June Beauty Favourites!

Well hello there♥

Wow… could I sound any creepier.. HA! I know.. it has been a WHILE! As I am sure many of you know… I have been fasting for the month of Ramadan.. meaning tiredness for me has kicked in MASSIVELY! Unfortunately.. this has meant my beloved blog has been slightly neglected (boo!).. I honestly miss blogging regularly SO much (even though it has only been about 3 weeks)… but I have literally been SO exhausted. However, it is so nice to spend more time with family and just using this month to really reflect on everything you have and be grateful for it too.

So… I am sure you all know I will be going on holiday soon too! I have decided that I will be having my first “blogging break” when I go.. so this means I will not schedule any posts videos for the week I am away. I want this week to be fully focused on enjoying our holiday and just spending some WELL DESERVED time away! BUT… I will be back in the swing of things once I am back (Yay!)… SO..I literally cannot WAIT… and I am also so excited to get back and working on my blog/YouTube again!

RIGHT GUYS.. that is enough of my life update.. I hope that explains why I have not been so active! SO.. onto this actual post ey? Now…. I have still been VERY active with trying and testing new products.. so of course this post had to be all about my favourite items over the past few weeks! OK.. so grab a cuppa, sit back and have a read of my STAPLE items for the past month (or so, hehe).

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Zoella Double Créme Body Cream

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I am sure you would have come across the new Zoella range.. it has literally taking the blogging/YouTube world by STORM. And why wouldn’t it? A new range of beauty items by one of the most popular and successful bloggers EVER … I have been a fan of Zoella for so long.. and when I saw that the theme of her new range was “Sweet Inspirations”… I had to try it! If you want to see what I picked up.. check my YT video here! Now.. I love every single one of the items in this range… but the reason the Body Cream has made a special appearance today is because it is the ONE body cream that has me obsessed with moisturizing my skin in the warmer months. Now… I am the type of girl who is obsessed with body butters in the winter.. but as soon as it gets warmer.. I stop using them! BUT… I use this little angel without fail every single morning! It has the most amazing, sweet almond/honey scent that lingers on your skin for the longest amount of time ever! It sinks into the skin SO quickly.. which is perfect if I am ever rushing in the morning and I don’t have time for my moisturizer to sink in. And guys.. the packaging. I do not even need to say anymore.

Redken Pillow Proof Blowdry Express Treatment Cream*

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I received this little beauty a few weeks ago and I was SO exciting to try it. If you guys know me … you will know that I only wash my hair once a week… and this is usually on an evening, right before I go to bed. Now…. nobody likes to sleep with wet hair, so I would always need to do the dreaded chore of blow drying my hair (ahem.. which may I add would take SO long!). This little baby is a blow dry primer and you use it on wet hair to protect your hair against heat, and it also acts as a “mini treatment” for your hair. It also claims to help reduce your blow drying time… now I have tried products that claim to do this before, but have not noticed any reduction in time.. so of course I was a TEENY bit apprehensive when trying it. BUT… guys… this blow dry treatment does EXACTLY THAT.. and MORE! I adore this product so so much… I apply a 50p sized amount through the ends of my hair first, and then I run it through the rest of my hair. I then blow dry my hair (which might I add is dry in around 2-3 minutes instead of the usual 6-7).. ahem.. did I time it? YES I DID. Just so you guys could get a real review and idea of how amazingly this product works. It also helps with that awful, dry feeling the ends of my hair has, and makes it look so much healthier too. This has become a staple whenever I dry my hair.. I am also trying to get my husband to use it too.. hehe.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (Lavender & Rose)*

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I have wanted to try this cult item for so so so long… I am sure you have heard almost every single blogger RAVE about this item… so when I received this item in the post.. I was SO EXCITED TO TRY IT. Let me tell you guys.. I was not disappointed! It has SUCH a luxurious feel to it… I feel like I am really treating my skin every single time I use it. I also have the limited edition Lavender & Rose scented one (AND can we please appreciate the adorable packaging!). It has so many essential oils and natural ingredients in it… and my skin has never felt SO soft, or looked as radiant on a morning. I can honestly see why so many people love this item… and it has been my GO TO makeup remover/cleanser on an evening. If you are a lover of the original C&P, I highly recommend giving this one a go.. the scent is amazing and really relaxes you on an evening!

