Monday, 30 December 2013
Friday, 20 December 2013
You've probably realised by now that I have been writing a lot of blog entries lately. As I'm still looking for a full-time job I've had a lot of free time to spoil you with beauty reviews and fashion must haves!
Christmas is around the corner and while we have all been busy shopping and buying presents for our friends and families, its easy to get side tracked and want literally everything we see in stores and online for ourselves! It's definitely happened to me anyway haha.
So I've come up with this Christmas wish list full of things that I want for Christmas from my favourite online outlets. (I'm actually hoping my sister is reading this right now hehe).
Black Strappy Heels
These lovely strappy heels are from Matalan and they are actually really good quality! I feel like Matalan is a little underrated as you can get some amazing stuff from there, especially shoes and accessories. These black heels have been raved about by bloggers and designers alike and whereas you can also find a pair of these strappy heels from Primark and other high street stores, my favourite pick are these ones from Matalan. They also only cost £15 which is a bargain.
Pale Pink Fluffy Yarn Jumper
This pretty pale pink fluffy jumper is also from Matalan. It's in this very cosy fluffy yarn material which is perfect for winter! It feels like you have a dressing gown/robe on! It also looks really cute and is an essential for all you girly girls out there like me!
Pointed Snake Trim Mid Heels
Pointed court heels have been on trend for a while now but the great thing about these particular heels are the amazing snake trim. The metallic snake print it has around the shoe makes it a little bit different to the rest. It also looks really chic and pretty. A definite must have for those of you who want extra height with a kick! These are available from boohoo and are on sale for £15. Bargain!
Tartan Shift Dress in Deep Green
This tartan dress is so pretty! Tartan is really in fashion at the moment and I've been searching a while for the best tartan dress. I have seen the ones at Primark but I didn't like the fit of them. This tartan dress from Missguided however is more fitted and would suit almost anyone :) I also love the deep green colour. Personally I prefer dark green over the red tartan trend. This costs £24.99.
I hope you liked my little Christmas wishlist! And I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and have a wonderful Christmas day.
Thursday, 19 December 2013
So as I mentioned in my last post I purchased Rimmel's Wake me up foundation in 'Natural Beige' #400 to review for you guys.
Lets start off with the packaging - the packaging looks quite expensive which is great, plus it has an orange lid which instantly grabs your attention when you see it. It's in a glass container, which is better than plastic as it's more travel friendly and less likely to break.
The foundation contains 30ml of product and unfortunately it only comes in 6 different shades. This is one reason on a long list of why I didn't particularly like this product. The shade I got was in the darkest shade #400 #Natural Beige' which I found had too many pink undertones and was way too beige for my skin tone.
I have yellow/golden undertones so this product is probably not suitable for people with a similar undertone as me. The finish is dewy, but I didn't really feel like it gave me a dewy finish. The finish on me looked kind of shiny and the shimmer particles it's meant to have weren't so noticeable. I also felt this foundation enhanced my imperfections which was quite awful! I just don't think this foundation is suitable for darker skin tones unfortunately, which is quite disappointing. It also tends to leave a white cast when using flash photography.
Overall, I think this foundation would look gorgeous on fair-light skin tones and it is very inexpensive at £8.99. High street stores like Superdrug and Boots regularly do discounts on this particular line - I got mine for £6.00 on the Superdrug website, keep a look out for special offers!
Do you own this foundation? What were your initial thoughts? Leave comments below :)
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
I decided it was time to put my MAC studio fix fluid aside for a second and delve into some high street/drugstore foundations. I recently went out and purchased the L'oreal True Match Super Blendable Liquid Foundation in the shade Honey - N6.
I've heard rave reviews about this foundation so I thought I'd test it out myself! The foundation contains SPF 17 which is great for all year round. I tried out the shade W7 as well but found this a little dark and too yellow toned.
The formula is water based and quite runny but it also lives up to its name and is super blendable. The foundation contains a pump which is a bonus! Don't you just hate foundations that don't? And then you pour too much and end up wasting more than you should? Anyway, I use 1-2 pumps for my full face and neck and dot it everywhere for consistent coverage.
The foundation lasts for ages - I applied the Super Blendable True Match powder in shade W6 (honey) to set the foundation and also to prevent any shine.
