just a super quick thankyou!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I have literally just hit 1,000 followers on Google Friend Connect on this here blog! I know this isn't a huge thing for a lot of you but for me this is a wonderful thing to happen and such a huge milestone for me.

I can't thank you all enough for continuing to support me and my blog in the way you all do. I am always overwhelmed as soon as I tweet and lots of you reply and the excitement of putting up a new blog post for the first time and sitting waiting for comments and chatter is just wonderful and something that means the world and more to me.

I have been blogging for just over 18 months now and I've loved writing about all the latest products and my favourite things for you. Thankyou all SO much for this. This really is a wonderful day for The London Lipgloss and i'm so thrilled you choose to stop by and read my ramblings. I very rarely sleep at all, catching around 3-4 hours a night because I'm so addicted to writing on here that as soon as i've finished my day job I try and attend as many launches as possible and then often head off to DJ or photograph gigs. I love to see that you enjoy reading my posts (and i'm surprised they're still so coherant considering the lack of sleep/food!)

What does the future hold? Who knows. What I can tell you is there will be lots more posts and exclusive launches hopefully aswell as a brand new feature which i've been working on tirelessly to bring to you. Without revealing too much it hopes to bring a unique hybrid between music artists and their makeup routines exclusively on my blog.

The London Lipgloss is growing so fast i'm losing sleep and working so hard to catch up with it. This is easily the best thing that's ever happened to me and I really hope you continue to love reading my blog in the future.

I will be celebrating this with a week's worth of giveaways, one for each day of the week. I will see you there and I can't wait to share the love!

Thankyou again! Normal posts will resume soon I promise (hopefully later/tomorrow).
Zo xxxx

korres lip butter

Saturday, August 27, 2011
This is one of those things i've wanted to try for ages. So I got it, and then promptly spilt juice all over my bag and ruined the gorgeous box packaging it comes in. Classic Zo. It wasn't even like, standard juice, it was like a full on lumpy smoothie. Really annoying because it made everything in my bag smell like a fruit plantation and all sticky! Gah. Anyway I managed to salvage it enough (and with a little help from my flash) but if you see any weird marks on the box, it's juice, and nothing to do with Korres! I shouldn't really have pointed it out I guess...

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Anyway the reason why I wanted to try the lip butter so much was that I have a Korres lipstick that was given to me when I guest blogged on Zuneta.com and one of it's biggest positive attributes is how soft and nourishing it is. I figured if their lipstick was that soft, how great will the lip butter be?

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The one I have is in Mango, and it certainly does smell of mango. It smells a little bit superficial, but definitely mango enough to please me. It's peachy red in colour and comes out with a slight tint to it. It's quite thick actually, but applies smoothly.

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At the moment my favourite lip balm is the squeezy tube of Carmex, mainly because i'm not a big fan of things you have to dip your finger in, and most balms you dip your finger in are usually oily or leave a greasy film on the lips. I'm not a fan at all of Vaseline and I wanted to try this as an alternative and to try and sway my mind from my bad experiences with dippy balms. I'm still not 100% sold on tub balms but I do much prefer the consistency of this compared to the others i've tried. It isn't greasy at all and it is just softening.

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When trying to describe it to a friend I said it was one of those 'my lips but better' products and I totally still stand by that. I can slap it on half asleep in the morning to soften my lips and the peachy red tint of the mango flavour compliments my lip tone really nicely.

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I think it's a nice product, and it's a lovely treat as it's packaging is divine and it feels like a luxury balm, but I know i'll still find myself reaching for the Carmex out of habit and mainly convenience. I do really love this product though and I feel determined to collect a few more (such a sucker for things with coherant packaging! I want, I want!).

Korres lip butters retail at £6 each and can be found in some larger Debenhams, Oliver Bonas stores, www.zuneta.com and Liberty of London.

What do you think of Korres? Do you have a lip butter? Do you prefer squeezy lip balms or dippy lip balms (all technical terms, of course!)
Let me know, Love Zozo xxxxxx

Disclaimer: This product was given to me as a gift, it wasn't a PR sample.

rockalily london limited edition - mermaid

Friday, August 26, 2011
I was very lucky a few weeks ago to tweet the lovely ReeRee from Rockalily expressing my - rather late - interest in Mermaid, a limited edition from Rockalily London. She replied saying they had all sold out but then a few minutes later found one stray Mermaid left in her box of lipsticks! She popped it in the post and almost instantly it was on my doorstep. Fate!

