Lil’ Superdrug Haul (& review of THAT Makeup Revolution concealer)

  

Buying new makeup is my fave thing ever. Spending ages looking around Boots & Superdrug to see anything exciting that is either new or you lovely bloggers have recommended. I was on a mission last weekend guys. I wanted to find THAT concealer – the ever so popular new Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define. It’s been everywhere recently – bloggers have raved about it, AND it’s even been featured by Cosmo & Glamour. And you know that when something has been featured that much, you need it in your life. 

So – I attempted to look online because I knew I’d struggle to get it in stores. IT WAS SOLD OUT. I then went to my local Superdrug – MY SHADE WASN’T THERE. There wasn’t another Superdrug close to me that I could try on Saturday, so I went early Sunday morning to a pretty quiet Superdrug hoping that I’d find it there. I DID. I spent ages finding a shade that would suit me, and I did actually struggle a little bit. My skin has a yellow undertone, and I found that a lot of the shades had a more pink undertone. I went for C8 which I found looked like a pretty good shade in store, so I picked that up, very excited to give it a proper go when I got home.

 

Firstly – the consistency. It’s definitely a high coverage, thick concealer – so perfect if you have pretty dark circles (me) or areas that you want to cover. It is VERY creamy and I have absolutely no trouble blending it, both with my fingers and a brush. I use the concealer under my eyes and any blemishes. It gives a beautiful matte finish that doesn’t crease under my eyes, lasts the whole day at work, and I find it covers my dark circles amazingly. I have even preferred using this over my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer (which is a BIG thing for me). I just love how creamy and long lasting it is. I have combination skin, so have an oily t-zone and the rest of my face is pretty normal – and this helped keep everything looking pretty matte too (I use Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation and a loose powder most days). I know some bloggers have called it a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape concealer, however I’ve never tried it so can’t comment! The best part is that it’s £4 – so falls in cheaper that any other drugstore concealer that I’ve used and loved. I highly recommend that you pick up this concealer if you haven’t already – it’s definitely going to be one that I keep in my collection, and I can see why it’s been hyped about SO much. My only downfall is that you may struggle to find a shade that matches if you have yellow undertones – for my skin tone C8 works fine, but that was the only one I found that matched, and all the other shades were too pink toned/light.

I also picked up 2 other bits – one of which was a blogger recommendation. The lovely Jade from JadeAnnLoves featured this particular item on her Instastories and I knew I had to have my hands on it. The Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go primer & setting spray made its way into my basket. I think it’s pretty decent at £6.99, especially for a 2 in 1 product. It recommends you spray it on your face before and after applying makeup. I am currently trying this out and will probably give you a quick review on Instastories!

 

My last purchase was a new foundation from Rimmel – the Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation. I picked this baby up for £8.99 (Rimmel had a ‘buy 2 products get the cheapest half price deal on’) as I always LOVE giving new foundations a go. I thought this one would be nice for the upcoming spring months as it claims to be ‘breathable’ and also has SPF20 in it which is always a bonus right? I am a big fan of Rimmel foundations too (the Wake Me Up one is one of my faves), so I do have high hopes. Will keep you updated on my thoughts!

  Right m’loves – there we have my little beauty haul. Have you picked up anything new in the shops recently ? If so let me know so I can check it out too (muahaha).

Also – let me know if you like these little hauls – I personally love seeing what other bloggers have brought – it always gives me inspiration!

Signing out of here now guys – have a fabulous weekend. Mwah xx

Love Saira

Xxxx

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Becoming A Morning Person – 5 Of The BEST Ways

Hands up who despises the sound of your alarm in the morning? I’m guessing the majority of you have your hands up right now (or at least you’re thinking about it). The thought of getting out of your cosy bed and dragging yourself to the bathroom (after snoozing your alarm of course), only to rush around trying to get out of the house to work before your boss notices you’re 20 minutes late. Shit. Sound familiar? Or maybe you just kept snoozing your alarm and realised it’s now past noon, and that’s your whole morning lost. You then spend the rest of the day catching up and rushing around trying to get started on your never ending to-do list. Trust me – I know the exact feeling because I was exactly like this a few years ago. A night owl. I’d stay up late at night, and then sleep in until midday – only to find myself feeling grumpy, unproductive and unmotivated. I felt like I’d lost most of my day and didn’t feel like I wanted to tackle anything too hard. Of course – the sleeping in until midday disappeared when I started working full time, but I still despised mornings. 

 

I then decided I wanted to be one of those people who loved mornings – up early and ready to tackle my day with whatever it threw at me. I wanted to enjoy mornings and really make the most out of each day. And you know what? It IS possible to become a morning person (if you want to of course), and not only that but to love your mornings too. 

