Beauty: Zoeva Rose Golden Vol. 2 Luxury Brush Set

Are these not the most beautiful make-up brushes you have ever seen? I am in so much love. I have been eyeing up this set from Zoeva for some time and last weekend I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself. I've heard lots of good things about Zoeva brushes so thought it was a worthy investment - and worth the money just for how gorgeous they look on my dressing table!

I bought the set for £56.95 from Beauty Bay. As an aside, I was so impressed with Beauty Bay - their website is so easy to use, delivery was free and super quick and I even got a free gift as I had spent over £50.

But back to the brushes. This is their Rose Golden Vol. 2 Luxury Brush Set which contains 8 luxury face and eye brushes - they all come in a gorgeous rose gold bag too. The brushes included are;

♥ 104 Buffer Brush 
♥ 109 Luxe Face Paint Brush 
♥ 126 Luxe Cheek Finish Brush 
♥ 228 Crease Brush 
♥ 226 Smudger Brush 
♥ 234 Luxe Smoky Shader Brush
♥ 317 Wing Liner Brush
♥ 322 Brow Line Brush

It's a great selection of brushes and ones I'll be using most days so I'm really pleased. Have you tried Zoeva brushes before?


Beauty: Too Faced Happily Ever Lasting Lips & Cheek Duo

I received this Too Faced Happily Ever Lasting Lips & Cheek Duo* in a package from the lovely people at Debenhams and wanted to share as I really rate it. Strangely, I can't find it to purchase anywhere online but you can buy the products separately. 

I like Too Faced but I've never found a product which has wow-ed me. I really like their Shadow Insurance but have tried a few of their eyeshadows and haven't been overly impressed - this was a few years back though so I imagine the formulation has changed since then as I have heard good things recently.

So onto the products - this is a cute little gift set which comes with the Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Nude and the Too Faced Love Flush long-lasting blush in Love Hangover. The blush comes in cute heart packaging and looking at the individual product online I think there should be a mirror in the compact so may be missing from mine. This is a really pigmented blush which claims to last on your skin for hours and Love Hangover is a gorgeous pink shade. 

The real winner for me however is the Melted Lipstick - this is a liquified long wear lipstick and oh, it is just divine and now I want to buy every shade that they have!  I've tried liquid lipsticks before and have found them effective but really drying- this however feels really light and moisturising on my lips. It applies very glossy and quickly dries to a light finish, but still keeps the glossy look. It also lasts for ages. LOVE.

The lipstick costs £17.10 (RRP £19) and the blush costs £22.50 (RRP £25) from Debenhams.


Life: 10 Things to do in London in Winter

1. The department stores are well worth a visit in Winter (well, any time really but in Winter they come into their own because of the Christmas sparkle). Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty are the three biggies in London - I love just walking around them and looking at all of the beautiful products. Make sure to visit their Christmas floors too!

2. Watch a TV show being recorded - best of all, this is free! Register to SRO Audiences and Applause Store and see which shows tickle your fancy. You basically request tickets for various dates and if you're lucky you'll be sent an email with the free tickets. My favourite to go and see is the Graham Norton Show (he's such a natural presenter/interview so it's amazing to watch) and Jonathan Ross Show is meant to be great too.

3. Watch a film at the Pillow Cinema. This sounds amazing- you sit on huge beanbags and get give blankets to snuggle with. I need to give it a go soon- although fear I may fall asleep! Book tickets here.

4. Go for food in Duck & Waffle. There are so many great places to eat in London but Duck & Waffle is a special one. Set on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, the views are amazing and the food is brilliant. I recommend the brunch!

5.  Pay the chocolate shop, Choccywoccydoodah a visit- if you haven't heard of them and their amazing creations before have a quick google as they are such a talented bunch- they even have a TV show too (my Auntie works there so I am little biased!). Their shop always looks incredible and they always go all out with their displays over Christmas. Great for Christmas presents too!

6. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland - this is the biggest festive festival in London and it is filled with stalls, good food, rides, lots of mulled wine, a circus show and even an ice rink. It can get packed so I'd recommend visiting on a week night rather than a weekend!

7. Have a wonderful wintery walk in one of the big parks- I love Regents Park or Green Park but there are so many too choose from. Get wrapped up warm, grab a hot chocolate and enjoy experiencing a park in the colder months.

