Welcome Everyone

The wonderful world of Zoe is what I hope to share with you all here on my blog. Life isn't always easy, but then that's the case whoever you are. But no matter what each day brings I always try to start and end it with a smile - to look back and know I controlled my day, the day didn't control me!

Monday, 22 August 2016

My way. A lesson learned & go to products. Part One.

I've been having fun trying out different make up looks. Having watched 100's of tutorials from Make up Artists and Youtube celebrities like Jaclyn Hill and MannyMUA. I created a list of some products I'd like to try.

I stupidly in my excitement ordered from Amazon without reading the reviews. It was only after feeling disappointed I wasn't getting the same results & seeing for myself that the product wasn't as I expected that I investigated. I'd purchased fakes.

The two products I bought were the Beauty Blender and Anastastia Beverly Hills Contour kit.

Both looked real, but now that I have the genuine product the differences are obvious. Gutted. So from now on I will buy from CultBeauty and BeautyBay both suppliers in the UK.

A lesson learned - my advice only buy from reputable suppliers.

So during one practise I took photos of what I was using as I thought I'd show you. I do have lights around my mirror and I do know some of the products I use are HD which means literally the light bounces off and it helps to create a flawless look. 

Basically I probably look more flawless in the photos than in real life. Though it's only when you get close up that you can see my fine lines!! But to be fair these products are used in a professional manner and are meant to do this.

Here goes - 
So this is me - no make up. I always moisturise and use eye cream. I let it settle for a couple of minutes.
 My fake & real Beauty Blender. The real one is huge in comparison and it expands when you wet it. I use it damp as it helps to blend well.
 Primer - from Avon - it's smooth, has a nice feel and my make up goes on better.
 I then use Clarins instant light base.
My foundation - BareMinerals - this is new. It's so easy to blend, lightweight & doesn't cake or clog. 
These 3 products cover well and yet feel as if I don't have layers on.
Next I conceal.
 Urban Decay weightless concealer. I probably need a shade lighter but I use this to cover first.
 Then I use my Clinque concealer especially under my eyes on top of the Urban Decay concealer as this one brightens.
 I also colour correct. I use the orangey shade over areas that are blueish. The green/yellows help with redness. I only use these lightly as they can cake if you use too thick. I always go over the areas I put these with my Beauty Blender.
 Daft photo!
So here I am - all concealed and covered. I do look very fair here as I've covered any colour. 
Now I set my base using Laura Mercier transluscent powder.
 To put the colour back I use bronzer and I use Anastastia Contour Kit (this is actually the fake one. Real one only arrived today) Anywhere where shadow should be and areas I want to add shape I use the different powders to contour and highlight. 
 As you have seen I have very fair eyebrows so I have to fill them in using a combination of No 7 eyebrow pencil to create the shape then I fill in with Urban Decay powders and set it with Benefit eyebrow gel
 I add some blush to my cheeks as well.
Still looks a bit weird with the bright eyes, but at least there's a bit more colour and I have eyebrows (they are darker in real life)!

Okay I think this is more than enough for one day. Come back later in the week to see how I finish the look.

Take care Zo x

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Being me - make up my way with a little help!

Okay so ages ago I said I was going to move this blog away from just crafting. I want it to reflect me and all the things I love.

I guess people often see me as a bit of a tom-boy what with my love of footy, but I've got quite a girly girl in me really. I've always loved make up and have worn it for years. Up until recently, I wouldn't leave the house without a full face on. I prefer a more natural look in the day, but I can assure you even that involved many layers!

Being disabled makes it harder for me to apply my make up as my conditions affect my hands and my grip. I've had to adjust how I do things. So I thought I would share my experience with you guys. I was encouraged to do so by a lovely friend, Aimee, who I met through our mutual love of Bristol Rovers. 

I bought a dressing table last year with my 40th birthday money and wanted to use it properly. I was fed up of having to get my make up out of drawers and, before buying this dressing table I had no where to sit to do my make up. To display everything in a tidy manner I bought these storage units on Amazon along with some LED lights & a smaller mirror. Everything is just there. Ready.
Another thing I've had to overcome is using my brushes. Most have chunky handles which I can manage to hold, but some I can't. So I use foam tubing which I bought on Complete Care shop
this site has many aids - I've bought a few and wouldn't be without them.
The tubing slides onto the handle. Now I can hold my brushes easily. The pink sponge is a Beauty Blender - again I can hold this and use without it hurting my hands. I'm not quite sure how it works but believe me it makes blending foundations and concealers so much easier & quicker.

The other day I spent a while playing with my make up -  I actually had great fun. I was sat comfortably, everything was easy to use & I could put my face on without my hands hurting. I even attempted to put some false lashes on!

I sent Aimee the before and after photos. She was so supportive and encouraging. Her kind words made me feel amazing. Aimee suggested I post my pics to Instagram. It took me a few hours to pluck up the courage, but I did and have received many compliments. 
That's when I decided to write this post as well.
Here you go - 
Those who know me will note the lack of glasses and that my hair is swept off my face - necessary steps for applying make up!

