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Monday, 23 February 2015

TRICK: How To Use Red Lipstick As An Under Eye Concealer

Red Lipstick. 
It can transform anyone from looking simple and chic, to glam and elegant. 
We've seen many celebrities sport a classic red lip during award shows, red carpet events and on television… And some wear it better than others. (By 'others', I mean myself)

Personally I've not really been a big fan of a ruby red lipstick, I'm not sure why but I never thought it'd suit me. But hey, I bought one. In fact, I have a few red lipsticks sitting in my makeup collection.

But who knew a red lipstick was so practical? 
You can use your favourite red lipstick for colour on your lips, but also to hide those pesky dark under eye circles or blemishes you might have.

How does it work?
Normally to correct dark under eyes and pigmentation, you'd use a salmon coloured concealer - or in my case, my trusty NW30 Studio Finish concealer. And the salmon colour helps to counteract any darkness.
Similarly, the red lipstick can help to counteract any redness - although, it may show up slightly more red on parr skin tones. It's best to use a small amount, rather than swiping it directly on your skin, and blend it out around the eye (and take it up towards the inner corner of the eye and side of the nose). 
I've seen many people use a red or an orange lipstick as a corrector, and it all depends on your skin tone and how dark your trouble areas are!

To see how I used the red lipstick as an under eye concealer, the video is below.
For this video, I used my favourite red lipstick, 'Screen Siren' by Topshop. 
P.S: I love Topshop lipsticks, so creamy and pigmented. Amazing!

I hope you guys liked this little makeup trick and thank you for reading :)


Saturday, 7 February 2015


As Valentines Day is just round the corner, many of us are finding last minute presents for our boyfriends, fiances, or husbands, booking that perfect restaurant or holiday getaway. But most importantly, we're looking for that perfect outfit. 

I personally think that it's nice to dress up for Valentines Day - although it is 'just another day' - but why not? Regardless if you're spending your Valentines Day dining in a bustling city, exploring another country or having a romantic dinner at home; do it in style.

I recently received an email about a glamorous fashion brand called Raishma, which specialises in beautiful garments from cocktail dresses, to Indian bridal dresses and even accessories including hand beaded clutch bags. The one thing that really appeals to me about this brand is that there is a hint of Indian style infused within each fashion piece. With the choices, the colours and the carefully embroidered beads on each piece, I think there is a dress that will cater to every girls taste!

After having a very long search around the website, I selected 5 gorgeous dresses which I think would be perfect for Valentines Day! 

This stunning cocktail dress is a piece I wouldn't normally wear, but I thought of a few different ways to wear this dress and I have to admit, I was convinced.

I would this dress with a dainty diamante silver necklace with matching studs, with a pair of black thin strap heels. For the hair, I think a a lovely half updo with curls would suit this outfit.
For the makeup; a dewy flawless complexion, a hint of peach blusher, lashings of mascara and to finish off, a sheer layer of a rosy lipgloss/lipstick.

When I first saw this, I initially thought 'Grecian Goddess', as this dress is quite minimal in style and colour, but looks amazing. This piece would be most suited at a classy restaurant or a Valentines Day ball, as it has such elegance to it.

Similar to the picture, this dress would be paired with beige open toe heels. I feel that the jewellery can be experimented with, so long statement earrings would suit the neckline of this dress. Also, chunky bangles and rings would be a great option. However no necklace, as that would definitely take the attention off the style of this dress. For the hair, I think flowing loose curls would look beautiful!
For the makeup; I wouldn't suggest anything bold or dramatic as that wouldn't suit the dress. But that doesn't mean your makeup has to look plain! 
I would suggest a dewey and glowing complexion - so that means highlight, illuminating liquids and a light foundation. Also, emphasis on contouring would help balance out the face as the eye makeup is quite subtle.  For the eyes, a light champagne shimmer on the lids and a matte cork coloured brown in the crease for a bit of definition. I also feel that brown eyeliner is a great option as black may look a little harsh, topped with a few coats of mascara and finished off with a peachy/bronze lipstick.

This beautiful tassel dress is quite unique in design - the tassels and the embroidery - but I love it as it's a dress that you'll be able to pair up with the majority of accessories. It's kinda like an LBD but in Navy, and I think that it looks so elegant. 