8. Try one of the new flavours of hot chocolates that hit the coffee shops in Winter. My favourite is the Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Costa are doing a Caramel Fudge Hot Chocolate this year which sounds incredible!

9. Visit Borough Market and marvel at the seasonal food that they bring in. You can stock up on Christmas presents with their huge offering of festive jams and chutneys. The full market is open all day Wednesday-Saturday.

10. Go to the Geffrye Museum which is a Museum of the Home - you basically walk through eleven period rooms from 1630 to today. From the 24th November - 3rd January they decorate every room as how it looked at Christmas time so is really interesting to see!


Beauty: The Ingredients for a Perfect Pamper Night

I am a huge fan of a pamper night. I regularly make time for them and I love having a whole evening with no plans where I can spend hours in the bath and apply all of the face masks! Here are 5 of my key ingredients for the perfect pamper night - with a big thanks to Debenhams for giving me the PJs and lots of treats to give me the best evening.

1) A great pair of Pyjamas

Key for a pamper night is getting straight into your Pjs when you get home I am in so much love with these from Ted Baker. I am terrible with my pyjamas - I would love to be one of those people who wears flimsy nighties and silk vests but I just get too cold and want to wear big t-shirts and cosy PJ bottoms to bed. I know what you're thinking, my boyfriend is a lucky man. These Ted Baker Navy Jersey Lace Pyjamas* are perfect as they are gorgeous and have such beautiful detail, but they're also really warm and feel super comfy to wear as they are a jersey material. The top is £16.65 here and the bottoms are £20.25 here. You can also get the top in a long sleeve.

2) A big bubbly bath

This is definitely my favourite thing about an evening of treating myself. A big bath full of bubbles. I am such a bath person and they always make me feel relaxed. I especially love them in winter when you have been cold all day and jump into the hot water. Bliss! I probably shouldn't but I always end up watching YouTube videos on my iPad whilst I'm having a soak - a risky game I know. I used the Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit bath creme* which made the room smell divine and also came in a gold glittery cracker which made me very happy.

3. A face mask

The third ingredient has to be a face mask. Most of the time I like to apply one before I have a bath as the steam from the hot water is great for opening your pores and making the mask work even more effectively. I adore this set from Origins* and it would make such a perfect Christmas present- it contains four mini sizes of their most popular offerings- the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, Drink-up Intensive, Mask Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask and the GinZing Refreshing Face Mask. I tried the Charcoal Mask during my pamper evening and have been really impressed- it's left my skin feeling so clear!

4. A great candle, or ten...

We are well and truly into candle season and I am lighting one every evening to give our house a cosy feel. I am rather excited about all of the new Winter candles that are coming out and have just placed a Bath & Body Works order with my friend who is in Florida this week. This Yankee Candle in Snow in Love* is a gorgeous winter-y scent and perfect for a relaxed night in.

5. A hot chocolate

A pamper night wouldn't be complete without a hot chocolate. During the colder months I tend to have a hot chocolate every evening (whoopsie) but when I am treating myself I'll go all out and make it with whipped cream and marshmallows. This Whittard Salted Caramel hot chocolate* is actually incredible and rivals the Starbucks Salted Caramel hot choc! 

What are the ingredients for your perfect pamper night?


Beauty: Recent Nude Lipstick Buys

I'm having a bit of a nude lipstick moment. Last week I had twenty minutes to kill in Waterloo Station so decided to have a mooch in Boots and ended up being sucked into their 3 for 2 offer and buying three new lipsticks. Whoops!

L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick - Naomi's Delicate Rose 

I love the L'Oreal Color Riche lipsticks and this one is from their Collection Exclusive Pinks range which are custom made velvet matte lipsticks. As you can tell, each lipstick is named after one of their L'Oreal ambassadors. This is my favourite out of the three lipsticks as it has such a pretty pink colour, feels very moisturising and also smells exactly like love hearts! £6.99 from Boots.

Maybelline Color Drama Lipstick - Minimalist 140

I've heard good things about the Color Drama lipsticks from Maybelline recently as they are often compared to the Nars Velvet Matte lip pencils. Described as an intense velvet lip pencil, it is really easy to apply and leaves a gorgeous finish. The only negative is that it does feel quite drying. £4.99 from Boots.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick - Nude Pink 206

Rimmel's Lasting Finish lipsticks give intense long lasting colour and have a smooth creamy texture so that you can wear it all day. This is probably my least favourite of the three because it has quite a 'shiny' look but I actually love it in this photo and it feels so moisturising. Also smells lovely and sweet. £4.99 from Boots.

