Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Bodycare | Xen Tan Dark Lotion Review & Giveaway

Bodycare | Xen Tan Dark Lotion Review & Giveaway
Bodycare | Xen Tan Dark Lotion Review & Giveaway
Bodycare | Xen Tan Dark Lotion Review & Giveaway
Bodycare | Xen Tan Dark Lotion Review & Giveaway
Bodycare | Xen Tan Dark Lotion Review & Giveaway


Let me tell you a secret. I am the worst, worst, WORST, self tan applier known to man. I panic. I sweat. I spill tan everywhere. It is quite a stressful experience - and don't even talk to me about when the stuff actually develops and I see the awful results. 

I have a friend with pink hair and a sexual tan and her name is Laura Lou. The tan is not hers, oh no, it belongs to Xen Tan. A while ago I picked up a Xen Tan Transform Daily Self Tan, thinking I could pull off a healthy, head to toe bronzed glow, just like my friend Laura here, and I nearly nailed it. I always mess up my hands and feet, oh and have white patches, but even so, Xen Tan was still by a long shot the best experience I had had to date. 

With this new found confidence, I thought I would delve into the deep, darker end with Xen Tan Dark Lotion. This stuff, is, dark. I knew I would love the formula, what with the promise of it being streak - free, long lasting and super moisturising. Plus, it lasts a long time, like a week guys. Even with the security of jojoba oil and nut oils to sooth my soul, I was still freaking out about applying this. I want to be tanned, I just do not like the process of tanning. 

So I did my research this time. I asked the girls in the office at work and they gave me their top tips:

Exfoliate every day for one week before tan application - Shave your areas 24 hours before application - Moisturise your knobbly bits - Soak your hands in moisturiser, so they are practically dripping - Always, always use a mitt. 

So with all of this advice in mind, I did it. And you know what, I gave myself a jumping high five. I may have even played some celebratory air guitar. When I woke up in the morning, not only was I dark, but my white sheets had zero marks on them, and I smelt good. None of this dog biscuit malarkey here folks. Not one single streak and even my hands were perfect. My house mate has given me numerous compliments, and most importantly, the tan looks natural - not fake. 

Want to get your hands on this glorious stuff? Marks and Spencer have an offer running throughout July (1st-28th) both Online and In Stores, where if you spend £25 on Xen Tan you will receive a full sized bottle of Xen Tan Dark Lotion - fo' free. 

If you want you can run along to make a purchase, or, you can enter my giveaway. 

That's right, I am giving away 10 bottles of Xen Tan Dark Lotion & A Tanning Mitt. 

All you need to do to enter is:

1) Follow me on Bloglovin'

2) Follow me on Instagram & Regram the Giveaway
 (See my profile "zoenewlove" on Instagram)

3) Leave a comment !


I will be running this competition for a fortnight and the winners will be picked at random! 

Good luck! 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Hair | Richard Ward Hair Styling

Beauty blogger reviews the Richard Ward Chelsea Collection Styling Products
Beauty blogger reviews the Richard Ward Chelsea Collection Styling Products

Towards the end of last year I was introduced to a new range of hair products, brought to you by Richard Ward. I have previously tried and tested the Argan Collection, the review of which you can read here, but this consisted mainly of Shampoo and Conditioner, oh and a hair mask. I thought it was time to test out some of his styling products. A girl can never have too many styling products right, riiiiight?

Well, for me, I can never have enough dry shampoo as I go through so much of it. Lazy girl hair issues (don't judge me). The Richard Ward Keratin +1 Day Dry Shampoo is really lovely. It leaves a very refreshing sensation on the scalp, and does not leave that annoying white residue that a lot of dry shampoo can leave behind. I just like to spray a few bursts around my crown and through the back of my hair just to rejuvenate the style that I have at the time. I find I can use this 2-3 days in a row (again do not judge me) and my hair still looks nice and healthy and not caked in product. 

