5 Under £5 – Beauty Faves

Well … been a while hasn’t it?

This has probably been the longest time I have gone without blogging – eeeek!  But safe to say I am back and have a lot of exciting things planned for my blog – including a huge rebrand ! I’ll probably do a full post all about it once it has (hopefully) been successful!

So, this post is going to be one of those recurring ones – you know like bucket lists, favourites etc … and this is five things under a fiver that I’ve recently bought/starting using and have absolutely fallen in LOVE with. They also are fab because each is under a fiver AND there is a certain dupe of a very popular blusher amongst them too. So .. let’s have a chat about my top 5 things under a fiver that I have been OBSESSED WITH.


MUA highlighters

I had one of these highlighters a while ago but for some reason I had left it at the bottom of my makeup collection and never touched it. I have since picked up another one, so now I have Pink Shimmer & Iridescent Gold and I frickin love them both. They are so insanely pigmented and leave the most beautiful highlight on your face. The fact that they are also only £2 makes me love them even more. I personally find they work just as well as other highlighters that I’ve spent more money on, which is always a win win. If you’ve not tried them, make sure to pick them up on your next trip to Superdrug.

 
I have the more pinky toned one which I tend to use during the day as it is softer on the skin, and the gold toned one if I am going out, as it looks gorgeous when you have a more dramatic eye/lip going on. Girl can never go wrong when her £2 highlight looks on FLEEK. Wow did I really just write that. I think I am slightly too old to say that. HA.

Barry M Mist & Fix Setting Spray

 
Now I actually bought this on a whim when I was rushing around last minute to get some bits for my trip to Amsterdam a few weeks back. I thought it would do me until I had time to buy my UD all nighter spray (holy grail FYI). However – I was SO pleasantly surprised with this and how well it worked, especially as I wasn’t expected much from it. I used it in Amsterdam and it kept my makeup in place all day, despite me getting caught in a downpour. I definitely noticed the difference when I’d forgotten to use this to set my face on a morning. It doesn’t feel sticky, leaves no sort of residue and has no scent to it. It is definitely worth trying if you are after an affordable setting spray – I’ve also been using it during the recent heatwave we’ve had and I have had NO MELTED MAKEUP GUYS.

Twilight Bath Bomb

Now this has always been a firm fave of mine but I’m including it in this post as it has been one of the bathbombs I have been using more and more. It is always my go to whenever I have a bath on an evening as it makes me feel SO relaxed. If you ever have a really stressful day that leaves you feeling anxious and worried, popping this in your bath helps you unwind and get yourself set for a really good nights sleep. It has an amazing, warming scent that just reminds me of hot chocolate and cosy nights and it makes your bath the prettiest purple colour. I always use it alongside my Twilight shower gel and Sleepy body lotion and I literally feel like a fuzzy little ball of lavender goodness after – it’s PERFECT. I always find I have such a good nights sleep after this routine, so if you’re struggling with sleepless nights give this a go.

 
Miss Sporty Coral Blush – Shiny Coral

The reason this baby has made it to the list is because it literally is an exact dupe for the popular Coralista blush from Benefit. Not even kidding guys … it is SO pigmented and gives your cheeks the most stunning flush that doesn’t fade during the day. I have the Benefit blush but always find myself reaching for this bad boy – now you know THAT’S saying something.

 
Primark Brush Cleaner

There are so many brush cleaning palettes out there that can cost anything from £10 – £25, which I personally find is a little bit steep for a bit of rubber with some groves on it (lol), so I was so chuffed when I picked up this baby from Primark for £1.50. It has a little bit where you can put your fingers in to hold when cleaning your brushes, and works so well! This also helps motivate me to clean my brushes more often as it really helps speed up the process and means I’m not left with wrinkly hands after! It’s really small too so it doesn’t take up any room in your makeup storage, and is so handy for travelling if you ever need to take it with you.

 
So m’loves, they are my top five things under a fiver that I have been obsessed with recently! They have really helped me save some pennies and made my life that little bit easier & better ! I’m planning on doing these more often so you can find some bargain bits that will help you out too! Let me know if you liked this post and if you’d like to see more!

If you follow me on twitter you will know that I have started fasting for the month of Ramadan – if you want some more info on this let me know and I’d be happy to give you guys an insight! For now though – I’m going to love & leave ya – and get on with my rebrand of my blog ! This will all be revealed very soon so keep your eyes out and I hope you are as excited as I am !

