Boxing Day Beauty Buys

Hey everyone !

I cannot even tell you how nice it is to be back to blogging (I’m not even going to try and count how many days I’ve been inactive for… let’s just say it’s been a while!).

I always think a break is good for just refreshing your head .. I find I always have so many more ideas after one .. especially with it being over a Christmas & New Years!

Now … I definitely did my fair share of shopping over Boxing Day (including a huge Lush purchase – check out my latest YT video for a haul!)… and I found some little gems (beauty wise!) that I could not wait to share with you.. especially as I usually only stick to buying clothes in the sales!

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Let’s start it off with some perfume gift sets? Now .. both these perfumes are two of my FAVES … and they just remind me of when I was at University!

Diesel Loverdose

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I remember when this came out years ago .. me and my sister both saw the bottle and fell in love. We then sprayed it on our wrists (along with about 10 other perfumes) and carried on shopping. Throughout the day – this particular perfume just stood out so much…that we both actually went back and purchased it! I am SO rubbish at describing scents, but looking online the perfume has notes of: mandarin, liquorice, jasmine, amber & vanilla (yum!). It is definitely a sweet perfume that reminds me of sweets when you first spray it, then it changes to a really warm, sweet scent as it settles into your skin. The bottle is so stunning too, and with it being an Eau De Parfum, it lasts SO long too!

Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline

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Firstly… HOW STUNNING IS THIS BOTTLE. It is so unique, but really classic at the same time. This is probably the complete opposite scent to Loverdose… it is fresh and almost citrus-y. This used to be my go to scent for Spring, but I had to pick it up after seeing it on offer. Again, using trusty google, the notes in this one are: bamboo, lotus blossom, sandalwood and musk. I find this to have a really “clean” scent and think it is perfect for everyday, especially during the Spring.

Zoella Gingerbread Gift Set

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This is one scent that I had already picked up and when I saw it on sale for £4 in Superdrug I could not resist picking up some more! Gingerbread has been my absolute favourite scent this winter.. in fact I have been obsessed with everything gingerbread this winter (and am a little bit gutted that when winter is over I will have to pack up my gingerbread props, *cries*). This scent literally smells like gingerbread when you spray it, then settles into a lovely, warm vanilla scent. I do find I have to reapply this in the afternoon, but I always have the bottle handy in my bag for touch ups as the bottle is so light.

Benefit Gift Set

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I could not believe my eyes when I saw this little set .. I had already paid for my perfumes and literally turned back when I saw this. With each Benefit box powder being around £23 each, I knew it would only be smart (and better for my bank) that I picked up this set for less than £20, right? Also the powers are actually decent sized (5g compared to 8g full size), and the fact that I get a mini “They’re Real” mascara just made my day, as I have never tried it *gasps*.. I know! Coralista and Hoola are two absolute staples, and having never tried the other powders, I am excited to give them a go! Also.. the Watt’s Up highlighter has always been on my wishlist, so getting to try it beforehand means I can see if it is worth the hype! Giftsets like this are my fave because it means I can test a range of things before purchasing them.. and the Boxing Day sales are always a fab time to pick them up!

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So guys.. they were the beauty bits I picked up in the sales… I was so chuffed with everything I got and definitely was more impressed with them rather than the clothes! Did you pick anything up in the sales? I’d love to know if you did !

I’ll see you all in my next post!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

 

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My Beauty/Lifestyle hacks you HAVE to try!

Hiya girlies

It’s been a while. Sorry. You know when life just gets in the way? Yep that happened. Work has just been busy, I have been SO tired everyday.. and to be honest it was nice to have a few days away from everything blogging-wise. Sometimes it is just needed, right?

ANYWAY.. I am back and all set to blog properly again (I am aware I have said this for the past few weeks… this time I mean it, hehe). I think now that Autumn is peeking it’s little head through.. I am more motivated to post. If you didn’t already know (lets be real.. you all probably do because I haven’t stopped talking about it since the beginning of August, HAHA!), I bloody LOVE Autumn. I even posted about the reasons why I cannot wait for it (shameless plug right here guys).

Now.. onto this post. I am such a huge fan of beauty/lifestyle “hacks”.. tricks that people use to make their lives easier. There are SO many out there.. it can be easy to drown in them and not be sure which ones to use. SO… I thought it would be fun to talk you through MY “hacks” that I use. I have SO many.. but to be honest, I’d be here ALL DAY if I spoke about them all!

My GO-TO Beauty & Lifestyle Hacks!

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Coconut oil really CAN be used for everything.

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You know when people used to say you can do anything with coconut oil.. I was like .. meh sure. BUT .. I thought I would actually try and see how many things I could use it for. And you know what? You are right.. it can literally be used for EVERYTHING… and I thought I would make a good ol’ list of my fave ways to use it, so you can also incorporate coconut oil into your life. Thank me later guys.

Teeth Whitening

You know that age old trick of oil pulling? Yep it works. I know the idea of swishing oil around in your mouth for 15 minutes would be enough to make some of you vom, but it really is worth trying. I’ll be honest, the first time you try it.. it is weird. A trick to make it easier? Instead of putting a spoon of solid coconut oil in your mouth, try melting it first… it will still feel strange, but not THAT strange :). It is something that takes some time to show results, but it is easy enough to add into your routine (just don’t let anyone make you laugh whilst you are swishing away).

Removing Make-up

I discovered how good coconut oil was at removing makeup once when I was lazing around downstairs and noticed a jar of coconut oil on the fireplace (I don’t know what it was doing there either). I literally just scooped some out on my hand and massaged it over my face. I pretty soon had panda eyes and melted foundation on my skin (exactly what happens when I use my cleansing balms). It did an AMAZING job of removing every ounce of makeup.. although it did leave my face feeling a little on the greasier side. I washed my face as normal.. and noticed the difference in how soft my skin felt.

