Zoeva Brush Haul!

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Zoeva Brushes
Hello Lovelies,
I hope you are all good and that you've had a fab week! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will have seen that I was in Germany this week. I went to Berlin with 2 of my friends and we had an amazing time! It's a fantastic city with a great vibe, delicious food and lots of history so if you haven't been yet, I'd really recommend going! On our last day in Berlin we did a little bit of shopping and popped into Douglas, which is Germany's answer to Sephora. Obviously it would have been rude not to buy anything from Douglas, so after browsing the store for quite some time, I decided to treat myself to a couple of Zoeva make up brushes. I've had my eye on this brand for a while now, so you can imagine how excited I got when I spotted and entire stand of Zoeva make up brushes haha!
Zoeva Make Up Brushes Haul
As far as I am aware you can only buy Zoeva brushes online in the UK. After hearing just about every blogger and their dog rave about this brand over the last few months, I knew I needed to add a few of their make up brushes to my collection. Here's a little lowdown for you on the 4 brushes I picked up. Words can't describe how excited I am to start using them haha! I really hope they live up to the hype, and so far I can confirm that they all feel super soft and luxurious, which is great considering they come with a drugstore (ie inexpensive) price tag! All the brushes are made of synthetic hair and are cruelty free.
Zoeva 104 Buffer Brush
This is a rather large flat topped buffing brush which I think would be quite good for applying mineral powder foundation, but you could definitely use it to apply your liquid foundation as well. I'm not quite sure how I will be using this brush but I really liked the look of it which is why I decided to pick it up. 
Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush
I have heard so many great things about this brush! Ever since my beloved Real Techniques Buffing Brush died (RIP), I have been looking for a replacement, and I have high hopes that the Zoeva Silk Finish Brush will be it! I am planning to use this brush to apply my foundation. 
Zoeva 109 Luxe Face Paint Brush
This is the brush I am most excited about using because I have never owned or used a similar brush to it. The bristles of this brush are quite dense and I can imagine that you'll get quite a strong contour effect when using this brush.
Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer Brush
This brush reminds me a lot of the Real Techniques domed eyeshadow brush which I love. I will be using it to either blend my eyeshadow or to buff in my concealer under my eyes and around my nose. I don't know about you, but I love owning several brushes that do exactly the same thing. I guess I just like having options haha!
Zoeva brushes are available online at Love Make Up in the UK. Do you own any Zoeva brushes? Which ones are your favourites? 
Thank you for reading and until next time,
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Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection

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Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour CollectionHey Lovelies,
I hope you are all having a fab weekend! Not only have I not worked this weekend, but I am also off on holiday to Berlin tomorrow which I am super excited about! Before I go though I wanted to share with you the Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection which I recently purchased.
Laura Mercier's caviar sticks have been on my beauty wish list for a very long time, so when I came across the Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection in the store in which I work, I knew I had to pick it up. I think this set may be leftover stock from Christmas as I cannot find the collection anywhere online. Sorry guys, but hopefully they will bring out another collection like this next Christmas!Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour CollectionMy dilemma with the Laura Mercier Caviar sticks has always been which shades to buy, so I was excited to get my hands on a set that includes 6 different shades. My plan is to see how I get on with the caviar sticks and eventually purchase full size versions of the shades that I love the most.  
Laura Mercier's Caviar Sticks are very soft and creamy, amazingly pigmented and blend like a dream. They are the type of product that makes makes you look like you spent ages doing your eyeshadow, even when you didn't. Now that's exactly my kind of product haha! The application of these is pretty foolproof. Just swipe the shade of your choice across your lid and blend. You can combine them with powder eyeshadow, which is what I tend to do, or wear them on their own or blended together; it's up to you what you prefer! I have also found the caviar sticks to be very long wearing and what's better. they don't crease on my eyelids. The entire collection comes in a retractable pen format which means that there is no need to sharpen them. Now that I have finally got my hands on these I can see what all the hype surrounding them is about!
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection
Here's my lowdown on the 6 shades which I got in the Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection.  The colours are swatched from left to right on my arm.
Rosegold is a shimmery champagne colour that works great as an inner corner highlight.
Amethyst is a purple taupe colour with a pearl finish that I have worn as an all over lid colour to create a smokey eye.
Moonlight is a light bronze metallic colour. I've worn this shade along my lower lashline which looked really nice and brightened my eye without being too over the top.
Copper is absolutely gorgeous! I think I will be wearing this colour a lot in November and December, as that's when I tend to go for gold smokey eyes. I can imagine that this metallic golden colour would really make blue eyes pop and as it's warm toned, it would definitely compliment brown eyes as well.
Khaki is a rather interesting shade because it does not look too exciting when you swatch it, but once blended it turns into a beautiful golden brown green colour with a slight sheen to it.
Cocoa is a rich chocolate brown colour that I've used in my outer corner. I don't think I would wear this all over my eye lid as it is quite dark, but I will use it to add depth and definition when creating a smokey eye.
You can find the full size Laura Mercier caviar sticks at your local Laura Mercier counter and they retail for £20.00 each full size.
I am pretty pleased with this little purchase, and I will be taking these on holiday to Berlin with me as they are so versatile and easy to use!
Have you tried any of the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks? Which shade is your favourite?
Until next time,
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Borrow My Doggy - My Experience

