vlog #02

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


This is the second episode of my fortnightly vlogs, i'm really sorry it's late - I had major issues uploading it on Sunday and last night was totally pre-occupied at the #zomgbloggersbash for my lipstick with Rockalily! So pre-occupied infact that I completely forgot to take any sort of photo or video at the event! Rubbish.

This vlog features Del opening his GlossyBox for Men and struggling to get in to it, some event coverage from New CID, Decleor and Bare Minerals as well as other random little tit bits of my life this past fortnight! Hope you enjoy and please please give me your feedback, i'm still new and nervous about this whole YouTube malarky!
Love, Zozo 
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five ways to ensure you spoil you on valentines day

Sunday, January 29, 2012
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The perfect Valentines gift for yourself - but which one is right for you?

Instead of being that blog that spouts some regurgitated old press release at you about what you should buy this Valentines Day (i'm tired of reading them already and it's not even February!) I thought i'd show you my own personal favorite things to spoil yourself with on this annual love day. It doesn't matter if you're single, married, divorced or just happy in a relationship (like me) you should always take time to spoil yourself. This shouldn't even just be a one off thing, this should be at least once a week - but seeing as it's Valentines Day it's a good place to start and a good way to remind yourself about you. I don't believe in moonpig cards and expensive chocolates, and Del and I have always taken Valentines Day as a chance to spend time with each other - the old fashioned way it should be. I always take Valentines Day as a good chance to ensure I get some Zozo time too - well i'll be honest I take any day I can as a chance to get Zozo time, there's only so much playstation in the flat I can handle! So I thought i'd show you ladies how you can take the time to love yourself, and heck, even if you are looking for love this Valentines Day/weekend, at least you'll look your very best!

Treats on a budget


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| Accessorize Nail Polishes - £4 - Superdrug |

Spoiling yourself shouldn't and doesn't have to cost the earth. One of the nicest and easiest ways to make yourself feel glam, or better about yourself at home is to simply paint your nails gorgeously. These sparkly two-tone Accessorize polishes are perfect for doing just that. They come in loads of different shades but after the recent hype and then let down of the Models Own Beetlejuice collection, you can easily fulfill your duochrome desires with these fab performing polishes. I find they last a good amount of time, have great coverage with just one coat and are in much prettier colours than that over hyped collection. They've been out for over a year as well... you'll kick yourself for not spotting them sooner! I love painting my nails and these polishes are totally sure to get a big smile back on your face!


The gift that keeps on giving


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| GlossyBox - £12.95 inc postage - glossybox.co.uk |

What better way to treat yourself than to keep treating yourself? GlossyBox is a beauty subscription service that arrives in a gorgeous box once a month to your door. The special edition Valentines one (as featured) includes everything you need for a hot date, even if it's just in front of the tellybox! How ridiculously amazing is the pink colour? I want to eat it! GlossyBox is very widely known amongst beauty bloggers but for the other half of my readership that aren't beauty bloggers, it's an investment well worth having. I spend about £12.95 on my lunch for two days in the city, let alone being able to have some beauty products sent to me for the same price. At least one of the products in each beauty box is a make up item, and at least one but very often more of them are always full size. You always get your money back, it's a great return. If you find something in your box from a brand you really like there's usually always an exclusive GlossyBox money off code for that brand too - it's the perfect money saving all rounder for any beauty loving woman. You can also buy it as a gift now - what a lovely way to treat a friend on Valentines? I'd buy one for Lily if she didn't already have a million GlossyBoxes... !

A gift with rewards to share with friends


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| The Sanctuary 30 Day Youth Revolution Spa at Home kit - £22.50 - Boots |

Bring the spa home for Valentines weekend with this kit from The Sanctuary. It's designed as a 30 day kit to pamper your skin and help fight any signs of ageing. It even includes a gorgeous brush for ensuring you apply the product perfectly. The way I see this, yes you could use it for 30 days and reap the benefits (love yourself for a month!) or, you could invite over your best girlie pals and pamper them all! The brush means you can wash inbetween applying and is hygenic, and the whole feeling of it is totally spa based. It's a peel, so you keep it on for 20 minutes - loads of time to watch an episode of your favourite show - before all descending on the bathroom in fits of giggles as you peel it all off your face. Think Damien in Mean Girls with ham on his face, it'll be hilarious. I will be using this on myself for a 30 day treat (as it's intended) but I think just one application if you were to do it in a group would still feel lovely, especially when you live in the grimy city like I do.

