7 reasons I can’t wait for Autumn

Hiya!

Now.. I don’t know about you.. but I am the biggest fan of “list type” blog posts.. and there has been one particular thing that I have been listing in my head. Something that I am literally SO EXCITED for… and I know SO many of you are too!

*cough cough.. Autumn*

I get that some of you may be thinking WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU PLAYING AT.. it is still too early to be thinking about the change of seasons. But guys.. I am just SO ready for Autumn… I honestly could not resist sitting down and chatting about it. You know when you are just so excited about something? Yep… that is me right now. You want to know something else? I am sat wrapped up in a blanket, with a cuppa, burning a candle & listening to Fairytale of New York (fyi.. THE BEST Christmas song). I DON’T EVEN CARE, MUAHA!

OK… maybe I am getting a little bit ahead of myself…

Seriously though… Autumn.. here are 7 reasons why I cannot WAIT for it

*BTW.. like my little friend? He is PERFECT for Halloween*

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You are allowed to drink hot chocolate every single evening. Yes you  read that .. EVERY EVENING. And I am not talking cocoa powder and milk stirred up and shoved in the microwave.. NO NO! I am talking Nutella melted with milk in a saucepan, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate wafers… the list goes on. The more sugar/chocolate, (basically unhealthy shit crap), the better.

Dark lips become the norm again. Time to start rocking those gorgeous, berry lips again girls (and not have people give you funny looks/thinking you are a goth).

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Over-sized cardigans. That feeling of being able to chuck on a cardigan that is 3 sizes too big and rock that look like you are the sassiest chic around. You know what? I don’t think I have ever bought a cardigan that is my size. And I love it.. I always feel like I am carrying a blanket around my shoulders during the colder months, HA! Also.. I am not the biggest fan of summer clothes.. there is just something about being able to snuggle up in your clothes and layering up with scarves/gloves (eeeeeek I am SO excited!)

HALLOWEEN. I LOVE Halloween SO SO SO much… if you know me… you will know how much I LOVE scary movies.. and just creepy things in general. So.. it is pretty obvious that I am a huge fan of Halloween. Another thing that I can’t wait for? Carving pumpkins, decorating my desk at work & room (if the hubs doesn’t mind ha!), and posting Halloween themed blogposts/videos (hopefully!!).

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Darker evenings. Cozy evenings in are my favourite! Now.. I know that the clocks don’t actually go back until the end of October (when we get that EXTRA HOUR IN BED), but the evenings do start to get darker when September hits. Don’t get me wrong.. Summer evenings are AMAZING (for the few we have in UK)… but I much prefer cuddling up on the sofa with a hot drink and surrounded by candles, hehe. That’s got to beat all those sweaty, humid nights right?

Autumn walks and CONKER HUNTING. There is just something so nostalgic about searching for conkers… It is such a nice way to spend an afternoon! Also.. going for a walk when all the leaves have started to change colour .. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE OUTFIT PHOTOS!

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I can wear fuzzy socks and PJ’s without getting sweaty legs/feet. I am sure if you have read my blog/followed my social media for a while.. you will know the massive obsession I have with PJ bottoms. I always stock up on a few (erm.. OK.. LOTS) of pairs when Autumn hits. And of course.. I get the warmest, fuzziest, most random printed ones.. as you do.

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SO… If you weren’t already.. I hope my post has you very excited for Autumn (like me!).

Are you excited for Autumn? If so.. let me know what you favourite thing about it is!

Thank you SO much for reading – and make sure to leave me a comment to let me know what you thought! See you all in my next one.

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Metallic Trainers?!

Happy Saturday guys!

Its the weekend!!! And I have a good old fashion post for you all today!

So… I am sure you have all noticed what it is like in the shops at the minute … it is that awkward stage between Summer and Autumn where there seems to 3 types of things out:

  • A small amount of the new season Autumn bits
  • Holiday items and some very summery items
  • Massive sale racks with a lot of the things you wanted in Summer which are now 50% off (including the things you bought full price –  grr).

 

I find this time so awkward when shopping.. because all I want to do is buy everything for Autumn.. even though I know it is a little bit too early, and I will probably look eager (and like I am just wishing the summer away). I know so many of you are the same though… all I am seeing on social media is “Cannot wait for cozy  jumpers/boots/scarves”… lets be honest guys, Autumn really is the BEST SEASON EVER.  BUT… I have made a promise to myself (and also to spare the few people who want to hang on to Summer).. that I will not post a single Autumn inspired post until September, K?

Now… a MASSIVE trend that I saw around Summer (and this will probably carry on into Autumn) was metallics. Honestly.. I have NO idea how I would wear metallic style clothing.. I might have to look up a few blog posts for inspiration guys. ONE THING I have become obsessed with is metallic accessories.. and  I have been on the hunt for some glittery (YES GLITTERY) shoes for AGES. Then.. whilst hunting through the Topshop sale racks, my sister spotted something that I instantly fell in love with.

They were metallic. They were SIZE 3 (it is so rare for me to find my shoe size in the sale). AND .. they were £12! You know that moment where you want something in the sale so badly you don’t care that you look like an absolute lunatic when you go to grab it? Yep, guilty.

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I did try to sneak in some Autumn-ness into this post (I am rocking berry lips.. muaha.). It is Sleek’s Vino Tinto Matte Me Lipstick FYI.

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I also managed to pick up this over-sized shirt in the Topshop sale too – because let’s face it, there is NOTHING better than an over-sized, checked shirt. If there is one item you need for this awkward time between the seasons.. make it this. It’s cool enough to wear when it is slightly warmer.. but also is perfect for layering.

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Seriously guys … check out the sales (especially Topshop).. you can sometimes find some absolute gems (they are not all full of foundation stained, weirdly printed clothes!).

Outfit Details:
Shirt – Topshop
Trainers – Topshop
Jeggings – Zara
Scarf – Primark

Right guys.. have an absolutely AMAZING weekend… I think I am going to try and film a lookbook ..I will let you know if that is successful (ha!)

LOTS OF LOVE,

Saira

xo

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Money Money: Budgeting & Saving

Hey hey!

