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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Matte Lips 101: My Faves & Some Tips

Hey strangers.

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

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

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

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

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams

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

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Birthday Suit

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

Velvet Slipper

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

Vino Tinto

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

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

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WHY I love these:

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

NOT so good points:

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

Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition

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

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Shade: Don’t Pink Of It

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

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WHY I love these:

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

NOT so good points:

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

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

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

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WHY I love this:

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

NOT so good points

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

Primark

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

WHY I love this:

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

NOT so good points

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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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!!

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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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Blog Photography 101♥

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 Make-up Reviews!♥

Hey darlings!!♥

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

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

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

Make Up Revolution Golden Sugar Blush Palette♥

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

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(Mind the messy palette.. whoops)

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

Top Row♥

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Bottom Row♥

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

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge♥

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

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

Collection Speedy Highlighter♥

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

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Rimmel 08 & Revlon Matte Lip BalmRevlon Matte Lip Balm

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira♥

xo

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Drugstore Spring Essentials♥

Hey hey loves!♥

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

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

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

Bath/Beauty♥

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Perfect Spring Bath♥

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

Zingy Showers♥

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

Grapefruit Scented Beauties!♥

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

Body Butter♥

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

Face Wash♥

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

Deodorant♥

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

Fresh Faced!♥

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love

Saira♥

xo

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Teen Make-Up Trends vs Now♥

Hiya lovelies…. HOPE YOU HAVE ALL HAD A WONDERFUL WEEKEND SO FAR! What have you been up to? I spent my Saturday being VERY lazy actually (eeeek.. SO unlike me!). It was an all-day pajama day.. I took a few posts worth of blog photos, changed my bedsheets and made some gourmet chicken burgers! Sounds about right doesn’t it? I think Saturdays like this are needed sometimes.. it is SO nice to just chill out and do things at your own pace and not feel rushed! I think the fact that I have a week off work (YAYAYAY) has helped this too… As it means I do not have to worry about cramming everything in on the weekend.. like the usual mad dash I have to deal with!

RIGHT angels….. I have a bit of a chatty/reminiscent post for you today. Now.. I know with the majority of us being beauty bloggers, AND sassy young women, I think we consider ourselves to know quite a bit about the latest beauty trends/what the best products are out there… BUT .. were we always like this? Anybody remember what their makeup/beauty was like back in the day… I think it is time we took a little trip down memory lane ey? Have a peek below darlings and let’s see how many of these make-up “trends” you followed!

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White Eyeshadow♥

Then: One single swipe of bright white eye-shadow all over your eyelid – the SASSIEST eye makeup around! You were definitely the baddest girl EVER when your wore this eye-shadow – EVERYONE ADMIRED YOUR EYE MAKEUP SKILLS. If you were brave enough to use blue eyeshadow.. wow girl.. HATS OFF to you.

Now: Nothing short of perfectly blended eye-shadow with the most PERFECT wing is expected. The only white eye-shadow in sight is in the inner corner of your eyes to brighten them up… after all you are up at the crack of dawn for work.

Panda Eyes♥

Then: DARK, BLACK KHOL WAS YOUR BESTIE! It was THE THING to have the darkest, most mysterious panda eyes EVER. You would go through SO many khol liners, and black eye shadow was NEEDED for making everything STAY in the place

Now: Usually… a single, soft brown/black liner on your waterline is enough… nobody wants black eyes right? WE LAY OFF LOTS OF KHOL NOW RIGHT?

Frosty Lips♥

Then: All you would ever want in life was to have the glossiest, stickiest, most glittery lipgloss EVER. If it was flavoured.. THAT WAS EVEN BETTER. It didn’t matter that your hair got stuck in it every time you went out… all you would need to do is reapply ever hour. Do NOT even get me started on those lipgloss tubes…. it was ESSENTIAL that you built up a collection of these so you could have a different colour every day.. AND brag to your friends about them.

