Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Start of Something New.... #ArtyProject

The Start of Something New.... #ArtyProject
The Start of Something New.... #ArtyProject
The Start of Something New.... #ArtyProject


What a lovely little feeling it is to create a little community, which all stemmed from a spontaneous conversation between two strangers. Let me introduce you to the #ArtyProject.

Earlier this month, I stumbled across a blog post, written by Vicky of Describe The Sky. In this post she talked about how she misses drawing and how she really wanted to pick up a pencil again, to make time for something she loved. I could totally relate to this. Drawing and painting are hobbies I thoroughly enjoy, yet I never make time for them anymore. I was always good at Art at school and college, it was something I was proud of. Over the last couple of years I have tried putting my skills to the test, creating little posts on this here blog of mine, but I never had anything to stick to, to urge me forward. See my illustration posts here.

And so an idea was born, the #ArtyProject.

Emails exchanged between Vicky and myself, triggered the idea of creating a new series for our blogs, one that would allow us to be creative once again. We then took to Twitter to see if any of you guys fancied joining in with us.

What is the #ArtyProject?

It is a brand new series, every two months a theme will be chosen and upon this theme all those involved have the chance to create a “final piece”. Each fortnight going forward there will be updates on the progress of this project, be it your research, a sketchbook, some form of documentation showing how your piece of art is evolving. Your final piece has no restrictions, it is art after all. It could be anything from a doodle, to a full blown masterpiece, to a comic book strip or mixed media on a canvas. Whether photography, drawing, painting, videography or illustration is your forte, or if even if you are a complete novice but fancy doing something creative, something out of your comfort zone, you are more than welcome to join in.

What is the Theme?

Danielle came up with our very first theme: Beauty. As we are all beauty bloggers this seemed the most logical theme to begin with. There are so many interpretations of this word and what it means, so it will be exciting to see how all of us take this theme to create our very first final piece.

My Idea?

Honestly? I have absolutely no bloody clue where to begin, I plan to research and overdose on Pinterest and indulge in my stash of art books.

Meet the Bloggers Taking Part so far:


This is not a competition. This is not about whether you are good or bad at art. We are not here to judge one and other. This is about doing something a little different than the usual product review, this is about nourishing our creative bones and encouraging one and other to flourish in a hobby that we may have otherwise left to fizzle out. We will be tweeting and posting across our social media using the hashtag #ArtyProject, so make sure you check that out to keep up to date with our projects.

I am so excited to get stuck into this theme and I am absolutely thrilled these ladies are a part of this, it is a pleasure to have you all on board and I am already looking forward to seeing your ideas.

We would love this little community to grow and so I am inviting you, yes you, to join in with the #ArtyProject. Feel free to email me zoe@zoenewlove.com or simply drop me a tweet. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Make-up | The New Additions

New Additions to the make-up collection including Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation, Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit, Soap and Glory Supercat Fat and more
New Additions to the make-up collection including Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation, Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit, Soap and Glory Supercat Fat and more
New Additions to the make-up collection including Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation, Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit, Soap and Glory Supercat Fat and more


Oh it's been a while since I did a make-up post. Where have I been hiding?

Well to be honest, I have been avoiding make-up like the plague recently. I got a terrifyingly awful eye infection, which took a lot longer to shift than I originally anticipated. I sadly had to throw away half of my make-up bag, just to be on the safe side (I think it was dodgy mascara sample looking back) and then I was far too scared to actually put anything near my eyes, not even concealer folks, god bless those dark circles.

A fortnight later, I figured it was about time I braced my lonely pile of eye shadows and mascara. Now then, there have been some pretty awesome make-up launches so far already this year, so let's talk about the new additions to my collection. Got yourself a brew? Get comfy for this one, it's been a while...

First of all, Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. This had been on my wish list ever since I saw that funky doe foot sponge applicator thaaang. Usually full coverage foundation  is not my thing, I like my skin to breathe, but I just needed this one. It was calling out to me. The very first time I applied this I definitely put far too much on and ended up hating it. I would definitely say application takes practice until you get used to how much you need. I find I put a few small dots just in the centre of my face, starting on my nose and blending outwards, this is just enough to take down any redness and hide any lingering blemishes. I shall do a full review, otherwise we would be here all day wouldn't we?