 I look so different. It's not so perfect, but it doesn't matter as make up has a way of making you feel amazing. It gives you confidence. While I could never manage to do this full look with false lashes everyday - it took me quite a while you see - I can recreate it whenever I feel like it.

I've so many ideas I want to do - I guess it's really just another creative and artistic path to try!

I look forward to sharing some of them with you. 
Take care Zo xx


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

WOYWW 375 - It's a dog's life.

Happy desk day! 

Yes I'm back to share my desk as per everyone over at The Stamping Ground for WOYWW

My desk is a bit bizarre to day - 
 The right side is a bit messy. Under that pink paper is my parent's anniversary card. The pink paper is what I'm going to use to make an envelope. There's stuff. Stuff on top of stuff. Need to tidy it up.
So the window side is unusual. I bought this game for Baxter ages ago and we had fun - he has to move the thingies and find the treats. So I got it out again. So far he's found a couple of treats but I reckon he feels it's a bit hard work for now and has gone to sleep!

So that's me - short and sweet - much like me really!!
Take care Zo xx

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

WOYWW 374 - new stash!


I'm back to link up with Julia and all other desk sharing people to well..share my desk!

 So far right - those are my new stamps on top the typewriter - Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs!
 Right side - that box has my stencils in. I've created coloured backgrounds with my new Distress crayons and have created a scene. Zoom in and you can see the Paris one.
Window side - WIP. I've stamped Crazy Dogs onto the backgrounds and am cutting them out.
A closer look.

So that's me. Oh before I go here's the finished image that you saw I started last week. It's May's lesson from Kit and Clowders marker classes.
Took me 3 days to finish. Loved doing this. The photo doesn't do it justice to be honest. Not sure what I'm going to do with it.  May do a giveaway. Hmmm we'll see.

Take care Zo xx

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

WOYWW 373 - oops I've missed a few!

Hello desk dashers & all my followers.

Well I have to say sorry - I've been a rubbish blogger these last few weeks. But I'm back today to join in with WOYWW over at The Stamping Ground - lovely to see Julia well on her way to recovery and getting stronger every day.

So my desk is colouring related - I've been receiving the monthly colouring lessons from Kit and Clowder but have just been saving them. But decided I need to start actually doing.

 So the right side has all the pens out I need for my lesson. If you are eagled eyed you may spot some new purchases up in my spice rack!! (Can't spot them - distress crayons & whipped Spackle!)
 Window side shows my on going progress. I will share it when finished! This is how I learn all of my colouring techniques. I put the practice in and take lessons. I watch the class video first then use the step-by-step instructions to guide me though. I do like to tweak things as I do have confidence in my colouring so sometimes do my own thing!

Thought I'd also share these pics. As you all know Keagan is living his dream working in horse racing. His supervisor took these photos the other day. 
 In action cantering.
 Love this photo. Shows the stunning scenary where Keagan is and such a fab pic of Keagan.
 More cantering.
More cantering and scenary!

To see my boy doing what he's always dreamed of makes me so proud. 
Hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I do.

Take care Zo xx

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Tuesday's treat - blue & white!

So today I'm back to share a colour co-ordinated range of items from Creative Together!

Those who know me know I'm a huge football fan and that I support Bristol Rovers. So in honour of my team I thought I'd share our range of blue and white items!

We have elegant buttonholes - 


We have stunning corsages - 

Here's an Orchid wrist corsage
We have fabulous haircombs - 

Beautiful blue hair comb
How about something for your home? We have a stunning range of decorative boxes -

Large photo boxes  
To our fabulous range of notebooks
There are also our football related notebooks. At present there are only Bristol Rovers notebooks available.

 Eventually this range will extend to other football teams and colours.

Creative Together is constantly growing. Many more new products will be added over the next few months. 

I hope you enjoyed my slightly unusual tour of our shop today!
Take care Zo

Monday, 4 July 2016

Monday Magic - Flowers in your hair.

Good morning!

So this week I'm going to highlight some of our fabulous products over on Creative Together
I've deliberately not flooded my social media recently with constant links and photos from our shop. Too much oftens means people scroll by. 

But this week I hope everyone will stop and have a look.

So I'm starting with Lisa's stunning hair combs - these can be worn for many occasions and will suit most hair styles.

The beauty with these are that if you look after them they can be worn over and over again. Weddings. Christenings. Special occasions. Or if you just fancy having pretty hair for the day!

First up is the beautiful purple Phalaenopsis Orchid.

Then there's the stunning lilac and white marble Rose.

We also have this fabulous royal blue Rose

Finally there's the pretty ivory Phalaenopsis Orchid.

I'm sure you'll all agree these are stunning. Lisa uses professional quality artificial flowers & accents when creating these and they are all finished to a high standard.

At Creative Together both myself and Lisa are happy to discuss any requirements you may have. Please feel free to get in touch with us any time.

Take care Zo