Zoeva Rose Golden Complete Eye Set Vol. 2

I wanted these for the longest time, not just because they are pretty, but because Zoeva brushes have such a high rating everywhere and are often cited as some of the best brushes around. They are very expensive, though. Some might disagree with me, but 75 € for a set of brushes is an unreasonable price as far as I'm concerned. However, since most of my brushes are budget versions and a lot are not the best shape for my eyes, not to mention very old, I decided to take the plunge and invest in these. I'm very happy I got these and some of the brushes became an instant favourite, however, there are a few that aren't as good or the best shape for me. They started selling these individually, so I could have got them cheaper if I just got the brushes I now know are indispensable to me. There are twelve brushes in the set, the blending ones are simply outstanding and you basically have every brush you could wish for an eye makeup application, but I would switch some with my old ones. Included is also a rose gold bag that's well-made and soft.

Rose Gold is the centre of attention here, or the coppery shade of gold that the ferules are made of. The base of the brushes is a pale peachy colour and all the brushes have these two minor details that make them even more special - an oriental pattern engraving on the metal part and the name of the collection on the end of the brush. Every brush has a name printed on them, unfortunately placed exactly where you hold them, so they are bound to wipe off, just like off Mac's brushes.

You'll find everything you need for simple as well as more intricate eye makeups, but a big emphasis was made in the blending department and that is something I really appreciate. These are a mix of natural and  synthetic taklon hair (142 Concealer Buffer, 235 Contour Shader, 310 Spot Liner and 322 Brow Line).

By the way, the makeup bellow was created using I <3 Makeup Naked Chocolate palette, shades Dipped and Wonka.

142 Concealer Buffer

A large, dense, rounded brush that works great for blending concealer both under the eyes and on spots. Though it's dense, it's still soft enough not to merely shift the product, but actually buffing it into the skin. It's not unique as I found a dupe among my cheap Jessup brushes. Individual price 10.50 €

Jessup brush from the 5pc set and 142 Concealer Buffer. In my eyes, these are dupes. The material feels the same, they are equally dense and same in size as well as shape. You can get almost 10 of Jessup brushes for the price of one this one.

221 Luxe Soft Crease

A fluffy, relatively narrow blending brush. The bristles are longer than at 227 and it's overall wider because it's not flattened like that one. It does an excellent job at blending, even on my small eyes. None of my brushes are dupes for it, some are similar, but bigger. I have a picture with a comparisons with my other blending brushes bellow. Individual price 9.50 €.

227 Luxe Soft Definer

A flat, fluffy blending brush. This is the one brush that is closest to Mac's 217. It's a bit less rounded at the top, but the size and fluffiness is about the same, though since my 217 is over six years old, it's hard to compare. Really love this one. Individual price 9.50 €.

228 Luxe Crease

A large, fluffy tapped blush. This is basically just a bigger version of the 231 Luxe Petite Crease brush, but it's a lot fluffier than that one. I really love this one for of this one for blending and softening colour. I have nothing similar among my other brushes. Individual price 9.50 €.

221 Luxe Soft Crease, 227 Luxe Soft Definer, 228 Luxe Crease and 231 Luxe Petite Crease.

230 Luxe Pencil

A simple pencil brush, so a stiff, small brush meant for applying and blending colour under the lower lash line and in the inner corner. Mac 219 is a perfect dupe for it and I see zero differences between the two. Individual price 9.50 €.

Essence Precision Brush (TE), Zoeva 230 Luxe Pencil and MAC 219. The last two are complete dupes.

231 Luxe Petite Crease

A medium, tapered, semi-fluffy brush. My word has changed with the discovery of this brush, it is outstanding. I've been using Coastal Scents Italian Round Crease brush for the job, but this is a gazillion times better. The tip picks up the colour, while the rest blends. It's available individually and I highly recommend you get one of these. I have nothing like it among my old brushes. Individual price 9.50 €.

Nanshy Tapered Crease, Nanshy Eye Crease, Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease, Makeup Revolution Ultra Metallic Crease, Coastal Scents Italian blending brush, Ebeline Blender Pinsel, Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease, MAC 217, Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer, Nashy Blending eyeshadow, eBay metallic crease brush and 221 Luxe soft crease.

232 Luxe Classic Shader

A flat, stiff shader blush. While it does the job well of packing on the colour, I'm not completely pleased with this one. It's quite big for the job and I much prefer the good old classic Mac's 239 because my eyes are small. I think 234 Luxe Smoky Shader would have probably been a much better choice for the set. Individual price of both is 9.50 €.

