Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Skincare | Shopping the Samples Stash

Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove shops her collection of samples including brands such as Sisley, Caudalie, Elemental Herbology and Lancer.
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove shops her collection of samples including brands such as Sisley, Caudalie, Elemental Herbology and Lancer.
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove shops her collection of samples including brands such as Sisley, Caudalie, Elemental Herbology and Lancer.
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove shops her collection of samples including brands such as Sisley, Caudalie, Elemental Herbology and Lancer.


Over flowing beauty product baskets and boxes sought a little attention from me last week. I had a little sort out, and in doing so, fell upon a little collection of beauty samples. I forgot just how many I had been hoarding, and thought I would pick out a few that caught my eye - a few turned into more than a handful so bare with me. 

Samples are great for travelling, whether they are in little tiny bottles or sachets, I love them all and will keep them until the time comes when I can use them up. I used to throw all my samples away, especially the ones you get in magazines. How times change? 

Lancome Advanced Genifique Serum, such a cute miniature sample, and one that I will hold onto. In the past I have been given (not via my blog my I just point out) bottles of this serum and automatically just passed them onto my mum. She loved the stuff, and now I want to try it out for myself.  

I totally forgot about this sample of the Dermalogica PreCleanse. I used to be obsessed with this oil and bought bottle after bottle of it. I stopped using it when I started moving over to more natural skincare, but I cannot fault how great a product it is and will be glad to have this in my stash ready for travelling.

Sisley is a brand I would love to spend money on, but my goodness it is expensive. Another sample I did not realise I had, is this, the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, a cult favourite apparently. At £100 I shall expect ruddy good results from this mask! 

The mini Caudalie Polyphenol Anti-wrinkle Defense serum is in an adorable bottle, as is the YLS Youth Liberator Serum.

I popped into SpaceNK over the weekend and caught up with my old manager which was lovely. She kindly gave me lots of samples such as the Elemental Herbology Facial Glow peel and Lancer Cleanse and Polish. 


Do you guys ever shop your sample stash? If so, what do you save them up for?
 

 


Monday, 3 August 2015

Skincare | Five Serums I Adore...

Beauty-blogger-reviews-a-selection-of-5-Natural-Serums including Jurlique, Pestle and Mortar, Nude Skincare and Antipodes
Beauty-blogger-reviews-a-selection-of-5-Natural-Serums including Jurlique, Pestle and Mortar, Nude Skincare and Antipodes

I have been playing around with over a dozen serums recently, each day is like a pick and mix. I always used to think cleansers were my favourite part of a skincare routine, when actually, my obsession with a great serum is pretty strong right now. When I first sat down and thought of writing about my love for serums, I had lined up at least 10 serums on my desk. Now, that is just far too many to digest at any one time, so today I thought I would share with you five of my favourite serums.

Me and Antipodes are tight. In my eyes this brand can do no wrong. The Worship Superfruit Antioxidant serum* I have mentioned a few times on this blog and I am still loving it. Everything from the light texture to the smell, to the anti-aging, line fighting formula. For the record, I own and love every single one of the Antipodes serums: Hosanna, Apostle and Joyous.   

I originally thought Nude Skincare Progenius Omega Treatment Milk was a moisturiser, oops, silly me. I soon learnt it was indeed a serum. I love the fact it is described as a superfood smoothie for your skin, packed with fantastic ingredients including Chia Oil. I use this in conjunction with the treatment oil for a real wow factor. 

Pestle and Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum* reviewed here, tackles not just fine lines but dehydration too. For someone who has awfully dehydrated skin this one is an essential. I like to use this alone without a moisturiser on top before buffing in a mineral foundation. 

One with a slightly slippy consistency, and reminds me of a very light facial oil, is ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum. I got a sample of this ages ago and having used every last drop of it up; I had to get a full size. Packed with all the essential Omegas and Vitamins, I love this one because it is to help protect against premature ageing. At 26, I ensure my skincare routine has products in that will help tackle those warding wrinkles. I tend to only use this of an evening as I find it is too much for my skin underneath make-up during the day. 

