rimmel london kate moss matte lipsticks

Friday, August 31, 2012
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Kate Moss Matte Lipstick Collection for Rimmel London 

Kate Moss lipstick collections aren't a new thing to the beauty world. What's launching this Autumn however, is a completely "matte" collection featuring five new gorgeous shades. I got a sneaky peek last night after visiting Rimmel and got to have a good play about with them before they land on counters later on in the year. As with all Rimmel lipsticks, the pigmentation is amazing, all of the swatches above are literally two swipes of the lipstick. The colour packs a huge punch and Rimmel say that the lipsticks contain "Ruby Powder" which is meant to provide a more intense colour hit. I'm not entirely sure what ruby powder means, but it sounds rad to me! The five shades range from being really nude to a classic two red shades with a powder pink and plummy purple. If you compare this to some of the previous Kate Moss collections, it's got that great autumnal vibe about it but with shades so diverse there's guaranteed to be one that will catch your eye first!

I absolutely love 110 and 107 the most if i'm honest, just because they're so unique and i'm well into my purple lips at the moment. I wish they had names rather than numbers though, but I can understand why. Now the really cool thing about these lipsticks is that at the moment they're only available through the Facebook page. I was told yesterday that two of the shades - 110 and 101 - sold out almost instantly! Amazing!

Although they're billed as matte lipsticks, they're actually quite sheeny and aren't completely matte in finish. To be honest, I really like this. Sometimes matte lipsticks can be a bit drying or too matte for my lips and I normally end up slapping something a bit more moisturising on the top anyway. So to have something that's a good mix of both, is perfect!

Kate Moss Matte Collection retail at £5.49 and will be on sale from 3rd October, but as I said, you can buy them from their Facebook page!

What do you think of Kate Moss's lipsticks for Rimmel? Do you love them? Do you like this new collection with matte shades? What do you think of the colour mix?
Love, Zozo
x

Disclaimer: The Kate Moss lipsticks were provided for me free for consideration by Rimmel.

no7 launch new foundation & matching service

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
no7 foundation stay perfect in store matching gadget machine new boots

no7 foundation stay perfect in store matching gadget machine new boots

no7 foundation stay perfect in store matching gadget machine new boots

no7 foundation stay perfect in store matching gadget machine new boots

no7 foundation stay perfect in store matching gadget machine new boots

no7 foundation stay perfect in store matching gadget machine new boots

no7 foundation stay perfect in store matching gadget machine new boots

no7 foundation stay perfect in store matching gadget machine new boots

No7 re-branding - Foundation range and in store matching services

I've been sitting on this secret for a week, you may have seen some curious tweets from me and a couple of other beauts asking you how you'd find shopping for foundation easier. Well I can now reveal that the reasoning behind this was to celebrate the brand new relaunch of Boots favourite No7. Not only has the whole range, counter and in store experience been re-branded, but they have relaunched and reformulated their foundation range. I'm sure lots of you will agree with me that foundation shopping is a nightmare, we all know my pains in particular finding one that's pale enough, let alone finding one to suit me. In fact, when Boots asked women if they would change their current foundation if they found a better colour match, a whopping 78% said they would. I take for granted that while I struggle finding if it exists, when I buy foundation I know i'm always the palest, no questions about it, but for the majority of women in the UK, this is not the case. Most of us slap it on the back of our hands in store, or on our wrists. Now while this can certainly give an indication to the right shade, it's not a true representation of what your real skin tone on your face is, and that's why some of us get home and realise it's completely the wrong shade. No7 have brought something brand new and revolutionary to the High Street and it's that fancy looking gadget above. What it does is scans your natural skin tone and matches you to the foundation based on your true match. It works in store lighting, in dingy orange light, in harsh fluorescent light and well, whatever the UK throws at us when it's meant to be "sunlight." A No7 adviser then sorts you out with which of the several foundations is best suited to you.

