31 July 2011

Photo Dump 07 / 08

♥ Trip to Plymouth to see my old flatmate equaled cocktails (strawberry margarita made with crusha milkshake syrup?! On the hunt for the recipe), minor fights in a dodgy pub and teaching my friend how to paint her nails leopard print. Oh and a 700 mile round trip. Fun all round, however my bank balance is currently recovering. Cue working all the hours under the sun.

 More car trouble has led me to really consider buying a new one, something I can't really afford but fed up of driving a car that barely starts. In fact it stalled and then wouldn't start in front of a group of firemen the other day. Nice and embarrassing. It currently won't start if the engine is hot, no nipping into Asda for 5 minutes and expecting my car to start. I am currently eyeing up Mini Cooper's. This pink one would be perfect.

♥ My sleeping / eating habits do not resemble anything near normal. In fact it is 7am now and I am yet to go to bed. One day I will have a proper job and will sleep like a normal person, maybe.

Zoey xox

PS Thank you for all the lovely comments recently, it really does make me smile when I read the comment emails in work. 

29 July 2011

Portions for Foxes

Dress - Primark
Necklace - Matalan
Ring - H&M

- Oh to have a camera, instead your stuck with a mirror shots. I love this dress, it was £6 or £8 in Primark. It is very short but at 5ft 2 that doesn't really matter. Again life is hectic, still undecided where I am moving to. If I am even moving at all. Instead cheering my self up with little parcels from ELF. Lot's to review!

- Stay happy, and of course the post title is from Rilo Kiley - Portions for Foxes.

Zoey xox

17 July 2011

Photo Dump 07

♥ Went on a trip to Chester Zoo this week with my boyfriend as a much needed treat. It was a beautiful day and even though it was full of school children. I love watching the animals, especially the very cute baby elephant. 

♥ My parents just got back from France, when I visited last weekend we had a fridge full of French cheese. I was eyeing up the Tartiflette cheese as it is one of my favourite comfort dishes. Potatoes, cheese, lardons, and cream. Yummm. A good recipe is on the BBC website.

♥ I've just moved into Halls for the summer, working in the Student's Union shop which is literally downstairs and my usual nightclub job. The only disadvantage is that we are on the 4th floor which means lots of stairs. The idea is to be saving money while I look for a "proper" job and finish my degree but I am useless at saving money. In fact I am driving to see my friend in Plymouth next weekend. I have accidentally bought two cute mugs from Tesco and a LOVE ring from Miss Selfridge. I love tacky gold rings and this is perfect.

Zoey xox

Shape Of My Heart

♥ Oversized Heart Top - New Look
♥ Necklace - H&M, Ring & Hairband - Matalan
♥ Shoes - Tesco Kids

If I actually had a camera I could take outfit photos, instead Blackberry camera photos. I miss the sunshine, back to wearing grey and leggings and proper shoes. Please August, be nicer. 

Zoey xox

15 July 2011

17 Falsifeye Mascara Review

I used to own about 10 mascaras however have managed to lose 9 of them while packing and moving over the last few weeks. The new "Falsifeye" Mascara from 17 in Boots looked good and came with a free Gel Eyeliner. Why not! The mascara itself has a nice big brush like that of Bad Gal from Benefit. So is it any good? 

It is not a replacement for False Eyelashes that is for sure. The big brush doesn't create long, volumized, curled eyelashes like one of my favorites L'Oreal's Lash Architect 4D. It will do for day wear - I like big black lashes even in day time, not one for brown mascara.

Excuse my rough eyeliner skills, was in a rush! But am using my trusty Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner. Top is my natural lashes bottom with the mascara on. Too many coats and you would easily end up with clumpy lashes. I tried to take a few better photos but relying on a blackberry camera is hard work!

Now the free gel eyeliner is jumping on the bandwagon of high street makeup brands creating gel eyeliners. They are meant to be highly pigmented and lasting. This is neither. The brush that comes with it looks like a cheap lip liner brush you get in £2 makeup palettes and the eyeliner itself is more of a dark grey than black. I haven't actually applied it to my eyes yet but left it for 10 minutes on my hand and it rubbed off after not even applying much pressure. It is a nice idea but I think they need to re think the formula.

