Monday, September 01, 2014

• A Little NYX Haul •

NYX is a brand where i've either loved something, or hated it. The matte lip cream was not for me, whereas I love the Frou Frou Mascara as well as the blushers. I've been meaning to try some more because it is quite an affordable brand, and so I decided to take a little trip to Sephora.

NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie // 
I've been looking for a gloss for a while, that wasn't too sticky or slid around the lips too much. This is just in between. It gives quite a good amount of colour (that can be sheered out if you wish) and doesn't feel sticky at all. I find gloss a hard one to fit all the criteria, but this really does. The shade is a gorgeous pink with slight coral tones in it.

NYX Jumbo Eyepencil in Yogurt //
I'm absolutely in love with the eyepencil in Cashmere, and I wanted to pick up another shade. Although the formula does tend to crease on me, the shade is so gorgeous and easy to slick on that it's worth it. Yogurt is a pink shade that would look lovely paired with any shade from the Naked 3, but also on it's own. It's a really quick and easy product that just looks gorgeous.

I definitely am impressed with these NYX products, as you can probably tell. I'd recommend both, and I'm definitely going to pick up some more goodies, as they are so cheap.

Zazie x

Tags: BeautyMakeup

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

• Thoughts On Blogging •

You may have noticed the lack of posting combined with the several apologies for just that. I've been quite uninspired on the blog front lately, and I've seen people share their thoughts on the subject. I do like to go by the phrase 'Quality over quantity', as I do prefer to read a well written post accompanied by a good quality picture rather than a ton of average ones. But somehow I still manage to feel guilty after posting only once a week. When I'm happy with my content I generally feel happier in real life, which sounds a little weird, but I'm sure other bloggers will understand.

I've been putting off blogging a bit, and I know I should put effort in as it is something I really care about. My blog has grown a lot, and although it's been a slow and steady journey it is something I'm proud of, as I have worked really hard. And to throw that all away for the lack of inspiration seems a little bit foolish. For a long time I've been going back and forth on the subject, and I definitely want to change up my content a bit. I feel my content can be a little repetitive filled with reviews and what nots. On one hand I enjoy reading lifestyle related posts and have always wanted to write some more myself, but another part of me feels my blog has been doing just fine. I don't really know.

I just wanted to share my thoughts and feeling related to my blog with you guys, as I feel sometimes it's just a one-way relationship bloggers and their readers have - I write, you read - but I don't see it that way and I know that don't want it that way either. I'd like you, as a reader or fellow blogger to leave your thoughts on it below. I know that this blog will always have a special place in my heart - as cheesy as it sounds, and I know that most of this talk is all temporary.

Zazie x

Friday, August 22, 2014

• The Not-So Neutral Palette •

When it comes to eyeshadows, it's not often I step away from the neutrals. Colours are just not me - it's already a big step to wear a bright lip these days - and I'm comfortable in my colour free zone. But, it's always nice to try something a little more daring, and although this is classified as a neutral palette, there's something about it that seems a little more out there than the Nakeds from Urban Decay for example.

theBalm's NudeTude palette has been in my collection for quite a while now, but I haven't used it all too much. First of all let's talk about the packaging - hilarious and something you don't see that often. I also love the shade names, just adds to the gorgeous packaging. There are a variety of shades, mostly shimmery, ranging from a gold, pinks, browns and taupes. The pigmentation is incredible and the consistency is SO buttery. The only negative about this, is that I don't find all the colours to go together that well. With the Naked's for example, they're all in the same shade range, and so many can be blended together. They're all very different, and apart from the brown toned ones, you can only blend around two of the shades together. I still think it's an amazing palette, especially if you want to go a little bit more colourful than neutrals, but still have a natural look.

I'm SO SO sorry I haven't been posting that much this week, but I've been busy (I promise!), but I will try and post a little bit more next week.

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup

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