It's going to be in 668 Boots stores all over the UK so it'll be very accessible, and the staff are already fully trained in using it. I went down to visit No7 last week to experience it for myself and my adviser was named Debbie, from the Manchester Arnold Boots store. She was amazing, chatty, down to earth and made the whole process really easy. She simply removed a small patch of my existing foundation, put the machine next to my cheek and within a minute she knew which shade was suited for me. I was matched to two different foundations, the Stay Perfect and Instant Radiance. Stay Perfect is the hero one for most women, but depending on your primary concern you may find a different type more suited to you.

Now, the important part. What do I think? Well, straight up, No7 is not a brand I would have gone to for foundation. As Debbie very rightly said to me, it's overlooked in store. The new store layouts are really, really cool, they look much more like MAC/NARS style and they're certainly going to grab your attention. I have never in my life found a foundation on the High Street that suits me straight out of the bottle, so I went in with low expectations (sorry, but I did! 23 years of searching..) But, I was thrilled to hear that No7 worked with 2000 different women of all different skintones and have made a shade that is absolutely perfect for paleys. Yes!! *punches fist* As you can see in the picture above of me, it's a perfect match. Check it against my wrist, it's my skintone down to a T. I often prefer to make myself paler than normal, so this doesn't do that, but for every single day usage, it's absolutely perfect and so many of you are going to be stoked by this. I think it'll be overlooked no more, and very rightfully so, as these foundations are absolutely fab.

The Stay Perfect foundation it's self has great coverage, it's thick enough to conceal any unwanted nasties but doesn't feel clammy or sweaty on the skin. When you touch your face it doesn't rub off, and for you glasses wearers like me, you'll feel the nose-glasses-mark pain.. this is very minimal, and looks great. I'm so surprised how much I love it, and i've worn it every single day this week so far!

No7 Stay Perfect foundation retails at £14 and the other foundation featured, the Instant Radiance, retails at £12.50.

I'm so chuffed to find a pale foundation that's a really good price, and I think the instore matching service is ah-may-zing. What do you think? Do you think it's going to change how we shop for foundation? Are you a happy paley to hear this news that the High Street finally caters for us?
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: The two foundations were provided for me free for consideration but my pale skin is all my own babyyyyy!

illamasqua generation q

Monday, August 27, 2012
illamasqua generation q collection blog review swatches

illamasqua generation q collection blog review swatches

illamasqua generation q collection blog review swatches

illamasqua generation q collection blog review swatches

illamasqua generation q collection blog review swatches

illamasqua generation q collection blog review swatches

illamasqua generation q collection blog review swatches

illamasqua generation q collection blog review swatches

Illamasqua Generation Q Collection
I am wearing blusher in Sophie and lipgloss in Boost

It's come around so quickly but it is that time of year where Illamasqua launch their Autumn collection and it's a blinder. It's called Generation Q and as always, it comes with a hearty back story. Illamasqua say that Generation Q is the celebration of beauty, which is without limitations and therefore; ageless. By casting models in their campaign that range from young to older ladies Illamasqua are breaking down various beauty industry standards and bridging that gap between taboo and accepted. It's a message that says, you can be you, defy convention and wear whatever the hell you like, regardless of whether you're 17 or 70 - and the campaign and casting reflects this. It consists of two new Lipsticks, two new Lipglosses, two new Nail Varnishes, two new Eyeshadow palettes (one of which my dear friend Leanne has blogged about here), two new Blushers and a highlighter and new Precision Ink. I actually and this really is the first time ever (despite my love affair with Illamasqua) love every single piece from the collection! I have three pieces to show you today so i'll break them down a little bit.

First up is one of the Nail Varnishes, in Charisma. This was the first thing that when I opened the box made me go "oooooh!" It's a deep raspberry red and it's got veins of sparkle running through it. It's very decadent, very 1920s and reminds me of the Theatre of the Nameless collection from Illamasqua's last Autumn campaign. That rich, wine, velvety looking red. I can see a lot of younger and older ladies embracing this. It costs £13.50.

