Monday, August 18, 2014

• The Wishlist #4: Summer Edition •

I completely forgot about this one, but technically summer isn't over yet so I thought I might as well squeeze it in. This summer I just wanted to enjoy it with friends and family, and although I did take a couple of shopping trips, over all I didn't buy too much.

1.  Monki Hope Sunglasses
I've been wanting some new sunglasses, but I just couldn't find ones that fit my budget. I love the simple style of these Monki ones. I like round sunglasses as I feel they are a little more daring and I just wish I popped down to a Monki store to pick them up.

2.  Topshop Moto Pretty Blue Hayden Jeans
Oh boy. I've been wanting a new pair of jeans for the longest time. I've seen perfect pairs in both Topshop and Urban Outfitters, but I just can't justify paying £50 for a pair of jeans (a very nice pair I must admit). I'm a big fan of 90's high waisted ones, cuffed, quite loose and perhaps a few rips here and there.

3.  FujiFilm Finepix X100 
I love the look of old fashioned cameras, they're just so much more interesting than ones nowadays. This one is gorgeously black and silver (a combination I adore) and looks so cute both as decoration and when snapping away.

4.  NARS Sheer Lipstick
If anything has the words "sheer" and "lip" in it - I'm sold. I've been eying the lip pencils for a long time (throwback to my spring wishlist), but these lipsticks look very intriguing too. Especially the shade 'Barbarella', which is a lovely orange-y coral. Being Nars this does cost just under the twenty pound mark, but a nice sheer lipstick is something I would splash out on.

And that's it! I'm back to school now, so posting may not be as consistent (sorry!), but I will try and pop one in here and there. Comment below telling me what's on your summer wishlist - I'd love to know!

Zazie x

Tags: Wishlist



Friday, August 15, 2014

• The Ultimelt •


The one part of my skincare routine that I truly do not look forward to, is removing my makeup. To me it just seems like a chore and not at all a luxury like other parts of my routine. But, it has to be done, and so I do look for different ways to do so so I can switch it up from time to time.

I've had my eye on Soap & Glory's Ultimelt for quite some time now, but I wanted to wait until I got back to the UK before I took the plunge. The Ultimelt is a hot cloth cleanser, so it comes with a handy little muslin cloth. It contains sweet almond, orange and lavender oils, which makes it amazingly scented. I find it to be quite a thick formula for a cleanser, but still massages the same. It both removes makeup really well (just that one blob above was enough for my entire face minus mascara, which is a pain to get off anyway!) as well as purifies the face leaving it nourished. I would say it makes a massive difference when removing it with a hot/warm cloth - it's definitely not just a scam like I expected!

I've definitely enjoyed using this to remove my makeup, however my cleansing oil from The Body Shop is a lot quicker. But, I would highly recommend it, especially when it's only £10.00.

Zazie x

Tags: Skincare



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

• A New Happy Light Addition •


If you've been here a long time, you know that I really like Bourjois Happy Light Concealer. I've seen other products from the range, but have never been too intrigued or interested in them. But, I was on the search for a non-silicon primer - I do like my Baby Skin and Smashbox option, but they just don't make the cut completely.

I picked up the Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer, but there's also a matte one available. I was quite intrigued by the luminising claims, and I was not disappointed. It feels like a very light moisturiser, or a serum, like they describe it. It nourishes your skin while evening out your skin texture and makes you look dewy in a healthy way. Although I haven't noticed it making my makeup stay on much longer, it's just a really great base to use to make your foundation go on easier and make your skin look nice and healthy. And for £10.99 (unless like me you get it cheaper in a deal or at duty free) it's definitely worth it.

So far I'm pretty impressed with the Happy Light range, and am very happy to try some more in the future.

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup


Monday, August 11, 2014

• The Product To Messy Beachy Hair •




When it comes to hair, my number one style is beachy waves. Because my hair is so thick and frizzy it's impossible to straighten, and when attempted to do so just goes frizzy. These days I don't even brush my hair anymore (might sound weird to some people), but my hair is naturally quite curly/wavy - the pictures above are all my natural hair texture.

But, to make me satisfied with my hair it does need a little bit of beachy-ness, and the Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray gives your hair that little bit of moisture and messiness that your hair would get naturally after going on a beach holiday. This is also a lot healthier for your hair, as I did go to the beach during the holidays and it just made my hair incredibly knotty and hard to style. This product however, makes your hair look beachy, without making it feel straw-like.

