Posted on: Saturday, 25 March 2017

Copenhagen Lookbook



Hi all! I haven't done a lookbook in a while, so whilst I was out in Copenhagen for a few days we filmed one. I hope you enjoy :).

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Posted on: Thursday, 23 March 2017

WHERE TO EAT IN LONDON #3: HOTEL CHOCOLAT & BURGER AND LOBSTER




Hello, bonjour, hola. Today I'm coming at ya with a London foodie inspired post where I ramble a little bit about my favourite places to go to in L-town. 

Let's dive straight in and talk about Burger & Lobster.

We went to the Holborn branch for my husband's 30th birthday and had a cracking time. We both went big and indulged in the burger and lobster combo. It was fairy pricey at £32, but it was sooo good and oh so worth it! They do have lighter options too, where you can choose between a lobster or burger dish if you're not mega hungry. 

Also, I can't believe I had gone twenty seven years of my life without trying lobster. I've been missing out!
I had mine grilled and it was cooked to perfection, and it came with the most incredible sauce. Mhmmm.

So yes, if you're in central L-town, I would highly recommend popping in. If you have a large group then I would recommend booking in advance. You can click here to see all locations.




If you live in London or are planning to visit for the day, you must check out Hotel Chocolat's cafe on Monmouth Street. They do the best hot chocolates - you can choose from chilli, milk, dark and white! Just look at that mouthwatering whipped cream in the snap above... Seriously what dreams are made of...

(Joe's face says it all!)

I opted for the milk option and I can honestly say that was one of the BEST hot chocolate's I've ever had in my life. Joe went for chilli and he said it was amazing too.

Just a little heads up, there aren't many tables inside. There are only four small round tables, but most people take there's away or people tend to stay for ten minutes and leave. So if you hang about for a few extra minutes, you will definitely get a spot.

If you enjoyed this little read, you may also like my last where to eat in London post, focusing on Dishoom and Workshop Coffee.  And my first feature on London Grind and Honest Burger.

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Posted on: Saturday, 11 March 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Collection



I've been meaning to film this for ages, so a few weeks ago I pulled out my tripod, lighting gear and camera and filmed my Charlotte Tlbury Lipstick Collection. Be warned it's quite poser-ish, but these types of videos always tend to be. It's always a little cringe when you're editing it and like, oh god... did I really pull that face, ha! Any who I hope you enjoy seeing what I have in my collection.

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Posted on: Thursday, 9 March 2017

An Honest Review of Kat Von D's 'Tattoo Liner' Liquid Eyeliner


I was SO excited when Kat Von D's make-up range launched in Debenhams, London last year. I've tried some of her lip products before and loved them. So I was really keen to try the 'Tattoo Liner' that everybody raves about. So, er, yes it was one of those "the internet made me buy it" moments, oops. What can I say? I'm easily influenced.

So what's so special about this eyeliner?  It's said to be a superfine flexible brush tip for fluid, effortless and precise application. It's paraben-free, highly pigmented and waterproof. It also features a non-fraying brush tip.

I like it, but I don't love it, and I know this is a holy grail product for a lot of people, but I don't get the hype. It's not the crème de la crème of eyeliners, but perhaps that's because I prefer gel formulas, such as the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eyeliner.

However, what I do like about it is how 'jet black' it is and how easy it is to apply. It would be perfect for someone who wants to create the classic cat eye flick, but can never quite master it, as it will give you that precision and is really easy to hold. It feels like your holding a felt tip pen!

But for me, there are far too many downsides. I have noticed that after using it everyday for a few weeks, the ink has faded and it has dried out a little bit - when it goes like this, it's quite tricky to apply as it goes clumpy.
As well as this, I have noticed that if I put my liner on in the morning it is perfectly jet black, but by the evening it fades a lot and looks like a dark grey shade, which isn't ideal!
Another problem that I had with it was it has a tendency to smudge, and for someone who rubs their eyes a lot, I can end up looking like i've got two black eyes without realising, which is never a good look.

To be really honest, I am a little disappointed with this one. I had such high hopes for it as so many bloggers hyped it up, but it just isn't my cup of tea as there are too many downsides. Some drugstore eyeliners are much better than this and they are a third of the price - try Rimmel's Liner, I've used it since I was 14 and it's amazing!

What are your thoughts? Have you had any problems with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner?



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Posted on: Monday, 6 March 2017

Bali Travels | Where to eat in Ubud: Mozaic and Kubu at Mandapa


Before I dive straight in to where to eat in Ubud, I'm going to give you a little back story as to why I was in the beautiful calming land of Bali.

I had always dreamed of visiting Bali, it looked so picturesque and beautiful in pictures. So for mine and Joe's honeymoon, we decided Bali was the one. And being the foodies that we both are, we went to some pretty lavish restaurants. It was our honeymoon after all...

Firstly let's talk about Mozaic. Mozaic is claimed to be one of the best restaurants in Ubud and is listed in San Pellegrino Top 100 restaurants in the world, pretty darn impressive.

