Wednesday, April 16, 2014

• The Drugstore 'Chubby Stick' •

You've probably heard about them. Loved them. Sick of them yet? I'm pretty sure Clinique started the whole Chubby Stick thing, and since then other brands, especially high street ones like Revlon, L'Oreal, Rimmel and Model's Own have jumped on and made their own version of them. I must admit i am quite a big fan of them, they are so easy to apply and a lot have them have such lovely formulas. Here's the low-down of the ones i've tried and tested.

Model's Own Twist Up Lipsticks // £5.00
I've actually done a short review of them here, but i have a thing or two to add, and there's a lot more of you now than when i wrote that post. I don't think i've ever heard any bloggers talk about these, and they totally should! They have a matte finish, but they feel really moisturising on the lips. They're also really pigmented and don't slide around too much on the lips. There are a total of ten shades in the range, and all except for maybe two or three are bright shades.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm // £7.99
Probably the most raved about at the moment, the Revlon Matte Balms are very similar to the Model's Own ones mentioned above, but with a slightly higher price tag. Same matte finish with a moisturising formula, with the exception that the Matte Balms have a lot more hype surrounding them. Although these feel slightly more creamier than the Model's Own ones, i think they are extremely similar and pass as 'dupes'. The Revlon version does have quite a strong peppermint scent, which i personally don't really mind, but if you don't want the scent, i'd go for the MO ones. I find it a bit of a shame that Revlon gets all the credit for this new "matte balm" when Model's Own had their hands on it for a while, but both are lovely.

Topshop Lip Crayons // £7.00
I think this is one of my least favourite, purely for the shade i have. I really love the creamy formula though, and they glide on really easily too. Mine is one of the glossy ones, and in terms of gloss, are not sticky at all. My sister has a matte one, which is just as nice except slightly drying, so you would need to moisturise your lips before hand. The formula of the matte ones are really long lasting though, a lot longer than the Revlon or Model's Own ones previously mentioned.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains // £7.99
I talked about these in my last post, but here's a quick note on them anyway. The JBKBS are not quite glossy, but they are shiny. I wouldn't really describe them as a 'stain', as they don't really leave any stain on the lips. They aren't intensely pigmented, they're actually quite sheer depending on the shade you get. They feel a lot more like a balm than any of the others, but this is one of the things i love about them.

I personally haven't tried the Rimmel or the Bourjois ones, but i really want to try the shade Peach on a Beach from the Colour Boost range.

So, are they worth the hype? I definitely think so. A somewhat easier (or dare i say, more fun?) application of lipstick, with different factors. If you don't already have a chubby stick, i'd highly recommend you go out and get one - not necessarily the whole collection, but maybe if one of them sounds for you, i definitely think it's worth it.

Zazie x

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

• In My Purse •

I go out quite often, and i always make sure i have my purse with me. Today i thought i'd show you the things i have in it. I do realise you wouldn't normally keep things in your purse, but it's a bit of a habit of mine, and it's so easy to slip into any bag that you are taking.

My purse is a fake Mulberry that i picked up whilst in Hong Kong last year. I'm not completely sure if there's a real version very similar to this, but this one is dark brown with gold detailing, as the black and gold felt to typical. I really like it, and although you can probably tell it's a fake, i like to pretend it isn't.

The first essential for me is my phone. I don't think i can go anywhere without my phone, as i'm always texting my mum or taking pictures. I honestly feel lost without my phone, which sounds so silly - what did people used to do?

Another thing i like to keep in my purse are some mints. I don't really choose a certain brand, but Fisherman's Friends Apple & Cinnamon is heaven. I always like the feeling of nice fresh breath, as do most people. You can't buy gum in Singapore, plus my mum hates it and i must agree with some of her points, so mints are the way to go.

A long with other essential cards like my bus card, i have to bring my Topshop card. Topshop is my favourite shop, and i like to still get my 10% off on any spontaneous purchases i may make. I like to think my Topshop card is an essential, although i know deep down i don't really need to take it to restaurants...

Lastly are some lip products. I normally just bring lip balm, but if i'm wearing a specific shade that might need topping up, i do like to pack it. And i like having a choice, so in pop two.

What are your purse essentials?

