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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

MouldyFruit?

I haven't felt much of a connection to the blog lately.. I think it's because of the high volume of hater comments I was getting on formspring. I have since deleted my page which is a shame for those people who actually joined in on the fun..but to be honest to take shit from people who are cowards and feel they can annonomously leave nasty comments isn't why I choose to do this blog. I feel that if you have something unkind to say then please make it a form of constructive criticism that I can take into consideration as opposed to stupid irrelevant comments. I am more than happy with the person I am, the weight I am, the way I look and quite frankly if you don't like it then go elsewhere. It is truly pathetic that you even have the time to send me such bullshit. In a way it's just made me more cautious to how much of myself I give to this virtual world. It has also made me realise that I will probably never do YouTube videos despite people asking me to. I was contemplating ending the blog completley but all the wonderful people I have met through mouldyfruit have made me think otherwise. I am not going to let a handful of people bring me down, it's just now..well for the meantime it's back to basics. There may be less posts from me in the forthcoming weeks and the main focus will be on beauty products. I want to thank those who continue to support, but also thought you guys deserve an explanation for my lack of posts of late.

I hope you guys are all well and want you to know that I continue to read your posts daily.

Zara x


Tuesday, 23 March 2010

It's not makeup.. it's CHARITY!

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I put myself on a MAKEUP BAN.. I have seriously been spending too much money on make up over the last month, it seems to be all I do... eeek!!! I tried to calm it down and hey.. GAGA lipstick came out. I couldn't be without.. and technically all the money goes to charity so it doesn't count!

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A lot of people have been raving about this GAGA lippy and I don't know to me its just another MAC pink lippy, while I can't compare it exactly to anything in my collection a few come close. I thought I'd swatch a few for you dolls to check out.

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Sunday was a beautiful day in London the sun had come out to play.. YAY :).. I went to meet my cousin in Brent Cross for a pancake! I've really been enjoying wearing Shu Uemura eyeshadows they are such intense colours and go on so smoothly. They don't crease much which is fab!

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I wore Mac's ladyblush blush creme which I really don't like on me.. I think it just doesn't suit me! No matter how hard I try it just doesn't seem to work!

I am really getting used to the Maybelline falsies mascara, its growing on me.. and will do until I get sucked into the next mascara!

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How was your weekend dolls!? Sorry about the lack of posts.. I feel so out of the loop.. everything is so hectic at the mo! Have any of you purchased Viva glam GAGA? What are your views?

zara

Saturday, 20 March 2010

My perfect bath..

I am such a shower girl, I love love love showers. I wish I would love baths as much as I did showers, well lately I have developed a love for baths again. There are two amazing bath products that I have been using that have helped me rediscover my love for having a nice soak in the tub.


Lately I have been soo tired and achey, I really think that I am coming down with something. A few weeks ago at work I had training with a woman from the brand Aromatherapy Associates. These training workshops are amazing, you really get to know a lot behind the brand, the products and the ways in which they work. I found the training so helpful and insightful that I was instantly drawn to the products in the brand. She gave me a few samples to take away and after using them I had to buy one. Wow.. this is the De-stress muscle, bath and shower oil. What I love most about these oils is that they can be used both in the bath and in the shower, which is perfect for someone like me who finds themselves showering more so.


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In order to gain the most from the oils

For Bath : Empty a cap full in to a hot bath, water already run.

For Shower : Apply oil to the body and areas that feel tired/lethargic.


There are many different oils in this collection that target different aspects of relaxation. This one is more specific to muscular de stress which is good for me as I suffer from arthritis in my wrists and elbows. This oil has really helped me unwind. The key essential oils in this one are Lavender, Rosemary and Ginger. It does smell very strong and really sends you in to your own world. In the bath I can really drift away and let the oils do their job! I thought in the shower it wouldn't work as well, because obviously you're standing. I was wrong. It was just as effective. It really is hard trying to explaining how these oils work, all I know is that they do.


The De-Stress range is specially created for an overworked body and mind constantly dealing with everyday stresses and strains.



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Power of Aromatherapy

- Natural healing powers

- Rich in antioxidants and plant oils, encourages and maintains healthy, radiant skin.

- Aromatherapy works on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.


Physical Benefits

- Works on the cells of the body to ease muscular aches, pains and improve circulation.

- Penetrate deep into the skin encouraging cell renewal.

- Help with problems like acne, eczema and ageing skin.


Emotional Benefits

- Our sense of smell is linked to the areas of the brain controlling instinct, memory and emotion.

- Essential oils can transform our moods and move us from one state of mind to another.



Last week I had strained my neck and I massaged this oil into my neck and it really did ease the pain. I love these oils and seems everyone is enjoying my AA oils too, look how much is left! I will definetley be purchasing more from this range. Aromatherapy Associates is used in a lot of spas, I went to one in February and all the oils they used were from them and trust me they really do help you just shut down and enjoy deep relaxation. It says that the oils should last approx for 20 baths, at £35 I wouldn't use all the time.. just when I feel I need some extra TLC.


Have any of you tried Aromatherapy Associates? What do you think of them? Do you guys use any other aromatherapy brands? Any recommendations.


The other bath product I've been using is totally opposite to the deep relaxation of Aromatherapy Associates. It's the Laura Mercier honey bath in creme d' pistache.




I don't know how many of you have smelt the Laura Mercier body and bath range, even if all you do is smell.. I URGEEEEEEEEE you to just have a whiff. Oh M G.. mmmm! Initially I was in love with the creme brulee range. It's sooo sweet and perfect for really treating yourself. Every-time I smell any of these products I actually want to eat myself. The products are oh so sickly sweet but in the most amazing way possible, I'm actually drooling trying to describe them hahah! I never really liked the pistachio but it has grown on me it is nutty and smells beautiful. The honey bath is perfect for that girly bath complete with a magazine, music and a candle! mmm! It really is such a luxury bath product and I've been uhming and ahhing about it for a while, then I was given one as a present :D. I am loving this so much that I am defo going to be purchasing the body souffle.. [Body cream] I know my girl Tali uses it and I apply this on the daily when I'm at work.. so think it's time to be mine.



What bath isn't complete with a candle. My candle of the moment is Diptyque's Black Baises.


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Online description : This sophisticated fragrance of a rose garden ideally balanced by the cool fruitness of blackcurrant leaves is one of the most famous Diptyque lines.


It smells gorgeous, what's nice about it is that it's not too sweet smelling and burns for hours! Approx 60 hours, the best thing about Diptyque candles is that I have never experienced any other candle that disperses the fragrance as much as these! They are fab candles.. Baises and Figuier are my favoruites!


I want to know all your bath/shower favourites!? Please note guys I don't use these on the daily I am quite happy with my Dove shower gels :). These to me are luxury products that come out when I'm having 'one of those days!'


zara


Supermarket beauty isles - Maybelline 'Falsies'

I don't know why I feel the need to FIND something to purchase when I'm in the cosmetic isles of the supermarkets. It just doesn't feel right leaving with nothing! So yesterday when I was in good ol Sainsburys, I saw the new Maybelline 'falsies' Volume express mascaras. I never believe the ridiculous adverts of some of these cosmetics companys and if you've seen this one you know what I'm talking about.. but OH WELL.. its all about trying them out to see what best suits you. I have tried LOADS of mascaras but in the last year I always seem to revert back to Max factor false lash effect, with that being said I am still always on the look out for something new.


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This one retails at £7.99 but was on promotion for £5.99.


I like the curved brush of this mascara..Just really allows you to get in there for maximum lift. The end of the mascara wand is slightly flexi again allowing you to really get in there to extend and curl the lashes.


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Overall I am not sure about this mascara! It seems to lengthen and space out my lashes more than anything else. My lashes are naturally long so I prefer a mascara to volumise and although this mascara is meant to be volumising i've used others that do a better job. I feel as if my lashes look a bit spikey and spidery.. Hmm Not convinced!


This is the mascara with one coat.


[Please excuse the tired eye close ups that follow eeek!]


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And two coats.. its getting there..



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For a lengthening mascara I think this would be fab, but volumising? I'm not so sure.. Have any of you guys tried this mascara? Or thinking of trying it? Think I will just pass this on to one of my auntys, let them see if it works for them.. I will give it another go this weekend and let you know if my thoughts change!


I do feel slightly let down by this mascara although my hopes weren't too high in the first place!


What are your current faves in the mascara department?!

Lots of Love


zara

Salmon Nails

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I have honestly changed my nail colour about 4 times this week. I have to say the colour I am wearing at the moment I am LOVING right now.. I plan to keep it on for the whole weekend. To me in the bottle it looks salmon pink against my skin tone it looks like the perfect blend of peach and coral. The sun was out this week and I got carried away with colour.. now it's gone again :( so my nails will have to brighten up my weekend!


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This colour is by Rococo Nail Apparel and is called 'Starlet'. My nails were also at such a great length, but me being me..I decided to cut them. I haven't cut them for ages.. I tend to file and shape them up instead. It was getting to the point where my nails weren't growing nicely. I really like short nails and although my hands look chubbier lol.. I really don't mind.


One product I always use before redoing my nails is 'The Body Shop's' almond oil nail and cuticle treatment. This oil comes in a pen format so is nice and easy to brush on to the nails. I tend to massage it in and leave it for a little whilst allowing my nails some breathing time. I love the smell of almond oil.. its so yum! It has also really helped me to maintain the strength of my nails. I used to have such weak nails due to years of acrylic and if it wasn't for my trustee almond oil my nails wouldn't be in the condition they are now. So thank you :)


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This product is around £5.. [I think] But honestly lasts for AGES! I use it all the time and its keeps on going!


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What colours are you dolls wearing? I love finding out!? Mine were bright red before this salmon!


zara

Thursday, 18 March 2010

ZAZA FOTD.. Skulls, Haters and a bit of a rant!

Hey ladies.. Its been a crazy week and well I would love to be posting more and I intend to over the weekend. I have to say after issues earlier this week with a few hater comments on formspring.. I was just sooo NOT interested in posting. I mean I do this because I love it.. i love sharing because I love seeing what you girls share. I feel there are very few people who truly know me and there is NO one who has the right to judge me or any of my actions. I mean we have the right to be who we want to be, so quite simply if you dislike me or don't want to listen to what I have to say PLEASE go elsewhere! I find it really funny that you FOLLOW me on twitter and your a hater.. I don't see the sense in that. Anyways rant over..

Monday night I met up with a friend I haven't seen in a few years, we went for dinner in Canary Wharf, it was lovely. I tried to get a pick of the outfit but no one was around to take one! I wore a tassled long vest that I shopped in New york. Its sort of tie die so goes from light to dark grey. I decided to match my eyes..[as u do :P]

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Eyes
MAC e/s Filament
MAC e/s Electra
MAC e/s Contrast
Shu Uemura Gel liner
MAC plush lash mascara

Face
MAC Studio fix foundation
MAC Prep+Prime Translucent powder
MAC Cremeblush Posey
MAC Blush 'Enough Said' [Used as a highlighter]

Lips
MAC Half 'N' Half
MAC Pink Plaid
MAC Magenta lipliner


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I love these TopShop shoes.. My fiance bought them for me ages ago I forgot i had them.. They are a really manageable height. Great for making a daytime outfit a little more evening!

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My cousin bought me this amazing skull necklace for my birthday last year and completley forgot to give it to me lol. It is from her sister in law's shop that I have previously posted on. My gorgeous spider is from the same place. I love this necklace because it looks really lady like when its on and the skulls just give it that edge!

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I have been wearing it almost every day since she gave it to me.

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When we were in Canary we had ice cream at Zaza's, I loved the bag partly because its got ZAZA'S on it! My friends at uni used to call me ZAZA.. because they thought I was loopy like lady gaga :P haha.. ahh GOOD ol DAYS!

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Anyways my lovelys.. how have you all been? I will be posting a lot more reviews come the weekend.. This week has been so draining! so much is always going on!

Lots of Love


zara


Sunday, 14 March 2010

300 Followers!

Just wanted to say thank you to all my fabulous followers.. 300 WOW.. It means so much that you guys are actually interested in what I have to say. Thanks for listening, commenting and supporting! It has been amazing getting to know some of you dolls and your beautiful blogs! I promise there is lots more to come on MouldyFruit..

Lots of Love.. and much appreciation

zara

Haircut!

This week I finally got a haircut! I have honestly been putting it off for ages because I want it to groooww.. I know I know.. by not cutting it regularly slows down the growth! Anyways I went to my girl Claire who has honestly been cutting my hair since I was 15! If you guys have seen my hair history post.. it was our creative minds that caused me to have some of those wild haircuts/colours. Anyhoo.. I went in and sat down and by now I dont even have to tell her what I want she just does it and booooy does she do it well.


My hair feels amazing, so much lighter, the layers have actually made my hair look longer and it feels so healthy. She decided to blowdry it wavy and it looked fab! I have to say this blowdry lasted for 3DAYs!!!

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This is ALL my hair.. NO extensions!! I can't believe how long it's getting.. YAY!!

I bought some velcro rollers to try and style it like this myself, she told me what to do but my first attempt to do so was a failure.. SO I will have to give it another go and let you ladies know how it goes! Do any of you dolls style your hair wavy? How do you do it?

zara

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

MAC Spring Colour Forecast

I am sure you guys are sick of seeing hauls and reviews from the latest MAC collections. I am not going to review anything at the moment because other than swatching them at the MAC counter I haven't yet used them. I was mainly attracted to the ombre blushes. They are beautiful, such lovely colours that blend in light to dark shades. I am so impressed by the size of these blushes, for those who haven't seen them the size is more comparable to the MSF's than the blushers.


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Collection 1

Blush Ombre in Azalea Blossom


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A perfect pretty pink that blends into a lilac. My fiance picked this one for me he said he liked the colour lol, but my mum liked it so I gave it to her. I will be using it though ;) when I get my hands on it.



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Blush Ombre in Ripe Peach


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This is such an amazing colour, perfect for spring. I know how quickly they sold out online and I know Selfridges sold out on Friday. It's a lovely warm coral colour, well that's what it is like on my skin tone. I have seen this on a few posts and its looking great girls!


I will be doing some looks with these in the week, just thought I'd share with you what I got. My fiance also picked me up Collection 3, e/s quad, but all the colours were so similar to those I already have I thought it would be wasteful to keep them! I was good and got him to return it.



What have you ladies been buying from the new collections? Anyone using the ombre blushes? What are your thoughts dolls?



zara



Monday, 8 March 2010

Saturday Night.. MakeUp

On Saturday night it was one of my close friends birthdays. There's 4 of us in total who have stayed good friends since school days and although we are all quite busy these days its so much fun when we get together. My friend Mel called me up at around 5 to go round and do make up duty! lol.. This is what my friends put me through can you imagine me trying to grab minimal makeup, brushes etc. I literally had 10 minutes to do the birthday girl priya and mel's makeup. I can't believe I don't have one pic of the birthday girl..she was so busy having a great time I couldn't even snap a pic!


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I went for an Indigo smokey eye.. Using MAC's 'Graphology' and MAC's 'Contrast'. For my blush I used NARS 'Torrid' and MAC 'Enough Said'. I highlighted with MAC's MSF in 'Champagne'. On my lips I used MAC'S 'Blankety' Mixed with 'Magenta' lip liner.


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We went to a really cool bar 'CALLOOH CALLAY" in Shoreditch, just on Rivington street. The decor was so amazing, really retro. This is me outside the toilets.. I love the WALLS how fab.. SO old school!


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I wore Topshop Jeggings, Miss selfridge vest, Alexander McQueen scarf, Oasis leather jacket, Laced up heels from a boutique in Greenwich and my crystal spider necklace.


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This is me and my girl Zaz have no idea what we were looking at/talking about.. lol I love a natural pic!

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Me and my gorgeous Mel.. She usually goes for a dark lip and minimal eyes, we decided to switch it up a little. Smoked out her eyes just a bit, enough to make them pop! She has the most amazing green eyes!! Such a beaut..


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Me and Zaz through the walls! Loving mirrored walls!


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Someone ordered this for the birthday girl.. Check out that fish bowl, how quirky.. A lot of drunken ladys were the result of this.. Times like this I'm happy I don't drink :P haha..


How was everyones weekend..!? What did everyone get upto? What makeup did you dolls rock?


zara