Monday, 31 March 2014

Chit Chat Catchup: Kittens, Mothers Day & New Products

Hey everyone :)

I know it's been quite a while since I last posted a lengthy chit chat type of blog post, and I figured that it's time to do so! 
As you guys may (or may not) know, next week on Friday, I will be submitting my two main deadlines for my final year - which is why I haven't been writing blog posts or sitting down to create many YouTube videos. I have so much to blog and chat about but this has a higher priority at the moment! 
However, if any of you guys want to be kept in the loop of my life, then do follow me on my Twitter and Instagram as I post on there at least everyday!

So it was Mothers Day in the UK yesterday, so I went home for the weekend - which was really nice considering I hadn't been home in over a month! It was an overdue trip and I really enjoyed it!!

On Saturday evening, we went to my sister's place as it was my brother-in-law's 29th birthday. We had a bit of a get together and it was really lovely to see everyone again :) My sister made her husband an awesome birthday cake in the shape of the Leeds United T-shirt:


She said she spent around two days on it (I think?) and tried to get the logo as close to the original as she could! The cake went down a treat, not only did it look really awesome but it tasted amazing as usual. 


 A little pixelated but it's a nice picture :) I think I look a bit older than her here though… *hides*

For the past two weeks, my mum has been sending me photos of baby kittens! Turns out, my auntie's cat had three kittens two weeks ago and that has been the main big thing lately. So I made sure that we went to see them when I was back home - I mean, who can resist seeing new born kittens that are just crawling about and squeaking when they want their mum?!




At this age, they were still in their little bed and snuggling up with each other :) It was so adorable to watch! I have a video too which I put on my Instagram, so do check that out if you want to see a sleepy kitten enjoying a good head rub!

For Mother's Day - which was a little rushed as my sister headed off to Manchester in the evening for her week holiday to Sharm el Sheikh (lucky!) - we got her a card and a present :) 

My mum and I also went to my grandmas too and bought her a large vegetable pizza!


My mum was clearly looking at the screen rather than the camera lens haha :)

Moving on to the products, I have been gifted with a variety of beauty and skincare items from my sister - and I am so so so lucky to have been given them :) 
The FM Cosmetics products have been tried before by my sister, and she gave them to me as I wanted to try them - and maybe use them all :P I've been wanting a close-to Organic foundation and FM Cosmetics are all 100% mineral so why not :) I was given the Silicone base primer, CC Color and Care Powder, and the Second Skin Foundation :)
As my sister is a seller for Neal's Yard Remedies, she also gave me a few (more) samples of the Wild Rose Beauty Balm and the Scrub. She also gave me the hair mask and the Beautiful Skin Tea! I tried the tea last night, and I think it's so sweet (but if you brew it too much, it gets a little bitter). 


I came across an Organic skincare brand called Ravenscourt Apothecary on Etsy, and I loved the look of their soaps! As you guys know, I am using Organic skincare now (my makeup collection is sort of getting there…) and I've been on the hunt for Organic soaps and body washes etc. I know I have the Organic Surge products, but I want to try different soaps that are targeted for different skin types.

From Ravenscourt Apothecary, I bought the Activated Charcoal Soap and the Kaolin White Clay Soap. I know these products will work well for my skin type (oily/combination) and I can't wait to see how these products work out for me! 


These products will be reviewed either on this blog or on my YouTube channel in the next few weeks. I will try to have a blog post up sometime this week or next, so you guys will have something to read! 

I hope you guys liked this catchup post and have a great week! 

~ xoxo
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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Caudalie - Divine Indulgence Set Review

Hey everyone :)

This is quite a delayed review as I have had the Caudalie Divine Indulgence Set since last month. But, better late than never eh? 

I bought the Caudalie Divine Indulgence Set after my Caudalie Divine Oil had ran out. I've blogged about the Divine Oil before in my February Favourites and completely raved about how amazing it is! I know some people don't understand how facial oils work, and instead, they choose regular cream/serum moisturisers. However, using facial oils (and oils in general) in my skincare has been the best decision I've ever made!

