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Sunday, 17 April 2016

ZOEVA HAULIN'



After seeing Kaushal's You Tube video where she created a gorgeous purple smokey eye using the Zoeva Taupe palette (£18.99), I went straight to Beauty Bay to purchase! I didn't realise that Zoeva sold so many great palettes and after some research I saw that they are loved by so many bloggers. I couldn't restrain myself to only buy one so I picked up the Cocoa Blend palette (£18.00) as well. In terms of the price point I'd say it is pretty fair, you can't buy many palettes with ten shadows of this quality elsewhere. 

Both palettes contain a mixture of matte and shimmer shades. The consistency of the eyeshadows are very similar. They blend perfectly and boast amazing pigmentation. The only negative is the packaging - I'm never going to get excited over cardboard! I was wondering whether I could de-pot the shadows and put them into my Z Palette, has anyone ever tried this with Zoeva eyeshadows? 


The Taupe palette is definitely out of my comfort zone as I usually stick to warm tones which require minimal effort when I'm rushing out of the door in the morning. The five lightest shades in the palette work as great bases and surprisingly you can really work Gallery and Hour By Hour into the crease to create a whole load of depth. Exquisite (bottom right) is a lovely plum shade that works well with Old Master, (top right) blended together to create a simple smokey eye.


As previously mentioned the Cocoa Blend Palette is right up my street, with gorgeous warm shades that compliment each other perfectly. I love how there's a good base colour (top left) and also a decent matte brown (top right); It makes it perfect for travelling. I've been loving using the orange shades mixed with a little red in the crease to create a everyday look. I'm really excited to create a look with the black shade, on swatching it looks like a black with fine gold glitter on but in different lights I'm sure I can see a hint of green!


Eyeshadow palettes have always been my weakness, what's yours?
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Thursday, 14 April 2016

RELEASING MY INNER CHILD!


As I'm sure I've mentioned in my previous posts I handed my final year dissertation in last week. After a pretty awful few months of locking myself in my Dad's office in front of my laptop, I thought I deserved a treat! I used to visit West Midlands Safari Park almost every year with my parents in the school holidays and I've been begging my boyfriend to go since last summer. Its a great day out for children, they have the actual safari and then lots of attractions in the theme park. However the safari side is great for adults too - at least I'm trying to tell myself that! 

I'm not sure if everyone is aware of the concept but essentially its a drive through zoo. All the animals are out in the open in different sections and you drive through the park. There's a mixture of animals: Lions, Tigers, Elephants, Giraffes, Rhinos, Zebra's etc. Admittedly the Lions and Tigers section is pretty scary and you have to make sure your windows are firmly shut! Nevertheless there are so many trained safari patrollers (is that what you call them?!) keeping a close eye on everything anyway! 

Personally, I love animals. I think visiting the Safari Park is a much better way to see them as you get up close - you can even feed them with the special food the park supply. All the animals have such a nice space to live in and whether you agree or disagree with keeping animals in zoo's I think the Safari Park is a much better option for them.



It took about two and a half hours to drive through the park. We visited in the Easter holidays so it was busier than usual. After driving around the safari we had a look at the other attractions which include: Penguin Cove, Sea Lion Theatre, Reptile World, Creepy Crawlies (pretty much closed my eyes for the entire duration) and Lorikeet Landing.


Overall it was just what we needed and we had a lovely day out. I would recommend purchasing your tickets online before you go as you can save 25%. We paid £20.00 each, with everything except lunch included. 

Can you recommend any fun days out?


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Sunday, 10 April 2016

BUDGET SCULPTING PALETTE


After submitting my dissertation on Friday I finally have the time to write a blog post. Hopefully, now that most of my assignments are out of the way and I only have exams to focus on *shivers*, I will be able to blog again! I've decided that although I'm not going to commit myself to a schedule, I'm hoping to get a few posts up in the next few months and then be back to uploading three times a week after my exams. The photography on my next few posts isn't going to be great as I haven't got my camera with me - so bare with! Hats off to anyone that manages to juggle final year at university and having a blog!

During one of the many procrastinating, online shopping sprees, I placed an order on Boots for some drugstore pieces I had my eye on. Recently Rimmel seem to have upped their game, expanding their already popular Kate Moss collection. The Sculpting Palette in 002 Coral Glow (£4.99) is an absolute steal. Its essentially a 3-in-1 palette that contours, highlights and adds a pop of colour to your complexion. 

The highlight is a gorgeous light champagne shade and would work well with almost any skin tone. In all honesty, I wasn't expecting great things from this but it actually reminds me of Becca's Champagne Pop, which I'm already obsessed with. I've been using this on my cheek bone, brow bone and down the centre of my nose. 

The contour works really well with my skin tone, I'm pretty sure it would on any light - medium skin tones. Its a lovely matte mid-brown shade, at first I thought it had a slight shimmer but on the skin it's completely matte. I've been using this in the day for a more bronze-y/natural contour as the shade isn't quite grey enough to get the full contoured look. 

Personally the blush shade seals the deal for me. Its a lovely peachy, coral colour - perfect for transitioning into the Summer months. Throughout Winter I usually stick to pink/rose shades and so I've been loving the change and therefore have been wearing it every day! 

You can't expect much from the packaging with it being such a budget product however as far as drugstore packaging goes it's pretty satisfactory. Overall a good quality all in one product, perfect for on the go. 

Have you tried this sculpting kit? What do you think?

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