Saturday, 20 December 2014

Brand Focus| Inika Organic Cosmetics

A beauty blogger reviews Inika Organic CosmeticsA beauty blogger reviews Inika Organic Cosmetics
A beauty blogger reviews Inikia Organic Cosmetics
A beauty blogger reviews Inika Organic Cosmetics

I have been dying to get my hands stuck into this brand for months now, say hello to Inika Organic Cosmetics. 

Being a nature nut, and some one whom is currently in the process of going fully organic - not just make-up folks, but my diet, my health, my house hold goods, basically anything and everything you could think of, this is a brand that was bound to grab my attention. 

Over the past few months, I have become very ingredient aware. In terms of what ingredients are good for me, but more so which ones I need to avoid. The nasties. Our skin is our biggest organ and what we put onto it - creams, powders, liquids - these absorb right into the skin. I had a look through my beauty collection and was shocked to see how many chemicals were sat there waiting to harm me. This may sound dramatic, but once you start researching the effect of these chemicals on your body then you too may feel like you need to detox your beauty wardrobe. 


In 2015, Zoe Newlove, the blog and the person will be going green. So this means you will be seeing less of the main stream products and brands, instead expect to see reviews talking only about products that are all round great for us. Totally digressing, so let's get back to Inika shall we.

Inika Organic Cosmetics* are 100% natural, organic and vegan friendly, containing zero synthetic chemicals and free from harmful ingredients. Now let me tell you, the Mineral Foundation is just utterly beautiful. It gives a light to medium (buildable) coverage and the finish is matte yet has that amazing "from within" the skin glow. It blends into the skin seamlessly, and is so ridiculously undetectable I forget I am wearing it. The Brow pencil is a fabulous shade for blondes and has more of a waxy finish to give the impression of groomed, defined brows - but still natural. 

I was quite indecisive in choosing a shade to try from the Mineral Blush range, but in the end I went for Blooming Nude. I rarely wear a blusher and when I do it is usually a peach or a red tone, so try something more nude was a refreshing change. This blush matched the lip lips perfectly, I am wearing Nude Delight lip liner and Naked Ambition lipstick. The texture of the pencil is stunning and glides across my lips effortlessly. The lipstick has a great pigment and the texture is not drying in the slightest. 

Onto the eyes, I do love a Mineral Eyeshadow, the pigment just always seems to be better, you know? I love this Autumn Plum shade as it really makes my eyes pop. It reminds me of a deeper shade of Cranberry from MAC Cosmetics. I placed a little of the Gold Dust in the inner corner of my eyes to open them up, not expecting to be as impressed. This has now become my favourite highlighting shadow, out doing my usual MAC Vanilla Pigment. 

The mascara was not mind blowing in all honesty, just a standard mascara, but the fact it is entirely organic makes me more inclined to pick this up over one that makes me swoon. 

It really is so important to keep in mind the ingredients we not only eat but what we put onto our skin daily. Not just make-up, but shower gels, moisturisers, hand creams - the list is endless. So to fall in love with Inika Organic Cosmetics, on every level, really is something amazing. 

I will be a customer for life and I will encourage all to try at least one product from this brand. Be warned: You will fall hook, line and sinker.


A beauty blogger reviews Inika Organic Cosmetics
A beauty blogger reviews Inika Organic Cosmetics


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Cargo Cosmetics Northern Lights Eye Palette | The Review

A beauty blogger reviews the Cargo Cosmetics Northern Lights Eye Palette
A beauty blogger reviews the Cargo Cosmetics Northern Lights Eye PaletteA beauty blogger reviews the Cargo Cosmetics Northern Lights Eye Palette


I collect eyeshadow palettes like magpies collect shiny things. I cannot get enough of them. The Northern Lights Eye Palettefrom Cargo Cosmetics is an absolute beaut. I was so excited when I opened it, just look at all of those magical colours

I had never heard of Cargo Cosmetics, and then not long after receiving this palette I actually walked past one of their counters in Debenhams. I seriously need to head back and try out the rest of the range, as this palette really impressed me. 

As usual, let's firstly discuss that packaging. The red snake skin effect is so unusual and so different to anything I already have in my stash, so this really stands out. With so many eye shadow palettes I really like finding ones with a unique design, that way I am certain not to forget about it in a hurry. Take a look inside and for a moment try to look passed the gorgeous array of shades, and instead check out each individual eye shadow name, ooh it makes me smile reading them over again. My favourites are Aurora, Glacier and Reindeer

Now, online this palette is described to include a selection of nude mattes. I am afraid I would have to disagree, none of these shades have a matte feel to me, and are quite shimmery, some with a metallic finish. Now, I absolutely love a bit of shimmer, so this did not disappoint me, but it could be quite misleading to those purchasing this online without swatching it beforehand. I would have liked to have some more matte transition shades, but the colours included are just so pretty I cannot fault this palette. As each of the shades, including the lighter colours, are all highly pigmented, the colour pay off is fantastic.  On application the texture feels silky soft and blends like a dream.

