Makeup Brush Update | Zoeva Rose Gold Collection

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes | Pink Elephant Blog

Zoeva is becoming a bit of a cult brand in the makeup world when it comes to brushes (although they also do some really cute makeup). I've used their blending brushes for ages - they are way cheaper than some of my other favourites (*cough*... MAC... *cough*) and the quality is just as good, if not better. 

And then there is the rose gold. I don't think I need to tell you how beautiful the pale pink handles look with the rose gold hardware. It's a dream, people, a dream!

Zoeva do amazing brush sets in all of their ranges but I went with a load of single ones. It works out a tiny bit more expensive but I ended up with exactly the brushes I want and need. Becky has previously written about the set she got so if you're interested, head over here. There's something there for everyone with hundreds of different brush styles and designs to choose from.

Face

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes | Pink Elephant Blog

The 112 Face Curve (€14.80)

This is essentially a classic flat foundation brush but what I love about it is that it really is quite big. You can apply foundation really quickly but still get that nice finish from a flat brush.

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes | Pink Elephant Blog

The 110 Face Shape (€12.80)

This one is a bit of a multitasker. Perfect for anything from concealer to cream contour but you could absolutely also use it with powder products - for example super precise blush application. It's really small and perfect for getting around the contours of your face!

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes | Pink Elephant Blog

The 114 Luxe Face Focus (€14.80)

One of my favourites, this is again quite a small fluffy face brush, perfect for powder products like highlighter, face powder or blush. It's slightly flattened which makes application really easy and precise.

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes | Pink Elephant Blog

The 233 Cream Shader (€9.50)

Technically in the eye brush category but will be used mainly for underage concealer application. A beautifully firm small flat brush with domed bristles which makes applying concealer right in the corners of your eye less of a struggle. This would be perfect for applying cream shadows too!

Eyes

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes | Pink Elephant Blog

The 227 Luxe Soft Definer (€9.50)

Definitely 'inspired' by the iconic MAC 217 brush this is an absolute staple for anyone who wears eye shadow! The perfect small fluffy brush that makes blending both powder and cream shadows super easy for that pro finish. I have a bunch of these and I use them every single day!

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes | Pink Elephant Blog

The 225 Luxe Eye Blender (€9.50)

This one, also a blending brush has slightly shorter and more compact bristles and is great if you need to blend under the eye, in the corners or through the socket. It's essentially a similar brush to the 227 just slightly less fluffy and better for more precise blending - great if you are blending different shades together.

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes | Pink Elephant Blog

The 222 Luxe All Over Shader (€10.50)

The perfect all-rounder for when you are running out the door while applying your makeup. This will not do anything precise and intricate but for a wash of colour on the go, it's perfect! Definitely one I use a lot!

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes | Pink Elephant Blog

The 230 Luxe Pencil (€9.50)

I don't get that much use out of this brush, I sometimes use it for blessing under eye shadow (most of the time I just use whatever I use on my lid though - no fuss) and if I'm feeling really fancy I use it to apply a brow highlight. What I love about this brush is that it is the softest! So nice! And it does come in handy every now and then. Not an essential but a lovely addition to the ever growing collection!

Have you ever tried any Zoeva brushes? If not, I HIGHLY recommend you do!  If you don't want to spend a ton of money on brushes but get quality products these are for you! You can buy all of these brushes on the Zoeva website!

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Budget Find of the Week: H&M Earrings

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H&M EarringsDoes anyone else shop in the H&M Kids section? No?? Well, if you don't, go and check it out! I have found lots of cool T-shirts and basics there, that are a fraction of the price of the adult ones. The other day Becky & I had to do an emergency stop in the Stephens Green H&M to pick up some much needed My Little Pony plasters in the kiddy section (shoe malfunction!). While Becky was deciding on which plasters to go for (there was also a packet of Angry Birds ones, so it wasn't an easy decision!) I had a browse through the accessories section and came across these sets of stud earrings. In one packet you get 18 different, really cute earrings. I got 2 packets (in case I want the earrings to match) which makes up 18 pairs of earrings for under €6 (€2.95 per pack) !!!!! This must be one of my best budget finds yet!

Today I am wearing the cute lip studs. I absolutely love these!H&M EarringsIf you haven't yet, check out the kids section in H&M!

P.S. - I can highly recommend the cute plasters too!

Have you ever bought anything for yourself in a kids shop? I'd love to hear about your best buys!

A. xx

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Budget find of the Week

Dogeared NecklaceAs we all hold our breathes for January's payday to arrive (best payday of the year if you ask me) this bargain of the week is a steal that costs mere spare change. In the style of the most beautiful, delicate jewellery brand 'Dogeared', our pals at Penney's have created a copycat version which could fool even the sharpest eye.Penney's Necklace

Various styles including wishbone and stars are available in matching earring & necklace sets for €3 (the price of a coffee!)

One of the lovely things here is that these sets come with a tiny envelope waiting to be sealed inside, such a lovely little gift and perfectly sized for posting inside a Birthday card.

B x

New Series: Budget Find of the Week

We are introducing a new series to the blog: Budget Find of the Week. Everyone's budget is strapped these days and that is why we constantly hunt for great value products on the high street. This series will introduce you to products, services and places that we think are a bargain, great value for money without compromising on quality.

The "Budget Find of the Week" post will appear every Wednesday and will include not only beauty finds but also fashion, foodie bits, beauty treatments and anything else we can think of!

Hope you like : )

A. xx

Magpie on a Budget

When it comes to New Look I can generally take or leave it, nothing against it but not their biggest fan...that is until I got lost for a well over an hour in the jewellery section today- am I the only one who didn't know about this?!  I'm easily distracted by anything shiny at the best of times, so was in my element by the ridiculous selection of gorgeous embellished necklaces that New Look are doing brilliantly. So many jewels, rope detail and lots of variety on length and colour- and the best part? They're mostly under €10! At that price I couldn't stop at one...!Magpie on a Budget

€6.99 down to €3.50 (!) New LookMagpie on a Budget2

€8.99 New Look (photographing more black here but the jewels are actually more ruby/berry)Magpie on a Budget3

€8.99 New Look. Got a little carried away- white shirt €22.99 also New Look!Magpie on a Budget4

Well worth checking out- a very easy way to vamp up your winter wardrobe and with change from a tenner!

B.

(I got my goodies at New Look in Blanchardstown retail park)