Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Help Please! Make My LFW Dream Come True With Just One Click.

UNBELIEVABLE SCENES!! I am in the finals to report live from London Fashion Week on behalf of Yahoo Lifestyle UK!

London Fashion Week - LONDON FASHION WEEEEEK! How unreal would it be to have my big face on-camera, presenting all the behind-the-scenes beauty action?!

A short (and desperate) plea for you today dear readers. Please make my dream come true and give me a click on the Yahoo Lifestyle Voting page

No forms to fill, no registration, it literally takes 30 seconds!

Laptops: Go to YahooLifestyle, click Zoe Dubs, Click VOTE
Mobiles: Scroll down to the bottom of the YahooLifestyle voting page, click Zoe Dubs, VOTE!




I really appreciate every single vote - this competition is a once-in-a-lifetime ALL-THE-CLICHES opportunity for me and I can't even begin to imagine how happy I would be to win. Oh man, even the thought of it seems RIDICULOUS.

(Seriously - I whacked my knee on the edge of my bed jumping around when I found out I was shortlisted - who knows what winning would do to me!)



Voting closes 29 August! There's a 1 in 8 chance for me to win and your vote could be all the difference!


Please vote for Zoe Dubs here at https://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/london-fashion-week/beauty-voting/


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Big love to you all!!

By Zoe Dubs
xXXXx
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Xmas Is Coming... Dowal Walker Winter Wonders revealed!

I know it's still Summer (it IS) but today I've got a step-into-the-future sneak peek at the Christmas coming. Don't get me wrong, I am still very much in the world of bronzing, florals and fake-baking myself but who doesn't love a preview?! As long as you dont offer mince pies in July (which is definitely where the line is btw)

For fans of Nails Inc, Stila and Japonesque, I've got some pictures which will certainly feed your cosmetic-crack addiction and there's some lesser known but equally tasty makeup morsels to wet your appetite. 

Let's get stuck in shall we?


Held in the heart of Soho, the Christmas preview featured so many of my favourite brands - Vichy, Japonesque, Nails Inc, Paul & Joe, La Roche Posay to name a few.

It's gonna be hard narrowing it down to my top products but here are the biggest buy-me-now heroes from the night....

Saturday, 16 August 2014

A Trip To The Burberry Beauty Box!

I was in Covent Garden the other day and I suddenly remembered - there's one thing I've wanted to do in Covent Garden for quite some time now. Nope, not the Ballet, not the Royal Opera House either - I'm talking about the Burberry Beauty Box! (Obvs..)

Opened last Christmas, it is the ONLY store dedicated to Burberry Beauty - makeup, fragrance, scarves and a selection of beauty accessories designed by Christopher Bailey especially for the Beauty Box. I just HAD to go and buy something - y'know, since it's one-of-a-kind and everything.... right?


Ridiculous self-justifications taken on board.... I spent half an hour in there and ended up leaving with this special package.




Isn't it beautiful?! Lovingly packaged, one of the best bits of the Burberry Beauty Box experience was opening the bag (Once I managed to bring myself to undo the beautiful ribbon tie of course.) 

Why? Because the great unveiling was a bit like opening Pandora's box - more and more just kept coming out! There was SO much more than just the lipstick inside... Should I have expected anything less? 

Let's find out what's in the bag.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

VICHY Normaderm Night Detox Launch: Part 1

Before I went through this whole holiday/move flat double combo, I went to a great event with Vichy. Instagram friends will have probably spotted it alll over my feed but here's the real down-low on what happened.

Vichy has been high on my beauty radar for a while now but especially their Normaderm range as it's for oily and combination oily skin. ie. IT'S MADE FOR ME.

This launch event was to mark the incoming of the latest VICHY Normaderm product - the Night Detox cream. Held in the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, there was a cinema screening, lovely cocktails and a whole host of fun canapes..




I ended up with three VICHY products to test - the new Night Detox cream, the Normaderm moisturiser and the Normaderm 3-in-1 cleanser - how did I get on with them?

Read on to see what happened at the event


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

What I Wore To Work: Relaxed Smart Separates

Happy Wednesday team! Today see's the first fashion post shot from my new flat! No longer do you have to look at my wardrobe door in the background, you now get to see... my bedroom door! What can I say, some things never change - until I can teach Mr FV how to use the half press focus on the shutter. 

Today, as a suit alternative, I bring you smart separates. Yes yes, at the end of the day, smart separates is really a suit so WHERE'S THE TWIST?

I've gone for a relaxed spin and a splash of colour, but enough to stay within the formality of the business casual dress code (aka the world's most vague dress code). 

Check it out and let me know what you think!


A little snapshot of what's to come, I've paired my favourite burgundy crop blazer (as featured in my Not So Masculine Tailoring post) with classic skinny cigarette pants from Zara.

Chuck in the bag of my DREAMS plus some wear-everywhere heels and you've got today's outfit. Here are the full pictures.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Beauty Buys From Portugal (via Sephora)

As I mentioned in my post, Downtime, there's been a bit of a silence because I've been moving flat, but also because I've been on holiday! Yay for holidays!