A gift that you and your boy will love


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| Decleor Aroma Cleanse Exfoliating Body Cream - £29 - HQ Hair |

This is quite an expensive gift but chances are if you don't have a partner you'll have a little bit of extra money anyway (I know this because Del costs me a fortune in food!) and well, who doesn't love a bit of Decleor? This really thick body cream exfoliates while it cleanses and ooomg it is lush. I'm quite particular with exfoliators, especially on my body. My face often takes the brunt of the world, wind, rain, elements and general London dirt - but my body usually stays covered up and cushy. So the skin on my body is a lot softer and needs a little bit of extra soft care - Decleor of course know all about pampering and have created the most perfect body cream with soft round exfoliating beads to gently bring the skin back round to it's best. I absolutely love this, and I find it works so well getting all the dead skin off the rest of my body. And well, if you are in a relationship or heading out on a hot date, your man will find your gorgeous soft skin so irresistible! 

All out Luxury


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| Body Scrub by Ila Spa - £50 - Ila Spa UK |

I went and met the founder of Ila Spa recently and ever since I haven't been able to get this brand out of my head. I recently treated my Mum with an Ila Spa candle and the smell of it is ridiculously divine. She pops it on when in the bath and it provides full mind relaxation. This is the luxury Body Scrub and it's thick, soft, full of minerals and Himalayan salt crystals to remove all impurities. It's very expensive, but it's handmade in a barn in the gorgeous Cotswolds and I can ensure you, you'll never smell a better skin/body care range than the Ila Spa range. At the event I was treated to a facial using some of the skincare products and it was so good I almost fell asleep in the poor womans hands, and then walked around London afterwards in a sleepy relaxed daze. Every time I use this scrub at home I feel like i'm in the middle of a forest, at one with nature, falling asleep in the gorgeous scents. I know it sounds like i'm gushing, but you know how much I love good body products and especially one with a good ethos and that actually not only helps your skin but works the mind and soul too. The best way I find to use it is to wash my hair, get out of the bath, rub this all over my body on slightly damp skin and then chill out for a few mins on the side of the bath (i'm usually playing Bejewelled!) then get back into the bath (run a little more hot in) letting it all wash off and all sink into the bathwater. Bliss!

There you have it ladies! A different spin on Valentines, and ample opportunities to ensure you take time out with the person you should love the most - yourself. I even feel relaxed just thinking about these products!

What do you think of my Valentines guide? Do you have any of these products or will you be tempted to buy any of them on Valentines? Let me know! Happy Sunday, i'm off to pop that Ila Spa mask on!
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: Everything in this post was provided for me for review free for consideration by each of the brands. None of them were provided for a 'valentines' feature, but i'd been saving them for a pampering feature and I think they work perfectly! I am also a glossybox ambassador but not paid to feature the glossybox.

i saw you on a cover on cross bay boulevard

Wednesday, January 25, 2012




























































| tee: h&m | shorts: h&m | tights: h&m | shoes: h&m | bag: max c |

My love for H&M has gone beyond a joke now. It's a serious, fully fledged problem. Well, as far as clothes go anyway - which kinda isn't that serious. Anyway, I work next to a H&M and it basically just is my entire wardrobe. I don't really even care though, I love their clothes and as soon as I spied this cute shirt in there I needed it, and it was only £9.99. Barga-licious. My new favourite shorts are these ones that have featured in a few other outfit posts, they look leathery here but they're not. They have like a lace overlay pattern on them.

