Wednesday, 26 February 2014

How To Conceal Acne Scarring & Dark Under Eye Circles

Hey everyone :)

I've received a lot of comments (and requests) recently on how I cover up my acne scarring. It's no mystery that I do have scarring - and bad under eyes, thank you parents! - so I decided to film tutorial on how I conceal my imperfections :)


The products I use in this tutorial have quite a thin consistency - so instead of caking up the face (and blocking pores), I show you guys how to layer foundation and concealer, without it becoming cakey and patchy. I also show you how to set under eyes - as that can be a huge hassle! 


Products I used:
(Not shown) Caudalie Divine Oil - I use that as my moisturiser :)
Benefit Erase Paste - 03 Deep
EX1 Invisiwear Foundation - F200
Maybelline Fit Me concealer - 25
Kat Von D Lock it Tattoo Concealer - Original Tan
Maybelline Fit Me Powder - 220
ELF - Blusher & Bronzer duo

I hope you guys like this tutorial! I highly recommend the Benefit Erase Paste as firstly, it is very creamy and conceals well, and secondly, it is more available in the UK compared to the Kat Von D Tattoo Lock It concealer! 

~ xoxo
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Monday, 24 February 2014

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review

Hey everyone :)

Finally, and I mean finally, I have filmed my review on the NARS Sheer Glow foundation! 


Details:
Shade: Punjab (similar to NC25 in MAC)
Weight: 30ml 
When did I buy it: July 2013
Price: £32


Pros:
+ Dries matte (rather than sheer), so it's great for those with oily skin types.
+ Great selection of shades to match most, if not all, skin tones.
+ Is buildable, so it can produce a flawless coverage.
+ Despite giving flawless coverage, it's a thin consistency. So it looks like your own skin - rather than 'cakey'.
+ Delivers long lasting power, and doesn't go blotchy when in contact with rain or sweat.

Cons:
- Expensive.
- Doesn't come with a pump; so it can be quite messy.



I hope you guys like this review and it was helpful! Definitely my favourite ever high end foundation, and I highly recommend trying it out :)

~ xoxo
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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Wild Mermaid Hair Tutorial

Hey everyone :)

I don't think I've ever done a hair tutorial on my blog before… damn! Well, there is a first time for everything. Today I'm going to teach you guys how to get wild mermaid hair. In case you guys didn't know, mermaid hair (as in the curls) looks like this:



It's basically very wavy hair, that is similar to how beach hair waves/ curls look! And of course, I was inspired to create this look after seeing Cheesie with it. She makes it look so pretty! However, I wanted to create a more sort of 'wild' look… something like this:


I still have the soft waves, except they're more smaller (due to small braids) and I braided from the roots of my hair, rather than starting a third of the way down. The fact I started the braid at the root created more volume, and looks more natural. Most people with naturally curly hair, it often looks like this - despite mine looking like bed hair haha!
I've been told this look suits me though, so I can't complain :)

To create this look, this is what you need:


 - A lot of hair bobbles / hair ties - whatever you want to call them! This will secure all of the braids and prevent them from coming loose during the time you keep them in :)
 - Water / Spray - In this case, I used the Heat Defense Spritz from 'Front Row'. I like how this spray makes my hair feel soft and silky.. and it's very convenient that it's in a spray bottle too :)

Instructions:


1) Spray the hair all over - well you can either spray it all in one go, or spray as you section your hair. I chose to do both as I wanted my curls/waves to really mould with my hair. It's best to work in sections though, as you ensure that you're grabbing each piece of hair and there are no loose strands.

2) Section the hair, and begin to braid! For more volume and tighter waves/curls, braid with smaller sections of hair. If you want bigger waves and more of a sleek appearance, then obviously, braid larger sections of hair.

3) Once you have completed the head, spray your hair once again with water / heat defence spray. Then put up into a ponytail or however you choose to wear your braids!


It's up to you how long you leave the braids in - I chose to leave mine in over night as it ensured my hair will mould to the curls much better. Whenever I curl my hair, I choose to use non-heat products (like using the little curling barrels they use for perms or this braid method) and I leave it in overnight.

