Essential Winter Blog Props

Hey there !

Remember me? It’s been a while hasn’t it! Apologies about the MASSIVE break in my posts … I’ve just felt so uninspired recently which is very unlike me… especially at this time of year when there is so much festive inspo flying around ! I’ve just been SO out of the loop… BUT I am glad to be sat down writing up a post for you all.

So.. how have you all been? I’ve just been SO busy settling into my new job and trying to get back into the swing of blogging. If you didn’t already know.. I recently brought the ever so dreamy Olympus Pen camera.. which of course meant that I spent the majority of my weekend having the biggest blog photo session ever. I also spent my Saturday morning trawling the shops looking for some winter blog props… and then I thought to myself that would be such a fab idea for a post!

 

Now.. blog props for me are something that is so essential if you really want to up your photo game .. they just make your photos look so much more interesting and you can really show your personality through them too! So guys .. I have a whole load of things that you can go out and find that will make your photos look perfect for winter and also add that special festive touch!

Blankets

 

We all know blankets are an essential when it comes to winter time (who doesn’t love to snuggle in one after a long day!).. so why not incorporate that into your blog too? I find grey, white or cream blankets are perfect for this time of year to use as a backdrop and just to add some “texture” to your photos (if that makes sense!). Mine is actually a £4 one from Primark… but you can definitely go all out and pick up a fluffy one too. I think they look adorable and give a real cosy vibe to your pictures!

Fairy Lights

 

What even was my life without fairy lights? I can’t believe that I ever used to take photos without fairy lights! They instantly make your photos look amazing and so so cosy! I picked up some adorable red ones from Home Bargains and they are SO festive! They also jingle .. but that wouldn’t be very effective in a blogpost, ha. Seriously though, get yourself some… they really make all the difference.

Candles

 

Ahhhh candles. I’m obsessed with candles anyway so it was only obvious I picked up some wintery ones to go in my photos. Check out Home Bargains or B&M for some adorable, festive ones… and they can work either lit or just as a prop in a flatlay… either way looks faaaaabulous. Also .. HOW CUTE is the one shaped like a Christmas tree! I doubt I will ever actually burn it because I don’t want to ruin the beautiful shape it has.. but it definitely looks adorable in the background.

Mugs

 
I’ve become a little bit obsessed with mugs recently and thought they would look so cute as props! I feel like they add such a homey, comfortable feel to your photos, and there are so many festive ones that just add something special to your photos! The Christmassy one is from Home Bargains, and the kitten one (although not vey festive by frickin’ adorable) is from the Velvet Ghost range in Primark by the stunning Gabby… and when I saw it was only £2… I HAD to have it.

Zoella Range

 

Let’s be honest guys… all of the Zoella beauty/lifestyle range is absolutely beautiful and SO instagrammable! I am in LOVE with the gingerbread body mist/cream… and they look so adorable as props, especially as they are SO festive. In fact, any perfume bottle can be added to your photos and look gorgeous!

Pinecones/Berries/Wreaths & Room Sprays

All of the above just scream Christmas & winter to me.. and adding them to your photos instantly makes them look SO winter ready. They are so affordable yet add so much to your images .. definitely worth picking up! I got my mini wreath thing from Home Bargains & the pinecones are from some old pot pourri.. which I am so sure you’ll have lying around somewhere!

There is something so beautiful about room spray bottles .. and this one from Home Bargains caught my eye as it was so classic yet perfect for winter time! Added bonus … it smells absolutely divine!

Candy Canes

 

I am OBSESSED with candy canes.. and they literally add the most beautiful pop of colour to an all white, winter-y photo! I love seeing these little gems pop up in the shops, and as soon as I saw them, I knew they would be perfect for photos! They are so so affordable too… and it means you have a little treat to have after you’ve had your photo taking session!

So guys… they are the few items I have picked up that I think will make my photos look so festive and perfect for winter! It definitely is worth picking up a few bits.. I find they really help me enjoy taking photos even more! You can get as creative as you want… and even make your own Winter props too! Pinterest is your best friend for this 🙂

I’m going to be off now… hope you enjoy the rest of your week! I am in the midst of editing a weekly vlog so I am hoping to get the up this weekend!! Fingers crossed for me to actually upload a video this time ha!

Lots of love,

Saira

Xx

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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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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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Lush Skincare Favourites♥

Hiya lovelies!♥

Hope you are all very well! Good week I hope? Yep? Good! 

I cannot even TELL you how excited I am to just sit down and BLOG! It has been ONE OF THOSE WEEKS GUYS… I just NEED the weekend to come round ASAP please :D. I am also WISHING for some sunshine (pretty please?!).