Last but not least, a time old serum that I always come back to: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum. Want to improve hydration and elasticity all at once? This one is for you. When my skin is obviously unhappy and dull, I add this into my morning routine for a perk me up.


What serums do you guys trust with your life? Tell me your secrets.





Thursday, 30 July 2015

Makeup | Too Faced Born This Way Absolute Perfection Foundation Review

Beauty Blogger Zoe Newlove wears and reviews Too Faced Born This Way FoundationBeauty Blogger Zoe Newlove wears and reviews Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Beauty Blogger Zoe Newlove wears and reviews Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Beauty Blogger Zoe Newlove wears and reviews Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Beauty Blogger Zoe Newlove wears and reviews Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Beauty Blogger Zoe Newlove wears and reviews Too Faced Born This Way Foundation 

Foundation is one of the most personal pieces of make-up you can choose and wear. Mascara for instance, you don't have to take into consideration anything other than is it going to curl my lashes, and is it black enough. One mascara can suit so many. Foundation on the other hand, you have to think about so many different things, from what is my skin type? What colour will be my perfect match? Is it long wearing? What is the finish? Do I want liquid, cream or powder? So many questions!

So when a foundation comes along and it blows you away on every level, you know you are onto something pretty special. Introducing Too Faced Born This Way Absolute Perfection Foundation.

I could not believe my luck when this beautiful package landed on my desk, just look at that vanity case, I mean just wow. I was totally in shock when I saw that I had been sent every single shade of this brand new foundation. Too Faced is by far one of my favourite brands, so to open up a gift like this, I was a little overwhelmed. 

Having already heard lots of fantastic reviews about this foundation, I had high expectations from the get go. Don't worry though, none of these swayed me in any way on making my own decision. 

The first tick off my foundation check list falls in at the oil free formulation. I have dehydrated skin, so it tends to get oily very quickly. Nevertheless, the ingredients that make up this liquid foundation, suggest to me those of you with dry skin will also be able to wear this with no trouble at all. My favourite being Coconut Water, how awesome is this? I drink coconut water whenever I can, I love the stuff, so to see that it is part of my foundation is brilliant. The coconut water will naturally replenish moisture levels and then another ingredient, Alpine Rose, is designed to brighten the skin's appearance whilst promoting elasticity. Another cheeky favourite of mine, Mr Hyaluronic Acid, great for smoothing out skin - anything to make me look younger folks.

Coverage falls in at a good medium, which can be built up to full. I am so used to wearing natural / light foundations and tinted moisturisers, I was nervous this would be too much for me, nevertheless, I actually love the level of coverage this offers. I like to apply it to the centre of my face and buff out with my Crownbrush Flat Syntho Brush. I don't feel the need for concealer when using this as it covers up any redness or pesky blemishes I have. 

The finish is semi matte,  but more on the glowy side which I love. It says it is undetectable on the skin, which when you consider it could be a full coverage foundation, this is not too far from true. For someone who is used to tinted moisturiser, I can definitely feel it on my skin, but this does not put me off and I don't see it as a negative. 




Beauty Blogger Zoe Newlove wears and reviews Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Beauty Blogger Zoe Newlove wears and reviews Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Beauty Blogger Zoe Newlove wears and reviews Too Faced Born This Way Foundation


Overall? I am so, so impressed by this foundation. I put together a look using only Too Faced products, just because I love this brand and felt the foundation needed to be completed by it's family of bronzers, mascara and lip melts. 

What do you think? Have you tried it yet?



*PR SAMPLES - A huge thank you to the girls at Wizard Publicity. You rock. 


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Travel | A Serious Case of Wanderlust

Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove dreams of travelling the world.
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Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove dreams of travelling the world.
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Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove dreams of travelling the world.
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove dreams of travelling the world.

Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove dreams of travelling the world.
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Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove dreams of travelling the world.


Two of my awesome bloggy friends have set off on their travels: Megan from Wonderful You and Hayley from Frock Me I'm Famous. 