Moving on to my favourite of the bunch, the brow pencil, shock. An entirely new brand to me, Eye of Horus, have the most amazing Brow Define Pencil*. I am wearing the shade Husk which is an Ashy Blonde. It is very similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (review here) and I have been using it every single day for the past week - the only bit of make-up I would risk wearing. On my eyes I am wearing the more neutral / brown end of the Pur Minerals Soul Mattes eye shadow palette*, a must-have for those who have a slight obsession with collecting the perfect matte shades. Soft textures and great pigments which last all day.

Kinda hate using this word at the moment, contouring, seeing as every make-up look in the entire universe seems to include this technique at the moment, nevertheless the Smashbox Cosmetics Step by Step Contour Kit is a fab little set, and is great for those of you who want to naturally define your cheekbones with a powder. I have really enjoyed using this and no doubt my mother will want to steal it off me, a woman who is actually more obsessed with cheekbones than myself.

On my lips I am wearing my new Crownbrush Milk Chocolate lip liner, isn't it like the best shade ever? On top of which I am wearing the new Inika Organic Lip Tint in Candy, this by the way tastes like pepper mint and I had to reapply it a few times before taking these photos as I kept on licking it off. 

To finish off, yes, you are nearly at the end, I have really enjoyed wearing my Models Own Mint Icing Nail Varnish*, which I naughtily forgot to photograph, just trust me when I say it is the perfect shade of pastel mint and it will adorn my nails throughout all of Spring. Last but not least, a treasure from Soap and Glory, the Supercat Fat eye liner. I was really impressed with just how black the finish is and how easy it was to use, considering how chunky the nib is. By far the easiest felt tip pen I have used to date and one that will have a nice little home in my make-up bag for the foreseeable future.

What make-up purchases have you guys been making recently? Anything I NEED to have?


New Additions to the make-up collection including Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation, Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit, Soap and Glory Supercat Fat and more
New Additions to the make-up collection including Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation, Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit, Soap and Glory Supercat Fat and more
New Additions to the make-up collection including Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation, Smashbox Step by Step Contour Kit, Soap and Glory Supercat Fat and more


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Brand Focus: Erborian Korean Skin Therapy

Beauty blogger reviews Korean skincare brand Erborian featuring Herbal Energy Cleanser, BB Sleeping Mask and High Definition Radiance CC Creme
Beauty blogger reviews Korean skincare brand Erborian featuring Herbal Energy Cleanser, BB Sleeping Mask and High Definition Radiance CC CremeBeauty blogger reviews Korean skincare brand Erborian featuring Herbal Energy Cleanser, BB Sleeping Mask and High Definition Radiance CC Creme
Beauty blogger reviews Korean skincare brand Erborian featuring Herbal Energy Cleanser, BB Sleeping Mask and High Definition Radiance CC Creme

A few weeks back I attended an evening with Erborian. It was a pleasure getting to know this brand whilst discovering the culture behind Korean beauty rituals, and how owners Katalin and Hojung, dreamed of sharing their Korean herb inspired beauty products with the world. Traditional South Korean remedies have been infused with French Luxury to create a line of skincare covering every angle, your cleansers, lotions, toners and creams, there is something for everyone. 

The cleansing step in your skincare ritual, is a big part of the Korean skin therapy, so I was looking forward to testing the Erborian Herbal Energy Cleanser*, which claims to triple cleanse your skin. I am not one to just cleanse once, so I would never just use this cleanser alone, to me, wiping away your make-up with a cotton pad and some lotion is not enough. Yet, I can tell you, it does remove every scrap of make-up from the skin and even though the formula feels slightly oily for a cleansing water, it definitely does the job. It certainly breaks down all the grime and leaves my skin feeling nice and soft. For those rare nights where I am too tired to use two cleansers, then I can trust this to remove all that I can see on the surface.  

CC creams are new to me, yes they have been around for a while, but I never even really bought into the BB cream phase. Call me old fashioned, but I stick to my foundations and to tinted moisturisers. I had heard great things about this particular CC cream however, so I was interested to try it. Designed to be used underneath make-up, as part of your skincare routine, Erborian recommends you use their High Definition Radiance CC creme* as your daily moisturiser. Promising to give radiance, diminish imperfections as well as preventing the first signs of ageing. Sounds like a lot going on for just one cream. I bit the bullet and applied the cream with my fingers, the white formula dispersing a coloured pigment onto the skin as I blended it in. Immediately I realised that this CC cream is far too dark, like four shades too dark for my skin, so I had to take it down my neck as well. Now, even though the shade was ridiculous for my fair face, I completely ignored this fact, as my skin really did look so much better. I even felt no need for any foundation, just a touch of concealer, which is an added bonus. I will definitely be packing this when I go abroad or for those times I wear self tan. I would love to see this product in a range of different pigments for more skin tones.

