Sunday, 31 March 2013

Relative's Engagement FOTD

Hey everyone :)

Last night I went to a relative's Engagement party and well, it was great as I hadn't been to an Engagement party since this time last year! So it was awesome to get dressed up and enjoy some good food and music :)

But before I talk about the party, here are the photos of my makeup and outfit! 

I just love the lighting in this pic haha! 

Products I used:
Garnier Moisture Match - For dull skin (review coming soon!)
Soap & Glory - Super Eyes Gel
Clarins Everlasting Foundation
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
The Body Shop - All In One Base
HD Brows Kit
Soap & Glory - Purple Eyeliner Pencil 
Soap & Glory Eyeshadows (the Christmas palette)
Soap & Glory - Black Pencil Liner
Soap & Glory Felt-tip Liner
W7 Double Up Mascara
Victoria Jackson Bronzer
MUA Undressed Palette - to contour
Calvin Klein - Betrayal lipstick

I love how my eyes looked, I was just improvising on my eyes and hoping it would turn out nice haha! 

The sister and I :)

Hehe Nemo looking sooo cute! :)

Look at the sun! It looked soooo beaut and all of the buildings had that pretty golden look :)

Me, Mummy and the sister :)

So the tables had the regular layout - generally the family does this themselves and purchase the napkins, the crisps, peanuts and drinks etc!
And then they hire a DJ and caterer too... which is great so that people are able to relax and enjoy themselves :)

So this was the starters (they had more but I prefer the spring rolls, kebab, fish and potato thing... We call it an Aloo Tikki or Tikka :) (Spicy potato) haha

Me and Mummy :) 
I just look so pale here... I would say it's my foundation, but my neck/chest also looks pale!

This was the dinner, we had chicken curry, Saag Paneer (like a milk/cheese with spinach), and then a potato curry. I don't usually like the potato curry though, so I just ate the Saag Paneer (it's my absolute favourite!) But this one didn't taste as nice as the one that my mum makes :(

I hope you're all having a lovely bank holiday and enjoying the 4 day weekend!
~ xoxo

Saturday, 30 March 2013

FM Cosmetics vs MAC

Hey everyone :)

Today I have a review of these two products - this was my first time trying both of the products out!

FM Cosmetics - Light Concealer
MAC Prep and Prime 

These two are mostly used for contouring, as they're super light on the skin and are great for highlighting areas of the face!
Let's take a look at the swatches :)

Left: FM Cosmetics
Right: MAC Prep & Prime

The Light Concealer by FM Cosmetics has a salmon-ish undertone as opposed to the strikingly pale yellow colour of MAC'sn Prep & Prime. I found that P&P took a while to blend out, and even when it did blend out, it gave off the 'highlighted' appearance but looked a little too evident with my skin tone. The FM Cosmetics concealer blended in nicely, although I found that it was quite thin and didn't conceal/highlight as well as I'd have liked it to.

Before applying these two, I also applied the FM Cosmetics Silicone Base - and I got told by my sister that I hadn't applied enough of it. So my under eyes still remained quite dry looking - I will try this out again and blog about it again! :)

FM Cosmetics:


I had applied both of these in a triangle shade under my eyes which led up my cheek bones - as that is the place I wanted to high light!

As you can see, the FM Cosmetics concealer did the job of high lighting, but the formula isn't as thick as MAC's P&P. This helps to give a more natural and subtle finish (oh, and that goes along with the apricot coloured base) - as you can apply a loose powder on top to make it look less light (if you wish!) If you want a much evident high light - say, if you're going to have a lot of photos taken, then use the MAC P&P :)

I will properly review this again after using it multiple times :)
~ xoxo

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Quick & Simple Glittery Rhinestone Nails :)

Hey everyone

Yaayyyy I've recorded a nail tutorial for you guys! (I'm going to be doing more of these)

I will show you how to do these nails:

I used:
REVLON ColourStay - French Toast
17 Clear Top Coat
Fine Cosmetic Glitter
Clear Rhinestones - 2mm

Watch the video here:

This is a really easy and simple nail look, and the glitter part is optional! You can use different colour nail polish and/or glitter / rhinestones too!