Now: Really though… sticky lipgloss is the WORST. Shiny.. not so bad… glittery.. hmmm… as long as it is SUBTLE. I do not know about you but lipgloss in a tube is a NIGHTMARE… WE NEED PRECISION WHEN APPLYING.

Orange Face♥

Then: Bronzing pearls were your bestie…. you would use a massive fluffy brush (may I add that was used for EVERYTHING ELSE too) and go WILD applying that bronzer. You had to look like you had just been on holiday right? The colour “orange” meant nothing to you… you were “glowing”

Now: Contouring is your babe… and you use precision brushes so you can get the most BEAUTIFUL look on your face. You are an EXPERT at applying bronzer to give you a health glow… no orange-ness in sight. W are smart, sassy ladies and we know to stay away from anything too orange-y

Clumpy Lashes♥

Then: You would never leave the house without at least 5 layers of mascara on… all you saw when you blinked was a black curtain. It was all about having the thickest, clumpiest, most spidery lashes EVER.

Now: Long, fluttery eyelashes that are individually separated … and you NEVER need more than two coats. Sometimes.. falsies may be be used to help increase the length/volume of your BEAUTIFUL lashes… but THERE IS STILL NO CLUMPINESS IN SIGHT

No Brows Whatsoever♥

Then: All your eyebrows would be was a line of hair above your eye.. they would be PLUCKED LIKE MAD every Sunday night.. and any time ANY hair grew.. this HAD to be removed by your trusty tweezers. In fact.. you would even carry these bad boys in your bag so you could do your work on the go

Now: After hating yourself that you got rid of your beautiful brows, you have to deal with the PAINFUL wait of them growing back again (hello monster brows). SOMETIMES THEY DID NOT EVEN GROW BACK! Your eyebrow pencil/wax/powder is your bestie… and beautifully shaped, full brows are the result! Bet we are kicking ourselves now for thinning them out so much when we were younger ey?

Disco Ball♥

Then: Glitter. Glitter in your hair, glitter on your body… glitter on your eyes.. GLITTER EVERYWHERE. You were practically a WALKING DISCO BALL

Now: Glitter on ANYTHING is a no go. Except maybe eyeshadow… if you are doing fancy dress….

So there we have it darlings!! I really hope this post made you giggle.. Ohhhh to be young and carefree again (ha!).. it really is SO funny to think back about how your makeup was when you were in school. Bet you never thought we would be looking back and giggling at ourselves! DO NOT even get me started on hair/fashion when we were younger.. that is a WHOLE post in itself. Butterfly clips, crimped hair and coloured hair extensions anyone?

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Right darlings… the sun is shining outside….  Spring is OFFICIALLY HERE (YES!!).. So I am going to enjoy the BEAUTIFUL weather (make the most of it before it starts raining again ha!).. I really hope you enjoy the rest of your day! Make sure to let me know what other make-up trends you followed when you were younger.. AND if you followed any of these too!!

See you all in my next one lovelies!

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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Fashion Faves OOTD♥

Hiya darlings!!!♥

It is SO NICE to sit down and blog!! I feel like I have been away for ages.. even though my last post was on Tuesday HA! I have had a very hectic few days recently.. and cannot WAIT for the weekend woop! Work is just CRAZY busy as usual and all I ever do in my evenings is eat, blog and sleep! Life of a working blogger ey? Have you all had a wonderful week loves?

Now.. this post will be an OUTFIT OF THE DAY YES YES! I will also have a quick update for you all.. and then also a VERY special announcement! So…let’s get on with the outfit details.. because after it there will probably be A LOT OF WRITING ha!

This outfit is featuring some of my FAVOURITE items recently… and I am SO in love with how this outfit turned out!

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I am sure you all remember my STUNNING fur lined gilet (post on styling it HERE) .. which was an absolute GEM that I found in a charity shop… it is such a beautiful layering piece.. and I have been wearing it SO much! Seriously though guys.. NOTHING BETTER THAN A DENIM VEST!