A few of the little reasons why I love my early mornings:

The calmness you feel. Not many other people are awake, you have some time to reflect on what your day is going to be like and are able to plan on what you want to achieve. You also have time to think about any stressful thoughts you might have had from the day before – everything seems better after you’ve slept on it – and you can spend this time planning on how to overcome that.

No rushing around. You know you have time in the mornings to relax a little before your busy day starts. You can sit down and enjoy breakfast, you avoid any major traffic on the way to work because you’re travelling earlier than everyone else, and you have time when you eventually get to work to plan your day ahead. Or if it’s not work, you can start planning your housework/any task you have to do that day without rushing.

The little things really help. Having the time to make your bed in the morning really helps with making you feel like you’ve already accomplished something before you even leave the house. Hearing the birds when you wake up can do so much good for your mood. Being able to just grab your bag and go without any last minute dashes help avoid that panic and stress that you might have forgotten something.

So what are the ways that helped me become a morning person? It takes some serious determination, and you have to really want it to make it your regular routine – but for me it has helped me become so much more productive and motivated.

Getting enough rest & waking up at the same time

Of course, the first obvious step is to get a good night’s rest before you even consider waking up early on a morning. Sleeping at 3am and waking up again at 5:30am ain’t working for anyone. Getting a good nights sleep is so important – but that’s a whole other post ey? Anyway, get yourself to bed early and leave those long Netflix sessions for the weekend. Also – it helps to wake up at more or less the same time everyday. Meaning if you have an alarm for 6am for work, to help you get into the routine, set that for your weekend too. For me, I found once I was in the routine, I couldn’t allow myself to stay sleeping past 7am on a weekend. My mind was always just buzzing to get up and get stuff done.

No snoozing – and no flipping through your phone.

 

This is probably the hardest thing you’re going to tackle guys. It’s so hard to not snooze your alarm when it first goes off. But you need to have sheer determination to get yourself out of bed at the first ring of the alarm. Another thing is to not start scrolling through your phone – leave that for when you’re having your breakfast. Checking your phone is one of the biggest time wasters in the morning, you tell me how it always ends up being half an hour hour when you thought it was only 10 minutes?

Have something to look forward to to help motivate you out of bed

The one thing I always look forward to in the morning which gets me out of bed is the variety of Lush shower gels I have to choose from when I have my shower. A bit sad I know – but hey it works for me. Also – showering in the morning is the best thing ever if you want to feel awake straight away. Trust me, I’m like a whole new person after my shower. You could try having an exciting breakfast, a new skincare product or some makeup to use, a new outfit .. it doesn’t have to be major. Just something to make you that little bit more excited to get your ass out of bed. 

Make time for your breakfast

 

I’m gonna go ahead and say the most cheesiest line that you know couldn’t be avoided in a post like this – but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So take the time out to sit down and have something you enjoy. Also – help save some work in the morning by prepping stuff the night before. I was obsessed with overnight oats, however since being pregnant I’ve COMPLETELY gone off them! So I always tend to have some toast with fruit in the morning. Other good ideas that you could prepare the night before is some chopped fruit that you could then add yoghurt to in the morning, get some fruit/veg together to blitz up a smoothie, or even bake some of those fancy breakfast muffins the night before. I’m considering doing a whole post on breakfast foods if you guys fancy that – holla at me. Also use THIS time to sit and catch up on your phone – this is when I tend to have a scroll through my Instagram.

Prepare for your morning

Last but not least – get as prepared as possible the night before. Things like going to sleep in a tidy room, having your outfit sorted/ironed the night before, preparing your bag and having your lunch ready will all help make it easier to wake up in the morning and get going. You know all those morning tasks are done and you can just focus on getting ready, having some food and getting on with your day.

There you have it – some ideas that hopefully will make even the biggest night owls consider giving mornings a go. Hey, they’re not all that bad, and I can say from personal experience that I get SO much done in the morning, and also feel so prepared to tackle the harder tasks first thing too. My days are more productive and I feel like I’ve already accomplished things before I’ve even left the house.

That’s all for now folks – hope this helps some of ya and you’ve enjoyed reading. I’m now off to tackle my laundry and then hunt down this Makeup Revolution concealer. IT WILL BE MINE.

Lotsa love,

Saira xxxx

20 – 24 Week Pregnancy Diary

I am 24 weeks pregnant guys. Blimey. I’m getting closer to reaching my third trimester and I can’t actually believe it. Time is definitely flying by – I counted down how many weeks it is until I go on official maternity leave at work and it is 12 weeks. 12 WEEKS. I’ll be in single figures soon guys!

So how have the past few weeks been for me? 

Well – my bump has definitely had a massive growth spurt – when they say they pop they ain’t kidding. All I’ve had everyone around me saying is how much more obvious my bump is every time I see them. I have noticed it starting to get in the way of things now too – and it’s only going to get bigger! Not going to lie though – I absolutely adore my bump and know I will definitely miss having it. Although who knew that putting shoes/socks on would become such a chore already?