Then in the morning, you can wake up and take out the braids and style your hair however you wish :)


I hope you guys liked this tutorial :) and do try it out! It takes a while to get used to and find out how you can work with it. But it's one of those looks that you have to try at least once in your life! :P

~ xoxo
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Monday, 17 February 2014

A Miracle In A Pot - Boots Botanics Super Balm

Hey everyone :)

It is no mystery that I've had problems in the past with my skin. Acne, dry patches, uneven skin tone. I remember I started getting breakouts when I turned 13, and these breakouts weren't as bad as those I've had within recent years. But, it was a headache to deal with.
However, around the middle of last year (around May/June), I decided to go down the route of organic skincare. So I purchased a variety of certified organic products (most from Organic Surge) and for the year prior to this change, I cut out dairy. In case you didn't know, dairy is a source of breakouts and acne!

With this change of skincare and going down this natural route, I found that my skin was less angry, and I didn't get as many face demons other than around the time of the month. Which is inevitable. 
One thing that I have recently introduced into my skincare is facial oils and balms. 
I know you might be thinking, "Why are you using oils and moisturising balms on your face when you're already oily".
Well, there's a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. I know my skin is oily, but I still need to look after it and apply oils to keep it hydrated - as I find that on days when I don't use facial oils, my skin looks dull and I end up with a spot or two. 
Along with my favourite facial oil - Caudalie Divine Oil (which retails at around £27 for the 100ml bottle), I use the Boots Botanics 93% Organic Super Balm. Which is a great alternative to a moisturiser - which IMO, doesn't really work for me. 

I've gone from moisturiser to moisturiser, and I've found that… yeah sure it moisturises, but my skin still looks the same. Whereas when I apply this Super Balm, I wake up with glowing, baby soft skin and my acne scarring look less visible.

Wait, I think I'm getting ahead of myself here! This Super Balm retails for around £5 in Boots - which is definitely worth it! It contains Rosehip Oil - which is great for your skin :) It's a very rich and moisturising balm - and a small dab of it can go a very long way! However, this doesn't stop me from applying it liberally all over my face. It has a pleasant scent which isn't too bad, and this does appear very very oily! Don't say I didn't warn you! However, the oiliness goes as the balm is absorbed by the skin, and your face is left feeling very supple and hydrated!


Whilst this is a small tub, this product is one of those where you need a little amount. So don't worry about it finishing very quickly! I know a lot of people use this balm on very dry areas like chapped lips or on their elbows - so acne is the least expected place to apply this balm! 
But, I wanted to control the amount of oil that is produced by my skin, so using a rich and moisturising balm like this has definitely done the trick! 


Despite still having scarring, I don't have any red patches that I used to have. Also, my skin has more of a 'blurred' appearance. No, this photo hasn't been edited at all. It's due to keeping my skin moisturised and hydrated using balms and oils.

I've been using this balm for around 3 to 4 weeks now, and I have noticed a dramatic improvement in my skin! Before going to sleep, I applied this literally all over my face and even on breakouts! When I woke up, the redness had faded and breakouts appeared less angry and raised. Also, it has worked amazingly well on fading my acne scarring. I've been getting a lot of compliments on my skin from family and also my boyfriend :) 

I know this is a different direction to conquer acne as the conventional method is to use ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid - which to be honest, didn't really work for me as my acne just came back. If you are suffering with acne or breakouts, don't just reach for a topical lotion that contains a ton of harsh ingredients. Try an organic product instead - as organic products are all natural and you won't feel bad using harsh ingredients on your face :)

I shall be writing up more posts to do with skin care and acne - how to deal with it and methods I've tried. So you can look forward to those posts! Thank you for reading! 

~ xoxo
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Sunday, 16 February 2014

#100HappyDays & This Weekend

Hey everyone :)

I hope you guys have had, firstly, a great Valentines Day and a great weekend! Mine has been amazing, and also a bit of a blur as it was uber exciting and hectic all at the same time.