I did my research before we went here and everyone had nothing but great things to say. So we booked beforehand, and then indulged in a beautiful French fine-dining experience.

"The big adventure at Mozaic has been discovering new ingredients, new flavours and incorporating them into French techniques. I strive to raise little-known Indonesian ingredients to the prestige level of truffles, caviar, foie gras." - Chris Salans.

Chris Salans is the Chef Owner and has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris and the US. So we felt extremely lucky to experience one of his restaurants during our honeymoon.

We indulged in an six course menu ('The Discovery Menu'), with an additional special honeymoon dish which was completely unexpected, but so lovely of them to do.








All dishes were beautifully presented and delicious. Out of all the dishes, I'd say the tiger prawn dish was my favourite! But every single one was interesting in their own individual way.

I also liked their choices of cocktails - they were so unique and had so many to choose from.
If you prefer wine with your dinner, they have a wine tasting menu to go alongside the dishes too.

What I really like about this restaurant was the idea that the 'Discovery Menu' focuses on fresh seasonal Indonesian ingredients but still creating these beautifully presented European styled dishes.
I can't say it was the best food I've ever eaten in my life but I enjoyed the experience none the less.

The only downside to this restaurant was the service was a little slow. But aside from that we really enjoyed our fine-dining experience here and would highly recommend coming here if you're in Ubud.

Kubu at MandapaFirstly let me start by apologising, I'm really gutted that I didn't get the photographs that I wanted here to do this review properly, it was so dark and the quality was not great (damn my perfection ways). They just didn't compare to my Mozaic photo's so I was a little ashamed to put them up. However, I used flash on two of the dishes and I thought it would be better to include these ones than none at all.

Anyway, oh my, what a heavenly beautiful experience. If you're in Ubud and love fine dining or perhaps your on your honeymoon too, you have to go here!

We sat in a romantic private cocoon overlooking the river. It was night time when we went, so we couldn't really see the river, but it was calming to listen to. A really lovely atmosphere.

The food is fine Mediterranean-European. You can choose from the Degustation courses where you can choose between six courses or eight. They do have other main courses if you don't fancy little tastes of everything.

We went for the six course and each individual course was absolutely amazing. And they even brought out a lovely honeymoon cake as an extra dish (likewise to what Mozaic did), which was completely unexpected too! It was an interesting chocolate bomb. AH-mazing.



The service was also outstandingly good. We did over stay our welcome a bit - we were the last ones out the door as we didn't realise it was closing. We got carried away chatting and reminiscing about the wedding... But, they let us take our time and fully enjoy our stay, even if it was gone midnight...

I highly highly recommend coming here. Every time I think of Ubud, I remind myself how amazing the food was here. Everything was cooked to perfection and it's in a beautiful location.

I standby and can happily say that Kubu at Mandapa was one of the best food experiences and best atmosphere's I've ever had in my life. Each dish was so stunning and I was impressed with all the little details as well as making it taste perfect.

A little tip from me would be if you plan on going here, do book a couple days beforehand as the cocoon's do tend to get booked up as there are only nine of them.

Also, I know it's hard to fully appreciate what every course looked like when I only shared two photo's, but check out my honeymoon vlog where I recorded snippets of all the courses towards the end of the vlog.

I hope this was some what helpful if you're planning to come to Ubud and fancy some lavish meals.
I've never actually experienced fine-dining before and now I'm happy to stay I experienced two highly rated places in Ubud. If I had to choose one out of the two, for me personally it would be Kubu as it was to my taste, but they were both incredible experiences.

Right, time to crack on with the day. I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!

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Posted on: Sunday, 5 March 2017

MY HOLY GRAIL LIP LINER | Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat Lip Liner Review


Be hold the infamous cult classic Lip Cheat Lip Liner from Charlotte Tilbury in the shade 'Pillow Talk'. This little beauty is massively hyped up on the interwebs, it's loved and adored by so many people so I wanted to get my hands on it and see what the fuss is all about.

If you've seen my Pillow Talk Lipstick review, I mentioned that I already purchased the lip liner a few months back and I've been meaning to do a review for it. So without further a do...

Pillow Talk is a beautiful neutral pink shade that works for so many skin tones as it adapts to your lip colour. It's amazing at reshaping your lips to appear fuller and even.
It's perfect to wear under any nude-pink lipstick. I usually pair this with 'Bitch Perfect' or 'Stoned Rose' from her lipstick range... as well as of course her newest edition 'Pillow Talk', which works perfectly, obviously! But I also enjoy pairing it with a variety of nude MAC lipsticks too. 

I really love applying this too... the formula is so smooth and velvety, it applies like a dream. It's really pigmented too which saves a lot of time when filling in. And it's fairly long lasting - I would say about five to six hours.

Now I understand what all the fuss is about. It's pretty much perfection in lip liner form. My ultimate holy grail lip liner, the one that's on my list of things that I couldn't live without! Have you tried it?


(I haven't done a great job here at filling my lips in as I was in a rush... but you can see how beautiful the colour is!)