Zoey xox

10 July 2011

Photo Dump 06

► I have had a week at home and no work. It has been strange but nice, time to actually do my nails properly and walk the dogs. I have driven 400 miles since friday and have another 100 tomorrow to move back to University for summer, in this torrential rain that has been no fun. I bought some false nails ages ago and they have just sat in doing nothing until I saw Gem Fatale's Tuesday Tip on Fake Nails. I used straws and cellotape instead of anything more fitting but they seemed to work okay to hold the nails in place while they dried. My sister wanted to know why they were all different but we will ignore that. The phone case is from Amazon but it seems to have vanished.

► We created our own pizza the other night using a trusty Jamie Oliver recipe. They went well though we made them a bit thick. I love having access to my parents cupboards, oh how I wish I had that much food in mine! My parents are currently in France so my sister has been in charge of the two greenhouses, two dogs, cat and chickens. So far one chicken has died and the cat vanished for 3 days only to be found crying in a hedge. 

► So tomorrow I move into halls for summer, I have been on a massive sorting mission but still have too much stuff. Instead of saving money I have been buying "storage neccesseties" like this lips shaped earring holder from Claire's. Priorities Zoey! They do however show my lovely Love Heart earrings made by my friend Kath / Lick-o-Wrist.

Zoey xox

09 July 2011

Eyes Lips Face

I have been meaning to place an ELF order for quite some time. The other week they had a 50% off few days so decided to take the plunge. Quite a few items I wanted were out of stock but still bought a fair few things.

Matte Eyeshadow in Baked Berry & Cream Eyeliner in Gunmetal

These are both from the 'Studio' range. The packaging is wonderful and the included brushes are also lovely. The eyeshadow is a bit messy when applying but this is helped by ensuring you shake all the excess of the brush. It makes a lovely base and has good staying power. Will be ordering more colours of this! The eyeliner   is a lovely metalltic silver, I was going to buy it in black but already have 100 different eyeliners including the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner. It goes on nice and smooth and again has good staying power. Am going to wear it for work tonight (after a week off!) and will see how it lasts behind the bar.

Duo Eyeshadow Cream in Sugar Cookie

This I was less impressed with. I love the colour combination but it doesn't seem to be highly pigmented, as the swatches below hopefully show. It just gives a hint of colour, it is nice on the eye and stays put when put over a primer or neutral eyeshadow but isn't for a dramatic eye look. I will persevere with this as I love the colours and it is so easy to apply!

Just realised my skin is completely different colours in these, it is not the lighting but my fake tanned arm vs. my pale hand!

I did have more photos of this but they seem to have got lost between phone / camera and laptop. They will turn up in a random photo one day. It is basically a white powder that aims to create a "soft focus" on the skin. It does create a lovely matte look when used to set foundation. My sister used too much and ended up with a ghost white face which isn't the aim. It is very messy to apply and is in a hefty tub so isn't for on the go touch ups. I wouldn't say it masks fine lines as it says on the website but it does create a lovely finish.

I often just buy my eyelashes from Body Care so £2-3 a pair. This set of two was £3, or £1.50 with the 50% off code. I've not yet worn them but as you can see from the picture the glue is showing so I don't have high hopes. I am one of those people who can never be arsed to complain, instead I will just try and pick the glue off and if that doesn't work just throw them away. 

Now it might have just been my current false nails but I literally couldn't get into this blush. It took me a while to work out it was a slide packaging. There is a vast difference between the packaging from the 'Studio' range  the normal basic ELF stuff. The blush its self has a nice shimmer and is highly pigmented. In fact the blush on my fingers was just from opening the packaging. I only bought this to see if my yellow based pale skin could handle a coral blusher. The answer? No. I'll stick to bright pinks. But for less than £2 who cares! I would look nicer when my skin has a tan so will just go in my blusher drawer.

I also bought a nail polish in 'chocolate', my sister described the colour as mud, which goes on nice and opaque after two coats and a Small Angled Brush which is perfect for filling in eyebrows - both shown in the top photo. I did purchase the Brightening Eye Liner in Gilded but when I tested it on the back of my hand it just scratched my skin so that's going no where near my eye. Shame as it is a lovely colour.

Will I be ordering again? Yes but I will stick to the Studio Range. I really want to try the Complexion Perfection and the Studio Blushes

Zoey xox 

Sorry for any obvious spelling mistakes in this, my computer is now convinced it is American every time I close a window so Spell Check is spelling everything with a "z". I've given up changing it back to British English every 10 minutes and might just throw the laptop out of the window.