WELCOME BACK GUYS! I hope you have all had an amazing weekend… and are feeling ready to take on this week! I had a lovely weekend doing some shopping, having a BBQ (we had GORGEOUS weather on Saturday) and sorting some blog stuff out!

Now… lets get on a more serious note guys. You are probably thinking WHAT? Saira, being all serious on her blog, really? Well.. yep.. my blog has always been a fun, chilled out place where I babble on about my favourite fashion items and what Lush things I love.. BUT I have never discussed a topic which can sometimes be seen as controversial… and that is.. money money money.

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OK… so money is a very private topic.. it is not something that we like to discuss openly with anyone… because we feel like someone will instantly judge you if they know how much money you have (it’s normal guys.. it happens). It is important to know that everybody’s money situation is different and personal to them, and nobody should be judged based on how they spend their money.

So… me, and probably every single 20-something year old has something they are saving towards.. whether that is a house, car, holiday.. even a handbag they are waiting to splurge on. At the moment.. me and Saj are putting the majority of our money towards a deposit for our first house together… so that, and a few other things really inspired me to write up this post. So… if you want to have read about how I budget and save my money.. grab a cuppa and keep reading!

ALSO… quick disclaimer.. I am NO expert in managing money.. I have just picked up things along the way and I know what works for me. I wanted to share my tips with you all so it could maybe help some of you that need it!

FIRST THINGS FIRST GUYS…..

Have a Budget – And STICK TO IT

Seriously.. I cannot even TELL you how much a budget helps. I know the feeling.. come payday, you have a HUGE wishlist on ASOS of things you have been LUSTING over the past month. The feeling you get when the postman brings your package… it is the best feeling in the world! But.. that’s all your money gone.. and you end up skint for the rest of the month feeling poopy. Now.. I am not saying put all your money away… just set some aside for treating yourself ..  you deserve it. Whether that is £50, £100.. whatever you are able to afford… put that in your spending account and put the rest into savings. Trust me guys.. it is not as hard as you might think to have a monthly budget. All you need is the right mindset.. think of the bigger picture. That money spent on clothes could be put aside to help buy you your new car or put towards money for your new home.

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Know your Outgoings

We all have it.. money that HAS to go out every month.. you have no other choice. Becoming an adult means you have rent/car insurance/council tax/mobile phone bills to pay.. so make sure you always separate this money aside from your spending money. Work out how much each will cost each month.. and see this money as  “untouchable”.

Stop Unnecessary Spending

We all do it.. you didn’t make your lunch so you fork out a fiver for it everyday.. those morning coffee runs… takeaways because you forgot to prep dinner. GUYS… this can all be sorted by a little bit of organisation! Prepare your lunch the night before, make your own coffee at home and buy a thermos so you can have it on the go (Primark have the most adorable ones). Dinner can be also be prepped the night before, all ready for when you come home from work. Seriously guys… tally up how much these “unnecessary” things cost.. and you will notice that you save yourself £100’s, heck even £1000’s every year. It all adds up in the long run.

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Have A Separate Account for Savings

It might seem a little bit of a headache to have 3-4 different accounts.. but it can really help you keep control of your spendings and savings. I personally have one for my regular spendings (the account that I transfer my monthly budget into), one for savings (this does NOT get touched… only in emergencies), and also a Help To Buy ISA (more on this next). Having separate accounts means you can keep track of how much money you have to spend, and also helps to see how much you have saved.

Consider a Help To Buy ISA

Now.. if you are in the process of saving some money for a deposit on your first house, having a HTB IA can really help you. Basically.. it is an account that you can put a certain amount of money in, you are unable to withdraw this money as you can choose to not get a card, and once you have enough and are ready for a mortgage, the government will give you some money back (the more you have in, the more they give you), and this can help towards purchasing your new home. If you are married/have a partner you can both have one, and the government will give you money back on BOTH ISA’s.. meaning you get twice the money back. It really is worth checking out.. I am with Santander, but I know a lot of other banks offer this service too.

Have a Goal in Mind

Having a goal can really help motivate you to save as much money as possible. You know your income loves, so you can set realistic goals that you can work with. Like I mentioned.. we are saving for a house and this is always in my head when I am feeling a bit crappy that I cannot spend my money on makeup/clothes…because I know how satisfying it will be to reach that goal sooner rather than later.

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So guys… they are my tips that I go by for budgeting and saving money. It can seem quite scary and daunting at first..but all it takes is a little bit of planning and patience. Everybody is capable of saving at some point..but remember if you find yourself in some trouble, there are always professional people that can help you.. it is always best to talk to someone and not suffer in silence.

I hope this was helpful to some of you.. it is a little bit more serious than my usual posts but it is such an important topic to discuss.. and I know a lot of my fellow bloggers are in similar situations!

I will see you all in my next post guys.. sending you lots of love!!

Saira

xo

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Brush on Falsies? YES PLEASE!

Hiya guys!

Have you had an amazing week so far? I HOPE SO!

Should I be completely honest? I have been feeling a little poopy recently (blog wise)… I just feel as though I do not seem to have the time/motivation to blog as much as I want to. I have so many post ideas.. but just cannot seem to find the time to get them done! I am not sure if I am still slightly in holiday mode… but I seriously need to get myself back into the routine.. I miss the whole blogging community/world so much!

SO… I thought the perfect way to get into myself BACK INTO IT was to babble on about a beauty item I have been LOVING so much! Sounds about right ey?

Right… so I am the BIGGEST LOVER of long, fluttery, dramatic lashes, and am always on the hunt for a cult mascara (I know I am not the only one either right?). Also.. every single girl out there is a MASSIVE lover of false eyelashes too..  but I am one of those who just cannot seem to grasp HOW YOU GET THEM ON. I have watched numerous videos, tried SO many different falsies… but they just do not seem to sit right (BOO!). So… what’s a girl to do?

I was recently approached by BPerfect Cosmetics to try their Brush on Lash Mascara*…which is an alternative to eyelash extensions, and uses a gel based formula and green tea fibre (what!?) to give your lashes that gorgeous, defined “falsie” effect. I was so excited to try this and see if it actually worked.. so here was my take on giving it a go!