On my cheeks I have adorned the powder blush lovingly named Sophie, which although it's not outlined, I can only presume is named after Sophie Lancaster. I received this box of products on the 5th anniversary of Sophie's death, and not only did it feel poignant it felt even more important to enhance the message of this campaign. If you don't know the story of Sophie Lancaster I encourage you to look it up and support the S.O.P.H.I.E charity. I will actually blog about this in depth very soon as it's very close to my heart, but Sophie died for looking the way she looked and this collection will hopefully inspire young girls that it is ok to look and dress how you want, and eventually break down prejudged barriers across the world. Sophie is a coral pink which has veins of gold shimmer running through it and it reminds me a lot of NARS Deep Throat which is one of my favourite blushers. It's a little more coral though. As always with Illamasqua blushers, a light hand is needed. I don't need to tell you again how much I love their blushers - they're the hero product of the range for me. Sophie costs £18.

The product that really surprised me was their Intense Lipgloss in Boost, which retails at £14. I looked at it and rather wrongly dismissed it as being another run of the mill pink. Um, how wrong could I be? *overdoses on humble pie* It's the most beautiful blue toned raspberry and I have never in my life seen a lipgloss like it. It's come at completely the right time in my life, as i'm having a well documented love affair with wine/purple lips and so I fell head over heels for this.

Illamasqua's Generation Q will land in stores 6th September and on illamasqua.com.

What do you think of Generation Q? Do you like the collection? What do you think of the message behind it, are you into it or so over it? Do you like any of the pieces i've featured? Leave it in the comments, i'm really curious about your thoughts on this one!
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: All three products were provided free for consideration for me from Illamasqua. My love is eternal, however.

supporting indie businesses 02: hanny made jewellery

Sunday, August 26, 2012
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Hanny Made Jewellery rings and necklace

I absolutely love this community of creatives that have come out of blogging and the industry in general, and I love finding and supporting new and young entrepreneurs with budding businesses. Similar to some indie makeup blog posts I did before, I'll also be doing some blog posts about indie/blogger businesses, so if you want to get in touch with your business, email me at zoelouisehellewell@hotmail.co.uk. Todays feature is about Hanny Made jewellery, a delightful little web store run by Hannah from Bournemouth. Hannah makes every piece in her store from scratch by hand, so not only is it perfectly homemade (which I adore so much) it's got a lovely quirky touch to it. There's a variety of different pieces from long necklaces with large charms to dainty necklaces with small charms, bags, bracelets, earrings and rings. I wish I was as talented as Hannah - being able to make all those different things! When I was chatting to Hannah about her store, she said the main ethos was really to make affordable jewellery that didn't cost the earth. I couldn't believe when I opened the website and saw how cheap everything was! I couldn't wait to spread the word, the jewellery is priced the same as Primark and well, i'd much rather buy pieces handmade by Hannah than a store like that...

I have a few pieces from the Hanny Made collection and i'm not going to lie to you, ever since I've got them I've not taken them off. I wear one of two of the rings every single day without fail and the pieces have been getting a lot of attention when i've been at events or in London. The two rings retail each at just £1.50 and you can view the selection of rings here. £1.50! Can you believe it? Like I said, i've been wearing one of them every single day, usually the peace sign one as I adore it - and it's sturdy, durable and hasn't broken the minute I popped it on like I've found with some cheap high street jewellery. I'm so impressed with the quality. The other ring is a large silver plated picture bubble ring with a galaxy print on it. I love this one too, it matches my top see! (Simple things.) This one retails at £3 so it's still an absolute bargain.

The silver spike necklace is beautiful and compliments pretty much every single thing I wear. It's on a chain which I think is a really nice length, not too long but not too short. I love it's simplicity and delicacy and it's again at the most ridiculous bargain price of just £2. Seriously? Amazing. Here's the link if you want to check it out.

