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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Foundation Diaries: Matte Or Dewy?

Hiya!!

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

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

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

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

I want: Matte Skin♥

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

Primer: L’Oreal Infalliable Primer

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

Foundation: L’Oreal Infalliable Foundation

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

Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

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

Powder: Miss Beauty Powder

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

I Want: Glowing Skin♥

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

Primer: Seventeen Skin Wow Primer*

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

Foundation: L’Oreal Nude Magique Foundation

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

Concealer: Seventeen Skin Wow Concealer*

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

Powder: Collection Loose Powder

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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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

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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

 

 

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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Lace Dress – Two Ways♥

Hiya angels!!♥

ITS FRIDAY WOOP WOOP! And guess who has the day off work?!! ME! Yay! I have not worked a full week for a while… how will I manage next week haha! Anyways loves.. I hope you have all had a lovely week (I feel like I said “week” so much then.. whoops! I said it again ha!).

So guys….. I am here with a fashion post woop! If you know me you will know these are probably my favourite posts EVER! I originally started my blog as a fashion one.. but I have definitely been loving putting up beauty/lifestyle posts! I would LOVE to know what you love reading on my blog! Make sure to leave me a comment and let me know!

Right.. you are actually in for a treat for TWO reasons with this post… ONE – There is not a SINGLE black item of clothing in this outfit (I KNOW SHOCK HORROR RIGHT!?).. AND TWO – You get to see two different outfits, by me only adding one item and completely transforming the look! This outfit is PERFECT for those warm spring days we  will (hopefully) be having, and adjusting it for when the sun goes down and it gets VERY cold (typical British weather ey?). ANYWAY.. should we see the actual outfits guys?

Look 1♥

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How absolutely BEAUTIFUL is this lace dress guys? It has been hung up in my wardrobe for the LONGEST time ever just waiting for the sun to come out so it could be worn! It was a purchase from H&M last year, but I am so sure you can find a similar one on the high street! Lace dresses are ALWAYS popular for Spring time, and I LOVE the slighty flared sleeves… they are SO perfect for the seventies trend we have this season!

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Another trend I have been noticing is wearing dresses over jeans/jeggings.. this is SO perfect for modest wear too! Yay! I wore my beloved Leigh jeggings from Topshop.. these have to be my favourite jeggings ever.. they are SO comfortable and fit so well! The acid wash is perfect for spring/summer too!

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My jelly shoes (which are my babies!) came out again.. these are definitely one of my favourite style of shoe for the warmer months.. they look so beautiful with any outfit… even though when I first bought them I didn’t think I would wear them as often as I have done.. but OH MY do they get a lot of wear! My bag was my BEAUTIFUL one from LYDC*.. definitely one of my faves for Spring… the colour is just perfect right!? I knew to pull the whole look together I had to wear a nude hijab… anything else just wouldn’t have looked right! ARE YOU PROUD OF ME FOR NOT WEARING BLACK GUYS?

Now this outfit is just perfect for Spring days right? BUT how do we adjust it to suit the chillier evenings? PUT A JUMPER OVER IT OF COURSE! Have a peek below to see how it looked…..

Look 2♥

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Doesn’t it just transform how the whole outfit looks? It gives it such a cosy feel .. which I LOVE so much! I love the camel colour, and it just adds such a lovely layered look.. don’t be afraid of layering darlings.. it adds SO MUCH to any outfit! You can keep a jumper like this in your handbag or your car.. and just add it on when the evening comes round! And THERE YOU HAVE IT… A perfect outfit with gorgeous spring colours.. BUT you are not shivering your little legs off!

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Outfit Details♥

Dress: H&M

Jeggings: Topshop

Shoes: Topshop

Bag: LYDC London*

Jumper: New Look

So lovelies… there you have it! Two outfits to make sure you look amazing for the crazy British weather we have! I highly suggest mixing your winter and spring fashion items to make the most of your wardrobe in the awkward switch over seasons we have! I hoped you liked this outfit lovelies!

Right angels… I will be spending my day editing my video to go up tomorrow.. if you have NOT seen my first YouTube video/subscribed to my channel.. you can find the link HERE to have a peek! Make sure to let me know what you think AND give me any suggestions for future videos!

Also… you have ONE more day to enter my giveaway with LYDC bags.. so make sure to check out my post HERE on how to enter!

So loves… it is the WEEKEND! I do not have any set plans.. but I do know I want to film another video and make a note of my future blog posts.. I have SO many exciting ideas… WHERE can I find the time to write these though? There is just NOT ENOUGH hours in the day ha!

