indie make up brands - introducing rockalily

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I am in love with this lipstick. Not even lust, full blown love. Granted, it doesn't cuddle me at night like Del does but it's easily one of the best lipsticks in my collection (and i'm sure it would if it could). Everything about this brand oozes cool, and I couldn't wait to share it with you.

Rockalily is an independant brand formed by 'ReeReeRockette' who, like the best of us, sick of trying to find her perfect lipstick went about making it herself. Excellent. As my grandmother always said, if you need to throw a box into the sun, you gotta do it yourself! (brownie points if you get the tv quote there) But seriously, what a strong and fantastic ethos. This, combined with the leopard print and 50's clad website made me click that purchase button and wait excitedely for the postman to arrive with it.

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This is what ReeRee says about her brand:
I wanted Rockalily to celebrate an alternative femininity - I thought of everything I loved about how my friends and I dressed -  bright red lips, tattoos, leopard print and vintage style inspiration. Rockalily Ladies aren’t afraid to be seen, and are confident in their own awesomeness.

I was tired of trying to find my perfect red lipstick. I was overwhelmed with lipstick choices, but disappointed with their colours. Some were too dry, some too dull, some made my teeth seem yellow whilst others bled beyond my lip line. I knew I wanted a blue-based red lipstick but beauty assistants didn't appear to know what I meant when asked for one!

So I decided to start my own brand of lipsticks, where less really could be more. I wanted to create a range that could be worn every day and that were the right shade and quality of product. I wanted Rockalily Ladies to be able to quickly choose which shade would be right, and be confident that they wouldn't be disappointed when they got them home. I settled on three red shades and one pink, creating a capsule range of perfect shades for anyone brave enough to apply!


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This couldn't scream Zozo if I made my own brand myself. I am not your average beauty blogger, I think that's obvious from my blog really, and I love that Ree made a brand with alt girls in mind. Those girls you see at the front of gigs, head to toe in tattoos, singing along with the burly men and with music knowledge hotter than the Kings of Leon's sex. This is me. I am that girl. Granted you can swop the burly men for scrawny Frank Turner, and i'm not quite there with the tattoos just yet, but music and alternative fashion is my life all over. I live and breathe Sailor Jerrys - hell, I even DJ'ed at a Sailor Jerrys party a few weeks ago - and am constantly addicted to all things 50s.

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So here's the facts. Rockalily sell four shades of lipstick, each retailing at £14 (50p more than MAC) with £2.50 postage if you buy online. You can also pick them up at the Powder Rooms in Soho too though. There are two blue based reds, one orange based and a blue based pink. All perfect 50s fashionista shades. I decided to go for Rockette Red and here's some swatches and photos:

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Here's what it looks like on my lips firstly in flash simulated daylight with tungsten light:

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The lipstick applies really easily, it's very soft and creamy. It dries to an almost matte finish but not matte enough to be drying, like some of the MAC lipsticks can be. It's really workable and buildable on the lips and seems to last for a long time once applied. The pigmentation is astounding, you can see on my lips in the swatches just how bright it is, and the red colour is just gorgeous. It's exactly what i'm looking for! I could not be more thrilled with my Rockalily lipstick and am very glad I purchased it - it's easily one of and if not my favourite in my lipstick collection and that is a bold claim!

You can buy at www.rockalily.com.

What do you think of Rockalily? Would you look into these lipsticks, perhaps there is one you have your eye on? Had you heard of Rockalily before this post or is this a completely new brand to you?
Love, Zozo xxx

bourjois summer product launch event - part two - cosmetics + guest blogger needed

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
As a kid I used to admire the Bourjois round pot eyeshadows, all swish in their stand at my local Boots. I was about 10/11 and my friend and I used to save up our money to buy them as they're about £6 each (that's a lot of pocket money for the late 90s) I only ever owned about three, and I loved them at the time but never touched them again as I got older, favouring the trendier MAC, and cheaper drugstore offerings. That said, I live and die by their liquid eyeliners, pencils and lipgloss but i've hardly delved into their other products.The lovely PR team at Bourjois invited me down to their HQ to check out their summer offerings, you can check out part one of this post here.