Hanny Made is a gorgeous on trend store that I think loads of you will absolutely love. Nothing is priced higher than £4.50 so it's an absolute bargain and like I mentioned earlier, I'd much rather give Hannah my money than a corporate beast!

Check out Hannahs store here and also make sure you follow her on Twitter!

What do you think of the pieces from Hanny Made? Do you love the rings and necklace? How good is it that Hannah keeps every thing really cheap? I love Hanny Made! Going to buy the cross ring now!
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: Hannah sent me the pieces from Hanny Made for feature on the website but all my opinions are my own.

diy studded collars

Saturday, August 25, 2012
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diy studs studding tutorial customizing customising clothing denim blog rivets shirts

diy studs studding tutorial customizing customising clothing denim blog rivets shirts

DIY Studded Collars


I am so so into this current trend of putting all the studs onto everything ever. I love the Zara studded shirt I already own, but coming in at £30, it's not the cheapest option. However, creating your own studded collar shirts at home is just as easy, and costs hardly anything to do. I had two different items of clothing that I wanted to stud up in different ways so I went about going about it and I thought i'd share the results with you guys as they've been getting a lot of attention on my instagram (londonlipgloss) !

First up, the pointed studs.

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diy studs studding tutorial customizing customising clothing denim blog rivets shirts

diy studs studding tutorial customizing customising clothing denim blog rivets shirts

Now the biggest issue I had with looking for studs on eBay was knowing what to search for. If you look on eBay for "studs" the search results are endless. However, when you know what type of stud it is you're after, it's easy to find. These ones are called Cone Screwback Studs and these ones are 9.5mm but you can get them in all kinds of sizes. I wanted them quite small so I could put them on lots of things and they still look quite dainty. These are applied by piercing a hole into your fabric, pushing the screwback through and then simply screwing the stud top on. So easy! Doing this collar took me about 45 mins!

The blunted looking studs:

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diy studs studding tutorial customizing customising clothing denim blog rivets shirts

Not really much of a tutorial for this one... as it's actually even easier than the screwback studs! Just pierce a hole..then push the stud through. You then just fold back the two prongs to secure the stud in place. If you're doing a lot though it does make the back quite "stiff" so bear that in mind, and also bear in mind leaving room at the back for the flaps to fold, otherwise they'll hang over the edge and be obvious from the front of the collar. These are called mushroom studs, which makes sense to me as they do look a bit like mushrooms! They're essentially sawn off studs which create a different look but are less punx if you're not really into the whole spiked studs.

Both of my stud sets came from eBay and were super, super cheap. These are the links to where I bought them from, Mushroom studsScrewback Cone studs.

What do you think of studded collars? Would you give something like this a go at home? Do you think diy studding is cool or are you over the stud trend? I havent got over studs in about ten years!
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: All studs purchased by me, but the black and white item of clothing featured was a sample from Oasap - it'll feature in full soon I promise!

mua lip liner in red drama

Thursday, August 23, 2012
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mua cosmetics mua makeup make up lip liner red lip pencil red drama swatches review blog tutorial guru blogger beauty uk

mua cosmetics mua makeup make up lip liner red lip pencil red drama swatches review blog tutorial guru blogger beauty uk

mua cosmetics mua makeup make up lip liner red lip pencil red drama swatches review blog tutorial guru blogger beauty uk

mua cosmetics mua makeup make up lip liner red lip pencil red drama swatches review blog tutorial guru blogger beauty uk dip dye pink ombre hair

mua cosmetics mua makeup make up lip liner red lip pencil red drama swatches review blog tutorial guru blogger beauty uk dip dye pink ombre hair

MUA Lip Liner in Red Drama

MUA are always bringing out new bits and bobs to the range and ever expanding it as wide as it will go. One of the newest pieces to hit the shelves is four new lip liners, which have been requested of MUA for a while. They come housed in the same packaging as the MUA pencil eyeliners, with a little sharpener in the lid. I think this is great for emergencies, just be sure to clean it up properly after use otherwise if you pop it in your handbag the remnants will smudge in your bag! Definitely something i've forgotten about in the past..oops!