The foundation was a little light on my skin but I prefer it to be lighter than darker because you can always contour to make it look natural. Also, I find this foundation does oxidise a bit during the day so it's certainly worth getting a shade lighter especially if you have medium-dark skin.
The foundation itself is perfect for a flawless finish. It has a semi-matte finish with shimmer particles that aren't so noticeable. It does cover slight blemishes and evens your skin tone.
L'oreal Paris are always doing special 3 for 2 offers in Boots and Superdrug so its definitely worth checking it out as they do have a huge colour selection for this foundation :)
Friday, 6 December 2013
It's been so cold lately here in the UK hasn't it? I've been cosying up to my hot water bottle like a little old lady! Along with my fleecy dressing gown and socks. I think it's time to get the onesie out. While I've been Christmas shopping for the family, it occurred to me that I haven't exactly done a blog post specifically on nude lipsticks for south asian/tan/dark skin tones so I thought I'd dedicate this post to the cause!
It can be extremely difficult picking out the perfect nude or pale pink lipstick for darker skin tones. I am from Indian descent and find I have to go through trial and error to find the right lipsticks for me. Fortunately for you I can share the ones I think work best for those with similar skin tones! Here are a few lipsticks and lip glosses that I think work perfectly for me and others alike.
I had photo's of me wearing all these lipsticks especially for this blog but they didn't come out proper unfortunately.
MAC Cherish Lipstick (Satin)
This is the newest edition to my nude lipstick collection. Cherish is a lot like MAC's peachstock but a little darker and more complementary to south asian skin tones. It doesn't need a lip gloss on top but you can always add one on if you want.
MAC Freckletone Lipstick (Lustre)
This is the first ever MAC lipstick I purchased. It's a neutral peachy nude colour with a creamy lustre finish. It can be worn on it's own or paired with a lip gloss. I use MAC's lustreglass in 'Sinnamon' which is a medium taupe brown. Applied over freckletone it makes the colour look more neutral and less washed out. This is definitely my favourite nude lipstick I own. It looks amazing on tan skintones!
MAC Yash Lipstick (Matte)
Yash is described as a deep neutral which seems to be quite a good description for it. It's not too beige toned or too nude toned which makes it, well, a neutral! It's definitely one of the more flesh-toned lipsticks in my collection and I feel I have to work with it a bit to stop it from making me look washed out. It's still a great lipstick though! However, not a huge fan of the matte finish for nude lipsticks.
MAC Creme Cup Lipstick (Cremesheen)
This used to be my go-to pale pink lipstick before I discovered Modesty but it is still one of my favourites! It is a lovely light blue-pink lipstick that compliments lighter south-asian and tan skin tones. It can be worn on its own or teamed up with a lipgloss to neutralise the blue tones in the lipstick.
MAC Mehr Lipstick (Matte)
Apparently this lipstick looks great on darker skin tones, especially South Asians. I do like this lipstick but it is a bit darker than any midtone pinks I own. It's probably my least favourite pink but it still looks okay. I prefer my 'See Sheer' (lustre) to this lipstick. Personal preference.
MAC Modesty Lipstick (Cremesheen)
This is my absolute favourite pale pink lipstick. It's described as a muted neutral pink but it appears slightly lighter than my natural lip colour on me. I've mentioned this lipstick on my blog before. I generally team it up with 'Just Superb' which is a cremesheen glass that is also described as a neutral pink.
MAC Next Fad (Pro Longwear Lip Glass)
This is a gorgeous midtone cool pink lip gloss. It is quite pigmented and lasts for hours with beverage only. I also find this lip gloss makes your lips look fuller which is a bonus.
Here are the swatches of the different lipsticks.
Monday, 2 December 2013
I have also recently started re-watching my all-time favourite TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer as I love watching it close to Christmas time! I've got through my DVD boxset pretty fast and I've just started season 4 now. Bet you were dying to know that! haha.
I only started using this face wash a few weeks ago but I've already noticed a huge difference with my skin! The face wash gives you much clearer skin while also getting rid of blemishes and impurities. This daily face wash is perfect for those with acne-prone skin or someone like me who has unexpected break-outs!