I've decided that I am going to do more of these videos as I have TONS of rhinestones lying about - which I bought a few years ago as I was really into nail art. And plus they're super cheap so I couldn't resist buying lots of them!

I have them in different shapes, sizes and colours - circles, squares, pearls, hearts and stars!

If you have a request for a nail tutorial, then comment below or tweet me on @theraviosahn
Any colour scheme, lots of detail, for short nails or long nails etc!
~ xoxo

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

30 Things I've Learned from University - 2013

Exactly: 20 none educational things I've learned during my first year of University

As my second year of studying Journalism at Huddersfield University is coming to an end, I decided to re-edit a list of things I've learned (I did one last year around this time). And it's things that I wish I knew some of these before I had started... and some added tips/advice I've learned throughout this year! 

My original post had 20 things, and I'm going to add a lot more :)

1) Avoid the 07:55 and 08:08 train from Leeds to Manchester Picadilly/Manchester Airport. You're not going to get a seat, but if you really want to, make sure you're quick on your feet! It does feel rude to push past in front of people, but it does help to make a mental note of where the train stops.

2) Make sure people get to know you for who you really are, or they could end up getting hurt and so will you. And eventually you're going to feel as if you're living a lie half of the time... and that will seriously fuck you up.

3) If you're a girl, make sure you have a guy friend with you to keep you company, especially at night. Preferably someone who either works out, or is a bit "chunky". And make sure this guy is someone trustworthy too. You know, girls gotta need some protection from wandering hobos/drunks.

4) You're going to find someone who is a lot like you. Believe it or not, you will. Even if you think that you have the most unique of interests, there is someone you will meet who will have incredibly similar interests to you. And then that person could end up being really close to you. Watch out! :)

5) No one really cares what you look like. Universities are really big, and everyone is there for the same purpose, to learn,not to judge what you look like. Unlike those high school days. And those that do care, are just caring for the wrong reasons. Mind them.

6) There are people of all ages and backgrounds that are studying there. And these people have their own ways and opinions of others; whether they're deep down racist, or liberal, or snobby as hell, or just not what you expectedJust don't get caught up in anything. Let people do/say/think what they want, after all, you're there to learn. If it really bugs you, do something about it, otherwise just keep your head down.

7) Don't leave work to the day before the deadline. Chances are, it's going to turn out shit and you wish you spent more time on it to get a better grade. But first year doesn't count, it's only when you get into second year and you're just like "SHIT!" hahah

8) Always carry an iPod USB wire and a phone charger with you in your bag at all times. You're going to NEED it. There are days where you're going to be in for long hours, and you will need your phone to message people or... even.. play games to kill time :P

9) Don't expect anything when you think about the day you're going to have at University. You know when you wake up in the morning, and you start thinking about your classes, and the things you're going to do in the day, and the people you're going to meet. Yeah... don't think about none of that. You're bound to do something different to what you did the day before, and it will be really unexpected. Expect the unexpected?

10) You're going to meet loads of people, get their Facebooks/ numbers. You'll need it in the future.

11) Know what you want to do in life. There are people who are doing a degree for the sake of doing a degree (landing a good job really), yet it's not what they want to do, and they're having to cut the course and apply for another one or something. Unless the degree is in some way related to what you want to do as a career... then maybe you should re-evaluate what degree you're doing - before you apple. It's a couple years of your life where you are going to be working really hard, and there may be other people who wish they got on to the degree that you wish you wasn't studying.

12) Half of the time, Maryland cookies are £1 at Sainsbury's.... 69p cheaper than they are in the Huddersfield SU shop. Wait. Everything is cheaper at Sainsburys.

13) (For the girls) Carry makeup in your bag, (if you wear it). You're going to need it to touch up your face during the day. this isn't necessary though..

14) It won't hurt you to say "Oh, do you know where _____ building is?" or something like that. In fact, it will most likely be an icebreaker and lessen the tension. You know. Like when you meet someone for the first time and it's awkward, and you say something like Oh this weather is pretty crap, isn't it? Same thing. Which brings me to my next point...

15) The only thing that I'm going to mention which is related to my degree, is about going up to people you don't know, to interview them. Trust me, it's pretty scary going up to a random person and say "What makes you happy?" but it's not as bad as it seems. The first time I interviewed someone, I was so robotic... literally I just asked the question and that was it. Yet now, I just approach the person, introduce myself and ask if they mind being asked a couple of questions and then proceed. Really, it's as simple as that.