Have you found any great nude lipsticks recently?


Life: 10 things you didn't know about me

1. My day job is working for a charity in their corporate fundraising team. I absolutely love it and working for a good cause makes me so happy.

2. I am a very positive person.

3. ...but can also be extremely stubborn.

4. My parents have a 5 year old Golden Retriever called Charlie and a 7 month old Cockapoo called Betsy. I love them ridiculous amounts. Charlie is a gentle giant and is scared of hoovers and plugs, whereas Betsy is a little diva and fears nothing!

5. I have been lucky enough to see lots of Europe through holidays and going inter-railing for a month back in 2008. Italy is my favourite European country. 

6. I love the look of Fireworks but they make me quite nervous and I hate the really loud ones! I have to watch them and cover my ears.

7. I grew up in a lovely place called Haslemere in Surrey, but my parents moved a couple of years ago to Lincolnshire to live in a beautiful converted barn, enjoy a different way of life and to be closer to family who live in Yorkshire. It took me a while to get used to the idea of Haslemere not being where our family home was but I learnt quickly that your home is where your family is, and change is a very good thing. 

8. I have been to Florida six times and it will our seventh when we go next April! It's my favourite holiday destination in the world and I'd love to buy a villa out there.

9. Pasta is my all time favourite food.

10. I have a really close family. We have a Facebook group message which we use every day and when we are together we have so many laughs.


Film: My Favourite Film Scenes

I thought I'd do a little bit of a different post today sharing my favourite film scenes. Last Friday I had a quiet night in and it was wonderful - I got sushi takeway and watched The Notebook before going to bed super early - I'm always so tired on a Friday! But I digress, it was so nice to sit down and watch a film and it got me thinking about my favourite film scenes. There are a few spoilers so maybe don't read if you don't want to hear any of them! So here they are, in no particular order...

The Notebook - 'If you're a bird...'

There are so many scenes in The Notebook that I could put in this list as it's just the most incredible film. In case you hadn't guessed, it's one of my all-time favourite movies. I cried my eyes out on Friday! The scene people usually cite as their favourite is the famous 'It wasn't over, it still isn't over...' but I love 'If you're a bird...' just because the way Noah looks at her the whole way through the scene is so beautiful - he loves her so so much! Another close one would be when Ali gets out of the car after choosing Noah over her fiance, and just shrugs before running over to him. OH I JUST LOVE THE NOTEBOOK. Watch the full scene here.

Romeo and Juliet - Fish Tank Scene

I adore the Baz Luhrmann version of Romeo & Juliet. I had a huge poster of the film cover in my room when I was younger. It's so well done and obviously Leonardo Di Caprio makes the most perfect Romeo. I love the Fish Tank scene and the whole section when they have just met- the music (Des'ree- I'm Kissing You) adds so much to it and makes it so romantic and the whole scene just reminds of when you first like someone and it's all exciting and you just want to be together. Ahh romance. Watch the full scene here.

Gladiator - The Death of Maximus

Gladiator has a special place in my heart. It's Chris' favourite film and he introduced me to it years ago. We have watched it so much, and also went to see it at the Royal Albert Hall with the live Philharmonic Orchestra which was the most incredible thing I've ever seen- it's actually back next year and we've booked to see it again! The music in the final scene is beautiful and it's so emotional that he's going to be back with his family again. Watch the full scene here.

Love Actually - 'To me, you are perfect'

I think Love Actually will be the next film watched in my house, especially as we're approaching December. It's such a great Richard Curtis film and I love the different stories- I know that some say there are too many different things to follow but I think it works well. This scene is a classic and I remember watching it aged 16 and wanting so badly for someone to do this for me! Totally fancy Andrew Lincoln too. Watch the full scene here.

Beetlejuice - Day-Oh!

This is more of a random one but I think this scene is brilliant! We used to watch Beetlejuice a lot when I was little and if you haven't seen it, it's well worth a watch. It's a Tim Burton film and has some great people in it - Winona Ryder, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton to name a few. The songs are brilliant too and this makes the 'table scene'. Watch the full scene here.

What are your favourite film scenes? Any of the above?

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