Thursday, 27 August 2015

Make-up | MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove reviews the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove reviews the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

The Film and TV industry is forever evolving, as is the equipment used. Cameras can now capture so much detail, including every layer of make-up on our skin. Make Up For Ever have revamped and reformulated their best selling HD foundation, simply to keep up with the new technology available. Introducing the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

I was really looking forward to playing with this foundation, as I had heard so many good things about it's predecessor, so this was bound to be just as good if not better. Designed to feel like a second skin and undetectable to the eye, this natural yet flawless coverage foundation does indeed promise a lot. Does it really do everything that it says?

I buffed 1-2 pumps over my skin using my Crownbrush Syntho Deluxe Flat Bronzer.  This gives a really natural finish, whilst covering any signs of redness and blurring pores and imperfections. I was really, really impressed. The liquid feels so lightweight, but not watery, and it really is "invisible". I would genuinely not guess I had foundation on other than the fact I know my real skin does not look this good without make-up. Even with a couple of hours wear, I can touch my skin and it feels like there is nothing there - it sets perfectly and does not feel tacky or greasy to touch. 

For someone like me who actually does not like wearing make-up on a regular basis, simply because I like my skin to breathe, this is an awesome foundation. I can wear this without feeling like I have a single thing on. Even those of you who are wanting fuller coverage, simply stipple the foundation onto the skin rather than buff it in. 

I think this will work for all skin types, as I have dehydrated skin so suffer from both dry patches and an oily t-zone. For once I am struggling to describe the finish as it just does look like skin, it isn't matte and it isn't glowy. It is somewhere in between. 

The shade range is pretty impressive too - with a staggering 40 different shades, covering fair, medium, tan and dark skins - as well as red and yellow undertones. This is great for make-up artists like me, making it easier to find the perfect match for clients. For those of you wondering, the shade I am wearing is Marble Y225.

Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove reviews the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove reviews the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

I used my Olympus Pen to capture these images for once. I never really use this camera for blog photography as I use it mainly for events, but I had fun getting to grips with it. Maybe more of my posts will be created using it.

Available online and in Debenhams stores now. £29.00

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Personal | More Blogging Opportunities, North or South?

Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove writes a personal post asking the question on where is best to be for blogging: north or south?

To you guys, this may seem like a really random topic, and it probably is, but it is something that I have been considering for months on end now and it is causing havoc on my mind. For those of you who are not a blogger, this ramble will have no relevance to you whatsoever. Do you believe there to be more blogging opportunities, in the north or south of the UK?

I am a northern lass at heart, and for the last 18 months, I have been living down south, in the lovely town of Reigate. I love it here and feel really settled. It is close enough to London, so that I can pop in on a weekly basis, but also still  away from the hectic city lifestyle that I only like to dip my toes into every now and then. I highly doubt I could live in the city full time. All the hustle and bustle of city life is great and all, but I like my own space, and fresh air to breathe into my lungs. 

I am at an age where I have to consider my future. At 26 years old, I find myself panicking that life is flying by and in no time at all I will be 96, in a old folks home regretting my life choices. Gosh, I am being so depressing right now. 

On a much more positive note, the age I am at now, for me: It revolves around my career. I have a fantastic job and I absolutely thrive off my blog, which is pretty much a part time job at the moment too. I am so very lucky and so very grateful to be in the position that I am. Always wanting to push myself further,  this is where I get to thinking, what is next for me? Where will my blog take me? Do I need to be in London to take things to the next level? What even is the next level?

Or do I move back up north ? The cost of living is cheaper and if I want to buy a house, it definitely seems like the more sensible option. Gosh, I am such an adult already.

With a diary packed full of back to back events and meetings all revolving around my current job and my beauty blog, it scares me to even consider moving back up north. I am too frightened of missing out on anything and see everything as a networking opportunity. Nevertheless, I have been thinking about heading back up to my northern roots more often than not. Hell, I have even been looking into property abroad. A sign that I am definitely unsettled right now?

Even though I feel like my blog and my job are my priorities at the moment, a part of me can't help but feel that my life should not revolve around these. It feels like the safe option. I used to be such a risk taker and would move here, there and everywhere, and even though to others that does not seem sensible, I had the best time. I am not sure what has happened to that person.

So I ask, northern bloggers, do you feel the pressure to move down south or are you doing just fine and dandy? Do we as bloggers all feel a certain kind of pressure to be in a certain place? Or can we make it work where we want to, no matter the postcode? 

There is so much more I want to do and I just kind of feel lost at the moment as to where I should be, or go to next? Do you ever feel this way? Do you ever worry that you are going in the right direction? Or heading full steam along the entirely wrong path?

I have no idea why I thought to write all of this down, or to even consider sharing it here on my blog, but if you have anything, advice or thoughts to share on this, then I would love to hear from you. 

Tweet me @zonewlove.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Video | bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow™ Palette

Zoe Newlove films with bareMinerals and Sarah Jane Froom to demonstrate how to use the new work weekend wow eyeshadow palette

So a fortnight ago I wrote an exclusive review on this brand new eyeshadow palette from bareMinerals: Work, Weekend, Wow. You can read this here. 

