Monday, 13 April 2015

Yves Rocher Smoky Eye Makeup

Yves Rocher is a French Makeup brand that are pretty new to me, however after trying out a few of their products around Christmas I was excited to be greeted with another opportunity to give their  smoky eye products a whirl! 
Achieving a smoky eye I'm proud of is something I'm still working on, I haven't quite mastered the blending technique & figuring out what shade goes in the crease is something that I still have a mini meltdown over when I sit staring at my eyeshadows but hey, they say practice makes perfect so heres hoping! Along my journey to creating a successful smoky eye I've learnt that a primer should never be forgotten & whilst I love my Urban Decay Primer Potion it's nice to switch things up every now & again. The Fixing Eye Primer* is enriched with Camellia Oil, an ingredient which is known to soften skin, providing the primer with smoothing abilities to ensure wrinkles and fine lines are hidden. The formula is a neutral shade to help cover dark circles and create a flawless base for eyeshadow to sit on. I find it softens my eyelids, helping shadows glide on easily and effortlessly but also keeps my eye makeup in place all day long.

Most of my eyeshadows are neutral ones, browns, nudes and taupes so having the Quad Eyeshadow Palette in Deep Grey* is a much needed change. Encased in a beautiful golden compact are four shades, a pearl white, smoky grey, a blue toned grey and matte black. Each shadow is soft to touch & highly pigmented, even the white which I wasn't expecting as they can be quite chalky. If you're after a more intense look the eyeshadows can be used wet, with the shimmer shades turning metallic and the mattes becoming more dense.  The palette also has a huge mirror inside making it travel friendly & handy to pop in your handbag to use when you need to touch up your makeup. What I really love about this palette is the mini guide on the back which shows you where each shade can be used, perfect for someone like me who always gets confused!

The newest eye product from Yves Rocher is the 100% Kajal Liner* housed in lipstick style packaging with a crayon-like bullet. With it's creamy, intensely pigmented formula it's easy to apply to both water & tight lines. And, last but not least to complete the smoky eye look lots of of Volume Vertige Mascara* should be applied! The curved brush attaches itself to your lashes It's definitley my new favourite mascara!
Have you tried any makeup from Yves Rocher?
L x

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set

Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set - €58/£42
Along with Real Techniques make up brushes the Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set is one of the most raved about sets in the beauty blogging world. After reading so many reviews & lusting over them for ages I finally found them in my Christmas gift pile from Dom who had them shipped over from Germany because all the UK Stockists had sold out (extra boyfriend points to him!) My Real Techniques brushes are looking rather loved now anyway & rather than repurchasing the same ones its nice to try something new.

The Rose Golden Luxury Set is described as "Romantic Copper" which I think is such a pretty way to describe rose gold! There are eight brushes in the set which are made from high quality natural hair or synthetic taklon bristles so they can be used with cream or powder products. The brushes are housed in a clutch style bag, meaning you can chuck them in your handbag knowing they'll be travelling around safely & stylishly! 

Christmas was around four months ago now so it's fair to say I've trialled & tested these brushes a whole lot! I've used them on various products & also washed them with different soaps/shampoos so I've had lots of experience using them. My absolute favourite brush of the bunch is the 102 Silk Finish which I've been reaching for every time it comes to apply & blend my foundation. I never thought I'd move on from my RT Buffing/Expert Face brushes but the Silk Finish buffs in every foundation I use really well, it never leaves streaks across my face & because of it's dome shape it's really good for blending excess product in around my nose and hair line areas! It also works well when I apply concealer as it's not a massive brush I can get away with sweeping it under my eyes to cover my dark circles without bristles poking me! Another brush that really stands out to me is the 127 Luxe Sheer Check, I've got nothing like this in my brush collection so I've found it a saviour when it comes to using bronzers & even blushers too. The big fluffy angled bristles are the perfect size for contouring in the hollows of my cheeks & around my forehead without the product looking overloaded or cakey. Theres also a dupe of the MAC 217, known as the 227 Luxe Soft Definer it's pretty much identical & it's so handy that I now have two good quality blending brushes to use when I want to create a smokey eye. 

Have you got the Zoeva Rose Gold brushes? Which is your favourite?

L x

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Happy Easter

After eating too much Chocolate over the past few days I'm currently sitting in bed enjoying a lazy morning with Tilly Pug & Dom sleeping next to me. It's not often we have lazy mornings anymore with alarms going off at 6am, it was nice to wake up naturally for the first time in what feels like forever! I wanted to share the above photo on my blog because I just love it, it's so colourful with the mini eggs, little fluffy chicks & the Daffodils making a sneaky appearance in the corner. I took this little Easter display of chocolate nests round to Doms Aunties for us all to enjoy after our feast at her house. Even though I've had to work some of the Bank Holiday it's been so nice having Dom at home for 4 days, I think 4 day weekends should be a regular occurrence, who's with me!? (:

Hope you all had a lovely Easter Weekend!

L x

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Homeware Wishlist

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven

We should be moving within the next 6-8 weeks if all goes to plan & up until now I've been quite reserved when it comes to buying things for our new home. It feels like an absolute lifetime ago since we began our house hunt so now that we have actually found one it doesn't seem real! A huge homeware splurge is bound to happen any time soon... I'm dying to click the checkout button on the Oliver Bonas website, but I keep thinking I should be saving & not spending! I've been buying little bits & pieces for months but now I need to start getting serious & become a bit more organised. Of course we will need the boring but necessary purchases like a washing machine & fridge but I'm just gonna ignore those for as long as possible & buy the fun things instead! I'm going for a neutral colour scheme when it comes to decor, white & grey being the main wall colours. The house has original wooden floorboards downstairs & we are also going to pull up the carpet in one of the bedrooms (hello white wooden floorboards... living the Pinterest dream!!) so I need to inject some colour with the accessories. I'm mostly going along with this new 'blogger trend' of being obsessed with copper but I also love mint green & baby pink too! 

L x 

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