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Posted on: Saturday, 4 March 2017

Life Update & Bali Honeymoon Video Diaries Part 3



Hello! Happy Saturday everyone... It's been quite a while since I've sat down and wrote a blog post on the actual date instead of pre-forward planning and scheduling weeks in advance.

But whilst spring cleaning the flat this morning, I realised that I had nothing scheduled for March... well I have tons of ideas but not enough time to execute all of them. So I'm going to dedicate this afternoon and evening to catch up on a few things and get my blogging life in order.

I also just wanted to have a little heart to heart on my blog. I said to myself last year that I wanted to create things with more heart, soul and voice in 2017, so I'm trying to open up a bit more on my blog and YouTube channel. What some people tend to forget is that you put your best version of yourself out there online (and that takes guts anyway, because you're putting yourself out there to be automatically judged), and realistically life isn't perfect all the time, we're all human, we have down days too.

So, I just wanted to be real with you all and say that this week has been a bit of a tough one  - physically and mentally. I really haven't been very well this week. If you know me personally I'm usually the type of person to not complain about my illness's and solider on. My family and friends have no idea too... unless they read this, then hi lol!
You will know that if I'm suffering in pain, I will silently deal with it because I'd rather not talk about it or burden any one with my problems. And this is where my blog comes in handy, it's almost like an online diary where I can speak from the heart and do what I want because it's my own platform and I feel like I'm not burdening anyone.
Also, Joe hasn't been around this week, he's been on a work trip and he's usually my first and only source to blurt out how I'm really feeling.

Anyway, I sprained my ankle last Saturday in Copenhagen. It went all rubbery and swollen, and I couldn't walk properly! It was actually really gross. But that wasn't what threw me off my game... It was my endometriosis (the devil I swear). Pain and swelling for near enough a week solid. For two days I was bed ridden because of it (and my swollen rubbery ankle) and do you know how that feels? You feel pretty pathetic and hopeless. And, then you return from the dead (lol... cause you might as well be) to continue and play catch up on your work load and pretend like you're doing ok. Now I'm letting the cat out the bag here... but when you put on a brave 'i'm ok' face every day, everything hits you when you get home. This week I have spent most evenings in bed upset, confused and lost, as well as losing all motivation to tidy, blog and even to eat. Which is very unlike me (them cray hormones). But don't worry, next week I will be back and ready to take on the world, unless the devil comes back and then I might as well jump out the window... I hope no-one takes that last bit seriously... it's just my sense of humour, I don't think I have the courage or will power to jump out of a window because truthfully I'm a little scared of heights.

Moving swiftly on...  to happier times! Here is my final video diary of my Bali Honeymoon! I'm really excited to share this with you all. Joe and I spent our last days in Lombok chilling, soaking up the sun, exploring waterfalls and wandering around the beautiful and peaceful Gili Air. Heaven.

Also, I just wanted to mention... the music choices I made for this one make me super happy - they are so jazzy, upbeat and up-lifting. So, I really hope you enjoy watching this and grooving to the beats.

If you're interested, you can watch the first part of my Bali honeymoon here. And, second one here.
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Posted on: Sunday, 26 February 2017

Neals Yard Lavender Bath Salts | A moment of calm


Ok, I've been meaning to put this review up for ages, but only just got round to doing so. So, let's talk about Neal's Yard Lavender Bath Salts shall we.

If you haven't heard of Neal's Yard, they do so many fantastic products. The products are suitable for vegans as well as being cruelty free. And their products smell absolutely incredible.
I've tried their foaming bath oils before and fell in love. This time round, I wanted to give their lavender bath salts a go.

These bath salts are great for de-stressing, they cost £14.50 for a huge tub, 350g's to be precise, and they come with a handy little scoop inside. The main ingredient is lavender oil which is known for it's relaxing and soothing properties. You often associate lavender with the older generation, but I'm a twenty something year old grandma, so that's probably why I adore the smell so much.

Any who, we all have our stressy moments in life, sometimes I get far too stressed easily. But it's all about balance and finding ways to de-stress and get back to that moment of calm. I feel like these do the trick. Perfect to use at night time to ensure you get a great night's sleep.

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Posted on: Saturday, 25 February 2017

Bali Honeymoon | Video Diaries Part 2



If you're subscribed to my YouTube channel you may have seen this already, if you're not and stumbled across my blog, then hello, hola, bonjour, welcome to my little blog bubble.

Here is the second part of our honeymoon series. We had another super chilled day in Ubud, Bali before heading over to Lombok for a few nights. Whilst staying in Lombok, we visited the beautiful Gili Islands as they were super close by. Any who, I hope you enjoy the little vlog I put together.
I'm really enjoying creating travel related vlogs at the moment, so I plan on doing a few more when we fly to Copenhagen soon.

Anyway, you can watch the first part of our honeymoon series here. I'd recommend watching that one first :).

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Posted on: Wednesday, 22 February 2017

My holy grail Eyeliner | Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner


Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, where have you been all my life?

