benefit watt's up highlighter

Monday, November 28, 2011
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Benefit's Watt's Up Highlighter

I love the packaging on Benefit's Watt's Up highlighter, but I tell you now, it's a blimmin' nightmare to get in. I'm actually rather a lot like a man sometimes in that I can be found disregarding any sort of manual or instructions in favour of just giving it a bash and seeing how it goes. Usually cosmetics like this are quite straight forward - lid pops off, product comes out. Done. Sometimes there's a little screw mechanism sometimes there's not. Whatever. This little baby - looks absolutely beautiful but was like cracking the Da Vinci Code to get inside! I ended up ripping the sponge out, trying to twist things that clearly didn't twist.. gosh, once I figured it I felt like a right bloody fool but figuring it took much longer than it should. Anyway, to spare you the drama of ending up like that, you simply pop off the base (as shown in the photo) then the little blue lid, and then twist up the highlighter. The sponge is used to blend the highlighter into skin, but I personally didn't like the sponge, favouring my fingers for a more natural effect.

When swatched it's a gorgeous nudey/peach gold toned pearl effect that looks like this:

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It's so pretty. It can be a little tiresome using white toned highlighters, although I like the effect on my pale skin it can be nice in Winter to warm up my face a bit using a gold toned highlighter. I loved the way this sat on my cheeks and I think it complimented my skin well. I was worried it might be a little orange, but it's not. One thing I will say is that don't use a lot of it - use it very sparingly! Use too much and you'll look like a glitterball. I'm also a big lover of tinted moisturiser instead of foundation, and I found this to sit really nicely on top of a tinted moisturiser too - can often be a worry with something a little slippier than foundation. It blended really easily and felt lovely on my skin. If you're a natural beauty, popping this on by itsself would bring a brand new radiant glow to your skin - especially on darker skinned ladies.

It dries to a cream finish and reminds me a lot of the NARS Multiples. It's got the same vibe about it. I love the Multiples, so that's no problem. I just really wouldn't recommend using the sponge, I found it to remove more of the product than actually blend - definitely better off using your fingers for a soft glow. 

Benefit's Watt's Up retails at £24.50 from Debenhams, Benefit stores and online here.

I do think it's expensive but you do get what you pay for - these types of products do last a long time. You probably can find a powder version for much cheaper on the high street, but it wont quite give you that dewy finish that this one does so well. Plus, once you've cracked the code - the lightbulb is super cute!

What do you think of Watt's Up? Do you own it or do you think it's overpriced? Do you like products like this or are you a powder highlighter girl? Do you even use highlighter/all over glowy products at all?!
Love, Zozo 
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Disclaimer: Benefit's Watt's Up was provided for me for consideration by Benefit. They didn't provide any instructions for how to work it though!

faux fur + playsuit

Sunday, November 27, 2011
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 coat: forever 21 | playsuit: h&m

I've been living in this coat basically since I got it about a week ago. It's so warm! As I tweeted a little while ago, I'm worried it's going to turn into Homer's old dirty poncho! It's perfect for snuggling in when braving the cold, for snuggling on the sofa in, for snuggling in at the desk at work and for well, snuggling in general! It's from Forever 21 which I know is quite hard to find in the UK but you can get it online now, and I'm warming to it each time I pop in. I wasn't sure how to feel about the store at first, and it did help when I saw the S/S 12 collection and invisaged the future for F21, because I have been frequenting the store since it came in the UK on it's opening day. There definitely are some gems and definitely some stuff I don't like - but I think that's the same with a few stores on the UK high street.

My playsuit is from H&M (obviously!) and it's a soft silky effect. It was only £24.99 and is absolutely gorgeous on. I love the soft effect it has -it does genuinely feel like i'm sitting in my pjs! One thing about it is that it totally picks up every tiny little spill, even a little water! I've had to wash it straight away after wearing it once just because of the colour and the nature of the style it looks weirdly dirty even if it's not. Which is a bit annoying but such is life!

