clinique chubby stick intense

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense

I love Chubby Sticks. Clinique have just bought out a new range of Chubby Stick which is the Chubby Stick Intense, and these are full pigment lipstick style pencils that are full of pigmentation and colour with just one swipe! How gorgeous? The good thing about them is they still have all the moisturising properties of the traditional Chubby Stick so they're soft and keep your lips really smooth. I think these are perfect for Winter time cause they provide much needed pigmentation but keep also much *more* needed moisture to stop lips drying out in the harsh conditions of winter - boo.

They look exactly the same as the original Chubby Sticks, so could look a little misleading, but they keep in theme with the packaging and look sleek and are very sturdy to throw in your handbag. They come in 8 different shades at the moment, and I had three brand new ones to play with - yippee!

The shot is of me wearing Mightiest Maraschino - a bright bold red. As you can see it looks just like a lipstick! I was really taken aback by how insanely pigmented they are, and this look was achieved with just a few swipes of the stick and also maintained its hold for a good few hours before reapplication was needed. I love this shade the most, but the other two are also very pretty!

I predict a riot will ensue when these launch mid November and that they'll also be just as popular as their bigger sister the Chubby Stick cause for me they tick all boxes and leave me with hearts in my eyes! Seriously big fan of these and I can't wait to try some more of the other shades - beautiful.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense will retail at £16 each from online and Clinique counters.

What do you think of Clinique's new Chubby Stick offering? Will you be getting Intense? Do you like the shades I have featured? Are you even a fan of their original Chubby Sticks?
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: Clinique provided the three Chubby Stick Intense' for me free for consideration.

rimmel precious stones nail varnishes

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Rimmel London Precious Stones Nail Varnish Collection

I went down to a Rimmel event a couple of months ago (where they showcased these beautiful new Kate Moss lippies!) and amongst a whole bunch of stuff there were these two pretty little polishes that caught my magpie eyes immediately. They're called Precious Stones and they come in two shades - Ruby Crush (red) and Diamond Dust (grey). They've got loadsa pretty glitter sparkles in them and make a great glitter top coat.

I'm wearing Ruby Crush over the top of a Bourjois red, and i've topped it off with my ultimate favourite top coat, Orly Polishield. The Orly is great for this cause it's a thick, shiny topcoat that covers the glitter in a smooth coating. The glitter dries to a pretty matte finish so if you want it to look shiny the topcoat is essential. Also without it it chips quite easily so its definitely worth slapping it on! They're easy to apply and doing this over a red base took only two coats to get it perfect. Foolproof winter nails, that don't break the bank and look great - can't go wrong at all really! Rimmel nailed it (hehe) once again with these great little polishes. I approve!

These retail now for £3.99 each from Superdrug or Boots!

What do you think of Rimmel's Precious Stones collection? Do you prefer Ruby Crush or Diamond Dust? Definitely worth the bargain price of £3.99, right? I love them! Perfect for winter.
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: These polishes were provided free for consideration from Rimmel.

simple face with look beauty loud lips and brow perfect kit

Monday, October 29, 2012
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Look Beauty Brow Perfect kit and Loud Lips in Berry Vamp

I do like Look Beauty. I think some of their bits and bobs are wonderful and their Loud Lips especially, they do some great shades and the formulas are nice and soft. One of their newest Loud Lips is in the shade Berry Vamp, and it's a beautiful dark plum. As soon as I saw it I knew it'd suit me and I couldn't wait to try it with my new re-dyed black roots hair. I wanted to create a soft look with it so just went for pure, clean fresh skin and a little mascara. A huge part of the look however is down to the eyebrows, and for that I used probably Look Beauty's coolest product yet, their Brow Perfect kit. This is an all in one eyebrow sculpting and defining kit that has everything you need for ah-may-zing brows. Pow!

The Brow Perfect kit opens up to the side with a huge mirror for application control. It's got mini tweezers and a mini brush and then seven shades of eyebrow powder with a fixing gel to seal the brow hairs in place. There's also a little compartment underneath with four different brow stencils if you fancy moulding yours into a new shape. They have weird names though, which confuses me! They're named after cities so you can either put your brows to a 'New York' or a 'London' style for example. I think i'd have preferred actual brow shapes like 'arched' or 'curved' so I knew what kind of style would suit me but i'll have more of a play with them and see how I get on!

First up, the mini tweezers are a little useless. Like they're ok if they're the only thing you have and its a dire emergency but because they're so tiny they're so hard to use! I found it super hard work and more painful cause I had to really push and pull. Also the mini applicator brush is also pretty useless, the brush hairs are too flimsy and long and don't really give that perfect defined eyebrow look. However, the powders are great. I like this kit compared to all the other high street eyebrow kits coming out currently (MUA/FashionistA) cause the colour range is much better. As you can see they suit my eyebrow colour perfectly, so I think more girls will get on better with this. The sealing gel is also really good, and really easy to use.