Lots of love,

Saira xxx

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Teeth Whitening 101

Hey there

I think I need a slap on the wrist for how long I have been away from my little blog. I know.. it’s been a while. You know the usual drill .. things just got busy in life. Oh.. and my obsession with the Twilight movies started again.. meaning I spent most of my evenings after work rewatching the movies.

Hehehe. No regrets.

Right.. lets talk about teeth shall we? This post has definitely been on the cards for a while … I just really wanted to test any products before talking about them.. as you do. Now… for me… oral hygiene is a biggie, and someone’s teeth is probably the first thing I notice about them (not sure if this is weird or not .. let me know if you do the same thing!). So of course, with this is mind, having good teeth & healthy gums is VERY important to me.

Now.. I am no dentist guys.. but I do think I have picked up a few tips & good habits, and thought it would be helpful to talk about MY routine, and also the steps I take to ensure my teeth are white & healthy. Lets get on shall we ey?

Invest in a good brush

If you are yet to buy an electric toothbrush, you are seriously missing out. Trust me… I wouldn’t say this if it wasn’t true, but buying a good quality  brush is such an investment, and a good starter point too. I definitely recommend the Oral B ones, and what I like is that they start at around £25, yet they still do an amazing job at cleaning your teeth. At the moment, I use an Oral B Vitality brush (which I got from work, but I think it is usually £25-£30), and it does an amazing job at cleaning my teeth really well. You can definitely tell the difference in how clean your teeth/mouth feels, as well as helping to remove stains. I love that it also has a timer so you can brush for the right amount of time. Win.

Floss

Ah.. the dreaded job of flossing. I know it can seem like an absolute chore, but if you really want to clean your teeth properly AND have healthy gums.. you gotta floss girl. I tend to floss on a night, as I personally don’t think it is necessary to floss twice a day, and I have more time in the evening to floss well. Also.. if you are lazy, pick up some flossing brushes, as they are so much quicker. For me, flossing helps with removing stains between teeth (if this makes sense), as sometimes brushing can’t even reach those bits. My favourite floss to use recently has been the Nano floss, as I really find it helps clean between my teeth well and has a slight minty flavour which is always nice! If you have pretty bad staining between your teeth, try inter-dental brushes – these are really good at cleaning vigorously between your teeth.

Avoid long term DIY whitening treatments

Now guys, I know these are so so popular guys .. I used to use DIY whitening treatments, and they can seem to make your teeth whiter .. but the damage they cause your teeth is not good at all *sad face*. I’m talking about the lemon & baking soda trick .. I was pretty guilty of doing this quite regularly .. but stopped because I noticed my teeth becoming VERY sensitive and becoming more stained rather than white (confusing right?!). Basically what this trick does is wear away the enamel of your teeth, which is the strong, white layer your teeth have.. and in turn removes the “stains” but also damages enamel. Also – lemon juice can start to eat away at the calcium in your teeth too (eeek!). So.. your teeth may look shinier & glossier, but really your enamel is being damaged & your teeth are left more prone to decay. Now guys .. don’t get me wrong .. once in a while is not going to do a great deal of damage, but if you are doing this every few days.. it will harm your teeth. But don’t worry.. I’m here to help you find healthy ways of whitening your teeth 🙂

It’s all in the routine

Trust me guys .. have a routine and you will notice the difference. I am talking brushing twice a day (standard) flossing (maybe not so standard) & mouthwash. Do this morning & night and I can guarantee you will notice a difference in how clean your mouth feels and how healthy/white your teeth look!

Using the correct products

I have definitely used my fair share of whitening toothpastes guys… so I think I’m in a pretty good place to share some of my faves with you. All these have been put to the test and I can definitely  say they work amazingly in whitening your teeth, as well as cleaning them really well.

WhiteWash Nano Range

Ahhh this range. Where do I even start… not only is it probably the most instagrammable paste/wash/floss set ever … it works pretty damn well too. I tend to use this routine on a night, as I find it has a much more subtle minty flavour, which I prefer on an evening. I definitely have noticed a difference in how white my teeth are since using this, and I love that is is so gentle on my teeth too. It also helps build enamel which was a massive plus for me because I have really sensitive teeth (thanks to all the harsh whitening treatments), as well as being paraben & alcohol free. I also adore the mouthwash as it leaves your mouth feeling so clean, but doesn’t sting at all. Now .. the flavour of this range is pretty different compared to other pastes, it has more of a ‘soft mint’ taste, yet my teeth literally feel like they have been cleaned at the dentist. I highly recommend checking this brand out – I’ve even lent the paste to my sister to use because I know she’ll love it – meaning I’ll need to stock up on some more!