I really hope you have a wonderful weekend darlings.. let me know what your plans are! Also.. if you have any tips for styling Spring outfits then make sure to let me know! I will see you all in my next post.. and VIDEO on Saturday!!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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Spring DIY: Make-Up Storage & Room Decor

Hiya Darlings!♥

Happy Monday!! Hope you all have had a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!! Who got some sun? I was SO happy that Sunday was SUCH a beautiful day … it definitely felt like Spring had arrived.. lets just hope it lasts ey? To make the most of the weather.. I took some outfit photos (as you do)… and OF COURSE this one had to be a Spring appropriate outfit too… so make sure to keep your eyes out for that lovelies!

Right… I cannot even tell you how EXCITED I am for this blog post. For those of you who do not know.. I LOVE getting crafty and working on DIY projects… I LOVE creating things out of old jars, boxes and tins, as well as getting out my sewing machine and making my own make up bags and pillowcases! Might I add I am quite nifty at crocheting too :D. I just WISH I had more time to spend on making things! So… with Spring arriving.. I thought WHY NOT show my lovely blogging babes how to make some DIY projects!?

So.. of course I thought.. what is something that probably EVERYONE has after winter time (I am talking candle jars, gift boxes, plenty of decorative paper.. and maybe some glitter?). Don’t worry if you don’t have this stuff lying around lovelies.. I will give you some tips/advice on where you can find all of this for VERY CHEAP !

Now.. the things that I will be showing you how to make will include make-up storage and some pretty Spring decor for your room! So take a peek below angels…

What You Will Need/Where To Pick It Up From:

  • Jars – You can pick these up from your kitchen.. come on guys we all have empty pasta sauce/jam jars. For all you candle obsessed people (ahem.. myself).. I am sure you will have jars stashed away in your cupboards!
  • Metallic Spray Paint – Any craft store (even places like Wilkinsons, The Range and B&M.. and if you have time/the patience.. Ebay.)
  • Glitter – I picked up mine from a craft store and B&M. If you want .. you can buy in bulk on Ebay. Of course darlings.. you can get whatever colours you want!
  • Craft Beads – Poundland.. MY FACE WHEN I SAW THESE … I was originally going to use rice and dye it with food colouring (which is also a FAB and easy idea!)
  • Fake Flowers – I picked up mine from Wilkinsons, but any homeware/craft store do these! These are ESSENTIAL for making your room look Spring-y (is this even a word? Ha!)
  • PVA glue – Craft store… you can also pick this up from a Poundshop too in the kid’s craft section!
  • Masking Tape – YOU WILL HAVE THIS IN A DRAWER HIDDEN AWAY SOMEWHERE
  • Ugly photoframes – I picked all mine up from a charity shop. Charity shops are AMAZING for finding jars/frames.. and just anything that needs a revamp! AND everything is SUPER CHEAP..YAY!
  • Shoe boxes – Us bloggers will have plenty stashed away under our beds
  • Pretty paper
  • Hot Glue Gun – This is ESSENTIAL.. this glue is SO strong and easy to use! TRUST ME.. if you LOVE DIY projects.. it is worth picking one up!

OK LET’S GET ON TO THE FUN PART! I will talk you through how to make a few different things.. but honestly as long as you have the things above.. it is ALL YOU and how creative you want to get! I think that is what I LOVE about DIY… you can literally make something exactly the way you want it.. there are no rules so GO WILD!

Jars♥

Literally the best thing you can have to start a DIY… you can make SO many things with these! BUT FIRST.. how do you get leftover wax/labels off? Well…

  • Put the jar in the freezer for half an hour
  • Tap the jar on the bottom and the wax will fall straight out! You might need to get your scissors out and cut up the wax so it is small enough to take out of the jar! Just watch your fingers loves!
  • To remove the label.. use some hot, soapy water and remove what you can of the label. Then, use nail polish remover to remove any glue. Nail polish remover is AMAZING for removing leftover glue/paint!

So… let’s talk you through how to make some BEAUTIFUL JARS!

Brush Holder♥

This is on of my FAVOURITE things I made because it is just SO EASY! All I did was apply a thin layer of PVA glue (TRUST ME.. you only need a thin layer!) to the bottom half of the jar.. and sprinkle some silver glitter on! I left it to dry overnight.. filled it halfway with my craft beads.. and then placed my brushes in! OH.. don’t forget to spray ANYTHING glittery with hairspray so you don’t get fallout! Yay!!!

