Friday, December 19, 2014

• Little Pot Of Rings •

When it comes to jewellery on an everyday basis, I simply cannot be bothered. Deciding what matches and what metals look good together is just not for me, but I do love the look of rings for special occasions.

For small simple dainty rings that are of one colour (just silver, just gold, etc.) and ones that come in sets I've found that H&M really fit the bill. They're quite inexpensive, come in three different sizes and most sets include both normal rings and midi rings if you're into that whole hype.

For little hidden gems I'd definitely recommend Topshop. Although they also have sets, I find their single rings to be of better quality and to be a lot more unique. I've been looking at buying single rings from online shops such as Regal Rose and iheardtheyeatcigaretts, but I don't really like buying things when I haven't tried them on. However, I did find a few similar rings at Topshop.

And finally, for big, statement rings I'd recommend Lovisa. It is an Australian brand that we have here in Singapore and it's surprisingly quite affordable and have a ton of unique rings. They also have rings for many different styles, whether you're going for the edgier punk look or more bohemian look.

These were just three of my favourite places to buy my rings for affordable prices. What are your favourite places to buy your rings?

Zazie x

Tags: Fashion

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

• Nars Brush Dupes •

I'm sure we all dreaming of owning Nars brushes, but a lot of us simply can't afford to splurge 30-something pounds on one brush. This is where bornpretty comes in. When they initally contacted me for review, I was a little hesitant as scrolling through their website the significantly cheap prices did make me question to quality of their products. But, as a self-professed risk taker, I decided to choose a few products to try.

Their powder brush* caught my eye as the similarity between that and the Nars Yachiyo Powder Brush is immediately recognisable. Both have black striped spun handles and black bristles and are both very alike in size. Although the bornpretty brush feels quite light, the bristles are really good quality and haven't shed so far. Thanks to the shape it works great for contouring as well as blush or face powder and applies product really nicely. I can't really compare it to the Nars one as I haven't tried it, but this one performed really well, and if you aren't willing to splurge then I'd recommend you give this one a go.

The second brush I received was an eyeshadow brush*. Although this doesn't look exactly like it, it could be compared to the Nars Large Dome Eyeshadow Brush (for the sake of this post anyway). It has fibre bristles and worked surprisingly well on both matte and shimmer shadows and cream eyeshadows. It has quite a firm handle, and again I was really impressed that the bristles didn't shed.

Overall, really happy with these brushes, and although the Nars counter parts are probably better made (and maybe even better quality), I think these are a good cheaper option for us skint gals.

To get 10% off your order on bornpretty, use the code LITTH10 at checkout!

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty
*PR Sample

Monday, December 15, 2014

• Cacti + Blog Chat •

My desk/dressing table was looking a little messy so I decided to give it a good tidy and put these three little cacti on it. Apart from that the last couple of weeks have been mainly me studying as the final week of school approaches, but I must admit most of that time has been spent procrastinating.

I've always been one of those people that gets satisfied crossing off chores on to-do lists, and I used to make my own for the weekends when I was younger, but recently I just feel very unproductive and distracted. From school to blogging I just am never in the mood and have been putting the latter off for a while. As I've mentioned in previous posts I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times and being motivated to blog has been something I'm not. Taking time away from the computer is something I really should be doing and taking a short break from blogging hasn't boosted my motivation nor given me inspiration. I've come up with a ton of post ideas and was really looking forward to sharing a few festive ones but I'm just not feeling all too festive myself. 

So where do I stand in this blogsphere? I only really want to publish posts that I'm 100% proud of and happy with and if that means posting infrequently and taking breaks over a longer period of time then I guess I'll do just that. I really hope you stick with me as I hope to slowly wriggle my way out of a blogging rut. 

Zazie x

Tags: Lifestyle, Chat

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

• The Playlist #4 •

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I really do enjoy having series' on the blog, and one that is one of my favourites are my playlist posts. I love music and I love sharing my picks with you guys. As always, a lot of these are old favourites, but they're still worth a listen, and might bring back some old memories.