Every time I go on holiday I always keep an eye out for beauty buys which aren't available in the UK. I've brought back velcro hair slides from Hong Kong, P2 Lip Peeler from Berlin, Princess lipsticks from Malaysia but the ABSOLUUUUTE epitome of 'beauty not available in the UK' can very easily be summed up in one example. That example, my dear readers, is Sephora.

First things first, I need to get this off my chest - WHY DO WE NOT HAVE A SEPHORA IN THE UK?!?! More exclamation marks needed.

I remember we used to have one back in like 2002 but this was before my age of makeup enlightenment and all I bought from there were those bath foam capsules shaped as dolphins and hearts - which were quite useless - HOW NAIVE I WAS.

Flashforward another decade and this time, when I encountered Sephora in an out-of-town Portuguese shopping mall....I was prepared!! (and no longer interested in those bath capsules)



An hour in Sephora AND during the sale season - does it get any better?! There was reduced Benefit, reduced Lancome and eventually, poor Mr FV reduced to boredom. 

Shall we see the spoils of my shopping trip!?

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Off-piste Post: Incredible Meal at L'Enclume

Today is something a bit different - a little food photo diary of a very special restaurant I went to last weekend. I know people don't always like it when a blog goes outside of its specialist subject but given that I've got no internet in my new flat yet, I'm doing this baby by phone and pictures of food is all I have at the moment!

But not just any ordinary food, I tell you. This is Trip-enducing, Great British Menu-winning food from L'Enclume in Cumbria.





The Story.

I booked it all as a surprise birthday present for Mr FV (who, at one point, was convinced we were going to IKEA) and we spent over 4 hours savouring TWENTY courses. Twenty courses! Oh yeah, and I had the wine flight too - hashtag boozed...


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

What I Bought From Work: My F&F Summer Style Picks

So normally Wednesday is my What I Wore To Work special but today is going to be a bit more of a What I Bought From Work! 

Long story short, due to poor advance planning and some ridiculously long wait-times from Sky there is no TV in the new flat. As I sat here consoling myself with a bit of online shopping, I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone and do a little blog post too?

Today's bank balance body-slam is courtesy of my employers, F&F. It's a weird cycle where they pay me and I immediately empty most of my money back into shpoping the site. I know you know what I mean! Very circle of life, like in the Lion King. (we become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass - classic Mufasa speech)

Anyway, enough of my trip back to the 90's -  I've rustled up a little summer style collage to showcase my pics and inspire your retail rush today..




Feast your eyes on this! A bountiful collection of prints, florals and textures - can you believe that you can buy these from ONLY £6?

Let's take a closer look, shall we? 




Clockwise from top left corner

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Body Shop Haul: Smooth Skin & Self-Adjusting Colour!

This summer is a season full of high ponytails, headbands, headscarves and scraped back fringes. With so much of my giant face on show, skincare is big on my list this month!!


And what better to treat my tanned hide than a little haul from The Body Shop?! Full of organic and natural ingredients, Body Shop products always smell incredible and their eco ethos is one of the reasons why they're a skincare staple for me.



What's First On My Face?


First up is a greeeeat summer serum. Those of you who have followed my adventures into the initial signs of ageing will know that I've been using more serums past 25. 

With my oily skin, most serums tend to be too heavy but like Goldilocks in the hunt for the perfect porridge, this Drops Of Youth concentrate is jussssst right for me.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Downtime

Hi team! It's been very quiet on Face Value Beauty Blog this week so I thought I'd write something a bit different and give you a little life update!

Mr FV and I have just moved house to live 'me & you, just us two' which is cray cray exciting but we've done it all midweek without taking any time off work. Safe to say, the last week has been an absolute MISSION.

It took three people, two trips in a van (and 2 subsequent visits back to the old flat for forgotten items) to transport every last piece but it's finally complete, hooray! Now just the 2nd mission of registering utility suppliers and trying to haggle Sky down to more than just '10% off' - lonnng.

What have I learnt from all this?

One- Moving house is SERIOUS HASSLE even if you're not a not-so-secret hoarder like me.

Two- I have an inconceivable amount of stuff and zero willpower to bin anything.

Three- you say you'll sell it on eBay BUT WE KNOW YOU WONT. Guilty.

And on top of that, I'm popping on a quick holiday! I'm typing this from my phone as I Picadilly-line it alllll the way to Heathrow. (Life lesson 4, always fork out for the Heathrow Express.) Hopefully this time I won't get stuck out there - on holiday, not in Heathrow.

If you didn't see my desperate Twitter updates about me feeling like Macaulay Culkins mother trying to get back to Chicago, last month I got caught on the wrong side of the French air traffic control strike and ended up covering 4 different airports across my holiday - les bastards!!

So, enjoy the peace for now because when I get back there will be a whole host of new posts for your reading pleasure - and another product giveaway too!

Have a great week!

Zoe
xXXXx

Ps
What would a makeshift blog post from my phone be without any pictures?


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