MAC 239, Zoeva 23 Luxe Classic Shader brush and Essence eyeshadow brush.

235 Contour Shader

A diagonally cut flat, stiff brush. This is another brush that rocked my word - it is so perfect. It's excellent for applying a dark shade in the outer V and can also be used in the crease. For years I've been using Ecotools eyeliner brush, which is way too stiff for the job and I had no idea such a brush even existed. Another brush I highly recommend. Individual price 9.50 €.

238 Luxe Precise Shader

A precise, flat, stiff shader brush. Its only use that I can think of it for the inner corner. I wouldn't miss it, since I use 230 Luxe Pencil for that. Individual price 9.50 €.

310 Spot Liner

A tiny, stiff, square cute brush. Not a fan of this one because it made my gel eyeliner look patchy (not the one of the picture, that's Stila Stay all Day). It's just too small for the job in my opinion, but I'm sure I'll find use for it. Individual price 8.50 €.

322 Brow Line

A diagonally cut, flat, stiff brush. I don't do brows, so I use it instead for defining my lower lash line. It doesn't pick up much colour that's my main complaint and I prefer my other such brushes. I tried it on the brows once and again I felt like it isn't applying enough colour. Individual price 8.50 €.

325 Luxe Brow Light

A large, flat, stiff shader brush. I don't see much purpose in this one, since I don't have enough space under my brows, but it's meant to apply highlighter under the brows. The only similar brush I own is Nanshy Large Shader brush, which I also don't use, but Zoeva's is even wider, slightly shorter and thinner. Individual price 9.50 €.

325 Luxe Brow Light and Nanshy Large Shader Brush.

The bag is soft and well-made, a love that so much attention was given to the details - the satin-like lining with an inscription and the metal zipper with an oriental design. Such a lovely bag.

I got these for the eye-watering price 75 € + shipping which wasn't cheap either. I ordered from the official website and it arrived really fast, I believe it was three days, but it is from Germany, so not that far. These are also sold on Beauty Bay, but for some reason they don't ship these in Slovenia (because god forbid we'd get free shipping with these). They are also sold in Austrian Douglas shop, I'm just no sure it's sets as well because I hear they don't have palettes. I also hear that Zoeva keeps raising their prices which is very unjust to their customers and it almost made me not order from them.

Do I think this is the perfect set? No. But, it's close. The blending brushes are outstanding and that 235 Contour Shader  as well as 231 Luxe Petite Crease deserve all the praise, but I prefer Mac's 239 for a classic shader brush to Zoeva's 232 Luxe Classic Shader, my Alverde bent eyeliner brush to 310 Spot Eyeliner and my other cut eyeliner brushes to 322 Brow Line. I would build a different set from all the brushes they have available and though you could do that by buying brushes individually, it would exceed the price of the set by a large margin. I've found two dupes: Zoeva's 230 Luxe Pencil and MAC's 219 as well as Jessup's brush from the 5pc set and Zoeva's 142 Concealer Buffer. Some brushes I know I won't use much, but there are some that are absolutely fantastic and have already become my all-time favourites. If you plan to buy any of the individually, I highly recommend 231 Luxe Petite Crease brush, 228 Luxe Crease, 235 Contour Shader and 227 Luxe Soft Definer.

Have a great day!

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Colour 06 Cherry Cobler

There is little I like to try more than a new matte liquid lipstick and Jordana's are some of the most recent releases. I think they have been launched this spring and they come in 12 shades and in 8 sweet flavours. I have one of the brightest shades, but there are some nude shades that I have my eye on, since this one managed to impress me. I believe Jordana and Milani are sister brands like Catrice and Essence, so the formulas are understandably similar, but not the same.

Texture and finish: They call it a whipped cream texture in the official description and while they are a cream, I'm not that eager to call it whipped. The latter is more Bourjois' domain, but Jordana are actually much more like Milani's. The formula is a liquid cream texture, a bit heavier than most such products, but by no means actually heavy on the lips. Like Milani's it sets in under a minute to a perfect matte finish and after that is doesn't transfer one bit. It does feel like a layer, just like Milani's, so for some it will feel drying, but it's fine to me. The main difference with Milani's is that these are a bit sheerer, however, it's still completely opaque by using a bit more product. At this shade, that sheerness actually makes it looks like a different colour, since the first thin coat is a proper hot pink shade and the thicker the coat, the more red and warm it looks.

