ZOEVA BAMBOO Vegan Brush Collection

A complete vegan brush set with all the brushes you need to complete a make up look from start to finish. The renewed Bamboo set from Zoeva contains 8 brushes, a clutch and a brush holder.

The handles are made from bamboo and lie comfortably in the hand. The bristles are made out of synthetic taklon, super soft Applying make up feels very luxurious.  

I played around with this set and can tell you that my favorites are the Cream Cheek, Highlight, Soft Definer and Concealer Buffer. They will end up in my daily brush routine, I'm sure!
You can see these brushes in 'action' in my Bronze and Glow post.

This set costs €65 which might seem a lot, but some of these brushes are comparable to MAC and this set is 100% vegan. You also get a clutch and a brush holder. A great deal if you'd ask me!

Available here: Bamboo Brush Set

♡ SIMONE

103 Defined Buffer, 105 Highlight, 128 Cream Cheek, 109 Face Paint, 142 Concealer Buffer, 227 Soft Definer,. 232 Classic Shader, 317 Wing Liner.




Here you can see the complete set. Nice and compact. The clutch and brush holder are super practical and light weight. Perfect for the jetsetters. 






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Bronze and Glow - Charlotte Tilbury

Spring, oh spring. Where art thou? In one day I witnessed snow, hailstorm, rain and sunshine. All seasons packed in one day. 'April doet wat hij wil'.

Today I was in desperate need of summer. With a little bit make up we can bring summer to us and turn a rainy mood into golden sunshine.

Bronzer is something I normally stay far away from. In my make up collection bronzing powders are the underdog. Charlotte Tilbury did lure me to buy her 'Filmstart Bronze and Glow' Face sculpt and highlight. In her videos she shows how easy it is to work this look, why not try it? Trust me, with this palette you won't look like you just visited Charlie's Chocolate Factory.

In this article I show you how I played with the sculpt and highlight palette. It was super fun and totally brightened up my day. 

Have a lovely day, evening, morning!

In love with the rose gold packaging. She really nailed the packaging of her line. So gorgeous!

It has a great big mirror, perfect for make up application.
On the back of the palette there are tips on how to use the sculpt and highlight. Super easy!
Pale little me. Normal face make up without bronzer and highlighter. On my lips I am wearing MAC 'Jubilee'.
Apply bronzer to the temples, under the jaw, in the hollows of your cheeks and even the sides of the nose.
My brush is from the new ZOEVA bamboo collection. It is the cream cheek brush. I loved the shape and it is so soft!






Highlight the top of the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, the bow of the lips, inner eye corner and underneath the brow bone.
The highlighter brush is also from the ZOEVA Bamboo collection, it is highlighter brush. For the inner corners of the eye, I used wing liner brush.
Finished! Bronze and glow by Charlotte Tilbury make me look like I just came back from a holiday at the beach. I love that it looks so natural. Oliver even complimented me and told me I looked 'healthy' haha! Normally I have a bit of the vampire look ;) Nothing wrong with being pale, though.




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Face of the Day with ZOEVA Rose Golden Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva really hit the mark with their new eyeshadow palette. Colors infused with rose gold. Totally up my make up alley!

I made a day time look for you with a copper eye liner. Lipstick is MAC Cosmetics 'Fashion Revival'.
On the cheeks I am wearing Zoeva Luxe Color Blush in 'Last Love', which is one of my all time favorite blushes and I carry with me when I go on tour.

On the eyes I am wearing 'Copper is King' as an eyeliner. I wet the brush a bit to get more color intensity. On the entire lid I applied 'Reflective Elegance' and blended it with a bit of 'Luster' and 'Shining Bright'.

Do any of you own ZOEVA eyeshadow palettes? They only cost €17,50




The pigmentation is ok, the only two that don't really work so well are Harmony and Wonder Full.
In the pan they look different to when they are watched. I think it is because of the red bronze palette packaging. It clashes a bit with the eyeshadows.

I love all the colors! When Urban Decay released their Naked 3, I was hoping for the colors to be warm toned, but they are mostly cool. Zoeva did a great job!
Luster, Reflective Elegance, Copper is King, Shining Bright, Rusty Petals

Foil, Just a Rose, Golden Rule, Harmony, Wonder Full

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Favorite Face Masks

Does your skincare routine include face mask application? Face masks are an essential step to create beautiful skin and today I’d like to share three of my favorites that purify, brighten and hydrate.


PURIFY

Origins Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask  |  SEPHORA

This is my go-to mask when my skin is misbehaving. I love the Origins product line because they’re free of parabens and harsh chemicals and are also made with natural and certified organic ingredients.

The main ingredient that helps draw out and absorb impurities, such as bacteria and oil, is Activated Charcoal, which has a high-absorption capacity. Once removed, these impurities attach to the charcoal’s surface and are rinsed away.