I have been searching for the BEST eyeliner for years upon years. And when I was researching my wedding make-up last year, this little pot of goodness kept popping up. So as you do, you decide to treat yourself. And now it's safe to say, this is my holy grail eyeliner. I use this every day without fail.

If you love a good old winged eye and have tried everything from drug store brands to high end... you've even tried the 'Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencils' and nothing seems to be lasting? Well, give this little pot a try, seriously.

It's a gel formula, which to be honest I'm not usually a fan of because you need a little brush to use with it. However, because the formula is SO good I will put in that extra bit of effort in cleaning my eyeliner brush every day just to use this. And, I don't know why I ever doubted gel formulas before, they are so good!


The eyeliner is available in thirteen shades and offers the precision of liquid liner for 12 hours. It is waterproof, as well as being sweat-and humidity resistant too. The only downside is it's pretty pricey, £19.00 for this little pot! However, that being said, it lasts AGES! I've had mine since October last year and I haven't even dented half way, and I use this every single day on my waterline, as well as doing the classic cat eye flick.

I also really like the packaging, the glass pot is very chic.

I honestly don't think I could live without this. It's perfect for doing both the cat eye flick and lining your water-line, so it's a double whammy. And, it does what it says on the tin, it lasts for 12 hours if not more.

This is seriously one of the best things I've bought in a long time. And if you love eyeliner, you have to try it! It will change your life.

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Posted on: Saturday, 18 February 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in First Love Review


Being such a huge Charlotte Tilbury fan, I'm surprised that I've never tried any of her blushers before. Any who, I was in search for a soft, neutral every day shade and so 'First Love' from the Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop range ended up in my basket. This retails at £30.00 a pop which is quite pricey for a blusher but I was willing to splash a bit extra as I had heard great things about 'Love Glow' from the same collection.

As always, Charlotte Tilbury's packaging is stunning. The blusher came in this gorgeous deep burgundy box with rose gold embossed details. Inside was a lovely compact with the same colours as the outer packaging. The compact comes with a mirror inside, which is always handy.
Along with my order, I got my receipt and six samples in a cream envelope with CT's logo in her classic rose gold font. It's the little things that impress me and who doesn't love receiving samples?!

So what's so special about this blusher? Charlotte says that she's "always seeking to re-create that shimmering, youthful flush of excitement you get when you're in love, she calls it the 'love glow'". It's a 2-step application which instantly brightens dull skin and gives your cheeks a glow.
I have to say, she does have a way with words, this woman manages to convince me to buy everything, and for someone who works in marketing and who is not easily persuaded, she just manages to gets me every single time.

Wearing Charlotte Tilbury's First Love on the cheeks and also her Pillow Talk Lipstick above.

First Love is a beautiful every day blush. A soft peachy-nude shade with a teeny teeny hint of pink. A satin-matte finish. These are meant to give you that 'love glow' finish, and I actually find this one not too glowy. I find this one to be very subtle, which I honestly quite like.
It gives you a lovely flush to the cheeks and you can pair this with most, if not all lipstick shades.

I would say this is perfect for the pale to medium toned ladies out there. I don't think it would show up very well on darker skin tones. 'The Climax' would be an alternative choice if you do have a darker skin tone.

The longevity is pretty great too. It stays on my cheeks all day, from 8am till 7pm. It faded slightly towards 7pm, but if I was going out on a night out, I'd happily re-touch up my make-up anyway.

Also, funnily enough and I feel really weird writing this on my blog, but these blushers remind me of nipples. It can't just be me who think's that right?! Apart from the nipple resemblance, I do like the idea that you have the creamy cheek colour in the centre and the shimmery highlighter on the outer edge. When you blend these two together they do create the most beautiful finish.


So how do you apply these? You are supposed to apply these in a certain order with her special blusher brush.

Charlotte suggests that you swish the brush around the outer shade and tap off the excess. Run the brush flat, up the cheekbone starting from the apple of the cheek, to structure the face. Then, to make your cheeks pop, take the pointy end of the brush, dip it in the centre colour and tap off the excess. Apply to the apples of the cheeks to make them pop and glow. Blend seamlessly together.

But if you don't have her blusher brush, don't worry, I use my real techniques blusher brush and it blends them beautifully together in a one-step process.

Overall, I think this shade is absolutely beautiful and I'm really impressed with the quality. It's definitely the blusher I have been reaching for a lot this month.

For more CT reviews: one of my most recent Charlotte Tilbury post's on the NEW 'PillowTalk Lipstick' which I have been wearing to death. Here is a gigantic haul I posted a little while ago. Another lipstick review on 'Kiss Chase' and 'Between the Sheets'. Also, a lipstick review on 'Stoned Rose'. And last but not least, my all time favourite, 'Bitch Perfect' lipstick review.