Overall, Loud Lips gets a huge thumbs up from me but the Brow Perfect kit is just an okay! Personally I love my HD Brows kit far too much to part with it for anything else so this doesn't quite match up. However I love the packaging and the whole look of the product, it's awesome! I think it'll suit girlies looking for a bigger range of shades to fill in their eyebrows.

Look Beauty Loud Lips in Berry Vamp retails at £7 from Superdrug and online.
Look Beauty Brow Perfect kit retails at £11.99 from Superdrug and online.

What do you think of Look Beauty? Do you like the Loud Lips shade? Do you think you'd invest in the Brow Perfect kit or do you have other eyebrow methods? Tell me your thoughts!
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: Both these products were provided free for consideration from PR.

heaven and hell vanilla and mint chocolate cupcake baking with mummy lipgloss!

Sunday, October 28, 2012
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Heaven and Hell cupcakes with Mummy Lipgloss and assistant little Lipgloss (my sis!)

So seeing as i've just started my new job and there's not much new instagram reportage to upload this Sunday, I thought i'd document my mummy doing some of her Sunday baking now i'm living at home! My mum and my little sister are a baking dream team and create the prettiest cupcakes going. Seeing as my Nanas birthday is Halloween (don't worry, we've pretty much exhausted the witch jokes by now) mum and sis set about creating some wickedly pretty heaven and hell themed cupcakes for her birthday. The 'heavenly' cupcakes are plain sponge with vanilla icing and pretty little floral and butterfly details, and the 'hellish' Halloweeny cupcakes are chocolate sponge with peppermint icing and then Dr Oetker accessories and icing bits and bobs. Scrummy! So here's the lowdown on what my mum used to make about 20 cakes:
8oz self raising flour
6oz margerine
6oz caster sugar
4 eggs
dash of milk

For the chocolate cupcakes add a tablespoon of cocoa powder.

Make sure you sieve the flour and the cocoa, but otherwise my mum pretty much just mixes all the cake bits together in one go. The icing is made using icing sugar, butter and then depending on which cupcakes you're making either a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a tablespoon of water, and the chocolate ones have peppermint essence and some green food colouring.

Some tips my mum suggests are if you're sprinkling glitter on top of your cupcakes (like our heavenly ones) she puts the glitter on a teaspoon and then holds it above the cupcake gently tapping the spoon rather than the glitter all falling onto the cupcake in a clump. The more rustic the cupcake the better, cause people appreciate the time and effort put in to make them and they look cutesy and homely. Mum says don't worry about them being perfect! To make the gorgeous Halloweeny ones, mum used chocolate buttons for the spider body and my sister iced legs and cobwebs using the Dr Oetker writing icing pack which is really good to get controlled application.

What do you think of Mummy Lipgloss's heaven and hell cupcakes? Do you think you'll give them a go? Would you like to see more baking with Mummy Lipgloss? Let us know if you make them!
Love, Zozo & Mummy Lipgloss!

Disclaimer: These cupcakes were provided free for my tummys consideration courtesy of Mummy Lipgloss's in house PR team!

Meet Justin Bieber - my Adidas NEO face

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Ok so this is a bit of a silly post and it's come from my phone as I'm on the go but I wanted to quickly share with you this great competition Adidas NEO are running to win the chance to meet Justin Bieber in an all expenses paid trip to Miami! They asked me to show you my face cause if I'm picked I could go to Miami with the winners and report on the whole thing (like I did at gaga) for Adidas! Cool huh! Anyway they asked me to show you the face I'd pull if I won and seeing as I've just come from work I went straight to St Pancras and shouted (alright spoke ok ok) the word NEO in public!! Nutter or what. Anyway head over to their Facebook page here; https://m.facebook.com/4oh4.php?id=154711371235848&_rdr
To find out how you can enter to win!!
Hope this works off my phone!
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: I was like baby, baby, baby oooooooohhhh

dielle nail polish in majestic obsidian

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Dielle Nail Polish in Majestic Obsidian

I wanted to try out the metallic nail trend but didn't fancy anything far too metallicy looking for the time being so when this pretty little Dielle polish turned up in my life I thought, perfect! My favourite colour, a deep violet purple, with blue glitter running through it. It applied really well in just two coats and is smooth and shiny, beaut. Dielle is a pretty new nail varnish brand, started by Ros,  who wanted to create flamboyant and beautiful colour as individual as the woman who wears it. Stocked predominantly in South London, it's a gorgeous new brand firmly on my radar!

This colour is called Majestic Obsidian, and it's one of their new duo-tone shades, of which they have three different colours of. It's a properly rich violet and it sits so beautifully on the nails. I absolutely love it for these dusky, winter-is-coming days and nights.

Dielle does sit at the higher end of price point of polishes, but you do get what you pay for. It's also a new startup indie company, so I don't often mind paying a little more for a polish when it's to support a great woman's business. 