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So I mentioned the eyeshadows earlier and how their little round pot is so iconic within the Bourjois brand and the humble eyeshadow has been re-invented to this Intense Eyeshadow that i've decided to call the Super Round Pot. These things pack a punch, cor, I would not definitely want to mess with this for a dark night out. They're made of mineral pigments and are paraben and fragrance free - great news. They launched in stores nationwide from 15th June and they're £6.99 each. There are 10 shades and here are the three I picked, 01, 04 and 08. Swatches!:

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The other launch was for the Delice de Soleil Bronzing Collection. This aims to give you a gorgeous sunkissed look without even going abroad. Now. I am a sincerely proud ghost, a happy paley, and a dandy dead looking soul (i jest i jest) and therefore anything with the word "bronze" in the title instantly turns me off. So, I am not entirely drawn to this immediately. However, when used properly and lightly it can bring a little bit of summery definition to your cheekbones. Either that or i'm going deluded from hanging out with tan-fiend Lu too much.. There are four products, the Bronzing Powder (£8.99), the Mineral Bronzing Foundation (£9.99), the Bronzing Powder for Face and Body (£7.99) and the summer editions of the famous Effet 3D Lipgloss (£6.99).

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I gotta admit, I love this Mineral Bronzing Foundation. The concept behind it is brilliant. It has a swivel lid which means you can control how much of which colour is coming out, and therefore can mix a shade exactly suited to your tan. Imagine you're off to Benidorm/Ibiza/Florida/delete as applicable. Days 1 and 2 your skin barely changes. But by days 6, 7, 8, you've tanned and the sun has planted a big sloppy kiss all over your body. Your foundation doesn't match. Bummer! No more of that issues with this as you can simply mix the darker shade in. Genius. Really big fan of this. Here's some swatches anyways!

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The Bronzing Powder for Face and Body is the ultimate lazygirls friend. It's a bit like a dry shampoo, but it's a bronzer. Spray onto arms, legs, tummy, wherever. Done. That's it. There's two shades, and it's choc a bloc full of natural ingredients. I can see this going down really well on those Balearic beaches this summer, with girls wanting to enhance their tan really quickly, safely and easily. Also as a quick pep up in the UK for a night out come rain or shine!

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The Effet 3D Lipglosses should already be your friends. They're not?! Why! I have loved these babies since I was young, and for the simple reason that they have a brush applicator (love that) and they are full of glitter and look awesome. The summer collection ones come in two shades, Rose Pacific and Brun Exotic. Brun Exotic is terrifying in the pot but looks like a gorgeous soft golden peach:

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The handy swivel mirror on the Bronzing Powder makes for an easy effortless application. Here it is in action:

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Now ladies, this is where I need your help. The Bronzing Powder and Bronzing Spray are totally not right for me at all and I really want to pass them on to a beauty blogger who can give them a gorgeous review. You MUST fit the following criteria to apply.
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You need to be a UK beauty blogger (i don't care how many followers I just want a genuine passion for writing, no fluff)
You need to be familiar with and love the Bourjois brand
You need to provide good quality images of the product on you and how you use it
You need to give an honest but constructive review
and overall
You need to be honest and actually review the product!

I am going to need a review at the end of it to pass on to the lovely team at Bourjois so i'm looking for a trustworthy and passionate blogger. If you think you fit the bill leave me a comment saying why you want to review them and i'll post them to you! I'm going to pick my guest blogger by Friday night so you have until 10pm Friday to tell me why you want to be a golden goddess courtesy of Bourjois!