Friday, 25 October 2013
As most of you know already, I am a HUGE fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Today at work I got the chance to write a feature on the show, it would mean the world if you could all click on the link and check it out. Let me know what you think!
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
I hope you're all well! I've been quite busy (as usual). I'm currently doing an internship at Entertainment Wise which I'm loving at the moment. I have had the chance to interview celebs, attend events and write articles and reviews! I recently wrote this review on the first episode of Vampire Diaries spin-off 'The Originals' which aired on Syfy in the UK last night. Click the photo below to go straight to my review. It would mean a lot if you all could read it! I am hoping to be more active on my blog as soon as I settle into this new routine (waking up early is a problem for me haha).
Sunday, 6 October 2013
I hope you're all well. Unfortunately I've had the flu for the WHOLE past month! I don't even know how that's possible but I haven't been feeling too great. So this blog post is a little overdue, nevertheless it's finally here! I bought these retro matte lipsticks in 'Flat out fabulous' and 'All Fired up' earlier this month and I cannot stop using them! The retro matte finish gives the lips a very sexy finish in my opinion, and it looks so pretty.
Here are swatches of the two retro matte collection lipsticks:
The retro matte finish in these two lipsticks aren't as harsh as 'ruby woo' but it's always important to apply a lip scrub and lip balm before applying one of these retro matte lipstick to avoid any chapping.
What do you think of MAC's retro matte lipsticks? Do you own any? What's your favourite? Leave comments below!
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Sanctuary Classics Hot Sugar Scrub
I got this beauty from boots recently and I am absolutely in love with it! It's very relaxing and it is hot to the touch which I find quite extraordinary. The scrub is a great exfoliator and cleanses the skin very well. A whole list of celebrities even use it, from the likes of Michelle Keegan, Holly Willoughby, Kelly Brook, Alesha Dixon and Abbey Clancy! This product costs £12 at boots.
Fast Shampoo & Conditioner Set
I haven't actually had the chance to use this yet but I heard about it from Laura's blog and decided to take the plunge! My hair does grow pretty quick and tends to grow pretty long as well but I still wanted to speed up the process as I want to get a lot of layers. I have heard rave reviews about this so I'm hoping it will do the trick. They cost a hefty £24.99 at boots, however, I see it as a good investment!
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
I hope you're all well! It's been absolutely ages since my last post and I am terribly sorry about that - I have been so busy lately, looking for a full time job and what not. It's been a bit of a whirlwind since I graduated university. I did work experience placements at Top of the Pops and Reveal Magazine as some of you may know. And most recently I was a writer at sugarscape.com which was my absolute favourite place to work! As well as writing many articles on the website, I also got the chance to interview a celebrity which was really exciting! I am still looking for a permanent position within the media but it's proving to be a bit of a challenge!
I know I have told you guys for ages that I would do a 'Top 10 MAC lipsticks' post but it just never happened! Today I finally got round to it and I can now show you my Top 10 must-haves. I hope you enjoy this post :)
1. Freckletone (Lustre)
Freckletone is a lovely nude-peach colour that compliments most skintones. This is my favourite nude lipstick from MAC as it's got a nice lustre finish with buildable coverage. This is one of a few nude colours that don't wash me out. I like to wear this with MAC's lustreglass in 'Sinnamon' which is a neutral beige colour. The colour of this lipstick is gorgeous and really goes well with a natural look.
2. Impassioned (Amplified)
Impassioned is an almost neon fuchsia pink. It's a very vibrant and bright colour which is what I love about this particular lipstick. Its a perfect summer shade that will compliment a lot of skintones. This would also work well for a glamorous night look.
3. Deeply Adored (Matte)
Deeply Adored is a limited edition deep scarlet colour. It's my absolute fave dark red lipstick. I bought it last year when the Marilyn Monroe collection was released in the UK and I haven't regretted it since - this lipstick compliments a vampy look. It's a very sexy red and the matte finish isn't drying at all which is a plus.