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Having fallen in love with Rockalily only a few months ago when discovering it for my Indie series, I was thrilled to learn the new shade was just as gorgeous as the original shade I picked from her permanant line.

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Mermaid is a soft bright red but still packs a punch pigmentation wise like all Rockalily shades. I was really interested to see if it differed much in application and longevity and I was thrilled to learn it was just as soft, creamy and long wearing. I really like Rockalily lipsticks because they are easy to apply. Some lipsticks can be a bit hard/drying and therefore quite hard to apply perfectly, but you literally need one swoosh of Rockalily and you're good to go. I just quite frankly don't know how ReeRee does it!

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Here's how it looks on the lips:
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I'm so hooked on Rockalily. I really am. It's so rare to find a brand you love and actually fall for not only because of their products but the story, the ethos behind the brand. Everything about Rockalily is so London, and I would recommend their shades to anyone.

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Actually since buying Rockette Red i've recommended Rockalily to a few of my girlie friends who have all waxed lyrical about it too. I'd be surprised if a year from now the blog world and lipstick loving world isn't a-wash with Rockalily love and praise, and i'm gonna make it my personal mission to help them gain more exposure! Rockalily was actually featured in Cosmopolitan this month - so women are already realising how great the lipsticks are. Such a brilliant brand, and of course we can all support the strong and inspirational woman behind it all.

Rockalily lipsticks are £14 each and retail here: www.rockalily.com

What do you think of Rockalily? Would you ever purchase their lipsticks? Have you, and if so what do you think?

Love, Zozo xxxx

Disclaimer: Rockalily are not affiliated with The London Lipgloss and I purchased Mermaid myself. Support indie makeup brands - they are much friendlier, cooler and overall better than commercial brands!

kms rebranding event

Thursday, August 25, 2011
If you're not familiar with Californian brand KMS you soon will be, as their entire range has taken a very impressive overhaul in terms of design. A lot of their products are the same but there are some
new products, 12 new products, and some of them are just fab. I was invited along to their relaunch party and couldn't wait to learn more about KMS. I used to use their products when they were in the old white packaging and now seeing the new packaging I can't imagine the old KMS at all, this suits them far better and was a much needed overhaul.

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KMS is, as they say, 35 'years young' this year hence the rebranding. It's new packaging is bright, bold, and gets to the point. Something about KMS i've always loved is it's individual needs, the fact that their collections are so broad they cover so many different hair types and help create individual style. KMS wants to help reflect personality and stand out from the crowd and I think now they do just that.

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The event was lovely and part of a bigger hairdresser competition event, meaning there were lots of lovely hairdressers on hand to style us up! First Lu, Natalya and I got into their photobooth for some serious wind machine pouting before Natalya and I went and got our hair styled:

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KMS knew that a lot of their fans loved their hero products, so they kept a lot of the old range but they also added 12 new products to the range bringing 52 in total, as well as a new subline called Freeshape which has heat activated technology to help style last until the next wash.

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I haven't had a chance to try all of these products yet but I wanted to share the packaging with you so you could see for yourself what the rebranding was. Here's a little 'sneak peek' into the future of KMS:

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One product I have tried and LOVE as i've never seen anything like it is the Freeshape Quick Blow Dry. As I said earlier, Freeshape is their brand new subline and this is intended to speed up the drying time of hair and also condition it at the same time.

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I REALLY noticed a difference between how quickly my hair dried, it now dries in almost half the time. I also used this without blowdrying my hair and it made it dry much quicker in natural time too - and it felt like actual silk. You need to shake it to activate it, look how cool it goes when you shake it:

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I have been loving this product and now have high hopes for the rest of the Freeshape range which I can't wait to get my hands on when KMS relaunches in September. The Quick Blow Dry will retail at £13.