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation

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I have purchased a few foundations this month… but the one that has stood out to me has to be this one. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! If you saw my previous post… you would have seen how much I raved about this foundation (ahem.. probably as every other blogger has too).. but I really have fallen in love with this product. I adore the packaging (come on guys.. it is just so beautiful to stare at right?), I find it so easy to apply and the finish that it gives is just amazing. If you are a matte lover… I would advise you avoid this foundation… because it does give that glowy sheen to your skin. However.. if you love that finish.. I would suggest caving in and buying it (seriously, do it). It makes your skin look so flawless and literally requires no effort whatsoever when blending.. I really see this as being a perfect foundation if you are on the slightly …. lets say lazier (hehe) side when it comes to makeup… you do not need to pump any product onto your hand (meaning no foundation stains!), it is perfectly blended almost straight away and it is so easy and light to carry in your makeup bag if you need any touch ups! I apply mine using the RT Buffing Brush, by just dipping the brush into the little cushion and then directly to my face! I am SO in love with it!

Crown Satin Finish Foundation*

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Now… do not be fooled by the name of this… unless you like your skin to look VERY dewy (I am talking crazy amounts here guys), I would not use this on its own as a foundation. BUT… mix it with another foundation OR your favourite moisturizer.. and we are talking a whole different ball game! I mixed a pump of this with my Seventeen Stay Time Foundation… and I was SO chuffed with how the finish looked… it illuminated my skin and gave it that “just been sat in the sun and got a slight tan” look! It is so easy to blend and really is a staple for summer makeup! It has slight coverage so you could definitely transform your favourite moisturizer into a tinted one for light coverage.. perfect for holidays! I have been loving mixing a little bit of this in with my L’Oreal Infallible foundation on a daily basis too, and I find it is SUCH a pick me up and really helps my skin look more awake and healthy! LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

Right guys… that is a few items that have stood out to me this past month and have become absolute staples too! I will try to do these every few months or so… as it means I will always have new items to talk to you about! I definitely recommend each and every one of these to you… I have trialed them so you don’t have to.. so all that is left for you to do is go out and buy them (bad influence I know.. muhaha.. your bank will hate me).

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OK LOVES.. I have a VERY busy week ahead of me… I have to get ALL MY HOLIDAY THINGS READY, Eid is also next week, which I am so excited for! I am also HOPING to get 2 or 3 blog posts up next week so you guys have something to catch up on whilst I am away! 

What are your plans for the next few weeks? Have you tried any of the products I mentioned? Are you going on holiday soon?

I am going to love you and leave you now guys… honestly… I cannot wait to be blogging twice a week again.. I miss you! For now… have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

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*Items have been gifted to me for reviewing purposes

 

Have The Best Morning Ever – Summer Edition

Hiya lovelies!

Hope you are doing VERY well! APOLOGIES that it seems like absolutely AGES since I have put up a post.. even though it has only been 4 days. Pah. That is A LOT in the blogging world guys.. trust me. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am fasting for this month due to Ramadan, and as I am sure you can imagine this can be quite exhausting, especially as these are some of the longest days! I love this month though.. if you are Muslim you will know that there is just something so peaceful and special about Ramadan. Anyways… what I am trying to say is that you will probably only see 1 post and 1 video a week JUST FOR THIS MONTH! Then.. I will be BACK ON IT GUYS! Oh.. hold on .. I am then going on HOLIDAY straight after.. muaha! I am not sure if I am going to schedule posts then.. but I will definitely let you know!

ANYWAYS… Lets get onto the post. Now.. you all know that I am 100% a morning person… I LOVE mornings so so much! For me, there is nothing better than being an early bird and up before EVERYBODY else so that I can get my day started. I may sound like a complete alien saying this.. but I DO NOT like sleeping in at all… no matter how many hours of sleep I have had.. you will not catch me still sleeping later than 9am! I know.. am I even human.. ha!

SO… I wanted to give my fellow morning people (and also those of you who are not the biggest fans of mornings) some tips on how you can have the best morning EVER .. and how you can make mornings that little less of a nightmare! AND… as we are also in Summer now (ahem… weather aside)… it had to of course me summer themed right?

How To: Have The Best Morning

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Clean Your Room The Night Before

Whether you are a morning person or not.. one of the worst things that you can wake up to is a messy room. It means you can’t find the things that you need, you create an even BIGGER mess when looking for things.. it is just a vicious circle! SO… give your room a quick tidy the night before… I don’t mean you have to go all out and change the bedsheets/dust around/hoover.. nope.. just TIDY. Put things away, hang clothes back in your wardrobe, find all those odd socks lying around on your floor, bin your used cotton pads… and see how stress-free your morning is with a clean room!

Get Enough Sleep

Nothing will make you feel more refreshed than having a good nights sleep. Now guys.. I am still getting used to this.. I am usually in bed for after midnight and up again at 6am. I know.. NOT the best hours of sleep ey? For some reason.. I am still able to wake up feeling refreshed in the morning! BUT… 7-8 hours of decent sleep is usually enough … and I am sure we all know that TOO MUCH sleep just makes you feel rubbish too!