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Overnight Foot Treatment

I have never been one to invest a lot of money into overnight foot treatments… mainly because people rave about the old trick of vaseline and fuzzy socks.WELL… I am not the biggest fan of vaseline (the smell, feel, taste… OK I am joking about the taste, HA).. so I thought I would give coconut oil a go. Guys… it does an AMAZING job at making your feet feel so soft and hydrated. All I do is put LOADS of this stuff over my feet, put socks on over the top and sleep with them. Seriously, try it.

I wanted to list SO many more uses of coconut oil… but I would be here for days. These are just my favourite things to do.. beauty wise. Let me know if you want another post/video specifically on this!

Showering after work/school/uni

I was always one to either shower in the morning (and end up rushing, getting stressed/sweaty, and thinking WHAT WAS THE POINT), or leave showering right before bed (and then usually end up being too tired, thinking LEAVE it, and showering in the morning.. read above). I am sure so many of you can relate.. especially those who work full time. So.. how have I got myself out of this circle? Shower as soon as I get in from work. This might be what a lot of you already do.. but I always wanted to catch up on social media after work, then have my dinner, then catch up on soaps.. and the time would just keep ticking. Now.. I force myself to shower as soon as I get home.. and it helps SO much. I feel so much more awake after work so feel like I can be more productive.. AND I can get my makeup off straight away (and usually do some sort of face mask too).

My go to makeup for getting up late?

We all know the feeling… seeing that you have slept in and literally have 15 minutes to get ready. S***. Showering the evening before comes in handy now doesn’t it? Now.. unfortunately I am not lucky enough to be able to leave the house without looking poorly.. so I have mastered doing my makeup in 5 minutes with my essential items!

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  • Foundation – I have the most pale, dull skin .. so foundation is a MUST
  • Concealer – Dark circles.. biggest problem ever. Concealer = My bestie
  • Mascara – I look dead without mascara
  • Cream Blush – I find it so much quicker and easier.. and it looks so much more natural
  • Highlighter – Makes such a difference to how awake you look – an ESSENTIAL
  • Brows – I didn’t realize how much of a difference these made – now no matter how much I am rushing.. I ALWAYS do my brows.
  • Dark/Bright Lips – unless it is a work day.. then I will stick to lip balm.

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It might sound crazy.. but I suggest testing yourself to see if you can do your makeup in a rush… it can be fun and will prepare you for those rushed mornings 🙂

Concealer application – the RIGHT way

For SO long.. I would apply concealer by just following the shape of my eye.. BUT .. there is a better way to apply it. It is called the triangle trick.. and yep you guessed it.. just apply your concealer in the shape of a triangle under your eyes (the point facing your cheek), and blend as normal. Why is this better? It helps brighten your face, as well as still concealing your dark circles.

The BEST thing for spots/breakouts

I have mentioned this before but I cannot emphasize ENOUGH how good this trick actually works. Savlon or Germolene (an antiseptic cream usually used for cuts/grazes or bites) is what I have been using on my spots for YEARS.. and it has been a lifesaver. As soon as I see a spot coming along.. I apply a thin layer of this, and it reduces any redness/swelling SO quickly. I swear by it.. and even keep some in my handbag for any  emergencies!

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The yummiest face mask EVER

If you know me, you will know how much I LOVE  a good face mask! I also dabble in some DIY projects here and there, so it is no surprise that I am a huge lover of DIY face masks! I have a go-to face mask that is literally good enough to eat (ahem.. I know from personal experience). It is a worth a try guys.. I am so sure you will love it!

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1/2 cup cocoa powder (dark is BEST .. as it has lots of anti-oxidants!)

1/4 cup honey

4 tbsp cream (both double and single are fine)

3 tbsp oats

Mix it all together.. apply onto clean skin, leave on for around 20 minutes and wash off!

SO.. they are my top beauty/lifestyle hacks.. I hope this can help some of you! I LOVED this post so so much.. let me know if you want me to do a fashion one too?

Thank you SO MUCH for reading loves… let me know your thoughts!

LOTS OF LOVE,

Saira

xo

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How To: Cream Makeup

Hey guys!♥

Guess what I am doing right now? Sat in the garden, in the sun, writing up my blogpost.. with a big glass of lemonade next to me. Can every blog writing session be like this please? The weather in the UK is perfect right now… JUST IN TIME FOR THE BANK HOLIDAY.. WOOP! What are your favourite things to do in the sun? Don’t get me wrong though lovelies… I am all for going to the beach/making the most of the sun.. but sometimes, sitting in your back garden with a drink and your laptop is just RIGHT!

SO…I am so so excited to write this post…and I really hope it is one of those that helps lots of other people too! It is also something I have not seen done quite often.. ANOTHER good reason to write a post ALL about it. I was also going to write “you are probably wondering what I am going on about”… but it says it all in the title HA!

Yes… I am going to be talking to you all about CREAM MAKEUP PRODUCTS. I know these are usually not your first choice when it comes to choosing makeup.. and it is understandable too. Your first thought when it comes to cream products is they are not as long lasting as poweders… they look greasy… not as pigmented…. yep I know them all! BUT… I am going to give you some tips on how to use them AND how to make them last ALL DAY!

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Honestly lovelies… cream products are literally my favourite thing EVER right now.. I find they look so much nicer and natural on the skin, are easier to use AND are perfect for summer time too! They give that beautiful, glowy look to your skin too.. which I personally think is WHAT YOU NEED IN SUMMER. Everyone wants that stunning, glowing skin right?