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Firstly.. can we just appreciate the simple, classic packaging? Sometimes.. it is all about keeping it minimalistic to really make an impression. Now don’t get me wrong guys.. I am a massive lover of over the top, brightly coloured packaging… but the sleek packaging of this is just PERFECT!

Now.. how do you use it? It is pretty self explanatory… you apply the gel mascara first, which just adds some length and curl to your lashes. Then.. you apply the fibre mascara… and this is where the magic happens. It can look a little scary at first.. like you are applying fluff to your eyelashes. In fact.. the first time I tried this… I think I was a little too eager and did not read the instructions… and ended up applying the fibre mascara to the whole length of my lashes. Safe to say..  I ended up with quite a few fluffy bits in my eyes (not pleasant at all!). 

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I then gave it another go… and added the fibre to just the tips of my lashes (what you are actually supposed to do Saira, for goodness sake). Once you have done this, you apply another coat of the gel mascara to “seal” in the fibres and leave this to dry. Now.. this is when I was HIGHLY impressed with the result. My lashes were longer, thicker and SUPER dramatic. It did look like I had falsies on (WIN), but without the hassle and fiddling around. What I loved about this is that the effect lasting the WHOLE DAY..and when I say a whole day.. I mean it guys. I applied this at around 9AM… and my lashes still looked absolutely perfect at 11PM that night. There was no panda eyes in sight, no smudging, and no sign of the fibres hanging off awkwardly (not bad at all, if I do say so myself).

Another thing that I absolutely LOVE about this product? It literally takes no time/effort at all to remove! I use either micellar water or a cleansing balm.. but it can also be removed with just warm water! AN ABSOLUTE ESSENTIAL FOR ME. We all know dramatic lashes on an evening out are NEEDED… but nobody likes faffing around at midnight trying to get off stubborn mascara.. so this is even more reason to love products like this. I also like that you can use this for a natural look, but also add a few extra coats for something more dramatic.

The only issue I had was with the gel mascara.. and it was the scent of it. BUT to be honest.. once it is on your eyes.. it does not even bother you at all!

Overall thoughts guys? I really really like this brush on mascara.. it is FAB at giving your lashes that “falsies” look without all the fiddling around, there is no smudging, it lasts all day, and the removal process is EFFORTLESS! I highly recommend it guys.. it is a fab alternative to lash extensions & falsies too, and is an absolute LIFESAVER for those of you with shaky hands (ahem.. me).

SO THAT IS ALL FROM ME FOR TODAY LOVES. I hope you enjoyed my little ramble.. I have missed just typing away to you guys about things I have been loving.. and maybe I have even influenced you to give products like this a go!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING.. and also your continuous support.. it really means so much! I will see you all in my next post!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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*Items were sent to me for consideration. All opinions are my own

Holiday Blues

Hey guys….

Muaha.. do you see what I did there with the title? Yep.. it was 2 weeks ago that I was having the best time EVER on holiday in Hisaronu, Turkey (FYI.. I have a full post all about my trip.. check it out). I am suffering from some SERIOUS holiday blues guys… I just want to be back in the sun, not worrying about work and just RELAXING! If only ey? Unfortunately, real life called and it was back to waking up at 6AM, working Monday to Friday and making the most of my weekends!

One thing I was definitely looking forward to after returning back from my holiday was getting back into blogging. As I had Ramadan, and then my holiday straight after.. my poor little blog got pushed to a side… but this break has definitely helped me feel more inspired and so much more motivated to do well with my blog and make it the best I possibly can! I always have so so many people ask me how on EARTH I manage to balance a blog, YT channel AND full time work.. and I will be honest.. it does get really tough sometimes. However.. because I see blogging as my “me-time”, I look forward to working on it after work! So.. even though I WISH I was back in Turkey.. it is nice to have a routine again!

One thing that I really missed so so much was the fashion element of my blog.. I feel like my blog has been so focused on beauty recently.. so I wanted to bring back my good ol’ OOTD’S (!!). I am SO SO excited because I recently got a tripod too so I am hoping to film some Lookbook’s on my YT channel.. let me know if you would like to see these loves!

Right.. I think I have babbled on enough .. should we get onto the actual outfit Saira?

I wanted to focus this outfit on a single item that I think is absolutely essential for the British Summer. Now.. we had a STUNNING few days of very hot weather (I felt like I was back in Turkey guys), and then you blink and it is back to cloudy, windy cold days.  Oh, the joys of British Summer (ha!). Anyway… back to my fashion essential for Summer time…

… A kimono.

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I bloody love kimonos.. I am obsessed with cardigans in Autumn/Winter.. and kimonos are my alternative for the warmer months! They are just SO easy to wear.. and give your outfit that instant “boho” look to it.

I picked up this beautiful blue one from George at ASDA.. YEP YOU READ THAT RIGHT! I fell in love and knew I had to have it! The print is so stunning .. and this blue colour looks gorgeous on every skintone!

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I kept the rest of my outfit simple with a grey t-shirt (from where other than Primark?), some black jeggings (do I ever wear anything else), and some white loafers (another essential for Summer girls).

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Also.. you guys know I am not the biggest fan of dressing up.. I much prefer to keep things casual when I go out and have my makeup more dramatic, or switch up my accessories.. so instead of my usual day bag.. I paired the outfit with a clutch instead! I LOVE this simple clutch.. I can think of SO many outfits that it would go with.. In fact…I actually used this clutch on my registry wedding (hehe).

Details

Kimono – George @ Asda

T-Shirt – Primark

Jeggings – Zara

White Loafers – Peacocks

Sunglasses – Peacocks

Hijab – Mum’s

Clutch – LYDC* (10% anything from LYDC using the code SAIRA10)

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Seriously guys.. for what is left of the summer (tehehe), go and get yourself a kimono… I can guarantee it will become one of your most worn items in the summer! They look stunning over dresses (both maxi and mini), skirts, shorts, jeans.. basically everything (ha).

Right guys.. I am going to love you and leave you.. wishing I was back in Hisaronu…

LOVE YOU ALL LOADS.. and I will see you all in my next post.

Lots Of Love,

Saira

xo

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Travel Diaries: Hisaronu, Turkey

Well well well. GUESS WHO IS BACK!