My sister introduced me to the Divine Oil after she used it - and it miraculously cleared up her acne and scarring! So who was I to pass up an opportunity to try the oil. I absolutely loved the oil and I decided to purchase the Divine Indulgence Set after seeing it was the same price as the full bottle of oil itself. (I purchased it on lookfantastic.com


So the Divine Indulgence Set comes with the full 100ml bottle of Divine Oil, Divine legs instant tanner and Divine Scrub.


So to review the instant tanner… 
Now you may be thinking: "Why are you using a fake tan when you're already brown". I'm quite pale, especially during the winter where we don't get much sun here in the UK. Well… when do we ever get sun here?! Nonetheless, I still like to try fake tan! 

This instant tanner is unlike other fake tans, as this is a gel sort of consistency with a bit of radiance shimmer, and the tan is instant (duh). The one thing I absolutely love about this instant tanner which is the first time I've ever liked this particular quality about a self-tanner, is the scent. You don't get that biscuit sort of smell that you normally get. The Divine Indulgence Set has this absolutely amazing scent about it all. The oil, the scrub are fairly similar in scent. But the Divine Legs instant tan has this amazing rich and delicious scent about it. Although I'm probably really weird for liking the smell of it… but it's amazing!


As you can see, it's quite dark when you first squeeze it out of the tube, but you have to blend it into the skin for an even tan.



You can't really see it on my arm, but I used it on my leg and you can definitely see the difference in colour! I told you guys i'm quite pale! 



The oil is, like I said, amazing. I used it on one of my breakouts - instead of using a moisturiser - and it really helped to reduce the breakout and control the oil my skin was producing. This was one of the key products that I used to help reduce my acne :)



The Divine Scrub, smells amazing too, is unlike other scrubs. I know some people have kinda criticised the scrub, but here is my proper review of it:

So most scrubs that we are familiar with are very gritty in texture. Whilst some people may like this - as they feel their skin is getting clean - I guess I don't like that. The Divine Scrub isn't really gritty, you do feel the scrub texture but it's not as abrasive as many other scrubs on the market. It's a far more gentler on the skin, and after using it, your skin feels smooth and soft.

The consistency of the scrub is of a solid form. It's not a scrub that has a lot of liquid in it, so you can hold it upside down above your head, and the scrub won't budge. 

So you can scoop out the amount you want, and it looks a bit like this…


Then once you add some water, it turns into a bit of a liquid-y milky consistency and then it becomes more of a scrub (without the harshness).


 Once you use the scrub, your skin feels really soft, smooth and not very oily. Despite it having a rich scent and formula, you may think it will make your skin kinda oily or leave some sort of an oily residue. It doesn't, which is great :)

You can purchase The Caudalie Divine Indulgence Set from lookfantastic.com

I hope you guys like this review, and I do recommend trying out the oil! :)

~ xoxo
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Friday, 21 March 2014

A sneak peak

Hey everyone :)

I am very very very sorry that I haven't been blogging or making videos as much as I normally do, it's obviously because of the amount of work I have to do. I keep reminding myself that in three weeks, I'll have waaaaay more free time than I do right now! But during these next three weeks, I will be posting more Vlog type videos rather than actual blogs/sitting in front of the camera-proper-type videos. If you know what I mean haha!

This means that I'll be recording throughout my days and putting all of the footage together to make some (hopefully) entertaining videos :) They'll be basically like sneak peaks into my life and the kinda things that I do. And this might involve me filming in public - which is a bit nerve-wracking for me but oh well haha :D

Here is my first (of many) Vlogs:


I hope you guys like this video!

Don't forget to subscribe to my channel to keep updated with my videos!
Twitter: @TheRaviOsahn
IG: @RaviOsahn

~ xoxo
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

AMAZING Foundation for Olive/Asian Skin Tones - EX1 Invisiwear Foundation

Hey everyone :)

I have finally got round to reviewing one of my favourite foundations: 
EX1 Invisiwear Foundation.