I wore this BEAUTIFUL camel jumper from New Look… I just am SO in love with the colour AND it is the perfect transition piece for Spring!

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Another item I have been obsessed about recently (OK.. this post is just basically a post about EVERYTHING I have been obsessed with recently ha!)… is something I actually pinched from my husband (hehe)… this GORGEOUS scarf! I personally think it made me look slightly like a pilot (ha!).. what do you guys think?

I am sure you guys remember at one point I was IN LOVE with midi skirts… I felt as though my skater skirts were slightly neglected… so of course OUT THEY CAME! I LOVE this basic black one (which might I add is VERY old)… it is just SO versatile and you can wear it with SO many different items!

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Of course.. I had to wear my trusty black boots! I actually wore some browns one first but changed them before I left because THERE WAS TOO MUCH BROWN HA!

My bag obviously had to be LYDC guys… I just LOVE this nude one … it is such a PERFECT size to fit everything I need.. and as it is over the shoulder.. it is AMAZING for long shopping trips/days out! Yay!

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Oh… speaking of nudes…I have found my new FAVOURITE nude lipstick from Clinique.. I will actually be doing a post on my makeup favourites for spring.. and OF COURSE this will be featuring!!

Outfit Details♥

Denim Gilet – Charity Shop

Jumper – New Look

Skirt – H&M

Boots – New Look

Bag – LYDC London*

Hijab – Market

So angels.. I really hope you liked this outfit.. It was one of those “I just chucked it on but I actually love how it looks” moments.. I LOVED how the colours/textures just went together! Woo!

Now… time for our catch up! I want you guys to know what is going on with me and what is coming up on my blog.. just because I LOVE interacting with you! I class you all as my friends and appreciate the time you guys put into reading/commenting on my blog! I have loved seeing my little blog grow and also  am so grateful for all the opportunities my blog has given me!

I actually held my first mini giveaway with Coconut Lane on my Twitter a few days ago which was SUCH  a success! I LOVE the brand SO much (make sure to check them out.. AND get 20% off using my code “glitterglass20”).. so LOVED holding the giveaway for them!

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NOW .. speaking of giveaways.. I will actually be holding a giveaway on my blog where you have the opportunity to WIN a bag of your choice from LYDC London (eeeeeeeeek!). You all KNOW how much I love their bags! Don’t worry lovelies I will have a full post with all the instructions of how to enter! I cannot WAIT for it.. I just feel like it is a little thank you to you guys for supporting me throughout my blogging journey!

YAY!!! I have SO many exciting posts too darlings… My DIY post will be up very soon too! I am the biggest lover of DIY projects/organizing things… I just WISH I had more time! I actually have a whole week off work soon (AHHHHH!!)… so will be using my time WISELY for chilled out blogging days.. and a few fun days too!!

OH.. I also went to The Body Shop event yesterday for the promotion of their British Rose range.. and it was honestly SO much fun! I LOVE speaking to the team working there and also meeting other bloggers! I will have a post with a lot more detail and photos!

I think I will love you and leave you know darlings…. Have a FABULOUS Friday.. and guess what.. IT IS THE WEEKEND YAY!! Cannot wait to see you all in my next posts!!!

Lots of Love

Saira

xo

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Oh Look.. It’s A Black OOTD♥

Hey loves! It is the WEEKEND YAY!!! Have you had a good week? WHO ELSE GOT SNOW?! Yes… SNOW in March… this is definitely becoming a regular thing in the UK now ha! Snow in March, heatwaves in October…. WHAT ON EARTH IS WITH THIS BIZARRE WEATHER! I know myself and SO many other people just want it to be Spring now! Fingers crossed for some sun in the next few weeks!