Beverly Hills Perfect White Range

I got testers for this range from work and can honestly say it’s the best toothpaste I’ve ever used ! I’ve tried both the Charcoal black paste/wash and the Gold paste and they are amazing ! They have whitened my teeth better than anything and have a really strong minty taste to them, so I tend to use these in the morning! It is a little strange using a black toothpaste at first but it works so well so I just look past that. Charcoal toothpaste is the latest hype and I can definitely see why! Using this and the wash together work an absolute treat to help keep my teeth white ! Woop wooop! You can pick up this range in Boots, Superdrug & Morrisons.

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Listerine Mouthwash

I know this stuff stings your mouth like an absolute b**** .. but it does an amazing job. You can pick up the whitening washes too which help maintain your white teeth as well as keeping your mouth clean! FYI… how adorable is this packaging ?!

 

Build up that enamel

So.. I mentioned enamel briefly before and this is basically the stuff that keeps your teeth white and strong! Using harsh pastes can damage this, and make your teeth look slightly ‘see through’ .. which is not good at all! I like to use Sensodyne Pronamel every few days to strengthen my enamel and keep my teeth from ever getting sensitive. This is pricey stuff but it work SO well.. and I’m sure you’ve seen the dentists raving about this little gem too!

Some general tips to keep teeth white!

Avoid dark coloured drinks as much as possible i.e. coffee, tea… as these can stain your teeth pretty bad

Use a straw when having fizzy drinks to avoid as much exposure to your teeth

Don’t rinse your mouth fully after brushing. Let the toothpaste stay on your teeth so it can carry on working its magic even after brushing

Use mouthwash about half an hour after you’re brushed your teeth. I know right ? I couldn’t believe this .. I’d been using it straight after brushing.. but it’s actually better for you to wait before rinsing.

Don’t smoke. Pretty self explanatory. Smoking makes you smell, is so bad for you and makes your teeth pretty yellow. Bleugh.

So guys .. that is my teeth whitening routine & some tips on how you can have whiter teeth! Let me know some of your favourite products too .. I’d love to try some new things!

Hope this post helped some of you – I have some exciting posts coming up too which I cannot wait to share with you ! Make sure to leave me links of your blogs below because I am due a SERIOUS catch up!

Lots of Love,

Saira

 

Autumn Essentials: Beauty, Fashion & Makeup

Hiya loves

Hope you have all had an amazing weekend! I have spent it catching up on ironing (exciting I know), going to see the Blackpool Illuminations (a tradition me and my family have), and taking some Autumn inspired outfit pictures (which you guys will see soon!). What have you all been up to?

Now.. I am sure you all know I was ready for Autumn WAY before it was acceptable (I am talking end of August guys)… but I think now is an appropriate time to do an Autumn essentials post right? I got you covered for beauty, fashion and makeup… so if you want to know what my essentials are for this season… have a peek 🙂

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Make Up

To me.. Autumn makeup is all about dark lips, matte skin and TONS of highlight. Basically… makeup that resembles a vampire’s is what I am talking about. And of course you know me and my drugstore OBSESSION when it comes to make up – so of course I have a whole load of my fave bits that I always have on hand for my Autumn makeup.

  • Seventeen Stay Matte Foundation

I have raved and RAVED about this foundation for so so long… it really is one to try if you need a long lasting, matte foundation that has amazing coverage. You really need the smallest amount of this, as it goes SUCH a long way. And, at a little over a fiver… it is SO affordable and is a right hidden gem too. It’s worth a try girls, so pick it up on your next trip to Boots

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  • MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter – Pink Shimmer

Can you believe that this time last year I did not use highlight (GASP)… it is now one thing that I never miss out when doing my makeup … it makes such a HUGE difference to how healthy your skin looks. And of course.. when it comes to Autumn time, the days are getting darker, your skin is not getting as much sun anymore and can tend to look a little dull. Your best friend? Yep.. highlighter. This little baby from MUA is one of my faves.. as is is SO affordable yet has the most amazing pigmentation. This one is more pink toned, but there is also one that is more on the gold side if that is what you prefer.. but I think I much prefer more cool toned highlights for the colder months (something about them just reminds me of frost on your skin.. and I LOVE that).