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Spring Decor♥

So.. I wanted to use jars to make some pretty Spring decor for my room. So.. I made one glittery one and one silver one! For the glittery one.. all I did was spray paint the jar gold.. applied PVA glue ALL over the jar and then sprinkle a mixture of gold and silver glitter! SO EASY! For the silver one… I drew out some hearts on some masking tape and stuck them onto the jar. I then spray painted the jar silver.. left to dry and VOILA! I then put the fake flowers in.. and your room INSTANTLY looks more cheery!

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Cotton Pad and Q-Tip Holder♥

Now.. I LOVE having my cotton pads and q-tips on display.. I think it is SO much quicker and easier to find them, rather than digging around in your drawers! I also think it gives your room a slightly more “spa-like” feel… do you guys know what I mean? I hope so!! These are SO SO EASY TO MAKE.. this is where your masking tape comes in handy! For the cotton pad holder.. put some masking tape round the bottom of the jar … and spray paint the top half. Once this has dried, hot glue gun some cute little stickers all around! Woo! For the q-tip holder.. apply some masking tape to the middle of a little jar and spray paint it gold. Once it is dry.. apply a thin layer of PVA glue to the middle, sprinkle some glitter on and then hairspray to set once it is dry! I honestly LOVE both of these so so much!!

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Teacup Lipstick Holder♥

I thought of this DIY when I saw some teacups in a charity shop… it also reminded me of Beauty and the Beast!! So… this was also SO easy to make! I applied a thin layer of PVA glue on the top of the cup, sprinkled some glitter on and left to dry! Then.. half fill it with craft beads.. and hairspray the glitter! Arrange your favourite products as you like.. and there you have a Disney inspired holder for all your lipsticks!

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Pretty Photo Frames – GREAT storage for your perfumes/everyday makeup!♥

This is one of my favourite projects to do because I think the end result is absolutely stunning.. and they add a real “luxury” feel to your makeup storage! So.. get your photo frames and remove the glass so you are just left with the wooden bit! All I did with mine was spray paint them and sprinkle glitter all over! Once they had dried.. I put some pretty paper in the frame (where you would normally put your picture).. and then used them as pretty makeup trays!! You can do SO MUCH with these and really customize them.. give it a go loves!

Nail Polish Holder♥

I found this glass tray with a lid from a charity shop – I think it is actually a small oven dish (hehe!). This was SO easy to make too… I just sprayed the bottom with the silver paint, and for the lid.. I put PVA glue over it and sprinkled glitter on it! Once it had dried.. I hot glued a small drawer handle onto it so I could open it easily! And.. it is done! You have an ADORABLE little tray with a lid… perfect for lipsticks or nail polishes!

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Beauty Box♥

Now.. It is SO easy to make shoe boxes look pretty AND they make FAB storage for the inside of your drawers! All I did with mine was spray paint it white (you can glue some pretty paper on it if you want!).. then made little compartments by cutting up the lid of the box and sizing them up to make the sizes I wanted! I glued some pretty paper on the bottom of the box and also on the sides… then hot glued them to they were secure! You can make SO many of these so all your drawers are organized.. everyone has boxes/cardboard lying around.. you may as well make the most of them hehe!

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So lovelies… there you have some inspiration to use up your old jars/boxes AND make your room/dressing table look pretty, organized and ALL SET FOR SPRING! Should we see how it all looked?

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Quick secret though guys… this set up is in my mum’s room (it has the best lighting hehe!!)… as my room is RUBBISH for taking pictures!! I LOVE the look of everything though! I would LOVE to know what you think AND also if you have a go at making some!

So angels… I hope you enjoyed this…. make sure to leave me a comment to let me know if you give any a go!

Right darlings.. let’s have a quick catch up before I go ey? I am SO ready for Spring.. so be prepared to see some Spring outfits AND my make-up faves for this season! Also… let me know if you have any Spring trends you are looking forward to! I am hoping to buy a few essentials for Spring so will definitely put up a haul post once I do! Also.. guess what angels? I have A WEEK OFF WORK NEXT WEEK (Easter week).. so that literally means a week of relaxing, blogging, getting myself organized AND just everything I don’t have time to do when I am at work! Cannot wait WOOP!

I am going to love you and leave you know lovelies.. so have a wonderful week and I will see you in my next one!!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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London Diaries: OOTD, Essentials & LYDC♥

Hey loves!♥

Happy Sunday… how has your weekend been so far?! Hope you have had an amazing one!! I have just had a very lazy, chilled Saturday (especially after my busy weekend last week!).. I’ve just spent the day taking blog photos.. reading some blogs (obviously).. and then just having some relaxing time!! I think it is always SO helpful to just have a weekend (especially if your week is SO full on and busy) to literally just chill out and not do too much (OK.. what I am trying to say is just spend the weekend at home being a lazy slob HA!)… DON’T JUDGE ME GUYS.. I have not had one of these weekends for a while hehe!

