Saturday, 28 December 2013

What I got for Christmas 2013

Hey guys!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas (I know I did) and to keep you in the festive spirit for as long as possible I wanted to show you what I got for Christmas :) But before I do I just want to say this post is not meant for me to brag about what I got because I would never do something like that,  I just thought some of you might find it interesting as I personally like reading these kind of blog posts and YouTube videos. Anyways, here's what Father Christmas got me this year...

  • Dvds: Les Miserables, Sherlock Season 1 & 2, Polar Express
  • DAB/FM Burnt orange radio from John Lewis
  • Real Techniques Miracle complexion sponge
  • Korres Mango Lip butter
  • Vaseline 'Paint the town' red lip tint
  • Two scarves from Marks & Spencers (the left one is a snood)
  • Beige Jumper with patterned collar from Marks & Spencers
  • Green a4 lined notebook
  • The Underwater Photography book by Martin Edge
  • Travel Camera tripod that can extend to 108cm
  • Butterfly trinket box from Marks & Spencers
  • Lots of chocolate!
  • No 17 Light up mirror
  • Lush Fun in Gold (Christmas edition)
  • Lush Dragons egg bath ballistic

Hope you nosey people enjoyed this post ;) See you next time x

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

My Chrsitmas Nails

So today is the day, well not the day but it's Christmas eve and that's almost as good. Today I'm showing you how I have painted my nails for Christmas; it's a holy and pin striped design. But I must say I saw someone else blog about this design so I am not taking credit for it, I just wanted to show you guys in case you haven't seen it.

First of all I started off with a coat of plain white nail varnish, and then applied a second coat to make sure I have a plain and thick base. Then using my asagdg Gold stripper I do vertical stripes on all of my nails. Then I created the holly by dotting on two dots of red in the corner using my nail dotting tools. As I don't own a green nail varnish I mixed a yellow and blue to create a suitable green colour, then dotted this on for the leaves. After applying a clear top coat to seal in your design and make it shiny - you're done

Hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and I will see you soon :) x

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Winter Make up routine

So to start off with I Use the no 17 concealer in fair to conceal the vast amount of spots on my face, this works in combination with my face make up really well to make my imperfections less visible. Bringing me onto my Mac Studio tinted moisturiser in Light - I don't tend to wear actual foundation often as this works really well for me; creating a smooth and matte base on my face. Then most of the time I go in with a bit more concealer to make sure my spots aren't showing as much. Then for my cheeks, I don't usually wear blush but I recently found this one by Sleek which I really love for the winter called Pomegranate (923), a dark cranberry colour perfect for the festive season. Because the pigmentation of this blush is so powerful I apply my Natural Collection pressed powder in Warm on top of it of it so that the colour is a bit more natural and less.. theatrical.

At this point I then prep my lips firstly with the Popcorn lush lip scrub to exfoliate and then my Nivea lip butter in raspberry  to let the moisturiser sink in before I apply my main lip colour. 
Then for my eyeshadow I like to keep it simple by using this really great Rimmel quad in Smokey brun -  I start off with this champagne/light bronze colour (1) all over my eyelid acting as a base, next the lighter white shimmery colour (2) on my inner corner; I like putting the lightest colour on the inner corner of my eye because it brightens up the look rather than it just looking like you've thrown lots of darker colours all over your eyelid. Then to finish off with the bronze colour on the outer third of my eyelid and a little bit in the crease

Lastly for mascara I use Benefit's They're Real on top and bottom. 
For lips I change it up everyday depending on what i'm doing, today I was going christmas shopping with some friends so I decided to go with My Mac Hug me and then my Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle, both of which featured in my Top 6 Autumn Lip Colours.

I'm planning to cram in another post before Christmas but just in case I don't I hope you have a fantastic Christmas everyone!

See you next time,

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Snowman Lush bathbomb

The lead up to Christmas means only one thing - the Lush Christmas products! Here I thought I'd tell you about this little gem. The Snowman Bath Ballistic.

"Snowman is back with a jolly red scarf and a nose made out of The Carrot bubble bar from last Easter. He also contains cocoa butter which creates a moisturising, creamy soft bath that is great for nourishing and protecting your skin." - see here

The smell: I really liked this smell as to me it's a nice festive scent - it is supposed to be similar to the butterball bath bomb (which has been on my to buy list for a while now). It is a really nice soothing coco butter and vanilla scent which personally I love.