The Sleeping BB Mask* got some of us confused at the event, BB in this case, is not a BB cream, but a product that has been formulated to give you " Baby Skin". As soon as I got home from the event, I tried this out, and it felt very silky on application, reminding me of silicone heavy primers. I looked at the ingredient list and as I guessed silicon based polymers are high up in there. Unfortunately, I do not like the texture of silicone based products, but I tried it anyway, and slept with it on. It is supposed to act like a cocoon to the skin, promising you will wake up with no imperfections. Now, I didn't wake up with clearer skin, but it did look brighter and felt nice and soft. I love the idea of using this product to protect your skin as it sleeps, but I am not sure this is something I would buy in the future. 

Erborian is a brand that intrigues me, I cannot help but be captured by the romance of Korean beauty rituals. I am definitely keen to try some of their serums, particularly from the popular Ginseng collection. I am not totally sold just yet, but I will report back as and when I get the opportunity to test out more of the range. 

Have you tried Erborian? Limited range now available in SpaceNK. 


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Monday, 16 March 2015

The Tanning Edit | St Tropez, Cocoa Brown & More

Beauty blogger reviews self tan from Xen Tan St.Tropez Cocoa Brown Models Co and NKD Skin
Beauty blogger reviews self tan from Xen Tan St.Tropez Cocoa Brown Models Co and NKD Skin
Beauty blogger reviews self tan from Xen Tan St.Tropez Cocoa Brown Models Co and NKD Skin

It is no secret I am pale, I even earned myself the nickname Spooks once, Casper the Friendly Ghost was already taken. Think of the lightest foundation, M.A.C Cosmetics NC10 for instance, this shade my friends, is still too dark for my skin. Seeing as I can't just jet off on an aeroplane to the Maldives (c'mon Universe) then I am best faking it till I make it. Today I present to you my stash of self tanning beauty products. There comes a time in a girl's life when being transparent, just doesn't cut it you know? Every now and then I like to treat my milky white legs to a bit of colour, even if it is streaky, at least I try! 

First time applying Xen Tan Tranform Luxe Daily Self Tan, I got it so, so wrong. I needed to wear gloves to work just to hide the massacre. Second time, and onwards, I started to get it right. I love this stuff, the smell, the texture, it sure is my favourite of the bunch. I feel better about using this as it contains Green Tea, is Paraben Free and has a beautiful vanilla fragrance, not the classic dog biscuit smell. I also find, this holds the colour the longest. Applies just like a moisturiser, with no guide colour, and soaks in really quickly. 

St Tropez Bronzing Lotion, is the only fake tan I will ever apply to my face (unless you guys can recommend an organic one). I just trust St. Tropez. It never blocks my pores, it does not feel greasy and definitely gives me a healthy, bronzed glow over that I've just been tangoed complexion. I can also highly recommend visiting a St. Tropez counter to book in for a spray tan. Last year I visited Debenhams in Liverpool and tried this service. I was in and out within 15 minutes and it was the best tan I have ever had. It is £20, and worth every penny. 

NKD Skin Matte Wash off Instant Tan and One Night Tan by Model Co are the tans I reach for when a last minute night out comes up, or I have to attend an event. Instant tans are little heroes. I have used Model Co for years, especially this instant bronze mousse. It has a really nice fragrance, and out of all of these, makes my skin go the darkest. Usually, you cannot tell if I am wearing fake tan, I just look more alive than normal, but with Model Co, I look like I have been on holiday. The difference between these two? I found that NKD Skin comes off in the rain - not cool, where as Model Co, only comes off with soap and water, happy days. 

Now, Cocoa Brown, is the newest brand I have had the pleasure of testing, and I particularly love the 1 Hour Tan Mousse. Normally, I will apply fake tan one day, and the next, shower it off. With this mousse, I only have to leave it one hour to develop and then I can step into the shower and gently wash the guide colour off. I tend to leave this on for the three hours, to develop a deep colour and it comes out perfect every time. I never streak with this one, and the guide colour is brilliant for those who, like me, are pretty rubbish at applying self tan. No horrible fragrance again, this one has the nicest scent out of all here. 