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  • Sleek Matte Me – Vino Tinto

I have done a whole post on these guys, so I will link that here… but I LOVE these so much. Dark lips and Autumn just go hand in hand (ahem… like candles and Autumn.. FULL POST on that here too guys). I adore Vino Tinto as it is the right mix of berry and dark purple… it requires a little bit of practice to get a smooth application, but with a little bit of time and a good lip liner, it gives the most gorgeous, vampy finish.

Clothes

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  • Faux Fur

I always pull out the faux fur when the days start to get colder. Autumn is all about feeling cozy… and I like to feel snug when I am out as well as when I am inside. Having a faux fur scarf, coat or gilet means you can do EXACTLY that.. you literally feel like you have a blanket around you and I am all about that. I am one of these people that would go out in my PJ’s every single day if I could (I am not lazy.. I just like being comfy, hehe).

  • Tartan

Regardless of whether you like to follow trends or not.. I can guarantee that tartan prints (just like fur) will always be popular for Autumn. Whether that is a tartan scarf, dress or shirt… you will DEFINITELY feel Autumnal when you rock it. I picked this beautiful, ruffled top from Zara (which I have currently become obsessed with)… I have been rocking it with a grey or black top underneath and love the layered look it gives. ANOTHER thing I can start doing is LAYERING… I will probably do a whole separate post on this because I could babble on about that for ages HA.

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  • Pinafores

Ahhhhh PINAFORES.. I am so so so glad these came back into style this year because guys they are honestly one of the EASIEST things to style, both for work and casual wear. These two beauties are the ever so popular, £10 pinafores from Primark that EVERYBODY has become obsessed with. They are a gorgeous velvet/suede.. which again is HUGE for this season, and look fab with jumpers, button up shirts or t-shirts underneath. Seriously, if you do not have a pinafore yet.. GET YOURSELF ONE.

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Beauty

  • Lush Snow Fairy  – Shower Gel and Body Conditioner

Now this might be a little controversial because we all know Snow Fairy screams Christmas time.. but I am a LITTLE bit in love with it so I have already whipped it out and become obsessed with it ALL over again. I am sure you are familiar with the beautiful pink, candy floss scented range from Lush.. but if not and you love your sweet scents, you have to pick it up! This year.. Lush have released a Snow Fairy body conditioner which I have fallen in love with. I find it really helps prolong that lovely candyfloss scent and makes your skin feel so so soft!

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Another essential item is of course Lush bath bombs.. but I think they deserve a post all of their own right? I will definitely do a fave bath bombs post soon.. because there are SO many  that I love… in fact I could easily talk about each and every one ha!

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Thank you so much for reading this guys… do you have any essential items you love for Autumn time? Let me know… and I may find some new things to try too! I will see you all in my next one 🙂

Lots of Love,

Saira

xx

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Spectrum Brushes – Worth the hype?

First things first guys… HEYA! I am literally having the perfect evening right now.. my PJ’s are on, fairy lights are lit, I have a Brown Sugar Allspice candle burning (HELLO… autumn in a candle guys)… I literally am ALL SET TO BLOG!

I honestly feel like I have my mojo back… I felt like I lost it for a while but I think there is something about the cozy evenings that just makes me want to curl up in a blanket and WRITE! I think most of you will agree with this ey?

So… having a quick peek of the title again.. it is probably something that most of you are familiar with. You have seen them popping up ALL over social media and they have become quite popular with beauty bloggers recently! Now… I am talking about the beauties that are SPECTRUM BRUSHES*. I will be honest with you all.. I actually sent a cheeky email to their PR inbox.. NOT expecting a response at all.. but they literally got back to me within a few hours saying they loved my blog and would love to send me some of their products to try! Safe to say I was GOBSMACKED… yet so excited at the same time!

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Now… you have seen all the beautiful pictures of them.. BUT… are they really worth the hype? Well ladies & gents.. I tested them out for a few weeks to ensure I could give you all an in depth review…SO let’s see how I got on!

Firstly… some details!

  • Spectrum are vegan and cruelty free.. this ALWAYS makes me love a product/range more
  • You can either buy individual brushes or sets
  • They are only available online (I am 99% sure of this!.. Let me know if you know otherwise!)

What I Got:

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So…I received the 10 piece essential set (retailing at £39.99) which contains face and eye brushes. You are literally covered for tools for your base, blush/bronzer, eyeshadow, brows and eyeliner. They also come in a cute little pink, see-through case (ahem.. which I didn’t actually take a photo of).