After this mask is applied, wait for 10 minutes or until it has dried on your face and then gently remove with warm water. You’ll look like a monster initially, but once this product works it’s magic it will reveal beautiful skin that looks and feels more balanced and clear.

I apply this charcoal mask two times per week, but it can be used as needed and works for all skin types; definitely one of the best masks I’ve ever used.



BRIGHTEN

Alba Botanica – Even Advanced™ Deep Sea Facial Mask  |  Alba Botanica

Alba has become another brand favorite of mine because not only are their ingredients 100% vegetarian but cruelty-free as well, which means no animal testing (look for the bunny icon!). When my skin looks dull, this is the mask I use to brighten my complexion and create a more even tone.

Kaolin Clay plus Alba’s Marine Complex promotes uniform tone and equalizes pigment to make skin look more radiant. In five minutes any dulling impurities are removed and it gives my skin a gentle restart. I find this mask especially helpful after I’ve been out all day (or night) and environmental or personal stress begins to show.

This product is so luxurious – whipped texture, clean smell and smooth application – plus, it breathes life back into my skin. To make the experience more luxurious, I apply it slowly with a clean face brush.



HYDRATE

Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask  |  SEPHORA

Overnight masks are new territory for me but the current winter weather has made my skin feel dry so I decided to try this product and it’s a miracle worker! This mask uses Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oil to provide powerful hydration and moisture replacement without upsetting skin – perfect for those on the sensitive side.

Because this mask is applied before bed, I didn’t place any other product on my face (except under eye cream) so as not to skew the results. Fortunately, this mask also contains Japanese Seaweed, which helps repair skin and prevent premature aging, so I went to sleep a happy girl.

In the morning, my skin was glowing, baby smooth and rebalanced. I would highly recommend this to anyone experiencing dry skin issues, whether temporary or consistent – the formula is gentle and can be applied generously or sparsely depending on your situation.



FACE MASK TIPS & TRICKS


  • Always apply masks to fresh, clean skin and be sure your face isn't wet.
  • Keep hair tied back so it doesn’t interfere during application. The feeling of hair dried to your face is not pleasant!
  • For best results, make sure your pores are open prior to application – the easiest way is to soak a towel in hot water, wring it out and place over your face for five minutes.
  • If applying mask with your hands, make sure they’re clean – hand hygiene prevents contamination and potential breakouts.
  • Avoid contact with eyes and lips.
  • Keep the mask on as long as directed.
  • Make sure you relax! Face masks are a way to pamper yourself so take this time to unwind and clear your head.
  • Wash away your mask with warm water, then splash cold water on your face to close pores.



In my next post I’ll show how to make these masks at home, DIY-style! If you use the products featured in this post, let me know in the comments below. If not, what’s your favorite face mask and why? Even better, if you have more tips and tricks, share with us!

♡ REBECCA


Rebecca Brayman is a graphic designer and digital consultant with clientele ranging from renowned heavy metal bands (EPICA, Kamelot) to well-known female entrepreneurs and professionals. She is also passionate about skin care and believes that revealing and celebrating one's natural beauty inspires self-confidence and empowerment.

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Copacabana

Beach, metal and the sea. What more do you need to have a good time on tour? We were lucky enough to have some spare time at the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. The weather was perfect so Isaac and me took the camera and shot some fun outfit pictures for SmoonStyle.

  • Sunglasses - Ray Ban Aviatior size 55mm
  • Lipstick - Astor (limited edition)
  • Dress - H&M (about 3 years old)

Disclaimer: Ray Ban does not sponsor me. I wouldn't mind if they did one day ;)
All pictures of me where made by Isaac Delahaye.

There will be a guest post coming to you soon by the lovely Rebecca. Keep an eye out for that!


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Matte Me - Sleek Make Up

Sleek Make Up has been known for their super affordable eyeshadow palettes. Besides those, they also have some amazing blushes as well. Rose Gold is a great dupe for Nars' Orgasm.

A new product that they added to their collection are the 'Matte Me' lip products which are described as an ultra smooth lip cream.

Boy, it is smooth, super opaque, pigmented and fragrance free and most of all, the most matt/mattest lip product that I own! They are very comfortable on the lip and last really well. The wand is quite easy to work with.

Originally I got two colors when I was in London in December. Shortly after trying them, I ordered more on the sleek make up website.

Limecrime has their Velvetines, which I don't own any of. They are quite expensive and for some reason I haven't bought any of their shades yet. They have some very unique colors.

Do any of you own Velvetines?

Matte Me come in six colors and I'll show you the four that I got.

431 Fandango Purple (never thought I'd love a purple lip on me, but I do!)
434 Party Pink (a cute coral)
432 Brink Pink (neon pink, doesn't come off so well on camera)

432 Rioja Red (a classic that will be everybody's friend)

Fandango Purple, Party Pink, Brink Pink and Rioja Red. I absolute adore them!


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