Monday, 29 December 2014

New Years Eve Makeup!






Its the party season of the year and I wouldn't be a beauty blogger or makeup artist without getting excited about having an excuse to go all out and do glamorous makeup! Today I did a makeup look perfect for a NYE party, of course I had to use glitter and finished it with a nice red lip.


Eyes:
ABH Brow Wiz
ABH Tinted Brow Gel
Too Faced Glitter Glue
Illamasqua Ore Pigment
Barry M Dazzle Dust in 27
Rimmel Liquid Eyeliner
MAC Teddy Eye Pencil
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
Amy Childs Eyelashes in Flirt

I didn't actually start off with the eyes doing this look however it would have been a lot easier to clean up fall out if I did so I would recommend starting with eyes first. I filled in my brows and set them with the brow gel first. I then applied the glitter glue all over the eyelid and around the inner corner of the eye. I applied the Ore pigment all over the lid using my finger. I find using my finger is best when working with pigments as I get less fallout. I then lined the eye ending with a wing in the outer corner with the liquid liner. I used a little bit of bronzer into the crease just to blend around the pigment ad add a little definition. I used the brown eye pencil in the lower water line and along the bottom lash line blending it slightly with a brush. To highlight the inner corners as an extra bit to the eye I used the Barry M dazzle dust. To finish I applied mascara and added my lashes.


Face:
MAC Fix Fluid Foundation
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl
MUFE Camouflage Concealer 


I started with mixing a pump of foundation and a pump of pro longwear concealer for the base, this created the right shade I needed, I blended it over the skin with a beauty blender. I concealed under my eyes with he collection concealer and concealed and blemished with the MUFE concealer. To finish the base I set everything with the loose powder. I didn't use any blusher as I didn't want there to be too many colours going on so I just used bronzer over the cheeks and around the face to add warmth. To finish I applied a little bit of the highlighter to the top of the cheekbones.



Lips:
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love With Ginger


I applied the lipstick all over the lips and blended the edges with a lip brush. You could use a translucent powder of the top to make it matte but I like the shine with this look.





So that's my NYE makeup look, Its Quite simple to do and would look great on anyone. I hope you like it,

Zoe x

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Blogmas - week 4!

Blogmas has finally come to an end and this is my final post! I feel like I have not stopped running around for the whole of December, however from monday the official countdown began and I finally had time to chill out and spend time with my family. 


Tuesday and Wednesday I mainly spent with friends we had a get together both days and it was really nice to relax and see everyone before Christmas as I new I would be with my family from then. 


I had such a nice day on Christmas day, I got up early and we opend our prezzies then I helped my mum cook the famous Christmas dinner. Its the one thing I always look forward to and it was so tasty. After diner we were all so full we ended up falling asleep in front of the tv. I loved spending the day just looking through all the new thing I got and eating nice food and watching great films. We didnt do much at all that day but I think thats what I loved most. 


For the last couple of days ive not been doing much at all just visiting family, and eating more turkey! Ive been having a little look through the sales however im a bit disappointed with them. I do however have a few things im getting with my Christmas money so ill share them soon. 


Im now just looking forward to new year, hopefully will be able to do some makeup looks before then. Im hoping to get a blog schedule in place and having the day tomorrow to organise my diarys etc. 

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas, ive enjoyed seeing what you have been up to too so share your posts below.

Zoe x 








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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Happy Christmas!



Just wanted to write a little post to say Happy Christmas to all of my followers! I really appreciate everyone of you that has taken the time to follow, read and comment on my posts!
I'm looking forward to the new year and hopefully will be getting into blogging alot more with some exciting posts ahead!


I'm having a lovely day so far with family and food and just chilling out and I hope you all have an amazing day too!

Zoe x  
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Monday, 22 December 2014

Blogmas Week 3!






Hey everyone hope you are enjoying the final countdown to Christmas! I feel alot more organised today I can finally enjoy the week. Monday to Thursday I didnt do much really just figuring out what I still had to get. Last weeks post I stated I wasn't going to dare brace the shops again however that never worked out!


Friday I had my christmas hair cut with my mum in town. We decided to go for dinner and then just go for it with the shopping! I actually had a really nice day out it wasnt too busy with other the shoppers and I found everything that I wanted (for once). 


This weekend has been a really busy one! Saturday I got up at the crack of dawn and faced the Christmas food shop which was probably the worst thing ever but it had to be done! I then went to have my nails done for Christmas, I had to have them all glittery of course!! After an appointment with a client I then got ready for a girls night out, we gad a really fun night out and its just what I needed after a mega busy day! 




