How to: 24 Hour Make-Up♥

Hi darlings!♥

I am SO happy it is Friday WOOP! It is the weekend and I am literally about to burst with excitement! Ha.. I surely cannot be the only one who gets this excited about weekends right? I think I just LOVE having the two days to catch up on life/blogging.. and anything else I have missed whilst working during the week!

So… this post is going to be a BEAUTY ONE WOO! It is a mix between a review and my routine.. I’ll be reviewing THREE things which have become an ABSOLUTE ESSENTIAL to my daily make-up, and just generally talking you through how I make my makeup LAST ALL DAY!

Now for me… I NEED my make-up to last me all day long, because during the week I am up from 6:30AM, and do not get home until 6PM.. and I really do not fancy touching up my make-up in the loos at work! I can imagine I would get some odd stares too hehe! Up until a few weeks ago, I SWORE by using ONLY my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, however this did leave me looking quite oily and not as “put together” by the end of the day. Sure, my foundation was still on my face, but it just did not look “in place”… does this make senses lovelies? I hope so!

The addition of 3 products has literally changed how long my makeup lasts on my face and also how put together it looks! Shall we talk about these babies? 

Magnitone – Let’s get a Clean, Smooth Base♥

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First things first angels.. you have to get your skin feeling smooth and clean! The Magnitone has been an absolute DREAM in thoroughly cleansing my skin so that ALL the makeup/dirt (ew!) on my skin is scrubbed away, and I have a lovely clean base to work with when applying my make-up. I am sure you have all heard how not cleaning your face properly can just cause your make-up to “sit” on your face, or not blend properly … since using the Magnitone, my skin has felt SO CLEAN and just unbelievably smooth! I know I probably sound like I am exaggerating (Ha… I know I am over enthusiastic about things anyway!).. but it really has made a massive difference.. and I am SO sure those of you who have it will agree too hehe!

HOW I USE IT♥

Use morning and night on my skin for a minute. If you want even MORE detail.. make sure to check out my review HERE loves… I talk about what products I use with the Magnitone, both for morning and night!

Nivea Post Shave Balm – Something For Your Foundation To “Stick” To♥

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Right moving on… this is my little secret …. I know some of you may already have heard about the AMAZING things this thing does, whereas some of you may be thinking WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU ON ABOUT SAIRA! Oh yes girlies.. raid your dad’s/brother’s/husband’s/boyfriend’s cupboards for AFTER SHAVE BALM (or just pick it up from Morrisons/Tesco/Boots for about £3).. and USE IT AS A PRIMER! Originally raved about by Nikkietutorials, apparently due to the high amount of glycerin (I think!), it acts like a glue for your foundation! Of course… it may not work for everyone, but the fact that it only costs around £2-3, it is worth a try! I think this has definitely helped my foundation to not budge during the day, and also stops oil coming through on my T-zone. It does leave your face smelling SLIGHTLY like a man for a while, but it is NOT noticeable at all.. and it wears off after about 15 minutes!

HOW I USE IT♥

You literally need the tiniest amount loves.. less than a pea sized. After moisturizing, I dot the “primer” onto my cheeks, nose, chin and forehead, then blend! I leave it to sit for a few minutes… usually I will get dressed whilst I am waiting for it to settle into my skin! I then apply my foundation/concealer as normal!

Maybelline Super Stay 24HR Make-Up Locking Spray – The Finishing Touch♥

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You would have seen a mini review on this setting spray if you read my January Faves HERE… But I have now been using it for a few weeks, and it is honestly SUCH AN AMAZING SETTING SPRAY.. I am SO happy I bought it woo! I LOVE the fact that it was SO CHEAP too.. it was under £10 guys (eeeeek!).. AND I would compare it to the Urban Decay All Night setting spray! I feel that this has been the BIGGEST helper in my make-up staying put all day. It really just does “lock” everything into place.. my foundation/blusher/highlighter stays EXACTLY where I applied it … and it doesn’t start to fade or become patchy! It does not leave my skin feeling sticky or with weird marks on …it… Yay! This product is literally amazing… if you are looking for a cheap setting spray.. make sure to try this lovelies!!

HOW I USE IT♥

After applying all my make-up, I give the spray a quick shake, and then do around 4-5 sprays so that I cover my whole face! And THAT is all!! The BEST thing to finish of your make-up routine with!

Yay! So these are the 3 things I have been using within my daily routine to really make my make-up last all day! I have noticed such a massive difference since incorporating these products .. and I made sure to test them THOROUGHLY before blogging about them and recommending them to you all! Of course darlings, I know every skin type is different… however I have found these work perfectly for me.. and KNOW they will work for someone else too!