My sister, kindly, gave me one of her extra EX1 Foundation bottles for me to try after she found out that I was using a particular foundation that was breaking me out badly.
She recommended the Invisiwear Foundation because it's oil free and it would work better with my sensitive and acne done skin :)

Here is the review and demo:


In this review, I've included a demo at the end so you can see how this foundation works on my acne scarring and dark under eyes. I think it's important to show you guys how this product works in terms of covering up scarring, rather than rave about the foundation and you having to make judgement on my experience.

As this foundation is quite sheer, I do need concealer on my under eyes - as they're so panda-like, it's unreal! But, I like how this gives a great amount of coverage without looking too OTT. Sometimes foundations can look like a mask over your face. I haven't had that problem with this foundation, as it blend in well with my skin and looks like my own skin :)

I highly recommend this foundation to those of you who are dealing with acne prone skin - as this foundation hasn't broken me out at all! It's a very sheer and blend-able consistency, and the shades are fab for olive/asian/tanned complexions which is amazing!

If you're around an NC25 - NC30-35 (like me), the shade to use is F200, then if you have more yellow undertones and you're a definite NC35, then F300 would be great for you :)

After using this foundation for most days, I've almost ran out of it! But I will definitely repurchase this foundation as it has honestly worked really well for me (and my sister) :)


Definitely do check out this foundation, can find it here!

~ xoxo
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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Top High End & Drugstore Foundations Review

Hey everyone :)

I'm back with another video - I seem to be making more videos than writing up blog posts lately! This video is basically a review on five High End/Drugstore foundations :)

Revlon Colour Stay
NARS Sheer Glow
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Maybelline FIT Me
Clarins Everlasting Foundation


I hope you guys like this review! Don't forget to give me a 'like' and subscribe to my channel, as I am uploading new videos every other day (maybe everyday) :P 


^^ wearing the NARS Sheer Glow foundation :) (I felt like I had to insert a photo here :P)

~ xoxo

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

My Piercings

Hey everyone :)

I received a request on my YouTube to make a video talking about my piercings. That is all. Enjoy!


I'm just kidding! 

Piercings I have:
Lobe piercing x4
Tragus Piercing - Right Ear
Conch Piercing - Left Ear

I've had my regular lobe piercing since I was very very young, I probably got them done when I was a baby. I then got my Tragus piercing when I was 14 (I was in Year 10), and that was painful for the first month - and absolutely killed when I had to get it changed the week after!
My most recent piercings - Conch and second set of Lobe piercings I got done in November and December of 2013. The lobe piercings haven't properly healed and are sensitive from time to time. However, my Conch piercing has healed lots! It's not fully healed but it's not as sensitive now and I can slide the bar back and forth :)

I explain more in the video!

I hope you guys liked this video and if you have any questions or anything, leave a comment here or on the YouTube video and I shall get back to you :) 

~ xoxo
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A very late… February Favourites

Hey everyone :)

I am back with my February Favourites - which I'm sorry for taking so long writing up! I initially filmed it during the last week of February but sadly… erm… I guess I wasn't that great with posting it up on time! 
Nonetheless, here is the written version of my February Favourites :)


1) Wet n Wild Palette - Comfort Zone:
This is the 'do it all' palette for me. I am able to sport a natural look, a 'let's go for a meal' kinda look and  also a smokey eye look :) It's very pigmented, the shades are lovely and suit many skin tones. The Wet n Wild palette is very hard to find in the UK - in fact, it's not sold here - but I'm sure you can purchase it online or ask someone to buy it for you if they're visiting the US :)
They have a few different palettes and trio palettes, and they're very worth having in your makeup collection!

2) Caudalie - Divine Oil:
I was introduced to the Divine Oil through my sister as she used it religiously during the several months leading up to her wedding. I noticed that her acne scars were fading, her redness had completely gone and she was hardly breaking out. Luckily for me, she gave my around 10ml of the Divine Oil to try and I absolutely loved it!!! I loved it so much to the point where I bought the full 100ml Divine Oil. I generally apply this after I've washed my face in the morning and let it sink in for a while before applying my makeup. It moisturises the face and it smells amazing! I've noticed that my scarring is fading and I'm breaking out a lot less!