Zazie x

Sunday, April 13, 2014

• The Playlist #1 •

Hello everyone! So today is a little bit of a different post - a music related post. To change things up on my blog a bit, i've decided to create a series called 'The Playlist' where i will be telling you all what i'm listening to at the moment. They're not always going to be 'current' songs, as i do love listening to old music as well as new. I don't really know what my music taste is, but by listening to these songs you might have some sort of an idea!

~ Beech Music // Indie ~
Recently i've been listening to Beech a lot. Not going to lie, i found them through Shenae Grimes, whose boyfriend is the lead singer, but their music is honestly so good. In particular, i love their songs Lovers and London Riots. They're quite catchy, but in a good way, and i love the background harmonies. I also love that you can hear Josh's British accent when he sings, which is always a lovely touch in my opinion.

~ Dog is Dead  //  Indie Pop ~
I was obsessed with their song Glockenspiel Song a couple of years ago when it was one Skins, but never thought of looking into them more. Recently i downloaded Teenage Daughter, and i'm obsessed. I definitely think they are such a great band, and definitely worth a listen. I've been listening to a couple of other songs too, and i've come to a conclusion that they're one of those bands where every song is so freakin' amazing.

~ Coldplay  //  Rock ~
My mum is a huge Coldplay fan, and has been listening to them for as long as i can remember. She has had Magic on replay for a while now, and it definitely made me download it too. It's got a really good beat, and i really like it a lot.

~ Ellie Goulding  //  Pop ~
Ellie is one of my favourite singers ever. I went to see her in February last year, and i'm going to see her in June for my birthday again, which i'm really excited about. She has such a unique voice, and i've been loving her since Starry Eyed. At the moment i've got her cover of Kodaline's All I Want on repeat. I love the original, it always makes me cry (have you seen the video?!), but her version is so great as it sounds a lot different to me.

Hope you liked this sort of post! Might make this a monthly thing...

Zazie x

Thursday, April 10, 2014

• Makeup Nostalgia •

We all get it, right? Being a makeup addict I often change up my routine, buy new products and with that forget about old ones. Today i thought i'd round up a couple of products that i used to love, and still do! Remembering Summer '13...

I've never been a huge foundation person, as i am still young, but last summer i picked up my first one, and i was in love. The Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is the perfect base that gives a natural glow and hides some flaws, without actually covering them. It definitely has a dewy finish, so i think this is great for the summer time. I recently started reaching for this again, and although the last couple of months the L'Oreal True Match has been my go-to, this is still a great foundation. The only 'meh' part of it is the scent, smells alright but when applied near the nasal area, just beware.

Another Rimmel product! Last summer i also picked up the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Oxford Street Fuchsia. I got it mainly for the name, but the shade is lovely! It's sort of like a toned down fuchsia, maybe more like a light pink, but it's absolutely gorgeous. They recently reformulated these lipsticks, but i honestly can't tell the difference, and as far as i'm concerned, St. Fuchsia is still available. I haven't used it in forever, and this post has definitely reminded my to do so!

Theres been a huge craze over balm stains-chubby sticks recently, and i remember when these came out they were really popular and loved. The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (remember, the one with the unnecessarily long name?) are quite different to Revlon's new offerings. It's very much a sheerer version than the Matte and Laquer ones, and are a lot more moisturising too. I used to wear these literally all. the. time. and although i haven't been reaching for them in a long time, the love for them hasn't faded.

And lastly is a lipbalm. You probably know by now that i have a slight obsession with lip balms, but this was a recommendation by Aerin, and she's never failed me with her recommendations. This is the Soap & Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm in Juicy Peach. First of all, the scent is amazing and it tastes even better. Although it is quite thick when first applied, it feels really light and gives a slight gloss effect too. And of course, it is extremely moisturising! I know they have a couple of other scents/flavours/shades? but this was the only one that really appealed to me, and boy do i love it.

Zazie x

Monday, April 07, 2014

• Blemish Fighting Duo •

I'm a teenager, so i do suffer with spots, breakouts and blemishes like anyone else. I also get redness on my cheeks and around the area of a spot, so I decided to try some new spot treatments and additions to my skincare routine.

