Wednesday, 23 April 2014

T-Mart Generation 3 Eyeshadow Palette - a Naked 3 dupe under £5!

Today's review has generated a lot of questions from my Instagram and Facebook followers. Mainly, ZOE, WHAT IS THIS and WHERE DID YOU GET IT FROM? 

Seasoned beauty fiends out there are probably laughing to themselves at the ignorance of it all - it's CLEARLY an Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. These Naked Palettes have been flying off shelves for months now, ready to cover the nearest eyelids with glorious, glorious rose-toned bronze.

But is it a Naked 3? Look closely.... You doubt yourselves now, don't you?

Well, what if I told you, it will cost you exactly £3.63 to purchase today.

Yahh, it's definitely NOT by Urban Decay then...

The Story.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

DIY Ombre Nail Tutorial using Essie & Models Own

It's here! My second proper YouTube video! I got a lot of lovely comments on my What I Wore To The Wedding post last week and a lot of people had been asking me about how I did my nails.

Here's the secret - it's actually really easy! DONT TELL ANYONE. There is actually a more complex way to do ombre nails properly but if you're a nail art novice or if you only have 10 minutes then THIS is the method for you. 

All you need is two nail polishes and a piece of sponge.

The rest.... is all in this video! It's very short, less than 5 minutes - so take a look!

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Undo The Damage: Dove Intensive Repair Self Warming Hair Mask

Heat styling, Hair colouring and Backcombing are like the three horsemen of the Hair Apocalypse to me. And when it comes to judgement time, I bet my hair will be pronounced by the Beauty Gods as an over processed, split-ended mess. Oh noes. But is there anything I can do to prevent the end of my hair as I know it?

 PERHAPS. Today I'm seeking penance in the name of Dove Intensive Repair Self Warming Mask which is designed to strengthen and revive damaged hair from the inside out. Billed as 'the hair hero we've been waiting for', it uses heat to restore shine and gloss and is meant to leave hair up to TEN times more resilient against future damage. Ten times!

I was lucky enough to be sent the Intensive Repair Mask to try but was it a hair hero........or a hair zero?

First Thoughts.

Friday, 18 April 2014

PRODUCT LAUNCH: Oriflame "The One" Collection

Gawsh, isn't the weather gorgeous at the moment? Oriflame sure picked the perfect time to launch their new "The ONE" collection  - I love me a good event launch, especially when it's on a rooftop and sunny outside! Funny how a little but of sun just makes everything 100 times nicer!

Sunny Soho location aside, there were bubbles, cupcakes and a celebrity make-up artist in the form of the awesome Gary Cockerill! Gary is one of the UK's most respected makeup artists and has worked with beautiful faces like Eva Longoria, Cat Deeley and Rachel Weiss to name but a few! Oh yeah - and David Beckham! (yes, can you believe it? Even Becks needs a good buffing up every now and then!)

Pick & Mix makeup in jars and free bubbles - could this BE any more blissful? 

Enough fluff, let's get down to business. I've reviewed Oriflame cosmetics many a time but if you haven't seen them (here, here and HERE )- the general jist is..... I really friggin LOVED them. It's such a shame that Oriflame doesnt have a stronger presence in the UK yet!

There's the amazing Oriflame eyebrow kit which I loved, and also the New Years party face I created with the Eye Pearls and Palladium Shine lipstick...dreamy!

Anyway - without getting distracted by the cakes - let's look at the new stuff! What's the "The ONE" collection all about?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What I Wore To The Wedding: Warehouse & Flowers

In place of the normal "What I Wore To Work", today it's another "What I Wore To The Wedding" special! My gorgeous friends Jack & Olive got married last weekend and I was honoured to attend their beautiful celebrations. 

And what a wedding it was - I'm talking sweeping marble staircases, seven stunning bridesmaids, a performance by Burberry model Roo Panes and six REAL blossom trees brought into the church (I still haven't gotten over those) - I wouldn't expect any less from a Porter Magazine wedding!

So what did I wear?

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The Dress

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Day I Went To Boots Camp: Boots Summer Shop

Last week, I had a little trip into SUMMER! In conjunction with the recent sunshine, Boots were showcasing some of their summer items in a gorgeous sun-filled space in Central London. Lahvely.

As soon as I walked in, I felt like I was on holiday! Trying on sunglasses, the smell of suncream in the air, what bliss! Isn't sun-cream just the best scent ever?!? Its right up there with baby powder and fresh laundry for me.

Anyway, summer scents aside, here's my lowdown on the top tips and top products to keep you looking fabulous this summer.

