Monday, December 21, 2015

• Three From Rimmel •

All good things come in threes. And Rimmel is no exception. It isn't an unknown fact that I'm a big fan of Rimmel and most of their products. They're affordable, easily accessable and hardly ever disappoint, and so here's a lowdown of three of my everyday essentials.

I try out different foundations all the time, but I always find myself going back to my Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. It just looks so natural compared to others, and it's glowing but covering formula makes your skin look radiant and not too cakey. The shade range isn't massive, and I don't find this to be the most long lasting foundation, but I love the way it looks on the skin and at £8.99 is definitely a bargain!

When it comes to mascaras, I like sticking to the drugstore, and so when I found the Rimmel Wonder Lash Mascara, I was desperate to give it a try. It contains argon oil, and so is supposedly meant to lengthen and thicken your lashes, which in all honesty I haven't really noticed, but it is a really good mascara for temporary thickness and length. The formula is rather wet, which means you do have to leave it to sit for a bit.

Another one I've talked about a couple of times is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 103. Although initially it feels slightly too creamy, when applied on top of a lip liner or dabbed on lightly, it creates the most perfect nude lipstick. Because of the neutral tones it is so versatile and would look gorgeous on so many skin tones. Contrary to what the name might suggest, it isn't too long lasting, but I still find myself grabbing this on most days when I'm wearing makeup.

Zazie x

P.S. It's almost the new year, and I haven't kept my promise of posting more frequently.  I just can't seem to find the time amongst my social life and school/work life to squeeze in a bit of blogging, and I do feel guilty about it. Thank you for sticking around.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

• An Autumnal Outfit ft. Farfetch •

Today I'm back with a fashion post -- finally! A website called Farfetch reached out to me and a few other bloggers to ask us to put together an outfit that would be suitable for the autumn season using items from their website. As some of you know this will be my first winter in a few years and so I was excited to do this. I decided to use a statement designer dress as the main piece, and accessorise around that and i looove the finished look so I hope you guys do too!

The dress I chose is a VERSUS piece. It has a knit jumper -esque top part and it slowly turns into a cute tartan skirt. I think both knit and tartan are perfect for the colder months and I would have never really thought to incorporate them together into a dress. I'd definitely wear some black tights underneath it to keep my legs warm and I also think a leather jacket would look great. The price of it is $482.72 and it can be found here.

I decided to keep a black theme when it came to accessorising and so I chose a pair of black chunky heel ankle boots from GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN. I like the gold detail on the side, and the fact there's nothing too much going on that would distract from the dress.  I'm really into these sorts of shoes at the minute, and i love these too. They are $925.00 and can be found here.

I chose to use a really simple bag as well, and although I love big bags, I find most of the time you just need something small. This one is from Phillip Lim and is a crossover bag, but knowing me I'd probably wear it off my shoulder. It costs $625 and can be found here

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed this post, and like the outfit I put together. All the links are listed below again, and I'd definitely recommend Farfetch's website if you want to spoil yourself on some goods. As I said I would wear tights and a leather jacket (linked below) to make it more appropriate for the colder months, but here in New York it's still quite warm in the day time! 

Zazie x

Monday, September 07, 2015

• Brightening Concealers and Why They Rock •

Personally, I'm not the highlighter sort of girl. Although I love an inner corner highlight, I find all my highlighters are just too shimmery for my brow bone or cheek bones, especially for everyday. And so I like turning towards brightening concealers. These are great for making you look more awake, as well as help give you a subtle contour. And if you have a foundation that's too dark? Just use some brightening concealer!

I've never been too much into the whole touche-clat type gimmick, but I absolutely love the Garnier Light BB Eyeroll. It's by far my absolute favourite because it's super light but gives really good coverage. It's really creamy, radiant and the metal tip applicator is really cooling and refreshing. Because it is so light, it works amazingly on top of foundation, and doesn't remove anything previously applied as it just sits nicely on top.

If my under eyes are looking particularly dark then my go-to is the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. It has a thicker consistency to the Garnier one, but the coverage is very similar. I would say the Garnier counterpart is slightly more radiant, as I can use the Rimmel one for other areas of my face.

To set everything in place I use the powder that comes in the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer compact. It's the perfect white shade that brightens the under eye even more and doesn't go cakey at all. I haven't tried many under eye setting powders, but this definitely has a holy grail status!

And if I haven't convinced you as to why you should pop out and get yourself a brightening concealer, here's a little something extra. If you are an acne gal like me, you'll know that powders just don't work very well. Highlighters just bring forward my spots more and makes my skin all uneven. Whereas a brightening concealer does exactly the same as a highlighter without actually highlighting my spots or making me look cakey.

Are you a fan of brightening concealers?

Zazie x

Saturday, July 18, 2015

• A New Start •

Hello readers or fellow bloggers! It's been a while - a full four months if you want the facts - and a lot has changed for me. I'm not going to give you all any excuses for why I've been away, as I've gone on about the blogging situation in several posts in the past, but I've generally had a lot of life changes within the last few months. 