So, what do you guys think of the new cosmetic ranges? I sincerely recommend you try those eyeshadows, they really are unrivalled in the drugstore market for pigmentation. And if you're looking to enhance your bronze tan will you be checking out anything from their summer bronze range? Do let me know, as always it's great to chat products!
Much love, Zozo xxx

All the products in this post were provided for me for consideration for free by Bourjois.

p&g summer spa update

Friday, June 24, 2011
Okay so you all remember the original P&G summer spa post I wrote about here, well now the event has happened and the videos have gone live so i thought i'd do a little follow up with you so you could watch and catch up on what happened!

Here's Caroline Barnes from Maxfactor 


And Cristel Lundvquist from Wella!


I've just sat and watched all the videos which are awesome and it's so good to see how much of a success the P&G summer spa was, what an awesome thing for bloggers to be a part of! I highly recommend you guys pop down to the website and watch some of the other videos, all you need to do is register and you can do that here:

http://www.pgbeautysummerspa-live.com/register

Thankyou all so much for voting on my poll and leaving comments with questions for the ambassadors and making the summer spa a success. There are 15 wildcard winners which haven't been announced yet so if you knew you entered by leaving a comment make sure you check back to see if you won! You can of course cheat and see if they answered your question as they're all in the videos so make sure you register to watch them all. I found them really interesting and enjoyed being a part of it.

Hope you guys enjoyed this!
Love, Zozo


This is a sponsored post courtesy of Handpicked Media.

bourjois summer product launch event - part one - nails

Thursday, June 23, 2011
I had to a chance to swing by the Bourjois press offices and see their new collections and learn all about their new reformulated super pigmented eyeshadows (coming in the second post) and their new collections, and I couldn't wait to share them all with you! I trotted down to their lovely press rooms for some Karl Lagerfield diet Coke and a good old natter with some of my favourite beauty bloggers. There were so many products that i've split them into two posts, look out for part two about the new cosmetics very soon!

Beauty Bloggers Europe and the UK over have been waxing lyrical about these new So Laque shades of polish, and I did actually have a little gander at them in my local Superdrug before I even knew about this event, so already had a great idea of what to expect. The deal is this, there are 7 brand new permanant shades in some seriously fierce summer colours. I am loving that the drugstore market is really cottoning on to the need for neons and brights in the cheaper bracket of polish and these shades are all wonderfully unique and just gorgeous. They already dropped by Superdrug on 8th June and will be retailing in Boots from 13th July, and they cost a mere £5.99 each. If it's good enough for Kate Middleton right...?

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We were treated to the choice of three to take home with us - Milly and I had a serious time choosing - and the shades I picked were Blue Model, Lime Catwalk and Rouge Fashionista. Here's some swatches:

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Bleu Model and Lime Catwalk need two coats and apply fairly sheer to begin with but Rouge Fashionista is incredible, it applies so thickly and vibrantly with just one coat!

Aswell as these So Laque polishes there was a completely new polish launch, the 10 day Nail Enamel, which well, lasts up to 10 days. This has an angular brush for easy application and precise touch-ups to 'conceal minor chips' and prolong the colour for up to 3 extra days. These come in 12 shades and again cost £5.99 each.

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They popped into shops nationwide from 15th June. Again I was given three lovely shades so I picked numbers 15, 16 and 19. Here's some swatches:

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They all apply really well, the angled brush is so handy! I wasn't sure i'd like all the shades on but I love them, really big fan of these polishes. They dried super quickly aswell.