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Posted on: Friday, 17 February 2017

Bali Honeymoon | Video Diaries Part 1


I'm really excited to share the first part of our honeymoon series. We stayed in a beautiful hotel in the jungle of Ubud, Bali. It was heavenly and we didn't do anything but relax for 3 days straight! T'was much much needed as we flew two days after the wedding and had a lot of stresses along the way... but more on that later.

I mentioned on my last post that I want to meet more creative like minded people this year. Maybe to do a collaboration or just go out to cute little cafes and share ideas and things.
Sometimes, 'the blogging life' gets a little hard when you work full-time, so I'm really interested to see how others in a similar position work and cope with it all, and well honestly, it would be nice to have some more blogging or creative buddies to hang out with.

It's really tough though, because what I've noticed in the blogger community over the years, is that if you have a 'large' following, other bloggers are more drawn to you, and that shouldn't be the case. If you find a blogger with say '500' subscribers or followers that has the same interests as you and you get on, the following number shouldn't matter. It's irrelevant in other words... People need to stop taking everyone's following so seriously, blogging is supposed to be fun after all.

So, if you have Instagram and like what I like, or maybe you want to hang out in the future? Follow me @zoeyoliviablog and leave a comment, I'll always respond :). You can also reach me on twitter: @zoeyoliviablog. Or, if you like Bloglovin', I'm kind of new to it, but follow me on there. I also have Pinterest, I'm often procrastinating and pinning my life away...  Any who, have a great Friday. It's almost the weekend, woop!

Posted on: Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Jason Wu for Caudalie | The Cult Beauty Elixir Spray Review


I haven't picked up one of Caudalie's Beauty Elixir sprays in yonks. I remember years ago this being a blogger favourite and also Victoria Beckham was a big fan.

If you haven't heard of Caudalie's cult Beauty Elixir spray, it's a hydrating mist for your face which you can use morning and night as a toner to tighten pores. You can also use it as a setting spray after your make-up is applied. Models and celebrities are said to use this multiple times a day to smooth features and get an instant boost of radiance.

Any who, I was browsing in Space NK recently and I saw this on offer, so I picked it up. The 30ml was only £5.50 - such a bargain *raises hands emoji*.

This version is a special edition bottle and I think it may be exclusive to Space NK. The bottle design is in collaboration with the Fashion Designer Jason Wu. It features an elegant black and white printed design which looks like lace on the front and has a lovely brass-gold lid (I think they are normally sliver).

The formula has benzoin, myrrh and essential oils of rosemary, lemon balm and peppermint. It also has orange blossom, rose and a grape pulp extract, Caudalie's flagship ingredient. The scent and formula is exactly the same as I remember. It has a heavily scented smell, very minty and refreshing.

My verdit: I do enjoy using this as it's super uplifting and I do notice results right away. My skin looks glowing and my skin feels a little tighter. I feel very fancy whenever I use this as it has such an unusual luxurious scent.

I think this would be great for popping in your handbag and taking with you whilst travelling around London, or even to use on the plane to get your glow back. As it's a great little travel companion and makes me feel wonderful, it gets 5 stars from me. So so glad to have this back in my life.

Any who, I just wanted to mention this here... I love social networking, it's a great way of making new friends in the blogger community. I want to meet more creative like minded people this year. Maybe to do a collaboration or something.
As some may know, I work full-time and do my blog in the evenings and at weekends so it would be really interesting to see how others in a similar position work and cope with it all.


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Posted on: Saturday, 11 February 2017

Wedding Planning #5 | Choosing your wedding day make-up


Planning to do your own wedding make-up? Or interested in what I wore on my face? Then keep on reading...

I recently wrote about 'choosing your wedding day lipstick', but after writing it I thought it would be useful to talk about what I wore on my whole face and talk about the daunting task of choosing and doing your own wedding day make-up.

Doing your own make-up on your big day is for sure a stressful task, but if you're fussy like I am it makes perfect sense to do it yourself. I could of had a make-up artist and not worried about my make-up but I thought what if I hate it? What if I have a nervous breakdown and call the wedding off because I didn't like my make-up? Bit dramatic, yes...  But you know your face best, and you know what you like to put on your face.

I trialled more make-up than you could of possibly imagined, but to me that seemed normal as I am a massive make-up fiend anyway.

I began researching on my desired wedding day make-up look back in June last year, so I'd say around six months before my big day was when I started to trial my make-up. Maybe this is a little extreme, but I wanted to get my make-up just right. I wrote about my initial ideas for my hair and make-up back in August here.


Towards the final few weeks, I was set on using my all time favourite foundation, Estee Lauder's Double Wear and then I tried Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation two weeks before and decided that was the one. It appeared more natural on the skin and didn't have any SPF in it which was great in case my photographer was using a flash.

I also changed my mind ten million times on what lipstick and blusher I was going to wear. I go into more detail about this in my previous post on 'choosing your wedding day lipstick'.

As well as the daunting task of finding the perfect eyeliner to stay put on my annoyingly watery eyes. I trialled Guerlain's Liquid eyeliner and Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Gel Liner and it was so hard to choose between the two. The struggle was real ladies!