I love teaming a big faux fur coat with a little delicate number - it's very Marilyn Monroe esque and I really love that style. It's totally warm, but still feminine and pretty at the same time. 

The F21 coat can be bought here.

What do you think of this style? Do you like my coat and playsuit? Would you wear something like this or is it not your style? Let me know! My blog wont let me comment on my own comments at the minute but I love hearing what you have to say!!
Love, Zozo 
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Disclaimer: The Forever 21 coat was gifted to me by Forever 21 and not paid for with my own money. The H&M playsuit was bought by me entirely.

bloggers wearing shu uemura lashes

Saturday, November 26, 2011
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From top to bottom: Natalya - Filthy Gorgeous Makeup, Faye - All These Pretty Things, Jen - A Beauty Junkie In London, Lina - Make Up To Make Out, Kate - gh0stparties + Katie - Katie's Beauty Blog and finally me!
Shu Uemura Event - October 2011

There's nothing better than a gorgeous pair of eyelashes. I bet some of you gorgeous girls are even popping some on as we speak ready for your Saturday night on the town! One of the brands most synonymous with gorgeous lash products are the wonderful Shu Uemura - who specialise in the most bespoke lashes money can buy. A bunch of us were invited down to one of the most gorgeous venues in London for an evening with Shu Uemura to find out what made the lashes so great. After being allowed to choose our own pair of lashes, the lash artists (that's my new fancypants name for them now) took to our eyes and totally blinged them up. The lashes range from full on crazy to quite demure and pretty. We all chose different lashes, fortunately, and they made for some gorgeous photographs!

The Shu Uemura lashes are incredibly versatile, and last much longer than standard lashes. They don't come with glue however, so the cost of the lashes can be doubled but the lash glue they use is amazing - it wont budge until you ask it too and it's so kind to eyes. Also it comes in a bigger tube so it does last longer in the long run.

Both Faye and Lina's are made entirely out of feathers - how beautiful! Jen's are a natural flutter look, Natalya's have built in eyeliner to save you doing both and mine had eyeliner made out of diamantes! The range doesn't stop there though, I totally had my eye on the makeup artists' box of eyeshadows! They do a refillable system with the eyeshadow pans being £11 each where you can fill to make a box of eyeshadows like this:
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How gorgeous? They are a little on the pricey side, but they're so soft and pigmented. Each of us aside from Natalya was given a little eyeshadow makeover which you can see in the photos. I think Lina's is particularly striking and gorgeous - how well does it compliment her skintone?

Shu Uemura lashes range from £15 to £30 and can be bought from www.shuuemura.co.uk or Space NK.

What do you think of all the bloggers in the lashes? Spot any of your favourite bloggers? Do you think you'd wear any of the lashes featured? How do you feel about lashes, would you rather spend a little money on a cheap throwaway pair or invest in a showstopping reusable pair from Shu Uemura?
Love, Zozo 
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Disclaimer: This event was courtesy of Handpicked Media and all the eyelashes featured on the bloggers shown are all PR samples.

you know it's christmas when you spend at lush!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Lush Christmas Products 2011

I do really like Lush. I used to like Lush a lot more than I do now, but mainly because as with most things when you're an impatient addict always wanting the new thing over time you spend less time in the store and less money on the products. There is an exception to this rule though - Christmas at Lush! I needed a little pick-me-up a couple of weeks ago and so I picked up a few of the little bits just to start me off and I thought i'd share them with you. They are just too pretty not to photograph! I've only just got a bath in my new flat so i'm really excited about using them! I picked up (from top to bottom above) The Gingerbread House, The Melting Snowman, Three Gold Rings and Cinders. A couple of them are named incorrectly as shown above but the descriptions are still valid - odd!