First Impressions

Now… let’s admit it guys.. these brushes are FRICKIN’ beautiful. Whether you love them or not,  you have to be insane to not think they are beautiful. They are literally the most stunning brushes I have owned… I almost cried a little when I used them for the first time.

Guess what? They feel damn good quality too.. they feel quite heavy compared to other brushes I have tried, and they also are so much more sturdier and good quality. I know you are probably sick to DEATH of bloggers describing brushes like this.. but they are honestly SO soft. I literally could not wait to use them on my face, ha.

They also make amazing blog props too (when they are freshly washed may I add)… I SO badly want to get my hands on the Marble range JUST so that I can take those stunning Instagram shots with them!

Face Brushes

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Powder Brush: I LOVE this for applying  bronzer all over… it is literally the perfect size and.. as already mentioned (hehe).. it is SO SOFT.

Angled Brush: This little baby is perfect for applying blush… I did try for highlighter but I think it is a little too big (It left me looking like an OVER THE TOP glazed doughnut). It applies JUST the right amount of blush on the apples of your cheeks.. and it is also so easy to blend in product with this!

Flat Top: I decided to use this for my foundation instead of my RT miracle sponge (gasp!)… yes if you all know me, you will know how obsessed I am with my sponge.. so the fact that I have been using this buffing brush for the past month says A LOT about it. Guys.. my foundation has never applied so quickly and seamlessly. I did not have high expectations because I have never been a massive fan of brushes for my foundation.. but this brush has become my new fave for application! It also feels so soft on my skin and doesn’t drag or leave any sort of streaks, which is a massive WIN for me.

Small Flat Top: Now…  I never thought I would find a brush that would apply concealer as perfectly as my makeup sponge..  but I started to use this little baby.. and I have become OBSESSED with it. For those of you who use the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer (let’s face it.. this is more or less everyone) , you will know it can be a LITTLE tough to blend. BUT.. this brush has made the blending process so much easier… and works so well for blending in awkward places (under eyes, around your nose etc!).

Eye Brushes

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I never have been much of an eyeshadow girl.. but I am always up for trying new looks out.. so my beautiful Spectrum brushes were the perfect thing to experiment with!

I love the fact that every type of brush needed was included, a dome brush to apply eyeshadow, a fluffy brush to blend, a tiny brush for inner corner highlight, an angled brush for sharper lines, and an eyeliner brush (which FYI.. is FAB with gel liner!). Each brush is so gentle on your eyes and blends eyeshadow perfectly and SO quickly too.

My Final Thoughts

Honestly… are Spectrum brushes worth the hype? DEFINITELY YES.. I never thought I could love a makeup brush range as much as I love this one. I feel as though they really have made these brushes with beauty bloggers in mind (they know how much we love unicorns and instagrammable things). Not only do they look gorgeous, they also are amazingly quality. I had no issues with the brushes shedding, and even washed the face brushes and had no problems with the brushes losing shape or hair. Seriously guys if you are considering them.. just take the plunge and buy them.. I am so sure you will love them just as much as me. Makeup brushes can make such a difference to how good your skin looks overall, and using the right tools can really shorten the amount of time it takes to do your makeup!

ALSO… who wouldn’t want brushes that are unicorn themed?

Right guys.. I am going to love you and leave you.. REALLY hoped you enjoyed this review of the ever so STUNNING Spectrum brushes.. make sure to check them out if you are after a new set… I am so sure you will love them!

See you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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*Products have been sent for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own

Matte Lips 101: My Faves & Some Tips

Hey strangers.

You good? I AM! I have a big life update that I am SO excited to announce hopefully in the next few days (nope.. I am not pregnant ha)… I also think this particular thing will be a good thing to blog about too… so keep your eyes peeled for that guys!

ANYWAY… how are you all? I feel like it has been so long since I had a normal chat with you all… are you all excited for the next few months? Some of you might have started Uni/gone back to school… let me know! I’d love to know if you have had any big life changes too.

So.. I feel like I am a LITTLE late to jump on the bandwagon but I don’t really care HA.. I wanted to blog about it so HERE I AM. I am the biggest lover of writing about things that I have become obsessed with.. especially when they are beauty related. SO… I thought it would be fab to talk about MATTE LIPS.

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There are SO many matte lipsticks to pick from .. it can be a LITTLE bit tough to know which ones do work and suit you.. and I have found my firm faves (and erm.. some not so good ones). Lets see what made it to my list ey?