A beauty blogger reviews Cargo Cosmetics Northern Lights Eye Palette


To create the look in the photographs above, I first began with a matte brown transition shade through the socket line, this was from a separate palette. I then used the Aurora shade, the beautiful shimmery pink all over the lid. I used a clean Crownbrush Chubby Shadow brush to blend this into the crease. I then added Reindeer, the deep reddy brown shade on the outer third of the lid and blended this under the eyes too. In the very corners of the eyes I used Iceland, a fab highlight shade, to open up my eyes. 

Let me know if you would like me to film a video using this palette! 

Available online now at Debenhams for just £24.50 (It was £35).

Monday, 15 December 2014

Table for Two | New Natural Body Moisturisers

A beauty blogger reviews two natural body moisturisers, Antipodes Jubilation Body Cream and Melvita L'Argan Bio
A beauty blogger reviews two natural body moisturisers, Antipodes Jubilation Body Cream and Melvita L'Argan Bio
A beauty blogger reviews two natural body moisturisers, Antipodes Jubilation Body Cream and Melvita L'Argan Bio

During the harsher, colder months I find myself stock piling moisturisers. My legs are dry anyway, so when November/December fall into place I know that my lazy Summer habits of moisturising need to be kicked into shape over Winter. Now I ensure every time I get out of the shower or bath I moisturise. No excuses. 

Two new ones I have been loving lately include firstly the Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand and Body Cream.* This might not be everyone's cup of tea as the smell is quiet unusual, fragranted by the Fig, Feijoa and the Wild Blackcurrant. Personal I freakin' love the smell guys. As well as your important Omegas, 3, 6, 9 and Vitamins, Team ACE, this gorgeous body cream also has Superfruit Kiwi Seed Oil, Avocado Oil and Meadowfoam seed oil. I just love the fact that this product I am slathering all over my skin (our most important and largest organ might I point out) is completely and utterly organic and contains zero nasties. My skin feels amazing and the added bonus is, I can pop this cream in my hand bag as it doubles up as a hand cream too. 

Totally not biased because green is my favourite colour or anything, yes the packaging rocks my socks too. 

Now moving on to the second of the two, Melvita L'Argan Bio*. This is a bit special as it is a body oil in a cream, so has the most amazing texture and makes my legs feel silky soft. The fragrance reminds me so, so much of the very expensive Nars Body Oil. Key ingredient Argan oil helps to nourish and replenish dry and dehydrated skin. It also contains sunflower oil and protective beeswax. I could bathe in this stuff it is truly that nice. Plus if you want to smell like the Nars Body Oil for a fraction of the price then Melvita is for you. 

What body moisturiser are you loving this Winter?



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A Christmas Guide | Stocking Fillers

A beauty blogger writes a christmas guide to stocking fillers including The Body Shop, This Works, Antipodes and Jurlique
A beauty blogger writes a christmas guide to stocking fillers including The Body Shop, This Works, Antipodes and Jurlique
A beauty blogger writes a christmas guide to stocking fillers including The Body Shop, This Works, Antipodes and Jurlique
 A beauty blogger writes a christmas guide to stocking fillers including The Body Shop, This Works, Antipodes and Jurlique
A beauty blogger writes a christmas guide to stocking fillers including The Body Shop, This Works, Antipodes and Jurlique


Please tell me I am not the only one who STILL has Christmas Shopping left to do? Anyway, here are some more stocking fillers, little gifts that pad out the centre piece, or decorate the Christmas dinner table.



* PR SAMPLES - A few of these items were sent to me for my consideration others I bought with my own pennies



Tuesday, 9 December 2014

An Easy Evening Make-up Tutorial | YouTube Video

Beauty blogger and make-up artist Zoe Newlove's Easy Evening Make-up YouTube Tutorial

So over the weekend I stayed at my friend Megan's house. You will all know Megan by now, she runs the Wonderful You Blog and YouTube channel. I had the best time with her and her family. We went to Birmingham Bull Ring Shopping Centre to do some Christmas shopping, where we actually bumped into mutual friend Rose Gallagher, another fellow blogger from Mixed Gems. 