I had the utmost pleasure in collaborating with bareMinerals for the launch of this new palette and in doing so I got to work with International Make-up Artist Sarah Jane Froom. Acting as Sarah's model, I sat back and relaxed whilst she demonstrated for the camera the three ways in which you can use this brand new palette. I absolutely adore bareMinerals, and have used their products for years, so to be asked to come along and film this video with them for the launch of their new palette, was a real privilege.

In this video you will see how to create a look to wear to Work, and then how to add to that for your Weekend look. For those extra special occasions and nights out, the final look is Wow. I would happily wear all of the colours in this palette and as you will hopefully see from this video, it is really easy to use. I hope you guys enjoy it and I cannot wait to hear what you think.

On a slightly different note, have you heard of the Be Real Campaign? 

Low body confidence is damaging people’s lives. It affects everyone – all ages, both sexes – and starts young. It impacts people’s physical and mental health and holds them back in life, stopping them from achieving all that they could. Be Real is a national movement made up of individuals, schools, businesses, charities and public bodies campaigning to change attitudes to body image and help all of us put health above appearance and be confident in our bodies. 

bareMinerals are proud sponsors of this very campaign, that aims to focus on three areas including health, education and diversity. The idea is to collectively challenge, inspire and change the way, we as a nation, feel about body confidence. I personally think it is a fantastic idea and will be there myself to listen to the panel including Leslie Blodgett, creator of bareMinerals & Chief Visionary Officer, whom is flying in from San Francisco especially. The event takes place on Tuesday 1st September and I shall make sure to tell you all about it. 

* This is not a sponsored post.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Skincare | Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask

Beauty blogger zoe newlove reviews the Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask
Beauty blogger zoe newlove reviews the Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask
Beauty blogger zoe newlove reviews the Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask

Okay, so this mask, is the bees knees. I literally feel like writing nothing other than: Trust me and just go buy it already. This Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask is awesome and more, it is worth every penny and more, and it really does work.... and more. I love using masks, but not many truly impress me. This 2 in 1 mask not only purifies and deeply cleans the skin, but then it exfoliates and sheds the dead skin cells on top of the skin's surface too, leaving my skin one satisfied customer.

As a beauty blogger, I don't mind sharing the fact I get sent a lot of samples to trial and test, including this here mask. Nevertheless, only the ones that really stand out and do what the tin promises, do I then repurchase. I would happily buy this over and over, and then some. 

With my skin being dehydrated, often it looks lifeless and dull, and like many, it is prone to blemishes - especially those annoying under the skin ones. Rose Clay has been used for centuries, as a powerful detoxifying ingredient, and is key to this mask. It helps to draw out dirt and excess oils which block our pores and cause those pesky spots. Jojoba beads then gently exfoliate the skin to reveal radiance and help to "polish" the skin to soften and refine. 

It smells pretty good too, which is always a bonus, containing an essential oil blend of lavender, grapefruit, chamomile, geranium and more. 

Use it twice and week and see the difference, instantly. Available here for £23

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Lifestyle | Ray-Ban 4171 Erika Sunglasses Review | Sunglasses Shop

Beauty blogger Zoe newlove reviews  Ray-Ban 4171 Erika Sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop Beauty blogger Zoe newlove reviews  Ray-Ban 4171 Erika Sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop
Beauty blogger Zoe newlove reviews  Ray-Ban 4171 Erika Sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop
Beauty blogger Zoe newlove reviews  Ray-Ban 4171 Erika Sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop

I absolutely freakin' love sunglasses. A girl not massively into fashion, hence no sign of me becoming a fashion blogger anytime soon folks, I do still appreciate a good accessory. Luxury and good taste can come at a cost, but considering I will wear a pair of sunglasses for a good chunk of the year, day in and day out, I see a designer pair as an investment. 

Having scratched my last two pairs of Ray-Ban Aviators, *weeps into my pillow*, I do not go anywhere without a glasses case for my new Ray-Ban 4171 Erika Sunglasses. I am determined to look after these, I mean, just look at them. I love, love, love the matte tortoise shell finish, and the shape is effortlessly vintage, but paired with the classic contemporary metal temples, they have a really edgy feel to them. I may even go as far to say, they make me feel ... cool?

My boyfriend, whom snapped these photos by the way, decided he also loved them and continuously made threats about stealing them. Being the good girlfriend I am, I bought him a pair for his birthday so mine can remain safe. He won't mind me saying, but they are £88 so actually a lot cheaper than the usual Ray-Ban sunglasses. Everyone has the aviators, including me albeit the scratches, so it is nice to have a pair that are totally different. I will just have to make sure me and the other half do not go out wearing them at the same time, that would just be too weird. 

Sunglasses Shop are brilliant and I foresee many more purchases from their website, as they have a variety of brands available, plus they always seem to have a cheeky discount. As I am writing this they have a 15% off discount code. It is very, very tempting to purchase another pair, not that I am eyeing up these gun metal ones from Tom Ford at all.... 

P.S I ordered Scott's and they arrived the next day. Talk about great service.