I love anything with tea tree, so when i heard Sammi talk about The Body Shop's Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash i couldn't resist going into my local store to check it out. It's supposed to get 'skin spotlessly clean without over-drying', which is super important for me as the area around my spots tends to be dry enough anyway. I like massaging this into my skin after cleansing and this. feels. amazing. It is really cooling and soothing on the skin and feels slightly tingly too. I like to leave it on for about 5 minutes just to let it settle in a bit, before wiping it off with a damp muslin cloth. It's such a lovely sensation, and i'd recommend this even if you don't have blemished skin, as it really does just feel so nice.

Something that i've been eyeing for a very long time is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. This is a very hyped up product in the beauty and skincare world and i had very high expectations. And i wasn't disappointed. This isn't exactly a spot treatment, more of an anti-imperfector, so this works great on red areas of the skin. This also calms down any breakouts or spots and is just a really incredible product. There's only one minor negative thing about it, and that is that for me it doesn't really do anything to under-the-skin spots. You know, when they're not quite there but they are? These are also ones that hurt the most in my opinion, and this just didn't work for that. Despite that, i think it truly does live up to the hype and is definitely a great product to use.

What products do you recommend for blemish-prone skin?

Zazie x

Saturday, April 05, 2014

• Parisian Inspired •

Top: Topshop
Rings: H&M
Lips: Model's Own Matte Balm 'Ravishing Red'
Liner: Topshop Magic Liner
Bronzer & Highlighter: Sleek Contour Kit
Mascara: Maybelline The Rocket

No outfit photos yet, sigh. Anyway, today i'm going to show you this look that was inspired by the typical Paris look. I got inspired by this new top that i bought recently, and I just love the overall look. 

I think the red lip is pretty obvious. I feel a post-box red is perfect, but an orange or maroon red are also great, it depends on what suits you best. An eyeliner flick is also optional, but it gives a nice sophisticated and feminine look. I also added a bit of my bronzer through the crease and a bit over the lid just to give the eye a bit of dimension. And of course an inner corner highlight was needed too! For the face makeup, i didn't feel there was a need for blush, but i added a bit of bronzer and highlighter to add a bit of a glow and colour that my complexion needs.

A striped top (preferably blue and white, although black is of course okay too!) is something really casual and comfortable, and paired with some dark denim shorts really finishes the look off. Jewellery wise, i feel gold is really nice and classy, but silver or copper would also look lovely. If you want to add a necklace i would recommend a small dainty one, as a big chain would just look a little too much in my opinion, but it's all up to you. 

This is completely up to you. Loose hair, bun, ponytail, plait; anything will suit this look. I decided to opt for a messy bun, taking quite a lot of hair from the sides to really frame the face. You could also add a hair scarf or head band to give a simple hairstyle some extra 'pizazz'. 

So that was my Parisian inspired look, i hope you enjoyed and tell me if you like it below :)

Zazie x

Thursday, April 03, 2014

• Pretty Packaging •

Let's face it - a lot of the time we do look and judge a product by it's packaging. Although it isn't necessarily always the case, but the main reason i stand at the YSL counter is because of it. High end products tend to have a lot nicer packaging than drugstore products, as they do have more money to spend on it, but here are three of my favourite packaged makeup products i own.

I own two things from Nars and both come in the typical matte black sleek packaging. Despite the many complaints that it gets dirty easily, i am still in love with it and have tried to keep it as clean as possible. And although quite similar to elf or Sleek, nothing quite beats the large letters on the front. I also love the packaging of their foundation, tinted moisturiser and concealer, but i don't own any  of them.

I'm actually quite a big fan of Topshop makeup packaging, specifically their blushers and lipsticks. Really simple white with cute little dots and stripes on them - not quite the high end feel to them, but definitely lovely packaging. I don't think there's really anything else you can compare Topshop packaging too, and that's one of the things i love about it - cute and unique.

I don't actually find that all Mac products have nice packaging (i'm looking at you Mineralize Lipsticks), but their regular lipsticks are definitely lovely. Nice round sleek black packaging, and ok, it's hard to know what lipstick shade it is, but is it really necessary to own 50 Mac lipsticks?! Some people might say that the packaging is a bit 'boring', but i love it and think it's quite unique as well.

Sorry i've been a bit MIA this week, we have spring break and i've mainly just been having 'family time' and so haven't really had time to blog. Will be back to usual next week!

Zazie x

(Inspired by this post)