My Very First Zoeva Haul

Hi loves, another haul post today! It seems like I have been shopping a lot but I promise I haven’t, I picked up a few pieces when I went to UMAE and as I promised, I thought I would share it with you all. Today it is my Zoeva haul, Zoeva is a brand I have been meaning to try out for a while now but I never really saw any of their products in person so I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to pick bits up or not. However when I went to UMAE, they were at the Love Makeup stand and I just couldn’t resist.

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I thought I would start off with the brushes I picked up, after all Zoeva are known for their brushes. I was really tempted to pick up their Rose Golden Complete Eye Set but I knew I wouldn’t use all the brushes so I behaved and resisted the temptation to take it to the checkout till! Instead picked up the following brushes: 110 Face Shape Brush, 142 Concealer Buffer and the 228 Luxe Crease. It was actually David Horne who introduced me to the Face Shape Brush, he used it whilst he applied his GlamBase Wheel (find my review here). I absolutely loved the ‘bounce’ of the brush and just how good it was at both applying and blending product. The Concealer Buffer brush reminded me so much of the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease brush which I use pretty much every day to blend my concealer. I’ve now been using the Zoeva version and I have to admit, I may just love it more! I picked the Luxe Crease brush as I have a thing for amazing blending brushes and this one is particular looked pretty special. I’ve used it a couple of times already and my initial observation was pretty good, I love how good this is for blending!

110 Face Shape Brush – £8.95
142 Concealer Brush – £7.95
228 Luxe Crease Brush – £6.95

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zoeva rock n roll bride

zoeva rock n roll bride

zoeva rock n roll bride

I had no idea Zoeva did makeup, did you?! It wasn’t till I saw it in person that I cottoned on, all this time I just assumed they were a brush company. Recently I have been looking for a creamy warm dark brown pencil liner as I love using that type of shade on my bottom lash line. I have some plain pencils but I wanted something with a little ‘oomph’ to it and the Zoeva Graphic Eyes Pencil in Rock ‘N’ Roll provided just that. The consistency and product itself reminded me a lot of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils, but just at a much cheaper price range. It sets quickly and doesn’t budge which is exactly what I need for a long day at the office. The colour itself is a dark brown with beautiful red and pink glitter which is such an unusual combination. It is a subtle sparkle and not too glittery, so it is very wearable. It is easy to smudge before it sets and is a great colour to add definition to my eyes without being as harsh as a black shade would be. It retails for £5.50 here and I would definitely recommend it.

I hope you liked my Zoeva haul, it wasn’t a huge one but I have to admit I have caught the Zoeva bug and am tempted to pick up one of the sets! For those of you who were in my shoes, unsure whether to take the plunge, I would recommend that you do as they really are good quality brushes at a very good price point. I am very happy to report that my very first Zoeva haul was a successful one! Speak to you soon, Tanzina x

My New Camera: Canon 70D

Hi loves, I’ve just made a bit of a splurge and wanted to share it with you all. It is a bit of a first look as I am yet to start using it, however I thought I would share it all regardless. I have decided to upgrade my camera and have picked up a new camera, the Canon 70D. I am really excited about this purchase as I’ve been using my old camera for just over 3 years now and thought I would like a change.

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I’ve really loved my old camera, it was/is the Canon 600D and although it was my first DSLR camera, it definitely was one of the best techy things to come into my life. It was so easy to use, it created some amazing pictures both for my blog and personal life and I do feel a bit sad to see it go. However the Canon 70D caught my eye and I just decided to take the plunge and pick it up. It does seem a little more ‘techy’ than the Canon 600D/700D, with more options –  but I think again it will become very easy to use once I have played around with it a bit more.

Canon 70D

Canon 70D

Canon 70D

It is pricey, it retail for around £767.00 here but when I first picked up my Canon 600D it was £600 and something so they definitely don’t come cheap. However if I paid a pound every time I used my camera, I would have more than doubled it’s worth months, if not years ago. I wouldn’t say you need a fancy camera to blog with, you can use your iPhone if you wanted to, but if you like taking pictures and want to invest in something I would highly recommend Canon cameras.