Movements have also become very obvious now – to the stage that I can see my belly moving sometimes when the baby moves. Sure it looks a little bit odd but it’s AMAZING at the same time. Also – Saj (the hubby) FINALLY felt the baby move for the first time too which was so nice to see. For the past few weeks only I’ve been able to feel them, but for him to finally feel it too is so nice.

I did have a little bit of a panic when I picked up a sickness bug in the new year (which I have mentioned previously). Having a bug is bad enough anyway – but having one when you are pregnant is awful. With enough heartburn/feeling sick/backache anyway – adding on a sickness bug is not nice at all. Not to mention the constant worry I had over what medication I could take (it’s a good thing the hubby is a Pharmacist), and how my constant throwing up/not being able to keep anything down would affect my baby. Thankfully, it did pass with plenty of water, rest & Dirolyte (frozen in the form of an ice pop because I cannot take drinking any meds that taste vile). And the whole time, the baby was just chillin’ in there, oblivious to what was happening to poor mamma.

My iron levels are still low (boo) despite me being on iron tablets – the only thing I can do is try to increase my intake through certain foods and keep up my tablets. I’ve always had issues with being anemic so it’s no surprise that being pregnant has brought it all back. Also – not sure if this ties in with my low iron levels or if it is something else, but my midwife/GP ALWAYS struggle to find my veins when taking my blood – meaning I’m left with bruises EVERY time I have my blood taken. YAY.

I have the ever so popular glucose test coming up soon guys – so fingers crossed everything comes through OK with that! All I’ve heard is people saying how grim the drink is, so definitely not looking forward to that – but I guess you’ve gotta remember that it’s all to benefit you and baby ey?

Another exciting note guys – we’ve decorated the nursery (!!!!!). I wanted to get this done ASAP because both me and Saj work full time, and the only free time we have is weekends. We both had some holidays at Christmas and figured this would be the best time to do the main decorating bits, then we could spend our weekends doing the little odds & ends. I FLIPPING LOVE IT – you can bet I had plenty of inspo from Pinterest. Once I have it all ready – I’ll do a nursery tour for you all (eeeek!).

I am *yet* to see any stretch marks – although BLOODY HELL do I feel myself growing by the day and it’s getting awfully squished up here too. I’m using some fancy oil specifically for stretch marks that I got from work to prevent them every now and again, but hey if they creep through, ya gal is not fussed. 

 

Oh another thing – we also found out the gender (we are both very impatient) – however I am yet to reveal on social media what we are actually having! I think it’s just something that we like having a little bit more private – however I’m not sure if I will do a reveal soon or not *she frantically goes back through the post to see if he/she has been used*.

And I think that is everything I had to update you on babywise. Gonna go work on some more blog posts that aren’t baby related and get some food. Ciao for now xx

Love Saira x

My 2018 Blog Goals (& honest chat)

   Well hello there – and a happy new year to you all! I know I’m a little bit late on the whole 2018 posts but hey, I do have a reason.. plus better late than ever ey? So, here’s my reason: on the run up to the New Year, more or less everyone in my house had the sickness bug, and no matter how hard I tried to avoid it, it hit me at 2AM on New Years Day. I even missed the London midnight fireworks (which I have NEVER missed – cries). My biggest worry was of course my little bubba and if everything would be OK with me vomming non stop. Thankfully, bubs has been kicking around A LOT in there and didn’t seem phased by it, so I’d say I’m pretty relaxed that everything is good. Also – I had a midwife appointment today and she confirmed everything was cushty. I just made sure I had a HELL of a lot of water and plenty of rest.

Originally, I didn’t actually plan on doing a reflections/goals for 2018 post – I did my little ‘2017 review ‘ on Instagram (which FYI I was obsessed with watching everyone’s!), and thought that would be it. But then I read a lot of other bloggers posts, and naturally became inspired to do my own. I mean, 2017 has been a huge year for me, mostly on a personal level (ahem, found out I was pregnant) but also blog wise. I upped my photography game massively and plan to carry on with this by *hopefully* investing in a new lens for my camera. I finally visited Amsterdam and fell in LOVE with the place, as well as visiting so many beautiful places in the UK. I got my first paid opportunities with my blog which was SUCH an achievement for me, and got to work with some amazing brands too. Deep down though, I know that I didn’t invest anywhere near as much time into my blog as I’d wanted to. I think I went almost 2 months at one point without putting up a post… and sure I was busy because I work full time, but it was also because I just couldn’t be bothered and wasn’t motivated (there, I said it). I also spent a hell of a lot of time comparing myself to others and thinking my blog just wasn’t good enough – but at the same time I wasn’t helping myself either, I just let it get to me but didn’t actually do anything about it. In 2018 I really want to up my game – both for my blog and Instagram. I’ve always been a believer that hard work gets you to where you want to be, and I’ve seen that with so many of my blogging friends who are smashing their goals because they work their asses off.  

