Monday, October 20, 2014

• Rimmel Do Bases •

Only recently I've discovered how much I really appreciate a good base. Whether it's natural and sheer or full and flawless, I like to use a couple of products to achieve either look. And my favourites, annoyingly, are all from Rimmel, a brand we can't actually get here in Singapore, but here they are!

A foundation I've talked about way too many times a normal person should, the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation has been a firm favourite for over a year now. It's glowy, sheer but buildable and has SPF - so it's definitely a summer staple. It has the perfect formula thats not too runny and doesn't oxidise making you look oompa loompa like. I'm in the shade True Ivory which is quite a good match for me, especially when I've got a little bit tanned (more like a very very little bit - I just don't tan!).

Another Wake Me Up member that I ran out of and frantically ran to my nearest drugstore whilst on holiday in Sydney, is the Wake Me Up Concealer. Similar to the foundation it is quite glowy but can still be used on pesky little friends (blemishes), as well as under the eyes for the brightening effect. I have the lightest shade, which is Ivory 10. I wish the shade range was a bit bigger, as I'd love an even lighter to shade to highlight even further.

The final step in my base routine is powder. Because I have quite combination-dry skin, I liked to think I don't really need powder but I do see a difference in the longevity of my makeup when I wear this. You can count on the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to get rid of all shine on your face as well as keep your makeup looking the same all day. I like to dust this through the T-Zone, and as you can see from the massive crater in it - I love it.

Are you a fan of Rimmel's base offerings?

Zazie x

Tags:  Beauty, Makeup

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

• The Wishlist #5: Urban Outfitters' Wonderland •

If theres one website I could spend hours browsing, it's probably Urban Outfitters. From their interiors to their clothes it's all perfect, and so many of them have made their way onto my wishlist. Sadly, we don't have an Urban Outfitters in Singapore, which is actually probably for the better as I would go wild in there. I also love finding and browsing through interiors and little knick knacks to go in my future dwelling. So of course I went ahead and made a little collage of my favourites from UO's new interior Wonderland trend (here).

1.  Dreamcatcher
I own one of these somewhere, but it isn't nearly as pretty as this one. I love the combination of brown and blue and the tassels are gorgeous too.

2.  Pyramid Shelf
Again, I love the look of wood, and this little shelf would look cute anywhere. I can imagine this hanging above a desk or even leaning against a wall on another shelf.

3.  Fortune Teacup Candle
I love candles, they just make a home seem more homely, whether it's lit or not, and I'm a big fan of recycling old cups and using them as candle holders. The design of this one is really cute as well.

4.  Medallion Tapestry
If I could only have one thing in my entire home it would be this. Tapestries are absolutely stunning and Urban Outfitters have a ton of beautiful designs.

5.  Symmetry book
What's a home without a coffee table book? This one has a lovely front cover that would look great in any corner of the house (and I'm sure the inside is just as good!).

6.  Turning Triangles Terrarium
Cactuses are another little accessory that make a house a little more interesting. I love these little glass jars you could put them in and Urban Outfitters have a lot of different shapes to offer. Another coffee table essential!

Hope you enjoyed today's post, sorry it's a day late but I'm currently on holiday in Sydney and having a truly great time. :)

Zazie x

Tags: Wishlist

Saturday, October 11, 2014

• L'Oreal EverCrème •

One step I really despise is washing my hair. I try to avoid it as much as possible, and combined with the fact my hair never gets greasy, I only wash it every three days (bad I know). For today's pos however, I'm going to talk about a conditioner that I've been using recently.

I've never been blown away by any sort of hair product if I'm honest. My hair is quite hard to work with, and so I've always just used any conditioner that claims to be nourishing. The L'Oreal EverCrème Conditioner has a very creamy texture that feels very nice through your hair. You only need the tiniest bit, so this has lasted me quite a while. When rinsed off you hair feels very smooth, but the nourishment kind of disappears when dry. I find this with a lot of conditioners though, and as I said, my hair is quite fussy, so you may quite like this one.

Have you tried this conditioner?

Zazie x

Tags: Hair

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

• A Year Of Blogging •

I can't believe it's been a year since I set foot on this journey of blogging, so to say. I remember taking my first blog photo with my iPhone at 8 o'clock in the evening with awful lighting and editing it with sparkles (true story). I remember excitedly typing up my first post on my phone and feeling a thrill of excitement when I hit 'publish'. I still feel that little bit of excitement now, which makes it all worth it. A year a long the way, 150 posts and some 600 followers later brings us to now. A lot has changed since then, and I've learned a lot on the way. I care a lot more about the quality of my posts, and I don't think I'd love blogging as much as I do if it wasn't for you lot, as I really do appreciate every comment, tweet, etc. 