Colour: This one is very deceiving because it looks a simple warm red in the tube, but on the lips it's a bright hot warm red that demands attention. As I said before, the thinner the application the more pink it is and vice versa, though I would apply a very thick coat because there is a chance it'll start to flake. I swatched it next to my other similar shades and you can see how much pinker those look in the tube.

Staying power: Staying power is impressive, but a lot of such fuchsia shades tend to last very long and stain, so it would be nice to see how nude shades survive, since they are usually the weak link in the lipstick ranges. I have a picture of how it looked after six hours and a couple of (greasy) meals, and though one patch feel off and it became uneven, it wasn't that bad. Actually at the end of the day I had serious difficulties getting it off and I had to resort to an oil-based remover.

Scent: It has a vanilla-plastic scent and it's only noticeable at application. 

Packaging: The packaging is a simple plastic one that perhaps looks cheap, but doesn't behave like that and doesn't leak. The applicator is cut sideways or curvy for an easier application.

Price and availability: Mine is from Click2Chic where it costs 5.00 €. They have four shades, aside from this one also: Mixed Berry Souffle, Raspberry Tart and Strawberry Cheesecake.

The quality for the price is really good and if you liked Milani's version, you'll like these are well, just bear in mind that they are very matte and form a layer on the lips, so those with dry lips don't say I didn't warn you. This wasn't a shade I picked up myself and though it's very pretty, it's very bright, which means I probably won't wear it that often, so I would love to pick up a lighter shade or two like Creme Brulee, Rose Macaron or a deeper Tiramisu for every day, but I also like Raspberry Tart and Strawberry Cheesecake.

Have a great day!

My Makeup Collection and Organisation Tips

A couple of months ago I made a post for the other blog I write at about makeup organisation tips and it was really well received. Since it was in Slovene and all of the makeup on the pictures was only that which is sold in their online shop, I wanted to create a version with my actual makeup vanity and all the products I own. I've actually done one of such posts a very long time ago, before I had this vanity and just for the kicks you can see it here. My vanity is partly bought and partly homemade based on my ideas, since I have some very handy people around who made my drawings, plans and calculations into a reality. The desk is custom build from Ikea with the Alex drawer unit, a Linnmon table top (120 cm x 60 cm) and Adils legs. The mirror is recycled from an old vanity, the shelves are all custom made and set based on my design and calculations, including the glass ones, only the metal brackets are again from Ikea (Ekby Bjärnum).

This is just how my makeup is currently set on my vanity. While the drawer's organising structure never changes, the vanity does all the time. Pretty new products are always displayed on the glass shelves and the boxes/baskets are all actually empty because I used them to store new products for New ins and for individual posts like I spoke in my blogging routine. The flowers aren't always there, it depends on the season, so what's in the garden (today it's lilies-of-the-valley) or if I found a nice cheap bouquet in either Interspar, Hoffer (Aldi) or Lidl (I  often buy discounted flowers because I feel sorry for those that get thrown away when no one buys them). I have my only big Yankee Candle there in my favourite scent Soft Blanket and the prettiest box of tissues from a Müller brand called Duchesse.

On top are the things that are prettiest or I use most often. The metallic brushes from eBay are stored in one of those glasses you get when you buy frozen chocolate desserts in Spar or Hoffer. I now have another glass for Zoeva brushes next to it and that one is from a cheap DM candle (it's on one of the pictures below). The clear drawer unit is from Jysk, which I got pretty recently and I put inside my prettiest and favourite cheek products (Milani Romantic Rose blush, Max Factor Lavish Mauve blush, Bourjois Java powder and Physicians Formula Happy Booster blush. That spotty thing is a Born Pretty bottom lash mascara), on top I have two of my prettiest fragrances - Oriflame Volare and Paco Rabanne Olympea. Next to the drawers is a lipstick organizer that I got from Müller and it has Mac lipsticks, a Kiko one, a Lancôme one and a Shiseido one. The main organizer I use is also from Műller and it contains products I use most at the moment.

This is the current content of my glass shelves, though most of the things have been the same for quite a while. I display things that are prettiest here. You see these in the background of my full-face pics. The owl and pink cat lip balms are both from H&M, the panda eyeliner is from Born Pretty and Tony Moly bunny lip balms are from eBay. The tea cup is from a Chinesse shop in my local town.