3) NARS Sheer Glow - Punjab:
I've been wearing this quite often recently, which is quite bad as it's very expensive! Nonetheless, it is my absolute favourite high end foundation. I purchased it in the shade 'Punjab' and it is a tad bit light for me, however I just warm up the look by using bronzer and blusher, and it looks perfect! I love this foundation as it doesn't break me out either :) It has strong staying power, it dries matte, and it doesn't make me look cakey.

4) Kat Von D - Lock It Tattoo Concealer:
Whenever I feel like I don't want to wear foundation but still have coverage on my trouble spots, I reach for my trusty Kat Von D concealer. Much like the NARS foundation, it's a thin consistency yet it provides amazing coverage - so it doesn't look thick or cakey :) The smell of it is a bit weird.. it reminds me of the MAC foundation but nonetheless, the scent of it goes away once it's applied and it's fine!



5) MUA - Extreme Curl Mascara: 
I'm not generally the type to splurge often on mascara as I have naturally short lashes - so I think, 'Hey, I don't need to bother with a fancy mascara if it's not going to do anything'.
So I stumbled across this MUA mascara and I decided to try it out! This mascara has a wand that is curved, so it grasps on to each lash and coats them in the mascara. For me, I found that is does lengthen the lashes but doesn't really give them much volume or thickness. I prefer that it lengthens the lashes! This has been my most worn product as I wear it even on days where I'm not wearing much foundation/concealer :)

I hope you guys like this post! So tell me, what have been your favourite products of last month? 

~ xoxo
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Monday, 10 March 2014

The Beauty Scenario TAG

Hey everyone :)

So I was tagged (a few weeks ago) by @ASimpleMix on Twitter to do this tag called 'The Beauty Scenario TAG'! I'd never heard of it but it's a fun little tag to do :) Basically, you are faced with this different situations/dilemmas and well… what would you do?

Here are the questions:
1) You have to get rid of all your foundations, and only keep one highend and one drugstore which do you keep?
2) You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?
3) Your not feeling yourself and you need a pick me up lipstick which one do you go for?
4) You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do to your hair and makeup differently?

5) You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length pixie lott hair cut but they hear wrong and give you a pixie hair cut. Do you a) smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum and cry hysterical b)cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) complain to the manager and demand a refund. 
6) your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which 'do it all' palette do you pack in your makeup bag?
7) Your house has been robbed, don't worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What's the product you really hope is safe? 
8) Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. do you a)just pretend you havn't noticed b) ask them to repurchase  it or c) secretly do the same to something of theirs ... 


Here are my answers:

I hope you guys liked this video and my answers - and if you want to do this tag, then video your response/blog your answers and leave a comment down below so I can have a read! :)


~ xoxo
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My Updated Organic Skincare Routine

Hey everyone :)

If you're following me on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram, you will know that I've recently decided to go down the route of using (many more) organic skincare products. The reason I am saying 'many more' is because I already use an organic face wash and scrub. But now I've decided that the products that will be going on my skin, will be 100% certified organic :)

*P.S: There's a video at the end of this post!

So let me talk you guys through my new skincare routine! For my everyday basic skincare, I opted for Organic Surge. I have been using their face wash, mask, moisturiser, exfoliant since last year and they're my #1 choice for organic skincare. Not only do they have a large selection of products, but they're very inexpensive too! Their face wash bottle is pretty large and will last you around 4 months, even if you're using it twice a day. 
My everyday face wash/ mask/ shampoo/ body wash is from Organic Surge!


For my acne and problem areas, I decided to try out African Black Soap. Not the raw 100% Black Soap, but one that contains 50% Shea Butter. I bought mine from AKOMA Skincare.