RIGHT GUYS… I wanted to have a quick catch up with you all before I got on to this post .. as I feel like it has been such a long time since I have! So…. my life in general… it is pretty much the same to be honest! I have been LOVING my YouTube channel SO SO MUCH.. I have said this numerous times on Twitter.. but starting YT was probably the BEST decision I ever made! AND I am so so thankful that I have over 300 subscribers too.. the support and love you guys show me is UNREAL!

Also.. I have quite a few VERY exciting posts coming up …. as well as some exciting videos! Summer is literally round the corner.. AS IS MY HOLIDAY YAY! Also… for my Muslim readers here.. we have Ramadan approaching VERY SOON! I will also be hosting another giveaway soon.. which I am SO exciting for.. so MAKE SURE to keep your eyes peeled for that lovelies!!

RIGHT GIRLIES… should we get on with this post?! I feel as though it has been A WHILE since I wrote about one of my FAVOURITE things EVER…and that is.. LUSH! I am so sure so many of you also love it too.. so I really hope you enjoy reading this!

NOW… everyone knows all about the amazing bath bombs Lush offers.. but I have something a little bit different for you all! Over the past few weeks.. I have discovered a few facial skincare items from Lush that have become ABSOLUTE essentials in my little beauty collection I have!

Lush Skincare Faves♥

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Guess what loves… I have you covered with cleansing, moisturizing, deep cleansing and evening out your skin! Take a peek below girlies….

Cleansing♥

If you have been a reader of my blog from day one (if so.. YOU ABSOLUTE STAR!).. you will know that I was obsessed with Movis Soap from Lush to cleanse my face with.. and nothing left my skin feeling cleaner, softer and smelling so beautiful like Movis soap did! I then switched up my skin routine and poor little Movis got pushed to the back of my drawer! HOWEVER.. I recently discovered it again and cannot believe I ever stopped using it!

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I LOVE the texture of it… it is different to other Lush soaps as it has a “squidgy” texture… the only thing I can think of comparing the texture to is a sponge (hehe). It also has tiny bits of wholemeal bread in it to exfoliate your skin! My favourite thing about this is the scent… IT SMELLS EXACTLY LIKE SOMETHING YOU WOULD EAT! It literally smells like chocolate digestive biscuits.. seriously guys next time you are in Lush.. check it out (and try your best not to eat it.. ha!). It also does an amazing job at cleansing my skin and also keeping my t-zone oil free! I use it by running it under water for a few seconds, lathering it up on my hands and then massaging on my face! I sometimes go in with my Magnitone Facial Brush after too! My skin is soft, glowing.. and smelling of biscuits! Woop!!

Moisturizing♥

So.. I never thought I would try a solid moisturizer on my face… until I got something VERY exciting from Lush! I don’t think this product is raved about enough … it is SO AMAZING! So… what is this dream product I am talking about? It is the Full of Grace Serum*! It is a solid facial serum (with some VERY interesting ingredients.. including MUSHROOMS.. YES.. MUSHROOMS!). As well as mushroom.. you have rose & murumuru butter.. seems a very strange mix ey? But trust me.. it works. I like to use this on a night.. and I warm it between my hands first to melt the product.. and then massage onto my face! It feels a tad greasy at first.. but this quickly sinks into your skin.. and oh my goodness guys. My skin in the morning has never looked SO radiant! It feels soft, has a lovely glow to it, and just looks SO HEALTHY!! I have used it a few times in the morning… but I find it works best when it is given time to “work” on your skin.. so  love using this an overnight treatment! As you all probably know.. I suffer with an oily t-zone.. but this does not clog up my pores.. which is always a PLUS! I also find it SO soothing.. and I always give myself a short facial massage after putting this on as it gives you a lovely, silky feel on your skin! You honestly have to try this… it is so under -rated but is worth a go!

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Deep Cleanse♥

I finally did it.. I bought the mask from Lush I have been WANTING FOR SO LONG.. I have no idea why I didn’t pick it up sooner! That is the one and only.. Mask of Magnaminty. Now.. I am the biggest lover of ANYTHING minty.. I think nothing feels as fresh/clean as something that is minty! I absolutely LOVE THIS MASK SO MUCH! On first applying it.. it feels VERY cooling on your skin, and does tingle quite a bit (well.. for me anyway).. but this soon disappears and it felt normal on my skin! I usually leave it on for around 15 minutes..then I exfoliate slightly,, before washing it off! My skin just looks SO clear.. has that lovely, minty feel after, my pores have been reduced, and my face is SO SOFT! I LOVE this mask so much… I honestly could not recommend it enough! It is also gentle enough to use twice a week as an intensive mask.. I look forward to my face mask nights with this little angel! It has a wonderful, mint chocolate chip scent and has quite a thick texture! I can imagine this would help SO MUCH if you suffer from redness/spots too… come on guys you all remember the age old trick of toothpaste on spots right?

