Friday, 24 April 2015

Lancome Shine Lover Lipsticks | The Review

Beauty blogger and make-up artist reviews the new Lancome Shine Lover lipsticks
Beauty blogger and make-up artist reviews the new Lancome Shine Lover lipsticks
Beauty blogger and make-up artist reviews the new Lancome Shine Lover lipsticks
Beauty blogger and make-up artist reviews the new Lancome Shine Lover lipsticks


Oh I do love Lancome. These are their new Shine Lover lipsticks* and the formula guys, is just so dreamy. As you should know by now, my lips are forever chapped and dry so to find a nice lipstick can be a daunting task.

Since discovering these however, I feel like I have found my favourite formulation, ever. They feel exactly like a lip balm, really hydrating and nourishing, all thanks to Rose Bush Oil and Hyaluronic Acid. On application, the lipstick glides across the lips, giving you a highly pigmented, sheer colour. Most importantly, they are also really long lasting. Before taking these photos, I applied the make-up and then decided I needed to grab some food. I didn't top up the lipstick before taking the photographs, simply because there was no need - the lipstick had not budged. 

You can see from the images below, where I am wearing the two shades I got to try, my lips are chapped, but thanks to this formula, they still look healthy and have a natural glow. I adore shade 120 O My Rouge, as the name suggests this is the coral - red shade and it is the perfect balance between wearing "a pop of colour" without going all out bold! I can see myself wearing this a lot throughout Summer. My new go-to daytime shade, is the second colour, 212 Twisted Beige, a really gorgeous nude. This colour enhances my natural lips and works really well with my skin tone. I will get a lot of wear out of this as it pairs well with my usual daily lip liners: Subculture, Boldly Bare and Pillow Talk (M.A.C & Tilbury). 

I cannot wait to play around with more shades, I have my eyes on 344 Insta- Rose and 340 French Sourire. These will be available in May in Boots and online. I'll race you to the counter when they go on sale. 

Beauty blogger and make-up artist reviews the new Lancome Shine Lover lipsticks
Beauty blogger and make-up artist reviews the new Lancome Shine Lover lipsticks
Beauty blogger and make-up artist reviews the new Lancome Shine Lover lipsticks
Beauty blogger and make-up artist reviews the new Lancome Shine Lover lipsticks

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Make-up | Create a Smokey Eye with Yves Rocher!

Beauty blogger creates a smokey eye using make-up from Yves Rocher
Beauty blogger creates a smokey eye using make-up from Yves RocherBeauty blogger creates a smokey eye using make-up from Yves Rocher


A smokey eye is without a doubt one of the most classic make-up looks anyone could do. Having previously tried Yves Rocher body care, I thought it might be quite nice to trial their make-up range. I was very kindly sent a selection of products which would help me to create the perfect smokey eye. 

I firstly applied the Fixing Eyelid Primer, which comes in a very handy tube, designed to smooth out any lines and prime the eye lid ready for eyeshadow. The Red Hot Brown Quad Eyeshadow palette is absolutely beautiful, packaged in a gorgeous metallic rose gold shade, with a fab sized mirror inside too. It does come with mini eyeshadow applicators, but I never use these and find them a waste of time, with any brand! The pigment and colour pay off of these eyeshadows is very good, but the texture is what sold me, it is silky soft so therefore these shadows blend like a dream. Blending is key to a successful smokey eye! 

I applied the lightest shade as a base all over the lid, right up to brow bone, I then applied shade two in the centre of the lid, a shimmery taupe shade (my favourite of the four), I then applied three right across the crease, sweeping back and forth, softening with my brush. Finally to add more depth I added the darkest shade to the outer corner. 

This look was finished off with the cute Intense Kajal liner in black, I love this as it is like a big chunky crayon, with a fine point making application really easy. I applied this to both my top and bottom waterline as well as along the top lash line. Of course, the mascara was then used to smother my blonde lashes in black. 

Overall, I was really impressed with the Yves Rocher make-up, especially the eyeshadow palette, which for those wondering is available in 5 other colour combinations.Even my house mate complimented my eye make-up, which is always a bonus! 

Have any of you tried this brand before?? 


Beauty blogger creates a smokey eye using make-up from Yves Rocher
Beauty blogger creates a smokey eye using make-up from Yves Rocher
Beauty blogger creates a smokey eye using make-up from Yves Rocher


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Illustration Time | David Beckham | 304 Clothing Collaboration

Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove illustrates David Beckham for 304 Clothing
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove illustrates David Beckham for 304 Clothing
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove illustrates David Beckham for 304 Clothing
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove illustrates David Beckham for 304 Clothing
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove illustrates David Beckham for 304 Clothing



I haven't shared any of my illustration work with you guys in a while. One of my most popular posts is when I drew Jay Z and Beyonce, you can see this illustration post here. Once again, I have collaborated with 304 Clothing, this time to celebrate the launch of their new Heritage range, which is a selection of jumpers, vests, shorts and tees suitable for both guys and girls.

It was suggested that I draw, David Beckham, which was never going to be a chore with that beautiful face of his. This was probably the quickest I have ever done an illustration, in this style, it took me less than 4 hours with quite a bit of stopping and starting.