 And that’s how I plan on doing the same with my blog – I’m going to *finally* invest in buying my own domain and personalising my blog so it’s my own little space that I have full control over. I’m going to make the effort in the evenings and weekends to write posts instead of watching re-runs of Friends and slobbing around on the sofa (although there is nothing wrong with this every now and again ladies & gents). I also want to start commenting on blogs again – this is something that really went down the drain for me in 2017. I just stopped commenting on posts – and I think this massively impacted my inspiration and motivation to blog. I am going to make a massive effort to read more blogs again – because it’s something that I absolutely LOVE doing, and there is nothing better than seeing the hard work other bloggers put into their posts to help inspire you to. I also plan on putting out some interior posts too – I LOVE seeing little snippets of people’s rooms/living areas/kitchens etc – so really want to introduce some interior to my blog! Not to mention I will have a whole nursery to share with you soon (eeeek!).

Of course – this year I will also become a MOMMA (omg still hasn’t quite sunk in), so of course I will be planning some pregnancy/new mum posts which I am SO excited for! More on this in a separate post though 🙂

And lastly – let’s talk about Instagram. The thing that we all hate right now but are all so determined to make work because we are wishing HARD that Instagram do us all a favour and fix up soon. I know it’s the biggest pain in the ass but it is probably still one of my fave social media platforms to use. And in 2018 I really want to up my game on Insta too – I don’t want to put a number on how many followers I want, I just want a feed that I love to look at and know that I am doing everything I can to grow my Instagram organically. And can we PLEASE say goodbye to the follow/unfollow game?

 

And that’s my round up of where I want my blog to go this year – I really want to make 2018 the year I fall in love with my blog again and be proud of the posts I put out there. If you’ve done a post on your goals for 2018 – let me know because I want to have a read!

Lots of love,

Saira xxx


I’m having a BABY!

Can’t believe I’m actually blogging about this guys. FINALLY. I’ve wanted to tell you for SO long, but time has just not been on my side, let alone my energy levels. But yep. I’m only having an ACTUAL BABY. Holy crap. I have a little human growing inside me. Eeeeeek. It’s SO exciting, but nerve wracking at the same time. I feel like I have SO much I want to say but I just don’t know where to start?!

We’ll start with how many weeks I am – I’m actually 20 weeks and counting. Yep. Past that halfway mark. And I can’t believe I have managed to keep it a secret for this long. Wow. I had originally planned to do a whole reveal blog post after our 12 week scan – however that plan went down the toilet because I honestly just did NOT have the energy. Which will bring me on to my next point..

How I’ve been feeling? I’ve actually not been THAT bad so far (thankfully!). The first few weeks I was just SO FRICKIN’ exhausted. Literally guys pregnancy fatigue is real. I would come home after work (which I barely made it through without wanting to knock out at my desk) and just sleep. And no matter how much sleep I got – I still felt knackered. I couldn’t make it past 8pm, and struggled SO much to get up in a morning for work. I also found out that my iron levels were quite low, which definitely explained why my tiredness was so bad. I still get pretty tired now, although it’s definitely improved from my first trimester! I’m just trying to take everyone’s advice and SLEEP as much as I can, before I forget what the words ‘lie in’ mean.

Another thing that I have that I think is worsened by my anaemia is how quickly I get out of breath. I know it’s a symptom of pregnancy anyway but bloody hell I can’t manage going up one flight of stairs without being left feeling breathless AF. Nice.

Also – one of the main questions I always get asked when I tell people I’m pregnant – did you have morning sickness? Answer – no. Did I have all day nausea? Answer – yes. For the first 12 weeks there wasn’t a day where I didn’t feel nauseous, and I found I felt it more in the evening (odd I know), but I never actually threw up (which I was really thankful for!). I was so chuffed when I passed 12 weeks and the nausea just slowly started to die down. It’s amazing how your body just gets used to the crazy amount of hormones it produces!

Also – there are certain foods/smells that I have completely gone off. Firstly – you know the Lush Twilight body spray that I fell in LOVE with? Makes we want to vom now. Mini eggs – the thing that I could eat a whole bag of in one sitting? I can’t think of anything worse to eat. Chicken – what I used to have every single day? Completely gone off it. I’ve been living off a diet of clementines, beef steak & ready salted crisps. Nom.

So how is my little bubba doing? Thankfully, every scan we’ve had has been amazing and bubba is VERY active. I have an anterior placenta so was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t feel movements until the 24-26 week mark, but I’ve been feeling flutters since 17 weeks which is SUCH a surreal feeling. In fact, as I’ve been writing this, bubs has been moving around in there quite a bit.