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams

WHAT A SHOCKER that these are featured ey? These little babies are so popular in the blogging world.. so it is no surprise that they were the first ones I tried when it came to be picking one up. So.. let’s have a run through the shades I have in my tiny collection…

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Birthday Suit

This was actually the first one I picked up.. and to be honest.. it is my only negative one (boo!). I tried my hardest to like this but it just was not working. I think the shade of it just did not go with my skin tone. It made me look way too washed out and like I had concealer on my lips. The formulation itself is fab but the shade is a big NO for me.

Velvet Slipper

Now.. this shade is more like it. It is a stunning, dark pink, mauve colour and I am obsessed with it. It reminds me a little of my Revlon Matte Balm that you will know I am obsessed with… although it is slightly on the darker side. I think it is the perfect shade for moving into Autumn  and it is so worth picking up.

Vino Tinto

This has to be my favourite shade out of the 3 I have. It is a dark purple/berry colour… which is absolutely PERFECT if you are after that stunning, vampy look. I LOVE wearing this when I have a TON of highlight and a cat eye. I know this will definitely be my fave look in the colder months!

(Top – Birthday Suit, Bottom Left – Vino Tinto, Bottom Right – Velvet Slipper)

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WHY I love these:

  • The staying power of these is SO GOOD. Once on your lips… it is there to stay HA. I do find that with Vino Tinto, the colour fades on the inside of your lips after a few hours… but this can be normal with darker lipsticks (unfortunately)
  • They dry VERY quickly.. I find that within 5 minutes… it is literally dry to the touch and does not transfer onto anything
  • There is a fab variation colours if you like your darker, autumnal shades (which.. ahem I DO)
  • THEY ARE A FLIPPING FIVER

NOT so good points:

  • I find that if I reapply during the day .. they get very crumbly (ew), it is best to just completely remove and reapply if I need to (which is an absolute b**** because it is SO hard to take off). This is why I am chuffed that they last quite a while!
  • Personally.. the shade “Birthday suit” is WAY TOO light for me… it is loved by so many other bloggers but it just does not work for me *cries*
  • You NEED a matching lip liner. Trust me on this. The first time I applied this I did it without one and I looked like a mess, HAHA.
  • They are slighty  on the dry side.. and you can definitely feel them on your lips. This does not really bother me… but if you are not a fan.. I’d say avoid them

Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition

I have seen these floating around the blogging world… so when my mum decided to pick a few up.. I wanted to give them a go to see if they were worth the hype they had. They are slightly more on the pricier side compared to Sleek, costing around £8 each.

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Shade: Don’t Pink Of It

I am normally not a wearer of baby pink shades.. I much prefer brown-y nudes or mauve-y pinks (or all out gothic lipstick)… so I was not sure if I was going to like this. BUT… it is a really pretty, muted pink colour. It is amazing for everyday when you want something quick and effortless.

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WHY I love these:

  • They are so easy to use and I find I do not need a lip liner for these (woop!)
  • They last for a VERY long time.. and if I need to reapply, it is easy enough and there is NO crumbliness
  • It feels so comfortable on the lips and there is no dry feeling at all
  • The consistency of these is AMAZING.. it is very creamy and almost like a mousse!

NOT so good points:

  • They are not as pigmented as the Sleek Matte Me’s, and I also have not been able to find a perfect dark shade in Boots!
  • There is some transfer when you do the “test” ..(OK that sounds weird.. I mean the test of kissing the back of your hand and seeing if there is any transfer, hehe)

Mac Matte Lipstick in Whirl & Primark Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Dark Purple

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Now.. if you have read my previous post you will know how obsessed I have been with this little gem. I have only ever owned one Mac lipstick before (I know… slap on the wrist for being a bad beauty blogger).. but I finally caved in and purchased Whirl. This was again influenced by all you girls out there (seriously .. you damage my bank account).

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WHY I love this:

  • Let’s face it.. brown lipsticks have been HUGE this year… and this is the absolute PERFECT shade for my skin tone
  • It is so creamy and easy to apply, and the pigmentation on this is INSANE

NOT so good points

  • The only negative I have.. the fact that they cost £15 a pop (eeeek!).. but as mentioned.. the are 100% worth the splurge and I will be picking up some more!

Primark

Now.. if you have watched my last video you would have seen me using this little guy… Primark have a fab range of lip crayons… including nudes, reds and dark shades (wooo for Primark!).