My bag is by Max C of London which I bought from ASOS and I do absolutely adore it. The only thing is that pretty much the day after I got it all the lining on the inside ripped completely :( The bag should be unusable but I love it so much i'm just bearing with all the frayed inside and everything. Such a shame. My friend Jax bought this bag too and hers did exactly the same, we think it's because the zip is too close to the lining, and the pressure on the lining makes it just shred. It upset me but it's still a really great durable bag so it's worth using - just have to bear with the annoying lining!

My shoes are some really old H&M favourites with chains on and as always the hair is courtesy of Halo Hair Extensions.

What do you think of my heart tee? Just in time for Valentines day too! What do you think of my outfit? Do you like my Max C bag?
Love, Zozo 
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Disclaimer: Everything in this post was paid for and bought by myself. Yippeee!

when lily and zozo met sophy robson

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Lily and Zozo with Sophy Robson - October 2011 - These are all Lily's photos

This wasn't a planned thing at all, it was sheer coincidence and I felt quite bad for Sophy that this happened to her, but basically Lily and I were at the Car Bootique in Westfield a couple of months ago doing Lily's #wihtwestfield game and generally shopping. We had a mooch around the Car Bootique before Firetrap approached us and asked if we'd like to leave our email in exchange for getting our nails done by 'Sophie Robinson' the woman said. Both Lily and I were confused, put our emails down, went away to think and then came back having realised she meant Sophy Robson! What meant to happen was that Sophy Robson's nail technicians were meant to do the show, but Sophy got roped in right at the last minute as the PR had been promising the crowd she would be there to do people's nails.

Lily of course being a big fan of Sophy's 'eek' nails from the Giles Deacon show and me loving her recent invention the Dalmation nails - yes ladies and gents, that is a Sophy Robson original - we both jumped at the chance to speak to her and get our nails done by her. Only one of us had time to get them and seeing as Lily wanted it I let Lily get hers done while I asked Sophy some questions (I know, i'm cheeky, right?) Want to find out what she rates and what she hates and all about Sophy? Read on...

I asked Sophy what brand of nail varnish she liked the most to which she responded that she didn't 'care about the brand' and picked all her nail varnish shades just primarily on the colour. She said she used anything from Topshop nails to Chanel, and would buy whatever colour she liked or needed. I noticed she had Chanel's Peridot, but it was covered in blue polish. She told us a story in that the Peridot was actually the sample one before the pre release given to her by a friend at Chanel, and she'd accidently spilt another blue polish all over ruining what could have been a timeless piece of Chanel polish history!

Sophy also talked about how near on impossible it is to copyright a nail look, and before talking to her neither of us actually knew the Dalmation nails were her design, before they were essentially stolen by Topshop and repromoted all over the internet. She explained there was nothing she could really do about it, apart from ensuring that all clients after the design done perfectly should head to her salon - which is priced incredibly well - to get them done by Sophy's trained technicians. What she did do, is start her own Tumblr called Nail Porn where she showcases all of her nails and what should now become your go to for nail art inspiration.

She also explained how for her she felt Fashion Week was fun but it was 'done', and she preferred working at home on her own designs and concentrating on her salon. She loved designing for designers and being a part of the fashion weeks but as she'd done it for so long it had become so stressful and hard for her to continue doing. I don't blame her, the pressure at fashion week is immense, and when you're as talented as Sophy it's not really an essential thing you need to do.

We also chatted nail art, our favourite nail designs and she had a go at Lily for not using basecoat! I loved my impromptu meeting with Sophy Robson, she was absolutely beyond lovely and am now off to book myself a visit to her salon!