 

Phew – what a relief to finally blog about my news! I am so chuffed to tell you and put out some pregnancy/new mamma blog posts! There are SO many amazing bloggers that are pregnant/new mums and I am so excited to join them! I’m sure this explains why I’ve been absent for so long – for the first 12 weeks all I did was work, eat and sleep, and since then I’ve just been trying to get into a routine but FAILING miserably. I’m planning to get on it now and get myself organised, so I can get plenty of content out there! If there is anything specific you guys want to see – let me know!

Sending you all lots of love!

Saira xx

Baking For the Lazy (Or Busy)

Baking. I’m sure all of us have dabbled into the world of baking at least once right ? Whether it’s something you do whenever you have some free time, or you just use the ready made mixes once in a while (ahem, moi), it’s always fun & satisfying to enjoy something you’ve made. I have always wanted to invest more time into baking so I can get REALLY good at it, but sometimes time is just not on your side (boo). With working full time, and spending every weekend doing the things I can’t during the week, I barely have spare time to put aside for hobbies like baking – meaning I usually delve into the shop made stuff (which we all know is never as yummy right?).

Now, there is something about the colder months that just makes you want more sweet, homemade things right? I think it’s the idea of having everything with a huge hot chocolate that gets me every time. Guys, is there anything better than a homemade cake with a marshmallow topped hot chocolate after you’ve been outside in the cold all day? Definitely not. This is why I was so chuffed when Dr Oetker contacted me about some new products they had launched (and yes, I was shaking with excitement when I received the email!).

So – Dr Oetker itself is always the brand I know everyone can trust when it comes to baking. My sister (an avid baker) is always picking up their products when she has something special to make, so I knew I was in for a treat. I received their ‘Bake in the Box’ loaf cake mixes, which sounded like they’d be perfect for me.

 
So, on Saturday morning I got set on baking them. I received 3 flavours, Double Chocolate, Banana & Choc Chip & Lemon & Poppy Seed, and decided to bake 2 of them, and save one for later. I went for the chocolate (obviously) and lemon. So, all the instructions called for was to preheat the oven, remove the lid from the box, pour in some milk, whisk it up, and bake. That’s all. No mess, no mixing bowls, no awkward measuring, no greasing – it literally took me 5 minutes. I then popped it in the oven and went about doing some laundry, and then came back around 25 minutes later to TWO FRESHLY BAKED LOAF CAKES. I then let them cool, removed them from their baking boxes and served. Safe so say they didn’t last long.

 
My thoughts on the Double Chocolate

 
The recipe used a little bit more milk than the other & required some more baking time (only around 5 minutes), but I think that was due to it having chocolate chips/a more fudgy texture. This one was DEFINITELY my favourite. I have always been a fan of chocolate cake, and this was no exception. It is not too sickly, and I loved the fact that it had chocolate chips in too.

My thoughts on the Lemon & Poppy Seed

 
There is nothing better than a little bit of lemon cake every now and again. I am a massive fan of lemon drizzle, and knew I’d love this lemon loaf cake too. It was SO yummy, and had a lovely, subtle citrus flavour with the right amount of poppy seeds. Nom.

I am definitely a massive fan of this bake in the box range and how quick and easy it is. Especially on those evenings when you want something homemade but don’t have the energy to fully bake something. I think they would also work a treat if you have some last minute guests coming round and want something sweet to have with a cuppa. I also loved that I could make both a chocolate & a lemon cake in literally no time at all (as my mum is not a fan of chocolate). In fact, I still have the banana and chocolate chip one left – which after writing this post up am going to bake as I am now CRAVING cake. How people cope when posting a lot of baking blog posts I do not know! Make sure to have a quick peek on Dr Oetker’s website here to see what they have on offer too

 
Quick life update before I go – I am working on a post after this one as to where I’ve been and why my blogging schedule has recently gone down the toilet. I am sure you’ll all understand! I am also looking into updating my blog (which I looked into a while ago but just never got round to), so will of course keep you up to speed on all of that too! I don’t think my lack of inspiration is also helped by the fact that I’ve not done anything exciting with my blog since starting (!!). Watch this space ey?

Love, Saira xx

Bath & Body Works Dupes?! – My Autumn Candles

What’s this? Me writing a blog post – holy crap. I know – hey it’s me. It’s been a while right? I guess I ended up having a little bit of an unplanned blogging break – sometimes it happens right? Safe to say I’ve definitely missed writing though.

The last time I posted – people were still trying to deny that Autumn had *officially* started – but now there is definitely no denying it. It’s literally in full swing – the dark morning/evenings are starting, leaves literally COVER the paths wherever you go, and I’ve had to start wearing my coat every morning. One thing I’ve also been doing? Burning candles all frickin’ day. Not only because they make your room feel cosy & smell amazing, but also so I can finish them and buy even more candles for winter time (lol).