Ryan and I spent our first (of many) Valentines Day together - where we ended up ordering in a Chinese takeaway and watched EastEnders (more like, I forced him to endure half an hour of watching it) and also Leon: The Professional. He's been recommending me a ton of movies to watch including The Godfather and… erm… Lots more like that haha. This movie was really awesome though, completely action packed and gripping!
He bought me a few gifts, which I wasn't expecting at all. We hadn't talked about gifts or anything so this was really nice :)


On Saturday I travelled back up to Leeds to work on my practical project with FM Cosmetics! For this video shoot, we created three video tutorials demonstrating how to create certain looks using only FM Cosmetics. I'm going to edit and upload the videos soon and I shall upload them on here for you guys to see! Also, I will have a few links to share with you guys on here too, so this won't be the last that you ail hear about my practical project! :)


We went to Nandos… and the Lemon & Herb sauce is EPIC. I love that sauce on everything, it makes food tastier than it already is :P

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#100HappyDays:

A friend of mine, Shelly, has been posting photos with this hashtag everyday for the past erm, month? And I was really intrigued to know what this hashtag was about. 
It's basically posting a photograph of something that has made you happy whether it's a certain dish, a song, a photo of you with someone etc. It's basically having some sort of gratitude and being happy about something that is very simple - and most people do overlook the simple delights in life.

According to the website, it says:
People successfully completing the challenge claimed to:
 - Start noticing what makes them happy every day;
 - Be in a better mood every day;
 - Start receiving more compliments from other people;
 - Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
 - Become more optimistic;
 - Fall in love during the challenge.

Do check out the website and try out this challenge! :) I know it's one of those things that will start to change your life slowly, and whilst it isn't an immediate change, it's an inevitable change. If you do it, you'll be feeling great in the long run :)
I've not done this challenge before, but I have done things similar. I really love the concept of this and I am going to give it a try! 

So I've decided that I will be posting a weekly roundup of #100HappyDays pictures which I have shared through my Instagram (do follow if you're not already!)


So my first #100HappyDays picture is this cute and adorable hot water bottle that was part of my Valentines Day gift. I'd basically just got back to Huddersfield and my flat was absolutely freezing! I made a brew and decided to fill up this hot water bottle and give it a good cuddle. It's small, it's soft, it's cute!

Do try out this challenge with me and if you do, leave your Instagram/Twitter username so you can share your happy posts with me :)

~ xoxo
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Friday, 14 February 2014

Friday Favourite - Statement Necklaces

Hey everyone :)

You may be wondering why I have decided to bring back this weekly addition back to my blog. It's because I guess, it gives my blog a little bit more structure and as I have tons of things to blog about; this will keep everything under control! So you lovely readers can look forward to posts including "Skincare Saturday" and "Wise Words Wednesday". I hope you're all looking forward to these posts!

Onto today's post:

Being raised in an Indian household, I have been exposed to elegant chunky necklaces and chandelier glitzy earrings. Yet, I suppose they didn't really tickle my fancy until last year, where I decided to purchase some bold chunky statement necklaces. These pieces aren't exactly 'Indian themed' - as I find that they can be a bit too OTT - whereas these necklaces can be worn to a lunch or dinner, a trip to town or on a glam night out.


Here are my most prized statement necklaces… don't they look so pretty?

What if I told you I bought these necklaces for £5 or less. Yes, that's right! eBay… (and Primark for the necklace on the right)

Black & Brown Lace Row piece:
I bought this piece during the summer of '13 from eBay, after searching websites like New Look and Topshop for statement pieces. I guess it was the fact that I was a poor student who was looking to stretch my few quid on something that looked amazing. This is a beautiful necklace as it has black, brown and beige lace that looks amazing with the gold chain.
I remember going into New Look when I moved to Huddersfield for University in September, only to see that this necklace was being sold there! However the piece I saw was silver with a navy blue lace.
I've only worn this on a night out, but I can imagine wearing it for to a formal dinner. 

Lion Head Medallion piece:
This piece is also from eBay! I was so excited to find this online at a very cheap price as I had seen similar pieces in magazines, where it had been paired up with a vest top and a blazer and jeans. I think this is a great necklace to jazz up any casual outfit, without it looking like it's 'too much'. 