Now… I am only going to be talking about cream products for your face loves (sorry to my eyeshadow lovers)… I personally do not use eyeshadow as much .. so I would not have any that I can recommend for you… BUT let me know if you would like me to trial some and let you know what I think!!!

OK…what am I going to be talking about in this post? I will cover:

  • Why to use cream products
  • My favourite cream products
  • How to use cream products
  • Tips on making cream products last longer

Why Cream Products?♥

Trust me when  I say this loves.. cream products are honestly SO SO EASY TO USE!! Here are my top reasons why I use them.. (ahem.. and why you should too!)

  • You don’t even need to get your makeup brushes mucky (your hands and a blending sponge will do!)
  • They look so much more natural than powders
  • It is VERY HARD to actually get cream products WRONG.. If you put too much on.. all you have to do is blend… NOT be left with clown cheeks (hehe!)
  • They are amazing if you suffer from dry skin (although I have oily skin and I can still use them with no trouble!)

My Favourite Cream Products!♥

As I mentioned earlier lovelies… I am talking ALL ABOUT cream products for your face.. SO I have you covered with blusher, bronzer/contour and highlight!

Blusher – Makeup Revolution All About Cream Blush Palette

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OH MY GOODNESS guys.. I have wanted to get my mitts on this cream blush palette for the longest time EVER.. and I can honestly tell you that I am so so happy that I have! Like all the amazing MUR cheek palettes, it is £6 (ABSOLUTE BARGAIN!)… and you get 8 beautiful shades to play around with! If you want some more info/a few swatches on this palette… check out my YT video where it got a special mention! SO…. this palette has both pink AND coral shades and the blushes are SO creamy! Honestly guys.. this palette is SO SO PIGMENTED… I can honestly compare one of the shades to Mac’s Ladyblush (which was my FAVOURITE cream blush at one point!)…. I cannot recommend this enough guys! The blushes are so easy to apply and blend.. AND last all day too.. as well as looking so natural and giving your cheeks that lovely glow!

Contour Kits/Bronzer Kits♥

Sleek Contour Kit –  I actually was lucky enough to be sent this from Laura♥… she was SUCH  sweetheart and sent me it after seeing my tweets about desperately wanting it! I can honestly say this kit is AMAZING! It has a gorgeous range of colours, both for concealing AND contouring your skin (Although the concealers are WAY too dark for my skintone!). The colours are so so creamy and easy to blend! They also last all day and do not leave that awful “muddy” look on your face! Also.. anything with a massive mirror is ALWAYS a bonus!

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MeMeMe Ultimate Contour and Highlight Kit* – This kit is GORGEOUS! I love this as it has shades that I can use for contour, concealer AND highlight! The shades are again SO SO creamy and pigmented … and they have slightly more sheen than the Sleek palette! My favourite in this palette HAS to be the highlighter.. it has pink undertones and looks SO stunning against my skin tone! It just gives your skin this beautiful, healthy glow! I do find the concealer creases quite a bit under my eyes… but I find this to be a problem with a number of concealers I use! I just WISH this kit had a mirror!

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Highlighter Collection Speedy Highlighter 

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If you have been reading my blog/watching my YT videos.. this little baby will not be news to you.. the amount I have spoken about it is slightly ridiculous (ha!). This cream highlighter is honestly the best thing I have ever come across… it gives you that stunning, natural highlight… which just makes your skin look so so healthy! I seriously need to stock up on these because I would be so lost without it! It is easy to blend, long lasting and does not leave your skin looking/feeling greasy!

So lovelies… those are my quick reviews on my favourite cream products so far.. I honestly need to pick some more up! My wishlist includes Benefit’s Watts Up Highlighter, a few NYX cream blushes… and the OH SO POPULAR Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel (OK.. I can dream about the Chanel right?). 

How To Use Cream Products♥

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Primer = Essential

For me.. a mattifying primer that gives your skin a smooth base to apply makeup on is essential! The last thing you want is your cream products gathering around oily patches on your skin (NOT a good look).

AVOID – highlighting, glowing primers. This will be way too much glowy-ness (in my opinion!).. and can lead to that greasy look (NOT WHAT WE ARE WANTING LOVES).

Application

For me.. I dot blusher onto my cheeks and use a small concealer brush for the contour! Then.. I use a beauty sponge to blend out so it looks natural!

Contour – I apply the darker shades of the palette onto the hollows of cheeks, on my temples and on my jaw… then blend it in!

Blush – This is easy… just dot onto your cheeks… and use your sponge to blend!

Highlighter – I apply highlighter onto the top of my cheekbones, down my nose, on my forehead, chin and under my brows!

And THAT IS ALL! See.. it is not as hard as it seems is it? Of course.. if you want me to do a YT video showing you what I do.. let me know!

Tips To Help You!♥

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Right… I am going to give you some of my tips on using cream products now… This is what works for me lovelies.. but if you have ANY other tips.. Make sure to let me know!

Cream on Cream 

I am sure you have all heard this term before… to only use cream products on top of creams! So… when it comes to applying your powder.. it is best to do this AFTER you have applied all your cream products. This avoids your makeup shifting on your face.. it makes sense though right?

Translucent/Finishing Powders = BEST things EVER!

These powders will become your best friends when you are using cream products They set your makeup but do not add any colour to your face. They ensure your cream products are set.. and then will last all day!

Finishing Sprays – Essential!

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I honestly cannot recommend using a finishing spray enough whether you use cream OR powder products. They help to lock your cream makeup on your skin and helps control any oil.. which would definitely benefit those of you who suffer from oily skin AND use cream products. My favourite ones are the Urban Decay De Slick Spray.. or if you are after something cheaper… the Maybelline 24 Hour Setting Spray!