RIGHT THEN…. lets get on with this shall we! I am so excited for this post (as I seem to be about every single one HA!) – if you read my previous post HERE about my time at the Bloggers_Hangout event, you would know that I was going to do ANOTHER post about my trip to London, which would BASICALLY include my OOTD, travel essentials and just general chit chat! SO… I really hope you like this style of post my loves! Have a peek below……

Now… I want to give you a quick few tips that I followed when I travelled to London that definitely helped.. and some things I DIDN’T DO WHICH YOU GUYS SHOULD AVOID TOO! So hopefully girlies.. this will make your coach/train/car journey to anywhere a little bit easier!

Do’s♥

DO – Leave your house without makeup (GASP!).. I know.. but honestly I had to get on the coach at 5:40am.. and this would mean waking up probably a whole HALF HOUR EARLIER THAN I HAD TO.. doing my makeup in darkness AND trying to apply eye-liner/mascara to the world’s puffiest eyes – NOT FUN GUYS. Also.. if you tend to doze off on your journey, your make-up has died already. I did my makeup on the coach (yes.. it was difficult BUT I WAS SUCCESSFUL!).. but you can always do it when you stop off somewhere

DO – Stretch your legs when you can – if you are on a coach/train, whenever it makes a stop, just get up from your seat and walk down the aisle and back to your seat.. this helps avoid your poor feet getting swollen/falling asleep

DO – Double up your huge tartan scarf as a blanket… this was a lifesaver for me. Coaches can get quite chilly .. AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO TO GET IT WARMER.. So my scarf was a LIFESAVER for me and my sister

Don’ts♥

DON’T – Leave the house without headphones/a phone charger/back up charger. I had my back up chargers for my phone.. BUT WE FORGOT HEADPHONES!! So this resulted in me and my sister watching Gossip Girl with SUBTITLES.. I hate subtitles ha! We actually picked up a pair from London for the journey home (obviously they were cheap and broke.. but hey, they lasted us our trip!). I know this might sound weird.. but I actually do not own any decent headphones AT ALL! I think I really need to get myself some guys!

DON’T – Overdo it on the water. I know.. I cannot believe I am writing this either. I am the biggest water drinker EVER.. But I cannot even deal with coach toilets! If you are on a car journey.. then it is fine because YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER STOPS ETC.. But with coaches they normally never give you time to stop at services etc. Instead.. I stuck to eating things like grapes/strawberries etc.. and sipped on water every now and again to keep myself hydrated – BUT NOT GULP DOWN A WHOLE LITRE LIKE I USUALLY DO!

OK… So these are just a few tips I picked up through my PERSONAL experiences on a long haul coach journey! I would LOVE to know what your tips are loves! It is not usual I use public transport now as I drive.. however, a 4 hour drive to London, then driving/parking in London.. and a 4 hour drive BACK on the same day…hmm, I didn’t really fancy that to be fair :(.

RIGHT THEN… onto the NEXT part of this post.. MY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS!♥

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BLOGGER ESSENTIALS♥

Phone (for obvious reasons)

Camera (again loves.. obvious)

Charger (I don’t know about you.. but my phone cannot go a day without needing to be charged again AT LEAST ONCE!)

Headphones (please see my DON’T list above)

Purse (where else are we going to store our business cards loves)

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TWO KINDS OF SPRAY♥

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Facial spray (I have my make-up setting one, but I also had my rosewater toner.. it is AMAZING at making you feel more awake on boring coach journeys… AND it makes your skin feel amazing!)

Body Spray (I do NOT fancy carrying around a beautiful BUT BLOODY HEAVY perfume battle all day – so WOO for sprays in plastic bottles that smell yummy!)

THINGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL PRETTY♥

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Make-up (as mentioned above.. I had my WHOLE make-up bag with me to do my make-up on the coach.. BUT my essentials are definitely eye makeup, highlighter, a bright lipstick – OH and concealer)

Hand cream & Lip Balm – (come one loves… I cannot be the only one who LOVES putting these on.. I feel like I am having a little pamper sesh in my seat when I do!)

THINGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL CLEAN/ALIVE♥

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Make-up wipes – (for taking off makeup on the DREADED JOURNEY HOME – and to also save you if you make a mistake whilst applying your make-up on a BUMPY COACH

Tissues – (tissues are just everything.. where would we be without tissues guys?)

Toothpaste & Toothbrush – (I carry these around DAILY haha! So of course.. they are an absolute ESSENTIAL for travelling.. especially if you have had a bit of a snooze and just want to feel refreshed.)

Chewing Gum – (Can help if you feel sick whilst travelling, and also just as a general refresher)

Painkillers – (FOR THAT DREADED HEADACHE YOU WILL MOST LIKELY GET FROM BEING ON A COACH SO LONG)

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Snacks – (Oooh… definitely an essential for me guys.. I cannot go 5 hours without SOME SORT OF SNACK. Keep the snacks “clean” and small.. fruit, breakfast bars and some cheeky chocolate will keep your energy up until you can get some PROPER FOOD)

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So.. they were my little SAVIOURS on my coach trip! Make sure to let me know what travel essentials YOU need! Of course.. ALL of these (and more.. make sure to check out my What’s In My Bag post) were stored in my FAVOURITE HANDBAG EVER*. This bag just literally comes EVERYWHERE with me… it is honestly the BEST bag for travelling (for me anyways :P)… it is SO spacious and structured, so everything just stays PUT and doesn’t fly around everywhere! It is also SO BEAUTIFUL.. and matches with practically every outfit I have. I think another ESSENTIAL for travelling is definitely a backpack style bag… with my FAVOURITE being THIS ONE from LYDC .. I just LOVE the colour of it.. SO PERFECT FOR SPRING!♥

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You can check out LYDC London for similar bags.. I have *all the heart eyes* emojis when I look at their range! Make sure to check them out… AND don’t forget to use my code “SAIRA10” to get 10% off!

Outfit Of The Day♥

Let’s get onto… my OUTFIT NOW WOO! Of course if you KNOW ME BY NOW GUYS (which I hope you do).. you know my obsession with pinafores. So OF COURSE.. I had to have a pinafore for my trip to London right? Have a peek below angels!♥

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Ohhhh I just cannot get over how much I love this pinnie .. it is also from New Look just like my denim one.. but this one is SO COMFORTABLE and soft.. and I also know I can wear it for work too, YAY!

I am in absolute LOVE with my speckled jumper… I saw it in a charity shop the day before I went to London and FELL IN LOVE. I ADORE jumpers of this style and colour… so literally GRABBED IT! It also kept me SO WARM.. I know this jumper will look absolutely perfect with my denim pinnie too! Trust me girlies.. if you haven’t already .. go out and buy a pinnie!

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I knew I would be walking around ALL DAY.. so I wore my trusty black Primark ankle boots.. I could literally walk up a mountain in these (erm..OK.. maybe that is exaggerating HA!).. BUT I definitely had no trouble walking round London AND hopping on and off the underground in these shoes.. I LOVE THEM! For my hijab.. I just stuck to my favourite black and white one to finish off the look!

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GUESS WHO IS ROCKING NUDE LIPS GUYS! I am LOVING them so far.. definitely a change from my regular red/berry tones.. but nude lips are PERFECT for spring!

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So that was my outfit for that day … I definitely felt SO comfy but well put together too! I definitely think black pinafores have a smarter “feel” about them… and I adore mine!

Outfit Details♥

Black Pinafore – New Look

Speckled Jumper – Charity Shop

Bag and Pom Pom – LYDC*

Shoes – Primark (Similar HERE)

Hijab – Market

Lipstick – MAC Velvet Teddy & Kiko Milano 06

SO ANGELS.. For the rest of the day me and my sister just spent some hours strolling round London as you do.. I literally LOVE the city SO much.. and need to come here more often (it is SUCH a struggle when you live up North though!)… I will hopefully be planning a weekend trip here JUST FOR THE SHOPPING YAY!

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OK THEN… I REALLY hope you liked this insight into my day at London as well as the tips/advice for travelling! I would LOVE to know what your tips are.. and also if you have been to London lately (OR IF YOU LIVE IN LONDON!). I was SO excited to put this post up.. so I honestly hope♥ you guys REALLY enjoyed it! I am now going to chill for the rest of my Sunday.. before being back at work tomorrow! I will see you in my next post lovelies!♥

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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HOW TO: Work Full Time & Blog♥

Hiya loves!♥

Hope you have all had a fabulous start to the week! Mine has been VERY busy and fun .. but VERY tiring. On Monday – I got up at 4:30AM for a 5 hour coach journey to London – SO tiring but I literally loved every minute of it! I am sure you all know that I went to my first big blogging event yesterday – which you will hear ALL about later on this week lovelies.. so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!