Dielle's Majestic Obsidian can be found online here and retails at £12.

What do you think of Dielle? Do you like the brand and the look of the bottles? What do you think of the colour Majestic Obsidian? Do you think you'll be investigating Dielle further?
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: Dielle's polish was sent to me free for consideration from the brand.

autumn makeup using boots opticians new range of glasses

Monday, October 22, 2012
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Ok so some of you may know, some of you may not. I do wear glasses "in real life." I take them off for my blog and for pictures cause well, i'm really self concious in them. Honestly. I hate the way they frame my face, I hate how heavy they are and I hate the fact that I do a makeup look and then the glasses cover them up. I feel like Ugly Betty most days and genuinely don't embrace wearing glasses, hence why i've never mentioned them on here - I guess I can pretend I don't wear them. Boots Opticians have a new range of glasses out for Autumn and knowing I was a glasses wearer, they got in touch to try and get me to step out of my comfort shell and reveal my inner glasses geek styling up a pair to help inspire other glasses wearers. I found the whole thing a little difficult, I hated every picture took of me with them on but when I looked in the mirror I genuinely loved the look of these new glasses compared to my old ones.

The style I went for was a kinda fifties meets Dalston vibe (i'm aware how ridiculous that sounds) choosing the "Sophie" style out of all the six shown. With my current hair style, fifties is styled with a modern twist. I curled my fringe really tight to my forehead and sharpened up my eyebrows with a dark filler. I then applied a pretty heavy hand of eyeliner to just the upper lid - to help keep that retro style. I did some bold red lips and pow - fifties retro with a modern slant. I tried two different ways of wearing my hair, first just down with a fully straightened look (think Emily the Strange) and then curled up into a little top knot with just a couple of loose curls dangling down.

Some other bloggers are gonna have their new glasses looks posted on the Boots Facebook Page so do swing on by and take a gander for more glasses beaut and inspiration. The best part is, my look will be uploaded and if it wins I will win the chance to give one of you a pair of £450 glasses. Yippee!

What do you think of the new Boots Opticians glasses range? Do you like the Sophie pair I picked? What do you think about the way I styled them? Nervous about you all seeing my glasses face!!
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: Boots Opticians provided the glasses free for consideration - including that pesky Boots sticker! I photoshopped it out in one picture just so you could see what they look like without it!

cut crease eyeshadow look with sleek & ppq shangri-la collection

Sunday, October 21, 2012
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Sleek MakeUp and PPQ - Shangri-La Collection
Cut-crease eyeshadow look using Supreme Palette and Truly Mattely Deeply in Soul

I love PPQ. The fashion house and collective of Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker create unique and inspiring clothing that always leaves a lasting impression on LFW. I had a ticket to see the PPQ show this season but sadly it was so over subscribed that I queued outside but couldn't get in - that's how much people want to see what PPQ have to offer for the upcoming fashion season! Sleek often provide the makeup for PPQ at LFW and they do some really beautiful collaborative eyeshadow palettes - and this time lip products - to celebrate the joining together of high street and designer. This season for A/W the palettes are inspired by the swinging 60s, and in particular the Motown era of music and fashion. The Supreme Palette and the Soul Truly Mattely Deeply are designed to go together, there is another set of products called Respect Palette and Jazz Truly Mattely Deeply which are also designed to be worn together. 

Respect is a blend of green, blue and yellow hues which combine to make an Earthly, rich, tribal style tone. As soon as I saw it it got me thinking about how I could wear it perfectly with my turquoise hair - a little clashy some might say - and it inspired me to create a 60s meets Bollywood style cut crease look that is both bold and smokey. It involved using the lighter green shades all over the lid with the soft white as a highlight, then defining gently yet firmly through the cut crease with the bold charcoal shade. I smoked out the edges in a curved winged effect for that proper Blondie feel. To complete the look I used soft pink blusher with defined, sharp eyebrows and then a swish of the Truly Mattely Deeply.

The Truly Mattely Deeply Lip product is a bit of an odd one. It's so beautifully matte and the pigment is unreal, it's just really quite drying in it's texture. It clings to the lips amazingly - if you're after a product both durable and wearable this really is it, but it also clings to any dry bits you might have on your lips. Be sure to exfoliate before use and if you don't like your lips too matte, dab on some lip balm over the top to complete the look. I'm not 100% sure on the shade, it's a very bold look and reminds me quite a bit of Nicki Minaj - a look I can't really pull off! Jazz is a beautiful matte red though, so i'd recommend checking that out too!

Truly Mattely Deeply in Soul retails at £4.99 and the Respect Palette retails at £7.99 from Superdrug and can be found online on Sleek's website here.

What do you think of PPQ? Do you like it when PPQ collaborate with Sleek both at LFW and for collections? What do you think of the look I created? Reckon you'll be picking these up?
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: Both these products were sent to me free for consideration from Sleek. The green hair is all mine baby!