27 September 2016

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eye Shadow Palette

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eye Shadow Palette Review It has been a while since I purchased a product solely because of the hype. Whilst I refrained for the best part of a year from buying the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush set, I did find myself giving in quite easy when I realised that Selfridges also stocked the much talked about eye shadow palettes.

My local store does not have a wide range of Zoeva products, however they do appear to have the most popular from the range. For a long time Zoeva had only been available from online stores, which is another reason as to why I had held off for so long as I really do like to see something for myself before I buy it.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eye Shadow Palette Review The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eye Shadow Palette retails at £18, which I personally think is relatively reasonable in comparison to so many palettes on the market. For that price you get ten eye shadows which range from a variety of warm neutrals to rich coppers and red tones. The only downside to the palette at first instance is that it is made from cardboard. Personally I do like my palettes to be more sturdy, however perhaps I am being a little too picky where that is concerned. That being said, many cheaper brands still manage to encase their products in some form of plastic casing which is of course much more durable. However, due to this type of packaging it naturally makes the palette extremely light which would be useful for traveling; although you would then have the issue of it not being as sturdy as one would like.

There are four matte shades within the Cocoa Blend Palette, those being 'Bitter Start, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted and Beans are White'; the remainder of the shades are all shimmers, with 'Infusion' in particular having quite prominent flecks of glitter within it.
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eye Shadow Palette Review One can't help but feel that all of these shades are somewhat dupable, particularly when you look at 'Warm Notes' and instantly compare it to MAC Cranberry. However, for the price and the convenience of these shadows all being housed within one palette I can overlook that.

In terms of pigmentation I have to say that I have been very impressed, all of the shadows barring one are really strong and apply well. The only shade which I feel is a bit of a let-down is 'Bitter Start' which I do feel is a little chalky, however in my experience these lighter shades in any palette tend to be the weakest link regardless of the price tag or brand.

On a whole my first experience with make up from Zoeva has been very positive indeed. A new eye shadow palette was certainly something I did not need within my make up collection, however curiosity really did get the better of me on this one.

Have you tried anything from Zoeva?


20 September 2016

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Shadow Quad

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Shadow Quad ReviewThere is no denying that when it comes to makeup, Tom Ford is right up there at the height of luxury. Of course alongside this comes a somewhat hefty price tag to match, therefore it is important to not rush into purchasing a particular product as you will want to make a well informed decision; not everyone has £64 to splash out on a new eye shadow quad. 

The Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Shadow Quad had been on my wish list for a little while until I finally purchased it back in February this year. I was extremely pleased to find out that it had been released into the permanent collection because previously it had only been a limited edition. 

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Shadow Quad Review

Of course when spending more money on something like this you will naturally expect the packaging and presentation to be perfect. My personal opinion on the Tom Ford packaging is that it is done incredibly well. I like that it is simple and there are no frills to it, everything is effortless and sleek yet it still holds a feminine quality alongside a bit of a masculine flare.

In contrast to Cocoa Mirage, this is an all shimmer quad, in fact all of the shades have quite a frosty finish baring one, although you could definitely argue that this is still a strong shimmer in my opinion. This is something to bear in mind as I highly recommend trying this in store yourself, it is not one to order on a whim as it may be a bit too frosty for your taste; that being said it is a beautiful palette of fantastic quality. The shades all blend effortlessly and they look absolutely stunning on. 

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Shadow Quad Review

Each of the four shades work perfectly together which is another reason as to why this palette is so perfect in my eyes. There is a gorgeous champagne tone which I like to use as a bit of a highlight for the inner corner and brow bone. The remaining shades are what I use in order to create the main make up look. The light rose copper (this is the best way I could describe it) and the typical taupe shade are perfect when combined, where upon adding the darker brown tone to the crease it helps to add that extra bit of definition and sultry feel any look. 

In terms of quality Tom Ford Eye Shadows are relatively hard to beat, they are simply exquisite. They apply beautifully and require little effort on my part, they're buttery soft with no fall out having being experienced. 

Yes, these are expensive beauty purchases, you simply cannot deny it. That being said, when putting a few pennies away each month in order to be able to treat yourself to something you really want in the end then I ultimately don't see anything wrong with it.

Have you used anything from Tom Ford?


10 September 2016

Testing Testing #3 Beauty Tools and Skincare

Zoeva Rose Gold Make Up Brushes
Yesterday evening after work I made a spontaneous decision to head into town to my local Selfridges. In fact, I will be honest; it wasn't as spontaneous as I would like to make out as I was on somewhat of a mission. That mission being to finally purchase the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set as they are now stocked in my local store. 

For over one year I have wanted to purchase this brush set, not just because they are visually beautiful but also because so many people I trust have recommended them to me; they have insisted that the quality is there alongside the aesthetic appeal.

Zoeva Rose Gold Make Up Brushes
Naturally of course I wanted to photograph these in all of their glory before I used them, as I highly doubt I will be able to get them looking this good again once they have been dipped into eye shadows and various blushes. The Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set has of course featured heavily on social media which I think is the main reason as to why I had put off buying them until now, I wanted the hype to die down in order to see if they really were worth it. At £65 this set wasn't cheap, however you do get eight brushes within the set which makes each brush less than £8.50, I personally think this is a good deal in itself. 