More about this product:
Receiving both Fairtrade certification (from the Fairtrade Foundation) and organic status (from the Soil Association) in 2009, our Akoma African Black Soap from Ghana is prized for it’s natural healing properties. This Fairtrade Organic Black Soap is full of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and has a mild, fresh, natural scent. Plus, it's wonderful creamy lather of fine bubbles leaves your skin clean and refreshed.
Traditionally made, this soap contains raw shea butter, organic virgin coconut oil and cocoa pods a perfect combination for treating all kinds of skin conditions. Its color comes from the processing of its natural ingredients and like all Akoma products, it is free from dyes, charcoal, artificial perfumes, animal products and derivatives (which makes it a favourite for vegans).
When purchasing black soap, make sure it’s from western Africa and not made in the United States orEurope. Soaps from these countries are mass produced and not true African Black Soap (they contain artificial ingredients that give them their dark colouring).



 I've used this for three days now and I have definitely seen a difference in my skin. My face has had a purging period which wasn't very nice, but you only experience this if your skin is congested. This soap will help to relieve my dry skin, acne, acne scarring and balance my complexion :) 

I will do an in-depth review once I've used this soap for at least over a month so I can see an impressive difference :)

For my moisturiser, I have dumped the traditional cream moisturisers and I'm using oils. The first oil I'm using is Avocado Oil, and this is 100% unrefined cold pressed Avocado Oil. This is made from the avocado flesh rather than the seed, so all of the vitamins and nutrients are in there!

I use this all over my face before bed, and this ensures that my skin is fully moisturised. Also, Avocado Oil is known to help lighten any acne scarring or pigmentation, so this will go hand in hand with the Black Soap!


For my 'before makeup' oil, I use the Caudalie Divine Oil. This contains a variety of oils and smells so lovely! The reason I use this before makeup is because not only does it moisturise, but it's not very oily and doesn't make my face look shiny whilst I'm wearing makeup! 
It smells so lovely, and I guess it's a much nicer aroma than the Avocado Oil - which me and my sister claim smells like salami.


When it comes to removing my makeup, I use the Avocado Oil and just massage that all over my face - and this melts off all of the makeup. Then I take a warm towel and put that on top of my face for a few seconds and then I wipe of the makeup and give it a quick rinse!


I hope you guys like this post/video and I will be writing up a follow up to let you guys know how I'm doing with these products! Hopefully this time next week, there will be more of a difference with my complexion and I can review the Organic Surge products. However, I'm going to give it a while before I review the Black Soap & oils so I give an honest review with photographs :)

~ xoxo
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Saturday, 8 March 2014

#100HappyDays - Volume I

Hey everyone :)

Where have you been!? Yeah, I know, I know. I've not blogged in over a week and I'm sorry guys! University work, #TOWIE and sorting out my sleeping pattern seemed to take up most of the time. Plus, I have just over a month until I have to submit my two major deadlines and well, it's scary. So apologies for the lack of blog posts and videos, I promise I will get back on it once I've submitted most of my work… and hopefully I'll try to update everyday!

Nonetheless, I am bringing you guys the Volume 1 to my #100HappyDays - which I blogged about starting in one of my previous posts! I highly recommend you guys to do this challenge :) 

So, let's get on with the photos!


- One of my Valentines Day presents :) I got back to my freezing cold flat and luckily I have this adorable hot water bottle
- #foodporn: M&S Lemon cake, chocolate eclairs, chocolate profiteroles and scotch pancakes mmmm!
- Pictures from my first two nights out in Huddersfield. They seem so long ago and it's crazy how much my life has changed so much since then :)

- In Pizza Hut with Natalie and Kyriaki for lunch! It was lovely meeting and catching up with them 
- Looking back on my old photographs from when I went to Egypt, it was an awesome holiday!
- #Selfie - My makeup turned out really nice and I think this was for a YouTube video. Plus, I quite like my hair in this too!