If you want to stay on top of KMS and keep your eyes out for launch you need to bookmark http://www.kmscalifornia.com/ which launches live on September 1st. I was allowed a sneaky peek inside at the event and there are all sorts of great features coming to the website including an interactive style grid and an area where you can exchange reviews and news. Definitely one to rival other hair websites!
I don't normally share these things but I just had to due to how cute it is and how much effort went into the whole rebranding. This is the USB stick they gave me - it's a little hair play bottle!

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What do you think of KMS? Will you be buying anything from their rebranded collection? Did you already have any favourites?
Let me know, Love Zozo xxxx

Disclaimer: All products shown in this post were provided by KMS PR for consideration by me.

debenhams fekkai swap follow up

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Being the fortunate location of my workplace I was able to swing by the Debenhams on Oxford Street when they had the Fekkai swap a couple of months ago to claim my free Fekkai shampoo. Yay! This wasn't any sort of blogger thing by the way, it was open to all public - you just simply took an old or unwanted shampoo of any brand into Debenhams and traded it in for a brand new Fekkai one. Fab! I didn't have an old or unwanted shampoo (I love all my shampoos *clings on to them*) so I nipped into Boots and picked up an own brand one for a pound! Felt a bit bad giving away a brand new shampoo but hopefully the plastic will be recycled etc. Anyway this is what I got in exchange:

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The product is Fekkai's Advanced Salon Colour Care Shampoo, it's completely full size and it retails for £20.

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Fekkai is the brain child of Frédéric Fekkai, born in France. He has a unique take on haircutting and styling, instead of being a traditional hairdresser and making his stamp with a 'signature cut' he focussed on individuality and personality, becoming a master of customization. This is the biggest ethos and general thought behind the brand that developed in the mid-90s off the back of Fekkai's salon - the fact that each product is designed to suit individual needs.




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Now my colour is really faded, quite frazzled and generally in need of love - as always. I've had a few comments this month since using it that my hair looked brighter and a bit well, nicer, than usual and I've been trying to pin point what it was. I now know it was this! I don't think it's a miracle wonder product, but it's really helped restore softness into my hair and help revive the little bit of colour that is left until I go and get it dyed again (purposely putting it off so I can try and save my hair a bit!)

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Space NK say: "Salon Technician Colour Care is infused with galanga root, cultivated in South East Asia and widely used for its protection benefits. The Galanga Root, a known powerful natural UV shield, works within the quaternized complex to target damaged hair and seal the cuticle with a conditioning layer. The result? A powerful & unique refined complex that helps protect hair fibers and delivers luxuriously conditioned and vibrant colour hair" 

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It lathers up nicely and has a nice clean smell. After using my Herbal Essences stuff, nothing smells as amazing, but this has a really soft pleasant aroma that just leaves a great smell. I think it is obviously best used in conjunction with the conditioner from the same range, but i've been using it with others as I do genuinely prefer to mix things up.

This Fekkai Shampoo retails at £20 and can be found in Space NK and Debenhams.

Did you take part in the Fekkai swap? What do you think of Fekkai? Would you buy this, or is £20 just too much for a shampoo for you?
Let me know, love a bit of makeup chat & I read every single comment!
Love, Zozo xxxxx

Disclaimer: This was open to the public and Fekkai in no way endorsed TLL to write about this product. I, as a consumer, spotted a great deal and nabbed it! Get in!

new barry m gold sparkly crackle

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Nails Inc recently raised the bar of crackles by adding a glitter gold crackle to their upcoming launches, but straight in there Barry M nipped in with an affordable alternative! I haven't seen or heard about this anywhere before, not even on the Barry M website but spotted it on Saturday in Topshop Oxford Circus. They had two other 'foil' effect polishes too, but I decided to go for the crackle.

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I put mine over the top of Models Own Matt Black:

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I love it! I think it looks like a faberge egg! It's really sparkly and pretty, and much nicer than the block colour crackles. I saw one of the girls in store with it on her nails and then realised it was the exact same print as what is on the lid! I can't stop looking at them, they're so eye catching...

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It costs just £3.99 and all I know where you can buy it is that Oxford Street Flagship Topshop but if anyone in the UK has seen it anywhere else let me know!