I am so excited for this post – because it is definitely something that is SO personal and applicable to me, and I know SO many of you have to deal with this too – and that is…  Keeping up a blog whilst having a full time job! 

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Now.. there are two different views that non-bloggers have of us bloggers – and they are.. “Oh, how hard can it be to take a few photos and write a few lines about make-up/clothes” – which I am sure we all know is SO NOT THE CASE.. and this comment can be SO annoying to hear haha! Then we have another.. “Wow.. how on earth do you have time to have a blog with a job etc..”.. this is definitely the question SO many people ask me! So.. perfect opportunity for a post right…… Oh come on let’s be serious ANY opportunity is perfect for a post hehe!

So.. I have been blogging for over 6 months now and usually aim for 3 posts a week… I work full time 8-5, Monday to Friday.. and think I have built up a few tips to ensure I make the most of my time – which means I am always SO happy with every single post I put up… and most importantly, that I enjoy every moment of blogging SO much!

Know Your Priorities

Obviously when you have a job.. you need to completely RULE OUT the hours you are at work and know that your time/mind must ALWAYS be in work mode. At the end of the day loves.. your job is what pays the majority of bills so work must ALWAYS come first… I know it is SO hard but make sure you have your head in the right place whilst at work, and NOT thinking about those beautiful shoes you picked up in the Topshop sale that are just WAITING to be pictured in your next outfit post. I know the struggle girls… but don’t worry – we will talk about making the most of our free time for our blog soon!

Planning

Wow.. I cannot even express to you all the IMPORTANCE of planning. I find it helps to have a “Blogging Journal” – this is my little life-saver when it comes to noting down what posts I am going to write and WHEN I am writing them/scheduling them etc. Unfortunately for us working girlies.. we cannot always think of a post and start writing it straight away.. (boo!!).. SO this is why planning is SO important. Personally, I make a note of the titles of my posts a week ahead, so I always know what I am writing for that week. I used to have a schedule for specific days and what I would post.. however this was a FAIL (haha!).. so now I just blog about whatever I want and put it up on whatever day I want! As long as I know what I am writing for the week – I am good to go!

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Make The Most Of Weekends

One thing that I ALWAYS do on weekends is take ALL my photos for the week ahead.. as we all know the struggles of taking pictures in RUBBISH lighting right? I like to set aside a few hours, get together all my products/blog props, find a GOOD spot and take pictures to my hearts content! ALL my outfit pictures are taken on the weekend too and I normally like to take two OOTD pictures in one go! I know SO many of you are aware of how TIME CONSUMING taking photos can be – so knowing that I have 3-4 lots of pictures ALWAYS helps when blogging! ALSO.. you can bulk write… however I am yet to do this as I much prefer writing my posts the day before I put them up.. I like my blog posts to feel like they are a conversation between myself and you lovely lot.. so if a post was written a week ago, I don’t feel like it has that “personal” touch!. HOWEVER.. it is completely up to you if you like to bulk write…It can definitely save SO much time!

Schedule Tweets

This has been an absolute LIFE-SAVER for me… I know I cannot spend my WHOLE day on Twitter.. as much as I would LOVE TO… so I always schedule tweets for when I am busy working away! This just means that all your hard work you put into your post the night before is still being seen by your lovely readers! It also means that you are not GLUED to your phone whilst you are supposed to be working hehe! My favourite programme to use is Buffer.. I definitely recommend it.. it is SO easy!

See Blogging As “Me Time”

For me.. my blog is my hobby and I absolutely LOVE coming home after a long day at work and either writing up my post, reading other blogs or editing photos! I see it as “me-time”, and I think the second you start seeing blogging as a “hassle” or a “job”.. it can start to be stressful and not enjoyable. Literally girlies.. I LOVE sitting down with a cuppa and just spending a few hours in my little blogging bubble! ALSO.. SO many Twitter chats are in the evening.. so you will be able to take part in SO many of these if you want to wind down after a long day at work! They are the BEST way to network with SO many other bloggers.. I LOVE them and have met SO many of my blogging babes through them!

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Do NOT Compare Yourself To Full-Time Bloggers

Remember – you have other priorities that take up your time on a daily basis – full-time bloggers can use their whole days to put time into their blog/social media/networking.. so you should never compare yourselves to them as there will be quite a difference! HOWEVER.. this is NOT to say your blog cannot be amazing.. OF COURSE IT IS… If you blog because you love it, then your blog will honestly be the best it can be.. regardless of how much time you have to put into it!