I keep the rest of my brushes on the bottom shelve, along with mascaras, eyeliners and lip liners. The wicker baskets are both from Jysk, the round glass vase is from Tedi, the square glass vase is from Lesnina as is the mint green sand that's inside (Tedi has a nice selection as well). The other two cups are candle stands and both are from the Christmas selection in Rutar. On the top all the boxes are from Tedi and the metal peach cookie box is from Kik. All but one box/baskets are currently empty, since I actually don't have that much stuff and they represent a temporary storage option. Only the silver/pink box has something inside and it's a place where I store Yankee Candle Tarts and other candles (such as my favourite peach one from Eurospin).

I use custom plastic cutlery organizers that I got many years ago in Bauhaus. These are the longest they had, but the fill only 4/5 of the drawer, so there is empty space in the back. In the first section are concealers, some Ginvera BB cream samples, UD Setting spray and an Essence powder. In the second are larger blushes, highlighters, my only bronzer (Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess) and makeup sponges. In the third section are the majority of blushes and on their right my eyeshadow palettes.

The main organizer units here are empty plastic clear boxes from Ferrero Rocher. I have two different sizes, the largest holds individual eyeshadows (L'Oreal Infallibles, Mac's, Catrice's,…), while the rest contain various things. Three are dedicated to lip products, one to Catrice eyeshadow palettes and cream eyeshadows and the ones in the back it for eye makeup. The Freedom palette didn't fit anywhere else, so it's here and under it are fake eyelashes. Again the back part of the drawer is pretty much empty.

I'm only showing you the makeup part of the drawer, but you can see a part of the jewellery organizer that takes up much of the drawer. These are all the foundations I own (on the vanity is currently only a Dior BB cream which I'm using) and my primers. Links to reviews of all is under About and in Directory.

Here I store my hair curlers, empty phone boxes that I use for my photo setup, a couple of empty bags and in the back are hair rollers in that beige bag, which actually quite big, so there is plently of space in these Alex drawers.
There is another drawer, but it's not makeup/beauty related.

The rest of the non-makeup bits and my C2C stuff are stored separately, so not in the vanity, but in other drawers. The top of that cabinet is ever changing, currently I have the white wicker basket from Jysk where are products I use most (like Revlon's Ultra HD lipstick in Rose) and things that I need to review (right now it's nothing new, but I put Zoeva brushes, so you can see how they are stored). Next to it is my Snow White cup that I just had to have and it came with candy (score!),  inside are my three bunny pens from AliExpress and just for this picture I put my fragrances here, so you can see them, but there's currently a mirror instead.

My fragrances aren't actually stored on this, I keep most them away from the sunlight in my book case, some are on the vanity, but just so you can see them, I put them on this rotating cake plate that I occasionally use to take pictures and I think it's from Müller. Reviews if all are on the blog, just check under Directory for links.

The nail polishes have their own smaller drawer and so they don't move when I open it, I put them again in the largest Fererro Rocher plastic box. The nail polish removers are on the side.

Hair care and skin care items are on their own shelves, the hair products are in the back and the skin care is in its own heart shaped mint green polka dot box that I got for my birthday.

The shelf under it is my C2C shelve. I store all of their products here, including thing I had before or bought since, so I keep them separate from the rest of my things because it's easier to work that way, since everything is in the same place (exceptions are the pretty things on the vanity, so the Physicians Formula cheek products and Milani's Darling lipstick, as well as Revlon's Colorstay foundation & concealerRevlon's Ultra HD lipstick in Rose and Jordana Modern Matte lipstick 01 Matte Bare, which I'm currently really into). On the left are hair care and skin care products, the violet box contains nail polishes are the other two boxes have makeup. I'm trying to keep these things pretty as long as I can - for picture reasons, of course.

One of the deep drawers is home to my hair styling products and a couple of body butters. Here are all of my hair oils, texturizing sprays and heat protectants. Again they are in a Fererro Rocher box, so they don't move when I open the drawer

I have other bits in the bathroom, but this is all of it. I keep everything very organized and put things back in their place immediately, so it looks this tidy pretty much all the time.

As I said, the products on the glass shelves change all the time, but I had this mint green cocktail of nail polishes in a martini glass for a really long time there, so I wanted to include it here.

Although it's in Slovene, you might be interested in my post on the C2C blog about makeup organisation. Some things are the same, but you might find some more ideas.

I hope you enjoyed this and have a great day!