As a result, I am now suffering from a serious case of wanderlust. Every single day I scour Pinterest adding pins to all of my boards: Wanderlust, Into The Blue and I Want To Travel. The urge to hand in my notice at work before grabbing my passport and jetting off into the unknown is crazy and almost overwhelming at times. 

I was not one to take a gap year before university to go travelling, and even though I have been lucky enough to live in both Ibiza and Mallorca for months, even years at a time, there is so, SO much more of the world I want to see. 

The dream for me and my blog would be to travel the world, discovering new cultures and how they have an effect on the beauty industry. I love learning about beauty rituals and ingredients and discovering where they sprang from. 

I also just love the ocean. Being by the beach automatically calms me and I know that some day I will live by the sea, it is all I ever dream of. 

I spend more time reading travel blogs such as Hand Luggage Only and Twenty Something Travel than I do that of fashion or life style. I have endless lists of tourist attractions, secret beaches and famous landmarks that I must see. 

So how do I take the plunge? Where do I get started?

Both the girls, Megs and Hayley, were brave and bold and booked their trips of a lifetime. I want to make my move, I just don't know how or when. 

Brazil, Fiji, New York, New Zealand, L.A, Miami, Hawaii, San Francisco, Iceland, Rome, Barcelona and more and more, and more. 

Once my bank account is a little healthier, hopefully in a few months time, I have a feeling nothing will stop me. Nothing. 
 


*Photos are not my own. All pinned on my boards over on Pinterest so you can discover their original sources.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Make-up | How I Clean My Make-up Brushes

Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove writes about how she cleans her make-up brushes using Lush Cosmetics Parsley Porridge soap.
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove writes about how she cleans her make-up brushes using Lush Cosmetics Parsley Porridge soap.
Beauty blogger Zoe Newlove writes about how she cleans her make-up brushes using Lush Cosmetics Parsley Porridge soap.


One question I get asked a lot both in and out of work: How do you clean your make-up brushes?

I shall tell you a secret.

A magical fairy comes along at the end of each week and makes them all sparkle once again.

No, that does not happen, not even in my dreams. I only have nightmares when it comes to the dreaded Wash-The-Brushes Day. I have so many it is more of a chore than something I enjoy.

Saying this, aaaaaaaages ago, like a year ago, I read this post by Laura Lou, she opened me up to a whole new way of cleaning my brushes ft Lush Cosmetics. 

But first...

Why do I not use the bog standard brush cleaners ?

I do not like the smell or feel or finish they leave - especially the Shu Uemura cleaner, wow this one has the strongest alcohol smell I have ever come across in a brush cleaner. M.A.C brush cleaner is great for spot cleaning (on the job) but not for a regular deep clean. Being a stickler for not having dirty brushes, I clean my personal make-up brushes once a week. I clean my kit brushes each time I do a job - so a lot. 

I also do not use Johnsons Baby Oil (or any product from Johnsons for that matter). I find using oil as a way of regularly cleaning brushes will shorten the life span of your brush as it can loosen the glue holding the brush hair in the ferrule.

The important thing to note when choosing a brush cleaner, it needs to be antibacterial. For the life of me I could not remember which Lush Cosmetics Soap Laura chose to use, so instead I just made sure that the one the assistance helped me to pick contained those key anti bacterial ingredients. I went for Parsley Porridge. Mmmmhmm. I even treated it to a little home in one of those Lush silver tins.

This soap contains parsley, thyme, tea tree oil, oatmeal and aloe vera gel. The tea tree oil is the antibacterial ingredient. It has a real herbal fresh scent to it which I adore, so much so, I want to buy a separate one to use as a facial soap. I was worried the oatmeal would come away and into the brushes, but not at all. 

I dampen the brush head, swirl around on the top of the soap bar and then massage the soap into the brush hair with my fingers before washing carefully underneath a running tap. I will then squeeze out any excess water and lay down flat on some kitchen roll. I usually do them of an evening so that they can dry over night.

This is the best way I have found so far of cleaning my brushes, how do you clean yours?

All brushes in photographs are from Crownbrush.