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What do you think of the gold version of the crackle trend? Will you be buying this offering or the Nails Inc when it comes out?
Let me know if you like the nail look!
Love Zozo xxxx


Disclaimer: I purchased the Barry M polish giddy with excitement all with my own monies and the Models Own one was bought by me too.

dove nourishing body wash

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
There's something about Dove that i'm always drawn to. It's got a lovely homely, comforting, soft smell - and it always makes me want to wash with it. Since I was a kid and used to wash in the bath with their bar soap (as if you'd catch me doing that now, wish I still had baby soft young skin!) i've always loved their smell. When I found out they'd released a new range of soft 'Nourishing Body Washes' I wanted in.

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I have the Pomegranate one and the Plum and Sakura. Both still have that distinctive 'Dove' smell but have a unique fruity smell. I personally love the Pomegranate one the most but the Plum and Sakura one is gorgeous too, very soft and sweet smelling.

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Let's get down with the science, Dove say their body washes contain Nutrium Moisture which replenishes nourishment and enhances skin. This is what they say about it:

Some body washes can strip the moisture from your skin. Dove is different. With breakthrough Nutrium Moisture, it's proven to hydrate and nourish skin deep down and maintain its beauty.. they contain an ultra mild formula that is designed for everyday use and has a product for every skin type and is clinically proven to nourish skin, leaving it soft and smooth.

So, in plain English it means it's soft, and kind to all skin types while making sure skin stays lovely and moisturised. Pow!

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I put this to the test the only way I know how - all sleepy at 7am in the morning. I pre-plan my shower routine (I know, sad right) and then in the morning stumble blindly through the mist to whatever i've placed to wash my body with. The best thing I found about this was that a little goes a long way, and I found myself feeling clean and smelling lovely with very minimal effort. Fab! I didn't notice a huge difference in how my skin felt, but I didn't notice a huge difference in it feeling horribly dry/flaky/grim - so this is good news. I wouldn't say it's a miracle skin softener but it definitely smells heavenly, applies well and keeps skin looking lovely, I always start my day refreshed.

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There is something about Dove, I have to agree, that will keep me coming back for a while. I know it's not everyones cup of tea, but it's that softly homey smell that suckers me in every single time.

These retail at £2.29 but they're on sale for £1 each in Boots right now!

What do you think of Dove? Will you be trying this wash? How important is it to you that your body wash keeps your skin soft?
Love, Zozo xxxx


Disclaimer: The Plum and Sakura wash featured was a PR sample sent to me for consideration but halfway through and realising I loved it I picked up the Pomegranate one too and paid for it myself.

i wanna be, forever twenty one

Monday, August 22, 2011
I've been twenty two for three months so the title doesn't really apply to me, sucks. I actually miss being twenty one, such a wonderful age to be. Nevermind eh! Of course when Forever 21 opened literally opposite my workplace a few weeks ago I couldn't resist but pop in and try it out for myself. Although the age range of clothes they seem to be appealing to seems to be a little bit younger than 21, more 15-20 i'd say, they have some great items that are well priced, and i've already fallen head over heels for this denim playsuit I picked up two weeks ago...

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playsuit - forever 21 | belt - accessorize | lipstick - rockalily london

My belt is really old from Accessorize, about 5 years old I think but I still love it. I wanted something to bring a bit more detail to the playsuit, and I like how the gold belt brings out the gold button detail. I really love this playsuit and actually after only wearing it for one day and after buying it with Lily the day before she turned to me and was like 'oh, that's the playsuit you bought - it looks like you owned it forever'. I love this, makes me feel like it belonged to be in my wardrobe and I feel confident it suits me and is very 'Zozo'. Great job F21!

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It only cost around £19 which is a great deal, F21 have some really good price points. Some of their stuff even starts at about £2! Great news.

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I also styled my hair in really soft inward curls which I love when wearing simple clothing like this playsuit, I almost see it as an extra accessory to the outfit.

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What do you think of denim playsuits? Do you shop at F21? I love how simple this outfit is, just throw it on and go!
Let me know. Love Zozo ! xxxx


Disclaimer: All clothes featured in this post were bought by me. The belt I bought when I was 17!! Seventeen. I don't even remember being seventeen it feels like SO long ago....