Saturday, 23 February 2013

My Favourite Makeup products of all time

Since putting myself on a spending ban, I have actually really enjoyed using some make up products that I had been neglecting and I think my makeup philosophy is starting to change a little... I used to be the sort of person who wanted to try everything and have a big collection, but I've realised that what is more important is to do research and invest in products that work for me, taking into account my skin type, my colouring, and the quality of the products.
Another bad habit I have is that I tend to save some of my more expensive products for "special occasions", why do I do this? I very rarely use up these makeup products and I have decided that I am going to start using my high end products on a more regular basis and actually get my moneys worth out of them.

While shopping my collection I decided it would be fun to share some of my all time favourite products with you. Let's start with face products...

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Taking some me time

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The year is well and truly in full swing, I am three weeks back into work and am feeling a little overwhelmed! I am teaching Business Studies for the first time and although I am enjoying it, it is taking me a while to get my head around it and feel confident.
One of my New Years Resolutions was to work on my work/life balance and I don't think I've done this very well the last few weeks so it is time to prioritise! I have been thinking about the things I haven't been doing and am making sure I allocate some "Zoe" time,

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Up for a Challenge

I haven't been able to find a whole lot of time for blogging lately, but I have found myself really enjoying reading other people's blogs, and I have found so many of you giving yourselves little challenges. Between Rachi's clean eating, CC's 100 before 25 list, Rachel's investment closet and Vanisha's no make up challenge, it's safe to say I'm feeling inspired!

I didn't want to start out too crazy so I've had a think about some little things in my life/house that I need to organise and sort out and I decided that my skin care/make up should be first on my list! I really hate clutter in general but for some reason this doesn't seem to transition into my make up and skin care. Recently I have found myself doing a few clean outs and have really enjoyed the organised feeling afterwards. My downfall, however, is those sample sized/travel sized products that I somehow find myself believing I will use for a weekend away, but never do... A lot of these products came from a beauty box subscription which I cancelled well over 6 months ago, I was just not finding it useful and was constantly having to find new storage for all these products! After a big clean out of things that I don't like/were past their "best before"/didn't suit my skin type, I was a little embarrassed by how much I still had.

So my challenge to myself is a ban on buying any make up/cosmetic/skincare/haircare item, until all of these products are finished...

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Coconut Oil: Wonder Product

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At any one time there are two jars of coconut oil in my house, one in my kitchen and one in my bathroom. I absolutely love it and I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the things I use it for.
Let's start in the kitchen...
Unless you have been living under a rock I am sure you have heard of the Paleo craze, one of my friends husbands is an absolute convert and on a recent visit to their house was greeted with some delicious Paleo friendly banana bread. I asked for the recipe and my relationship with coconut oil began (let me know if you would be interested in the recipe and I will happily share it). I am not on any specific diet but I like that all these diet crazes come with fun new recipes because I do love experimenting in the kitchen and finding new and interesting ingredients, I now use coconut oil in a lot of cooking in place of butter and other oils, it is delicious!
Now for the bathroom...

Sunday, 3 February 2013

January Favourites 2013

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One month down! I can't believe it is February already, for me that means back to work and real life again, sigh... It's been a great break though, and I am feeling ready to go back to work feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! Let's hope it lasts...

I am excited to share with you some of my favourite beauty products from January, I just love reading favourites posts/watching videos so I hope you guys enjoy reading this.

Let's start with make up...

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Maybelline Fit Me concealer- This product has received rave reviews and for good reason, it is the best concealer I have ever used, and I have used a lot... It is smooth and does not sit in any fine lines, I use this on blemishes and any darkness under my eyes. I would highly recommend it.