I work on different layers, starting with a rough sketch of an outline, I then worked on the hair, the face and then the skin in itself is a separate layer with all the blending and smudging. I absolutely love Photoshop, you can literally create anything you want.



So there you go, another illustration to add to my collection. Whadda ya think?

Monday, 20 April 2015

An Idea Is All It Takes.... #ArtyProject

A beauty blogger sets up an art community for bloggers
A beauty blogger sets up an art community for bloggers


So a few weeks ago, I wrote about a new series, called The Arty Project. Myself and a few other ladies started a new "art community" for bloggers, and anyone else who fancies dipping their toes into something creative. It began with just 3 of us, and now, there are 11 of us! It seems every other day a new email lands in my Inbox with someone asking to join in! 

Last week the plan was to write about my progress so far, we had all agreed to post on Thursday. Well, in typical Zoe style, I am incredibly late after the deadline. Time seems to be slipping through my fingers at the moment, with lots of little projects on the go, whilst working full time. Nevertheless, here I am today, finally, with my little progress post. Right now, I haven't got much to show for it,  hence the blank art book above. However, I have decided on my idea - which says a lot as I am such an indecisive person, and I know what media I want to use. 

A beauty blogger sets up an art community for bloggers
A beauty blogger sets up an art community for bloggers
A beauty blogger sets up an art community for bloggers
A beauty blogger sets up an art community for bloggers
A beauty blogger sets up an art community for bloggers


I first began my research over on my beloved Pinterest, simply searching "beauty and art". With our theme being beauty, there are so many possibilities, I struggled to narrow it down at first. I knew I wanted to do a painting, and something mixed media related, - but what of? I collected the images above from Pinterest, as I was drawn to the bright colours, the texture with the paints and attention to detail. You can see all of my pins so far over on my Art Inspiration board

One artist in particular, Charmaine Olivia, is someone whom I have followed on Instagram for quite some time. The last two images above are her work, she is incredibly talented and I find her work so inspiring. I think I want to do something along the lines of her style, but with mixed media - so oil paint, water colour, pencil and ink.

When I was in college, during my Art course, I studied an artist called Hung Lui. Her work is full of intensity and so much detail. I love the use of ink and how in some of her paintings it is used to create interesting depth. Below are images of my journal, where upon I replicated her paintings as part of my research towards a final piece.

A beauty blogger sets up an art community for bloggers
A beauty blogger sets up an art community for bloggers
A beauty blogger sets up an art community for bloggers


I want to do a collection of mixed media paintings, inspired by the style of these two artists, of women that inspire me, women that I believe to be beautiful. I also want to incorporate typography, and place words within these paintings, words that represent what beauty meanings to me, but what beauty also means to you. 

So this is where you guys come in. I would love it if you could comment leaving a word, or a few words, that come to mind when you think of: Beauty. The best words I will choose to incorporate in my paintings. 

The other ladies involved so far in this #ArtyProject are listed below, all of them are absolutely wonderful and I am very much looking forward to meeting them this Summer!! 



Make sure you check out all of their posts!! 

Friday, 17 April 2015

That Time I Cut My Hair Off....

Short Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden
Short Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden
Short Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden
Short Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden
Short Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden
Short Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden
Short Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden

So basically, what happened was, I fell in love with Brittenelle's hair. I think I spent almost an entire evening scrolling through her Instagram photos, as you do. I knew then, I had to do something about my own excuse of a hair style. I get my hair to around mid length, and every single time, I get bored. My head says: Keep growing it, you will wake up with Blake Lively hair one day. My heart tells me otherwise. I don't know about you, but the way my hair looks, has always meant a great deal to me. It has to give me those good vibes, you know?

Back to Brittenelle, this photograph below, is what I regrammed on my Instagram page, and you guys all went mental for it. The majority of you telling me to go and get the chop...




As you have probably guessed, I didn't go quite as far as the ultimate crop, but I did get a fair bit cut off. I had gathered a tonne of inspirational photos over on my Awesome Hair Pinterest Board, and with these in my hands, I took to the only hairdresser I knew capable of carrying out such a task. 

Short Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden
Source Google Images

Petros Mairoudhiou. This man is an absolute legend and without a doubt, the most talented hairdresser I have the pleasure of calling a friend. He has won like a gazillion hair awards and works for Trevor Sorbie over in Covent Garden. It was my super, cool mother bear that introduced me to this genius, and he so very kindly agreed to sit me down in the salon chair. I swear he thought I had gone a little mad.

Petros gave me a full consultation, talking me through what would look best, and we agreed going for a really short crop, was a big, scary change and I should take baby steps. So I went for a short, sleek bob. I just left Petros to work his magic, knowing his vision would leave me with a smile on my face. He also remembered how ridiculously head sore I am, and was really gentle, which meant a lot. 

This is definitely my favourite hair cut to date. All of the weight has been taken out of my hair and Petros has cut it so that it really frames my face. I could not be happier. 

Next step? Get rich. So I can hire this man to blow dry my hair every single day of  my life. Petros, THANK YOU. 


Short Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent GardenShort Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden
Short Cropped Blonde Hair styled and cut by Petros Mairoudhiou, Trevor Sorbie, Covent Garden