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Unfortunately as we do not have a Bath & Body Works in the UK, and I’m a little bit sceptical about ordering through mail services (thanks to customs etc), I try to find alternatives. Now, last year B&M did an amazing range of candles that were literally like BBW dupes – so as soon as September hit I hurried there to see if they had any more this year. Lo & behold, they did not let me down. I got some AMAZING ones. The scents that I couldn’t leave without were:

Mahogany Apples – a beautiful, fresh, crisp apple scent – perfect for during the day when you want something light burning.

Apple Pumpkin Spice – a more spicier scent, but is still very sweet thanks to the apple & pumpkin together. I love to burn this in the evenings as it makes your room smell SO AUTUMNAL & COSY

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Fresh Baked Cookies – of course, you need some sort of bakery smelling candles during Autumn, and I love this because it is definitely not sickly. It has more of a spicy scent.

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Brown Sugar Allspice – I actually had this from last year but I’ve seen it in B&M this year so it’s still there if you want to pick it up. This is again a lovely sugary scent with some spicy notes – I find this more suited to Christmas time but I still love burning it.

That is all I got from B&M – they did have a lot more, including a Marshmallow by the Fire scent, however I’ve never really been a fan of scents like this so I have always avoided them. I am so chuffed with the scents I managed to pick up, and think I contained myself pretty well too. All these are an absolutely steal at £3.99 too – considering they burn SO well and fill your room with their scent AND it lingers after. I highly recommend checking out B&M when you’re next picking up some essentials from there. And also keep an eye out at Christmas time – because they have a lot then!

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Another place that has been absolutely fantastic for candles is literally my heaven on earth: Homesense. I’m that crazy girl who plans a trip every season so I can buy things to deck out my room. Of course – I checked out their candles section too. I found one (yes only one – I had to control myself) that smells absolutely AMAZING. Unfortunately I have no idea what brand it is (boo!), all I can do is show you the packaging. It cost me £7.99 which is fab because the candle is bloody huge and burns amazingly. The scent is Sweet Pumpkin, and it literally smells exactly like that. I adore this candle – definitely one of my faves.

Homesense have already got some amazing candles for Winter/Christmas time – a very popular brand at the minute is DW candles – I brought a lot of my summer candles from them and I highly recommend them. The good thing is you can find DW candles in TKMAXX and Homesense, so keep an eye out.

So these are my top picks for where to find bargain candles for Autumn – let’s hope next year we fix up and get a Bath & Body Works here ey? For now though – I hope you find some candles that you love – and let me know if you spot anymore !

Lots of Love,

Saira xx

 

Reasons I LOVE Autumn

So it’s no surprise to anyone that follows me on ANY form of social media that I am completely and utterly obsessed with Autumn. As soon as the end of August passes, I am in full Autumn mode. Yep I’m that annoying blogger wishing away the summer months and already talking about Halloween and Bonfire night. I just can’t help it. As much as I enjoy the warm summer nights, BBQ’s & the Body Shop Pina Colada range, my heart lies with Autumn. I have the biggest list of reasons why I love Autumn and what makes it the absolute best time of year ever. Hope you enjoy reading them m’loves, and maybe even some of you hardcore summer lovers will be excited.

 

Stocking up on all the knitwear

Is there anything better than buying new jumpers/cardigans to cuddle up in? Deffo not. I’m already set to raid my local Primark for all the cosy jumpers. Not to mention boots, scarves, gloves, cosy PJ’s….

Costa festive drinks

I’m SO excited for the tasty new combinations, the new festive cups, cosy afternoons spent in Costa – and yes I am 100% a Costa over Starbucks girl. Always. 2nd November guys – keep the date in the diary.

Autumn walks

Sure walks are nice when it’s Summer and you have the sun beaming down on you & are surrounded by flowers – but I much prefer crisp, cool autumn walks. Cosying up with your coat & scarf, seeing all the leaves changing colour and walking through all the crunchy ones that have just fallen. Also – I LOVE when all the conkers have fallen and you can go and pick them. There is just something about it that takes me right back to my childhood.

All the cosy-ness

I’m taking cosy blankets, fuzzy socks, big cardigans and a million candles. And the days getting darker mean you can come straight home from work, light all the candles and cosy up. Literally my happy place.

 

Berry lips

Of course – you can wear berry/plum lipsticks any time of year – but I think we all know they have a special place during the Autumn months. Rimmel 107, you will become my best friend again.

Burgundy & mustard clothes

These two are probably my most favourite colours to wear EVER. And again – they scream Autumn. I cannot wait to start to start rocking oversized jumpers in both of  these colours.

