in a nice little glass pot too.

The Flavours Available Are..
Mint Julips - Mint Chocolate
Popcorn - Popcorn/salted caramel flavour
Bubblegum - Bubblegum (smells like the popular snow fairy scent)
Santa's Lip Scrub (limited edition for Christmas) - Cola flavoured
 
So which will you be picking up ?
Are you a fan of the lip scrubs by Lush?
Thanks For Reading
Love Zoe x

Friday, 4 October 2013

Soap & Glory - Smoothie Star Body Buttercream

Today i have the most amazing lightly whipped body buttercream to show you from the ever so popular brand Soap & Glory.
I have to start of with the smell its just ...oh my gosh..flipping amazing (copping a whiff at this moment in time)
its scent is that of freshly baked cookies, seriously if you haven't smelt this before next time your in boots have a sniff (only if you don't mind sickly sweet smells that is), i did this and ended up buying ...along with some others with a similar fragrance in the 3 for 2 offer they have at the moment. YUMMY!


Now for the serious stuff.
Soap & Glory Smoothie Star is a lightly whipped body buttercream that has a intensive 5-oil super nourishing formula it contains Sweet Almond Oil and Coconut oil which are famous for their skin smoothing properties and gorgeous smell!
Its scented with Pistachio, Almond and Sweet Vanilla, and the cream itself is not like your regular body butter its beautifully light but rich at the same time if that makes sense? it just absorbs so easily i prefer this formula so much more over a  Body Shop body butter for example, just because i find those ones to be thick but also take a while to rub it all in, the Soap & Glory one just sinks in so easy but feels luxurious at the same time, i suppose it states this on the tub as its lightly whipped.


The Packaging is the usual it has the lovely retro girly thing going on with their funny little sayings on the tub such as "want silky, sexy, famously soft skin? rub your elbows with a Smoothie Star" then underneath it carries on saying "(in fact,we'd suggest rubbing your whole body, we just didn't think that it had the same  'ring') ...this made me laugh so that's a nice touch to the product, I'm easily amused.
You get 300ml of product for £10.50 here



Overall i just think this is such a lovely product, its super moisturising and has left my skin so silky, the fragrance stays on your skin for most of the day and the smell is just divine its just so comforting and is such a lovely treat before bedtime, i can see myself re-purchasing this many more times in the near future.

I will have a follow up post of the perfect partner to this shortly, so keep an eye out if it takes your fancy.

Have you tried Smoothie Star?
What are your favourite Soap & Glory products?

Thank You For Reading,
Love Zoe x


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Deborah Lipmann Half Moon Mani (And A Bargain)

Today i have for you a really different take on the half moon mani to show you, i did this the other night and was really happy on how it turned out.
I started off with one of my "September Favourites" Models Own nail polish in the shade Utopia and did 2 coats of this, then i used the very beautiful Deborah Lipmann nail polish in Today Was A Fairytale for the half moon glittery crescents.

  
I created this look by Paining on 2 thin coats of Models Own Utopia and wait till fully dry, then i hand pained on the crescents with Deborah Lipmann's Today Was A Fairytale and did 2 coats of this then finished with a clear topcoat...i was really happy with how this turned out, i think the colours work well together and my hands look all girly and feminine. I found out after i did these by a lovely girl on my Instagram that you can actually get special stickers to do the half moons but i didn't have these so i just tried to keep a steady hand.



I just have to tell you guys about a great find in TK Maxx - I bought a Pack of 3 Deborah Lipmann polishes in there last week (Today Was A Fairytale being one of them) for only £14.99 ..i couldn't believe my eyes seen as i bought Deborah Lipmann's Glitter In The Air online for about £17 a few months back eep.

So if your interested get in there quick, this is my second pack ha.

What i got in pack 1- Today Was A Fairytale, Across The Universe and Hit Me With Your Best Shot.



What i got in pack 2 - Razzle Dazzle, Boom Boom Pow and Girls Just Want To Have Fun



I must say pack 1 is my favourite as i badly wanted the Across The Universe Its beautiful!
Here is a picture with it on when i wore it the other day over the top of Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

Mermaid Nails all the way!


Sorry if this post is a little to nail nerdy, I'm just a complete nail polish freak!They are just so pretty and sparkly, i find Deborah Lipmann's polishes to be so unique and the formula is just amazing.. defiantly a winning brand in my books.

Have you tried Deborah Lipmann polishes?
Would you be popping in for this bargain?

Thanks For Reading

Love Zoe x




Thursday, 26 September 2013

September Favourites

Hey Readers,
So September is coming to an end and i thought i would do my first proper monthly favourites post, don't know why i haven't but its good to get some kind of re- occurring posts i think.


So here are the chosen few i have been loving in the month of September...