Right lovelies… they are all the tips I have picked up whilst using cream products! I really hope this inspires some of you to try cream makeup if you haven’t already.. or to help you if you are struggling with it! It honestly is my preference over powder for Summer time… as I just LOVE the finish of it, and how quick it is to apply too!

Let me know if you are a lover of creams.. and if so what your favourite products are! Hope you liked this post my loves.. and I will see you all in my next one!

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Lots of Love!

Saira

xo

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Spring Make-up Reviews!♥

Hey darlings!!♥

Well.. is it just me or does it feel like a while since I have been here? All I have done is dropped from 3 posts a week to 2 but I feel it makes SUCH a massive difference haha!!! I KNOW it would be WAY too much to take on 3 posts and 1 video a week…. alongside working full time HA!! I have been LOVING YouTube WAY too much though.. so make sure to be the AMAZING babes you are and check out/subscribe to my channel!!

SPEAKING OF YOUTUBE… If you watched my latest video then you will be expecting this post!!! AND I am SO SO excited to be writing it too.. as it is ALL about things I have been LOVING since buying them!! All the items are quite popular for Spring time too.. so I hope this will be a right good, informative post for all you beauty addicts! (ahem… myself included).

RIGHT ANGELS… Should we get right onto it… YES PLEASE!!♥

Make Up Revolution Golden Sugar Blush Palette♥

The first thing I am going to be babbling on about is the EVER so popular, Make Up Revolution Golden Sugar Blush Palette (um.. that is a right mouthful too!).. This had been on my wishlist for SO LONG.. and oh my.. can I just say how CHUFFED I am that I finally picked it up?!

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(Mind the messy palette.. whoops)

The packaging is SO sleek.. and the fact that it has a HUGE mirror gives it instant brownie points with me (mirrors just make everything better right?). The actual palette itself is GORGEOUS.. and I LOVE that you get a lovely range of colours to experiment with, and not just a bunch of pink shades! The top row shades are PERFECT for highlighting and adding a lovely pink flush to your cheeks, and bottom row is perfect for bronzing up your skin! I LOVE the fact that you get a lovely mix of shimmery shades, and more subtle shades (the last 2 top and bottom shades on the right are PERFECT for a more subtle highlight and contour!

Top Row♥

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Bottom Row♥

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I think this palette is a MUST have for anyone who loves having a variety of face products in one place.. this will definitely be coming on holiday with me to give me that BEAUTIFUL glow! If you are not a fan of shimmery face/cheek products.. you may not get a lot of use out of this palette.. but I can assure you all the colours leave your skin with a lovely “sheen”, rather than chunks of glitter on your face (I don’t think I know ANYONE who is a fan of this!!). ALL IN ALL DARLINGS… spend the £6 and BUY THIS PALETTE.. it really has become an absolute STAPLE in my collection… AND I cannot wait to pick up more MUR cheek palettes (ahem, cream blush palette I am talking about you!).

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge♥

NEXT ITEM.. The Real Techniques Complexion Sponge! Oh this little angel.. I have been using this for around a week… and I can honestly see why so many people love using sponges/beauty blenders to apply their make-up. My make-up has NEVER looked so flawless.. yet natural at the same time!

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I use the sponge wet (just literally run it under the tap for 2 seconds and squeeze out any water!)… and apply my foundation directly to my face.. then start DABBING! It is so easy to use.. and really does such an amazing job at just blending your foundation into your skin so you have the loveliest, most natural looking base EVER! My ONLY negative (boo), is that it takes slightly longer than using my brushes… and my arm did slightly ache after dabbing quite a bit. HOWEVER.. I do not care (haha).. because my foundation has never looked better (and dare I say it seems to have lasted longer too.. eeek!). I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this Real Techniques sponge to ANYONE.. and, even though I was slightly apprehensive at first, would absolutely LOVE to invest in a beauty blender soon! This Real Techniques beauty will do fine for me for now! Now….I have to work out how I am going to deep clean it… any tips loves?

Collection Speedy Highlighter♥

Now.. onto my FAVOURITE HIGHLIGHTER at the moment… and that is.. The COLLECTION SPEEDY HIGHLIGHTER! Firstly… the price is AMAZING (the best £4 I have spent in a LONG time loves!).. secondly.. it is SO FOOL PROOF TO USE!! If you are a highlighting newbie (like me!!).. this is literally the perfect starting product for you. It is subtle.. yet buildable, has a beautiful pearly appearance, and is SO QUICK.. oh.. and you also don’t need to faff around with brushes either.. one quick sweep and YOU ARE DONE! This is a FAVE of mine.. and you HAVE to try it!

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Rimmel 08 & Revlon Matte Lip BalmRevlon Matte Lip Balm

Finally.. LIP PRODUCTS!!! Both of the lip products I picked up have literally become my favourite EVER. Both are SO affordable and long lasting!!! If you are a fan of matte lips (which I definitely am!)… you seriously need to try both of the these. The first is a Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 08.. this is such a beautiful, rose pink/nude colour… and it has become a staple of mine for this season! I LOVE the Kate Moss lipsticks anyway.. so knew I would adore this lipstick. The second is the Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry Sulfureus … this is definitely more on the pink side compared to the Rimmel lipstick.. and looks SO gorgeous on your lips! It is a beautiful, matte, rose pink shade, and I have been obsessed with it!! Both these lipsticks last around 2-3 hours before I have to re-apply .. are SO easy to apply, and do not dry your lips out AT ALL! Although I would highly recommend scrubbing your lips with a sugar & vaseline scrub (or the Lush Lip Scrubs) every night and apply some lip balm! This ensures you have lovely smooth lips every day to apply your lipsticks to!

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SO ANGELS… There you have reviews of my latest beauty purchases… I would 100% recommend every single product here.. I am so sure you will love them as much as me!!! Make sure to let me know if you have tried any of these darlings!

