Monday, September 07, 2015

• Brightening Concealers and Why They Rock •

Personally, I'm not the highlighter sort of girl. Although I love an inner corner highlight, I find all my highlighters are just too shimmery for my brow bone or cheek bones, especially for everyday. And so I like turning towards brightening concealers. These are great for making you look more awake, as well as help give you a subtle contour. And if you have a foundation that's too dark? Just use some brightening concealer!

I've never been too much into the whole touche-clat type gimmick, but I absolutely love the Garnier Light BB Eyeroll. It's by far my absolute favourite because it's super light but gives really good coverage. It's really creamy, radiant and the metal tip applicator is really cooling and refreshing. Because it is so light, it works amazingly on top of foundation, and doesn't remove anything previously applied as it just sits nicely on top.

If my under eyes are looking particularly dark then my go-to is the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. It has a thicker consistency to the Garnier one, but the coverage is very similar. I would say the Garnier counterpart is slightly more radiant, as I can use the Rimmel one for other areas of my face.

To set everything in place I use the powder that comes in the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer compact. It's the perfect white shade that brightens the under eye even more and doesn't go cakey at all. I haven't tried many under eye setting powders, but this definitely has a holy grail status!

And if I haven't convinced you as to why you should pop out and get yourself a brightening concealer, here's a little something extra. If you are an acne gal like me, you'll know that powders just don't work very well. Highlighters just bring forward my spots more and makes my skin all uneven. Whereas a brightening concealer does exactly the same as a highlighter without actually highlighting my spots or making me look cakey.

Are you a fan of brightening concealers?

Zazie x

Saturday, July 18, 2015

• A New Start •

Hello readers or fellow bloggers! It's been a while - a full four months if you want the facts - and a lot has changed for me. I'm not going to give you all any excuses for why I've been away, as I've gone on about the blogging situation in several posts in the past, but I've generally had a lot of life changes within the last few months. 

The first major change is the fact that I've moved half way across the world. I no longer live on the "small, sunny island of Singapore", but rather in the "big, busy city of New York" (I've always loved my alliterations as you can tell). It's been a huge change for me and despite the obvious hole in my life that Singapore once filled, I am trying to be as optimistic as possible, which means attending therapy classes in the form of shopping. (For I am now in one of the biggest shopping capitals in the world, and I could spend a couple of hours in my local CVS alone) There's a lot to get used to, but I'm excited to explore the city more as I will be living here for the next three years. 

"But what does this have to do with blogging, or why are you telling us this useless information Zazie?" Well, I not only blog for you guys, but also for myself to look back in the future, and to document important events in my life. But now that I've moved to a new country, and it's a fresh new start, I also thought it would be a good opportunity to start blogging again. I'm not going to commit to any deadlines, but I want my blog to be a happy place that I can come to once in a while and post for you guys, which has always been a source of positivity for me. I'm also not going to limit myself to writing about only beauty, as I've always wanted to branch out into fashion, as well as post occasional lifestyle themed ones as usual. 

I hope you'll be a part of my new blogging journey, and thank you for sticking around! :)

Zazie x

Saturday, March 14, 2015

• Three Step Face •

In general, I like taking my time with my makeup, however, when it comes to everyday when I have an option between doing my makeup nicely or having an extra ten minutes of sleep I usually go for the latter. This is my three product routine that I like to slap on that doesn't make me look like I've fallen out of bed and had a zombie attack on my way to school.

I like to look like I have eyebrows, as my blonde ones are pretty much non-existent, so I like to double up my MAC Omega Eyeshadow in my brows as well as my crease for definition. It's quite a non-fuss shade that doesn't take too long to use as my Bobbi Brown one, which is a lot more pigmented.

Mascara is also something essential to make me look a little more awake, and recently I've been loving the Bare Minerals Lash Domination. It gives really good volume, and although the formula was a little wet at first, once you leave it a few weeks it works really well. One coat can give a really subtle look and two can make it a little more heavy.

Because I suffer with mild acne I also like hiding it a little bit, but I don't want it to look to cakey. The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream is great because it does just this as well as help with spots thanks to it's tea tree ingredient. It isn't amazing at covering blemishes though, so I do often use a concealer instead, or as well, but both are great everyday essentials.

Of course this is only what I do if I have limited time and want to wear makeup, but I often choose to skip all of it and have a makeup free day, which I do think is important to have every once in a while, as your skin does need to breathe.

What do you slap on when you want to be out the door in 5 minutes?

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup

Saturday, February 07, 2015

• Another One Wash Shade •

Some of you old readers might remember my first post like this talking about the NARS Mykonos Cream Eyeshadows. To quickly summarise, I talked about how easy it was to just wash across the lid and make it look like a complete look, and since then I've been looking for a shade like it.