What do you think of Sophy Robson? Did you like this little interview-y insight into her life? How lucky was Lily to have her nails personally painted by her for free! We both left grinning, it was easily the best part of our day. No one else around the stand knew at all who she was, and I think she as well as us were suitably refreshed to be able to talk about her designs and her work in the afternoon.
Love, Zozo 
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Disclaimer:This event was not a PR event or staged for the blog, it genuinely was sheer coincidence and I thought you might like to see it!

ysl glossy stain in rose pastelle

Monday, January 23, 2012
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YSL Glossy Stain in Rose Pastelle

I made a little bit of an error with this purchase. I know, not a good way to start a post. But honestly, so pumped about the YSL Glossy Stains I ran into Selfridges to find they had them in there as an exclusive early purchase. I couldn't decide at all between the shades, but I knew after trying some already at an earlier date I needed them in my life, they were amazing. My magpie eyes were instantly drawn to the absolute gorgeousness that is shade number 18, Rose Pastelle. It's just the most beautiful baby pink, it's slightly milky but it's just beautiful, completely the kind of lipgloss I go for. I had really high hopes and was so excited about trying it out once I got home. Now, the shades i'd played with before were very bright reds or pinks and of course they stained my hand like mad - infact only after 7 hand washes did the stain come off, seriously, these babies do not budge. But this one? No stain at all. It was pretty disappointing. I do think its really pretty as a lipgloss though, and it's not sticky or annoying at all but feels really glossy. I'd definitely love this over the top of a soft pink lipstick as well. The thing is on it's own it's quite sheer, lets take a look:

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See what I mean? It's just a bit too milky and sheer to work on it's own as a gloss. It also doesn't leave behind any sort of baby pink stain which is what I was really hoping for, I was hoping it would be my cheat sheet way to the perfect lip for daytime. Unfortunately, it wasn't.

Now, the packaging is gorgeous, the wand is gorgeous and feels lovely to apply and don't get me wrong here at all, the product itsself is amazing. Totally non sticky, really long wearing, really soft and doesn't leave you dry and minging. It also lasts a good amount of time before disappearing completely, probably about an hour with eating etc. I just really made such a mistake buying this shade of it! I plan to pop back in and pick up the bright pink one at some point, because I know that one is amazing and stains really well aswell as being a good wash of colour. This one however is going to be used on top of lipstick, probably Creme Cup by MAC. Don't give up on the idea of these yet, just bear in mind that the paler shades obviously wont stain as well as you think they will. The product is amazing though and i'm totally and utterly taken by it - it's just gorgeous! I also love the little window into the product showing you the colour and how much you have left, so cute. I honestly am addicted to these and want every single shade now...I just picked the wrong one first!

YSL Glossy Stains retail at £22.50 each and are currently exclusively available to Selfridges and will be sold throughout the UK from mid February.

What do you think of the YSL Glossy Stains? Does it bother you that the paler shades don't seem to work as well (on me anyway)? Do you think you'll invest? Who's super excited for these?
Love, Zozo 
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Disclaimer: I purchased the YSL Glossy Stain all by myself all with my own money. Who's a big girl?!

excuse me that's a hell of a buy, nicki minaj for opi!

Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Did you hear that boom-ba-doom-boom, boom ba-doom, boom yeah that's that super bass

I'm literally a superstar rapper. Or not, haha. I had my own little Pink Friday last week when I heard the news that Nicki Minaj for OPI had popped into my local (Selfridges) so I trundled in to find the shelves freshly stocked with the mini collections and ended up walking away with my own! I have to say, i'm not the worlds biggest Nicki Minaj fan, firstly her new song is just like er, what and reminds me of a bad Lil Kim (!) but Super Bass is catchy, i'll give her that. One thing I will commend her for is her use of colours, and the fact that instead of going for one unique crazy hair colour, god no, she goes for about twelve crazy hair colours in one go! I think that was what made this collection so appealing to me, as it stood out in the current OPI collections. So what do you get in the Nicki Minaj minis? You get a mini of Did It On Em, Fly, Pink Friday and Metallic F Life. I've done some swatches with each and also some Nicki inspired nail art! Let's take a closer look at each one:

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Did It On Em is a yellow toned green that is almost fluoro in tone, it does apply quite badly though, this is two coats but it's still a bit streaky. I think it would need three to completely fill in the colour. Overall it's not really the kind of thing i'd pop on my skintone, but i'd probably wear it on my toes in the summer! It's so Nicki Minaj though and I can absolutely see this looking gorgeous on dark skintones.