Right my loves… that is me done with this post! I really hope you enjoyed it.. and hopefully it helps some of you? I am such a massive lover of makeup from the drugstore and LOVE that it is so affordable.. as being a beauty blogger can sometimes be quite an expensive hobby (tehehe).. so finding little gems like all of these is amazing.

I cannot wait to see you all in my next post.. I know some fashion posts are SO overdue… so expect to see a few in a row (teheh).. I am hopefully (maybe) going to try my hand at filming Lookbooks, as well as some Vlogs (ha!) on my channel.. so make sure you are subscribed to my channel so you don’t miss those!!! Thank you SO SO MUCH for all your support lovelies… sending you all SO MUCH LOVE!! See you in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira♥

xo

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Drugstore Spring Essentials♥

Hey hey loves!♥

How’s it going? Are you all well? Good week so far? Wow Saira.. can you ask any more questions haha! Sorry! I honestly just want to know how you all are! Hope you have all been very well!

Ahhhhhh Spring is upon us (ish!)… the weather is so rubbish in the UK.. we had some snow on the weekend. SNOW. Sure.. the weather may not really be the best at the minute.. but I am ALL ready for spring in the eyes of beauty/makeup/fashion… I bought some beauty bits which will be featured soon on my blog and YouTube channel.. so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!!

So angels.. what do you think of when Spring comes around? Fresh, Floral, Brights/Pastels… well me too!! Yay! I thought I would talk you through my favourite beauty items that get me in the mood for Spring, as well as ensuring my makeup is Spring ready!!

Bath/Beauty♥

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Perfect Spring Bath♥

Ohhhhh.. you guessed it! HOW COULD I DO A BEAUTY POST WITHOUT SOME LUSH!? Now.. whilst the weather is still slighly cool.. I still like to have baths (because.. what else can relax you more than a Lush bath?). One of my favourite items to use has been the Green Bubbleroon*.. it has such a beautiful, fresh scent.. SUCH a gorgeous change to all the sweet scents from Winter time!

Zingy Showers♥

Of course.. once the weather (eventually) warms up.. most of us will want quick, refreshing showers.. right? So… I have pulled another Lush beauty out.. and that is Whoosh shower jelly! This is probably one of the yummiest smelling things EVER!!! Now I will be honest.. these little babies can be a LITTLE tricky to use in the shower… but all I do is use it with my loofah and it actually lathers up quite well! It then leaves your skin feeling SO soft and the scent lingers for hours! Seriously though.. next time you are in Lush, pop over and check this baby out.. you will not regret it.. oh no you will not.

Grapefruit Scented Beauties!♥

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Ohhh.. there is just something about grapefruits that just SHOUTS Spring to me! Don’t you think lovelies? I think it is the lovely, fresh scent.. and the stunning pink colour of ANY grapefruit products.

Body Butter♥

My FAVES have been The Body Shop Grapefruit Body Butter*.. I know SO many of you love their body butters.. and the scent of this one is BEAUTIFUL! As you all know … Body Shop body butters are so moisturizing.. I highly recommend them girlies!

Face Wash♥

I have recently been switching up my face washes quite a bit guys (so unlike me.. I am usually a creature of habit).. and I have been LOVING the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash (alongside my Magnitone.. obvs).. it does such an amazing job at refreshing my skin in the morning and making it feel SO clean too! I ADORE the scent too.. so yummy! Make sure to try it if you haven’t already!

Deodorant♥

OK… this may sound obvious HA! Of course deodorant’s job is to make you feel fresh & clean.. but I have found the LOVELIEST smelling one EVER! It is not one of those awful ones that makes you choke if you accidentally walk in to the cloud of deodorant after you have sprayed it (we have all done it guys hehe).. it has such a lovely sweet scent! It is the Sure Bright Bouquet, with a scent of strawberry & apricot.. yum!

Fresh Faced!♥

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Of course guys.. we all know hat when Spring comes around… most of us want light, dewy looking make-up.. compared to the heavy make-up we rock in the colder months! SO….. out come our BB creams, pink blushers and cream products!! Have a peek below for a quick, spring make-up look.. using all drugstore products of course!

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Apply a thin layer of Rimmel’s 9-in-1 BB cream… this is so gorgeous and just blends into your skin perfectly! It provides light coverage..but actually does a pretty fab job at evening out your skin tone and perfecting it! Woo!

Another FAVE product of mine recently has been the Skin WOW Concealer from Seventeen*.. I use it under my eyes and OH MY.. it works AMAZINGLY at brightening up my dark, puffy eye bags! This beauty can also be used as a highlighter too!

SPEAKING OF HIGHLIGHTERS.. Collection 2000 have probably one of my FAVE products ever this Spring.. and that is their Speedy highlighter. This is such a stunning champagne coloured, cream highlighter. It really does stick to it’s name… I use this every morning as part of my work make-up .. and it is SO effortless and quick!! I use it under my brows, on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose.. and it just gives the most beautiful highlight to your skin! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this girlies.. AND IT WAS ONLY £3.99!!

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Of course.. pink blush is a MUST for Spring time… and I have been LOVING Seventeen’s blush in “First Flush”.. this stuff is SO pigmented guys its unbelievable! It is also completely matte.. which  I like for during the day.. it just means I have a lovely natural flush to my cheeks!

For my eyes.. it is all about keeping it SIMPLE.. so a coat of Maybelline Falsies mascara is enough to leave my lashes looking GORGEOUS (if I do say so myself.. tehehe). I then would use either Maybelline Baby Lips on my lips.. or a good old nude lip! And THAT IS ALL … this just means your makeup is as natural as possible.. yet still is enough to make you look awake and fresh-faced!

