My Candle Collection

I have always loved candles. There is something so relaxing about striking a match or turning the wheel of a lighter and putting the flame to a wick, then filling your space with a warm, ambient glow and beautiful fragrance. I used to be one of those people who bought $3 candles from the dollar store and collect millions of them, but I have come to understand the scents I truly love and now stick to buying a select few good quality candles. I hope you enjoy my collection as much as I have enjoyed collecting it!

Sweet, Vanilla Scents
-Merry Cookie (Bath & Bodyworks)
-Vanilla Bean (Bath & Bodyworks)
-Vanilla Snowflake (Bath & Bodyworks)
-Warm Apple Pie – Mini (Bath & Bodyworks)
Merry Cookie – Mini (Bath & Bodyworks)

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Floral Scents
-Honolulu (Dusk) – Franjipani Scented
-Fresh Cut Lilac (Bath & Bodyworks)

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Fresh Scents
-Light My Fire (Typo)
-Dusk Candle (unnamed, smells exactly like the Typo one)
-Relaxation (Dusk)

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Musky Scents
-Manhattan – Little Black Dress (Glasshouse)

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I keep all my candles in my bedside table shelf, so they don’t get too hot.

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What’s your favourite candle scent?

Check out my recent posts; September Favourites & October Bullet Journal

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My Candle Collection

My Sunglasses Collection

My mum always makes fun of me for having too many pairs of sunglasses. And, as mums usually are, she’s beyond right. I have a bit of an addiction to sunglasses, and so I thought I’d take the time to show you my pairs! I had quite a few comments on my June Favourites post about my Quay and LeSpecs sunglasses, so I thought it was only right for you to see the rest of my collection!

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Bottom to Top – Quay, Cotton On, Quay, Le Specs, Dangerfield, Dangerfield, Cotton On, Quay, Forever 21

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These are my more expensive sunglasses (LeSpecs, Quay & Dangerfield), and definitely my most worn. I love these so much, I have a pair for every outfit.

You may have noticed I left off a pair of my Quay sunglasses, and that’s because I’m trying to sell them! If you’d like to be the owner, check them out here 🙂

You can’t really see how nice the sunnies are unless you try them on, so I wanted to show you what they look like on me! Just keep in mind I have a very small face, so they probably won’t drown you guys as much as they drown me haha

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What are your fave pair of my sunnies? I think the blue Quay ones are mine!

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My Sunglasses Collection

Work Makeup Routine

I get up reasonably early for work, so I have needed to streamline my makeup routine. I can’t sit around, playing with eyeshadows and deciding whether I should wear blush (note to self: ALWAYS wear blush, you want to look alive), so I’ve come up with a fast and easy routine that makes me look fresh and put together, but without being too much for a 9 hour work day in front of a computer (sometimes longer)

One of my top tips is to have it all packed the night before so it’s ready to go in the morning. I switch around the products I use a few times a week, depending on the day, what I’m wearing etc, but will always have an entire face of makeup in my makeup bag for me to use in the morning. I’m telling you – this is a LIFESAVER.

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I start with a clear primer, I’ve been using the ELF Acne fighting primer for a while now and it’s really good. Whatever you choose has to depend on your skin though, and how long you plan to wear the makeup for. My skin holds onto makeup reasonably well, so I can get away with a primer like this.

I then colour correct with NYX Colour Corrector, then use a beauty blender to buff no more than 4 half drops of NYX Total Control foundation on my face. I like to use concealer more than foundation, so I’ll then go under my eyes with something like the Smashbox BB concealer, and then around my nose and on discolourations with Essence Camouflage Concealer.

Cream products last longer, so I take the Be A Bombshell cream blush stick in Southern Belle on my cheeks, then set it all down with ELF HD Setting Powder (ELF needs to sponsor me real bad). Of course, you can always set your face with a setting spray to make it last longer, but I find for a regular day I’m okay with just powder.

To warm up my skin a bit, I use a bronzer like Hoola by Benefit, then highlight my high points with Smashbox Spotlight Highlighting Palette in Turn it On.

To define my face, I’ll run a bit of ABH Brow Wiz through my brows, then tightline my eyes with Chi Chi Eyeliner in Bronze Ambition. For long days, I’ll use a liquid eyeliner and so a small flick – my favorite for this is Kat Von D Tattoo Lockit Liner. I’ll top off with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

I rarely wear lipstick to work as it just comes off, and liquid lipstick is too uncomfortable for the day to day. I’ll run a bit of lip liner around my lips (Rimmel make a great nude one) and just apply lip balm.

This takes me about 5 minutes total and I’m good to go!

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10-Minute Drugstore Makeup for Valentine’s Day

I’m not a huge believer in Valentine’s Day, but I’l take every opportunity I can to doll myself up! This year, for Valentines I am going for lunch with my best friend, and that’s about it. Still – I thought a very fast and easy makeup look would be perfect for getting into the spirit if you’re that way inclined! Enjoy xx

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Products Used:

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Elf Tone Correcting Powder
BH Cosmetics Eyebrow Pencil
Tanya Burr Rosy Glow Cheek Palette
NYX Blush in Taupe (for contour)
Colourpop Gel Liner in Swerve
Chi Chi 3D Magic Lash Mascara (forgot to include in this pic – whoops)
NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in 11

Although a lot of people go for a cute, shimmery look for Valentine’s, I thought ‘fuck it’ and decided to rock a red lip. I’d definitely go for a liquid lipstick, as they last through eating, drinking and kissing. I chose such a simple look because I really believe a classic winged liner and red lip with flawless skin looks good on everyone, is easy to achieve and is effortlessly in the spirit. I’d also go for a gel liner like I did for precision and staying power (this stuff won’t come off no matter what you do on V-Day night – wink wink).

