Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Zoeva cocoa blend palette

This Cocoa Blend Zoeva eyeshadow palette has got to be one of the best palettes I have ever purchased and used. I know that this is a big statement to make as there are so many different palettes out there. However, it's a fact.

The quality of the eyeshadows are on point. They are individually beautiful and pigmented. Each creating it's own very special look. The eyeshadow is buttery and long lasting and there is hardly any fall out which is a true sign of a very good palette.

My favourite shades are Pure Ganache, Substitute for love, Freshly toasted, Sweeter End and Subtle Blend. All of which are the warmer shades within Cocoa Blend. I have used this numerous times and there is so much versatility with what looks you can create. It's just so much fun to play around with the colours. Soon I should be able to record some new makeup tutorials for you using this palette - I am just waiting for my dressing room to be finished.

My least favourite shades have got to be Delicate Acidity and Infusion. Both of these are darker more cool tone shades which isn't really what I like to wear. I prefer colours that compliment my skin tone rather than wash me out. I am sure that these would look wonderful on the right person , but unfortunately they are just not right for me.

Another key factor for me was the price of this palette. I spent £15.50 from which to me is actually a bargain. I know it's not your standard high-street price, however, it's very affordable.

The packaging reminds me of the Lorac Pro palette - cardboard - it's  very similar in width and length the only thing that's missing is the mirror. Which I think is a shame because I quite like having a mirror on my eyeshadows just in case I want to apply on the go or if I take it on holiday and there aren't any mirrors available (that have good lighting). The outer casing of the palette was a pain to work with. It comes in a sort of shell packaging which I pulled open because I couldn't get the palette out. It seemed as if the palette was too small for the cardboard case.

Perhaps I bought a faulty one - but I think this is something that Zoeva need to review. Overall, I think Cocoa Blend is beautiful. It's affordable and worth every penny. I would definitely recommend it.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

10 reasons to love December

This year has flown by... Why is it that we always seem to say those exact words when it comes to December. Yes, it does feel like 2015 has gone by quickly, but just think of all the things you have achieved this year. 

So much has changed in my life, and 2015 has so far been a wonderful year. I know not everyone has experienced the same and my heart goes out to those that have had a really tough year so far. To keep your spirits high and hopefully provide you with something to smile about, here are my 10 reasons to love December...
  1. CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN - as you all know I am a BIG fan of the festive season, it just means so much and it's not just about the materialist aspect - yes we all love presents, but it's so much more than that. It's about reflecting on what's important and appreciating those you share it with
  2. Birthdays... I have a few friends who celebrate their birthday in December, so it's all about making there day special
  3. Winter fashion - faux fur, hats, scarfs and gloves and that amazing winter coat 
  4. Winter Wonderland - London's finest winter festivities in one place (Christmas heaven with rides and food)
  5. Snow... well the potential of having snow! Building a snowman and having snowball fights! Some of my favourite memories were building snowmen with my niece... I miss those days
  6. Christmas shopping!!! Okay, this isn't always fun - however, the concept of giving to others is so wonderful
  7. Overload on Christmas films - Home Alone, It's a wonderful life, A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th street... just so many to choose from :)
  8. Gingerbread Latte at Costa Coffee... you make my month
  9. Warm ring doughnuts with toffee sauce! A Roxanne Special!!
  10. New Years Eve... celebrate the year to come with family and friends
What are you looking forward to this December?
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