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Evening out Skin Tone♥

I did not even know Lush did make-up products.. until I found THIS in my mum’s drawer. It is the Colour Supplement.. and is advertised as a foundation! It has the texture of a foundation, and has a light (but slightly buildable) coverage! This stuff is AMAZING! It is multi-purpose too… as you can mix it with your moisturizer to make a beautiful tinted moisturizer! It feels so light, is easy to blend AND gives your skin a lovely, dewy look. I like to use this when I want something that will even out my skin tone yet feel light and natural! I have a feeling this will be coming on holiday with me hehe! Can you imagine it mixed with an illuminating primer?! GORGEOUS! I would recommend setting it with a makeup spray as I have tried it without and it does tend to shift on my face by the end of the day! As it is all natural… it is less likely to cause any breakouts…one of the MAIN reasons I love ANYTHING from Lush! If you are looking for a lightweight, multi purpose product for you skin.. give this a go! It is PERFECT for the warmer months too… as this baby has ingredients to protect your skin from the sun too! WIN!

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So lovelies.. there you have my favourite Lush face products… I think Lush can be ALL ABOUT the bath/shower products and the face items can sometimes get ignored.. but TRUST ME you have to try these! As all products from Lush are 100% natural.. they work amazingly on your skin and you can really see the benefits straight away! I LOVE each item so so much! I’d also LOVE to know if you have tried any of the things I mentioned and how you felt about them too!

Hope you enjoyed this post my darlings.. I cannot wait to see you in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Spring Lip Loves♥

Hiya!!!!!♥

PLEASE TELL ME YOU HAVE HAD SUNNY WEATHER WHERE YOU ALL ARE?!♥

We have been very lucky in the UK to have had almost a whole WEEK of beautiful weather… and I have been definitely been making the most of it with BBQ’s and relaxing in the sun! What have you been up to loves?

SO… all this gorgeous weather really inspired me to do YET ANOTHER Spring inspired post (let me know if you guys are bored of these yet… hehe!). BUT I have recently accumulated quite a nice little collection of lip products that I have been reaching for during the Spring season! REMEMBER MY TRUSTY 107? It is now my LEAST reached for lipstick (I KNOW!)… I have been SO obsessed with dusty rose pinks, nudes and pinky/coral shades! I also LOVE matte lips… so if you are expecting a post with glossy, shimmery lip glosses.. I’m sorry :(. BUT .. if you love beautiful, matte, pink/nude lips.. YOU ARE IN FOR A RIGHT TREAT!

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I have picked my favourite lipstick/lip liner combinations… all of which are from the drugstore.. AND some bargain lip products from PRIMARK! Yep.. you read that right… so make yourself a lemonade (notice how it is no longer a cuppa.. tehehe.. we are all about setting up the Spring vibes!), and have a read to see my FAVE lip products!

Lip Balms♥

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First things first.. this is ESSENTIAL when you wear a lot of matte lipsticks!! My favourites are the Nivea Lip Balm & the Palmers cocoa butter balm! They both smell ABSOLUTELY gorgeous.. and taste quite yummy too ha!

Nudes♥

Primark Lip Liner in Light Pink♥

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I am so sure you have already read about/seen that Primark now have quite a vast collection of beauty items.. and being the little lipstick obsessed creep that I am (hehe).. I of course had to snap up a few!! The lip liners in Primark are £1 (wow!).. and are honestly SUCH good quality.. the are so so creamy, pigmented, AND long lasting. It is such a lovely colour to use alongside either peachy or pinky toned lipsticks… even though it is called “light pink”.. it is definitely more on the nude side!

Primark Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Nude♥

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This lip crayon is so so creamy and easy to apply! I LOVE it for a pretty, peachy-nude colour.. perfect for everyday in Spring! It is called “Nude”.. but I would say it is definitely more on the peach tone… so it would look lovely with a slight tan/bronzed face! Sure.. it is not the LONGEST lasting lip crayon… and after a few re-applications, it does leave that weird residue (bleurgh) on your lips (I am sure you all know what I mean).. however for £2, you cannot really go wrong! I find it works best when you remove all the product and re-apply on bare lips, rather than layering it all on!

Rimmel Kate Moss 08♥ 

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I absolutely LOVE this lipstick so so much.. and it has definitely been my go to nude lipstick! It is so creamy, long lasting and leaves a lovely matte (but not drying) finish to your lips! This is more of a pinky nude, and I find is so wearable for everyday! I have seen a fair few other bloggers raving about this lipstick.. trust me girlies.. this is an ESSENTIAL!