I can’t wait to start having a play with this camera, I think I will starting from today and if you would like me to report back just let me know. I personally love knowing what people use for their photography, what lighting and backgrounds so if you would like to know more about my set up let me know. Until next time, I shall speak to you soon. Tanzina

UMAE Makeup Haul

A few weeks back I visited UMAE (United Makeup Artist Expo) and of course during the visit I done some shopping. I wanted to do some in depth posts on what I picked up however I thought it would be good to do a quick overview of my UMAE Makeup Haul. Also since it was back in April, it is about time I wrote about it!

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I found my experience to be a little disappointing as so many stalls that I wanted at the event weren’t actually there, such as NYX and Guru Makeup Emporium. However after I complained about this on Twitter, UMAE contacted me and let me know that they have taken my feedback on board – which was actually quite refreshing as many companies attack you when you give negative feedback. They also let me know that another event was going on over in the States so a lot of vendors went there instead. Hopefully next year it will be better than ever, I have high hopes and will be going along. Now onto my UMAE haul:

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I spent the majority of my time at the Love Makeup stand and picked up most of my haul there. The first product I noticed was The House of Glamdolls GlamBase Wheel which is essentially a cream contour palette. As I was browsing, David Horne (owner of the brand) came over and asked if I would like him to try it on me. Once he did, I was hooked and picked up two, one for me and one for my best friend. These retail for £25 and you can find them here.

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Next I went over to the Zoeva brush section at Love Makeup. Reason being, David had used a really nice bouncy brush for blending the cream products into my skin and I just had to have it. I ended up picking up a few brushes from the brand and a pencil liner. The final lot of goodies I picked up were from MAC. Unfortunately this year the MAC stand was not there at UMAE and there was only a MAC Pro sign-up desk. However as I was determined to pick up some products from MAC I visited the MAC store at St Pancras station. I picked up a few lipsticks and lip liners which I will share with you all very soon.

That is all for my UMAE makeup haul, it is not as hefty as I was hoping it would be and although I was disappointed, my bank account rejoiced! I will bring you closer looks at the products I picked up soon, I promise! Tanzina x

Escentual Haul

Morning! I recently picked up a few products from Escentual so I thought I would share with you all today my little Escentual haul. I always keep an eye out on the Escentual website and their social media as they tend to have some really good offers going on so I like to make sure I don’t miss out on a good deal. A few weeks back they had a 1/3 off French Pharmacy skin care and this just happened to coincide with one of my Bioderma Sensibio Light cream running low so I went over to the site to stock up.

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I didn’t go too crazy as I know what I am like with skin care. I stock a lot of products up and then keep using my favourites over and over again meaning the rest of my stash gets neglected. Right now I am going through a process of using cleansing products up as I have amassed way too many cleansers for one person. Bearing this in mind, I had to restrain myself from going overboard so I ended up restricting myself to a £30 budget of which I only went over a tiny little bit. A tiny bit is forgivable in my books.

Escentual Haul

Escentual Haul

Firstly I went over to the Bioderma section to pick up my favourite day time moisturiser. I’ve been using the Bioderma Sensibio Light Soothing Cream a lot over the last year as I find it to be the perfect day cream for me as it is light and non-greasy and sits well under my makeup. I spoke about it here. I picked up two tubes as I do use it daily so I go through it quicker than any other moisturiser. I picked it up for £9.66 when it is usually £14.50. You can find it here.

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Next I picked the Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel as I was started to run a little low on mine. Again I spoke about this product here. I find with this a little does go a long way and it has lasted me really well even though it is only 15ml. I picked this up for £9.46, it usually retails for £14.20. You can find it here.

