Sunday, 23 April 2017

Haul Time feat. Bare Minerals, Tom Ford, Revolution and L'Oreal

Being a big make up lover I am constantly running out of room in my cupboards and drawers so I went out and bought some plastic storage boxes, a total bargain at only £1 each from Poundland.
Another thing I purchased was this really pretty notebook, I make lists for everything so I am constantly needing new ones, so I always snap up pretty books that I see. I have bought it to keep ideas for blog posts and YouTube videos.
I have seen a lot of YouTubers using these oval type brushesto apply their makeup with and the ones they use are £50 - £60 a brush so when I saw this cheaper version in Superdrug from the brand Revolution I knew I had to have it. It is so pretty in Rose Gold, I love anything in Rose Gold so this brush really appealed. The bristles are really soft and nice and densely packed too so the foundation should go on nice and smoothly.
I needed some more hairspray and Elnett is my favourite brand. I got it in extra strong as I use it everyday and need it to hold my hairstyle in place for up to 10 hours at least. It gives a nice fine mist which I like as some hairsprays just spray in big clumps and then you get too much in one area and not enough in another.
I love watching films especially Disney ones and Harry Potter type films so when I saw Fantastic Beasts had come out on DVD I just had to have it.
This highlighting palette from Revolution is supposed to be a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette. They are such pretty shades and a lot lighter on the bank balance which can only be a good thing. They feel buttery smooth to the touch and just glide onto the skin. These can also be used as eyeshadows or a bronzer, don'tyou just love multi use products!!


Going to Jo Malone was a really lovely experience today, sometimes the staff in high end department stores can look downtheir noses at you and you end up feeling rubbish but today the assistant was lovely and made me feel really at ease and relaxed. I purchased the Wood Sage and Sea Salt edt. Their packaging in the cream and black is so classy and elegant that you can give them straight away as gifts without any extra wrapping needed.



Thn I went to Bare Minerals and purchased a matte liquid lipstick in the colour "Kissy Face". It is a beautiful blue toned pink, quite neutral. Some liquid lipsticks can feel very drying and so Im hoping this high end verdion wont do that.


Lastly I purchased a mini Tom Ford lipstick from the Men and Boys collection in the shade "Flynn". Yet again it is another neutral shade. ( Can anyone see a pattern occuring here lol?). I also own 2 other Tom Ford lipsticks in "Spanish Pink" and " Blushed Nude". Truly some of the best lipsticks I have ever tried.

I really hope that you have enjoyed this blog post. If you want to see the corresponding video just type in Zoe Archer and you will find me. I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and will speak to you all soon.

Love and hugs.



Thursday, 20 April 2017

My YouTube channel and Self Belief



Hi Everyone, I hope you are all well and had a happy and blessed Easter. A lot has bern happening with me since I last wrote to you all. I decide to really up my game with my You Tube channel and post videos more regularly.  I suffer with my nerves and anxiety and have severr hand tremors because of it. I used to get teased about it all throughout my childhood being called " freak" "Shakin Stevens" ( an old 1980's pop singer)and the children in my class used to gather round me in a circle shouting "Wibble, Wobble jelly on a plate". So my confidence has never been very high.

But lately I just wanted to get stronger and have more self belief so have tried to push past my mental barriers and have posted the videos whethrr I felt I looked stupid or not. I am so pleased and shocked that I have reached 75 subscribers and feel as if this is spurring me to carry on. I'm only using my phone to record my videos and have no idea about editing or screenshots, so my vidros will seem very amateurish compared to other YouTubers but I can only try to develop my skills over time.

In my videos I have spoken about things that I have been loving lately especially painting my nsils all spring inspired colours, and products that Im trying to use up on a more consistent basis.

Food wise, Ive gone to pot because of all the lovely food tbats been around because of Easter but Im going to try and eat more healthily and make better choices now Easter is over.

Below are some of the colouring pictures I have completed this werk. I have been trying to develop my skills and colours when doing different skin tones. I have found some amazing brush tip pens from Faber Castell in a ramge of different skin tones I got thrm at WHSmiths and I will definitely be looking at getting the other colours available.