Bright Pinks♥

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick♥

This has been my favourite lip product if I want a VERY dramatic lip. This beauty is SO pigmented…you definitely have to do a double check of your teeth before you leave! It is quite long lasting.. and does actually have a slight sheen to it.. so I apply the velvet liquid lipstick above it!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick♥

I always apply this above the lipstick… and I find that this leaves my lips with a gorgeous, matte finish! I also LOVE using the velvet lipstick on it’s own, as it literally feels like NOTHING on your lips.. but it is not the most long lasting thing! BUT… using both these products together means you have a very pigmented, long lasting matte lip! PERFECT for a Spring evening out! I also find this shade of lip product makes your teeth look whiter (hehe!).

Rose Pinks♥

Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry Surfulease♥

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Oh… what a shocker that this lipstick features in this post!! I am sure if you are a lovely, regular reader of my blog/watcher of my videos.. you will know how much I LOVE this!! The colour is a dark, rose pink shade, it is SO long lasting, has a gorgeous matte finish… AND has a minty taste! In my opinion.. you cannot ask for more in a lip product!! If you are looking for a product that is SO easy to use, affordable and good quality.. pick up one of these matte balms! You will NOT regret it loves!

Primark Lip Liner in Wine♥

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Again… it is the beloved Primark liners.. this time in a gorgeous deep berry colour. This shade actually works PERFECTLY with the matte balm… and just gives your lipstick the most loveliest base to go on! Seriously guys… I HIGHLY recommend picking up these lip liners… I know Primark also have a bright pink, brown and red liner.. all of which I will OBVIOUSLY be picking up!! Yay!!

Coral♥

No7 Stay Perfect in Rose Kiss*♥

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I never thought I would LOVE wearing this shade of lipstick SO SO MUCH! In fact.. when I first wore it.. I was a little bit scared that it just DID NOT suit me! However.. after a few hours wearing it.. I was in LOVE! This lipstick is SUCH a summery shade.. perfect for holidays! It goes on quite creamy, but then dries matte. It feels SO comfortable on your lips, does not dry them out, and is also so easy to apply! It looks quite pinky in the photos.. but I promise you it is definitely more of a coral/pink colour! You know what this would go PERFECTLY with? Benefit’s Coralista blush! Literally the most PERFECT combination right there! I use this lipstick alongside the Primark nude lip liner …. and it instantly makes me feel SO summery! I literally cannot WAIT to rock this on holiday!

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So lovelies.. I hope you enjoyed this post ALL about my FAVE spring lip products! I also hope this post inspired you to pick up some new products too! I highly recommend checking out all these if you haven’t already… I will definitely be rocking them for the rest of this season.. and probably well into summer too!! Woo!!!

Thank you SO SO much for reading darlings… I cannot WAIT to see you in my next post… promise I will have a long catch up with you all there, K?

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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Hiya lovelies!♥

Hope you have all had a wonderful week.. and also enjoyed your Bank Holiday.. how does it seem so long ago already?!

I wanted to do a post that would hopefully help A LOT of you lovely guys out there… Recently I have been having SO many compliments on my blog photos (you are a lovely bunch.. I could just squeeze you all!)… so I thought what better thing to babble on about than photography!

Quick little disclaimer too.. I am by NO means a professional.. I just take photos for my little blog and for fun too.. and everything that I have learnt has been through experience and knowledge picked up here and there from other bloggers! I have been blogging for around 8 months.. and I can honestly say that I think my photos have improved massively! SO.. without further ado… lets get on with it… woo!

The Basics♥

Background

Decide on what background you want. This is completely personal and up to you – whether you want a bright, colourful background, a white, marble background (the standard blogger background – and my personal fave!).. the choice is completely yours! Now this is where DIY shops come in handy… remember when your parents were re-decorating the living room and they took home about 20 different wallpapers to see what went well together? WELL… you can do exactly the same (tehehe).. so pop into B&M or B&Q and take a few “samples”.. just don’t go too crazy (ha!). Another thing that can work amazingly is a plain canvas! I also want to incorporate different textures into my background.. i.e. faux fur or blankets.. I have seen quite a few people do this and it looks GORGEOUS and really adds something to their images!

Location

Girls.. FIND YOUR BLOGGING SPOT. Whether that is a corner in your bedroom, the hallway.. the bathroom.. find a location that works for you! Now.. I mean a location where there is plenty of natural light, lots of room for you to move around, and NO CLUTTER! I like to use the space in the spare living room, right next to the window! It is also worth keeping a box/basket where you can keep items you regularly use in photos (such as props.. MORE on these later!). I am honestly DREAMING of the day I have my own office/blogging/vlogging room… but for now.. my living room will do!