Indian Style Rhinestone Matha Patti piece:
This actually isn't a necklace, it's a head piece. But I just really love the look of it! I bought this from eBay too - for around £10 - which is an amazing price because if you were to buy this from any Indian accessory shop, you're looking at around £25+. 
This is a lovely, elegant eye catching piece also has matching earrings too - although you will have to purchase these separately - which look amazing when worn!


Aztec Cut Out piece:
I recently purchased this from Primark - you all know how Primark is like a students BFF - for £4. If you've read my previous posts, you will know that I created a 'wish list' post where I featured a bold necklace similar to this. That necklace was from New Look, and a tad bit more pricey than this one. However, I preferred the design on this necklace and I've been wearing it quite a lot recently. It's the kind of necklace I can wear with a t-shirt and jeans - which I have been doing so. It's such a simple necklace, yet it looks very bold :)

Jade Tear Drop piece:
This is a purchase from eBay too - and I have to admit that I haven't worn this necklace as much as the previous necklace. But I love the design of this. It makes a change from the other chunky pieces I have, and this can be worn to an lunch date, an elegant dinner. It looks lovely with a 'V-neck' top/blouse and it doesn't look too overpowering either. I love the Jade coloured tear drop stone in the middle, and it's not the kind of colour that is a hit or miss. You know, when you're struggling to piece together an outfit and the accessories can sometimes make it off balance because of the colours. Yeah, you won't get that with this! :) It's a neutral colour, so you can wear it with most colours - mostly neutral colours though :)


I hope you guys liked this post, and do check out eBay because there are some amazing jewellery pieces on there and not to mention clothes too! :)

~ xoxo
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Thursday, 13 February 2014

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

Hey everyone :)

For me, Final Year has consisted of a lot (and I mean a lot) of travelling. I'm travelling back up to Leeds every week for certain University projects, interviews and well.. to see the family! Whilst this involves lengthy journeys, bracing freezing windy weather and overnight stays - it's hard to keep up with my appearance. Wait. It's not that hard - considering I have my favourite products on check ;)
But it is a bit of a struggle when it involves wearing lots of makeup, running on 5 hours sleep and not being in my own home (or flat) environment.

Luckily for me, I've found my go-to makeup essentials for everyday use. These products are small and compact enough to fit into my makeup bag (I forgot to photograph it… sorry). 
This amount of products may seem like a lot to some of you - or it might seem like an average amount - but this is enough for me on a daily basis, and if I ever wanted to switch it up!




1) ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder
As you can see, I have been using both palettes for a while considering I've hit the pan on both products! But this just shows how much I've used these products!
When it comes to Blush and Bronzer, this is a nifty compact palette that can easily slip into your handbag or purse - and it comes with a mirror too which is great. The reason why I use this blusher and bronzer is because they're great shades for everyday use. They're not too shimmery or too vibrant that it'll make you look OTT. You can just dab a bit of blush onto the apples of your cheeks for a flushed rosy look. Or, you can go for a sun kissed glow by using both blusher and bronzer. Or, (yes, there is another option!) you can go for a sculpted look by using the bronzer to define your cheekbones and your jawline.
The great thing about the bronzer is that is doesn't look 'orangey' like some bronzers do. It's build able- so you're able to create a defined appearance - but you can also use this for a slight definition if you're going for a more subtle look.
It's considered a money saving dupe for NARS Blush & Bronzer - Orgasm/Laguna (in case you're wondering the shade) - so it's a definite bargain! 

2) HD Brows - 'Bombshell'
You may be thinking, "Why are you using an eyebrow powder that is suited for lighter hair colour?" Well, muchacho, whenever I fill my eyebrows in, I use both the brown shade and the black - to create a sort of dark brown colour. As black itself is way too dark. It makes me look like a vampire, and it doesn't suit me at all. Plus, I have very faint eyebrows too, so this brown shade is perfect for filling in my brows :) This palette also makes for a great eyeshadow palette. I sometimes use the light brown colours as a crease colour - for a bit of definition if I don't feel like wearing much eyeliner/dramatic eyeshadow.