Yesterday nursing my little hangover I headed to liverpool in the morning for a night away with my boyfriend. Had a really relaxing time the hotel was lovely with a spa too which really helped destress me. We had a lovely walk around the city and went for a meal. Liverpool is one if my favourite cities and it looked so pretty all decorated at night! 


I came home today after another walk around the shops and ive sat and wrapped the last of my preasents! I could jump up and down with joy! After such a manic week my weekend was amazing and now I can finally relax in my pjs and have a family night in.

With all my presents wrapped under the tree, cards written amd enough food to last a lifetime... I cant wait for Christmas. 

Zoe x







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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Two Favourite Tools For Applying My Base!

Hey everyone, this week is totally manic for me and im sure its the same for you too. Im struggling to to makeup posts as they take so much time so ill get more christmassy ones in before the big day. Today I thought I would share the two things I always use for applying my base. When I do other peoples makeup I use all kinds of different brushes however for me personally I always use these two.





First of all its the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. This is one on my all time favourite brushes. Its ability to appply all types of cream and liquid products make it really versitile. I find with this brush I can create a very natural sheer coverage by using circular buffing motions and really working the products into the skin. However by using more of a dabbing motion and pushing product onto the skin I can build up a nice full coverage for nights out. I like that its quite dense so it doesnt absorb alot of excess product and its also really easy to clean. Its a really useful and inexpensive brush I use it to apply any cream or liquid product. 


The second tool I use is the very well known Beauty Blender. This is a sponge which you squeeze under a cold tap until it doubles in size then it is ready to use. It creates a flawless base by using dabbing motions pushing and blending product over the skin, you can also apply lose pwders with it to.  I like to use this as its really comfy and kind over the skin and doesn't drag or pull the skin. This also makes it really good for blending out concealers or other products you apply over foundation as it doesn't disturb anything you have already applied. It is reusable as you can clean I personally like to clean it after rvery use so it doesnt stain. Its a really nice and effective way of applying your base to create that flawless finish and I could not be without it. 

Zoe x




  

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Blogmas - Week 2


Its getting closer to the big day now and I cant wait to de-stress and have nothing to do for a day! This week I've been running about buying more presents. At the start of the week I decorated my boyfriends Christmas tree it made me feel so festive I made my dad go out the next day and buy ours for home. I got all the decorations down from the loft and started with the lights, only to turn them on and realising all 3 sets had broke (its about time I think they were older than I am). Really it was a good excuse to go shopping, so I got my lights and a few more bits I needed and that afternoon put all the decorations up. The tree and the fireplace look really cosy and festive now!


I also baked some Christmas biscuits they were so delicious even though they were a bit scruffy. I love baking even though everything gets eaten so quickly in my house. Ill leave the link to how I made them here. Yesterday I finally had time to do a makeup post which are my favourite posts to do for you. It was a nice party look which you can see here


To finish off my week I went to the trafford centre today, it was pretty manic but managed to get almost everything I needed. I think that is the last time I will be going shopping before Christmas now. I cant really stand being in crowds and standing in queues so thankfully I only have two more gifts to get which I am ordering later then I am done! 


I've finished my night by wrapping the last of my presents and putting them under my pretty tree. I'm now going to put my feet up and have a nice cup of tea!
Zoe x
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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Glam!





Hey guys, I finally got round to doing a makeup look for you today! I chose something a bit different and glittery for Christmas I think it would look ace for a night out over Christmas and New Years, hope you like it.


Face:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Becca Simmering Skin Perfector
Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Illamasqua Blusher in Lover

I first mixed a pump of foundation and a pump of pro longwear concealer for my base. I chose the two firstly to create the right shade as the shade of foundation I have is way too yellow for me, secondly it gives a very full coverage. I then concealed my under eyes with the concealer and set only that area with the powder. I contoured the cheekbones with the bronzer and around the forehead then applied a little blusher on the apples of the cheeks. I finished my applying the cream highlighter to the top of the cheekbones and blending toward the temples.





Eyes:
Benefit Brow zings
Benefit Gimme Brow
Tropic Eyeshadow Palette in Brown Eyed Girl
MAC Pigment in Old Gold
MAC Pigment in Reflex Gold
MAC Fix+
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
Benefit Bright Eyes Pencil


I started my doing my brows I decided to use powder for once then I set it with the gimme brow. To make the gold liner I sprinkled a small amount of the old gold pigment into a little dish then sprayed fix+ over it, I then mixed it onto a paste and there is my gold eyeliner! So I lined the top of the eye and created a wing, and then I patted a little reflex gold pigment over the top for an extra sparkle. I used the grey toned shadow out of my palette and used a little in the crease and blended to the point of my wing then used a little on the lower lash line. I used the lightest shade to highlight the brow bone and lined the water line with bright eyes pencil. I finished with mascara top and bottom.
 