Camera

Should I be honest with you girlys? The camera I use is a Samsung 16MP HD digital camera that Saj (the hubby) got me whilst we were at Uni (5 years ago). Yep. I would LOVE to invest in an Olympus Pen (THE perfect blogging camera).. but when you have a mortgage to save up for… it is (unfortunately) not the first thing on my shopping list (boo!!). I WILL GET ONE SOON! Hint… it is my birthday in July.. just saying. ANYWAYS.. the whole point of that little babble was to reassure you that any camera you have is FINE. Whether you have a Canon (dreamy), or are using your iPhone… your photos will still be FAB!

Editing

Now… for me … I had to include editing in this Basics list guys. Trust me.. it makes a MASSIVE difference into how eye catching/professional your photos look. Don’t be scared.. you do not have to do any fancy editing whatsoever! Just stick the brightness/highlight/contrast up a little bit.. and if you have bright colours… a teeny increase on the saturation never hurts. I use Pic Monkey for editing my blog photos.. it is SO easy to use.. and it is free! It is also pretty foolproof too.. so you should definitely check it out!

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So lovelies.. that is my advice on the basics of blog photos! These should hopefully help if you are just trying to up your blog photo game.. and are some good starting points!

NOW.. if you have mastered the basics (which I am sure you will… there really isn’t much to it.. hehe)… you can move onto the ADVANCED points. OK… they are not really advanced.. it is just things that take that little bit more effort.. and I feel are essential if you really want to up your blog photo game.

Advanced♥

Flat Lays

Ohhh .. nothing better than a good old flat lay image. Yes they take that little bit more time, yes they cause you to have a sore back, yes you look like an absolute BOOB when you are taking them.. but THEY MAKE A DAMN GOOD PHOTO! I only really started taking flat lays a few months into blogging.. now every photo of mine has to be one hehe! I thought I would share some of the tips/tricks I have picked up along the way!

One word. Chair. Enough said.

Props are literally your best friend when it comes to flat lays. I like to think of my flat lays as telling a little bit of a story (weird I know, haha!).. but I find that this helps me so much! See one of my favourite flat lays below:

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This was from my Teen Make Up Post.. and I used props that I associated with being young (the old generation iPod, baby lips lip balm, a very retro looking mascara).. and I loved how this image turned out! 

Use one item as a “base” item. Then add other items that associate with that! For example.. use a glass of water (very basic I know)… then add some pretty drinking straws, some fake flowers.. maybe a funky little tray.. AND YOU ARE DONE! It really is all about getting creative and letting your personality shine in your photos!

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Confetti makes all the difference. Especially if you have a plain white background.. confetti just makes the image look extra special and eye catching. Trust me.. grab some confetti and go wild. Just keep the hoover close by.. you will make a mess, ha!

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Don’t go overboard. For me.. there is nothing worse than my flat lay looking too crowded. I like to be able to see the background too.. and I know when I have added way too much to my photos! Just experiment and see what looks right!

Lighting

For over 7 months of my blogging life.. I stuck to natural light/editing… and I was happy. HOWEVER.. once I started YouTube.. I realized lighting was that LITTLE bit more of an essential. I have included it in this Advanced section because I happily took all my photos without them… and you can too. However.. if you are able to invest in some.. I would say do it. They make taking blog photos so much easier… you do not have to worry about shadows, everything just looks more “crisp”, and you can take your photos at more or less any time and not worry about natural light as much! I use soft box lighting.. and I picked them up for £30 on eBay.. not bad at all ey?!

 Props

Anything makes a good prop. Beauty products, fake flowers, little bunnies, lipsticks… trust me.. have a Blog Prop Box with ANYTHING you find around the house and use it in your photos! It makes them so much more fun to look at! As mentioned before.. try not to add too many in one photo! A perfect example would be:

  • Your favorite beauty items
  • Some fake flowers
  • Small glass hearts
  • Some seasonal items (bunnies for Spring time!)

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DONE!

Lastly.. BE CREATIVE! Your blog and the photos you take are all about showing you and your personality. Get as creative as you want! If you want.. you can even make each of your images have a specific colour theme/beauty theme.. anything goes!

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General Tips♥

Take plenty of photos

 Trust me.. the last thing you want is to take maybe 5″good” photos, put all your set up away, upload your photos.. and realize you hate every single one. Oh yes.. it happened to yours truly. AND it was a nightmare! Take as many photos from one angle, then move to another, and ANOTHER. This just means you have plenty to pick from!| I usually have around 80 photos to pick from.. and only end up using 8-9 ha!

Avoid the flash

The flash is evil. It makes your photos look washed out and weird. I have NEVER had any luck when using the flash.. so I recommend avoiding it! Stick to your natural light/soft box lighting… it looks SO much nicer!