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So darlings.. these are my Spring Essentials from the drugstore to make you feel all refreshed and Spring-y (I class this as a word now, hehe)… covering everything from skincare, bath products and make-up! Make sure to let me know if you have tried any of these products darlings!

So angels.. I hope you loved seeing what my refreshing, spring essentials are! I absolutely love this season as it is all about feeling fresh, awake and bright.. and swapping up your beauty products and make-up (and not just your clothes) is definitely a fab way to do this!!

Right angels.. quick catch up here! I will be completely honest.. I have felt a little distant from blogging recently as I have just not been able to do my usual catch up of blogs as I normally do. Things have just been so busy… and for some reason I have just felt so much more tired and run down than usual.. BUT I am so determined to fight through it and get back into my routine! I will definitely be using these next few days to catch up on all your blogs lovelies!! So.. anyways.. as usual work has been mega busy… I just cannot wait for the weekend (as always hehe!)… I am actually going to Leicester next week for 2 days… which should be fun! I also cannot wait to film my next video too.. I am hoping to invest in some lighting which should definitely help me.. as I am restricted to film at a certain time.. but this should hopefully help! I also have a few fashion posts that I am excited about.. so keep your eyes peeled!

OK loves.. I think that is me done for this post.. I really hope you have all been well and had a fab week too…. I appreciate every single one of you who takes the time out to read my blog/watch my videos/comment.. it honestly is the best feeling in the world!! LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!! I will see you all in my next one!!

Lots of Love

Saira♥

xo

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Morning Routine… & My Everyday Makeup!♥

Hi my angels!

Hope you have all had a fantastic week so far …. I have to admit – mine has not been the best! It’s been quite stressful .. you know one day everything is great, and then the next day BOOM .. so many things go wrong.. yep it’s been one of those weeks. BUT I am never one to dwell on things and let them stress me out/upset me .. so let’s not focus on that ey lovelies!

I thought I would do a beauty/lifestyle-ish post today! And it is my morning routine (wooo!). Now, this is my routine during the week – my weekend routine is slightly different – maybe that will be another post soon (hehe!). I also thought I would talk about my everyday makeup routine too .. it is very basic and quick – I need something like this as I like to get as much sleep as possible! I also am one to shower on a night as if I don’t, I have to wake up at 6AM because my hair takes SO long to wash AND dry..I may wear a scarf but I would NEVER leave the house with wet hair.. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS COLD!

So my darlings … let’s follow my morning routine!

6:40AM – My DREADED alarm goes off. I snooze it 😛

6:43AM – Another alarm goes off – now I feel as though I can wake up – for some reason those 3 minutes that I get to sleep in make ALL the difference to me *very sarcastic tone* ha! I put on a huge hoody and fuzzy slippers as I am always SO cold when I wake up (boo!)

6:45AM – I go to the bathroom (Surely no additional details needed here). I brush my teeth and wash my face – my GO TO face soap is Movis by Lush, it is AMAZING and I featured it in an earlier post of mine HERE if you want more information on it. IT SMELLS LIKE BISCUITS GUYS!

6:55AM – I am done in the bathroom – and then head back to the bedroom to start on my make-up! I firstly moisturize my face, then grab my make-up bag, sit on the floor in front of my mirror and get started! Oh also guys – bear in mind I do my make-up everyday in very dim lighting, as my husband is always still sleeping whilst I get ready so I don’t turn the main light on (I ALWAYS make sure I check everything in the bathroom mirror before I leave, JUST in case I am too pink one day :P).

7:00AM – Time to get started on my make-up! Read below for my routine and the products I use 😛

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Firstly, foundation! I use Estee Lauder Double Wear in Ivory Beige – I never bother with primer (at least for during the week) – this foundation has amazing lasting power anyway and still looks amazing even after I finish work! I use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply my foundation. I also spray my brush with the Botanics Rose Spritz before I use it … it helps my foundation go on smoothly.. give it a go loves!

Next I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder with my Kabuki Brush from No7, and buff it onto my face. This powder is AMAZING and does not look cakey at all! I am sure you have all tried and loved this powder – It is a must have!

For some reason, instead of finishing my face make-up, I move onto eyes (not sure why – weird habits I suppose). I use the Collection 2000 24hour Extreme Liner (I think that is the correct name!) and line the top of my lid.. I don’t actually do winged liner during the week! Then I apply mascara – at the moment my favourite is Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme Volume Mascara.. It makes your eyelashes look AMAZING!

Once my eyes are done – I move onto the rest of my face! I use the ELF Blusher Brush to apply blush to the apples of my cheeks (lots of ‘ushes’ there guys.. haha!) – and of course I use my trusty Barry M palette (which was featured in my November faves HERE) I also use the highlighter in this palette for the tops of my cheek and down the bridge of my nose :). You will also notice Rimmel’s 107 lipstick in my picture – I skip this step during work days, but it is a STAPLE for my weekend make-up!

I then use the Boots Botanics Rose Spritz on my face, which I feel just gives my makeup a gorgeous, healthy glow! I then use some Nivea lip balm .. and that’s my make-up done! And the best part .. It only takes me 10-15 minutes everyday WOOP!

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7:10-7:15AM– Now I get dressed! I usually have my outfits ironed and ready for the week (talk about being organised!) – So I get dressed, then put on my hijab! My outfits for work usually are black dresses/black trousers with smart tops/midi skirts with shirts and cardigans…. Workwear OOTD’s anyone? All together, this probably takes me around 10 minutes (maybe 15 if I am having a bad hijab day – they are the worst!)

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7:25AM – I make my way downstairs to make breakfast for me and hubby! As it has gotten colder, we both have toast with Nutella every morning! I also just make sure I have all my snacks/lunch ready for work (I take a lot of food to work guys!).