So angels.. will you be giving any of these (or all three!) a go? I would LOVE to know if you do! Do you have something else that you use that works just as good? Seriously… I could not recommend all three products enough.. my make-up has never looked BETTER when I come home after a long day at work!♥

That is my post for today darlings…. I really hope you enjoyed it!! I LOVED writing this because I know I have found some little gems.. and really could not wait to tell you all about them!! I will see you in my next post OK? I am all set to have a wild Friday night in my PJ’s.. woooo!

Lots of Love,

Saira♥

xo

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January Favourites♥

Hi darlings!!♥

Happy SATURDAY!! I cannot EVEN TELL YOU how excited I am that it is the weekend! I have felt SO tired this whole week.. and just wanted a few days to relax and do NOTHING.. (well … besides blogging :P). I went to bed SO early yesterday (for me anyway).. and woke up this morning feeling SO MUCH BETTER!! I had nothing planned for today .. so I just did some laundry, cleaned my car.. and now I AM BLOGGING WOOP! ALSO … we have had quite a bit of snow where I am! You guys know how much I LOVE winter.. but I really want it to be spring ASAP!

So loves…my week has consisted of working.. and also ATTENDING MY FIRST EVER BLOGGING EVENT! I was invited to the Neal’s Yard store in Leeds Victoria Quarter (the VERY FANCY shopping side of Leeds)… and I cannot even tell you how excited I was!!! Let me tell you .. as soon as I walked into the store.. it smelt ABSOLUTELY DIVINE (I found that this was thanks to the steam diffuser.. as the girl there explained to me .. I am SO sorry I never got her name!!). Anyway … It was such a lovely experience for my first event as there were not many bloggers there, so I didn’t feel overwhelmed. Sunayah (the girl that invited me) was SO friendly and really knew her stuff! I had a browse of the store, a chat with the bloggers, AND A FABULOUS HAND MASSAGE AFTER! The girls then gifted us with a goody bag containing lots of organic goodies.. AND a sample of their white tea mask (which I have tried and absolutely LOVED!).

Let me give you a little bit of information on Neal’s Yard products – they specialize in completely natural, organic skincare products and have a range of products for every single skin type out there! They also have a range of supplements AND herbal remedies… as well as a special range of items for mummy and baby!! I never really looked much into organic products before, but after having a good look around the Neal’s Yard store, I have a few items I desperately want to pick up, including THIS orange facial wash, the full size version of the White Tea mask, as well as the Honey and Orange scrub!!

So angels… I would HIGHLY recommend checking Neal’s Yard out … they are definitely a more luxury brand, but if you are looking to invest a little more into your skin (like me!!), then you will LOVE THEM!!

Check their site out HERE♥

Anyways …. lets get on with this post!! First things first.. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT IS THE END OF JANUARY! I don’t think my brain can quite register that it is February next week. I hope you have all had an amazing month though darlings?

Lets see what I have been loving this month ey?

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Lush♥

Ohhh what a surprise.. it’s Lush! I think Lush is a favourite of mine every month to be fair .. I am yet to buy anything from their Valentines range.. but it is definitely high on my list!! The bath bomb above is The Experimenter, and it is a FAVE of mine as I just ADORE looking at it, and it makes my room smell AMAZING (JUST LOOK AT ALL THE COLOURS!!).. It definitely would cheer me up when the weather was dull outside… OK HOW SAD DO I SOUND THAT A BATH BOMB MAKES ME HAPPY?!

Nivea Lip Butter in Macadamia & Vanilla♥

This little angel of a product is what has stopped me from having chapped lips in January .. BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS THAT RIGHT GIRLIES? This has definitely been my go to lip product.. I have stopped using Vaseline as it is SO much greasier (ew I hate that word!) than the Nivea lip balm! I absolutely LOVE the scent of this one too!!!

Make Up Revolution’s Highlighter in Golden Lights♥

OH MY WORD LOVELIES… This highlighter is just SO GORGEOUS. I have been such a huge lover of MUR’s products.. and as soon as I saw the highlighter.. I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT. Not to mention… its 3 POUNDS! It gives your cheeks the most gorgeous sheen EVER!! I recommend it highly for those who are just starting to use highlighter.. it is SO easy to use (I am still a newbie and cannot get enough of it!!).

My Diary♥

This diary from Paperchase has been an absolute LIFE SAVER this month .. it has helped keep me organized AND is the perfect size for my handbag!! My lovely bloggers… if you don’t already, GET YOURSELF A DIARY NOW!!