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Fly was the one that I immediately wanted when I saw the collection and it did not disappoint me at all. It's a turquoise that leans a bit more towards being slightly bluer than green. It applies really well in contrast to Did It On Em and I found it was good coverage after one coat but did two anyway just to be sure!

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Pink Friday was an obvious choice for Nicki, she's always wearing baby pinks. Infact in her new video for Stupid Hoe she is actually wearing her OPI Pink Friday shade, and it looks gorgeous on her. When I first ever bought nail varnish all I bought was pink shades, I didn't want to wear any other colour - so this kind of perfect baby pink really takes me back and I absolutely loved the way it looks on my nails.

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Metallic 4 Life is a black gel base with multi-dimensional glitter in it. I found in the end it turns out quite silvery when used on it's own but I can see it looking totally gorgeous over black polish. To wear on it's own it would need three, maybe even four (!) coats to get it looking right. I like this one, but it's not my favourite ever. I also created some (slightly wobbly) cute Nicki inspired nails:

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This was my first OPI mini set so I didn't know what to expect and when I bought this in store with Karla, my first question to her was 'Yes but how long will they last?' which is always my doubt with mini polishes that wont be available again after time of purchase, but I think they will last me long enough. I love the little set, it looks and feels nice and above all it's a great price to try all the colours at just £12.75 for all four. I had to remember that the brush was smaller though and therefore needed to not scrape as much product off just to make sure it covered my nails okay. No stress though, I quite liked the teeny little brush!

What do you think of Nicki Minaj? Will you be buying this set or any of the full size polishes? Do you like the colours on?
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: I purchased the polishes from Lena White at Selfridges with my very own money.

first look: benefit and diet coke collaboration

Friday, January 20, 2012






Diet Coke and Benefit Blogger Launch - January 2012

Earlier last week I was invited down to Benefit Spitalfields (a gorgeous little haven hidden away in the city!) to find out all about the Benefit and Diet Coke collaborations. When I know about things like this, notably the Models Own and Diet Coke collab most recently, I don't like to scour the Internet to find out what the offer is beforehand. I prefer to arrive, and be surprised by what it is - that way I feel like I would react the same if I were in store and had spied it. I really loved the Models Own and Diet Coke collaboration because it was really great to see a different product from Models Own showcased. With that in mind, I got on the circle line up to Spitalfields to find out what the offer was.

I think most of you probably know by now what the offer actually is, but just in case you're not sure it's £5 off Benefit for online purchases over £20. My initial reaction was 'Ooh that's good!' because normally, these kinds of 'money off' vouchers are usually either rubbish, or difficult to actually get to use. This is really simple, you just pick up a special pack of Benefit Diet Coke and the code is on the inside. Easy.

Now if you're a fan of Diet Coke (oh hiya! i am!) you might be familiar with the Diet Coke 'girls' - the puppets used to personify Diet Coke in their advertising. I remember them mainly from the Diet Coke sponsorship of Ugly Betty! For this Benefit collaboration, they've undergone a little transformation into one of three personalities - Fashionista, Rock Chick and Romantic. A little bit of everyone! I know what you're thinking, that I obviously went for Rock Chick? Well, I didn't! I immediately loved Fashionista because of those gorgeous bold vibrant purple eyes! How beautiful? The lovely ladies at Benefit gave me a mini makeover into the Fashionista look, take a look at the gorgeous look they created:









































The central part of the looks are centered around the three different Benetints. These are used on the lips and cheeks of the girls and create the main part of the look. With the £5 off voucher, Benetint for example is just £19.50 from £24.50. A great saving and definitely worth the money because these babies last ages!

If you want to see a little footage from the Benefit launch, check my latest youtube vlog and subscribe to my channel!

What do you think of this offer? Are you going to buy any Benefit with it? Have you been inspired to create any of the Diet Coke looks? Let me know.
Love, Zozo 
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Disclaimer: The event was courtesy of Diet Coke with Benefit and all products featured unless shown in store context were provided for me for review purposes and were not paid for. This does not affect my opinion and never stops me sharing a bargain with you!