I am back guys.. after my first blogging break EVER.. I think I have been away for about 2 weeks… it literally feels like 2 months! Those of you who blog will know EXACTLY what I mean.. what is it about being away from the internet? BUT.. I thought I would ease myself back into the whole blogging world with a chatty post.. giving you all an update AND sharing a little diary with you from my trip to Turkey!

SO… I took a break as I was going on my first holiday IN YEARS to Hisaronu, Turkey… and honestly.. the last thing I wanted was to be stressing if my scheduled posts had actually uploaded. BUT AT LEAST THAT MEANS WE CAN HAVE A HUGE CATCH UP, WOO!

Monday 11th July

Our first day was mainly travelling.. so off we toddled with our suitcases to Manchester Airport… got through security with no problems and boarded our flight! I spent most of the 4 hour journey reading Gone Girl and taking numerous trips to the TINY airplane loos because I could not stop drinking water. After reaching Dalaman airport (and SWEATING in the 30C heat at 8PM), we got our transfer to our hotel. I stayed at the Sunconnect Liberty Hotel in Hisaronu.. which I cannot recommend ENOUGH.. It was amazing and is SO close to the main strip.. it literally would take us around 5 minutes to walk there! It also took around 10/15 minutes (by taxi) to get to Fethiye & Oludeniz.. which are the main beach/harbour areas! We reached the hotel and got settled around midnight.. and actually ended up eating at the hotel because as you can imagine.. travelling all day = A VERY HUNGRY & TIRED COUPLE.

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Tuesday 12th July

We were up and ready for 8AM as we had chosen the bed and breakfast option at the hotel (you can upgrade to half board whilst you are there), had breakfast and then ventured onto the main Hisaronu street. There is honestly SO much to do, the amount of restaurants, bars and shops that are there is CRAZY! I don’t drink so didn’t really venture into the bars, but if you prefer mocktails, desserts, waffles, even Nargile (which is a popular Turkish tradition… google it), you will literally be spoilt for choice. So… me and Saj were not really after a “quiet” holiday.. so we booked some excursions straight away. On this day.. we went to the Fethiye Market which was AMAZING… you really feel like you get stuck into the culture and lifestyle whilst you are there. We then ventured into Kayakoy, which is an abandoned village, and referred to as the “Ghost Town”.. you can imagine is has a very eerie feel to it too! Today also included riding on some camels, eating chicken shish and visiting a garden restaurant called “Happy Days”.. which had a crazy obsession with Elvis Presley (yep.. I know ha!)

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Wednesday 13th July

Today was actually my birthday.. although I actually FORGOT numerous times (ha!).. anybody else ever had that? We went down to the Olu Deniz beach.. which has the popular Blue Lagoon. Guys.. this beach is just absolutely STUNNING.. we went on some pedalo boats, spent some time relaxing… and then walked over to the main harbour. We had lunch overlooking the beach, did some shopping and saw numerous paragliders. Now I am a bit of an adrenaline freak .. but paragliding for me even seemed TOO EXTREME! We then spent the evening exploring the strip … if anyone has been to Turkey, you will know how friendly the locals are – I don’t think I have ever met a bunch of friendlier people!

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Thursday 14th July

We actually went quad biking today.. which was INSANE.. we drove through villages, the mountains and forests.. it was so much fun! Then.. we ventured onto the Fethiye Harbour where we came across a McDonalds (eeeek!)… Turkey has the most amazing food ever.. but you just need a Mcdonalds sometimes right? The rest of the day was spent by the pool, and then eating Turkish food and ice cream!

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Friday 15th July

Guys.. today I went UNDER THE SEA (cue Sebastian in The Little Mermaid).. we went Scuba Diving! Oh my goodness.. this was probably the most AMAZING experience ever.. if any of you have tried it you will know what I mean. To be honest.. I panicked quite a bit before I actually went into the water.. as you can imagine breathing underwater is not normal behaviour so it does take some getting used to.. BUT I was SO chuffed that I went ahead with it. The rest of the day was spend relaxing on the boat and trying to spot some turtles (which I unfortunately did not see in the sea.. but saw one strolling along the path near our hotel, ha!).

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Saturday 16th July

We had our first chilled out morning since arriving… had breakfast (Turkish breakfast is probably one of my most favourite things EVER guys).. then spent some time near the pool. Our afternoon was spent horse-riding in the mountains… and seeing the most BEAUTIFUL views of the blue lagoon.. I don’t think I could ever get over how stunning it is! And of course.. our evening was spent on the main Hisaronu street discovering new places to eat!

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Sunday 17th July

Another chilled out morning.. I got a pedicure whilst Saj spent some time near the pool (ahem… it cost me £8 for a full pedicure, including re-painting my nails!). Then.. for the evening we travelled to the Fethiye Harbour.. which is absolutely STUNNING at night! We got some dinner, ice cream, walked along the harbour and visited a Nargile (or Shisha/Hookah) place overlooking the sea! It was definitely the best way to spend our last night there!

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Monday 18th July

Our last day (boo!!). The plane home wasn’t until 9:40pm.. so me and Saj booked ourselves for a 1 1/2 hour spa session! This including a Turkish bath, full body exfoliation/foam massage, 2 additional massages and a facial! I don’t think we have both ever felt so relaxed in our lives, ha! And an extra bonus, it only cost us £35 each (eeeek!). It was SUCH a good way to end our trip! Then… at 6pm we were collected by our transfer.. had some Mcdonalds at the airport, boarded our flight.. and four hours later.. landed safely at Manchester just after midnight! Phew!

I honestly had SUCH an amazing time in Turkey! I know there had been some issues in Istanbul .. but we never came across any problems in Hisaronu… in fact I felt safe every single day I was there. It is so heart breaking to see such a beautiful country going through the trouble that it is. So many people are avoiding Turkey all together now… and it is such a shame because the people/food/certain places in general are amazing. I really hope things do get better soon.. it is such an amazing country to visit. The only negative I have? I got bitten like an absolute b****. Everything else.. perfect.