I feel that you'll be able to be a little bold with this dress, so you can wear this with chunky black high heels (I'm thinking suede heels as 'Matte' would be a great theme for this look), or even suede coloured suede heels. Also, a black biker jacket and a small beige satchel bag would look cute!
For the makeup, I think the 'Matte' theme will definitely work with this dress. A flawless matte complexion (preferable NARS Sheer Glow as that dries matte but looks very natural), with a bit of matte contouring to define the cheekbones. For the eyes, I feel like a bold matte charcoal smokey eye would be appropriate, with lots of mascara and a dab of a nude lipgloss on top of a flesh toned lipliner filled lips.

I absolutely love the colour of this dress, as it's such a bright and summery colour - which is what we all need right now during this cold weather! I love the embroidery on the shoulders and how minimalistic the dress is, but it just looks so pretty. 
I feel like gold heels would suit this dress as it compliments the pattern on the shoulders, and gold bangles, earrings would definitely suit too!
For the makeup, I think that golds and pinks would look amazing! A dewy complexion with a soft highlight to give the face a bit of radiance. Perhaps a soft gold shimmer on the lids, a coat of mascara, a light dusting of pink blusher on the cheeks and a beautiful bold hot pink lip to finish off the face.

This final dress definitely caught my eye, as it's much more than just a Little Black Dress. I love the half sleeve as it gives room for chunky bangles, the plunging neckline at the back is gorgeous and definitely needs to be shown off, with the hair in an elegant updo.

With the hair in an updo - maybe a loose bun or a slightly messy bun - long earrings are definitely a must with this dress. The great thing with a black dress is that either silver or gold jewellery pieces are allowed. I think silver statement earrings would look elegant along with a silver rings and beige nail polish. I think strappy black high heels would look lovely, but flat shoes will also look great too!

For the makeup, I'm thinking a classic Nigella Lawson meets Gizzi Erskine. Flawless skin, winged eyeliner, lots of mascara and a very nude lip. But I also think a berry lip would look lovely for those who are a bit daring!

I hope you guys liked this blog post, and feel free to have a look around Raishma as they have such beautiful dresses, and I'm sure you will find your desired Valentines Day date dress!


Sunday, 25 January 2015

An Acne Update With Photos : From Severe To Clear Using Organic Skincare

As I've not written up an acne related post in a while, I thought I would finally write one up - considering one of the main focuses of my blog is skincare and acne! Plus, the other day I decided to take a photo of the right side of my face without any makeup, and I was so impressed with how my skin looked when I compared it to an photo I took around April 2014.

I decided to upload this image on Facebook along with this huge paragraph:

I've had acne for the past 10 years (but not this bad except when I was 19 and 17). So because I didn't want to have acne, I went to the doctors who prescribed me with different medicines and topical creams - which did work but my acne did come back after a week or two. I was using all kinds of treatment like; Witch Hazel, PanOxyl10% and also stuff you can buy from Boots like Clearasil or Clean & Clear.

But despite them working a bit, nothing really cleared up my skin. So early 2014, I decided to research into skincare and what actually is in my skincare. By the way, I've heard all kinds of things like, "Wearing too much makeup causes acne" or "eating too much sugar causes spots". Does it really? No, not for me anyway.

I started researching about ingredients like SLS (Sodium Lauryl Suphate) - which is a skin irritant and parabens - which is a preservative to keep products from rotting, but mimic estrogen. So in March 2014 I decided to ditch the harsh chemicals and use products that are a little more organic (and I mean actually organic like Organic Surge and Vegan soaps). 

Fast forward to today, 23rd January 2015 and this is what my skin looks like now. I still have scarring from my acne, but in terms of actual active acne, I no longer have it. Gone are the days of using harsh ingredients on my face - I just stick to water and Apple Cider vinegar as a toner 
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 and follow up with a bit of organic moisturiser - which is working well!

I'm still eating whatever I want, whether it's healthy or loaded with sugar - I don't see any effects on my skin. (Oh, but I don't have dairy anymore because I found that it did make my skin very oily).