The first major change is the fact that I've moved half way across the world. I no longer live on the "small, sunny island of Singapore", but rather in the "big, busy city of New York" (I've always loved my alliterations as you can tell). It's been a huge change for me and despite the obvious hole in my life that Singapore once filled, I am trying to be as optimistic as possible, which means attending therapy classes in the form of shopping. (For I am now in one of the biggest shopping capitals in the world, and I could spend a couple of hours in my local CVS alone) There's a lot to get used to, but I'm excited to explore the city more as I will be living here for the next three years. 

"But what does this have to do with blogging, or why are you telling us this useless information Zazie?" Well, I not only blog for you guys, but also for myself to look back in the future, and to document important events in my life. But now that I've moved to a new country, and it's a fresh new start, I also thought it would be a good opportunity to start blogging again. I'm not going to commit to any deadlines, but I want my blog to be a happy place that I can come to once in a while and post for you guys, which has always been a source of positivity for me. I'm also not going to limit myself to writing about only beauty, as I've always wanted to branch out into fashion, as well as post occasional lifestyle themed ones as usual. 

I hope you'll be a part of my new blogging journey, and thank you for sticking around! :)

Zazie x

Saturday, March 14, 2015

• Three Step Face •

In general, I like taking my time with my makeup, however, when it comes to everyday when I have an option between doing my makeup nicely or having an extra ten minutes of sleep I usually go for the latter. This is my three product routine that I like to slap on that doesn't make me look like I've fallen out of bed and had a zombie attack on my way to school.

I like to look like I have eyebrows, as my blonde ones are pretty much non-existent, so I like to double up my MAC Omega Eyeshadow in my brows as well as my crease for definition. It's quite a non-fuss shade that doesn't take too long to use as my Bobbi Brown one, which is a lot more pigmented.

Mascara is also something essential to make me look a little more awake, and recently I've been loving the Bare Minerals Lash Domination. It gives really good volume, and although the formula was a little wet at first, once you leave it a few weeks it works really well. One coat can give a really subtle look and two can make it a little more heavy.

Because I suffer with mild acne I also like hiding it a little bit, but I don't want it to look to cakey. The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream is great because it does just this as well as help with spots thanks to it's tea tree ingredient. It isn't amazing at covering blemishes though, so I do often use a concealer instead, or as well, but both are great everyday essentials.

Of course this is only what I do if I have limited time and want to wear makeup, but I often choose to skip all of it and have a makeup free day, which I do think is important to have every once in a while, as your skin does need to breathe.

What do you slap on when you want to be out the door in 5 minutes?

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup

Saturday, February 07, 2015

• Another One Wash Shade •

Some of you old readers might remember my first post like this talking about the NARS Mykonos Cream Eyeshadows. To quickly summarise, I talked about how easy it was to just wash across the lid and make it look like a complete look, and since then I've been looking for a shade like it.

Burberry's Sheer Eyeshadow in Pale Barley is just that. It is a gorgeous bronzey taupe shade that when packed on the lids and then blended out looks simply fab. In different lighting it looks a slightly different colour but it always looks very simple and elegant. It's not a cream shadow like the Nars one, but you honestly only need this shadow to create an entire smokey complete look. If you are one who doesn't have a lot of time or skills to create a five-step smokey eye then this is a lovely alternative. The formula is also very buttery and pigmented, unlike the name suggests. There are several other shades in their range, and they're all quite unique shades, but this one is by far their most popular, and I can see why.

This does come with the hefty price tag of £22.50, but for something that creates an entire look I think it's worth it. It also comes in stunning packaging with a pouch and would make a great gift for any beauty lover. It's super compact and something I've been getting a lot of use out of!

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup

Thursday, January 29, 2015

• The Sponge vs. The Brush •

When it comes to base application, I like having my choices. I have a variety of different brands and formulas of brushes that all help my foundation to look a certain way I like. I've always been a buffingbrush-esque girl and haven't ever tried anything else, but I decided to give something new a try.

I've tried makeup sponges before, but we've never really gotten on well. Either it ended up being ripped to shreds, soaked up all the product or simply felt hard on the skin (beware of the Model's Own Makeup Sponge...). But, I was pretty intrigued at what Real Techniques had to offer, especially as I've loved most of their other tools. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is different to others like it as it has a really handy flat edge that just lets you pat in your foundation for extra blending. It does sheer out your foundation slightly, so keep in mind you'll have to use more than usual, but it gives a lovely even finish.

Now to the brush. The Real Techniques Buffing Brush is definitely one of an average blogger's holy grail, but right so! The bristles have just the right density and blends in your foundation really nicely. The one annoying thing is that you do have to buy this in a set, but I think it's totally worth it!

Overall, I'd probably rate both methods of application equally - they both give an amazing finish, I just find that the sponge works better with BB creams whilst the brush works better with foundations and powder. I'd definitely recommend them, and they're both under a tenner!

Zazie x

Tags: Beauty, Makeup