Who do you turn your tanning mitts too? Have you got a favourite brand?



Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Three to Try | Green People Organic Skincare

A beauty blogger reviews Green People Organic Skincare
A beauty blogger reviews Green People Organic Skincare
A beauty blogger reviews Green People Organic Skincare
A beauty blogger reviews Green People Organic Skincare



I haven't really been sticking to my Going Green plan, I've been reviewing all kinds of brands recently, that do not have strict green ethics. It is so hard as a beauty blogger to stay away from exciting make-up brands, even when I know they contain all kinds of scary chemicals. I have been naughty and ignored the ingredient list for many a brand.  So today, I wanted to discuss a brand that is fifty shades of green, a brand I love and one I cannot wait to fill my beauty cupboards with. I truly do believe organic and natural products are best for you, inside and out, all around, and one day soon I will only use these kinds of products. I would be lying to myself and to you guys if I continued to ignore what I believe in. 

Green People are an awesome, awesome brand consisting of pure, organic products. Creating and championing innovative products using only natural and organic ingredients. Harnessing the miracle of nature and the brilliance of science to nourish, balance and protect our skin without chemical nasties. 

Going organic does not mean you have to compromise on quality or effectiveness, which is something I once worried about. Green People have formulations that promise to bring you radiant, glowing skin, with only the best ingredients. 

You will never see these ingredients in any of the products:

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth, Sulphate, Parabens, Lanolin, Phtalates, Propylene, Alcohol, Glycol, Harsh Foaming Agents, Irritating Emulsifiers, Synthetic Fragrances, Colourants, Petrochemicals, Methlisothiazolinone, PABA-Sunscreen.

I think I will do a separate post on why we should avoid these ingredients as it can all be very confusing and it is something I am learning more about each day. 

Today, I wanted to introduce you to three products that I have built into my skincare routine.  


I have been using every single day for the past month, both morning and evening, and there is still so much left. It really is the most gentle cleanser I have ever used, and you only need one pump to softly break down any grime or make-up on the skin's surface, leaving with you with clean, healthy skin. I was surprised to see it even remove the most stubborn waterproof mascara. 

What I love about this is that it contains no alcohol, so it will not strip my skin of any goodness, leaving it balanced and nourished. It has quite a fresh smell, nothing overpowering, making it a really pleasure to use. It has anti inflammatory actives which will work well on blemish prone skin. Suitable for all skin types. Aloe Vera, Calendula and Shea butter are key ingredients.



This is the perfect base for my mineral make-up. If you have watched my Daily Make-up Routine, you will see my favourite foundation in action, the Antipodes  Mineral Powder Foundation- also organic - I use this most days and buffed on top of my skin prepped with this facial oil, just wow. It is designed to plump and nourish the skin, leaving it silky soft to touch. It is rich in Omega Fatty Acids, as well as containing other ingredients such as Organic Rosehip oil, Avocado, Almond and Vitamin E. I love using this in conjunction with the Hydrating Firming Serum, another great product to try from Green People.



Photographed above is a sample size, it actually comes packaged in a high tech looking tub. I am always wary of using exfoliating products, I am not a fan of harsh scrubs. This one is fabulous, with large granules, giving you the feeling of a deep clean, without being too hard and gritty.My skin felt ridiculously smooth after using this, and it definitely looked brighter. I have been using this twice a week so I no longer have any left of the sample, but I will definitely be repurchasing the full size. Interesting ingredients such as Pineapple extract, to dissolve the protein bonds which then releases the dead skin cells, Bamboo Stem extract, which lifts off hardened skin cells, and finally Bentonite Clay, great for unblocking congested pores. This clay is known for it's detoxing properties, and can be used in making your own toothpaste. 


After flicking through the brochure I was kindly sent along with these products, I have already circled a grand list of items that I want to buy, such as the Rejuvenating Eye Cream, Tinted Daily Skin Defence, Self Tan Lotion and the Fennel & Propolis Toothpaste. Oh and all of the make-up. Yup,  you see, I want it all. 


What are your thoughts on organic skincare?

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