Try not to over-edit

You want your pictures to look bright, crisp and clear. You do not want a blue/orange toned photo, or an image that is WAY to bright to look at! As I mentioned previously, a little bit of an increase in the contrast/brightness/highlight is all you need.

Designate a blog photo taking day

This will make your blogging experience so much easier! Set up your little photography studio (ahem .. in that little corner of your bedroom).. and take 2-3 posts worth of blog photos on one go! This means that everything you need is in one place.. and you are not running back and forth searching for your items to photograph! It also helps when you are writing.. as your photos will always jog your memory of what you are talking about!

Some Quick Instagram Tips!!

I thought I would add in some SPEEDY tips for Instagram photos!

  • Take these at the same time you take your blog photos! It makes complete sense right.. you have everything set up.. why not? I like to take my weekly set of Instagram pics so they are all set to go up!
  • For convenience.. take them on your phone camera! This means they are easy to access and quicker to edit too! I use PS Express to edit my Instagram photos.. and I use the same editing style for these too!

So loves.. that is my advice for blog photography! I personally think photos are SO important.. and are one of the main things that drive people to your blog! EVERYONE loves seeing lovely, bright images… so I really hope you are able to pick up on some of these things to help you!

I hope this post was informative.. I would love to know any tips you have, as I am always willing to learn more! Remember to just have fun and be as creative as possible! Thank you SO much for reading darlings.. and I cannot wait to see you in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Spring Fashion Essentials♥

Hiya my darlings!!

Hope you have all been VERY WELL!♥

Little bit of an important message here guys… I would LOVE if you took the time out to read it!I have honestly missed you all so so much. I know .. that probably sounds weird right.. how can you miss someone you have never even met/spoken to in person right? I think those of you who blog (probably all of you.. hehe) will know exactly what I mean. The blogging community that exists is such a wonderful thing… I have felt a little bit out of the loop recently. Since starting YouTube.. a lot of my time has gone into working on that. Do not get me wrong lovelies.. I absolutely love my blog so so much… I think I just need to get into the habit of having both that and a YT channel, and giving dedicated time to each of them. This means making sure each blog post/video I put up is something that I am 100% happy with (it always is anyway… I just wanted to mention it as it is something I will NEVER let happen loves), ensuring I take extra time out to read other blogs (still one of my favourite past times EVER), watch other videos.. and work on exciting things with different brands. I know what you are thinking.. it sounds so full on, and on top of working full time/spending time with my family, it is. But to be honest.. I love every second of it. I just have to get myself into a proper routine to ensure I am not neglecting either my blog or YouTube… but you guys know me.. the QUEEN of organisation ey!?

I do not know if some of you may have noticed but I have dropped down to 2 posts week instead of 3, as I like to spend that time on filming/editing my video that goes up! I knew that I just would not have had the time to put up 3 posts AND a YT video every week! For me.. that is a good balance… I actually only put up ONE blog post last week.. and I honestly missed it SO much! I am not even afraid to admit that every spare moment I have is spent on my blog/YT.. whether that is writing/reading/watching/planning… my brain is always buzzing with ideas!

I just wanted to get that off my mind… even though you guys may not have noticed it.. I felt as though I had been neglecting the blogging community.. I have not been as active on reading posts and felt a little zoned out.. but I am SO glad to have found a good balance.. and am SO excited to get on with it and create content that I LOVE!♥

Anyways darlings… I hope my little message made sense! That is what I LOVE about blogging.. you really can just pour your heart out.. and feel 10 times better after ! NOW… should we get on with this post?

Spring Fashion Essentials

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So… if you have been keeping up with my blog.. you would have noticed quite a few Spring posts.. including:

Spring Beauty/Makeup Essentials

&

Essential Spring Accessories

Now of course… I had to leave the best (ahem.. in my opinion tehe) until last… and that is of course.. the SPRING FASHION ESSENTIALS!! I have FOUR items that I think are essential in every girl’s wardrobe to get you feeling Spring ready! Have a peek lovelies!♥

Lightweight Stripy Shirts♥

Now.. I don’t know about you… but this is one style that I have been seeing absolutely EVERYWHERE. And I am the BIGGEST fan of it! Stripes is something that I am in love with all year round… and seeing beautiful pastel coloured stripy tops/shirts EVERYWHERE has made me a very happy girly this season! If you saw my previous outfit post.. you would have seen how I styled one of my favourite items I bought recently.. which was obviously a stripy shirt guys!

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Trustme darlings.. pick up a couple of button up stripy shirts and over-sized t-shirts … and you are ALL set for the PERFECT, laid back spring outfit! Mine are both from Primark.. so you can bet they were VERY affordable!