The amount of eyeshadows I bought and ended up wearing my all time favourite from NARS' Limited Edition Laser Cut eye, cheek and lip palette that I got a few years back...

Sometimes you may already have it in your bag. So experiment with what you've got, try new things and make sure it's what you want. It's your wedding, your face, so do the look that's going to make you feel like a million dollars on the day.

Also, do experiment with your bridesmaids! Two of my bridesmaids came over a few weeks before the wedding and we did our make-up together. It was great to get their opinions and ensure we were all happy with what was going on our faces. It was also nice to talk about other beauty related things, such as 'What nail varnish should I go for?' 'Should I spice things up with a red lip in the evening?' 'Will this look go with my bridesmaid dress'. There's lots of things to consider in the beauty department and it's great to bounce off other peoples ideas and opinions.


My wedding make-up was very natural yet provided enough coverage to cover any blemishes or dark circles. I went for coral-nude shades with a teeny bit of sparkle on the eye lids. I wanted to rock a winged eye as it's my go to too. I wanted that 1940's look, yet very natural and pretty.

Here's what I wore on my face. Let's start with the base, I moisturised with my Environ AVST moisturiser and then primed with my Urban Decay All Nighter make-up setting spray to ensure everything would stay put all day. I then chose Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation for a natural radiant glow, as well as concealing those pesky blemishes and dark circles with my NARS trusty creamy concealer (I could not live without this!). I left it for five minutes before applying Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Powder to ensure my foundation and concealer wasn't going to slide around.
I also applied a teeny bit of my Hourglass' Ambient Ethereal Light Powder too.

After that, I applied my holy grail Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion and my Mary Lou Manizer highlighter on my cheekbones, underneath the brows and on the cupids bow.

For the eyes, I applied my Maxfactor cream eyeshadow and then applied a beautiful gold shade from my NARS Laser Cut eye, cheek and lip palette. I then winged it out with the Bobbi Brown Long Lasting Gel Eyeliner and applied this to my waterline too.


For my lips, I prepped my lips with Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat Lip Liner in the shade 'Pillow Talk and then applied my lovely Chanel Rouge Coco in the shade 402 Adrienne. To make my lips appear fuller and plump, I applied Chanel's clear lipgloss on top.

I then spritzed my face with the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray again and that was the look complete!

I also trialled another 'Bridal make-up look for Pale Skin & Brown Eyes' here if you're interested. I don't go into detail about the products but it's a sped up video on the look I was going to go for.
Perhaps I'll create another video on my actual wedding day make-up in the near future. If that's something you would like to see then do let me know :).


If you're interested in reading more about my wedding experiences, I blogged about mine and Joe's initial ideas here. As well as my initial hair and make-up ideas here. And last but not least, the stressful period with eight weeks to go, you can read about that one here.

As always you can reach me on social media. I have Instagram: @zoeyoliviablog, and twitter: @zoeyoliviablog.

Posted on: Wednesday, 8 February 2017

LUSH Valentine's Day Haul!


My lovely husband bought me some goodies from Lush over the weekend. He got me some gorgeous bath bombs and bubble bars which are all from the Valentine's Day range. 

The Valentine's Day collection always excites me, just as much as the Christmas collection! They all smell so sweet and delicious. The only downside is that they seem to be getting more and more expensive. Why Lush why!

Anyway, last year they brought out some really cool bath bombs and bubble bars such as the 'Unicorn Horn', the 'Ladybird' and 'Rose Bombshell', and they have brought some of those delightful treats back this year.

So when Joe came back with a bag full of Lush goodies with some of my all time favourites inside, I just wanted to cry... partially because I've been feeling like an emotional wreck recently (I'm blaming the change in weather), but also just in awe at his kindness. Ok... this is turning a bit mushy now. Anyway, so yes, he got me three of my favourites, The 'Unicorn' Horn, 'Rose Bombshell' and the 'Ladybird'. As well as two other bombs 'Cupid' and 'Lover Lamp'. I couldn't get my hands on Lover Lamp last year as they had sold out so I was super happy to have this in my life. The other one, 'Cupid' is a newbie or so I believe.

Moving swiftly on to the individual reviews...


Rose Bombshell. Let's start with this one. This has to be my all time favourite Lush scent. It's so sweet and smells of roses and candyfloss intertwined. And it turns your bath a pretty pink colour. Really really excited to use this again!

Ladybird. Snug as a bug in a tub. This one is a bubble bar - you crumble this underneath a running tap and it creates lots of bubbles, as well as turning your bath a gorgeous red-ish colour.
I also adore the smell, it kind of smells a little minty. Interestingly enough it has been made with peppermint oil so that explains the minty scent, as well as geranium oil and cornflour (which is a bit of an odd one, but it works).

Lover Lamp. This has a very interesting scent too - smells quite zesty, orange like. I'm really excited to try this as it has little hearts that melt away in your bath tub. Made with cocoa butter, vanilla absolute and Brazilian orange oil.