Halloween & Bonfire Night

I absolutely love both of these holidays SO much – I cannot wait to deck my room out for Halloween and spend the day watching scary films (my fave) and eating sweets. Don’t even get me started on how much I love Bonfire night – I tend to prefer being at home with a cosy fire, hot chocolates & sparklers, rather than a big display. Then – it’s countdown to the C word (don’t worry even I know it’s to early to mention that!)

 

Candles everywhere

If there is one time you are allowed candles burning all the time in EVERY single room in your house, it’s Autumn. I love buying all the Autumn scented candles and lighting them for more or less the whole day. I’ve already bought a few this year and have my eye on a few more – probably will end up doing an Autumn candle collection too! We just need a Bath & Body Works in the UK so I can buy all of them too – petition anyone?

Spending weekends doing NOTHING is allowed

During summer – you almost feel like you HAVE to do something to ‘make the most of the summer weather’ – whereas when the months get colder (and evenings darker), it is almost acceptable to have Harry Potter marathons on the weekend, and eat endless amounts of food. My kinda weekend.

I could literally go on for ages about all the things I love when Autumn comes around – I’d love to know the reasons you love Autumn too (or hate it – even though I know VERY few people who do, and if you are one of them we can’t be friends). Lol. Joking guys.

Anyway – expect to see more posts coming your way – including all my autumn candles I have and my bucket list (eeek!). I’ve done a bucket list for every season this year and Autumn by far is the one I’m MOST excited for!

Gonna love ya & leave ya know – sending you ALL the love for the support & lovely messages you leave me. I appreciate them so so much!

Love,

Saira xo

My End of Summer Faves 

Oh hey. This will probably be one of my last Summer themed posts before my blog goes full on Autumn mad guys. If you know me, you’ll know that I am literally all set to say goodbye to the ‘summer’ months (lol) & get myself back into cosy knits, berry lips & buying an endless amount of candles. In fact – as I write this I am burning a ‘Halloween’ candle. I know – I’m nuts.

So – that aside, I thought I would share the things I’ve been loving through summer.  I’ve never been one to do monthly faves – just because I tend to fall in love with something and then use it for months on end – so you would get pretty bored of seeing the same old bits!

I actually have a mix of skincare, beauty & fragrance bits – and I’ve been using these SO much for the past few months.

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Palmers Facial Cleansing Oil

I was lucky enough to receive the new Palmers skincare range and was BEYOND excited to try it. I am such a fan of their body products, so had high hopes for their skincare bits. The first thing is the Cleansing oil – and I actually was so pleasantly surprised with this. The Body Shop Camomile balm is my holy grail – and for me to find something else that I use just as much is a HUGE DEAL. I use a few pumps of this and massage over my face & eyes to melt my makeup away. I then wet my hands and rub the oil into my skin – it actually forms a lather which is fab too! I then rinse my skin & am left with soft, cleansed skin! It smells amazing, is so gentle on the skin and doesn’t clog my pores up – it is also really quick to melt all my makeup which is a plus when I’m having lazy days!

Palmers Facial Oil

I have been using facial oils in my skincare routine for quite a while – and this one has slowly become my favourite to use. It does take slightly longer to sink into your skin – but my face is always glowing the morning after! And the best bit – it smells like chocolate ! Although – if you’re not a fan of that, I’d suggest you steer clear of this stuff.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I was so excited when this little baby came through the post. I am such a massive fan of Caudalie products – they have always gotten on with my skin and I’ve never had any issues when using them. The Beauty Elixir is definitely no exception – bloody hell this is some good stuff. I am such a fan of finishing/toning/brightening facial sprays, and this is by far one of my faves. I usually use this after I’ve washed my face & before moisturiser, and even sometimes spritz a little bit when I’ve finished my makeup. It has a minty, almost herbal smell (it smells so good though), and really brightens up my skin. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in how ‘glowly’ my skin looks after using this – so it’s going to be a definite keeper in my winter skincare routine!

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Zoella Jelly & Gelato Range

I’ve actually done a whole post on this range because of how much I loved it – but there are a few products I’ve been reaching for non stop, especially during the last few weeks. The body pudding is hands down my fave moisturiser after showers in the morning. It is so refreshing & quick to sink into my skin – not to mention the scent is AMAZING. And of course – drowning myself in the Body Mist because it smells SO BLOODY GOOD. This little diamond has been living in my handbag too – and will do until I’m ready to crack out my Gingerbread Body Mist. Tehehe.

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Lush Sleepy Body Lotion

You’d be surprised to know that the Lush Sleepy Lotion actually made the news a few weeks ago – and as named a ‘miracle’ product because it apparently helped people who were struggling to sleep – seriously google it if you don’t believe me. Now – I don’t actually struggle to sleep, but I definitely find that I have a much deeper, peaceful sleep when using Sleepy. It’s been my go to after evening showers, and I honestly could not be without it now. Fan of the Twilight bath bomb ? You need this is your life. Thank me later.

