Saturday, 19 July 2014


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!


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

Friday, 11 July 2014

Who Says Dark Hair Is Hard To Colour? #Flashmob Hair Chalks Review

I've always envied those of you with light hair. Having dark hair means that introducing vibrant colour can be tricky - let alone expensive and damaging.

The last time I had bright pink and purple streaks, I had to bleach my hair to unrecognisable colours before dying it again (via a little trip to Bleach London!). My hair was brittle and hard for ages, it took weeeeks of moisturising masks and oils to reverse the damage - the downsides of harsh colouring.

But what if I told you there was a way to get bright colour... without the bleach? Without the damage, without the permanence of it all. Commitment-free colour - is there such a thing?!

Today, I trial the vibrant effects of a range of hair chalks by #Flashmob Cosmetics and I'll tell you now - they are SO MUCH FUN.

Hair chalks have been having a little moment in the fashion and beauty world - this easy method of adding vibrant short term colour has been all over the catwalks and in every bloggers beauty bag!!

How To Use

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

What I Wore To Work: NEW SHOES! Hobbs Vida Derby Brogues

It's happening! Following my new job and my impending flat move, I have decided that I am going to start my OFFICIAL grown up life - aka time to start acting your age Zoe!

This basically means stop hoarding things, start planning meals, spend my money more wisely, blah blah blah. It's basically every new years resolution I ever had and failed at. 

As I start thinking about the impossible task of packing and moving my gigantic collection of clothes, I've decided I need to also change my shopping habits/habit - I am physically running out of space. 

Therefore - light bulb moment- from now onwards, I've decided to BUY LESS.... but buy nicer, higher quality, investment pieces. (and maybe bin something. Maybe)

This very ridiculous reasoning is exactly why, although I never used to shop at Hobbs, I can now justify it! (On the condition that it's in the sale, and if I can wear it for work AND leisure)

Well, today's pair of shoes ticks ALL the boxes. Soft Leather. Work and Leisure. Utterly beautiful. HELLO NEW GROWN UP LIFE!!

When it comes to my work style, I'm a big fan of pretty, but strong, looks. 

As you may have seen from my previous What I Wore To Work Wednesday's, I especially like a twist on mens tailoring so when I saw these boyish brogues from Hobbs, I just HAD to have them!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Replacing Holiday Rules With Real-Life Beauty Tips

 Aren't holidays the best?!?! Great weather, great company and a great chance to debut your summer wardrobe. Finally, the chance to wear ALLL those items which wouldn't last in English weather and ALLLL the makeup which only looks good with a tan.

Saying that, having just come back from a short Spanish break, I've realised that there are so many things which we're "supposed" to do on holiday which, IN REAL LIFE we don't end up doing because - let's face it - it's too hot or we can't be bothered.

Know what I mean? Read on.

summer holiday practical real beauty fashion blog tips

Let's start with the hair. 

The magazines constantly show beautiful long-haired models with impeccable beachy waves and soft golden highlights. Summer perfection right? Wrong.


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Drawing A Fine Line Between Eyeko, SEVENTEEN & Oriflame Eyeliner Pens.

Here's a statement for you: Liquid eyeliner is my all time fave. It's potent, it's precise, it doesn't smudge and it doesn't drag your delicate eye skin. That's a win, win, win in my books!

The range of makeup we have available to us is astounding. Eyeliner alone comes in many formats- pencil, gel, liquid, kohl and eeeven after that, liquid eyeliner comes in more options for you to choose from. 

There's the classic brush and pot format, the felt tip and pot, flat tipped applicator, and my favourite - the liquid pen. With so many choices available, is there any difference between them?! 

Today I'm going to be looking at three liquid eyeliner pens, all by respected beauty brands - but which one came out on top?

The Line Up.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

PRODUCT LAUNCH & GIVEAWAY: Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Oil

It's PRESENT TIME! Those of you who caught my Instagram post earlier will have seen a glimpse of the awesome parcel I received courtesy of Dove. A  fabulous 'welcome home!' selection of body beautiful oils and not-so-body beautiful macarons.

And the good news? There's some for you too!! Not the macarons, obvs - let's not be RIDICULOUS, I ate them all up within 20 minutes and now currently writing this on an AMAZING sUgAr high. But let's take a closer look at the NEW Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Oils of which I have TEN to give away!

First up, and most importantly - you should know that these are EXCLUSIVE. They have not yet hit the stores - they're being rolled out from today onwards in Boots and Tesco but they won't be available nationwide until August!