So lovelies.. I hope you enjoyed reading about my 7 days in Hisaronu, Turkey! Have you ever been? Do you have any holiday’s planned? Let me know.. I am already thinking of where I want to visit next!

I am SO happy to be back into the whole blogging world… I enjoyed my break but I definitely missed blogging! SO… It is back to my normal routine of 2 posts and one video.. I am planning on putting my posts up on Monday & Wednesday, and my video on Saturday.. but of course this is not strict and can (OK.. it probably will) change! I missed you guys loads.. IT IS SO GOOD TO BE BACK!

I will see you all in my next one lovelies.. will it be a beauty, fashion or lifestyle one? You will have to see (muahaha!).

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Travel Diaries – What’s In My Makeup Bag

Hiya sweeties

Hope you are all having a wonderful day! I am so chuffed because I have just finished work for 2 weeks (Wooo!).. I have been celebrating Eid for the past few days and then I am off on holiday! I honestly cannot wait… if you have been reading my blog for the past month or so… you will already be well aware of this!

Now… would I even be a beauty blogger without telling you what make up I am taking with me on holiday? Of course… I am not taking a crazy amount.. Turkey will be well over 30C when I go so putting on my usual, everyday makeup will NOT be happening. Instead… I am taking a small amount of products that are quick and easy to apply, yet will really highlight my skin after it picks up that lovely holiday glow!

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Base

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Rimmel BB Cream

A BB cream is an absolute essential on holiday… unfortunately, not many of us have flawless, perfect skin… and I find BB creams really help in making your skin look flawless, yet still look and feel natural.

Crown Satin Foundation

I will be mixing this little baby with my moisturizer for a lovely, natural, glowing base on my skin! I find it WAY to shimmery to use as just a foundation… but mixed with a moisturizer is STUNNING!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

I definitely wanted to take a foundation for the evenings… so I was inspired by my girly Kat (over on Chapters of Kat) to pick up this foundation. Her.. and so many other bloggers for that matter rave about the light, healthy finish this foundation gives to your skin.. so I knew I wanted to pick it up.

Cheek Products

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Sleek Solstice Highlighter

I have wanted to get my hands on this palette for SO long… and I FINALLY found it. This is one of those cult products that everyone has been raving about… and do you know what? I can honestly see why. I have been obsessed with this here.. so I can only IMAGINE how stunning it will look on holiday. Girls… I find it cringe to say.. but this is serious “highlighter goals”.. ha!

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Seventeen Bronzing Rocks

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Funnily enough… I have never been much of a bronzer girly .. BUT I think when you are on holiday… it is an essential right? You pick up the most stunning tan… and this has to be emphasized with a good bronzer yep? I am SO excited to use these bronzing rocks… do you remember bronzing pearls (I was OBSESSED with putting these all over my face these in Year 8.. they made me look like an oompah loompah.. wonderful)… I have picked up some tips since then and will stick to a light dusting with a large, fluffy brush I think (ha!).

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar Palette

This was a no-brainer when it came it going away. It is SO handy and literally has every single shade you would want for your cheeks whilst you are on holiday. Highlight, contour & bronzer… it is an absolute essential!

Miss Sporty Instaglow

I am definitely a blush girl.. but I wanted to focus more on bronzing my skin when I am away.. but I could not be without at least ONE blusher. This Miss Sporty one is a lovely, coral colour… PERFECT for adding some colour to your cheeks! Also… can I just say.. coral and summer just go hand in hand right?

Lips

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Revlon Matte Balms

If you know me.. you will already know how much of a HUGE FAN I am of these little angels… the formulation/staying power/pigmentation is just INSANE! I picked up an absolutely beautiful coral shade (in the shade Stricking) too.. again coral and summer.. it is just perfect guys! Of course.. my usual, everyday berry shade (called Sultry) just HAD to come along with me too. It goes everywhere with me.. I couldn’t leave it behind…

Sleek Matte Me In Vino Tinto

I know what you are thinking… dark lips on holiday.. what am I… an additional member of the Adams family? BUT… there is just something SO gorgeous about dark lips in the summer… does anybody else agree? (Please say you do). The Sleek matte me lips are so popular… and this colour is an essential for dark lip lovers.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick In Ole Flamingo

 I love love this colour so much… I had to take this… it will look GORGEOUS on holiday! The formulation of these is amazing.. they last so long.. but you would literally not be able to tell you had anything on your lips at all! They are matte too.. which is a HUGE plus for me (matte lip loving girl right here guys).

No 7 Stay Perfect In Rose Kiss

It is another coral shade guys… but this one is slightly on the more pink side.. whereas the Revlon one is slightly more red. What can I say.. if there is something you want a lot of when going on holiday.. make it lip products.

Essentials

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof mascara is a definite in my makeup bag for holiday. This is such a POPULAR mascara (I have never tried the original… can you believe it?!)… I know (well.. I hope) this mascara will not let me down on holiday! I will keep you updated loves.

Natural Collection Powder

Powder will be an essential item to dust over my t-zone to avoid any excess oil coming out during the day! This Natural Collection one is SO affordable and works amazingly!

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

I cannot recommend this setting spray enough… it is literally like a magical product! I know that it will not let me down in the humidity when I wear more makeup for the evenings. It is nice to pick up the mini version for going on holiday.. and it is a bargain at £9 too!

L’Oreal Infallible Primer

This primer is my go to one for keeping oil at bay… and I know it will be an essential for those hot, sweaty days in Turkey!

So guys.. they are all the makeup bits I am taking with me… to be honest I think I did pretty well in cutting it down to a sensible amount ha! Over the next few days I will just be getting ready to go away… so fingers crossed everything goes well!

 I hope that you enjoyed this post loves… I am hoping to upload one more post before I travel… as I will then be having a short break whilst I am away!!! See you in my next post!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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June Beauty Favourites!

Well hello there♥

Wow… could I sound any creepier.. HA! I know.. it has been a WHILE! As I am sure many of you know… I have been fasting for the month of Ramadan.. meaning tiredness for me has kicked in MASSIVELY! Unfortunately.. this has meant my beloved blog has been slightly neglected (boo!).. I honestly miss blogging regularly SO much (even though it has only been about 3 weeks)… but I have literally been SO exhausted. However, it is so nice to spend more time with family and just using this month to really reflect on everything you have and be grateful for it too.