Up next we have Cupid - the newbie bath bomb of the collection. This one smells of palma violets, those old school sweets. It's quite nice but not my favourite scent. However, I'm looking forward to trying this as the bubbles on Lush's demo look insane. It is said to be a 'floral fizzer' which I'm sure I'll be fascinated to watch. Made with rose, bergamot and violet leaf absolute.

And last but not least the Unicorn Horn. I wish Lush did this one all year round because it's so fucking cool. The endless amount of selfies you could do with this... which I'm not going to... but the idea is there. Anyway this has been made with lavender oil and ylang ylang and neroli oils, it smells divine.

Besides bath bombs and bubble bars, Lush also have a pretty sexy looking massage bar, 'Love Spell' out this Valentine's Day. As well as this, 'Prince Charming' shower gel, which smells incredible and is out for v-day too.

Any who, I'll be snapping the stuff I got and putting them up on Instagram in due course. So do follow me, @zoeyoliviablog to see them! You can also reach me on twitter: @zoeyoliviablog.

Posted on: Tuesday, 7 February 2017

HUGE HAUL: ASOS, TOPSHOP, River Island, New Look & More!



Bonjour, I have a huge haul video that I wanted to share with you. Spendy spendy times.
I'm really really sorry for uploading this late! It's a belated fashion collective haul with lots of things from ASOS, TOPSHOP, River Island, New Look and more. And sorry if it's a bit choppy, I couldn't seem to get my words out when I was filming this *hides face*!

As always you can reach me on social media. I have Instagram: @zoeyoliviablog, and twitter: @zoeyoliviablog, come say hello!

Posted on: Sunday, 5 February 2017

Neals Yard Aromatic Foaming Bath and Seaweed & Arnica Foaming Bath Review


If you know me in person you'll know that I'm an avid bather - Joe tells me off for having too many baths, oops. But yes, I love all kinds of bath products, from bath bombs to oils to bath salts. 

In the January sales I treated myself to two of the foaming bath oils from Neals Yard. I picked up the Aromatic Foaming Bath and the Seaweed & Arnica Foaming Bath. They both smell incredible and I've actually used up the Seaweed & Arnica one already, sob!

Aromatic Foaming Bath - "A delightfully fragrant bath to bring a sense of wellbeing". A soothing aromatheraphy blend of lavender, spanish marjoram and geranium essential oils with a skin conditioning herbal infusion to help you relax and unwind. Hmmm, yes please!

This actually smells incredible, it has that 'spa like' scent, so so lovely. I can definitely smell the lavender and geranium.
I love using this after a long hard day of work.

Seaweed & Arnica Foaming Bath - "A restorative bath to enjoy when overtired". Infusions of mineral-rich seaweed, comfrey and arnica are combined with pure essential oils of lemon, pine, juniper and lavender to ease tired muscles and restore a sense of vitality.

Out of the two, this one is my favourite and I'm really sad that I've already used it all up! Likewise to the Aromatic it smells amazing - it's quite unusual with the seaweed scent, but it just smells heavenly.

With all this talk of baths, i'm going to run myself one now! Mhmm, can't wait to use the Aromatic one and feel zen for an hour our two. Ciao.

As always you can reach me on social media. I have Instagram: @zoeyoliviablog, and twitter: @zoeyoliviablog.

Posted on: Thursday, 2 February 2017

Wedding Planning #4 | Choosing your wedding lipstick!


If you're planning on doing your own make-up on your big day or if you're in search of the perfect everyday lipstick, then this may be somewhat helpful to you. Or if you're interested to see what combination I wore on my big day and liked it then perfect!

Choosing my wedding lipstick was a real struggle. Lipstick's are my guilty pleasure and I had six options to begin with. It was a toss between Charlotte Tilbury's Bitch Perfect or Stoned Rose, Mac's Brave, Cosmo, Fanfare or Bare Again (which sadly they've now discontinued... why MAC, why!!).

Four weeks before my big day, I was settled on going for Charlotte Tilbury's Stoned Rose, and then I went shopping the week before my wedding, stumbled across my local Chanel counter and decided to look at some more lipsticks.

I spoke to a lovely lady named Chloe and explained that I was getting married in a week's time and that I'm unsure if I have found 'the one' in terms of lipstick talk. I said I was after something subtle, very natural and something that would work well with my hair colour and fair skin. I also wanted it to be a little glossy as I think gloss tends to suit me better.
She came back to me with a couple of options, and I settled for 'Rouge Coco 402, Adrienne' paired with '171 Levres Scintillantes Glossimer'.



These two paired together create the most beautiful natural lip. And they will always have a special place in my heart. Adrienne is the most gorgeous nude with a bit of shimmer. It has specks of glitter in the formula, but don't let that put you off as it gives your lips dimension! The formula is ulta hydrating and easy to apply. I did re-apply this a few times during my wedding but that didn't bother me so much as it was simply beautiful to wear.

The lipgloss really wowed me too. I never thought I'd spend so much money on a simple lipgloss, but it gives your lips a gorgeous plumping effect. They appeared fuller and almost seemed like you had a lip job (lol). This also has specks of glitter in, but again it gives that dimension to your lips.