What happened: So as usual with a bath ballistic the snowman fizzed about producing a stream of red from his scarf which continued throughout eventually turning the whole water a slightly faded red colour which I thought was really festive and magical! Although to other bath ballistics I've tried this one didn't last for long - it isn't much smaller than any of the others which is a little disappointing. But the initial fizzing sure was good fun as you can see below


 The aftermath: When I got in the bath I felt that this really made my skin so smooth and moisturised, more than I ever thought a bath bomb could. and sooner or later my skin was coated in some kind of substance that made my skin feel amazing - I didn't need to use a body moisturiser afterwards. If you have sensitive or dry skin then this is definitely one you should try out.

Sorry this post took a bit longer for me to finish than expected; I've been having a lot of exams recently :/

But I hope you guys found this useful and I will see you soon :)

Sunday, 8 December 2013

The Christmas tag ❅

1.  Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?
All of my life I've always had a synthetic tree which is bearable but I think real ones would just be so much fun - like having a real tree is the dream.

2.  You're in a coffee shop, it's December, what do you pick?
Well I'm not a tea or coffee drinker so definitely some kind of hot chocolate which I loveee. I'm perfectly happy with just a plain one but if I was feeling fancy I would go for a salted caramel hot chocolate from starbucks which is lovely. But even better than that is the Black forest hot chocolate, my favourite festive drink; it's hot chocolate with blackberry syrup topped with cream, cherry sauce and chocolate curls. Mmmmmm.

3.  Whats your favourite colour scheme for decorating the tree?
In my house we don't usually have a colour scheme so it ends up being a spontaneous explosion of christmas, which is how it's always been so that's what I like. But I love using gold colours for the tree decorations because I think gold and green go together well and are really festive.

4.  Giving or receiving?
I think the whole system of exchanging gifts with friends and family at Christmas is so much fun. I love the run up to Christmas to frantically search for gifts they would like (I'm still in this phase... oops.) But let's not forget how much fun it is to receive presents - we all like to be spoilt once in a while.
5.  To mince pie or not to?
I'll have a few mince pies over the festive season, just because they are Christmassy but I'm not overly keen on them to be honest. As a big traditional Christmas lover I feel obliged to have a few.
6.  What's your traditional Sunday lunch?
On normal Sundays (not Christmas lunch) we usually have roast chicken sometimes wrapped in bacon which tastes really nice, broccoli, green beans and roast potatoes, topped off with lots of gravy... mouth watering.
7.  Christmas day fashion
If  I stayed at home on Christmas da you would defiantly find me in some very festive pyjamas or my onesie. But usually we go to my aunties house which is only down the road so I always wear my Christmas jumper and some comfortable jeans or leggings.

8.  What's your favourite Christmas song?
I'm sorry but this question is impossible for me to answer - I pretty much love all Christmas songs whether it be modern songs or traditional carols. Off the top of my head I could name; Sussex carol, Wish it could be Christmas everyday, Believe and Hot chocolate from Polar express aaaand Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
9.  What's your favourite Christmas film?
For me it's got to be Polar express; the story is great, the graphics are great, the songs are fantastic it'll always be number one for me. But this only just beats the home alone series, probably only the first two films with Macaulay Culkin as Kevin - he is the best.
10.  Open presents before or after lunch?
Most defiantly before lunch, it's torture to have to wait until after breakfast let alone lunch, which is what my family do.  
I'm not going to tag anyone in particular but if you want to do this tag - go ahead and leave me a comment below if you did so I can check it out :)

I hope you guys are enjoying the run up to Christmas as much as I am,
See you next time,


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Dragon's egg Bath Ballistic | Lush

Today I'm very excited to say that this is my first ever Lush bath product and I thought I would do you guys a little review!
How amazing is the packaging? I love it.

This is Dragon's egg which is a bath ballistic, if you don't know what a bath ballistic is it's basically a normal bath bomb which fizzes and bubbles up to create magic in your bath basically. Each bath bomb at Lush is so different and unique which is fantastic because you never really know what you're going to get ... until you get it. 

"Like an everlasting gobstopper, this ballistic keeps on revealing layer upon layer of surprises. It gives up its gifts in an unfolding drama, leaving you in a bath of molten gold. Along the way you will experience a firework display of colour, a fiery crackle of popping candy, a swirling landscape of creamy foam and a drift of paper dragon scales"

The smell:

 The first thing that came to mind when I smelt this was the sweet refreshers; probably from the Lemon oil and Jasmine absolute. I didn't notice the lemon scent at first but thinking about it now, it was more of a refresher smell which is kinda lemony. I think this is a great combination of scents to create a really nice aroma. Also, I was very surprised at how powerful the smell was, I only expected something faint but this definitely made the bathroom honk (in a good way).