So… I am sure you all know I will be going on holiday soon too! I have decided that I will be having my first “blogging break” when I go.. so this means I will not schedule any posts videos for the week I am away. I want this week to be fully focused on enjoying our holiday and just spending some WELL DESERVED time away! BUT… I will be back in the swing of things once I am back (Yay!)… SO..I literally cannot WAIT… and I am also so excited to get back and working on my blog/YouTube again!

RIGHT GUYS.. that is enough of my life update.. I hope that explains why I have not been so active! SO.. onto this actual post ey? Now…. I have still been VERY active with trying and testing new products.. so of course this post had to be all about my favourite items over the past few weeks! OK.. so grab a cuppa, sit back and have a read of my STAPLE items for the past month (or so, hehe).

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Zoella Double Créme Body Cream

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I am sure you would have come across the new Zoella range.. it has literally taking the blogging/YouTube world by STORM. And why wouldn’t it? A new range of beauty items by one of the most popular and successful bloggers EVER … I have been a fan of Zoella for so long.. and when I saw that the theme of her new range was “Sweet Inspirations”… I had to try it! If you want to see what I picked up.. check my YT video here! Now.. I love every single one of the items in this range… but the reason the Body Cream has made a special appearance today is because it is the ONE body cream that has me obsessed with moisturizing my skin in the warmer months. Now… I am the type of girl who is obsessed with body butters in the winter.. but as soon as it gets warmer.. I stop using them! BUT… I use this little angel without fail every single morning! It has the most amazing, sweet almond/honey scent that lingers on your skin for the longest amount of time ever! It sinks into the skin SO quickly.. which is perfect if I am ever rushing in the morning and I don’t have time for my moisturizer to sink in. And guys.. the packaging. I do not even need to say anymore.

Redken Pillow Proof Blowdry Express Treatment Cream*

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I received this little beauty a few weeks ago and I was SO exciting to try it. If you guys know me … you will know that I only wash my hair once a week… and this is usually on an evening, right before I go to bed. Now…. nobody likes to sleep with wet hair, so I would always need to do the dreaded chore of blow drying my hair (ahem.. which may I add would take SO long!). This little baby is a blow dry primer and you use it on wet hair to protect your hair against heat, and it also acts as a “mini treatment” for your hair. It also claims to help reduce your blow drying time… now I have tried products that claim to do this before, but have not noticed any reduction in time.. so of course I was a TEENY bit apprehensive when trying it. BUT… guys… this blow dry treatment does EXACTLY THAT.. and MORE! I adore this product so so much… I apply a 50p sized amount through the ends of my hair first, and then I run it through the rest of my hair. I then blow dry my hair (which might I add is dry in around 2-3 minutes instead of the usual 6-7).. ahem.. did I time it? YES I DID. Just so you guys could get a real review and idea of how amazingly this product works. It also helps with that awful, dry feeling the ends of my hair has, and makes it look so much healthier too. This has become a staple whenever I dry my hair.. I am also trying to get my husband to use it too.. hehe.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (Lavender & Rose)*

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I have wanted to try this cult item for so so so long… I am sure you have heard almost every single blogger RAVE about this item… so when I received this item in the post.. I was SO EXCITED TO TRY IT. Let me tell you guys.. I was not disappointed! It has SUCH a luxurious feel to it… I feel like I am really treating my skin every single time I use it. I also have the limited edition Lavender & Rose scented one (AND can we please appreciate the adorable packaging!). It has so many essential oils and natural ingredients in it… and my skin has never felt SO soft, or looked as radiant on a morning. I can honestly see why so many people love this item… and it has been my GO TO makeup remover/cleanser on an evening. If you are a lover of the original C&P, I highly recommend giving this one a go.. the scent is amazing and really relaxes you on an evening!

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

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I have purchased a few foundations this month… but the one that has stood out to me has to be this one. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! If you saw my previous post… you would have seen how much I raved about this foundation (ahem.. probably as every other blogger has too).. but I really have fallen in love with this product. I adore the packaging (come on guys.. it is just so beautiful to stare at right?), I find it so easy to apply and the finish that it gives is just amazing. If you are a matte lover… I would advise you avoid this foundation… because it does give that glowy sheen to your skin. However.. if you love that finish.. I would suggest caving in and buying it (seriously, do it). It makes your skin look so flawless and literally requires no effort whatsoever when blending.. I really see this as being a perfect foundation if you are on the slightly …. lets say lazier (hehe) side when it comes to makeup… you do not need to pump any product onto your hand (meaning no foundation stains!), it is perfectly blended almost straight away and it is so easy and light to carry in your makeup bag if you need any touch ups! I apply mine using the RT Buffing Brush, by just dipping the brush into the little cushion and then directly to my face! I am SO in love with it!

Crown Satin Finish Foundation*

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Now… do not be fooled by the name of this… unless you like your skin to look VERY dewy (I am talking crazy amounts here guys), I would not use this on its own as a foundation. BUT… mix it with another foundation OR your favourite moisturizer.. and we are talking a whole different ball game! I mixed a pump of this with my Seventeen Stay Time Foundation… and I was SO chuffed with how the finish looked… it illuminated my skin and gave it that “just been sat in the sun and got a slight tan” look! It is so easy to blend and really is a staple for summer makeup! It has slight coverage so you could definitely transform your favourite moisturizer into a tinted one for light coverage.. perfect for holidays! I have been loving mixing a little bit of this in with my L’Oreal Infallible foundation on a daily basis too, and I find it is SUCH a pick me up and really helps my skin look more awake and healthy! LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

Right guys… that is a few items that have stood out to me this past month and have become absolute staples too! I will try to do these every few months or so… as it means I will always have new items to talk to you about! I definitely recommend each and every one of these to you… I have trialed them so you don’t have to.. so all that is left for you to do is go out and buy them (bad influence I know.. muhaha.. your bank will hate me).

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OK LOVES.. I have a VERY busy week ahead of me… I have to get ALL MY HOLIDAY THINGS READY, Eid is also next week, which I am so excited for! I am also HOPING to get 2 or 3 blog posts up next week so you guys have something to catch up on whilst I am away! 