It Is OK To Have A Break

Don’t worry if it sometimes gets all too much.. if you need a break, TAKE IT! No matter how much you love your blog… if you just do not feel like blogging, DON’T DO IT. There is nothing worse than typing up a post you are just not 100% happy with, and feeling “forced” to upload it just for the sake of it. If one day… your job has just left you feeling SO tired.. take some time out. Working full time is tiring loves.. we all need time away from EVERYTHING every now and again. Have a lush bath, eat some chocolate, cry a little if you need to, get some well deserved rest.. and wake up the next morning feeling SASSY and ready to get back onto it!

So loves.. that is how I have managed to keep a blog that I am 100% happy with AND work full time too! Of course.. every blogger is different.. so I am SO open to any more tips any of you have! ALSO.. I know SO many of you are still at Uni/School AND have blogs… so I would love to know any tips you have! I also know there are SO many mummy bloggers who juggle work AND kids.. you are AMAZING.. I would LOVE to know how you manage too!! I really hope this post helped you in SOME way… make sure to let me know what you thought darlings!!

Right then angels… I still have another day off work.. before it is back for Thursday.. and then working from home on Friday… Phew! I am lucky to have had such a chilled out week .. I do SLIGHTLY miss the busy-ness of work though (I know call me crazy ha!). I cannot WAIT to put up my next post loves.. it will be ALL about my trip to London AND about the fabulous Blogger_Hangout event I went to!  I will see you there angels?!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Feeling the BUZZ with Magnitone♥

Hey lovelies!!!♥

Have you all had a lovely weekend?? Hope so! I spent Saturday going into town and just picking up a few essentials really – deodorant, cotton pads, black tops… yep nothing too exciting hehe! I then took 3 blog posts’ worth of photos.. Woooo!.. and just chilled for the rest of the day! OH… I also ordered some business card for my blog… Ahhhhhh… I am literally SO excited to receive them I cant even tell you! If you read my blog/follow my Twitter, then you will know I will be going to London in 2 weeks for a bloggers event, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give other bloggers/brands my business cards! I will DEFINITELY show you all when I have them, eeek!!♥

Right.. I am literally SO excited for this post loves!! It is featuring an item that has slowly become one of my most favourite things EVER… and it is the Magnitone BareFaced Vibrasonic Daily Facial Brush!* So… I took part in a Twitter chat run my Bloggers_Hangout and was actually lucky enough to be sent the Magnitone for reviewing (eeeeeek.. STILL CANNOT BELIEVE IT). Oh gosh.. my excitement when I received the box in the post…. which by the way was packaged SO beautifully.. it was bright pink!! The Magnitone comes with:

  • the Two Mode Vibra-Sonic™  Facial Brush with a protective cap
  • a charger (which is magnetic and I literally couldn’t get over how COOL that was.. OK guys maybe I do get a little excited over small things!)
  • a plastic pouch to store it in
  • a membership card & 12 months warranty

So… lets get onto the fun part shall we? Actually USING it! I popped it on charge for a few hours, then went to the bathroom to try it! At first I used the Magnitone with my Movis soap from Lush.. I put some of the soap on my face, and then started using the Magnitone. I have since starting using Rituals Sensational Soft Cleanser in the morning, and Movis at night .. I will explain in more detail in my routines below! I love that it has a timer so you know when to swap from one part of your face to the other – although I do admit I was a little bit slow at first and had to turn it on again HA… I have since mastered it :D. All you literally have to do is just run the brush over your cheeks/chin/nose/forehead and move it in circular motions… no need to scrub hard or apply ANY sort of pressure at all! That is what this little baby is doing for you!

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I am not even exaggerating when I say this lovelies.. after the first use, my skin had never looked so polished before. It was tingling slightly which I absolutely LOVED – Magnitone describes it as a workout for your skin, and that is SO TRUE. It increases micro-circulation to your face, which is what gives you that gorgeous glow! My skin also just felt so CLEAN and the brush did such a fabulous job at getting into my pores. And girlies.. this was just after the first use!!

So.. I was absolutely #FEELINGTHEBUZZ (ha!) straight away … even I was SO shocked at how quickly results showed! Let me talk you through how I use the Magnitone for my morning/evening routines.. YES I DO use it 2 times a day… it is gentle enough for you to, AND the bristles on the brush are SO soft! Trust me.. I look FORWARD to washing my face now hehe… I feel like I am at a spa when using it!

