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


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

• A Different Take On A Festive Nail •

The one colour that I just don't like wearing is red. Whether it's on my lips or my tips I just don't feel comfortable as I think the colour doesn't suit me and seems to wash me out a bit. (And I look a little bit like Taylor Swift...) So when it comes to the festive season I do find it hard to add a festive touch to a look, as most humans would lean towards a red shade. However, a colour that I've found to suit me a lot is a dark plum shade. I've been looking for a dark nail polish after my Jack Wills Limited Edition one from a few years ago ran out - and I think I've found the one.

Nails Inc's Sloane Mews (£15) is described as a super glossy rich plum shade, that has a newly designed brush to make application as easy as it can be. It has quite a wide brush but perfectly creates an opaque colour in one swipe and really is so easy to apply. The shade is that perfect dark berry/plum that is perfect for this time of year and can look more black or more purple in different lightings. It also looks lovely on the toes and is in general a favourite of mine!

I will be sporting this with polish with a slick of berry lipstick for christmas day and I cannot wait. Let me know what's on your nails and if I don't post before the day, I wish you all a very merry christmas filled with family, friends and lots of food!

Zazie x

Tags:  Beauty, Nails


Friday, December 19, 2014

• Little Pot Of Rings •

When it comes to jewellery on an everyday basis, I simply cannot be bothered. Deciding what matches and what metals look good together is just not for me, but I do love the look of rings for special occasions.

For small simple dainty rings that are of one colour (just silver, just gold, etc.) and ones that come in sets I've found that H&M really fit the bill. They're quite inexpensive, come in three different sizes and most sets include both normal rings and midi rings if you're into that whole hype.

For little hidden gems I'd definitely recommend Topshop. Although they also have sets, I find their single rings to be of better quality and to be a lot more unique. I've been looking at buying single rings from online shops such as Regal Rose and iheardtheyeatcigaretts, but I don't really like buying things when I haven't tried them on. However, I did find a few similar rings at Topshop.

And finally, for big, statement rings I'd recommend Lovisa. It is an Australian brand that we have here in Singapore and it's surprisingly quite affordable and have a ton of unique rings. They also have rings for many different styles, whether you're going for the edgier punk look or more bohemian look.

These were just three of my favourite places to buy my rings for affordable prices. What are your favourite places to buy your rings?

Zazie x

Tags: Fashion


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

• Nars Brush Dupes •

I'm sure we all dreaming of owning Nars brushes, but a lot of us simply can't afford to splurge 30-something pounds on one brush. This is where bornpretty comes in. When they initally contacted me for review, I was a little hesitant as scrolling through their website the significantly cheap prices did make me question to quality of their products. But, as a self-professed risk taker, I decided to choose a few products to try.

Their powder brush* caught my eye as the similarity between that and the Nars Yachiyo Powder Brush is immediately recognisable. Both have black striped spun handles and black bristles and are both very alike in size. Although the bornpretty brush feels quite light, the bristles are really good quality and haven't shed so far. Thanks to the shape it works great for contouring as well as blush or face powder and applies product really nicely. I can't really compare it to the Nars one as I haven't tried it, but this one performed really well, and if you aren't willing to splurge then I'd recommend you give this one a go.

The second brush I received was an eyeshadow brush*. Although this doesn't look exactly like it, it could be compared to the Nars Large Dome Eyeshadow Brush (for the sake of this post anyway). It has fibre bristles and worked surprisingly well on both matte and shimmer shadows and cream eyeshadows. It has quite a firm handle, and again I was really impressed that the bristles didn't shed.

Overall, really happy with these brushes, and although the Nars counter parts are probably better made (and maybe even better quality), I think these are a good cheaper option for us skint gals.

To get 10% off your order on bornpretty, use the code LITTH10 at checkout!

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty
*PR Sample

Monday, December 15, 2014

• Cacti + Blog Chat •


My desk/dressing table was looking a little messy so I decided to give it a good tidy and put these three little cacti on it. Apart from that the last couple of weeks have been mainly me studying as the final week of school approaches, but I must admit most of that time has been spent procrastinating.

I've always been one of those people that gets satisfied crossing off chores on to-do lists, and I used to make my own for the weekends when I was younger, but recently I just feel very unproductive and distracted. From school to blogging I just am never in the mood and have been putting the latter off for a while. As I've mentioned in previous posts I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times and being motivated to blog has been something I'm not. Taking time away from the computer is something I really should be doing and taking a short break from blogging hasn't boosted my motivation nor given me inspiration. I've come up with a ton of post ideas and was really looking forward to sharing a few festive ones but I'm just not feeling all too festive myself. 

So where do I stand in this blogsphere? I only really want to publish posts that I'm 100% proud of and happy with and if that means posting infrequently and taking breaks over a longer period of time then I guess I'll do just that. I really hope you stick with me as I hope to slowly wriggle my way out of a blogging rut. 

Zazie x

Tags: Lifestyle, Chat