7:35AM – I then head back upstairs, make sure hubby’s clothes for work are out/do that last minute check of my face I spoke about earlier/apply my perfume. I ALWAYS put my perfume on just as I am about to leave .. anyone else do this?

7:40AM – I head back downstairs, check my phone for a few minutes, then am out the door!

7:45AM – I then make my way to the car – make sure my heated seats are on, put my music on as loud as acceptable that early in the morning.. and drive to work!

8:10-8:15AM – I normally get to work around this time – I then head inside, and get on with whatever work/emails/meetings I have for the day! AND that is my morning routine lovelies WOOP WOOP!

So I hope you liked this little insight into my morning guys .. I would love to read your morning routines too! I find them so interesting (I think it is because I am nosy muaha!). Let me know what you thought of this style of post lovelies … if you like them I would definitely love to do an evening routine/what I get up to in a day etc!

Anyway… UPDATE TIME YAY! I was honestly so glad to just sit down for an hour or so to write up this post today .. It really is a way for me to de-stress and just take some time out for a while! I also am working on a festive post which WILL be up some sometime this week.. and also a very special post for some of my fave blogging babes! NOT TO MENTION AN OUTFIT POST .. I feel like it has been a while since I put one up. I also will be working on a VERY exciting blog post this weekend.. keep your eyes peeled for that one loves!

I honestly just wish I had more time in the day! There are SO many posts I want to write… I am feeling very inspired by so many bloggers/brands! So my angels.. I think I will stop rambling for the day – I really hope you enjoyed this post.. and I will see you in my next one! I am just going to catch up on some blogs, watch TV, shower and then SLEEP!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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♥November Faves!♥

Happy Sunday lovelies!

How has your weekend been? Well.. all I can say is that Storm Desmond (those of you in the UK will KNOW about this!) has definitely been causing many issues – the weather has just been awful. Strong winds, lots of rain … it has just been a nightmare! I really want to take some outfit pictures today – let’s see how kind the storm will be to me (probably not much to be fair .. boo!)

Anyway …. This post is going to be my November FAVES .. I know what you guys are already thinking .. it is a little but late .. but better late than never right (blah what a cheesy saying ha!)

Dark Lipsticks ♥

So if you are a follower of my blog (if so you are a babe!), you will know how much I have been LOVING dark lipsticks at the moment. I really ventured out of my comfort zone of only wearing Carmex, and started to wear lipstick … and now I feel SO bare without it!

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My FAVES that have literally not left my on-the-go makeup bag are Rimmel’s 107 (middle)EVERY BLOGGERS FAVE – Well almost every :P, Make Up Revolution 100% Vamp (right), and Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in Dark Night Waterl-Oops (left). Also guys – have you noticed my little owl tray and glass hearts? I bought them both from B&M – I am trying to improve my photography and add cute little random things in my pictures – I think they add something a little extra! Also I have a very wintery background going on too – which is wallpaper that I stole  took after asking nicely from B&M ;).

Anyway – all 3 lipsticks are SO PRETTY! When I don’t want a VERY dark lip, I will just stick to 107, but on other days, I will wear 107 as a base and then but either of the 2 darker lipsticks on top. I LOVE YOU DARK LIPS – is it still acceptable to wear dark lipstick in the summer? 😛

Scarves♥

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Where would we be in November without scarves? It definitely started to get a lot chillier this month.. so of course huge, furry scarves became a favourite of mine. The two that I have been loving the most is this tartan, blanket style one from Primark, which you can see styled HERE. It is basically just like having a blanket round your shoulders, and is just the best thing EVER! AND IT WAS ONLY £5 – PRIMARK WHERE WOULD I BE WITHOUT YOU! The next one is my faux fur scarf – you guys are probably sick to death of seeing this but I think I wore it with almost half my outfits in November! It has been a FIRM favourite this month :D.

Clementines♥

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This might be weird to some of you – but I have been loving clementines SO much this month! I think they really come into season around this time of year, so are SO YUMMY! I probably take around 3 to work and eat them all (haha!). When I was younger, my parents would put a clementine at the bottom of our stockings at Christmas time – I think it used to be some tradition.. anyone else heard of this?

THIS make-up bag♥

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Now I actually received this little bag from LYDC London as a surprise (Thank you LYDC!) – and I fell in love with it! I love the iridescent colour of it – AND it is also the perfect size to fit my everyday make-up essentials in (which just includes lipstick, lipbalm, blotting sheets and a mirror). It is SO pretty, and is also so easy to find in the bottom of the dark pit that is my handbag :P. If you also want to purchase it, or anything else from LYDC London, you can get 10% off using the code “SAIRA10″… because they are just TOO KIND!

Barry M Bronzer, Blusher, Highlighter Palette♥

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Now this Barry M palette has been an absolute GEM this month – it has something for everyone – a gorgeous highlighter, bronzer, and 3 different blushers. The colours are so pigmented, and not too glittery at all. I can probably say it has been my most favourite product of ALL of November (woop!). It is so handy to have everything in one palette, and not be fiddling around in my make up bag for different products. Best of all, you can pick it up from Boots and Superdrug for ONLY £6.99! Now if that isn’t the bargain of the year – I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS! 😀

Candles♥

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Now this candle has already made quite a few appearances on my blog .. so you probably know how much I LOVE it.. I have been burning it through the whole month of November and now it has ALMOST GONE! The smell literally is like a freshly baked apple pie .. so yummy! I will be getting a Christmassy one soon .. which I cannot wait for!