Lacy Things♥

Ha.. nothing better than a little but of lace to have you feeling set for Spring? There is just something so perfect about it for this season… and whether you wear a lacy dress or a top with some lace detail.. all will look adorable and ready for Spring time! I have seen SO many tops with lovely lace detail at the bottom.. this style is exactly what you want if you are going for a casual, day time outfit. Pair with some loose jeans and converse for the perfect daytime look.. and swap to a lace midi skirt for the evening!

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If you want to see how I style a lacy dress TWO different ways… check out my outfit HERE!

Light Wash Denim Jeans♥

Oh yes.. you read that right.. Saira is recommending a pair of jeans! If you know me and my outfits… you will know I hardly EVER wore jeans… I found them SO uncomfortable to wear! BUT .. I recently picked up a pair in Primark and.. oh goodness lovelies.. they are honestly the most COMFIEST pair EVER! I think I have fallen in love as they are not those awful, stiff, hard-to-move-in style. There are SO many styles of jeans now.. mom jeans, boyfriend jeans, ankle grazers… meaning jeans are much more looser/comfortable.. yet STILL look adorable! I think a perfect pair of ankle grazers with a few rips are PERFECT for this season… and you girlies seriously need to grab yourself a pair!

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See my favourite jeans styled HERE!

Thin Knit Cardigans♥

Lets be real here lovelies…Spring in the UK is mostly rainy (and snowy for that matter!), with a few days of sunshine.. so it is still essential to keep some cardigans handy! I don’t actually mind this.. I am a HUGE lover of cardigans.. and I will happily wear them ALL year round! Obviously.. your huge, fur lined cardigans you lived in during the winter will NOT be the perfect addition to your Spring wardrobe.. but stock up on some thin knitted ones.. and you are good to go!! I still prefer them over-sized.. I am not a fan of fitted cardigans.. they are something I usually wear for work though, hehe! You can NOT go wrong with a classic grey one.. I picked up the most PERFECT one in the New Look sale which I CANNOT wait to style for you!

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Muted Coloured Scarves♥

I am sure you all know I LIVED in black hijabs in the colder months.. but  thought to myself… Saira.. you cannot do the same thing for Spring! SO… I HAD to pick up some lighter coloured scarves! Of course.. these scarves are perfect to replace your thicker, wooly scarves… and they can add the PERFECT touch to any outfit! I cannot wait to get my hands on a few more.. I have light grey, blue and pink ones on my wishlist!

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psst.. you can see me in the glasses.. haha .. the problems of having reflective sunglasses as a prop!

Fancy getting 20% off my phone case? It is from Coconut Lane and you can use my code “glitterglass20”. They have SO many new items too! I will be doing another giveaway with them on my YT channel so keep your eyes out for that!

So my lovelies.. would you like an overview of what my Spring Wardrobe will consist of? Make sure you also let me know about your fashion essentials!

  • Stripy over-sized tops
  • Lightwash denim
  • Lots of greys/creams/whites.. oh yes lovelies.. I am TRYING to steer away from the black! Although I know it will STILL make an appearance!
  • Lacy details

Right darlings.. that concludes my Spring Essentials posts! I have you covered for Beauty, Fashion AND accessories… let me know if you would like me to do these for each season! I would DEFINITELY love to.. as I have VERY MUCH enjoyed these!

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who reads my blog and supports me.. I want to apologize if any of you have noticed I have not been as active… I am ALL SET to give my blog/you all as much support as you all deserve!!

I cannot WAIT to see you in my next one lovelies! Also.. make sure to check out my YouTube too.. I put up my FIRST VLOG!!

Lots of love,

Saira

xo

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*This post contains gifted items. This does not affect my opinions

 

 

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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What Blogging Has Taught Me♥

Hiya lovelies!!♥

HOW ARE YOU ALL ON THIS LOVELY SUNDAY MORNING! I say lovely.. the sun is out.. BUT THERE IS ICE EVERYWHERE! We are in April.. this should not be happening, ha! ANYWAY…. aside from my update on the weather.. I hope you have had an absolutely amazing week… what have you been up to? I had my first full week at work in what seems like ages.. and surprisingly it passed very quick (woop!).

So… I was having a little think of what I could blog about.. and it dawned on me that I have been blogging for around 7 months.. and I have learnt quite a fair amount (if I do say so myself, hehe) about the blogging world.. and thought it would be fun to share all of these! Now darlings.. bear in mind this is a light-hearted post (as is everything on my blog)… so grab a cuppa, and be prepared to find out what I have learnt from blogging!