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Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer♥

THIS baby has helped me look SO awake in the mornings this month! I cannot believe I have gone without it for SO long… it is just SO easy to apply, lasts all day, and is SUPER cheap. You can actually see my full review HERE!

Maybelline Super Stay 24H Setting Spray♥

THIS. Oh my… it has been the BEST product I have used this whole month. I am such a massive lover of setting sprays … and this Maybelline one is SO AMAZING. Although my Estee Lauder foundation has fabulous staying power.. I still have an oily T-Zone when I come home :(. Since I have been using this setting spray.. I have noticed that my makeup looks ALMOST as good as when I left in the morning (let’s be honest, I have my make-up on from 7AM to 6PM – NO product will keep it looking EXACTLY the same for that long!). This product has become a MUST for me every morning.. it definitely has helped my make up stay put AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.. I don’t have the awful shininess I used to get! My make up also just feels “in place”, and not tacky, if that makes sense?? Quick Tip – I have read quite a few reviews from people saying this left white spots over their face.. I have NEVER experienced this .. I give it a good shake before I put it on.. maybe this has helped?

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Pom Pom Key-ring from LYDC*♥

I ADORE this pom pom … whichever bag I am using for the day .. I ALWAYS swap my little pom pom key-ring onto it! My bags feel BARE without it! It is SUCH a adorable accessory to have!!

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Doll White Teeth Whitening Strips*♥

I was lucky enough to receive these from Doll White.. and can honestly say THEY ARE AMAZING!! Having white teeth is SO important to me.. so when I received these I was SO excited to try them!! I have almost used them for the full seven days .. and have noticed a definite difference in my teeth! I also LOVE the fact that they are peroxide free.. so I didn’t notice that awful, sensitive feeling in my teeth after using them! They also left my mouth feeling so minty afterwards (YAY!!). I highly recommend them lovelies.. and know these will definitely be my choice of whitening strips in future!

LYDC Iridescent Purse*♥

I have had SO many compliments from people when I pull this little purse out.. and I can see why! It is the perfect size to fit in all my bags, and has become my little life saver (as I now store all my everyday make-up essentials/girly products in there!!).

MAC’s Creme Cup♥

I recently re-discovered this lipstick in my collection – I know I will have to put my dark lipsticks away soon *cries* (Ok.. I probably will STILL wear dark lipsticks ha!.. but I think lighter colours are suitable for the coming spring months!). I forgot how much I LOVE Mac lipsticks .. Creme Cup is a gorgeous, pinky nude colour, and is also a creamsheen formula. I have LOVED it this month.. and also know I will wear it SO much in the next few months!

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Magnitone BareFaced Face Brush*♥

I had to feature this in my January favourites.. I may have only been using it for a week.. but OH MY GOSH GUYS.. I have noticed SUCH a difference straight away! It is SO easy and quick to use, makes me skin feel SO soft AND polished. No joke loves.. I literally feel like I have had a facial every time I use it. In fact.. I love it THAT MUCH .. I will be doing a WHOLE post on it (Yayy!!!)… so make sure you stay tuned for that lovelies!!

Magnitone Bix

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WOW.. Now that was A LOT of favourites this month!! It has definitely been a BUSY month.. both blogging wise and in my life! I got my marriage registered, went to my first blogger event, worked with some amazing brands/people…. I honestly CANNOT wait for February. I am actually going to ANOTHER blogging event in February .. this one is in LONDON (eeeeeek!!!).. I am LITERALLY SO EXCITED! I also have some time off work.. so am excited for that!! 

Right loves… hope you have a fabulous Saturday evening… I think I am just having a chilled one at home, catching up on blogs and emails (as you do :P). Are you getting up to anything fun? Let me know how your week has been! I will see you in my next post loves!

LOTS OF LOVE AND HUGS TO YOU ALL!

Saira

xo

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*Items have been gifted to me. This does not affect my opinions

Best of Beauty: 2015♥

Hi lovelies!♥

I would just like to start by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I really hope you all had an amazing start to the year, whatever you got up to! I’ll be completely honest… my NYE consisted of getting some Chinese food, spending the evening in my PJ’s, falling asleep and then waking up just in time to see the London firework display on TV.. wasn’t it a wild night ha!

What did you all get up to? Did you have a crazy night out, or spend time at home with family/friends? Let me know!