So there we have my November faves lovelies .. I hope you enjoyed this post! It is now actually later on in the evening .. I have had quite a busy day! I took my car on the motorway for the first time (eeeek!), and then on the way home I popped to TK Maxx and B&M, and then stopped at KFC for some food! Phew! By the way guys TK Maxx have THE BEST house/kitchen stuff ever… especially at this time of year! If you have not already been I suggest you go and take a look .. sometimes you do have to look quite hard but that’s when you find the AMAZING THINGS! I bought something for a very exciting and festive post which I cannot wait to put up during the week! So make sure you check back on my blog angels!

Right lovelies… that is me done with this post – I am now going to do some laundry, maybe take some blog photos and then just relax! This weekend has gone by way too fast for my liking – I feel like I have not had any time to relax at all! Saturday was spent in Manchester, and Sunday was spent doing lots of shopping! I may have a Lush bath later on… I think I deserve it!

Hope you have a lovely Sunday night angels … See you in my next post!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

I Love Makeup Revolution!

Hello my lovelies!

Hope you have all had an amazing week! What have you been up to? Have you been at work/school or working from home? Whatever you have gotten up to, I hope you have enjoyed it! As usual I have been at work… I have Friday off though so WOOP for 3 day weekends! I am also working from home on Monday because MY NEW CAR IS GETTING DELIVERED! I literally CANNOT WAIT! I have never had a brand new car, and this one has all sorts of nifty features which I have never had the pleasure of having before(Sat Nav, iPod dock, HEATED SEATS!). I am so excited guys!

Anyway… this week has been busy as usual at work.. which I love!  The rest of my time has been spent blogging, relaxing and sleeping :).

So my loves, on the weekend early on Sunday, I went into town to pick up some bits. I popped into Superdrug and came across the stand for Makeup Revolution. Now.. I have seen a lot of bloggers raving about this brand, from their eyeshadow palettes to their metallic make up brushes! I was drawn to the lipsticks though .. as they were an AMAZING 1 POUND! And even better, they were on 3 for 2! I thought I would have a quick look and swatch of the lipsticks.. to be completely honest I really wasn’t expecting much from them. However I swatched them and was so surprised at how pigmented and bright they were! I thought why not buy them? I would be getting 2 lipsticks and a blusher (which was also £1) for £2…. and if I didn’t love them .. I hadn’t broken the bank buying them! So off I went with 2 lipsticks and a blusher in hand, not really expecting much.

Wow… was I wrong. 

LipstickI will start from the beginning… I am absolutely loving dark lips for winter, so I tried the darker one first. It looked almost BLACK on my lips .. to be fair I was slightly disheartened because it looked so beautiful swatched on my hand. However, I did a little bit of experimenting. I tried this lipstick on top of my Rimmel 107 .. and oh my goodness. It is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL SHADE! It is so vampy and perfect for autumn! It actually remained that colour for a few HOURS!! I thought because they have a slight sheen, it wouldn’t last very long.. but this little baby has some excellent staying power!! I also LOVE the name (100% Vamp). You cannot go wrong at £1… I will definitely be going back to get some more.. they are AMAZING! The other colour I got was “Rebel with Cause”.. Now this one I LOVED straight away .. the colour looks absolutely stunning on the lips (on its own)! It is quite a purple/maroon shade … although it does look quite pinky in the photos! It also lasted for hours on my lips, did not dry them at ALL, and was so creamy! Highly recommend them girlies!

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Left: 100% Vamp                                                                  Right: Rebel With Cause

   Middle: Blusher in WOW

Both lipsticks also have a beautiful sweet, almost vanilla scent, which is lovely .. as so many cheaper lipsticks have that waxy “cheap lippie” smell which I DO NOT like! I am a fan of the packaging ..It is quite sleek and simple.. also you get slightly more product in the small lid on the top too, which is a cute touch!

Overall .. my thoughts on the lipstick are very positive. They are long lasting, feel great on the lips and smell amazing too! I am trying to think of a negative but I really cannot! I guess the only thing is that I was expecting “100% Vamp” to be a really nice vampy, dark purple on it’s own, however it ended up looking VERY dark. It’s all good though.. As it looks stunning over 107 .. definitely a beautiful combination which you girlies MUST try! The biggest plus is that were a POUND.. I don’t think I will ever get over this!

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Here are the swatches.. so you can see how pigmented they are… definitely worth a try!

I also picked up one of their blushers.. as I am a HUGE blush lover .. and this little baby also cost me a WHOLE POUND TOO! It was in the colour WOW, and is a beautiful soft pink shade! It is very pigmented and adds such a lovely flush to the skin .. like the one you have when you have been outside in the cold for a while (perfect for this time of year!) The only downside is the packaging felt slightly weak .. but I guess that is because of the cost of the blusher itself! It really is such good value for money though.. As I have tried other cheaper blushers which are not pigmented at ALL! This is a definite in your make up bag.. especially all you guys who love bargains!

So guys … do definitely check out Make Up Revolution’s line of make up … they are excellent value for money and I have LOVED the products I have tried so far. I will be going back to pick up more lipsticks, as well as seeing other products in their line. I WILL BE BUYING THEIR MAKE UP BRUSHES TOO .. They are STUNNING.. Nothing better than rose gold brushes :P.

Check them out on here .. They have some GREAT Black Friday deals too!

Anyways my lovelies.. that is my post for the day! I hope you enjoyed it .. I am definitely enjoying doing more makeup/beauty related posts… As I want my blog to have a variety! I hope you are enjoying them too … Do let me know girlies!

I just want to thank all you lovely babes who leave me comments/follow my blog/Instagram/Twitter/Blog Lovin … You lot make me smile *hugs*. I am so happy that I started blogging, and it is so exciting to see my little blog growing every day.. I just WISH I was able to spend MORE time on it.. I guess there are never enough hours in the day ey?

So.. I am going to stop rambling angels. Hope you enjoyed this post.. and see you in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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