Don’t forget to contour your nose a little and use some concealer and a flat brush to clean up your lip line and eyeliner.

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Hope this gave you some inspiration!

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10-Minute Drugstore Makeup for Valentine’s Day

My Makeup Collection – Lips

In case you haven’t been following this series, I’m doing my makeup collection, category by category. I thought this would be a great way for you all to see how I store my makeup in a small space, on a budget. This is the final one!

If you haven’t read my others, check out my face products,blushes,bronzershighlighterseyelinersmascaraseyeshadows andpalettes and eyebrow products, and lipsticks posts.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little series! Let me know what you thought of it and if you have any requests for future blog posts 🙂

~MY MAKEUP COLLECTION: PART ELEVEN~

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To be completely honest with you, I have no idea why I have so many lip products… If you’ve read my lipsticks post, you’ll know these aren’t all I have! On a day-to-day basis, I go with a lip balm, and when I go out, I stick to a basic nude. Why I own SO MANY lip products is completely beyond me!

Lipglosses

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Left to Right

Chi Chi Lipgloss (from set, it’s a beige nude colour)
NYX Diamond Sparkle Gloss ‘Copper Sparkle’
Model’s Prefer Lipgloss ‘clearly addictive’
Tanya Burr Lipgloss ‘Daydream’
Tanya Burr Lipgloss ‘Sparkling Dewdrops’
The Body Shop Hi-Shine Lip Treatment
Be A Bombshell ‘Saucy’
Gerard Cosmetics ‘Shimmer of Hope’
Elf Hypershine Gloss ‘Bubblegum’

Chubby Sticks/Lip Crayons

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Top – Bottom

Colette lip crayon ‘nude’
boe beauty jumbo wind up lips
Designer Brands Chubby lipstick crayon  ‘Kiss and Tell Red’
Maybelline Colour Drama ‘Fuchsia Desire’

Liquid Lipsticks

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Left – Right

Lancome ‘172’
L’Oreal ‘102 Romy’
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream ‘Tokyo’

Lipliners

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Top – Bottom

Chanel Precision Lip Definer ‘Rouge’
Essence lipliner ‘Red Blush’
Essence lipliner ‘In the Nude’

I’ve really, really enjoyed doing this series and I hope you have enjoyed reading it!

Love you all,

Zoe x

 

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My Makeup Collection – Lipsticks

In case you haven’t been following this series, I’m doing my makeup collection, category by category. I thought this would be a great way for you all to see how I store my makeup in a small space, on a budget.

If you haven’t read my others, check out my face products,blushes,bronzershighlighterseyelinersmascaraseyeshadows and palettes and eyebrow products posts. Next up, I’ll be going through my lipsticks and, to finish off, other lip products.

Hope you’re enjoying!

~MY MAKEUP COLLECTION: PART TEN~

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Nudes

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  1. Colourpop ‘BFF’
  2. Maybelline ColourSensational ‘602 Beige Rose’
  3. Natio Lip Glow ‘No. 3’
  4. Essence ‘No 1 Wearing Only A Smile’
  5. Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick ’42’
  6. Models Prefer ‘Forbidden Kiss’
  7. Topshop ‘Fawn’
  8. Mac Cremesheen Lipstick ‘Pure Zen’

As you can see, I wear a lot of nude lipsticks! I have very fair skin, so finding a good one is super rare. My faves are Mac Pure Zen, Topshop Fawn and Rimmel Kate Moss 42.

Pinks

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  1. Savvy ‘Rose Dew’
  2. Unknown from kit
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  4. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick ‘430 SoftSilver Rose’
  5. ColourPop ‘Trixie’
  6. Gerard Cosmetics ‘Tequila Sunrise’
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I don’t know how I inherited so many pinks, as I don’t really wear them? My fave bright pink is Trixie by ColouPop and my favr coral is Tequila Sunrise from Gerard Cosmetics.

Reds

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Left – Teeez Cosmetics ‘Rebellious Red’
Right – Revlon Lipstick ‘085 Ruby’

You’d think I’d have many more reds… but truth is, as soon as I got the teeez one in a subscription box, I’ve never looked back. It’s my ultimate red lipstick, and I love it to pieces.

Others

I actually have an entire host of different lipsticks in my BH Cosmetics Palette, from nudes, pinks, oranges and burgundys! I mentioned this in my palettes post 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed! Next up, the final frontier – other lip products.

Love you all,

Zoe x

 

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My Makeup Collection – Lipsticks

My Makeup Collection – Eyebrow Products

In case you haven’t been following this series, I’m doing my makeup collection, category by category. I thought this would be a great way for you all to see how I store my makeup in a small space, on a budget.

If you haven’t read my others, check out my face products,blushes,bronzershighlighterseyelinersmascaraseyeshadows and palettes posts. Next up, I’ll be going through my lipsticks and, to finish off, other lip products.

Hope you’re enjoying!

~MY MAKEUP COLLECTION: PART NINE~

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I have dark, fairly full eyebrows that barely need to be filled in, so my eyebrow products are rather limited and all drugstore.

Pencils

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BH Cosmetics HD Brow Pencil in Ebony – my holy grail eyebrow product!
Savvy Eyeliner in eyebrow brown

Powder

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This is my second favourite product: Essence eyebrow duo. Super pigmented and easy to blend out.

Poumade

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NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso – this is a total dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow or the Mac Fluidline, and I really like it for a full-out eyebrow look.

Setting

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Natio Brow Set – to be honest, most of the time I use a bit of hairspray on a spooly to set my brows in place, but I also love this product when I want a bit of colour. It throws more purple which actually looks more natural in my opinion.

Hope you enjoyed! Next up – eyebrow products.

Love you all,

Zoe x

 

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My Makeup Collection – Eyebrow Products