3) Maybelline Fit Me Powder - 220
My go-to favourite setting powder! I just use this to set my foundation and concealer, and it holds it all in place for many many hours. It matches my skin tone very well and does the job! :)

4) Benefit Erase Paste - 03 Deep
This is a great concealer for days where I've not had much sleep, my skin feels awful, but I need to wear makeup. This has a warm undertone - which looks makes me look radiant, and it's very creamy - so it doesn't accentuate my dry patches. But, the most amazing thing about this concealer is it's pigment. It covers all! It is literally a paste, that erases
I generally use this under my foundation or under another concealer which is cool toned - just so I don't look too 'warm'. I'm quite pale you see. It does a great job of working with other makeup products, and it doesn't fall into any cracks or lines underneath my eyes :) 

5) Caudalie Divine Oil
I am absolutely in love with the Caudalie Divine collection - as I have recently bought the Divine Legs and Divine Scrub along with a 100ml bottle of this gorgeous oil! 
My sister first gave me this oil to try as she has been loving it, and it cleared a lot of her acne. So I thought "Why not?" and two months later, I am absolutely loving it! My skin has improved so much since I've been applying it to my acne and acne scarring, and I'm breaking out less too. 
The smell of the oil is amazing, and my boyfriend loves it too ;)
I know this is a pricey product, but it has done so much good for my skin as it's packed with natural oils and extracts - so you're definitely paying for a high quality blend of oils.
Before I get into bed, I literally coat my face with this oil - okay, maybe not coat. But I apply the oil liberally to my face - and when I wake up, my face looks refreshed, glowing and moisturised!

6) Maybelline fit Me concealer - 25; & Kat Von D Lock-It concealer - Medium Tan
These are my go-to concealers if I'm wanting to rock a subtle everyday look, or even for those days where I feel like I'm having a good skin day! Let me rephrase that: On a day I want to rock a subtle everyday look - I'll use the Kat Von D concealer. Whenever I'm having a good skin day, I use the Maybelline concealer.
The Kat Von D concealer is obviously a tattoo concealer - so it's much more thicker and pigmented as it is designed to cover the darkest and most stubborn scars/marks you have! It's not as thick as the Glamoflauge concealer - and you can layer it up without it looking cakey. However, using this concealer on it's own can look like a foundation itself - despite only using little amounts. 
The Maybelline Fit Me concealer is great for days where I don't need that much coverage - a good skin day or a daily thing like going to a seminar or going shopping. The concealer isn't very thick, so it doesn't make you look cakey. But it does a great job of covering redness and faint scarring :)
Plus, this is an amazing shade!

7) Benefit's They're Real Mascara
Words cannot describe how much I love this mascara. It builds up my lashes - that are teensy weeny - making them look long and voluminous and thick. Without making them look spidery or.. really stuck together. 
Another thing I really like about the mascara is the brush - it's amazing! The mascara brush has enough bristles to grab the smallest of lashes, coating them in the product and lengthening them. 
You can use one or two coats for a natural look, or you can use many more coats to build up the thickness and volume to how you want :)

8) L'Oreal Nude Magique Foundation
I have recently been loving this foundation after wearing it multiple times the past two months. Whilst this is a 'nude' foundation, it's quite sheer and I originally thought that it wouldn't cover my scarring. However, this foundation is a liquid to powder foundation. Meaning that it does actually cover my scarring whilst maintaining a natural and non-cakey look.
The shade matches me well and is great for everyday wear, and the MOST amazing part of all… It doesn't break me out! 
It's hard to find a foundation that isn't too pore clogging or thick, but this foundation doesn't do any nasty things to my face :) Which is awesome!


9) Lipsticks: Topshop - 'Inhibition' ; Soap & Glory 'Red My Lips'
These two lipsticks have been my favourite lipsticks as of late. I've been into deep red/plum colours and these two are my go-to everyday lipsticks!
I tried the Topshop lipstick after seeing swatches online and I thought that I had to buy it! I bought this along with the colour "Depth" that is a very dark violet shade. This lipstick glides onto the lips very smoothly, and is super pigmented. It's such a gorgeous deep pink/purple/red colour and perfect for fall/winter.
'Red My Lips' has been my favourite lipstick for at least over a year! The shade is a kind of 'my lips but better' shade, and once the lipstick has worn off a little, it looks very very natural. I know it looks a little dark as a swatch or the bullet, but it's a gorgeous colour. The scent of this lipstick is heavenly! It smells like vanilla.. unlike the usual scent of many other lipsticks - that resembles a rather synthetic scent. 
Also, this lipstick contains Shea Butter and different vitamins - making it very moisturising and luxurious. It doesn't make my lips dry, or accentuate any dryness when applied. It's a lipstick that everyone should at least have in their makeup collection!