Burberry's Sheer Eyeshadow in Pale Barley is just that. It is a gorgeous bronzey taupe shade that when packed on the lids and then blended out looks simply fab. In different lighting it looks a slightly different colour but it always looks very simple and elegant. It's not a cream shadow like the Nars one, but you honestly only need this shadow to create an entire smokey complete look. If you are one who doesn't have a lot of time or skills to create a five-step smokey eye then this is a lovely alternative. The formula is also very buttery and pigmented, unlike the name suggests. There are several other shades in their range, and they're all quite unique shades, but this one is by far their most popular, and I can see why.

This does come with the hefty price tag of £22.50, but for something that creates an entire look I think it's worth it. It also comes in stunning packaging with a pouch and would make a great gift for any beauty lover. It's super compact and something I've been getting a lot of use out of!

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup

Thursday, January 29, 2015

• The Sponge vs. The Brush •

When it comes to base application, I like having my choices. I have a variety of different brands and formulas of brushes that all help my foundation to look a certain way I like. I've always been a buffingbrush-esque girl and haven't ever tried anything else, but I decided to give something new a try.

I've tried makeup sponges before, but we've never really gotten on well. Either it ended up being ripped to shreds, soaked up all the product or simply felt hard on the skin (beware of the Model's Own Makeup Sponge...). But, I was pretty intrigued at what Real Techniques had to offer, especially as I've loved most of their other tools. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is different to others like it as it has a really handy flat edge that just lets you pat in your foundation for extra blending. It does sheer out your foundation slightly, so keep in mind you'll have to use more than usual, but it gives a lovely even finish.

Now to the brush. The Real Techniques Buffing Brush is definitely one of an average blogger's holy grail, but right so! The bristles have just the right density and blends in your foundation really nicely. The one annoying thing is that you do have to buy this in a set, but I think it's totally worth it!

Overall, I'd probably rate both methods of application equally - they both give an amazing finish, I just find that the sponge works better with BB creams whilst the brush works better with foundations and powder. I'd definitely recommend them, and they're both under a tenner!

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

• Best of the Blonde Brows •

Last year was definitely the brow year for me. Back in 2013, I didn't even know blonde eyebrow products existed and I wouldn't go near anything brow related. 2014 came and so did the many attempts at making my eyebrows look less non-existent, yet still natural, and nicely shaped. I must admit, I've gone through some not so good brow moments, from looking ginger, way too thick or simply unnatural *cough cough* here *cough cough*. Moving on! Let's just say it took me a while to find the right products but I finally think I've found some that I am satisfied with...

The first was a purchase back in summer in the form of MAC's Eyeshadow in Omega. I was so excited to get my hands on it and it was definitely my go-to brow shade the entire summer. It was the ashiest brow shade they sold, it wasn't too pigmented and seemed to fit my hair shade perfectly. But things change, and with the attempted bleach on my hair I was looking for something a little more ashy.

That's where Maybelline's Fashion Brow came into the picture. I believe this is in the brown shade, so I was a little hesitant to give it a go but I knew it wouldn't be the end of the world if I didn't like it. I really like the concept of this actually; on one end is a pencil for filling in, the other end is a little smudger dipped in eyeshadow that blends the look and makes it look less like you've drawn lines into your brows. You have quite a lot of control with this, and can decide how bold you want to go, and I really do like to have that choice with my brows. But, this does take some time to get used to and if I'm in a hurry, I prefer to opt for something a little quicker...

So that leaves us with this! The Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Slate was a christmas gift from my dearest chum Aerin, who knew about my little brow struggle and wanted to help. Slate is a lot more darker and ashier shade than Omega, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't just a little bit scared of putting this anywhere near my eyebrows. However, after giving it a go I was in love. It's definitely a lot more pigmented than the MAC shadow, so I do like tapping a bit off my brush but it just gives the perfect bold ashy brows I was looking for.

I definitely don't like sticking to one product, and do chop and choose between these three depending on if I want bold brows, natural brows - you get where I'm going. But these three are ones I've loved and will continue to use in the future.

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup

Sunday, January 11, 2015

• Hello 2015 •

We're already a week into 2015, how did that happen?! I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for what has been a great year and I hope this one's as good as the last. I hit a big 700 followers here on the blog and I feel like I've grown a lot as a person. Through mistakes and the occasional embarrassment I feel like I've learnt a lot of potential life lessons. And makeup wise I feel I've also found my area and what my comfort zone is. I've learned that nude lips are now so my thing and I shouldn't be so afraid of the lip liner. I also became aware that it is completely fine to stay within your makeup boundaries and branch out whenever you need be, and I also shouldn't feel bad to treat myself once in a while. 

Although I don't have any astounding resolutions other than the usual ones, I generally hope to see the positive side of things and appreciate what I have, as at the end of the day nothing is ever really permanent. And of course I will continue counting down the days until holidays or the next time I see someone, but I should also cherish the simple times. 

I hope this post hasn't been too cheesy, but I felt like I needed a little post like this to conclude the last year and act as a stepping stone into the next. When it comes to my blog, I will try and post as often as I can, but as I mentioned in this post, I will only post when I'm 100% happy with it.

Let me know any resolutions or hopes you have for 2015 and I hope you've had a wonderful start so far! 

Zazie x