4. Russian Red (Matte)
Russian Red is another scarlet red lipstick though it's not as dark as 'Deeply Adored.' This lipstick is also a matte finish, but unlike the popular 'ruby woo' lipstick, it isn't drying at all. This red lipstick will suit a range of skin-tones though it's probably best to try it in-store before purchasing. This is definitely my favourite true red lipstick! Here's a photo of me wearing this:
5. Runaway Red (Satin)
Yep, yet another red! You can probably tell by now that I love red lipstick haha. This is a limited edition berry-red lipstick. It's a little darker than 'Russian Red' but lighter than 'Deeply Adored' in my opinion, with a slight sheen to it. It's very pretty and I love to wear this colour particularly in the A/W. Here's a photo of me wearing this lipstick:
6. Violetta (Amplified)
Violetta is a lovely pinky purple colour. It has a vibrant tone and has a creamy amplified finish. It's darker than 'Up the Amp' and I personally prefer this. This is my favourite purple shade from MAC :)
7. Girl About Town (Amplified)
Girl About Town is a true fuchsia pink that is slightly darker and more pink than 'impassioned.' This is my favourite pink to wear as it has the right amount of impact and colour which lasts for ages! I love wearing this during the day or at night time for a more dramatic look. Here's me wearing this lipstick:
8. Lady Danger (Matte)
Lady Danger is a vivid bright coral-red that instantly brightens up your face when applied! It's such a unique colour and compliments a range of looks. Rita Ora is known for wearing this lipstick!
9. Modesty (Cremesheen)
Modesty is a neutral muted pink. It has a cremesheen finish which is perfect for an everyday natural look. This lipstick also goes well with a dramatic smokey eye. I wear this lipstick all the time on it's own or with cremesheen lipglass in 'superb' or a pro longwear lipglass in 'Next Fad' on top. It is my favourite everyday lippie!
10. Fusion Pink (Amplified)
Fusion Pink is a limited edition red-pink. It has a nice sheen to it and looks particularly nice on tan-dark skintones in my opinion. It has a slight coral hint to it as well. I wore this lipstick a lot whilst on holiday.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Let me know if you have any other suggestions on blog posts for the future :) I am going to Ireland this weekend so the next blog will probably not be up until next week - there won't be a long break like there was last time I promise! Thank you all for reading. And to those of you receiving their A Level or other results this week, I wish you all the best!
Saturday, 13 July 2013
I hope you're all enjoying the hottest day of the year here in England! It's actually baking in London right now, I can barely move!
So I know I said I would do a Top 10 MAC lipsticks in my next post but as I have been so busy I thought I'd share with you my Top 10 beauty buys! Click the link below to head straight over to sugarscape to check this feature out :) I hope you like.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
How have you all been?! I know I said I would post more on here but I've just been SO busy! I'm doing a work placement at Sugarscape for 2 weeks - its been amazing so far! Would definitely love to work here full time. I've been transcribing interviews and writing articles mainly. Speaking of articles, please check out my twitpic article on Sugarscape by clicking here! It would mean the world to me! Feel free to like/comment/share as well :)
I might do my top ten MAC lipsticks this weekend if I get a chance, so stay tuned for that! I hope you're all enjoying the sun. Remember SPF!
Thursday, 4 July 2013
I'm back! Had an amazing holiday in Tenerife - it was seriously the best holiday I have ever been to. The hotel was amazing and I cannot recommend the entertainment team enough. If you are looking to go on a sunny holiday to Tenerife, I advise checking out Barcelo Santiago in Puerto de Santiago (South Tenerife). You will not be disappointed! The pool on the top floor was amazing, great sea view from the hotel room balcony as well! Wish I stayed longer!
Anyway, today I bring you with a DIY hair dye post. I re-ombred my hair whilst on holiday to make it more blonde and to increase the length of ombre. I used Loreal Preference in Very Light Ash Blonde.
The pack comes with a pair of gloves (that actually fit!), 1 colourant, 1 developer, 1 high shine elixir and a conditioner.
After mixing the high shine elixir with the colourant and developer, I started to apply the dye from the ends of my hair and then worked my way up to the mid-lengths and finally the highest section (which was just under my ear). I left the hair-dye to develop for about 30 minutes before rinsing it out and applying the conditioner.
Here are the results! Sorry about the bad quality, I forgot my camera so I had to settle for my iPhone. I will upload better photos the next time I whip out my SLR :)