Superdrugs Coconut Oil
This is just fantastic, such a brilliant hair treatment and so cheap aswell...whats no to love? i wont say too much because i have already been bashing on about this and gave its own special review HERE.

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon - Red Sunrise
I bought this months back but i have worn it so many times, because its like a crayon shape its so easy to apply (especially around the edges) its a beautiful shade of red ...like a raspberry warm toned glossy red, when the colour wears off your left with a lovely stain.

Bourjois Colour Boost - Red Sunrise


Morrocanoil Hair Treatment Oil
Ages ago now i did a review on this HERE ..and i still love it to this day and bought an even bigger 125ml version just to last me...it works soo good and it smells amazing.

I'm very sorry but just so you know I'm having problems with a few of my blog posts and seem to have lost a load of pictures...I'm working on getting some of these back and re-doing them ! such a pain :(.

Max Factor Eye Brightening Mascara - Brown Eyes
This is one mascara i keep re-purchasing, i got this as a freebie once from boots it was like buy 2 Max Factor products and get that mascara free. I bought a different mascara anyway just because i thought if they are giving it away for free it cant be that good can it?.....wrong ! it was better than the false lash effect one i thought.
It makes your lashes lovely and long without clumping them together and separates them nicely, I'm not sure how the eye brightning thing works but there is no visible glitter or colouring in this its just plain black to me ...which id prefer any way.

Max Factor Eye Brightning Mascara Wand

The Body Shop's Honeymania Body Butter
I bought this when it was on the 40% off offer, it smells so lovely and fresh with a hint of honey sweetness to it, i do love me a Body Shop Body Butter anyway but this ones my most loved on at the moment.
It really moisturises the skin and sinks in well which fragrences the skin for ages with this scent.

Yankee Candles
I'm not going to say it... they are seasonal Yankee Candles that i have, and yes they are out already!
But i do have a slight addiction to candles (mainly Yankee Candles) and burn them alot in our house now its finally autumn.(.is it me or does it seem odd burning candles in summer?)
Im also a sucker for new releases and as these are seasonal ones i thought..  lets get em all!! but they are obviously quite pricey so i got some sampler ones to try before i get the daddy one.

Have you tried any of these?
What do you reccomend ?



Thanks For Reading
Love Zoe x
 


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Sensationail - At Home Gel Nail Kit

Good Afternoon to all my lovely readers,
I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has taken time to read my posts and comment, i love to see what you all think and i really appreciate you taking the time.

Gel nails was always a thing i was curious about but it was something i never felt like doing, purely because i don't think i could have the same polish on my nails for over 2 weeks without getting bored of it..seen as i usually paint my nails every 2-3 days! but i did like the idea of having shiny, chip resistant and stronger nails.

So when all my nails decided to play up and break on me, i thought now was probably a good time to try gel nails, i did some research online and spotted that you can get D.I.Y gel nail kits, there are a few on the market but i chose Sensationail. I was hoping that this would make my nails stronger and i could grow them back again while keeping my nails looking pretty.


I purchased the Sensationail Starter Kit in Raspberry Wine ( you can choose between 4 colours..Pink Chiffon, French Tips, Scarlet Red )  I bought mine from Tesco Direct for £60 which is the cheapest place i have found to buy it ( the individual nail polishes are £10 )  Link

In The Kit
Lamp

Lamp Switched on
In this set you get everything you need to start your at home gel nails..
Whats in the Kit
  • Pro 3060 LED Lamp
  • Lamp Adaptor Plug
  • Gel Polish Colour x1
  • Nail File & Buffer x1
  • Lint-Free Wipes x1 small pack
  • Manicure Stick x1
  • Gel Cleanser x1
  • Gel Primer x1
  • Gel Base and Top Coat x1
  • Instructions
Sensational claim this kit does up to 10 complete manicures , i have only used this about 5 times and still have a lot of product left. ( you can also purchase the essentials kit which contain everything of the above apart from the lamp, adaptor and  gel nail polish colour...which is probably obvious..sorry!)

Its really simple and easy to use, it comes with a step by step guide which is so easy to follow, it just takes quite a bit of time because you have to..
  • File and buff the nail
  • Clean the nails with the lint-free wipes and cleanser
  • Apply one layer of gel primer and leave to dry
  • Apply a thin layer of the top and base coat and cure under the lamp for 30 secs
  • Apply a thin layer of the colour polish and cure for 60 secs and then another coat, cure for another 60 secs
  • Then apply the top and base coat and cure for 30 secs
  • Finish by removing the moisture layer with the gel cleanser and lint-free wipes
  • PHEW

The finished result looks amazing actually and my nails felt so hard like nothing could break them, they where so shiny and smooth, the fist time i used this kit i used a different colour i bought separately called Blue Yonder, its a stunning slightly shimmery navy blue.