Anyway.. I am SO excited to share this post with you as it is the BEST OF BEAUTY for 2015 (well for me anyway :P). This post is basically going to show you all the beauty items I LOVED and could not have been without in the past year … they are products I will DEFINITELY be re-purchasing in 2016 … Give some of these products a go lovelies.. I guarantee you will find at least ONE that you love just as much as me!♥

Soap & Glory 

Right angels …first things first.. some items from SOAP & GLORY! Now.. if you know me then you will know the obsession I have with this brand. I still remember the FIRST TIME these products came into Boots.. I instantly fell in love with the packaging, their cute little sayings on each of their products, the scent of everything… and OBVIOUSLY the products themselves! The FIRST items I ever purchased from this brand were The Righteous Butter Body Butter, Clean on Me Shower Gel & that HUGE pink loofah. These are all still FIRM favourites of mine… but recently the products I have been LOVING SO MUCH are from the Sugar Crush range (which I think was released a few years ago). OH MY I am sure the majority of you have heard of these products… They are DEFINITELY some of my FAVES!!

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The products I have been loving include:

Sugar Crush Shower Gel

Sugar Crush Body Butter

Sugar Crush Hand Cream

Sugar Crush Body Mist

The scent is GORGEOUS, the products are amazing (and not expensive either).. I am going to be doing a full review of them later on.. so keep an eye out for that!

Lancome La Vie Est Belle

Next up is this stunning perfume from Lancome .. I notice that SO many other people LOVE this perfume. I ALWAYS get so many compliments from others when I wear this.. it lasts for absolutely AGES (it is an Eau Du Parfum), and how stunning is the bottle angels!!! In the past, I would only stick to very sickly, sweet scents (which I now CRINGE at the thought of … anyone remember Britney Spears Fantasy .. no joke I wore that perfume for 4 years STRAIGHT from when I was about 13 years old!). This perfume is sweet but is SO much nicer, and I think is quite a “grown up” scent.. definitely check it out if you haven’t loves!

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Colgate Optic White Toothpaste

You might think it is slightly weird that I am featuring a toothpaste.. but I do not know where I would have been without it this year. Me and my little brother CANNOT use any other … and every single time there was another toothpaste in the bathroom, we WOULD NOT be happy (haha!). I always make sure we have a back up of this, and also always pack this if I am ever staying elsewhere for the night! It does a FAB job at keeping my teeth white.. for me having good teeth/dental hygiene is SO important .. and this product is AMAZING.. the mouthwash from this range is also great (but I don’t have a picture of this unfortunately .. sorry loves!).

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Garnier Micellar Water & L’Oreal Triple Active Moisturizer 

These are the two main face products that I have been reaching for this year.. and don’t know where I would be without them! Nothing (that I have tried so far) takes my makeup off like the Garnier Micellar water … I LOVE IT SO MUCH GIRLIES!! It literally feels like water .. and my skin always feels so refreshed after using it! Another product that I have been loving is this moisturizer from L’Oreal .. I only started using this recently but I AM IN LOVE! It does such a FAB job at making my skin feel amazing and SO SOFT! I also have a very oily T-zone, and although this moisturizer says it is for dry skin.. I never experience excessive oiliness with it!

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Movis Soap

Ahhhhhh my BELOVED Movis soap from Lush … I bought this soap the first time it came out in Lush a few years ago after seeing it in their catalogue, and I have not used ANYTHING else to wash my face since. It does the most amazing job at cleansing my face and leaving it feeling SO soft and not dried out at all! I usually buy 100g every few weeks, and then cut it up into smaller pieces. It is packed with cocoa butter, wheat germ, coconut oil & WHOLEMEAL BREAD.. yep BREAD! It smells good enough to eat, and also looks like a loaf of bread too! ♥

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Make up♥

I don’t even have to go into detail about Estee Lauder Double Wear, because I have mentioned it SO much on my blog .. it is so long lasting, gives me GREAT coverage (You can make it lighter coverage by mixing in with your moisturizer and applying a finishing spray), and does not break me out! The lipsticks that I have been loving (only recently though) is the combination of Rimmel 107 & Make Up Revolution’s 100% Vamp. It gives the MOST gorgeous dark lip EVER, and lasts quite a while too!

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So lovelies .. there we have it .. the BEST OF BEAUTY for 2015! I am literally SO excited to see what new products I will discover in the near year.. especially as one of my blog goals is to include more beauty posts :P. I really hope you enjoyed reading this .. and maybe found some new products to try for the new year!

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I also have my diary for 2016 (woop!)… I am hopefully planning on having a schedule (which I will blog about if it all goes ahead!), as well as trying to bulk write my posts on a weekend .. so I have more time to read all of yours!

Anways angels.. have a FANTASTIC start to the year, let me know if you made any resolutions, and also what your plans are for the new year! See you in my next one!

Lots of Love!

Saira ♥

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