What are your plans for the next few weeks? Have you tried any of the products I mentioned? Are you going on holiday soon?

I am going to love you and leave you now guys… honestly… I cannot wait to be blogging twice a week again.. I miss you! For now… have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

x

*Items have been gifted to me for reviewing purposes

 

Foundation Diaries: Matte Or Dewy?

Hiya!!

Good week so far? I hope so! I feel like this week is flying by…it is almost the weekend already! Also.. it is less than 3 weeks until I go away on holiday (eeeeek!!)… prepare yourself for some holiday inspired posts! Are you going away this summer? Let me know!

Right guys…. let’s have a little chat about FOUNDATION. Now, you have those people who LOVE glowy, fresh-faced foundation.. and those who stick to a more matte, natural, flawless finish.. THEN YOU HAVE ME (and I am sure a lot of you are also like this)… sometimes I want a dewy, glowing face … other times I want NO glowy-ness at all… just a completely matte finish. I like to be greedy and have the option of both, tehe. If you are the same and feel like having a different finish to your foundation everyday… I can help (well… your bank account won’t be too happy… hehe).

Now… I popped to Boots after my beloved Seventeen Stay Time Foundation started to run out… and I already had my eyes set on what foundation I wanted. One word… cushion. I am sure beauty bloggers out there know what I am talking about.. but if you are thinking “HUH”.. it is the ever so popular, L’Oreal Nude Magique Foundation! This has taken the blogging world by STORM and all I ever hear is amazing reviews about it. I was so intrigued by the concept of it.. so of course had to pick it up! Now.. you will never guess what.. Boots only went and had 3 for 2 .. so what did I do? Pick up 2 more things.. it would have been rude not to right?

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So…. I also picked up the L’Oreal Infallible Foundation & Primer… and of course this is where the idea for this post came from! Whether you prefer a dewy finish or a matte one… I got you covered guys! And of course.. you know me and my love for drugstore products… so all these products are super affordable!

I want: Matte Skin♥

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You wake up wanting your skin to look flawless, natural.. and without an OUNCE of shininess coming through.. perfect for those days spent in the office where you want something natural!

Primer: L’Oreal Infalliable Primer

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If you read my previous post on primers.. you would have seen this little beauty make an appearance. This primer is AMAZING! If you suffer from oily skin.. I highly recommend this one.. it mattifies your skin, and keeps all the oil from showing on your skin after a few hours. Primer is an absolute essential if you have oilier skin and are after a matte finish… you need something for your foundation to “stick” to.. otherwise you could risk your lovely foundation sliding off your face!

Foundation: L’Oreal Infalliable Foundation

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This is probably one of my favourite foundations ever.. the lasting power on this baby is amazing! I would have thought it would have had a slightly thicker consistency as it is a mattifying foundation.. but it has medium coverage and blends wonderfully. I find I have to apply 2 layers to get the coverage I want … but even after this it does not look cakey at all. LOVE THIS GUYS! It really does an amazing job at staying put on your face too… and of course it is an absolute bargain at £7.99. I actually am a fan of the packaging too.. I think it is SO sleek … however I cannot see this foundation lasting me very long (boo!)… I just wish the tube was bigger! I think this is an amazing foundation for work.. it looks flawless but not like you have a tonne of makeup on.. and also keeps your shine at bay all day!

Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

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Of course.. this concealer is my absolute fave if I want to cover my dark circles/blemishes.. but still keep my face looking pretty matte. It has the most amazing coverage .. and is so easy to blend! I am SO sure you have heard SO mach about this… and to be honest the majority of you probably already have this ha!

Powder: Miss Beauty Powder

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You don’t need to spend over a fiver to set your beautiful matte foundation because THIS STAPLE POWDER from Miss Beauty just does not let you down. This is a pretty new item in my collection but I find it works AMAZINGLY and just sets all your foundation perfectly and just helps your skin stay matte all day! AND.. IT COSTS A WHOLE POUND!

I Want: Glowing Skin♥

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So.. you have had a rough night and your skin is just looking so plain and dull.. ew. You need products that are going to brighten your skin and make you look fresh faced right?

Primer: Seventeen Skin Wow Primer*

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This baby alone gives your skin a beautiful sheen… you only need to read a few of my blog posts/watch my videos to know how much I love this. A glowing primer makes such a huge difference … it makes your foundation apply so much easier and just makes it look that extra special!

Foundation: L’Oreal Nude Magique Foundation

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This is probably the thing I was MOST excited to try! It is literally like nothing I have seen before and I was SO intrigued to see how it works. So…. it is basically a “cushion”that has the foundation soaked into it. I apply it by dipping my Real Techniques Buffing Brush into the cushion and dotting over my face.. and then blending. Guys… I LOVE THIS so much. It is so easy to apply, blends like an absolute dream, matches my skin tone perfectly and leaves your skin with the loveliest, dewy glow. I also love that it seems to sink into your skin and not just sit on top and feel tacky… which NOBODY wants! The lasting power of this foundation is also amazing.. although I find using a setting spray definitely helps! The only negative I can think of this product is how much foundation is actually in that little cushion… AND it is also a hefty £15 (eeek!). That aside.. this foundation is beautiful and has definitely became one of my FAVES! So.. you know all that hype behind this… I can see why it is there loves.. if you are thinking of picking this up.. I highly recommend!

Concealer: Seventeen Skin Wow Concealer*

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Of course.. for a gorgeous fresh faced look.. you need bright eyes & highlighted cheekbones right? This seventeen concealer is AMAZING at brightening those AWFUL dark circles.. and also adding a beautiful, subtle highlight to your cheekbones. I apply this concealer under my eyes and also any areas I want to highlight to really give my skin a beautiful, natural glow.

Powder: Collection Loose Powder

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Oh guys.. what is it with me and powders under £5? THIS Collection one is only £2.99 and is SUCH an amazing loose powder.. AND I have read somewhere that some even compare it to one by Laura Mercier. I cannot vouch for this guys as I have never tried the LM one (unfortunately).. but I can tell you that it is an AMAZING powder. It is finely milled and literally feels like velvet on your skin. I find loose powders work best when you want a dewy glow.. as they look more natural on your skin and don’t take away that lovely sheen your skin gets!