As for lip liner underneath, I wore Charlotte Tibury's infamous 'Pillow Talk Lip Cheat Lip Liner' - the only lip liner I wear these days. As a trio they worked really beautifully together.


So, moving swiftly on, if you're in search for your perfect wedding lipstick, I would say go to a huge department store like John Lewis or House of Fraser and browse around. Explain that you're getting married, and 9 times out of 10 everyone is so helpful and so excited to help you as it's a huge huge deal.

I looked at what Laura Mericer, Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Chanel and Estee Lauder had to offer. Looked like a crazy lady with about 35 swatches on my arm as I walked around but it was worth it as I wanted to be sure.

When you think you may have found the one, you always find another, so don't buy it straight away unless you're one hundred and ten hundred percent sure. You're kind of treating your wedding lipstick like your bridal gown, so it's ok to be fussy and trial it a few times before you buy.
The mistake I made was I brought far too many, but I do love every single one of them and I do wear them all!

A wedding lipstick needs to compliment your blusher, your skin-tone, your eye colour, your hair colour, so bare this in mind. If you've chosen the rest of your wedding day make-up, I would say look for your lipstick last. If you've got fair skin or ginger hair than great, these three products will work for you if you're after that every day natural lip.
It would also look lovely on medium skin tones.

A wedding lipstick is always going to have a special place in your heart, so make sure it's perfect.

Chanel's Rouge Coco number 402 has so many wonderful memories attached to it and I keep it in a safe place. And funnily enough, I only own two Chanel lipsticks in my collection, so it means this one is extra special to me.


Anyway, good luck finding your dream wedding lipstick! It's such a fun task and something I really enjoyed doing to take my mind off the other mundane tasks. Enjoy the process and remember it's ok to be fussy, it's your wedding day after all!

Also, if you're interested in seeing photo's from my wedding I have uploaded a few up on my Instagram: @zoeyoliviablog. And if you're interested in reading more about my wedding experiences, I blogged about mine and Joe's initial ideas here. As well as my initial hair and make-up ideas here. And last but not least, the stressful period with eight weeks to go, you can read about that one here.

As always you can reach me on social media. I have Instagram: @zoeyoliviablog, and twitter: @zoeyoliviablog. Have a fabulous week all.

Posted on: Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask Review


There are hundreds of face masks out there that I'm yet to discover, however, today I'll be focusing on the lovely Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. This was one of my favourite discoveries from 2016... and still a firm favourite in 2017.

I picked this up around August last year and I know this post is long over-due but better late than never right? That's usually my excuse for everything... ha. Anyway, I trialled and tested this for months and months and it's the face mask I always go back to. I bloody love it, it's my holy grail hydrating face mask which I use every single week without a doubt. Even my husband loves it... he's going to hate me for writing that!

I have never actually tried any of Antipodes products before, but I have always heard great things and this face mask has been hyped up quite a far bit on the interwebs, so I wanted to give it a go.

Let me start by saying I love all things manuka honey related, it has wonderful benefits for the skin and body, one being incredible for treating blemishes or acne prone skin as it has anti-bacterial properties. Manuka honey is ridiculously expensive to buy here in England as I was browsing my local supermarket the other day and I saw one single jar going for £20. It had a security tag on it too which did make me giggle.

As well as manuka honey, it also has something called 'Pohutukawa Extract' inside, which personally I haven't heard of before, but it has been said to be deeply conditioning and moisturising, whilst providing antioxidant and antiseptic benefits. Fab stuff.

Let's move on to the formula and what it's like. It's quite an unusual texture and mask - not like the tradition clay masks that dry rock solid and are a pain in the butt to remove. It's more of a creamy moisturising gel consistency which goes onto your cleansed skin like a moisturiser and then you leave to set for 15 minutes. I am really generous with the amount I put onto my skin, I slather a thick layer on, the more the better.

The smell is also divine by the way, I think that's why me and my other half love it so much. It's so sweet, you just want to eat it!

Anyway, once removed with a warm muslin cloth, it leaves your skin feeling super soft and hydrated. It feels cleansed and all kinds of lovely warm fuzzy feelings.

What really impress's me with this face mask is that whenever I have a devil of a spot creep up on my face out of no-where, after using this the spot reduces massively the next day and helps it go off on it's way out.

As well as this, it has lasted me ages, more than six months and there is still so much product in the tube, which is great! Although, I should probably buy a new one as you shouldn't keep skincare for over six months or so I was told. But this is great for people like me who want to share products with my friends or my other half.

It's the perfect weekly pampering treat. A great healer for those pesky spots. And great to use all year round to keep your skin lovely and hydrated. I honestly don't know what I'd do without it! 


I love trying new products, especially face masks! If there are any other similar ones you'd think I'd like, then please leave them in the comments below :).As always you can reach me on social media. I have Instagram: @zoeyoliviablog, and twitter: @zoeyoliviablog.

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