I also bought another item but it'll be revealed in it's very own seperate post I love it that much! I'm a huge fan of Lush's bath products, so you can see my purchases are either Bath bombs or Bubble Bars - how seriously gorgeous is the Snowman? Awwww. Melted my heart! So cute. I bought Cinders and The Gingerbread House last year so already knew I loved them - they both have unique and gorgeous smells. Cinders is coated with popping candy so it fizzes and pops in the bath!

They're all so reasonably priced at about £3 each, and I think they're a lovely Christmas gift even if it's to yourself. I love their Christmas gift sets and think I might end up picking up a couple for gifts this year! I don't rate a huge amount of Lush's products, some of the body care and some of the skincare is a bit iffy - but I like the cutesy novelty bath stuff a lot! I do agree upon reflection with Lily about the smell of the store, I do wish it was better laid out so you could just smell each item individually rather than just being overwhelmed with the smells all in one go upon entering the store - whoosh!

What do you think of Lush? Do you love the bath stuff or do you rate their other products? Have you gone and done the annual Beauty Blogger's Pilgrimage to Lush for Christmas stuff?
Love, Zozo 
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Disclaimer: All the Lush stuff featured was bought by myself.

instyler rotating iron

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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Instyler Rotating Iron - Instyler

The Instyler is completely unique to any other hair styling product i've ever clapped my eyes on. For one it's got a bristly brush and for two it rotates. Yeah, what? Awesome! Something that rotates can only bring big bouncy curls as far as i'm concerned. The Instyler was developed by two stylists having worked in the industry for years and a bunch of those clever engineers that knew just how to stop women from getting flustered when styling hair. It's got three different heat settings, and the beauty of it is that because it rotates, it basically doesn't stick to your hair and frazzle it - so it's so good for your hair. Perfect for me! I've suffered with badly frazzled hair for a long time, and hairdressers have told me it's partly down to the tools I use - 1, being cheap and 2, just frazzling my hair. So I do believe with the Instyler you get what you pay for, and I especially like the idea that it doesn't hang onto your hair long enough to burn it.

Now, I have mid length hair now, and the barrel is quite big. I instantly thought - hmm, is this going to work on me? And I do believe it does work better on long hair simply because it looks gorgeous having run through the ends for a soft curl, much like the promo image. What I can NEVER achieve ever from backcombing or straightening or any sort of blowdrying is that gorgeous Fearne Cotton-esque tousled short volume, and that was what I intended to set out achieving with the Instyler. Having scanned the QR code on the box and got my how-to video up on my iPhone I set about getting some Fearne locks! I popped mine on the hottest heat because my hair is thick - if your hair is fine you must turn it to the medium or low setting. Then to use it you take a section of your hair, wrap it around the barrel and then clamp the Instyler to set the revolver going. You leave for about 20/30 seconds and then remove! Let's take a look at my new Fearne hair! *Note, these photos were taken without the aid of any hairspray or backcombing at all.

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Seriously impressed with the amount of volume it instantly gave my hair! I think it's totally created that soft-messy-tousled-indie-girl look well, and on my hair it's almost a bit grungy, I love it! Basically at the moment I don't have any fancy hair things, just some straighteners and a good set of brushes - so I can only ever do poker straight, or full on curly curls. I've never been able to achieve that inbetween look and every time I see Fearne I want it! I love what the Instyler has done to my hair, and it took about ten minutes. Well, it took ten minutes once i'd figured out the tool! I have to be honest, if you're not a hair stylist or even remotely good at hair - trust me i'm completely hopeless - it's quite the confusing contraption at first. I did find myself getting a tiny bit flustered trying to find the button to activate the rolling barrel but once I stopped being a dingbat it was easy to do.

I would immediately recommend the Instyler to you lovely long haired girls - because you'll get perfect Kim K curls every time, but for shorter to mid haired girls it doesn't really create curls but trust me it creates loadsa volume! For me, the price is justified because I don't know any other hot tool that adds beautiful volume rather than just styling, and I feel 100% confident that the Instyler is being kind to my hair. Not only that but it straightens amazingly - I found it straightened and added volume, which is usually rare to find a tool that does both well - and my hair looks super shiny. Awesome!