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Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are all well and that you are having an amazing weekend! Isn't it nice that the weather is finally getting better and we are actually seeing some sunshine. Long may it continue! Today's post is going to be a bit of a chatty lifestyle post about a website called Borrow My Doggy which I joined last summer.
Anyone who knows me, or spends more than 5 minutes talking to me, will know how much I love dogs and how much I want a dog of my own. However  I work full time, and do not have anyone at home who can look after my dog for me whilst I am at work. Sad times indeed! Then last year I came across Borrow My Doggy. It's a bit like an online dating site, except rather than meeting potential (or not so potential) partners, you connect with local dog owners in your area that are looking for someone who can help them look after their dog. This can include anything from dog sitting (at their home or yours), dog walking or looking after their dog whilst they are away on holiday amongst other things.
If you are someone looking to borrow a dog, it costs £9.99 per year to join Borrow My Doggy. The annual fee if you own a dog is £44.99.
With nothing to really lose, but unsure of what to expect, I decided to give Borrow My Doggy a go. After I paid my fee and created my online profile, I was able to browse local dogs in my area. Once you find a potential match, you can message the owners and arrange a "Welcome Woof" to meet them and their dog. If all goes well and the owners as well as their dog like you, they may let you borrow their dog!
I have met 3 very different but all lovely dogs through Borrow My Doggy, so let me introduce them to you all!
My first ever doggy date was with Dennis, an 11 year old border collie. Dennis was one of the most clever and sweet dogs I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and he will always hold a very special place in my heart. When I met Dennis, his owners did advise me that he was very poorly, but I still agreed to hanging out with him and we had a few lovely walks in the park together. Then one morning I got the sad news that Dennis had to be put to sleep. Dennis was so lovely, when you'd ring on his owners door he would greet you then go off get his ball for you to play with him. (He was obsessed with balls!). When I'd throw his tennis ball in the park for him, he'd fetch it for me and drop it a couple of feet in front of me, then push it towards me with his nose. I can't even begin to explain how cute that was! It is safe to say that it is because of Dennis that I am obsessed with border collies now. It made me very sad when I found out he had died, and I will never forget him and the time I got to spend with him.
I also met Suki, a 9 year old saluki rescue from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home through Borrow My Doggy. I walk Suki quite regularly now and she lives just a few roads down from me. Suki is very gentle and friendly. Salukis are a type of greyhound which means they are super fast, but Suki's recall isn't great, which means I can't walk her off lead. She has one of those extending leads though which means she still has the freedom to walk around and explore. Suki's favourite past time when she is with me is to sniff EVERYTHING.  I'm sure if it was up to Suki, she would quite happily spend hours just sniffing a particular flower or leaf (or whatever else takes her fancy)! Suki's nemesis is most definitely the squirrel, and as soon as she spots one her ears prick up and she gets ready to chase. This means I have to hold on to her lead for dear life so she doesn't send me flying haha! Suki is rather beautiful and she always gets lots of compliments when we are out walking together.
Last but by no means least we have the lovely Poppy, an 8 year old Parsons Jack Russell terrier who I also walk quite regularly. Poppy is a lot of fun and has so much energy, which is probably quite typical of her breed. Similar to Dennis, Poppy loves playing with her ball. She gets so excited when we play fetch. She will also quite happily chase after sticks, but every time I find a stick and throw it for her, she, well, destroys it haha! I can also play tug of war with her and spin her around when she has a stick. That's so much fun! Poppy also loves her treats, and you can probably get her to do just about anything in exchange for a biscuit!
You do not get paid to walk dogs through Borrow My Doggy, and quite a few people have asked me why I would walk someone else's dog for free. Well the answer is very simple really: I enjoy spending time with dogs but I am not in a position where I can have a dog of my own. What's more, making doggy friends is lots of fun. I don't understand why anyone wouldn't want to spend time with a dog haha!
Borrow My Doggy work in partnership with the Dogs Trust, who are the UK's biggest dog welfare charity which I think is great! Click here if you would like to find out more about this partnership.
So as you can see, my Borrow My Doggy experience has been a great one, and I have made some lovely canine friends through it! If you love dogs and have a bit of a canine shaped hole in your life, or if you are a dog owner who is looking to find some 2 legged friends for their dog, I would really recommend joining!
I hope you've enjoyed this post and until next time,
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NOTD - NARS Thasos

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NARS Thasos Nail Polish
Hello Lovelies,
First of all let me wish you a very happy Easter! I hope the Easter bunny has been kind to you and that you get to eat lots and lots of chocolate today. Well, that's my plan anyway haha!
At the back end of last year, NARS kindly sent me a couple of nail polishes, and one of the colours I received was NARS Thasos*. 
NARS Thasos Nail Polish
I don't know about you, but in winter I prefer wearing greys, blacks and reds on my nails. When the weather gets warmer I reach for lighter colours and pastel shades. NARS Thasos* is exactly my kind of spring nail polish. It's a lovely mint green shade that will look amazing with a tan, although I do think paler ladies can pull of colours like this too. I love the formula of NARS Thasos* as it is quite thick without being gloopy. The brush is wide and flat, making it really easy to paint your entire nail in one stroke. You could even get away with one coat of this nail polish if you wanted to, but I prefer wearing 2.
NARS Thasos Nail Polish on nails
 One of my pet hates when it comes to nail polish is when it chips after a day or 2. NARS Thasos* dries quickly once applied and lasts about 4 days on my nails with a top coat, making it a winning nail polish for me!
What shades of nail polish do you like wearing during spring? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time,
 
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