What happened: 

Upon entering the water this started to fizz and produced a milky foam shown in the picture. This then slowly spread to cover the surface of the bath water. After the bath bomb had shrunk some more I suddenly noticed a stream of bright orange bubbles coming out of the ball. This was really cool because actual bubbles were produced compared to the initial fizzing of white - but I didn't see any glitter and the Lush website describes it as gold but all I got was orange. I was too bothered to this because the orange looked great as well.

The after math: 

This bath ballistic left my bath an amazing shade of orange. I was amazed. The picture shows it to be more yellowy but it was actually a darker orange. But it didn't end here - after I let the bath water out it left an unseen orange glitter on the bottom of the bath which I tried to capture on camera, don't really know if you can see that. And then to my mothers delight it very easily washed off without staining the bath at all! All I did was just turn the shower on and rinse it off - easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

Hope you enjoyed this and make sure to look out because things are about to get festive... ;)

Monday, 25 November 2013

This month's Photography

So I  thought (aside from beauty) I would start this new monthly feature called "This month's Photography". I pretty much like to take my camera with me everywhere and at the end of the day, I end up with a lot of photos so I thought I would share! 

But before you feast your eyes among some of my pictures I would just like to say I have only recently started this new hobby/ambition so these aren't going to be as good as they could be - I am currently on an ameture. I use a Nikon D3100 dslr camera with the standard 18 - 55mm lense. 

Chichester Catherdral

This was accidental but I thought it looked kinda cool! :3

Please tell me what you think of this new monthly post, and if you have any questions about the photos just leave a comment!

Thanks guys, 

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Autumn OOTD

A perfect autumn day called for an outing to the local Starbucks accompanied with my trusty camera and a good friend.

Hoodie - Sports direct
Snood - Primark
Black long sleeved top - New look
Skirt - H&M
Shoes (brogues) - Clarks

My chosen drink for the day was Starbucks Signature Hot Chocolate; as festive as I've been feeling recently I was just really in the mood for a good old hot choc.  But I'm not going to lie, I was so excited to get my first Christmas cup of the year!  I just love the feeling of walking around with a Starbucks in hand.

 Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day - we even had the pleasure to meet some Budgies :3


See you next time

Zoe x

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Top 6 autumn lip colours

From left to right - Mac 'Hug me', Revlon lip butter 'Pink truffle', Maybelline Baby lips 'Cherry me', Boots NO 17  lip stain, Revlon lip butter 'Candy apple' and Boots NO 17 'Toffee waffle'

1) Mac in the shade 'Hug me' is a lustre finish so I found this very moisturizing and smooth for a lipstick. It is a dark pinky brown colour which I found quite nice as it makes a nice slightly darker nude lip for fall if you don't want to dive straight in with your dark purples and reds colours. This lipstick has the traditional Mac vanilla scent which blew me off my feet - it really gets me in the autumnal mood, (and is great if you want your lips to smell nice).

2) Revlon lip butter in the shade 'Pink truffle' is very similar to Mac's hug me but it is more on the pinky side with slight berry undertones whilst the Mac is more of a nude lip. I like this one because of the berry undertones and the sheer but highly pigmented finish it gives my lips. 

3) Baby lips in 'Cherry me' this is my favorite edition to the baby lips family, the swatches above show it as a very light dreamy pink but when on the lips it is a actually a darker red/pink colour. I think this because it has quite a sheer finish so your lip colour and the color of your skin does change the overall colour. But I really do love this because it gives you a nice gentle wash off autumn without much effort at all.

4)NO 17 lipstain this is a felt tip like applicator but the thing I like most about this is the colour; it is a classic berry colour, which is just autumn in  nutshell. But the con about this is that it's quite drying, I always take the time to make sure my lips are fully moisturized before applying. And I do tend to find this gathers on your lip after a couple of hours which is a shame.

5) Revlon lip butter in 'Candy apple' is, for me, the perfect classic red color. It has a lovely sheer finish but not so sheer that the pigmentation isn't as good as a full on lip stick. The color is very vibrant and makes a fantastic statement lip color.

6) Boots NO 7 in 'Toffee waffle' is another red colour but similar to Revlons candy apple, but this one is more of a brick red and I think this is such a lovely colour for autumn. Also, it is a matte finish which I prefer in the colder months so this one ticks all boxes in terms of colour. 

Hope this gave you some inspiration 

Zoe x
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