Keep in mind: Chances are, they could be just about as nervous as you are, so don't be shy. 

And this goes for approaching people for the first time, just go up to them and start talking to them. It'll help your confidence.

16) The best trick to get a friend's number: Get your phone, go to Add New Contact. Pass them your phone. It's quick, simple and it avoids the whole "Ehh, how do you spell your name?" "Is this number right?".
Except, once I did this to one of my friends and who jokingly said "Is your phone broken? You want me to fix it?" This

17) Don't eat at the dodgy fast food restaurants (except McDonalds and KFC). Chances are, you'll get food poisoning.

18) The cash machine outside the library is the only one on campus that disposes £5 notes.

19) Download games on your phone / iPod Touch... for those boring lectures... Er, I mean.... all of the free time you have... yeah. E.g Angry birds, Temple Run, Draw Something. You will need it to help pass time.

20) People will end up judging you whatever you do, so don't stop what you're doing.

21) It helps to buy Sainsbury's basics for food. It's just as good as normal branded foods except it's cheaper so you can save up for other things you'd like!

22) You can leave from Snow Island at 9:05 and get to your class just before 9:15. Giving you extra time to chill, get ready, eat.. or even sleep in a bit more :P

23) Having a blog can really help with your career, not many people know this and don't see the point in blogging. But when it comes to jobs, if you mention that you've had a blog running for several years (even if it's just throughout University) they can see your dedication of sticking with blogging.
Also, depending on what you blog about, it can open up a whole new set of doors for you :) 

24) When it comes to assignments, DO check out the Unilearn (or Blackboard... for some Uni's) as lecturers do add everything you need to know on there. Well some lecturers are a bit weird when it comes to putting up lecture notes - but you can find super useful reading material on there!

25) People don't really care what you look like. Going around fresh faced with my acne scars on show, doesn't really change anything about how people see me or what they think of me (well, at least I don't think it does!) and I only feel that I need to wear makeup when it comes to an important date.

26) Carry moisturiser with you during the winter, because when you're on the go, you're going to find that your hands are really dry and just look dreadful because of the cold weather!

27) It doesn't hurt to ask. This year I was faced with different tasks, like asking people for a photoshoot to help me with my work, or even asking other bloggers for help with projects. And while I was nervous at first, it all panned out alright and I managed to gain a lot of friends through it :) 

28) Your lecturers aren't actually bad, scary and intimidating people. I always had this thought that I couldn't approach them because they'd laugh at me or something. But this year it's been alright and thankfully my lecturers this year are really approachable and are willing to help with problems I've got.

29) Your assignments are do-able. No, I don't mean do-able as... you know. Haha! I mean that your assignments aren't big and scary and impossible. Once you think them through and prepare everything you need, it's all good! And you just need to keep on working to get them done!

30) Don't do an entire assignment in a whole day without checking it the next day, because it's likely that you have messed something up, or you've got the order of it wrong. It helps to check over your work another day - when you have fresh eyes :)

Eeek! So these are my 30 Things I've Learned from University for this year :D and I hope you enjoyed reading this :)

(My list of things to do within these holidays for my assignments.. so much to dooo!)

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~ xoxo

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

My Road to Recovery :)

Hey everyone :)

Since August '12, I've been using PanOxyl 10% on my Acne - which I've been dealing with since I was around 13. You can read all about my journey through acne here, and I've tried all sorts of medicines! From prescribed medicines to store bought acne treatments, and I never really found anything that worked properly, until I started using PanOxyl 10%.

My mum recommended using PanOxyl as it's what my brother had used to get rid of his - and she said it really worked - and his skin was worse than mine. So I decided to give it a try and if it didn't work, I'd have to look for a different treatment.

I've taken a lot of photos from when I first started using PanOxyl up until now :)
And I should add: I've been using MURAD's Clarifying Cleanser and Exfoliating Treatment Gel - although for the past month I've hardly been using it was I've almost run out of it!