The liners are much softer and creamier than I was expecting from a high street brand, I usually steer clear of lip liners unless they're MAC because they can be rough with little payoff. It seems that MUA have managed to get the balance right and not only are these really easy to use, they're super soft and not scratchy at all on the lips. I used it as an all over lipstick, and it was so easy to create bold defined lips that stayed put for a good few hours. I'd say overall wear all over the lips was about 2/3 hours before touchups were needed. It makes a really lovely matte striking look, especially in this shade - Red Drama.

From what i've seen on other blogs, it looks like Red Drama and Brooding Plum (next on my hit list!) are the most pigmented and long-lasting, as the two other shades are much softer and one is a frost finish. The thing is, and you might wanna sit down before you read this next bit, they retail at just £1 each. I know. How stupidly ridiculous is that? You can get all four and it'll still come in cheaper than most available on the high street. I see many young girls trying these out to see how they get on as well as people looking for a great alternative to higher end brands. I really love this, and i'm going to be wearing it out whenever I want a bold red lip - who says pink hair and red lips don't go together?

MUA Lip Liners retail at just £1 each from muastore.co.uk and in Superdrug.

What do you think of MUA's lip liners? Do you think you'll be trying out one of the new shades? What do you think of Red Drama? Would you wear it all over the lips like I have?
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: MUA's lip liner was provided for me free for consideration by PR but I mean... it's a quid! I'll definitely be picking up Brooding Plum!

new vaseline flavour challenge and my personalised tin

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
vaseline flavour pink champagne new flavour flavor lip custom made tin the london lipgloss

vaseline flavour pink champagne new flavour flavor lip custom made tin the london lipgloss

vaseline flavour pink champagne new flavour flavor lip custom made tin the london lipgloss

vaseline flavour pink champagne new flavour flavor lip custom made tin the london lipgloss

Guessing the brand new Vaseline flavour and decorating my own tin

As i type this i'm currently covered in super glue and glitter and my flat smells of sweet treats. As you probably know by now, I don't need an excuse to get creative/covered in glitter. Any opportunity to do so will result in me doing so. So imagine my joy when a *bright pink* (potential hint) envelope popped through my door this week with a blank tin of Vaseline ready for me to customise. Why am I customising it through? Well, Vaseline are launching a new flavour next month and I have been sent a tin early.. just with no idea what the actual flavour is. Vaseline have played this game before with their previous tin, the Creme Brulee, and this one is no different. The clues I was given were a candle, a balloon, a sparkler, a little box of Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne truffles and the promise that should I win the challenge of guessing the flavour/decorating the tin, I should be rewarded (as well as the exact same prize for one of my readers) with a trip to Paris. I read right in-between the lines of the pink envelope, the sparkly fizzy sparkler, the pink and golden glitter in the bag, the Parisian hints and took one big whiff of the Vaseline and I have concluded the flavour to be:

PINK CHAMPAGNE !

Not only is the tin baby pink, and the contents baby pink, I think it's very much in line with the flavours Vaseline create. So with that in mind and the smell of the Vaseline - which I really like by the way, it's very sweet but it doesn't smell like Vaseline, a trait that normally puts me off - I set about concocting my own tin design. I dunno about you but you know those original pots of Vaseline, the blue ones? I think as lovely as they are and as moisturising, they're a bit on the ugly side. (It's nothing personal blue Vaseline!) I know a lot of girlies that would much rather whip out a different type of lip balm just because it looks prettier when you're sitting in the pub garden. So, I decided to glam up Vaseline a bit. Give it a bit of a vajazzling, a blinging up and well, just girlying it a bit more. I'd like to think that my creation would be loved to be whipped out of a handbag and well, the flavour is Limited Edition so why not make the pot Limited Edition too? I covered it with pink glitter, purple and pink stars and completed with a cutesy little bow.