WHY I love this:

  • The colour of this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL… if you love your dark purples… you will love this… it is just the PERFECT Autumn shade
  • It is so easy to use… I feel like I literally colouring in my lips with a pencil (ha).. it is effortless!

NOT so good points

  • Unfortunately.. these are not the longest lasting things (well.. I wasn’t expecting much as they only cost 2 quid)..  It’s a good thing they apply really easily ey.

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So they are my fave matte lip products that I have found and become so obsessed with (erm.. besides Birthday Suit). I’d love to know if you have tried any of these and what your thoughts were!

NOW… lets go through a few tips that I have picked up when it comes to matte lips… because COME ON GUYS.. we all know that matte lips are not the easiest to work with right?

  • Exfoliate your lips well beforehand… whether it is using a good old toothbrush, or  Lush lib scrub.. it is so essential that you remove all that dead skin on your lips to ensure you have a smooth base to work on
  • After exfoliating… use your favourite lip balm to moisturize your lips so you have the perfect base
  • I find using a lip liner is so essential when it comes to matte lips as it ensures you have an outline to work with. It also makes any matte lip last so much longer and intensifies the colour so much

Right guys.. I hope this was helpful for you all if you are on the hunt for some matte lipsticks! I have never been much of a glossy/sheen lip girlie… so it is matte lips ALL THE WAY for me. I am always on the hunt for more matte products.. so do let me know your faves girlies. I will appreciate it.. although my bank balance will probably kill me for it.

Have an absolutely AMAZING day… I am off to film a video and create my marble background for my blog photos (I FINALLY brought some marble sticky back plastic… woo!).

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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Makeup Removal: Micellar Or Balms?

Hiya!

Good week? Hope you have been making the most of the lovely weather this week! In fact.. today (Sunday) is a right scorcher.. BBQ’s & cold drinks at the ready I think! Honestly.. the sun puts me in SUCH a good mood… I am sure you can only imagine how EXCITED I AM to go on holiday (ahem… 5 weeks.. but whose counting?)

Now.. this post was one of those *OMG literally just popped into my head* type moments.. There I was removing my makeup, pondering life as you do.. when I thought to myself.. “Hmmm… I use quite a few different things to take all my makeup off with.. some depending on how lazy I feel.. others because I think they are fun to use” (you will see what I mean below ha!).. AND there we have it… new blog post idea!

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So… I use two main types of makeup removers.. cleansing balms and micellar waters. I stay away from wipes … they are EVIL! No matter how tired I am .. I never use wipes… in fact I don’t even own a pack ha! I thought I would talk you through the different makeup removers I use.. the pros & cons.. and also which is my favourite (and I DO have one!).

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Cleansing Balms – When I Want to Have Fun Removing Makeup

Now.. I don’t know about you… but some nights I actually REALLY enjoy taking my makeup off.. I use those 15 minutes to really get my skin feeling as clean as possible.. and just to make the experience as “fun” as possible. You are probably thinking, Saira.. what on earth are you going on about, “fun”? Well… I am talking about the amazing things that are Cleansing Balms.. these are solid, rich cleansers that melt to an oil when applied to your face. They work by breaking down all the makeup, dirt & grime so it is easy to remove.. and they also “grab” all the excess oil and sebum (ew) on your skin so you are left with clear skin that is less likely to break out!

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How do you use them?

I usually use a 50p sized amount and warm it up between my fingers first.. then I start on with my face.. I just massage it all over the face and let the balm work its magic in melting off all my makeup. Then.. I go over my eyes and do exactly the same thing. This is where the fun factor comes in guys.. if you ever want to scare your husband/partner… use cleansing balms. I cannot even tell you the look of shock on hubby’s face when I used one of these for the first time ha! In fact.. if you watched my first vlog.. I actually show you it in action! Then.. you would use a muslin or a regular face cloth (I love my £1.50 ones from Primark.. they work a treat!), and just wash it all off your face!

Pros:

They are (almost) suitable for all skin types… they are SO SO gentle so would be perfect for those with sensitive skin. Also.. I have oily skin and they work a dream for me… I know what so many people think.. how does oil/oil work? But it just DOES… My skin is never left feeling greasy!

They add a gorgeous “glow” to your face… it must be all those wonderful, natural ingredients in them!

Nothing removes waterproof mascara like these babies do

It almost feels like you are having a facial when using these… I think it is all that face massaging you do!