- A #tb photograph from Halloween. Ryan and I bought a ton of chocolate and sweets and watched Haunting In Connecticut… and then Legally Blonde because we were a bit too scared hahaha.
- Another #tb, day before Halloween on our first sort of, 'night out'. We only went for a couple drinks before it got too manic outside
- #foodporn : Garlic pizza, Meaty pizza (with salami, pepperoni, garlic sausage) and cheesy fries! Yummmm!


- I don't know why but I felt the need to photo this - 750g of pure heaven! 
- Because the weather is a lotttt better lately, my room gets so much light in the morning/afternoon. This time, there was a lot of sun peaking through my curtains and it's a lovely sight to wake up to :)
- My blog, my love and my family :) A lot of things to be grateful for <3

- My makeup bag overflowing with beauty products! I'm so lucky to try out a lot of makeup and obviously, have a large cosmetics collection!
- Happythankyoumoreplease has to be one of my favourite movies ever! It's written/directed by Josh Radnor and he stars in it too. But the reason I love this movie is because it's a relatable movie, and it makes you see things a bit more positively and differently :) 
- #selfie - the only picture I have with Nemo and she's looking at the camera haha. This took a few takes, but she's so cute and didn't mind!

- The sun was beaming through my windows like crazy, and I thought I'd take a photo of my hair because I'd dyed it multiple times during January and before that. And I guess it's become a miss mash of colours but I really like it! :)
- My entire Organic Surge collection! I've changed my beauty regime to an organic one*, which required me to buy new shampoo and body wash! Oh, and to stock up on more face wash.
- The final addition to my organic skin care, Avocado Oil. It lightens the complexion and any acne scarring, reduces acne, and moisturises the skin well!*


- Happiness comes in the form of a pizza :) This pizza was absolutely delicious!! 
- Watching EastEnders in bed whilst Ryan washed my dishes - he doesn't like watching it and sometimes refers to it as 'Shitstenders', so he washed up the dishes from our dinner :)
- Breakfast in bed - New York bagels smothered in chocolate spread, made by Ryan :)

*I will be writing up some sort of skincare routine within the week, where I'll be showing you guys which products I am now using and my routine of how I am using it! Also, follow up posts will be posted every other week, as I want there to be a massive difference and you'll be able to see the improvement!

If you guys want to keep updated with my photos as I post them, then follow me on Instagram

I hope you guys liked this post, and I recommend everyone to do this tag! It's not about showing off, or making others feel jealous - but finding happiness in the smallest (if not biggest) things in our day :)

~ xoxo
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Sunday, 2 March 2014

An Organic Skincare Wishlist

Hey everyone :)

Recently I - by 'I', I mean my sister and I - have been researching the ingredients that are really in skincare products, and beauty products. We've come to the point where we have experienced a lot with our sensitive skin types (see my endless acne posts!) and we've decided to ditch the commercial beauty products and go down the organic and vegan route. Whilst there are certain companies who market their products as 'skin friendly' or 'mineral based'… they aren't quite what they seem. 
After looking at a lot of the ingredients that are in most beauty products - for example parabens, SLS, Mineral Oil and Alcohol - we've been on the hunt for 100% Organic products. And I mean 100% Certified Organic!
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I did adapt my skincare routine to a more skin friendly routine - as I use face wash and masks by Organic Surge - who are brilliant and affordable! The Organic Surge beauty products have made me less prone to break outs, helped my skin recover and still made my face so fresh and clean without making my skin feel uber dry or irritated. 
Also, I use facial oils including pure Rosehip Oil, and the Caudalie Divine Oil (a blend of grape, sesame, hibiscus, argan oil). Whilst these have helped my skin in terms of preventing breakouts, moisturising it and reducing the redness - I still want to expand my Organic skincare collection. I've come across a few different brands that I would like to try out soon, so here goes:

HerbivoreBotanicals:




100%PercentPure:


Gabriel Cosmetics:



I will be posting a skincare update soon as that is highly requested (especially on my YouTube)! And I'll also have a skincare routine soon :) I've been experimenting with a few different products lately, I can't wait to share it with you guys!

~ xoxo
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