Monday, 27 October 2014

ZOEVA ROSE GOLD LUXURY SET


The moment I saw the Zoeva Rose gold collection, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist buying them. I wasn't even bothered if they were good or not, just to have sitting on my dressing table was enough for me. I managed to put off using them for a few days, I loved how clean and new they looked until the realisation came that I could actually go without using them. I didn't spend £70 just to stare at them. The set consists of 8 natural hair and synthetic bristles. I think the brushes work out something like £8 a brush, plus £10 on postage. They may seem a lot but when you see the handy pouch you're given to put your brushes in you'll see its well worth it.
Immediately the softness of the brushes stands out, I ended up almost stroking them like a cat for a good 5 minutes. Starting with the 102/Silk Finish mainly used for foundation. I was particularly excited about this brush, especially now that the winter weather is coming and I want a fuller coverage. Because the brush is so full and thick its great for blending, its become my everyday foundation brush. 106/Powder I rarely use a powder all over my face. I usually use a powder brush to take any shininess off my face without mattifying it too much. 127/Luxe Sheer Cheek is probably the softest in the set. I believe ist made with only natural bristles. The angled shape makes it perfect for contouring however, I've been using for the Java powder by bourjois; the combination of soft bristles and the softest powder is heavenly. 110/Face Shape brush looks like a smaller version of the 102 but, the bristles are a lot more stiffer for a more controlled application. It's, main use is for contouring but I found that I only got on with it to contour my nose and my temple area but, still a really useful brush if you have the time for blending. 142 Concealer Buffer, is a filled with bristles however, like the face shape brush I like a bit more movement to blend quickly. If having the time to blend properly the brush would work for me.
Moving on to the smaller brushes which I will probably get the most use of. 227/ Luxe Soft Definer is similar to the Mac 217, just a little bit softer though. This brush has been great for blending out and giving the best sultry look I could ever get. 231/ Luxe Petite crease is again similar to the Mac 219  pencil brush. It allows enough movement and would be perfect for makeup looks involving a heavy crease line. 317 / Wing Liner brush is perfectly angle and stiff enough to give a defined line. I never got on with eyeliner brushes, I've always used the Collection 2000 fast stroke but since getting eyelash extensions I find its a lot easier to remove therefore making my eyelashes last longer.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL PUSH-UP LINER


This shit is like sharpie



I've had this sitting in my drawer since it first came out for the sheer fact that I absolutely hate it! Everyone seems to rave about it and I feel like I'm missing something. I don't know if its because I have forever used the Collection 2000 fast stroke liquid liner or I got my hopes too high. Whatever it is, I don't get on with it. When I was taking pictures for this post I got a little carried away and ended up doing some serious Winehouse eyes without realising how important the Push-up liner remover was... I spent ten minutes scrubbing my eyes with Micellar water and even that, the strongest makeup remover didn't even make a dent - You can imagine the panic when I had work in an hour.
I have to admit, I am hard to please when it comes to liners. I've stuck to the same one for four years, that's the longest relationship I've had with anything. When the Push-up liner came out I thought maybe it was time for a breakup, but in the end it just made us stronger. I hate the Push-up liner for a number of reasons 1| It's meant to be easier to use however, the formula goes on really creamy to begin with but dries within a second, I had to keep adding to it to make it even and I ended up with a scaly looking line that seemed like it was one crack away from flaking. 2| It's really difficult to get a clean looking line without having to run over it a million times. 3| The liners not extremely expensive but when you have to buy a remover on top of that, it seems silly to buy the two separately.
I feel a little bad slating the liner when it does have a few good qualities. Admittedly it is a pain the arse to buy a remover but, the liner doesn't move. If I'm having a good day and it looks good, that would be something I'd appreciate. Its the blackest liner I have used and would be great for 60's bombshell looks for thick feline flicks. The flexi silicone tip is a great idea and does feel nice on the eye and I can see why it would improve the look of your flicks. The formula works really well for the tight line and waterline but on skin its not doing it for me. Its an ok liner, but the concept just doesn't work for me. I feel bad for saying it, but I don't think its worth the high expectations I had for it.
Who knows I could be doing something completely wrong and it really is truly amazing but it didn't work for me. I think if your happy with the liner you're using at the moment its not worth the £18.50. If you have tried it how did you get on with it?
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Sunday, 24 August 2014

TINY TEA REVIEW

"This cleanse will assist with reducing weight, easing bloating, increasing digestion functionality, improving skin clarity, increasing energy levels and alleviate issues associated with food intolerances."
I've had an on off relationship with Tiny Tea since March. If you haven't heard of the Your Tea brand, it sells numerous combinations of herbal tea claiming to aid weight loss, fertility and clear skin. At first, I was a little sceptical of weight loss products, but after doing some research and trying to accept that its not a miracle product I gave it a go. Clearing up any misconceptions about Tiny tea; its not a laxative unlike similar tea that is on the market - avoiding the laxative effect is probably going to benefit you in more than a few obvious ways. The tea is not a substitute for a meal, you drink the tea 30 minutes before or after a meal. I didn't even think about this until I read FAQ's, for any ladies on the contraceptive pill, the tea won't effect your pill unless you experience adverse reactions.
You can buy Tiny Tea for 14 or 28 days in which you take 3-4 times a day. I forgot several times in the day to drink my tea, so I suggest if you're serious about doing the teatox setting an alarm to go off throughout the day to remind you to have your tea. I don't drink tea or coffee, luckily I like herbal tea blends though. Admittedly the tea doesn't taste like my beloved chamomile, but its not utterly vile, in fact after a few days I quite enjoyed the taste of it. Because the tea is pack in cute pink sachets they are easy to put in your bag and have when you like. I suffered absolute frustration with these tea bags, they split so easily and you end up having herbs floating in your drink, which kind of put me off a little.
Obviously the main question is whether it works or not. In terms of making you feel better it gets top marks. It reduces bloating within ten minutes, I've found myself drinking it before I go out if I'm wearing tight clothes and I don't want the alcohol baby on show (alcohol baby - let me know if you know what that one it). This may be psychological as well, but if I drink before I eat I don't particularly want to eat as much as I did before. However, If you really want to lose weight, I don't think Tiny Tea's going to do it alone. It's great for increasing your energy levels, suppressing your appetite and making your body feel more comfortable, all of which are needed when you're trying to lose weight. Although its good, its not holy water unfortunately.
Think of Tiny Tea as a Protein shake to a muscle man - I hope you enjoyed my analogy there.  
28 Day Teatox £31 (84 tea bags)
14 Day Teatox £20 (42 tea bags)
What are your thoughts on Tiny Tea?
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