You can get the Instyler for £99.99 from www.instyler.co.uk, Boots and QVC!

What do you think of the Instyler? Would you buy it? Are you concerned about the hair tools you buy and whether you're frazzling your hair or not? Ever since my hairdresser told me off I seriously am - no more awful £19.99 straighteners for me! Let me know what you think- I reckon this could make a great Christmas gift!
Love, Zozo 
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Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post courtesy of Handpicked Media and the tool was a PR sample.

my interview with grazia daily!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Yup that's my voice at the start! Just a quick blog post to show you the interview I did with Grazia Daily. My bestie Lily Pebbles did it too and it's turned out really well apart from seeing my awful mug on video!
Hope you guys like it and thankyou Grazia!
Love Zozo 
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look beauty triple hit eyeshadows

Monday, November 21, 2011
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Look Beauty Triple Hit Eyeshadows in LA Luxe and Sexy Smoke

So, braving the world of crossover beauty mag and cosmetics world is the UK's most loved weekly, Look Magazine. Having combined their years of experience writing and raving about beauty for their readers with a passion and love for cosmetics, they decided to create a range that embodied all that is great about fashion and beauty. Thus, Look Beauty was born! It's the first of it's kind, the first ever magazine to create a full cosmetics line - which retails in Superdrug stores. Last week saw the blogger launch of the range and I just could not help but show you two pieces from the collection that I haven't been able to stray away from since I got them. The range has got some new products that aren't seen on the high street, namely the Double Hit lip which is a lipstick and a lipgloss in one but here, the Triple Hit eyeshadows. What this is is a huge dome full of baked eyeshadow goodness with three gorgeous shades to create the perfect eye look all in one go. I know what you're thinking, baked eyeshadow, yawn. But these are completely different. They're soft, finely milled, pretty, and well not to mention huge, but above all they have incredible payoff! Seriously. I am in love with them and have created some gorgeous looks with them.  

Let's take a little look at what I mean, here's some swatches of both:

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Triple Hit in LA Luxe | Look Beauty

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Triple Hit in Sexy Smoke | Look Beauty

How gorgeous is LA Luxe? Seriously? I've found my perfect eye at the moment consists of the white highlight in the corner of my eye from Sexy Smoke, then the soft peach glitter from LA Luxe under my brow bone and softly through the inner lid, followed by the sparkly gold frm LA Luxe all over the lid, then mixing a little of the black from Sexy Smoke and the taupe brown from LA Luxe together on my brush and blending through the crease. Gorgeous! Normally, I approach baked eyeshadows with caution because they usually equal fallout, or intense glitter chunks all over the top of my cheeks. But these do not do either, they have everything from your standard eyeshadow but in a softer baked version. I really love them, i'm totally not afraid to admit that I rate the peachy glitter just as highly as one of my favourite highlights - MAC's All That Glitters. Eeek! Bold statement...

The Triple Hit eyeshadows retail at just £7.50 which is an absolute steal I think. They also perform intensly when used wet, so do have a great multitude of uses. I am really loving these at the moment and think they're totally worth the money. Look Beauty isn't in every single Superdrug store yet but they've got a list up on their Facebook page of all the stores that are carrying it, and I do encourage you to get down to one and check it out! Not everything in the range is to everyone's taste, there are some bold and bright shades - but I think these ones are a good safe bet and should be in everyones makeup stash! They've earned a place in my makeup bag even, honoured.

I'll leave you with a picture of our photobooth fun from the blogging event!
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What do you think of Look Beauty? Are you loving these Triple Hit eyeshadows like I do? Or do you not rate it? How do you feel about a magazine making a beauty range, hit or miss? Let me know! Due to lack of internet i'm really missing blogging regularly (my posts have cut from 4/5 a week to 1 atm!) so I love the chatter! 
Love, Zozo 
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Disclaimer: These Triple Hit Eyeshadows were gifted and not paid for by myself.