Started to get bored with it haha ..so jazzed it up with nail studs, This was after 5 days of wear.

 The only down side to this kit for me is the removal process (which i guess is bound to be a pain) lets just say it took a lot of time, effort, tinfoil, acetone and scraping ..my poor poor nails!

I have to say i didn't use their branded products to remove the polish such as their removing solution and scraper i just did my own thing using a boots acetone solution soaked in cotton wool popped over my nails with foil, i thought it was probably as good as? 
Because of this i only do my gel nails every few weeks to give them a little break otherwise they would probably be as thin as paper.

Removal method

I would also say that sensationail say they last up to 2 weeks on your nails but i have yet to witness that as mine have lasted just over a week max with quite a bit of chippage going on, but that's ok with me as i couldn't cope with 2 weeks i get bored too easy with the same colour.

But other than that i really like this kit, as do my mum and sister for the fact they get professional looking gel nails for free. The kit seems expensive but in the grand scheme of things it works out brilliant as its so much more in salons.

Sensationail in Tahiti Sunset

What are your thoughts on Gel Nails?
Have you tried Sensationail?
Check out Sensationail HERE
Thanks For Reading

Love Zoe xx


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

My Top 5 Nail Polishes For A/W

The A/W seasons here so i thought i would share my top 5 nail polishes with you, when the seasons change and outside gets darker so do my nails.
I actually prefer darker more vampy colours on my nails, so this season is good for me..there are so many beautiful A/W nail colours about i thought i would share with you my top 5 of my ridiculously massive nail polish collection (this was hard as I'm such a nail polish freak).

My Top 5

L-R O.P.I Every Month Is Oktoberfest, O.P.I Live And Let Die, Revlon Topaz, Barry M Plum, Models Own Utopia.


O.P.I Every Month Is Oktoberfest (Germany Collection) 
- Prices round £11 (John Lewis, ASOS.com)






















This nail polish is one of my all time favourites, i have no other like this in my collection its so unique and looks absolutely beautiful. Its a really deep Burgundy shade which can shine a warm Orangey brown or a shimmery deep purple depending on the light, O.P.I is also my favourite brand of polish i have tried the formula is superb and glides on with the wide brush and leaves with a nice glossy finish even before a topcoat..I LOVE this one!

Taken in natural daylight with 2 coats of Every Month Is Oktoberfest and 1 coat of topcoat

With Flash (to show off those beautiful shimmers)
 O.P.I Live And Let Die (James Bond Casino Royal Collection) 
- Prices around £11 (John Lewis, ASOS.com)

 




















This nail polish isn't a colour i would usually go for but i just found it so pretty to look at i had to get it, and its even better on, it has the best formula and the finish to this is amazing its so glossy and easy to apply.
The colour of this is like a deep olive green turning a black/grey on the nails with hints of a gold shimmer running through it, its so different and great for an autumn colour.

Taken in natural daylight, with 2 coats of Live And Let Die and 1 coat of topcoat

With Flash
Revlon Topaz (Chroma Chameleon Collection) 
Prices around £6.49 (Boots, Superdrug)

 




















This polish is the newest in my top 5 i got this from boots the other week, This new Chroma Chameleon collection just shouted my name from the shelves, i think there are another 5 in this collection and the all look just as special (especially the rose gold one). I just thought that it looked so cool ...there are alot of chrome colours coming out in other collections so wanted one for my self, its one of those "cant stop staring at my nails" colour, so pretty the way it changes in different lights.

In natural light with 2 coasts of Topaz and 1 coat of topcoat
With Flash (so shimmery)

Barry M Plum (Gelly Shine Collection)
- Prices round £3.99 (Boots, Superdrug)

 






















I am so impressed with the Barry M Gelly Shine range and that's saying something coming from a nail polish snob! (does that even exist? ha) they are brilliant. So easy to apply, they dry with such a gloss finish and last on the nail a good few days before chipping for only £3.99 its amazing.
Plum is a lovely deep purple/plum shade no shimmer no fuss just a lovely shiny simple colour.

Taken in natural daylight with 2 coats of plum and one coat of topcoat

With flash (super shiny)

Models Own Utopia
Prices around £5 (Boots)
 





















Last but not least its this lovely neutral colour from models own, this sort of shade just compliments your skin tone and makes your hands look pretty, it is great when you just want a colour on your nails to go with everything and look very chic at the same time.
Utopia is a beige/lilac/grey colour and it looks great with a glitter over the top too, the formula is just ok you need 2 or 3 thin coats but its totally worth it.

In natural daylight (see.. its so pretty)

Phew all done. Well done for reaching this far it was a big ol post.

What are your favourite A/W polishes ?
Do you change your nails like the weather?
Thanks For Reading

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