Cons:

I have not found this problem… but for those with VERY oily skin… they may find their skin to be quite greasy after using these

It does take slightly longer than other forms of makeup removal.. especially as I personally like to double cleanse too

My Faves

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Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter

This is my latest cleansing balm that I have been using and I literally love it so so much! It is a solid white balm that you just rub between your fingers and apply to your face! It has a gorgeous, light, fresh fragrance and is so gentle on your eyes. I find it works so well and quickly.. and my skin is so soft afterwards. My skin does not feel greasy after, in fact it feels so soft and it actually has a beautiful glow! I usually always double cleanse with this… however a few nights ago I just used this and my skin actually felt like it was thoroughly cleansed! This is also a right bargain.. and you can pick it up for £13

Supernatural Glorious Cleansing Balm*

This was actually my first cleansing balm that I used… and it is absolutely AMAZING! It does such a fab job at removing all your makeup… and this one actually has tiny beads in that help exfoliate your face! Now… I actually used this on my eyes too and never had any problems.. although I was slightly more careful to only use it on my lashes/eyelids and not get any product on the inside! This one has a yummy, fresh, lemon-y scent. Anything lemon scented has me obsessed! I find this one does leave a slight residue on my skin.. but as I am in the habit of double cleansing.. I don’t have any problems! This baby does such an amazing job at making my skin just GLOW! This one is slighter steeper in price at £36.. but if you are looking for a luxurious cleansing balm.. I highly recommend this one!

Micellar Water – Literally Like Water On Your Skin

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I remember when micellar water became popular a few years ago (I am still to try the Bioderma though!). I find these work best when I want something quick to take my makeup off.. but still feel like its thoroughly cleansed in one step. Miceller water works by tiny molecules that grab onto makeup, oil, grime and dirt, allowing you to sweep it all away with a cotton pad!

How Do You Use Them:

I apply a small amount on a cotton pad and sweep this over my face first. I use one pad first to remove all the makeup, then a second one to remove all the dirt and grime. I sometimes even go in for a third time JUST to make sure. Then.. I do the same thing for my eyes… although I do press the cotton pad on my eye for a few seconds .. as I find this makes any stubborn mascara/eyeliner easier to sweep away. Honestly… with micellar water… your skin feels very refreshed and cleansed… so if you were feeling lazy… you could skip double cleansing!

Pros:

They literally feel like water on your skin.. which means no uncomfortable, tingly, stinging feeling

This magical water really does remove every. single. trace of makeup!

There are different formulas if you have dry, sensitive or oily skin!

Micellar waters are so quick and easy to use.. so a definite if you find makeup removal a chore!

Micellar waters are slightly more affordable then cleansing balms

Cons:

For me… micellar waters do not really help my skin look any more radiant or glowing after using them

You use up an AWFUL amount of cotton pads!

They can feel slightly drying on your skin after using them

My Faves

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Garnier Micellar Water

I know this is SO many people’s fave micellar water.. it is affordable, works an absolute TREAT and is available for every single type of skincare out there! It does such an amazing job at removing all your makeup and making your skin feel so clean.. but I do find it has the tendency to leave my skin feeling slightly on the drier side

Caudalie Paris Micellar Cleansing Water*

This micellar is an absolute GEM! It has a slight lemony/sweet scent which I love so so much! Again… it is amazing at removing makeup and making your skin feel so clean… I find this one has a slight “cooling” sensation too…. which is what makes me love it slightly MORE than the Garnier one! I find that this one does not leave me with that dry feeling.. so it has been the one I have been reaching for! This is on the slightly pricier side at £30 for the full sized bottle… but I have been OBSESSED with the lovely feeling it leaves my skin with after using it!

SO … that is my run down of both cleansing balms and micellar waters… but which one do I prefer?

Honestly.. it has to be The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Balm… I just LOVE the way it makes my skin feel, how easily it breaks down all the makeup and removes every single bit of dirt on your face! I love that if I was feeling EXTRA LAZY .. I could even go without cleansing my face after. The scent is lovely and relaxing .. so you really feel like you are having a good pamper before bed! I really recommend it girlies… it is a definite WIN for me!

Let me know what your prefer… cleansing balms or micellar waters? Have you tried any of the products I have mentioned?

Thank you SO much for reading loves.. I really hoped you enjoyed this post.. you know when you just LOVE how your idea for a post turns out EXACTLY how you pictured it? Yep… that is how I feel about this post right now! Yay!

I will be off now loves… I am enjoying the beautiful sunny weather we are having and preparing for a BBQ!! I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

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