Although there are days when I feel like giving up blogging completely, it is something that makes me happy and something I'm proud of and something I hope to continue for a long time. 

Whether you've been here from the first (and rather embarrassing) days, or you've only just followed me now, I'd like to give you all a big hug.

Thank you for sticking with me, here's to more blog birthdays! :)

Zazie x

Monday, October 06, 2014

• The Lip Product Addict Tag •

I never really do "Tags" on here, but I thought I'll do this one as I was tagged by the lovely Ella. Check out her version of this tag here! I think this tag was started by essiebutton and Amelia Liana, so I'm delighted to share my answers too.

1.  Favourite balm/treatment?
Like Ella, I cannot fault Nuxe's Reve de Miel. It's a really nourishing and moisturising lip balm that leaves your lips with a matte finish. The scent is amazing and is definitely the best lip balm I've tried.

2.  Best eye-catching red?
I'm not one to wear red lipstick often, maybe once a year at Christmas, but I do have one on hand just in case. Model's Own Twist Up Lipstick in Ravishing Red is your perfect matte red shade. The chubby stick applicator makes it really easy to apply as well.

3.  Best luxury & best drugstore?
My luxury favourite is hands down the Dior Addict Lipstick in Wonderland is the perfect concoction of moisture, sheer-ness and love. It's a gorgeous pink shade that goes with any eye look. For drugstore, it'll probably be the Topshop Lipstick in Whimsical. Although it can enhance cracked lips, the shade is the perfect peachy coral and I always forget how much I really like it.

4.  Best MAC Lipstick?
I haven't yet found a MAC lipstick that I can wear daily, but I'm a big fan of Rebel. It's the perfect Autumn shade that's a very dark pink/purple shade. It's not too vampy, and can also be sheered out to make it more wearable.

5.  The most disappointing?
The most disappointing is probably the NYX Matte Lip Cream. From the taste to the feel and the look - it wasn't a good one. The shade I own, Istanbul, just looks really odd on me, and I just expected better.

6.  Liner - yes or no?
Sometimes. Definitely not on nude lips, but I've really noticed how much easier dark or red lipstick application is when you apply a liner before hand. Although I don't like the whole overdrawing.

7.  Best gloss?
NYX may not get it right when it comes to matte lips, but they sure do glosses good. The Butter Gloss in Blonde Maple has the most perfect formula that isn't too glossy and has quite good pigmentation too.

8.  Something extra!
For this I decided to mention another lip balm. If you're not a big fan of a matte lip balm but want one that's just as nourishing, I'd highly recommend Soap & Glory's A Great Kisser in Juicy Peach. It smells and tastes amazing, moisturises those puckers, and gives a gorgeous gloss.

Hope you enjoyed reading my answers, a lot of people have already completed this tag so I won't tag anyone, but if you do, feel free to leave a link in the comments.

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup

Sunday, October 05, 2014

• It's Kind Of A Funny Story •

I don't often right posts about books, but I'm really enjoying this one right now. I watched the film version of it a while ago and I really enjoyed it, so I wanted to pick up the book to read.

It's Kind Of A Funny Story revolves around a teenager called Craig who suffers from Depression. To be completely honest the whole soppy depression stories are not my thing, but this one takes a completely different side to it. It's funny, witty and is just real. I'm not going to reveal too much about the novel, but Craig ends up in a Mental Hospital and it just goes from there haha!

The author, Ned Vizzini spent some time in a psychiatric hospital himself, and so it's a really truthful story. I'd really recommend both the book and the film (although we both know which one is better).

Again, I apologise for not posting much this week, but I've had a lot of school work and felt a little uninspired.

Zazie x

Tags: Lifestyle

Monday, September 29, 2014

• Brows, Brows, Brows •

If theres one makeup step I dislike the most, and find the hardest, it's eyebrows. Unfortunately I'm not naturally blessed with bold, dark eyebrows, but white blonde ones. Although they do have some thickness to them, the lack of colour makes them very hard to work with.

Whether you have blonde or brown hair, if it's ashy, it's hard to find eyebrow products that don't make your eyebrows look ginger or red toned. And because of my lack of colour, it's hard to make them look natural. And without any product, I look a little bit naked.

I thought I'd share with you some products I like to use, but I'd love for you to leave me your suggestions below.

The Eyeshadow
MAC Omega is your go. One I've mentioned on here several times - soft, ashy and one of the more natural looks when it comes to brows.

The Pencil
Maybelline's FashionBrow is the best I've tried. It's the ashiest brow product I own, but I do need a spooli on hand to comb through them afterwards.

The Gel
Another one from Maybelline, although initially Brow Drama was a complete fail, I think it's a great option for after you've applied your brow product and want to go a bit fuller. It's very pigmented and makes your brows look fuller and keeps them in place all day.

I haven't posted in a week - let's ignore that ;)

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup