Sunday, 26 June 2011

A few Zuneta staples

When someone mentions Zuneta, the immediate thought is usually of Edward Bess or Rouge Bunny Rouge, two blogger favourites and rightly so. However, Zuneta stocks a number of what I would call hidden gems, and that is what this post is about. Here is quick tour of four of my favourite discoveries, all of which I use on a regular basis.

Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm - £10
A fairly new unisex brand, this lip balm is the only one of their products I have tried so far but I will definitely be branching out into some of their scents and candles. Having always had very dry lips, I am more than a little obsessed with lip balms and have tried nearly every one, from La Mer to Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Creme, Lanolips to By Terry. This Mojito lip balm is by far and away my favourite. Described as a lip gel, it is clear but not at all sticky, and provides just the right amount of hydration. I find many products to be too greasy or smelling heavily of menthol, but this scent is divine. There are more products in the mojito fragrance and my plan is to buy them all as it is so refreshing and perfect for summer. A real handbag staple.

Lucas' Papaw Ointment - £9 for a 75g jar
This cult product is new to me and only came to my attention when a good friend in the US asked me to get some for her. Feeling curious, I added one to my basket for myself but wasn't entirely sure what it did. The answer is that it does almost everything. It is meant to relieve and cleanse, and helps with burns, cuts, insect bites to name but a few. I have fairly sensitive skin on my body and after wearing a scarf with metallic thread in it (quite scratchy), I ended up with a horrible, itchy rash on my neck. I thought I would put the ointment to the test and applied it twice daily. It seemed to do the trick and as well as clearing up the rash, it really helped to ease the ittitation. It is very thick in texture and reminds me a lot of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, but a cheaper, better version. Well worth having in your cupboard.

Becca Eye Tint - £20
Like many of my beauty purchases, I have top makeup artist Lisa Eldridge to blame for this. She featured the Baroque shade in a video on Everyday Beauty. The BECCA Beach Tints are probably more famous but the eye tints should not be overlooked. They come in a range of easy to wear shades and are excellent if you just want a hint of natural colour. Longlasting and crease resistent, you only need the tiniest bit of product so they last an age, making the seemingly steep £20 actually quite good value. The swatches show Baroque, and although Zuneta don't currently stock this exact shade, it gives you an idea of the effect of the product. If you wanted a similar colour, Zuneta have Paracus, a smokey brown, which if you use a light application would give a more natural finish. I think Beauty Expret stock Baroque if you really wanted that specific colour. An excellent makeup item to take away on holiday as it is light, takes up hardly any room and can be applied with fingers.

Some quick swatches to show you the texture of the products. Left to right: Lucas Papaw, Malin & Goetz Lip Balm, BECCA Eye Tint in Baroque

Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat - £9
A multiple In Style Best Beauty Award winner, Seche Vite has made manicures so much easier. I have lieterally hundreds of nail polishes but many went unused becuase it simply took too long for me to paint my nails. I would paint them, and even a few hours later they would still smudge and all my hard work would be ruined. I had been using Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat, OPI Rapid Dry and Leighton Denny Crystal Finish Top Coat, but none of these are anything like as good as Seche Vite. At first I was a little put off by the thick texture, but once on the nails it evens out and gives a truly professional finish that lives up to its fast dry name. The only downside to this product is I have found it tends to go thick and gloopy fairly quickly, making it much harder to use. For this reason, a third of the bottle tends to go unused as I buy a replacement bottle when it gets to that stage. I think you can buy a special thinner to avoid this, but I haven't got around to it yet. Even with a third unused, I still rebuy as there is nothing better and it allows me to get the best results from my array of nail colours.

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  1. The Becca Eye Tint is so pretty! Great swatches :)

  2. that malin + goetz balm is a new discovery for me as well and i am loving it. such a cool formula and i love the flavor - yum!