Twilight Body Spray

The last bit of the above paragraph – read it again. The same applies to his body spray. I cannot even tell you how AMAZING this smells. Also, it’s pretty strong stuff so you don’t need to use a lot at all. I think this will be perfect for using during the colder months too – it is such a ‘cosy’ scent. It’s pretty reasonable at £20 too, especially for how long it lasts.

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Polynesian Island Perfume – The Body Shop

If there is a perfume that takes you right back to your earlier summer holiday on the beach – it’s this. Seriously, it is summer in a bottle. I absolutely loved using it with the Pina Colada range – they literally went perfectly together. Think coconut, pineapple & a slight floral scent. Yum.

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I’ve absolutely loved using all these products throughout the whole summer – I love using seasons to try out new products – so you bet I’m already scouring out what new things I can use for Autumn ! Eek!

Expect my next post to be very autumnal. Yaaaaas.

Love,

Saira x

How To Motivate Yourself To Blog

Do you ever get those days where you want to sit down and write down all the blog posts you have in mind – but it just does not happen. No matter how much you want to, the words just don’t come. Your motivation is non existent, and everything else just seems so distracting. You spend hours scrolling through the internet, watching cat videos & conspiracy theories (ahem, not me), but you know you should be typing up that review of your new makeup brushes…

Now – in the (almost) 2 years I’ve been blogging (wow has it been that long?!), I have found that certain things really help me get in the right blogging mind, not just the inspiration side but also writing. Of course – whenever I find certain things that help me blogwise -it’s always a good idea to share them. I know that most bloggers go through the same thing (we rant about it on Twitter all the time right guys) – so ya gal here as got some things that can help you feel inspired & motivated when you are in a bit of a slump.

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Have a blog set up

For some people, they can find the inspiration to write anywhere – whether that is on the bus/train, on their lunch break or on the sofa whilst watching TV. For me – I need a proper set up. I’m talking cosy pillows & blankets, a cuppa & plenty of candles & fairy lights. Even in the summer, I love having candles & a warm drink. I find just being in this sort of chilled environment helps me stay motivated and want to write. It also inspires me to come up with ideas too. If I’m ever feeling a little lost for ideas, I just get in my cosy environment & think about the things that have effected me recently & what I’ve been loving – and some ideas always spring into my head !

Pinterest is your SAVIOUR

Pinterest has so many ideas & inspiration – if I’m ever stuck for ideas I always have a trawl through Pinterest. Whether it is inspo for some post ideas or blog/Instagram shots – Pinterest always has something to help. Plus – making season themed boards is SO much fun – have you SEEN the Autumn ones?!

Sometimes your thoughts/feelings are the best posts

For a while, I’d only feel motivated to blog if I had new beauty products/an interesting, hot topic to post about – simply because I felt like that was what brought in the most views. This eventually made me stress out when I didn’t have anything ‘exciting’ to post about. Then one day – I just literally sat down & wrote a whole blog post about everything that was on my mind. It was almost like a diary entry – and I posted it – and not only did it get a good response, but I felt like a massive weight had been lifted off my shoulders too. I actually LOVE reading personal, diary-like blog posts too – I think they help you really connect with the blogger too. So, don’t feel disheartened if you don’t have any new products to talk about – your thoughts are enough loves.

Read other blogs & gain inspiration 

Now – I’m not saying go and copy another bloggers post idea – they probably worked their ass off to not only come up with the idea, but to put the whole thing together. But – getting inspiration from other blog posts is definitely a way to motivate yourself and get some ideas. I always feel so out of the loop when I don’t read other blogs, so I always make sure I set aside some time every few days to have a scroll through my fave blogs. Funnily enough – I always find I miss writing blog posts when I read others – so that always helps me get motivated!

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Lastly – blog for YOURSELF & because you LOVE it

Sometimes – no matter what you do – the words/motivation just don’t come to you. If this happens to me, I find taking a few days out really helps. This usually leads me to find inspiration and realise how much I miss blogging. Also – blog because you LOVE to, not because you’re trying to get the next PR package or some extra followers. Blogging is so much fun & it should be something that you do to relax & unwind – but if it is becoming something that stresses you, it’s time to take a few days out. Trust me – you will come back feeling more motivated than ever!

There we have it – a few little pointers that I always find help motivate and inspire me to write when I am having one of those rubbish, slump moments with my blog. If you have other tips you use – make sure to let me know !

Guys – I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the next few months – it is almost AUTUMN – I am already planning my “reasons to be excited for Autumn” post – as well as some other content. I have a few Summer themed posts coming up – then it is ALL about Autumn (how many times did I say Autumn then!?).

Take care m’loves – and I will see you all in my next post!

Love, Saira x