So what's the point of this post?

If you're dealing with acne - or know someone else who is - try changing up your skincare. I know how easy it is to go to the doctor and ask for them to prescribe you a medicine - but it could just be something you're using in your skincare that's upsetting your skin. Not many people know what's in their skincare, but it's important we are clued up about ingredients! 
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That was the entire post and I received a lot of amazing feedback and support from my friends, readers and subscribers who have liked my Facebook page! 

I hope this post spreads a bit of positivity and inspiration to all of you reading, as acne is something that is temporary and really shouldn't affect how you see yourself. It can be hard to be positive, but just know that there is a solution for acne!

Thank you for reading :)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Experimenting With Bold Lips, ft Makeup Revolution

As my collection of Makeup Revolution lipsticks keeps growing, I decided to experiment with the lipsticks that I've got already to create some kind of (more) bold ombre lips!
I love Makeup Revolution lipsticks because they have some pretty unusual colours that are great for those who like to be creative, daring and like to experiment with their makeup. After watching an ombre lip video by Jade The Libra - who is absolutely stunning! - I decided to create my own ombre lips using eyeliner and lipstick. It's not the conventional combination, but why not?!

To see the my colourful bold lip creations, check out the video below :)

I know this is quite a short video, but I hope you guys like it!


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Covering Up Acne & Scarring Using Vichy Dermablend Stick Concealer

Dealing with acne for the past 10-ish years has constantly made me hunt for an excellent concealer that will cover up any redness, acne and deep scarring from stubborn spots. I've tried many concealers including some heavy duty concealers like; Benefit Boi-ing, Hard Candy Glamoflauge and Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer. Now, those are a few of my favourite concealers, however I've found that the Benefit concealer doesn't give e as much coverage as I'd like. And the other two are a little hard to get a hold of as you can only find them in America.

However, after stumbling across these samples of the Dermablend concealer (that my sister gave em some time ago!) I was intrigued to try them out and see how effective they really are.
I've always heard of the famous Dermablend concealer; and I've seen YouTubers use it to cover up acne and scarring which has always left me thinking, "Will this really work on me?" and "Is this going to break me out?". Sometimes when you see a YouTuber using a certain product, it may look really lovely on them, but will it be the same for you. That's always my issue.

So I decided to try these samples on my acne scarring and also my dark under eyes (which I can never find anything effective enough to cover them.

One thing I've heard about with the Dermablend concealers is that the shades aren't that great. Apparently, you may find a shade that might be a bit pink tone or it's yellowish - despite being a colour that does suit you. But after a few swatches and testing the concealers on my cheek, I found that the shade 'Nude' was a great match for me! It had a nice neutral base - so I had no pink nor yellow tint on my ski, which was pretty refreshing as my skin has quite a neutral undertone.

What I thought of the concealer:
Initially, I thought this concealer would be quite thick on the skin - as it's very pigmented and covers up well. So with this in mind, I decided to take a small dense brush where I spot corrected - so basically I applied it to my problem areas (acne, scarring and dotted around my under eyes).

I then took a flat top foundation brush to buff out the concealer - which blended out very smoothly and didn't lose pigment! I've found that some concealers lose their concealing power when you blend it out, so you have to apply more concealer on top to make sure it's covered. However this concealer still made me skin look flawless even though I'd blended it out.

I did have to apply a bit more on some areas which are definitely my trouble spots and do need more product to cover up. But this didn't make my skin look or feel cakey, which I liked! Sometimes my skin feels comfortable when I have too much foundation or concealer on my face and then I'd have to wash it all off. But this concealer felt very comfortable and blended in to the skin smoothly!

To top off this review, I found that it didn't affect my sensitive skin at all. I was worried that I'd get a few bumps after wearing this concealer for the time that I did (at least 7 hours), but my skin was completely fine and didn't feel irritated or itchy. Even after I removed my makeup, my face didn't look red so that is a big thumbs up for me!

I recommend this concealer to those who are looking for a reasonably priced full coverage concealer, that will cover up every blemish and scar, without looking cakey!

To see how I used this concealer, here is the video:

I hope you guys liked this review :)
Thank you for reading!