The new Vaseline flavour will have 100 on sale in a flash sale on their Facebook page on the 23rd August retailing at £3.49 and it will land in Selfridges from the 5th September.

Do you reckon i've guessed it right? If you like my tin show it a bit of support in the comments, I might win a trip to Paris (amazing!) and you might also win a trip to Paris! Yay! I'd love to go to Paris. *dreams* I love that Vaseline keep coming out with brand spanking new flavour ideas, if you could ultimately pick a Vaseline flavour, what would you make and why?
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: The tin, the glue and the glitter bits were all provided for me free for consideration by PR. The genetic inability to not get glitter all over myself however, provided by my mother and father. Genuinely still peeling dried glue off my fingers as we speak!

how I keep my dip dye fresh

Monday, August 20, 2012
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dip dyed pink hair dip dye hair tutorial product review aussie tommy guns pantene tresemme pink hair

dip dyed pink hair dip dye hair tutorial product review aussie tommy guns pantene tresemme pink hair

dip dyed pink hair dip dye hair tutorial product review aussie tommy guns pantene tresemme pink hair

dip dyed pink hair dip dye hair tutorial product review aussie tommy guns pantene tresemme pink hair

Keeping my dip dyed locks in prime condition

Ok, take a seat cause i'm about to unleash a big secret on you guys. Ready? Ok. I'm not a natural pink. I know, I know, it's come as a shock. Of course, my hair is bleached and then coloured very regularly with pink hair dye (albeit, semi-permanent vegan friendly dye) but it takes a battering. When the bleach is fresh, my hair can really suffer. I've been dying my hair for a long time now, well over ten years regularly, and i've started to realise what kinds of products really help in the process post-dye and which ones have come out for me as stand out products since i've been updating my pink dip dye, which is now nearly a year or so. I believe it's my signature hair look now and i'm not planning on getting rid of it any time soon. So, I use a hell of a lot of hair products on my hair to keep it looking nice, and I do actually get complimented on how un-frazzled it looks. So we keep this blog post our little secret yah?

Firstly, if you plan on having ombre hair/dip dye, you need to invest in a really good deep conditioning treatment. For me this really is a whole new post as I have about ten favourites, but my current favourite is by Tommy Guns and its a Colour Save Intensive Masque which retails at £7. This makes my hair feel like silk! It's so important to do a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week, but I do it twice sometimes. A new product i've been using is by L'Oreal, and it's their Elvive Extraordinary Oil which retails at £10. I pop this on just after i've got out of the shower and run it through right to the tips of my hair. I believe it really helps with the look and feel once the hair is dry!

TRESemme's Salon Sleek Straightening Spray - £4.99 and John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion - £5.89 are both staples for me because the TRESemme spray helps keep my locks nice and straight, and the blow dry lotion is perfect for easy blow drying with soft salon results. Both of these have been huge players in keeping my hair nice while bashing it with heat using my hairdryer for the last year or so, infact the John Frieda one is almost empty!

Must-have repurchases for me come in the shape of Aussie's Take The Heat Leave In Spray - £4 which I must have got through about 8 in my lifetime now, no joke, and Pantene's Instant Protection and Shine Spray for Coloured Hair which i'm on my second bottle of too. These are perfect for aiding with the heat and well tbh I can't imagine life without the Aussie spray - it comes with me everywhere I go! Both of these are paramount to my hairdrying and repair routine, i'd be lost without them.

So there you go, there's a full lowdown on all the products I love using for my hair, and how I keep my dip dyed ends looking gorgeous! Are any of these staples for you? Do you think you'll try any of these?
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: All PR samples aside from the Aussie Take The Heat and the Pantene Instant Protection.