Diaries/Notepads will become your most favourite/used thing EVER♥

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Because they make amazing blog props, they are your LIFE when it comes to planning posts/jotting down ideas… etc. ALSO.. there is nothing more satisfying than writing (with coloured pens) in your notebook, and ticking off things. BEST FEELING EVER.. I feel SO liberated when I can tick off a post I have just put up! WOO!

The hours between 6-9pm are dedicated to Twitter chats♥

Now of course.. I am sure not ALL bloggers take part in Twitter chats.. but I try to take part in AT LEAST ONE a day. They are honestly one of the BEST ways to catch up with fellow bloggers and just ramble on about different topics! So… for at least an hour a day.. I am glued to my phone.. typing away… just make sure you have it on silent because your notifications WILL GO CRAZY.. and all you will hear from people around you is “TURN THAT BLOODY PHONE OFF”. Ha.

Flat lays give you the worst back ache EVER♥

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BUT THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. I am a massive lover of a good old flat lay… I have recently tried REALLY hard to make my photos look as GOOD as I can.. and in the few months I have been doing this.. I heave learnt the pain that comes with getting that perfect image. Picture this guys… me in my PJ’s.. no makeup on.. hair an absolute mess.. standing on my wooden dining chair in front of the massive mirror (I do get a few stares by the way ha)… snapping away! Now.. I like to take all my photos on one day (today is actually my photo taking day).. so obviously all this bending down gives you SUCH a back ache hehe! Oh.. the things we do for a good blog photo (sigh).

Weekends/Evenings become blog orientated♥

Now the good thing for so many of us bloggers is that blogging is our little escape from the craziness/business of our daily lives.. so I LOVE to spend a few hours every weekend/evening especially for blogging. So much of my life revolves around blogging (haha.. COME ON.. fellow bloggers I KNOW you are with me on this).. almost every single beauty/fashion item HAS to featured on my blog. When I discover something AMAZING, spot a good deal or use something that bloggers have been RAVING about.. IT HAS TO BE SHARED WITH YOU ALL. That is just the way it is when you become part of the blogging world.

SO much more happens behind the photo♥

This is what you see:

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This is what I see

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Say hello to Cookie!

There is ALWAYS someone to talk to♥

I have learnt that whatever time it is… if I need an opinion on a product, some fashion tips, a recommendation OR just someone to have a giggle with… I just tweet. YOU GUYS NEVER LET ME DOWN. I am completely obsessed with Twitter, and the majority of bloggers are too.. so a CRAZY amount of time is spent on our phones!! This also means that there is always SOMEONE up to talk to.. yay!

The blogging community is SO supportive!♥

Now… I was welcomed into the blogging world SO WELL by everyone… it is honestly such an amazing community to be part of. Bloggers are always willing to help you out… and because we have SO much in common with each other.. it is SO easy to get along with everyone! I recently started a YT channel.. and the support I have had from bloggers has been absolutely INSANE!!

You can never have enough fake flowers/props♥

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Any cute, flowery, funky looking prop is essential… and I have got a right lovely little collection going on at the moment. I have learnt that no photo is complete without some sort of prop.. whether that is fake flowers, confetti, cute little bunnies… yep I have a little box of blog props going on! My aim for the next few weeks is to DIY a few shoe boxes to create a cute box!! Would you guys like a post on this?

Blogger Emails/Mail is the most exciting thing EVER♥

Enough said. I cannot even tell you the excitement you get when a company you love emails you/responds to you. AND DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED WHEN YOU RECEIVE BLOGGER MAIL! (I love this phrase by the way hehe).

Blogging is the best decision I ever made♥

Hands down. BEST DECISION EVER. I enjoy it so much.. I have “met” so many lovely people.. worked with some of my most FAVE brands.. and love coming home after a hard day at work and just settling down with my blog. My favourite things to do is think up different blog ideas, catching up on other blogs and spend time typing away!

So lovelies.. these are just a few things that spring to mind when I think about how my life has changed since blogging. I honestly cannot believe it has been almost 7 months since I started my blog… it really has been the best decision I have ever made! It even gave me the confidence to start a YT channel.. something that I have wanted to do for the longest time! It is SO weird to think that at one point these things meant NOTHING to me haha! 

ANYWAYS LOVES.. I hope you enjoyed reading this post.. make sure to let me know what things YOU have learnt since blogging. Have you been blogging for months, or years? SO… Lets see what the next 7 months brings us ey?!

Have a lovely Sunday darlings.. and make sure to check out my new YouTube video (that went live yesterday!).. I also cannot even believe the response that has had.. I had over 100 subscribers in less than 2 weeks! Eeeeeek!! That is thanks to all the support you amazing bunch give me.. I really do love you all *gives you all the biggest hug ever*.

Thank you SO much for reading lovelies.. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already! I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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