Here are the photos - taken from before I started the treatment up until today:

So this is how my face was before I started using PanOxyl 10%, as you can see, I have active acne and my face was literally covered in blemishes! 
(It's so weird seeing all of these pictures as my skin has changed so much these past few months..)

When I first got into using PanOxyl, and my skin was slowly getting used to the treatment. I found that my skin was really red, dry, it got painful at times because it felt like it was burning almost. But these are just the common side effects..

Despite my marks still being really prominent, you can see that it's slowly starting to ease up a bit. It's less red, and it doesn't look as aggravated than it was before. Nonetheless, it was still on it's road to recovery..

I think this was taken during September

This was taken on the day of my BBC Recording back at the end of November, this was the last time I remember it actually being  'active acne'. A little after this, I decided to use the MURAD products, and I rally think that those products have helped SO MUCH in keeping away the redness and breakouts! I absolutely love using the PanOxyl and MURAD together, as they both work well in reducing my acne and making sure I don't get it again.

I feel that the PanOxyl has worked to get rid of the existing acne that I have, along with some of the blemishes. Then the MURAD has helped to reduce the risk of another breakouts and bacteria on the skin.

Then fast forward to 2013..

End of January - you can see that despite my scarring still there, I haven't had any breakouts for a while and my skin is still clearing up.

Yesterday! :)

As you can see, my scars had faded a lot whilst some are still prominent. But luckily, I haven't suffered any really bad breakouts for a few months now which is awesome! And I don't have to worry as much for my skin now as I know it's definitely getting better :)

~ xoxo

Second Skin & Primer - FM Cosmetics

Hey everyone :)

I was kindly given FM Cosmetics products to test out which included their Silicone base primer and their Second Skin Foundation.I heard about this company through my sister - who swears by these two products! 
She always talks about how it's amazingly light on the skin, provides the coverage over her acne scars whilst looking fresh for many hours.

This silicone based primer helps the makeup to glide on so well, and filling up any skin imperfections and creating a lovely flawless skin finish.

The great thing about their primer (and all of the Skin FM Cosmetics) is that it works well for those with sensitive skin types. Jane, the lady who introduced my sister to FM Cosmetics, suffers with a skin type that has reactions to many different products, and has eczema too. And she swears by FM Cosmetics too, as they are suited so well to her skin and don't give her any reactions!

So this is how my skin looks before makeup... as you can see, my acne scarring has cleared up a lot! Compared to how it was several months ago. 

 The silicone base primer looks like this, and it's VERY smooth once applied. I dotted and massaged it onto my areas that needed coverage. So this was like my cheeks, nose, chin, and also my under eyes too - as my under eyes tend to crease when I apply any sort of makeup there! :(

Moving on to the Second Skin foundation.. The amazing this about this foundation is that it suits MANY skintones. I'm not saying that they carry a variety of shades. But the fact that the ONE shade that I tried, matches those with fair skin tones (think Jennifer Aniston skin tone, all the way down to Aishwarya Rai). And thats A LOT of skin tones!

This foundation oxidizes to match your own skin tone, therefore living up to it's name "Second Skin".
I decided to try out this foundation and the primer, and show you guys the final results :)

This shade I used is called 'Natural Cream' which is the one that suits the huge range of different skin tones!

An entire pump and a half was enough to provide provide me the coverage I wanted, and made my skin look flawless.. I had a bump on the side of my cheek that just didn't want to be hidden :( but the rest of my face got covered.

Yep, I know I need to redo my eyebrows! I will do it sometime this week! :)

These are taken with flash..

So what do I think of this foundation?

When I first applied it, I felt that it was quite 'wet' and that it needed to be set, but a small dusting of powder doesn't hurt so that was fine :) I thought that at first, my face looked orange (I don't know why) but it didn't look like it was my own colour. But after it oxidized, it matched my natural skintone - as you can see in the pictures :)
This foundation lasted several hours without smudging, or melting, and I'd had it on from around 1pm til 8pm, so that was pretty good! It also provided the flawless coverage I longed for, and it made me looked radiant! :D

I'd like to try this foundation out again but for a longer amount of time and during a day when I am out and about :)

Next up, I will be reviewing their Light Concealer and comparing it to the MAC Prep and Prime (I am wearing it in these pictures by the way!)
~ xoxo
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