So.. guess what I have today… it is an OUTFIT post.. and even better.. IT IS AN ALL BLACK ONE (ha!). Who says that just because it is March that I have to pack my black clothes away… I will STILL be wearing them in Summer hehe! As much as I am excited for the Spring weather to start… I really have been trying to make the most of my jumpers/cozy clothes before they are all packed away! Let’s have a peek below….

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Now lovelies… I was rooting around my wardrobe and I came across this BEAUTIFUL jacket that I got from a Mango outlet a few years ago… and I almost KICKED myself as I had gone the WHOLE of winter without wearing it! The poor thing must have fallen off the hanger and just lived on my wardrobe floor. It honestly is such a stunning little jacket… and I was just picturing so many different outfits I could wear this with! The black/grey/white colour means it is SO versatile (yay!).. and I am in LOVE with the ‘bomber’ style of it too… I know bomber jackets are quite popular for Spring.. so HERE I AM ROCKING THE TREND EARLY wooop!

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I knew from the second I saw this jacket that my outfit would be an all black one… and you know how I LOVE being a wild child and mixing textures in outfits… so OF COURSE I wore my lace top that I picked up from a Charity shop for £2 😛. I wore my black jeggings which I honestly CANNOT be without… I LOVE that they are a lovely style that never EVER gets loose around the knees and they are so comfy! I usually pick mine up from a local market for a tenner (BARGAIN HUNTER HA!)… but I cannot WAIT to pick up a pair of Joni jeans from Topshop too! I am also going to be branching out into boyfriend style jeans (GASP.. I know.. I have been in SUCH a rut of only wearing skinnies!).. but I can just imagine SO many outfit variations with them! I will be picking up a pair from Primark … that way I do not feel AS guilty if I only end up wearing them once because I look ridiculous ha! But HEY.. I WILL TRY MY BEST to make them work…. and possibly put up a post to show YOU how to style them.. especially for us short girls out there.. GIVE ME A WAVE GIRLS.. we know the struggles right?

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This look was completed with some black ankle boots, my baby (well… my beautiful handbag) and DARK VAMPY LIPS! How long do you think I can get away with wearing these? I also just wore a black hijab… anything else would have just been wrong right? I also have’Sweet Sherry’ by Model’s Own* on my nails… LOVE THIS SHADE SO MUCH.. and I actually had this on my nails for a WHOLE WEEK before it started to chip!

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Trying to bring SOME summer into this outfit hehe … LOVE my pineapple phone case SO much.. pick yours up from Coconut Lane AND get 20% using my code “glitterglass20” 🙂 They also have paired up with LYDC London for an AMAZING giveaway at the moment where you can win £150 worth of vouchers to spend on them! MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT COCONUT LANE’S BLOG FOR DETAILS ON ENTERING!

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I have a little guest appear in these photos too…. I had my sister take my outfit photos for me and my niece wanted to make an appearance! I cannot even tell you how many shots she came into ha!

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Outfit Details♥

Jacket – Mango Outlet

Top – Charity Shop 

Jeggings – Market

Bag* – LYDC (Similar HERE)

Boots – New Look

Lipstick – MUR 100% Vamp

SO … that is my outfit! I am so so in LOVE with this jacket.. MAKE SURE you root through your cupboards guys.. you never know WHAT you might find! I will also be having my wardrobe clear out soon… post idea? Hmmmm? I am honestly BUZZING with so many post ideas… I just have to find the time to write them all hehe!

I promise you I will have some Spring style outfits up soon… please can I just enjoy the last few minutes of winter fashion (pretty please?). I really hope you liked this look! Make sure to let me know what you think.. AND if you have ANY post you want me to put up.. LET ME KNOW LOVES!! Your comments and suggestions are AMAZING and I always take them on board! LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU ALL!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend… keep me updated on what you get up to! I will hopefully be picking up a few bits for a new post (WHICH I CANNOT WAIT FOR!)… so I hope you stay tuned for that!! I will see you in my next one angels!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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