10) Soap & Glory - Supercat Eyeliner
Staple Eyeliner. It doesn't get any simpler than that.
This has been my favourite eyeliner for nearly 2 years now. It's very easy to use, you can create thin and thick lines… and well… it does an amazing job! I have blogged about this eyeliner several times now and I absolutely love it.

11) Brushes: Flat eyeshadow brush ; Double sided Eyebrow brush
These are two basic brushes that I my makeup collection wouldn't be complete without (well, I didn't photograph my foundation brushes and my powder brush). But these brushes are very versatile :)
The flat brush is great for patting on eyeshadow, and lining my eyes and even a bit of eyelid contouring.
The double ended brush is mostly for my eyebrows, as I line the underneath of my brows and fill it in going upwards. But I also use it to line my lids, and brush through my brows :)

I hope you guys liked this mini review of the products in my travel bag :)

~ xoxo
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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Wise Words Wednesday - Makeup Brushes

Hey everyone :)

There's this one habit that I'm sure all - and I mean all -  of us have done at some point in our lives. Even if it was just once, or twice. Whilst many of us have realised this embarrassing habit and are no longer victims to it.. We do see others committing this terrible crime! Okay, I'm probably making it sound a lot worse than it is - and don't worry, this isn't an actual crime… But it is a hazard to your face.

I'm talking about blowing on your brushes. 


You know when you're about to apply any powder product - eyeshadow, setting powder, bronzer, blusher etc - and you have a little bit too much on your brush. There are two main things that people do: 1) Tap off the excess powder, or, 2) Blow on the brush to 'get rid' of the excess.

What people who do the number 2 option (haha… number 2) don't realise, is that while you think that blowing on the brush is getting rid of excess powder, you're actually putting bacteria onto the brushes. And this bacteria, is going to go onto your face. Not nice huh? And the average mouth is filled with lots and lots of bacteria - which we are oblivious to.

So next time you're about to get rid of the excess powder on your makeup brush, tap it off. This way the excess powder will actually drop off, and you're not putting any extra unwanted bacteria onto your face.

~ xoxo
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Monday, 10 February 2014

Makeup Monday #1 - FOTD

Hey everyone :)

I hope you've all had a great weekend, I have :) It's been a hectic weekend for me and I've spent a lot of time resting as I've been feeling under the weather. Nonetheless, I've been working my butt off for my assignments and emailing tons of people! It can be a little overwhelming but I feel like I'm getting somewhere! :)

I've decided to introduce different weekly posts to my blog to help create some sort of structure - including today's post Makeup Monday!

I'll be writing makeup themed posts on Monday - well, I know I write about makeup anyway but you can guarantee that on Monday, I will be writing up a makeup post :) So today, I'm going to do a very quick FOTD post. This was a picture taken last week - but I just loved how I applied my makeup that day, and I really wanted to show you guys :)


I'd literally started off the look with my hair. Since cutting it short, I haven't really been able to pull off curly hair as it was just a bit short and I preferred it straight! Lucky for me, my hair has grown quite a lot and I can curl my hair and it looks quite cute :) I generally curl my hair at the ends - for a wavy look. And the top of my hair remains straight. 