Right guys… they are my favourite products to get yourself a perfect base… whether you are feeling a matte or dewy look! ALSO.. there is nothing wrong with mixing these products up a bit and using a matte primer with a dewy foundation.. GO FOR IT! Experimenting with makeup is SO much fun… and it really is the best way to find what works for you. I was so stuck in a rut with my foundation/base.. now I LOVE having a few different foundations to work with!

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Make sure to let me know if you have tried any of these products.. and also if you have a preference for matte/dewy .. or if you are like me and like to switch it up!

REALLY HOPE YOU LIKED THIS POST GUYS.. Thank you SO much for reading… I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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My Top Primers For Every Occasion

Hiya lovelies!

I have been in a right little muddle for the past few days! You know when you just want to blog.. but you can’t? Yep… my internet had been playing up for a few days so I couldn’t write up my posts/catch up on blogs/YouTube like I normally would! Boo! I love chilling out in the evenings and catching up on my faves.. so have definitely missed being able to do so! BUT GUESS WHAT.. It is now SORTED! So.. as you can imagine.. I felt a little bit out of the blogging loop! I am SO happy so finally sit down and just talk to you all!

A little update.. I AM ON HOLIDAY SOON! I have decided that whilst on holiday.. I am going to be going on a little bit of a “blogging break”… so for the 7 days I am in Turkey.. I will not be scheduling/uploading blog posts or videos! It is the first holiday me and the hubs are going on together…so I honestly want to spend all the time there just enjoying it! I will definitely upload as normal before going.. as I have some exciting ideas for videos and posts! AND OF COURSE.. things will be BACK to normal when I get back too.. as Ramadan will also be over.. so it will be back to my 2 posts, 1 video a week! Yay!

SO…. you will never guess what I have for you all.. it’s only a post ALL ABOUT PRIMERS! So many of you LOVED my cream makeup post… and as I have built up a little (yes.. very little) collection of primers (may I add that I absolutely LOVE)… I thought it would be the perfect beauty blog post!

There are SO many primers out there.. all offering different things… mattifying/brightening skin, smoothing out lines/wrinkles, closing up pores, making your makeup last longer… they really are an essential when it comes to applying my makeup. I cannot even tell you how horrific (OK…slight exaggeration there) my skin feels when I skip primer. Seriously guys.. if you are not using a primer… do it now. I can guarantee (if you pick the right one), that your foundation will go on so much easier, last longer, and not gather in all those places on your face that you really don’t want it to.

Like I mentioned before… I have found a nice collection of primers that work for me, whatever look I am going for. That of course doesn’t mean I am not on the hunt for some new ones.. make sure to leave me your faves in the comments below!

Ahem… also.. notice my Friend’s inspired titles for each primer. All credit to go to Friends of course (hehe)

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The One That Makes My Skin Glow

If you are after a primer that will give your skin a beautiful, healthy glow, yet does not look greasy or sweaty..the Seventeen Skin WOW Primer* is PERFECT! I have oily skin but find this works perfectly for me. It has a lovely, pearly, slightly pink colour and it honestly gives your skin the most beautiful, luminous finish EVER! You can actually use this as a highlighter too.. which I have tried and LOVED! I don’t think this primer actually does a lot for making my foundation last longer.. but I find using a setting spray helps the longevity! I use this primer if my skin is looking dull, if I have not had enough sleep or if I just want a lovely healthy glow to my skin. Love this one.. AND it is so affordable!

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The One That Mattifes My Skin Like  A Dream

You know how it is loves.. sometimes you want the most glowing, fresh faced skin.. other times.. you want the most matte, perfect looking skin! As mentioned before.. I suffer from oily skin… so when I want something that is going to keep my skin looking matte all day.. I use the Loreal Infalliable Matte Primer. This is actually my latest primer but I find it works SO well. It is a clear, more gel-style consistency. I feel like this sits on my skin and gives a nice “barrier” between my oily skin and the foundation (if that makes sense, ha!). I also find that I need to use quite a bit of this primer to cover my face.. the “little goes a long way” doesn’t apply to this one I am afraid girls. Despite that.. this works like an absolute DREAM in making my foundation last all day. I find I do not even need a setting spray when I use this.. it is FAB at giving your skin that smooth, pore-less base to apply your makeup on to.

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The One That Is Actually For Men

I am sure you have all heard of this crazy beauty hack.. that a product any male in your life probably uses after shaving makes a damn good primer. The Nivea Post Shave Men’s Balm is literally a little dream. I have been using this for months now.. and find it is my go-to primer! I find it gives my skin a lovely, even base to work with, mattifies it (slightly.. not as much as the Loreal one) and also makes my makeup last that little bit longer. Sure.. your face smells slightly like a man when you first apply it.. but promise this disappears! This product is going to last me SO long.. you literally need the tiniest amount of this.. and I love the fact that it is SO affordable! It is definitely a must have.. especially if you are still a newbie to primers!

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The One That Is Like Photoshop For Your Skin

This little beauty is the  Hylamide HA Blur Prismatic Blurring Surface Hydrator* .. it is described as doing something completely different when it comes to “blurring” and smoothing skin. It uses something called “Hyaluronic Acid”.. which is what gives it the blurring power… and oh my goodness guys… it is AMAZING! HA is known for it’s anti-aging properties .. which I actually never knew until I received this and did some research! This primer has quite a thick consistency and I use the smallest amount and smooth it all over my skin. You can literally see the difference straight away … my skin honestly looks like it has been blurred to perfection, it is so soft and makes your foundation so easy to blend! This is definitely the perfect thing if you are willing to splurge on a primer. The only thing I do not love about this product is that it has quite a strong scent which I am not a fan of.. however once it has been blended into your skin.. the scent has gone!

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So lovelies… they are my top primers.. these have all been trialed, tested and LOVED by me! I highly recommend trying these if you haven’t already! 

Let me know if you liked this post darlings.. and also if you want me to do similar ones for other makeup items!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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