What do you think of the new Bourjois permanant line polishes? Do you fancy any of the So Laque brights or want to rock the 10 day nail - perfect for festivals right! Let me know in the comments, I love to know your thoughts!
Lots of love, Zozo xxx

All the products in this post were provided for me for consideration for free by Bourjois.

a week in skincare - thursday

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Ahh Thursday is one of those funny inbetween days, you can usually get away with a sneaky party after work as you know you're off on Saturday but you're all ready for the weekend and it's just not here yet! I love Thursdays personally, don't know why, it's just become one of my favourite days of the week. Just seems to be a good day all round! Here's my Thursday skincare:






















The Body Shop Camomile Makeup Remover | Lush Fresh Face Mask in Cosmetic Warrior | Elemis Toner | The Body Shop Vitamin C Eye Awakener | Decleor Hydra Floral

So again, I wash off any left over mascara from bedtime (there always seems to be some stubborn bits clinging on!) and wash my face with the Lush fresh face mask. I like a few of them especially Love Lettuce but I tried this one this time round in Cosmetic Warrior. I can't smell the funky smell that a lot of people complain of (but i've had a few ops on my nose!) so it seems quite pleasant to me. It's definitely not my favourite Fresh Face Mask, but it's nice and leaves my skin feeling soft. I love this Elemis toner, not only does it smell lovely and feel refreshing on my skin it's just a nice addition to my skincare for the day. I don't use it every single day in favour of the Body Shop Vitamin E spray which just seems to sink into my skin quicker, a convienience thing definitely, but this one is worth the time doing. I also use this Body Shop eye refresher to wake up my eyes a bit, I only use one end which is the rollerball end, i'm not a big fan of the wand, it just doesn't seem to do anything really. I then finish up with some Hydra Floral, as I do everyday!

I'm still really mulling over these eye products. I wonder what their real use is, and whether they really do anything at all to help the under eye? The more time goes on the more skeptical about it I am, and i'm not really convinced any of them do much good. I like the rollerball ones simply because they're one of those nice placebo morning effect things that you get used to, like coffee. I feel that coffee and orange juice in the morning wakes me up. No idea if it really does, I don't think it does at all, but it makes me feel like it does and maybe thats the more important thing. These rollerball eye creams make me feel awake, clean and that my face is cleansed. What they're really doing? Probably not much at all. But that doesn't matter to me, because they make my skin feel nice. What an odd thing!

What do you think of my thursday skincare? Do you use any Lush Fresh face masks and love Elemis? I would love to know your thoughts on the great eye cream debate too!
Much love, Zozo xxx

m&s summer beauty and a/w 11 fashion

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
In a small break from skincare, let's talk summer beauty and a/w fashion with m&s! A small door off Oxford Street leads you through into the extensive Marks and Spencer Press Rooms, which were absolutely choc-a-bloc full of all their latest clothing and their beauty line for us to play with. Now I only ever shop at Marks and Spencers food - thankfully there was a lot of that on hand too - so I was absolutely shocked to learn that the beauty range had infact been in m&s for ages! Cue excited squealing and much perusing, especially considering how reasonably priced everything is.

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One of the standout items for me that were highly pigmented, colours totally on this summers trend and incredibly affordable at just £3 each were the Nail Paints. Natalya and Katie got their nails painted in a gorgeous Coral.

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Katie also had her makeup done by the artist using the Essential Colours eye palette, which is full of brights and retails at £6. The artist really made her face pop with colour using the green! She was so brave. I setttled for a gorgeous gold and purple eye using the summer beauty palette but we forgot to snap a photo of me, doh!

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They also have the Tess Daly range - a bit of an odd celeb fronting but never the less still compelling - which is all body and skin care, mainly for the legs (hers are great now lets be fair) and summer body afterglows. Again this is all affordable ranging from £9.50 upwards. I've got a bottle of the Daly Legs to review which i'm very looking forward to cracking out when the sun gets a bit brighter and warrents letting me get my legs out!

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Aside from all this they had out their a/w fashion collection, and these are all the items that caught my eye:

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Love the vintage feel to this, If i were a bit older i'd love this:
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Seriously LOVE this lingerie set!
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What do you think of m&s beauty? Do you ever shop at m&s for skincare and make up? I'm definitely going to be hot footing it to a big m&s to get some of those nail paints I think!
Lots of love, Zozo xxx

This event was courtesy of Handpicked Media