I know I look way more dressed up than anyone should for University - but this was actually taken when I finished for the day! I was off out for a meal with the other half and I wanted to look nice :) …you know, as opposed to looking like a scruff as I normally do :P


What am I wearing on my face?
Foundation: EX1 Invisiwear Foundation - F200
Kat Von D Lock-It concealer in Medium Tan
Maybelline Fit Me Powder - 220
HD Brows Kit - Bombshell
ELF Blush & Bronzer Duo
Soap & Glory Felt Tip liner
Benefit - They're Real Mascara
Topshop Lipstick - Inhibition

Lenses: Freshlook Colourblend - Gemstone Green
Necklace - Primark
T-Shirt - Primark


I think the main thing that really completed this look was the amazing lipstick! I absolutely love this lipstick and I haven't been able to stop wearing it since I bought it. It's a gorgeous deep pink/purple shade (although it looks more pink in photos), and it's moisturising. It doesn't make my lips look chapped, and it glides on very nicely. I am definitely going to purchase more Topshop lipsticks in the future… well, when I'm richer than I am now :P

I hope you guys liked this post :)

~ xoxo
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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Inspire Me Sunday - Neutrals

Hey everyone :)

Sunday is one of those days where you're sometimes dreading the next morning - ugh, Monday mornings aren't the best things in the world. So I've decided to post inspiring photos on Sunday. Think of it like a 'pick me up'. These inspiration posts will contain different things each week. Sometimes profound quotes, beautiful makeup and also stylish fashion pieces too ;)  I saw a pair of shoes in a magazine today and I was like "Maaaaan! I want these, they're so damn beautiful". You know when you see something (or someone, wink wink) and it literally takes your breath away.  Yeah, I got this with these shoes! But… I'll save that for another post ;)

Today's Inspire Me Sunday post is a collection of amazing eye makeup looks using neutral colours - and some of these are quite dramatic whereas others are a little more subtle. Nonetheless, they're absolutely beautiful eye makeup looks! I'm hoping to experiment more with my existing eyeshadows that are collecting dust at the minute, and I'll be able to recreate one or two of these looks. If I can make my eyes look at least half as stunning as these makeup looks - I'll be happy. Haha!





















Most of these images have their Twitter/IG Username watermark on them so you can find more looks by the artists. However, the ones with no watermark, you can find them on Vegas_Nay's Instagram page. She has TONS of makeup looks on there, and they're absolutely stunning! 

I hope these eye makeup looks have inspired you and perhaps motivated you to experiment with your eyeshadows! :)

~ xoxo
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Saturday, 8 February 2014

Dying My Hair Cerise

Hey everyone :)

This is a very very veryyy late post considering I dyed my hair 'Cerise' back in October. Yeah I know, it's so last year.
But nonetheless, I still wanted to blog about it! If you've been reading my blog for the past year or so, you will know that I am addicted to colouring my hair different and vibrant colours! I found my favourite hair dye brand - La Riche Directions - and I absolutely love their hair colours. 
This time, I decided to colour my hair 'Cerise' - which is a gorgeous deep, rich, dark pink. 


I know some people look at the size of the tub and underestimate it's colouring ability, as one tub is enough to colour my entire head of hair. 
This dye is super rich in colour and it has a neutral scent - so you don't have to worry about your eyes watering from nasty bleaching chemicals. As La Riche Directions don't have any hair damaging chemicals in their dyes, you are able to leave this dye in for however long you want. Which is super important! As I know people who have tried this dye and they said it didn't show up on their hair despite leaving it in for the 'recommended' time. 
If you want a rich and lasting vibrant colour, leave this colour in for at least an hour! 
I left the dye in my hair for around 3 hours, which made my dark hair really pick up the colour - which is really surprising as Asian hair is generally the worst to colour.



My hair turned out like this! :D Which I was very happy with. The ends of my hair picked up the colour well, as they have been dyed previously with bleach and what not. The top of my head also picked up the colour, but it wasn't as intense as the ends :)


Mummy and I :)


This was taken in the sunlight! You can see how vibrant and intense the colour is - I absolutely loved it!!!



So after around 3 weeks, the hair dye started to fade - however it faded to a reddish shade:


It was still intense but the actual 'pinkish' colour had faded :( I've noticed that the shades Cerise and Dark Tulip - the ones I've tried - fade to more of a reddish shade, and then continue fading to a light brown and then back to my original hair colour.


This was during the stage where even the red was fading - however my mum and aunt really liked this colour! Haha!
It was a visible burgundy reddish shade which I suppose did look nice, however I prefer the gorgeous pinkish/purple colour :)

I hope you guys have liked this mini review and photos! I will be dying my hair Tulip (not Dark Tulip) next, so within the next month, I shall have a review up :)

~ xoxo

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