I think out of the three I have here, the Richard Ward Keratin Shine Vitamin Boost, was the one that had me most intrigued. To be honest, I thought this would be just some kind of toner for the hair, maybe to give it more hydration or something, but it actually appears to do more than that. My hair feels healthier on spraying this through damp hair, but I can also add this to dry hair to give it more life. This is one that I will use when I need my hair to look alive again after a tough couple of days, down to over styling or just not looking after it properly. We take vitamins daily to help our body's function, so why not give our hair a health boost too? It reminds me of Bumble and Bumble tonic.

Richard Ward Anti-Ageing Hair spray, is nice, but there is nothing special about this. I like the smell and I like the fact it holds a style in place without feeling sticky or heavy. However, I am not that huge a fan of hair sprays in general as I find my hair just becomes dry from over use of them. If you have fine hair and struggle to find a hair spray to suit you, maybe give this one a shot.


What is your go-to hair styling product? Leave me some recommendations in the comments.


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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Love Me Beauty Box | June Edition

Beauty blogger reviews the Love Me Beauty Box | June 2015 Edition
Beauty blogger reviews the Love Me Beauty Box | June 2015 EditionBeauty blogger reviews the Love Me Beauty Box | June 2015 Edition
Beauty blogger reviews the Love Me Beauty Box | June 2015 Edition

As I type this I am waiting for my NAILS INC Gel Effect Nail Varnish to dry, Soho Place a stunning turquoise arrived in this month's Love Me Beauty Box*. Welcome to the June Edition. Alongside this nail varnish, another shade, St James sits in the beauty bag. A beautiful pink toned red.

What I love about Love Me Beauty boxes in comparison to the many others that are available, you can pick exactly what you want in your box from a personalised Boutique. There are always so many great brands to pick from each month, June saw brands such as Elemis, Green People and Nails Inc. 

In my box I got three different products from Elemis, a night cream, a flash balm and a shower cream. All three products are good sized travel samples, and each one of them I will use. Normally in beauty boxes, I will only use one or two of the products that come with it, but with Love Me Beauty I always love everything that I receive. 

You are only supposed to receive 5 items, so I think the Green People 24 Hour Fix Cream may have been put into my box as a little additional extra. I love Green People and I am so glad to see them in a beauty box as popular as this. Green People for those of you who may not recognise this brand are a completely green and organic company whom offer a staggering amount of products that are completely toxic free. 

For me the most exciting addition to this box has to be the Realine Beauty Frown Line Patches. In this square box you get 30 patches and for some one who is extremely paranoid about getting old, and whose vanity gets worse day by day, these will become a staple I can tell. I have not heard of this brand before but heard great things. All you have to do is carefully smooth down a patch over the frown line area, on clean skin, and then leave it on for a few hours or even overnight. The results are meant to give you a firmer tighter area underneath. Bye bye fine lines. 

I was thrilled with the make-up bag, it is such a good size and one that I will definitely make good use of - not sure how long it will stay this crisp white however. I get my make-up... everywhere!!! 


If you are yet to try the Love Me Beauty Box concept, but after reading this you feel like trying it out next month, you can use my discount code and get yourself 20% offzoe20

Love Me Beauty costs £10 per month plus P&P (£3.95)



Friday, 26 June 2015

Beauty Tips | Get Ready for Summer with Marks & Spencer

Beauty blogger advises you on the best of beauty from Marks and Spencer to help you get ready for Summer
Beauty blogger advises you on the best of beauty from Marks and Spencer to help you get ready for Summer
Beauty blogger advises you on the best of beauty from Marks and Spencer to help you get ready for Summer

Getting ready for Summer involves having new razors on tap, or your waxing lady on speed dial. It requires body scrubs, and fresh shower gels, delicate fragrances and whipped creams. Our exercise routines are turned up a notch, sun cream stocked up. So many beauty products are needed and all just for one season.

During the Summer months, I tend to shower a lot more frequently, most days I will have a shower morning and night. I just really dislike feeling hot and sticky and like to feel fresh you know? I have shower gels coming out of my ears for this very reason. I love ones that have a pleasant smell, but also are super moisturising. Having always been a fan of the Nuxe Huile Prodigieux Body Oil, another Summer staple for those of you who like multi-use oils, I knew I would love the Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil*. This has the very same fragrance, and being an oil it feels much more hydrating and nourishing to that of a standard gel. I like to use this one when I simply don't have time to moisturise afterwards as it leaves a gorgeous satin finish on the skin, no dry patches whatsoever. It really is a joy to use and definitely gets me in the Summer mood. 