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Morning Routine♥:

So… I go to work during the week so initially I thought “Oh.. I won’t have time in the mornings to use the Magnitone!”.. HOWEVER… it is now an essential in my morning routine as it just makes my skin GLOW and really makes it feel SO awake! This may sound SO weird, but I read somewhere that your skin is weighed down by gravity when you sleep making it sag slightly (eeeeek!)… I have found that after using the facial brush, my skin feels naturally “firmed” up… it sounds SO strange loves I KNOW.. but those who have used it will know! RIGHT.. let’s get onto the morning routine (FINALLY.. stop talking Saira!):

Give my face a quick splash of water

Use a 5p sized amount of Rituals Sensational Soft Cleanser, lather it up and apply to my face. Now – the reason I use this in the mornings is because it is SO gentle on my skin – Movis gives my skin quite a deep cleanse so I tend to use this at night!

Turn the Magnitone on, use it on my cheeks first, then my chin, nose and T-zone

Rinse your face well

Give the brush a good rinse once it has stopped buzzing, and leave to dry naturally

Admire how bloody amazing my skin looks (tehehe, slightly vain, but this baby does the job SO well). My skin is literally glowing, like I have had PLENTY of beauty sleep (not the usual 5 hours I get! I also completely miss out the step of toning, because my pores just feel clean anyway!

I then apply my moisturizer (which can I just say goes on SO smoothly since I have been using the Magnitone).. and eye cream!

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SO.. that is my morning routine .. SEE.. it DOES NOT take much time out of your morning routine AT ALL.. and is SO easy to incorporate into your busy lives!

RIGHT LOVES… Should we see how I go about using the brush in the evening?

Evening♥:

Remove ALL my make-up using Garnier’s Micellar Water – STILL my go to make-up remover.. NOTHING removes makeup off my face as AMAZINGLY and gently as this micellar water!

Lather up some Movis on my face, and get to work with the Magnitone! BY THE WAY… I find the Magnitone does not lather up the wash you use on your skin.. I don’t know if this is maybe because the washes I use do not lather up much anyway, or if this is just the way it works! Whichever it is.. I don’t mind because my skin is always left feeling SO clean!

Rinse your face well

I charge my Magnitone during the night.. so it comes with me to my room for charging, all set to use the next morning!

Moisturize my skin and apply eye cream (like in the morning!)

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AND THERE WE HAVE IT! How I use my Magnitone. I also know it is waterproof, so for those of you who like to wash your face in the shower.. YOU ARE IN LUCK!

Right angels – should we see my overall review of the Magnitone?♥

Magnitone claims you will notice results straight away .. HELL YES DO YOU NOTICE THEM! I was HOOKED from the first go! It also states that some people may break out after the first few times of using the brush, as the skin is thoroughly cleansed each time .. I have not noticed this so far (fingers crossed!).. in fact I notice my skin is smoother and does not have those irritating small spots on my face! It definitely does its job at waking you up and making your skin feel SO energized and just GLOWING. I use it twice everyday, and not once has my skin felt sore or dried out.. the brush is SO gentle. I have combination skin, so my cheeks are normal, but I get quite an oily T-zone… I have found that since using the Magnitone, the pores on my nose/forehead have been minimized SO much.. they are almost invisible girlies! Also.. because my skin is left SO polished each morning, putting on my foundation is an absolute BREEZE … it just applies SO smoothly!

The only thing I WISH the Magnitone came with was an additional brush – they recommend you change them every 3 months – but I have had a look online and you can pick up 2 replacement brushes for ONLY £16 – so that is AMAZING!

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I honestly do not know where I would be without my Magnitone.. it has made SUCH a massive difference to how my skin looks and feels. When I mentioned I would be reviewing it.. I had SO many girls say they were considering buying it… GIRL.. get it! The price on their website is £70, but I have noticed Magnitone ALWAYS have discount codes/money off .. I know at the moment you can get 10% off by signing up to their newsletter! It really is worth a buy lovelies… I know you will LOVE it just as much as me! Check out their website HERE loves!

Yay!! I LOVED writing this post so much… especially when it is about something I have LOVED so much! I hope YOU guys enjoyed reading? Make sure to let me know what you thought by commenting! Do you have a Magnitone, or are you thinking of getting one? Let me know loves!

Ok.. SO my plan is to take some outfit pictures today… as it is not raining WOOO! I am not sure what I am doing for the rest of the day … Lets just see what happens! I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira 

xo 

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*I was kindly sent the Magnitone to review. This does not affect my opinions.

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