Over the next few weeks I'll be putting these to the test therefore I will report back on them to share with you my thoughts.

Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme + Global Anti-aging Cell Power Crème An even more recent addition is the Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme + Global Anti-aging Cell Power Crème* (what a mouthful). In fact, this product literally arrived on my doorstep this morning which means that I am unable to say anymore more about it other than it smells bloody lovely. Essentially it is a moisturiser which promises to give radiant skin whilst improving the skin's elasticity, however the proof will be in the pudding once I have been able to try it out. Having never tried any skincare from Estee Lauder I am incredibly excited to give this a go over the coming weeks and months. It is quite a decent size therefore I should get quite a bit of use out of it. Here is hoping that it helps with the dehydration that I am starting to see again around my nose again now that we are approaching autumn. 

Estee Lauder skincare and indeed other premium beauty products can be purchased from House of Fraser where they are currently running a beauty promotion of £10 off when you spend £50, which, if you're a beauty addict like me is well worth looking at. You will need to get your skates on though as it is due to end this Sunday. 

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 


The Perfect Duo - Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury

Whilst browsing through an abundance of photographs on my computer over the weekend, I happened to stumble across this one which I took way back in 2014. It is crazy to think that I first tried this brand two years ago; time really has flown by since then. To date Charlotte Tilbury remains to be one of my favourite make up brands; everything I have tried thus far has exceeded expectations. Therefore, it goes without saying that it is only a matter of time before I finally add Glastonberry to my collection.

Bitch Perfect from the original lipstick line is one of my favourite nudes to wear, it is quite literally the perfect pinky peach tone against my complexion. Back in September two years ago I published a full review on this which you can find here.

The Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop Blusher in the shade Sex on Fire is the only blush I own from the brand, that being said I would like to try the cream formulas in order to see how they perform. Visually these look a bit suspect to me, I mean they literally look like a nipple in a pan; there is no denying it. That being said, when you can finally look past that the product itself isn't too bad at all, although I will admit that I am not head over heels in love with the whole 'swish and pop' selling point.

Sex on Fire provides an incredibly natural glow to the cheeks, however I have struggled with blending this on occasion because if I am a bit careless then I can easily go over the top due to the pigmentation being so high. It is a beautiful blush there is no denying it, yet it is one which requires a little more caution on my part.

Each year Charlotte Tilbury launches something special for Christmas. I have yet to see any sneak previews as of yet, however I am super excited to see what she pulls out of the bag this time around.

Have you tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury?


3 September 2016

Bedside Beauty

Bedside Beauty
When it comes to my evening skincare routine I must admit that I like to keep it as simple and as minimal as I can. The reason for this being is that I simply don't like my skin to feel weighed down in products when I am getting ready to go to sleep; not that I do during the day mind you. 

For a rather long time I have stuck to the same skincare of an evening. Typically, I used to always use the Origins Night-A-Mins night cream (which I do have a backup of), alongside my trusty Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Avocado Eye Cream. As you'll see, the last two products still heavily feature within my routine, although there has been a more recent addition which I have being incorporating into my routine within the last few weeks.

The Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate* is a beautiful evening facial oil which hydrates the skin overnight, helping to give radiant skin come morning. Everything about this product gets the thumbs up from me; I can honestly see it always being within my routine somewhere because it simply works for my skin type, which is oily to combination with areas of dehydration. 

If you're a regular reader of my blog then you will know that I am quite the fan of the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment, it is quite frankly the most talked about product on my blog. For a full review of this head on over to this post and of course let me know if you have tried it. For those who suffer with dehydration under their eyes like me, then this is well worth picking up to try. At a price of £20 I think it is an absolute bargain because it lasts a really long time, a little goes a long way and quite simply it works.

Bedside Beauty

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is one of those products which you either like, dislike or feel completely vexed that you paid £12 for something which does nothing...I fall into the latter category. To be honest with you I am using this up, it's almost gone and once it is I will not be rebuying. For clarification, it is not a bad product, it just does not do anything for me at all other than feel refreshing on my face for all of ten seconds. 

Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil was probably the only skincare item this year that I just could not wait to get my hands on. Luckily for me it was within the Cult Beauty Box I ordered a few months back which made it a much more purse friendly purchase. Now, I will be up right and honest with you, I have not been using this long enough to make up my mind on it yet, at least I cannot yet say that it is worth the £85 price tag. That being said, first impressions are very, very good. I will be back with a more in-depth review on this one because for that price it is most certainly warranted. 

The final product upon my night stand is the Yu Ling Jade Face Roller. For me this is a bit of a princess product, it is certainly not necessary however I am very glad to have it because when I do use it regularly I do notice that my skin looks better. It is an odd one this, I was not expecting to fall for the whole idea of massaging your face with a cold hard rock, yet I am very much into it. Puffiness be gone. 

Do you use any of the above beauty products of an evening?

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 

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