 The two staples of Summer are SUN and SUN PROTECTION. I'm going to start with the more boring one, sun protection and then, my favourite - summer cosmetics to match your tan!

Monday, 14 April 2014

MONEY MONDAY: Nicer ISAs? What's a NISA?

So we are well into the new tax year and, as with all new years, I MUST have new year resolutions. Whether it's lists or notes, I love setting targets for myself - they keep me aiming forward and they make sure I'm on track with "THE PLAN" - oho how fun do I sound right now?! 

But in all seriousness, if you're going obsessively try and over-engineer anything, it may as well be your money. You've got way more control over it, plus it requires far less self-control than a diet! Also, I figured if I manage my money well, I can just buy lipo right? I'm kidding!! We all know I'd spend my well-managed money on Laduree Macarons and MORE makeup....

Moving on. One week into the new tax year and what's the plan Batman? The Budget told us some stuff about ISAs, some stuff about pensions and then there's general "must save money" on top of that. Where to begin?

 I've already talked a couple times about general spending such as choosing a credit card and curbing my shopaholic tendencies so today I'm going to cover savings.

 My last MoneyMonday- A Story About Tax got a huge standing ovation by way of exactly 5 tweets from other people ha, so today I'm going to put my accounting qualification to good use and do another one of these explaaaaaining posts. The subject? It's all about ISAs and the NEW ISA.

Come on dudes, I'll try and make it fun- let's go for it.

So ISAs.  Step 1 - the basics. What is an ISA?  If you already know all this business, you go right ahead and skip onto Step 3- WHATS NEW?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Dreaming of Summer: Model's Own Indian Ocean Nail Polish

It’s sunny, it’s glorious, it’s not really that warm but HEY. In my mind, summer is well on it’s way!! And with that thought, I’m dreaming of days spent on a sun-lounger, ripples in the pool, the sound of surf on the sand… What other way to channel this through my personal being than with beachy hair and mermaid makeup?

This week, I already released a tutorial about faking thebronze with the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (which I’m also giving away!)  – and today, we’re moving away from the face and hair. The destination? The hands! The gateway to making sandcastles and holding Mr Whippys, beautiful hands are just as important when it comes to summer makeup.

Today’s nails are just that – a beautiful mermaid-meets-swimming-pool shade, it’s the Indian Ocean nail polish from the Model’s Own Beetlejuice range.

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Isn’t it just sublime? Not quite blue, not quite pink pearl. Either way, it's a serious summer colour which will look SHEET HOT with a tan. 

Alternatively, if you’re going for a pale and interesting vibe, Indian Ocean will also complement pastel hair and pale skins with an ethereal glow.

Does it come out like it does on the bottle? Read on.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

First Proper YouTube Video (and Giveaway)

It's here!! Finally - it took me a whole week to edit it and work out what I was doing, but ITS BEEN UPLOADED!!!

My first "proper" YouTube Video which shows the many uses of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick - oh yeah, and you can win one too!

Check out my video below and let me know what you think!! I hate watching myself back, I look like such a nob but hey!

Also, I think it's a bit long - I'd separate the hair/makeup tutorial next time - what do you think? Do you want to see more of 'Face Value Beauty Vlog'?

Continue reading for HOW TO WIN! 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

MIZSPA GIVEAWAY! Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

With the sun very slowly making it’s way out, it’s time to start thinking about summer beauty essentials and bringing out the products which get pushed to the back of cabinet over winter - the most obvious of which begins with a B…and ends with RONZER. 

Yes yes, clever you for guessing, I’m talking about that ultimate shimmery hit of tan which indicates lots of time spent outdoors, doing something extravagantly healthy like volleyball or hiking in the country, or, if you’re less actively-inclined (like me), your tan is obviously gained by stylishly lazing on a nearby coast.

I actually tan quite evenly and easily – the only ever time I had sunburn, I genuinely thought that I’d just suffered an allergic reaction to something!! I kid you not.

Therefore, I’ve only really used matt bronzers before - y'know, for contouring and adding a bit of brahhn and colour to my otherwise uninteresting skin. However, the last winter has really been, what I like to call, an epiphany of glow! I’ve gone from a matte-finish fanatic to a dewy skin seeker. AND, if that wasn’t enough of a change – my promotion last year also means that I can finally treat myself to the occasional high end beauty product! Nice one.

With me so far? Cheap, matte bronzers 2013, fancy, glowy bronzers 2014! I feel like a beautiful bronzed butterfly emerging from the ashes. But what’s the product that I’ve gone for this time?

It’s only the infamous Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (complete with mini Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush) HIYA. 

And the good news is.... I'M GIVING ONE AWAY TOO!

Read on for details on HOW TO WIN.

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