As well as a shopping trip, we planned to go out for dinner followed by a very exciting trip to the cinema to watch Paddington. Possibly my new favourite ever film, it was absolutely wonderful and I cannot wait to go and see it again. 

I decided to film my evening make-up for you whilst we were getting ready to go out, so I hope you enjoy watching it. It was my first time filming a make-up tutorial since revamping my YouTube channel, and I was quite nervous, so bare with me. 





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* Some products in this video were sent to me for my consideration. Others were bought with my own hard earned pennies :)

Friday, 5 December 2014

A New Skincare Routine with Jurlique

A beauty blogger writes about a Jurlique skincare routine including Herbal Recovery, Rose Powered Hydration, Rosewater Balancing Mist, Purifying Mask and moreA beauty blogger writes about a Jurlique skincare routine including Herbal Recovery, Rose Powered Hydration, Rosewater Balancing Mist, Purifying Mask and more
A beauty blogger writes about a Jurlique skincare routine including Herbal Recovery, Rose Powered Hydration, Rosewater Balancing Mist, Purifying Mask and moreA beauty blogger writes about a Jurlique skincare routine including Herbal Recovery, Rose Powered Hydration, Rosewater Balancing Mist, Purifying Mask and more


Every so often I try out new skincare, it's what us beauty bloggers do. We are addicted to trying out the next best thing in the hope that it will give us that perfect, radiant, blemish free skin. Well, I am certainly addicted, borderline obsessed, that is for sure. Thanks to using La Roche Posay not so long ago my skin finally cleared up, I wrote about their three step system here. A system I will always love and praise. Without blemishes to worry about and my skin no longer oily, I really needed something else to give my skin what it needed: Hydration.

Recently, I was reintroduced to Jurlique. A natural skincare brand that I once worked with during my years at SpaceNK. Switching over to this brand has done wonders for my skin. Literally, this has been the best move I have made in 2014.  For the last week I have been to work wearing absolutely zero foundation. I have never before been able to go an entire week bare faced before, not just because of blemishes but because my skin usually looks dull and tired by day three. So what have I been using?

I will begin my day with the Rose Moisture Plus Cleanser* which is so creamy and light on the skin. I never thought I would use a moisturising cleanser on my skin, but I trusted Claire, my Jurlique Skincare Consultant, and she explained that this is what my dehydrated skin needed. It hasn't made my skin oily as feared, in fact, it is in the best condition yet. Once I have washed my face, I then spritz the Rosewater Balancing Mist* over my face before pressing it into the skin. I carry a little bottle of this with me everywhere I go, it smells divine and makes my skin look lush. 

Next is the serum of dreams: Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum* with natural radiance. For so long I have skipped the serum step, fearing it was too much on my skin, so reintroducing one into my daily routine took a leap of faith. I love the pearlescent, water like formula which absorbs straight into my skin. Some days I can just wear this alone and that is enough, but on the days I feel I need a little more oomph, I then add my favourite product of the bunch, the Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel Lotion*. This stuff is just totally awesome. It again feels as light as water, and smells delish. I love love love the rose fragance, maybe a little too much, but oh well. This gives my skin THE PERFECT zap of hydration and provides the perfect base for my foundation to go on top of. I cannot imagine using any other moisturiser now. Every time I open it, I question if I have even used it all, it just does not seem to go down, a little truly goes a long way. 

For those of you with dehydrated skin I could not recommend the Rose range enough, it is genuinely and utterly amazing. And for those, who also suffer with the odd breakout, just like me, then have no fear. Jurlique Purifying Mask* is the last step in my routine, something I use once a week to keep on top of oily t zone and any build up of impurities.  

I often rant on about how I fall in love with a skincare brand, but if I had to pick a number one, Jurlique would win hands down. The packaging, the formulas, the fragrance, the ingredients, the team, the value for money.... there are so many reasons why I fallen in love with this brand and I just know you guys will to. 



*PR SAMPLES - I have not been paid to write about this brand, I genuinely love these products that much and if you don't believe me, come and stroke my silky soft skin....

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Blogger of the Month for Look Fantastic



So pleased to be Look Fantastic's Blogger of the Month for December. I love the team over at Look Fantastic, so was over the moon when they asked me to write a post for them. I put together a Winter Make-up Look using products from Lord and Berry and HD Brows. I love a classic smokey eye paired with a dark lip, especially as my skin is so fair during the colder months. It is something utterly and totally different to what I would usually wear during Summer. It is nice to have a change. Head on over to their blog to read exactly how I put this look together. Click here.


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