When I do have time to properly pamper myself, I treat my body as I would my face, with a full routine. So I will firstly cleanse with something like the Rituals Hammam Delight Foaming Shower Gel*, which has a really refreshing fragrance containing Rosemary and Eucalyptus. It is vital to regularly exfoliate your body, especially if you want smooth, firm legs to show off. The Rituals Hammam Hot Scrub Sea Salt Body Scrub* is an absolute treat to use, and this again feels really nourishing as well as giving my body an effective, yet gentle, scrub. I swear by body scrubs and exfoliating mitts, they are a huge part of my Summer Body Ready routine. 

Once cleansed and exfoliated, I will follow up with a body cream to lock in vital hydration. The set that I have from Rituals also includes a whipped body cream. This is just the right texture, not too heavy and not too light and the smell really reminds me of holidays.

It's not just your body however that needs to be looked after, the sun in the Summer months can dry out your hair and UV rays can actually damage hair follicles if exposed for long periods of time. It is highly doubtful that your hair will suffer in England, but to ensure your hair is in tip top condition  it is important to use a good heat protectant. I am a huge fan of the  Percy and Reed Wonder Balm*, as it is a great multi use product. You can prime and prep your hair with this, as well as using it as a finishing balm.

Check out Marks and Spencer Beauty Hall, all of these brands can be found there as well as many more, supplying  you with all the beauty products you will need to help get you ready for Summer. 



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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Make-up | Collection Cosmetics Nationwide Blush Debate

Beauty blogger reviews Collection Cosmetics Nationwide Blush Debate
Beauty blogger reviews Collection Cosmetics Nationwide Blush Debate
Beauty blogger reviews Collection Cosmetics Nationwide Blush Debate


Ah just looking at these photographs makes me want to book a flight immediately back to Mallorca. I miss being poolside sipping on organic lemon water with a good holiday read. Alas, I am sat in my bedroom, in my onesie and slippers. 

These blushers from Collection Cosmetics are absolutely wonderful and so wearable. The Speedy Blush is definitely a Summer staple, there are three shades to choose from, here I have Cheeky, a deep berry, and Pinch Me, a warm coral. I really love the packaging, it looks super fun whilst remaining stylish too. Cream blusher is my personal preference, I just find it really easy to apply and even easier to blend in, plus they tend to have more of a sheen or glow to them in comparison to when you use a powder. In my opinion they just look more natural and give the appearance of colour coming through the skin rather than sitting on top. Perfect for popping in your hand bag or throw in your beach bag if you want to top up whilst on holiday. These are only £3.99 so you would be rude not to pick one of them up this Summer. 

The Gorgeous Glow palettes are incredibly pretty, and for those of you who are not a fan of cream blusher then these would be right up  your street. There are two to choose from, here I have the Bronze Block and instead of using this as blusher I have been using it as a bronzer, focusing my brush on the darker end of the palette. Considering the price point, again at £3.99, this palette is of fabulous quality. The powder is incredibly velvety and the colour pay off is great. I was surprised at just how pigmented it was. I really like the depth this block creates and I have been picking this up over my higher end bronzers. 


Beauty blogger reviews Collection Cosmetics Nationwide Blush Debate
Beauty blogger reviews Collection Cosmetics Nationwide Blush Debate
Beauty blogger reviews Collection Cosmetics Nationwide Blush Debate


In the photos I am wearing Collection Cosmetics Pinch Me Speedy Blush on top of the Gorgeous Glow Bronze Block. On my lips I have a Kiko Ace of Diamonds Refined Burgandy Lip liner and Too Faced Metallic Jelly Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick. The foundation is Bare Minerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. Hm, what else do I have on. Ah on my eyebrows I used Benefit Brow Zings Kit. My eyes I am wearing Urban Decay Baked Eyeshadow all over the lid and M.A.C Cranberry on the lower lash line. I used Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara, finished off with a pair of Eldora Lashes in H106. 


P.S I am totes aware that I have not filmed a video for like three months but I am planning on filming again very soon!