And it's on the cheaper end on the scale too! I'd definitely recommend this for a beachy look, although don't expect too much if you have super straight hair as I can't imagine it looking fully surfer hair!

Also, a big thank you to Kate over at Beauty Babbles, who interviewed me about living in Singapore and my makeup/beauty faves! You can read the interview here. :)

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Hair



Friday, August 08, 2014

• Bits & Bobs •

During my recent trip back home, I couldn't resist going to Boots and picking up some goodies. Makeup and Skincare in general is so much cheaper in the UK, plus we don't have Rimmel in Singapore so I knew I was going to buy a couple of things.

I only have a few Essie polishes but I do really like the formula and the colour range is great. I've had my eye on Essie's Fiji for a while - a gorgeous pale pink shade. What i love about this shade is that in some lights it looks more white, while in others it looks more pink. It looks amazing with a tan, and I like to think this is the pink equivalent to Find Me An Oasis, which you all know is a summer staple of mine. I still had to pay £7.99, which is quite a lot for a nail polish, but I don't really have a shade like it, and Essie is hard to find in Singapore.

I was looking for a drugstore concealer, as I didn't want to use up my Nars one, so I picked up Rimmel's Wake Me Up Concealer. I'm a huge fan of the foundation, and I've read a couple of good reviews on it. It's a brightening concealer, so is perfect for under the eyes. It feels really light on the skin and gives a lovely finish and is an all round great concealer. 

I also wanted to pick up something from Soap & Glory, as the selection was much bigger and cheaper than here in Singapore. I spotted Bright Here, Bright Now, which is basically a brightening moisturiser. It makes your skin look nice and healthy, giving a slight natural glow. It's very subtle, but can be mixed in with your foundation. It's really nourishing and has a lovely minty scent that does go away once applied. 

Zazie x

 Tags: Beauty, Makeup



Wednesday, August 06, 2014

• Bombay Bicycle Club •


I've been a big fan of Bombay Bicycle Club for a long time now, and when I heard they were coming to Singapore I knew I had to get tickets. My mum also loves them, so she came with me. The concert took place in a little hidden venue at Scape and it was definitely an awesome night.

Although I love their new music (Feel is the bomb) I only own their very first album and it is definitely my favourite. Luckily they played songs from all of their albums which I prefer over only new songs. The lead singer, Jack, has the most amazing unique voice that sounds identical live as on tape (do you still call it that?). All of the members are so talented and all of them were into it and were having a lot of fun, including me.

All the crowd sung a long, and the whole concert vibe was really awesome. I managed to take a couple photos, but it was hard from all the flashing lights and we weren't that close to them either. The gig lasted a full 90 minutes I would say, and it definitely was worth it. If they're performing near you I would highly recommend you go.


Also, go follow my instagram if you haven't already! @alittletreatx or instagram.com/alittletreatx

Zazie x

Tags:  ConcertsLifestyle


Monday, August 04, 2014

• The Brow Gel NOT For Blondes •


I'm talking about natural blondes. Like light blondes with very light (invisible?) eyebrows ie. me. Being naturally blonde and having very blonde eyebrows it is so hard to find eyebrow products that give colour but not too much colour. I also don't want my eyebrows looking red or verging on ginger.

Despite finding my perfect brow product in the form of MAC's Omega (post on that here), I wanted to see if the drugstore had any to offer. I read a couple of rather negative reviews on Maybelline's Brow Drama, but they were saying that it didn't give enough colour for them, so I thought it would be great for me. I did buy the lightest shade, but it's still called Dark Blonde so I did know it was going to be a little too dark for me. It costs £5.99 and is available in both Boots and Superdrug.

The first thing I noticed about Maybelline's Brow Drama is the wand. It has a sort of ball top that makes it really hard to use on your brows. However, I went ahead and tried it out anyway. The minute I applied this to my eyebrows I knew it was a mistake. A thick brown colour came out leaving my eyebrows feeling stiff and sticky. The colour was way too dark for me and because the ball top is so big it was really hard to make it precise, especially if you have thin brows.

I've tried using it a bit more, and after hearing that Vivianna from ViviannaDoesMakeup tip that you should wipe a bit of it on a tissue and then lightly apply it, it definitely works better. The colour isn't as strong and it looks a lot more natural and like actual brow hairs. Although I have gotten it to use now, I do feel like I'm wasting product whenever I wipe it on a tissue and I kind of wish I bought Revlon's Brow Fantasy which is a similar product with a better wand and a lot better reviews.

Have you tried this?

Zazie x

Tags: BeautyMakeup