Zoeva Cafe palette review and swatches

zoeva cafe palette review swatches

Do you know the feeling when there is that one shade you think makes a palette totally worth it? Do you know that voice in your head saying “it’s only 20€, get it!”. Well that’s how I ended up buying the Zoeva Café palette: low price tag and a lime green shade. So since I bought it and used it, how about writing a review and showing you some swatches. I thought it was the perfect content to go up on the blog, separately from Youtube, so let’s get into the Zoeva Cafe palette review and swatches.

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TGIF makeup look #2: warm contrasts

makeup look warm contrasts
Thank God It’s Friday! I’m not going anywhere tonight, but it’s a good occasion for me to share a more dramatic makeup with you guys. For this look I wanted to give a different twist to a makeup I have been wearing all the time lately. I have been tanning a bit and therefore gravitating to warm colors for my eyeshadows using my beloved Nabla shadows. To spice it all up a bit, I used a blue liner and eyeshadow on the lower lash line which introduces some contrast and more color to the look. This look is perfect for spring and even more for summer thanks to all the shimmer and sunset tones. These are my warm contrasts.
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Brushology PART 2: eye makeup brushes 101 with Zoeva brushes

Here we are with part 2 of Brushology talking about eye brushes and their uses. If you missed the first part with all the face brushes, check it out here.

7. 227 Soft Definer brush: this brush has very soft natural bristles that make it the perfect blending brush for soft makeup looks.
8. 228 Crease brush: this tapered soft brush is built to be used to contour the eye and the crease.
9. 234 Smoky Shader brush: this brush has a round flat shape that is perfect to pack the eye shadow on the lid for an intense color. It can be used to achieve deep smokey looks or popping colors.
10. 231 Petit Crease brush: as the name suggests, it is a smaller tapered brush that delivers precision to add depth in the outer “V” of the eye.
11. 230 Pencil brush: this even smaller tapered brush can be used to reach all the areas of the eye, especially the lower lash line, achieving a perfectly blended smoky look
12. 317 Wing liner brush: for the perfect flick! This thin angled brush will give you the control and precision to achieve a clean line that makes any girl feel and look sexy.
13. 238 Precise Shader brush: this little guy is made for all the fine work that make a flawless eye look, perfect for detailing.
14. 321 Brow Comb: this guy will tame your brows and brush them in place. It comes with natural bristles but you can find synthetic ones as well. We all know a groomed brow is the frame to the face.
   15. 315 Fine Liner brush: with  this really small brush you can frame you eyes with a very thin line close to the lashes or intensify your look building up your eyeliner. Perfect to use with gel eyeliners or eye shadow.
And there we go, the final run through the main eye brushes.

I want to underline how important it is to have good quality brushes, and I don’t mean you should spend hundreds of euros for a set. Zoeva and Real Techniques are my favorite and will give you high quality brushes for a good price. And to make them last: take care of them! Spot clean your brushes right after use with a dedicated product and deep clean them weekly with baby shampoo or other delicate soaps to get rid of all the bacteria and at the same time moisturize the bristles to keep them soft.
Hope this was useful, and to next time!
xo
A
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Brushology PART 1: face makeup brushes 101 with Zoeva brushes

Zoeva’s complete brush set

It’s Sunday and it is time for some learning! 

Since I work during the week, I use the weekend to study my beauty and makeup subjects. And here is something I would like to share with you guys. In part 1 I will explain some general thing and go through the main face brushes, in part 2 I will show you eye brushes and their use.
First things first, brushes are a very important tool for anyone who wears makeup. You can have only a few of them and already create full looks or have hundreds and never have enough. The important thing is to know what each one of them was designed for and how to use it. Many brushes also have multiple uses and can be fun to experiment with.
To start, we look at the materials of which the brushes are made of. The bristles can be synthetic or natural hair. As a general rule, we will use synthetic brushes for cream and liquid based products because they are easier to clean and will not soak up too much product. On the other hand, we will use natural hair brushes for powder based products.
For practical purposes I will show you Zoeva brushes which I love and have a great quality/price figure.
Zoeva face brushes

Starting with face brushes:

  1. 106 Powder brush: this fluffy and soft brush is ideal to apply any loose or pressed powder to give a silky finish to the skin. The bristles are vegan, which means that no animals were harmed in retrieving them.
  2. 104 Buffer brush: this is a synthetic flat head kabuki brush and is perfect to apply both liquid and mineral foundation. Buffing brushes will give you an airbrushed flawless finish, almost independently from the foundation used. I prefer to use flat head brushes to apply mineral and powder foundations.
  3. 102 Silk finish brush: another foundation brush, slightly smaller than the 104 and with a round top. I personally pick this one to apply my liquid foundations because it is dense and the round top helps to get in all the features of the face (around the nose,..).
  4. 110 Face Shape brush: this is a smaller version of the 102 brush and is prefect to contour your face precisely (hence the name). I personally use it to contour the nose area which needs precision, but use something like the 127 brush to contour the cheeks because it is easier to blend with.
  5. 142 Concealer Buffer brush: again a smaller version of the round top buffer to be used to blend concealer or corrector under the eye. The synthetic bristles are extra soft and delicate for the under-eye area.
  6. 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek brush: this blush brush has the most amazing natural bristles and the angled cut makes it perfect to apply precise powder blush, highlight or contour.
Here we go, with these 6 brushes you can achieve a flawless skin whatever your choice of product is.
Let me know what your favorite face brush is.
See you in the second part for the eye brushes!
xo
A
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