Escentual Haul

Escentual Haul

Finally I got my hands on my very first Nuxe product. I have heard great things about Nuxe but as I have way too much skincare in my collection, I haven’t really branched out to trialling any products from the range. I had heard great things about the Nuxe Reve de Miel so when I saw it on the Escentual in limited edition packaging I knew I had to pick it up. It is more on the pricier side for lip balms, retailing for £9.50, however when I picked it up it was a more affordable price of £6.33. So far I have only used this a couple of times but so far I find it really moisturising, non greasy yet I can still feel it on my lips hours later. I have high hopes for this product and hopefully will share my thoughts with you all on it soon. You can pick it up here.

I still am keeping my eye on the Escentual website, but I think this will keep my splurging habit in check for a few more weeks! Overall I ended up spending £35.11 which is pretty good I think. I think I’ve picked up enough skin care bits to satisfy that craving but I am on the lookout for a good exfoliator. I have my eyes on the Clarins Gentle Refining Exfoliation Cream and the Pixi Glow Tonic also perks my interest. What is on your skincare wish list? I hope you liked a little peek in my shopping bag, speak soon! Tanzina x

My Urban Decay Haul

 

Hi loves, I have recently ben vey very good when it comes to splurging and shopping beauty products, I have actually been restrained for once and not been tempted by every shiny new thing that comes up. However a £30 Debenhams gift card was burning a hole in my pocket and I just had to spend it. The only think that irks me is that I spent it before the 15% Debenhams beauty discount! How annoying, however that feeling always fades when I look at my pretty purchases. This was an Urban Decay only kinda haul.

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urban decay haul

 

Let’s be honest, £30 doesn’t really get you too far in Urban Decay world, and as I didn’t want to spend too much on top of the gift card so I decided to only opt for two products that were on my must have list. Firstly I needed to pick up UD Primer Potion in Eden. I’ve been meaning to pick this up for a while, the product has a nude base which helps bright colour show up even better than they do on the original Primer Potion. I’ve been using this product quite a bit recently for the majority of my looks, the only time I reach for the original is when I am doing more ‘naked’ look where I don’t want a base that doesn’t blend invisibly, and also if I am creating a smokey look as then I use a black base (like gel eyeliner). I have to say it is pretty satisfying when you tick a product off your ‘must buy’ list, and you are pretty pleased with yourself for choosing it. I picked it up here for £16.00

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My next purchase I really did not need in the slightest, but I think I’ve accepted the fact that more often than not I end up purchasing things I think I ‘need’ but really it is a simple case of just greedy ‘wanting’. I introduce you to the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette, a palette I knew I was going to buy the minute I found out it was being released. Yes I ooh-ed and umm-ed about whether I need it, will I even use it, but at the end of the day if I was being honest with myself I was going to get it regardless. I went through the same process with the other two Vice palettes so this time I gave into it quicker than I did with the previous two. Do I even use the previous two palettes? Rarely. Did that deter me from purchasing this one? Don’t be silly. However that aside, I am really happy with it, and think this could be my favourite of the three. I haven’t actually done anything with this other than swatch it so I can’t be 100% sure but this one does seem like it would be more suited to me. It has matte nudes which is always a plus for me and I was happy to see the warm gold and berry tones in this palette also. As with all Vice palettes it comes with a massive mirror on the lid, and this one also came with a handy dust/makeup bag. Initially I thought the bag would fit my iPad but alas, it didn’t! Debenhams don’t seem to stock this anymore, however Urban Decay still do with free P&P. You can pick it up here for £42.00

I thought I would also share some swatches with you all, as I always like seeing how colours translate on people’s skin tones. I tried adding in the actually shade from the palette next to the swatch so you can get a better idea of how the colour shows up. I hope that helps!

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I feel like I haven’t done a proper swatch post in a while (expect from the recent Anastasia Amrezy palette one) and it felt rather good creating one, feels like the old blogging days where it was all about swatches. It’s crazy how everything has evolved from when I first started blogging, hey it was one of my ‘goals’ to blog from an Apple Mac book and I am finally doing it. Over the next year I do want to evolve the blog further, make it prettier and more ‘grown up’ but we shall see. My plans don’t always follow their intended path. Thank you for taking time out to read my blog post, and if you get the chance remember to follow me on Bloglovin’ by clicking the button below! Love, Tanzina x