If you would like to see my Youtube channel, just type in Zoe Archer and would love for you to leave a comment and just say Hi or even subscribe so that I can grow my Youtube family..

Love and Hugs xxx

Friday, 3 March 2017

Rain, fruit and Lush bath bomb


Oh my word, the weather today has been horrendous.  It poured with rain the whole day and was so dark and dreary.  I hate it when it is like that, it makes you feel all miserable and fed up.

Diet wise, hmmm, not so good. I did have fruit for my breakfast and lunch today which was fine, but then one of my customers at the shop gave me a box if Maltesers and so I shared them with Daniel. So I didnt eat the whole box but not a good way to stick within my 15 syns. Plus I had a load of white bread with my Slimming World chicken tikka meal, which I shouldn't have had, but, boy did it taste good!!!

Daniel went out with his Grandad tonight to watch Birmingham City play so I had a lovely bit of me time, so I ran myself a nice bubble bath with Twilight bath bomb from Lush ( a true favourite) and read my Kindle  for a while. It feels so nice to be able to relax and just rest.

I thought I would show you a couple of my colouring pictures I have done over the last couple of days.


I hope you like them. Let me know in the comments what hobbies you enjoy.

Speak to you tomorrow xx


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Colouring, Planting Trees and Blogger Problems

Today has been a really good day. You know its not going to be too bad when you can get your hair to straighten properly. It is such a good feeling when you look in the  mirror and what you see brings a confidence to you and you feel you look nice.

I was quite pleased with myself too with my makeup usage because for the 2nd time this year I hit pan on an eyeshadow. That is a very rare happening for me as I have so many shadows that I am lucky if I wear an eyeshadow 5 times or more.

Daniel, my son was going on a school trip today to plant new trees in a forest and so I packed him a nice lunch and sent him with his wellies as I just knew he was going to come back muddy and dirty. Gee whizz, when he came home he looked like he had been bathing in the mud.  It took us about 15 minutes just to clean his wellies, his trousers were covered, his coat was covered. All I can say is he said he had fun, and thats what every Mom wants for their child, right!?! Plus, its always good to see the younger generations helping to take care of the planet, its so important.

Colouring has become not only a little hobby but a major love of mine. I literally have between 50 - 100 colouring books and I love them all. Well, today I needed the new Relax With Art Magazine and a Colouring Gothic Special by Selena Fenech, so I went out extra early to go to WHSmith before work and they hadn't got either. I was gutted. But my rescuer was my partner who travelled all the way into the city centre to get them for me.  He is such a love.

It has been such a long time since I had a little pamper session and so did a face mask, one of the L'Oreal Clay Masks. ( If you havent tried them yet, you need to, they are so good. Plus, you get so much product for your money, total bargain!!!). My skin now feels beautiful and smooth, although Daniel nearly had heart failure when he spotted me wearing it and his response was "What the hell, Mom?!?"

Tonight was the night I decided to restart my blog and wanted to write it out on the computer but apparently my blog is not recognised on Blogger on my laptop and so will have to just write it out on my phone everyday. That's no hardship really, I know, first world problems and all that.

Well, I hoped you enjoyed reading my first ever daily diary entry. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Hope you have had a good day too. Speak to you tomorrow.



A Different Journey.

I haven't posted on my blog in a very long time. Everytime I tried to write something, I just felt that my posts weren't interesting or relevant to anyone else. I would read other people's posts and feel that their posts were much more modern and fun whereas I'm just a 40 year old single Mom trying to feel young and pretty and my posts just felt stupid and boring.

Move on 4 months and I have truly missed being part of the blogging community, I have missed writing about my beauty loves and hates but now I've decided my posts are going to be more a daily diary of my  day to day life.

I'm not good with cameras as my nerves are pretty shot so if you want fantastic photos this isnt the blog for you, but it will be a reflection of how my life is going and a daily journal of the comings and goings of a part time healthcare advisor and fulltime Mom to an 11 year old.

I really hope that people reading my posts will enjoy them and I will gain new friends and new readers along the way. Please comment and subscribe, all your friendships and support mean so much.

Love and Hugs xxx
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