Second-most important. WHAT IS THIS? Dear Face Value Friends, let me introduce you to the new Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Oil!

Tipped as the latest indulgent addition to your daily skincare routine, these Dove Pampering Body Oils are light-touch, non-greasy oils designed to lock in moisture as part of your regular moisturising routine.

How to use? Rub it into dry skin, use it as a moisturiser straight after the shower - they smell incredible and so will you! Especially because I've got TEN to giveaway!

Here's the science part.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Instagramming those holiday pics? New Mobile Data Rules in The EU!

Not gonna lie - I am, unashamedly, a social media broadcaster. My personal Facebook feed is regularly updated with statuses (mainly about life fails and back-of-the-head pictures of minor celebrities in London) and I'm one of those irritating people who constantly takes shots of food and cool-looking cocktails on Instagram. Soz.

Yes, yes it's most likely some deep seated link to self perception and social anxiety but WHATEVS - I could write a whole post on that and it's NOT today's topic. Love it or hate it, it's up to you, but fellow broadcasters and social media mavens will completely understand when I say  - there is no time where I want to do this more than when I am on HOLIDAY!

Being on holiday is the epitome of "yo, look what I'm doing!" opportunities but this is normally all dependent on whether WiFi is available. Yup, the cost of mobile activity abroad is blimming expensive isnt it?

Well, from TOMORROW - 1 July 2014 - the EU is cutting the price caps for data downloads by more than HALF. Yup, it's going to be cheaper to use the internet abroad!

But that's not it - the cost of texting and calling is also going down and there's big news ahead for roaming charges too! Read on for deets.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

L'Oreal Fibrology - My Short-lived TV Career.

The last week or so has gone by in a bit of a blur but I think it's finally become real for me - I'm on TV! Nothing oscar worthy and certainly nothing to log off your Netflix for but yes - for the first and probably last time in my life, I am starring in a TV advert!

At first it was absolutely mortifying to watch myself on TV - especially when in front of other people - but (now I've had a chance to watch it without my hands clutching my face), I've realised how tremendously proud and honoured I feel to have been part of it!

It's funny, when my friends watched the advert they were like - I thought these things were always scripted? Surely the actors are PAID to say good things?? And I have to admit, before I experienced this first-hand, I always assumed that too. 

Which is why today, to back up my Pinocchio-esque "but I'm a REAL girl" claims, I've decided to show you a little sneak peek at what went on behind-the-scenes...

Prepare yourselves dear friends cos there ain't no blue screens, background sets or A-listers here. Just plenty of hairnets and fueled-by-Pret poses. Don't say I didn't warn you!!

Watch The Advert

So how did it all begin?

Monday, 23 June 2014

Product Of The Month: COLLECTION Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream

Nothing makes my day like getting a surprise bargain. I love surprises, I love bargains - I love surprise bargains ! That smug, happy feeling isn't something I often experience with my beauty products but today, I absolutely NEED to shout from the rooftops and tell you about a wonderful little product I've bought. 

A £2.99 knockout, this lip cream performs well above its price band and is one of my new must-have makeup items!

Oh yeah - and I bought another one too. See?

No surprises here - of course my story, like most of my shopping stories, starts in Boots....

Picture the scene. Already late but desperate to buy something to jazz up my 9-5 makeup, I was headed to the beauty aisles of Boots in hunt of a lipstick. 

Although this was a spontaneous buy, I didn't want to buy needlessly so I was looking for something new - something I hadn't tried before but something which was cheap enough to choose in about 2 minutes!

It was a snap decision - a bit like the feeling when the platform for your train has just been announced and you're trying to quickly pick an M&S sandwich whilst trying to avoid any of the yucky egg ones. (I know you know what I'm saying here guyss)

And what did I come out with? This adorable, non threatening little cream puff! Shall we take a closer look?

Friday, 20 June 2014

Rethinking Beauty Confidence with Dove at the Selfridges Beauty Project

Did you get to check out the awesome Beauty Project run by Selfridges last month? I loved the concept! The Beauty Project is meant to celebrate all definitions of beauty, via a series of events, special products, debates and workshops which were hosted by experts, visionaries and the cream of the creative crop.

It's so interesting when you really think about how we view 'beauty' and being comfortable in your own skin - it's a topic that we should really talk about more!

Today is something a bit different - no beauty review or fashion finance. Today I'm sharing some YouTube videos from The Beauty Project... and trust me, they're something slightly different - I never thought I'd enjoy them as much as I did!

Hello Beautiful Selfridges Campaign BeautyMART Topshop Boxpark Harvey Nichols London

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