1.  Time To Pretend - MGMT
2.  Ocean Bed - Zoo Kid
3.  If You Wanna - The Vaccines
4.  Gold On The Ceiling - The Black Keys
5.  Only Love - Ben Howard
6.  Go Outside - Cults
7.  I'm Not Gonna Teach You - Black Kids
8.  Zombie - Jamie T

You can listen to these and more over on my 8tracks playlist here. I apologize for the billionth time for the lack of posting over here and I don't have a reason, but I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. Thanks for sticking around!

Zazie x

Tags:  The Playlist

Monday, December 01, 2014

• The Mascara Dilemma •

I'll save all my apologies for not posting as you've heard my excuses a few too many times, but I'm back - and that's all that matters right? I've been wanting to talk about a new mascara I've been using for a while, because it's definitely become one of my favourites.

I haven't heard too much about Eyeko, but I've always been intrigued by the brand and seeing Alexa Chung's gorgeous face whenever I walk past their counter always gets me interested. I needed a new mascara, so I thought I'd give this one a whirl, and I love it! The Eyeko Lengthening Skinny Brush Mascara is the perfect mascara if you want a lot of length and some volume thrown in for good measure. Although for the first few weeks it had a rather wet formula, once you get to that inbetween stage it doesn't smudge and keeps the curl in all day. Plus it's one of the cheaper mascaras you can find in Sephora, and it's lasted me a while.

But now it comes to my dilemma - it's fab, it's great, you've heard it all, but it's slowly running out. While rummaging through my makeup drawers I realised that I don't have any back up mascaras, so here's my question to you; what mascara would you recommend? Although I'm more than happy to repurchase this one, I'd love to give a different one a go, as mascara is the one beauty product I haven't dabbled much in before.

Leave your favourite mascara / recommendations below, I'll more than appreciate it!

Zazie x

Tags:  Beauty, Makeup

Thursday, November 20, 2014

• A Sheerer, Milkier Fiji •

Now that the autumn months have rolled over I feel like I had to move aside my much used (and loved) Essie polish in Fiji that was painted on my nails for the majority of summer and post-summer months and bring on a more season appropriate shade. But, instead of going for those almost-black shades I decided to ease in with more of a nude colour. And I'm sure it's just coincidence that it's quite similar to Fiji..

Essie's Limo-scene looks like a nice pink toned nude - but it's so much more than that. If a few months ago you'd ask me if I wanted to try a sheer nail polish it would be a hands down no. Sheer lips, sheer base; yes! But sheer nail polish? That was out of the question. But my nails weren't feeling and looking that good and I thought that a polish like this would make them look good and let them breathe a bit. One layer of this gives a gorgeous sheer sheen to the nails that could be described as an almost there my-nails-but-better. To get the full shade you see on the tin you do have to build up around four coats but I love Limo-scene purely for this reason.

I know with a lot of people they don't really no what shade of nude suits them, so I think this would be a brilliant shade for that. It's definitely different to Fiji in many ways, but I do love them both just as much.

Do you think you'd like this shade?

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

• What's On My Face #5 •

It's bacckkk! It's been a while, but I decided to make another FOTD style post, as they really are one of my favourites to write. I haven't been changing up my makeup too much for autumn, but I do have a look I wanted to share with you all. (And I promise; I'll try to make a smokier look with a darker lip soon!)

To start off my base I used my L'Oreal Eau de Teint Foundation. It's one of my more sheerer foundations so I topped it off with my NARS Creamy Concealer which I'm sadly almost all out of. My skin looks pretty natural, so it's good if you don't want a full on flawless base. For my blush and bronzer I scrambled through my makeup drawer to find my Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzer which I completely forgot I owned. They're both really good quality for the price, although the bronzer is slightly shimmery so I wouldn't really use it to contour like the name would suggest.

On my eyes I wanted something that was quite quick, and so I used my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze. I don't even know why I use this as it's gone pretty much rock hard, but I managed to scrape a bit out of the pot as it's just so pretty. I then topped it off with my Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara, and didn't think it needed anything in the crease or any eyeliner to make it look complete.

And for lips, I simply used my Topshop Lipliner in Ceramic which I talked in depth about in Sunday's post (here).

Zazie x