Lips:
MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil
Sleek Lipstick in Exxxaggerate 792
MAC Reflex Gold Pigment

First I used the lipstick all over the lips, I then used the lip pencil to neaten my lines and filled in the outer edges. I finished by dabbing some reflex gold pigment to the centre of the lips top and bottom. This gives an extra pop and perfect for party season.



So that's my look for today hope you like it...

Zoe x
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Friday, 12 December 2014

Buttery Christmas Shortbreads!








Hey and welcome back! Doing a little bit of a different post today, I have done lots of Christmassy things today which I will share in Sundays blogmas post. I wanted to do a makeup look today but I ran out of time so I thought I would share these that a baked today. I am in no way a chef and definitely in no way good at decorating as you can see but I love shortbread and they are really easy to make, fun and very yummy!   

Ingredients:
250g Butter
110g Caster Sugar
360g Plain Flour

This is a big mixture which I usually get around 19 biscuits. I have to make a large amount else they don't last very long in my house!

1. Cream the sugar and butter together. I sometimes warm the butter very slightly first to soften it if its been in the fridge.

2. Sift in the flour and stir all the mix together until its smooth.

3. Roll out onto a work surface 1cm thick and cut out your shapes.

4. Pre heat your oven to 190oc

5. Place your shapes onto a grease proof tray (you may need two) sprinkle with a little sugar and chill in the fridge for 20mins.

6. Bake in the oven for 15-20mins until they turn a pale gold colour.

7. Place them to cool then have fun decorating!

So there is my buttery shortbread biscuits hope you like and try them out!
 
                                                             Zoe x


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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Lush - New Charity Pot!



I got a tester of this Hand and Body lotion from Lush about a month ago and loved it as soon as I tried it. I have ran out of the tester so yesterday when I went Christmas shopping I picked some up from my local Lush store. It comes in a larger size to however I prefer the smaller ones. Its such a lovely rich and creamy lotion and its perfect for this time of year. It relieves my really dry skin making it look more glowing and healthy. I mainly use it for my hands as they get so dry, its the best hand cream I have ever used it keeps them really hydrated. Amazingly since using this the eczema on my hand has gone! Its just a really nice every day lotion, it feels nice when you apply is not too sticky and greasy and when it has soaked in, it keep my skin so soft and nourished. I love that it has a lot of natural ingredients and as a bonus the full price of this product minus taxes goes to the charity's that Lush support.

Zoe x
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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Blogmas - Week 1!



Christmas is my favourite time of year and it has been the first week this week so I thought I would share what I have been getting up to.

There was sales on last weekend due to black Friday which a lot of stores changed it to cyber weekend to carry the sales on until Monday. I only made one purchase, a new winter duffle coat from Warehouse its so warm and the dark green colour makes it look really festive. I will try to get a picture up of it at some point. Im happy I got it as its gone soo cold in the UK now. That's all I got really there was no way I was venturing to the shops I saw on the news how busy and crowded it was to I stuck to the internet.

During the week I have been looking for inspiration on the internet for gift ideas, I did have an idea what I wanted to get people so I just made sure I knew which shops had the best for the best price. I like to write lists and make sure I know what I want to get, I hate not feeling organised :)

It wouldn't be Christmas either without visiting a Christmas market! Yesterday I went to Birmingham to the Christmas market and it was so fun and festive! Birmingham is one of my favourite ones to visit, as its so close to the Bullring you can also do a spot of shopping too! It was all lit up so pretty we had a really nice time, and I ate so much yummy food I could barely move when I got home. They definitely get you in the charismas spirit and its something all the family can enjoy.

Today I was on a mission to get some Christmas shopping done! Even though I hate busy shops and crowds, I do like to see what im purchasing in person, rather than shopping on the internet. So me and my mum got up  really early and headed  to town to get some done! I managed to do more than half my shopping, there was so many really nice gift sets and stocking fillers. Debenhams and boots were my favourite for gift sets and quirky gifts they had some really good ideas, Although boots had ran out of a few thing (or not replenished stock) which was a bit disappointing for a Saturday morning. I also did really well with vouchers and card points. I always try and save up points and vouchers for Christmas, and they have saved me so much money today!

So that is my week so far, I haven't stopped running around all day but I feel so much more organised now! After fitting in the weekly food shop on the way home I had a huge mug of tea, ate lots of chocolate cookies and caught up on Made In Chelsea! Please share your blogmas posts too!

Zoe x 
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