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January 30, 2016

zoeva rose golden luxury brush set


At long last I have jumped aboard the Zoeva brush bandwagon. Besides trying out a Sigma set when I first started blogging (6 years ago!), and investing in the odd Mac and Real Techniques brush, I've never owned a proper brush set as such. Although brush sets are a considerable investment, I truly do believe that they are the basis of building up a decent makeup collection. All the better if they're rose gold too.

After giving each and every brush a good test out, I can confirm that they are well worth the hype surrounding them. My award of favourite brush has to go to the 104 Buffer simply because it's such a great allrounder at applying liquid, cream and powder foundation. I'm going to put it out there and go as far as to say that it's without a doubt the best foundation brush that I've ever used. Second best is 109 Luxe Face Paint (the fanned out looking one) as it's perfect to create a precise contour on the cheeks without loading on too much product. There truly isn't one single brush in the whole set that I won't be using on a regular basis and that has been anything less than the standard of even Mac brushes. I also love how the handles are slightly shorter than most brushes, meaning that they don't end up taking up more than their fair share of space in a makeup bag. 

Although I'm hugely impressed by the set, I'm not such a fan of the clutch case that is included and think they look a million times prettier in a Mac clear case. If you've spent a decent amount of money on a brush set you want to be able to show them off right?

The set without a doubt gets my *buy it, you won't regret it* stamp of approval and in the way of value for money I'd say they are spot on for price!

December 25, 2015

12 days of giveaways WINNERS!

First of all, MERRY BLOODY CHRISTMAS! All of my giveaway winners have been randomly generated and are all listed below. If you are one of the winners, then watch out for a message from me within the next couple of days. If you weren't one of the lucky 17(!) then fear not as I will be holding regular giveaways from now on with plenty of exciting prizes. 

Day 1: Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner, That Gal Primer, The Porefessional, Swarovski They're Real Mascara 

WINNER: Laura @life_lipstick

Day 2: Transformulas Diamond Lift Brightening Complex

WINNER: Santasha Claus @ofthesaintsUK
WINNER: Lauren @littlelaurensbl

Day 3: Diva Jewellery 

WINNER: Leanne Frisby

Day 4: Kiss imPress Nails, False Lashes & Beautiful Brows Kit 

WINNER: Tasmin's Talk @TasminsTalk

Day 5: Monu Ampoules

WINNER: Julie Booth

Day 6: Artdeco Arctic Beauty Collection

WINNER: Jenna @JennaKateKelly

Day 7: Diva Aurora Styler

WINNER: Chantelle @musicalchants

Day 8: Dermalogica Clear Start Set 

WINNER: Kelly McKay
WINNER: Sammeh Williamson @JustSammeh1
WINNER: Ellie @ohimellie
WINNER: Callie Rose @callierose92
WINNER: Farah Ilyas

Day 9: Lee Stafford Argan Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, Defence Spray, Paddle Brush & Lazy Curl Jumbo Curling Wand

WINNER: Real Lips, Real Life @HitnMiff

Day 10: Korres Guava Body Butter, Guava Lip Butter, Guava Showergel, Basil Lemon Showergel, Bergamot Pear Bodymilk & Fig Bodybutter

WINNER: Shannon @shannonheartsx

Day 11: Toni & Guy Fluid Metal Styler

WINNER: Chloe Francis

Day 12: Foreo Luna Mini

WINNER: Vanessa @TheOtherVW

December 20, 2015

the christmas gift guide: stocking thrillers

Mandara Spa Lip Butter Bauble (£4) - There seems to be a definite theme with brands bringing out bauble shaped stocking fillers this year, and apart from the fact they're a pain to wrap up I just love how sweet they look. This version comes with two shimmering lip butters making it a lovely little gift for the party season. 

Sainsbury's Boutique French Manicure Set (£5) - Admittedly I'm more of a high end beauty girl, perhaps even a bit of a makeup snob, but that's not to say I won't give lower end products a go if the packaging is as chic and understated as this set from Sainsbury's. I think this would make a great gift for someone in their teens just getting into nail painting. 

Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Ornament Tin Set (£9) - I always seem to find myself giving out hand creams at Christmas time, it's the kind of product that you aren't likely to splurge on for yourself so is always welcomed especially with hands in need of nourishing at winter time. 

This Works Dream Team (£10) - I've been a fan of this duo for years now, mainly due to the fact they are waiting for me on the pillow in most hotels that I stay at. Included is a mini pillow spray and stress less roller ball which is to be applied on your wrists just before bed. 

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Pedicure Purse (£13.50) - This kit includes all of the tools and accessories needed to complete a mini manicure and as I'm renowned for losing things this would make a great gift for someone who's equally as disorganised. 

Lip Smacker Coca-Cola Tin (£9.99) - The prize for my favourite stocking filler of all just has to go to this set of soda flavoured lip balms. I feel so nostalgic thinking back to the days of collecting Lip Smackers as a young'un and can't wait to get stuck into trying out CocaCola Vanilla in particular. 

Rebel's Refinery Capital Vices Skull Lip Balm (£8.50) - This lip balm is fairly similar to those by EOS but instead of the fairly bland packaging that we're all now bored of seeing, the dome shaped balm comes packaged within a grungy looking black skull. 

Molton Brown Festive Bauble (£10) - Perhaps the ultimate luxury stocking filler, these baubles come filled with either shower gel or hand wash and are available in an array of Molton Brown's best scents. 

Japanese Exfoliating Body Towel (£3.50) - Sometimes it's nice to receive a gift that's intriguing and slightly different to all of the rest. This body towel is built to scrub dead skin cells and leave skin feeling baby soft, it's also ideal to buff fake tan marks away too. 

Soap & Glory Bright and Bubbly (£10) - There hasn't been a year gone by that I've been less than hugely impressed by Soap & Glory's Christmas gift offerings, each set always looks just so sparkly and of course they are always priced so well too. This set happens to include four of my favourite products that I repurchase over and over again, so I'm thrilled to now have mini travel sizes of them too. 

Margaret Dabbs Fabulous Cracker (£12) - Another one of my favourites is this mini cracker filled with a nail and cuticle serum. I always find that my cuticles get super dry in the colder weather and reckon this would be such a handy (handy, get it..) gift for anyone who's into their nail care. 

That's it for this year's Christmas gift guides! I really hope you've enjoyed reading through them and that you have a wonderful Christmas.