Wake Up Gradually

Now… I find this helps me SO much .. I like to set an alarm a few minutes before I am actually due to wake up for the morning.. as it makes it that little less daunting. Also.. with it being Summer… it is usually light outside around 4:30-5am.. so this will definitely help you wake up better! ALSO.. draw your curtains and crack open a window as soon as you are up… the light and fresh air will make you feel SO much more awake and ready for the day! This is a definite in Summer.. cannot say it is the best thing to do during Winter though (ha!).

Shower In The Morning

Trust me… showering in the mornings is one of the BEST things you can do to really wake you up and feel ready for the day! Also… for Summer time, when we have those AWFUL humid, sweaty nights where your duvet just seems to be on FIRE .. a shower is definitely a must in the mornings. It might be that you have to drag yourself out of bed and literally crawl to the shower.. but the second you are in.. you will be SO happy that you did! Seriously… try it and let me know how amazing it makes you feel! DEFINITELY one of the best starts to the day!

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Use Products That Make You Feel Happy

Now.. how could this be a post on my blog without adding in a little bit of beauty ey? I know how it can be in the mornings.. you are way too tired and late to even put on body moisturizer, makeup, deodorant… (OK.. maybe not the last one).. but taking some time out to apply these really does make you feel that little bit more pampered and special in the morning! For me… I have been OBSESSED with The Body Shop Pina Colada range.. the scent is SO perfect for Summer and it literally makes you feel like you are on holiday when using it! Also… I find applying lighter makeup that gives your skin that beautiful, fresh faced look is PERFECT for making you feel better in the mornings. If you want.. I did a tutorial on a perfect summer look on my channel.. linked HERE!

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Have Your Outfit/Bag Ready

The worst thing in the morning? Rushing around trying to find your shirt for the day.. realize it has fallen to the back of your cupboard, and then spending the next 10 minutes ironing the awful creases out of it. Nightmare right? Avoid ALL of that by getting an outfit ready the day before.. I take this a little bit too far as I plan/iron all my outfits for the week.. but I just find it helps avoid unnecessary stress in the morning! My favourite things to wear for work for Summer time is loose shirts/blouses with some nice trousers.. and having these ready the night before is SUCH a time saver! Also… make sure your bag is ready too! Nothing worse than losing your keys in the morning!

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Breakfast – Don’t Avoid It

I am sorry to be so cheesy with this phrase.. but breakfast is 100% the most IMPORTANT meal… and skipping it will definitely make you feel groggy and not ready to take on what the morning throws at you! A good way to ensure you never miss breakfast is by preparing something the night before. The best thing to have? Overnight oats.. if you have not tried them.. try them! They are SO easy/quick to prepare, are good for you, and you can also be as creative as you want with them! Just layer oats, some yoghurt (whichever flavour you like!) and top with your favourite fruit (frozen berries work a TREAT)… and anything else you might want to add on! Keep in the fridge overnight.. and when you wake up you know you already have breakfast ready! I find this is such a lovely breakfast to have in the summer too!

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Water & Lemon = My Morning Essential

Having a huge glass of water is an amazing way to start of your morning.. especially in summer time when drinking more water is ESSENTIAL. My way of making it the BEST drink.. add a few slices of lemon. This just adds something special to your water.. and I am so sure we have all heard about the benefits of drinking lemon water! It does SUCH an amazing job at waking your body up and also detoxifying it!

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SO… they are my tips on helping you have the BEST morning ever! I really hope this helps some of you who are not a fan of mornings.. or maybe if you always seem to be rushing around! It doesn’t take much to have a good start .. and you will honestly notice a difference in the rest of your day! Let me know if you are a morning person.. or if you are going to try and incorporate some of these into your morning routine!

Have an amazing weekend guys.. and I will see you all in my next post!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Makeup Removal: Micellar Or Balms?

Hiya!

Good week? Hope you have been making the most of the lovely weather this week! In fact.. today (Sunday) is a right scorcher.. BBQ’s & cold drinks at the ready I think! Honestly.. the sun puts me in SUCH a good mood… I am sure you can only imagine how EXCITED I AM to go on holiday (ahem… 5 weeks.. but whose counting?)

Now.. this post was one of those *OMG literally just popped into my head* type moments.. There I was removing my makeup, pondering life as you do.. when I thought to myself.. “Hmmm… I use quite a few different things to take all my makeup off with.. some depending on how lazy I feel.. others because I think they are fun to use” (you will see what I mean below ha!).. AND there we have it… new blog post idea!

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So… I use two main types of makeup removers.. cleansing balms and micellar waters. I stay away from wipes … they are EVIL! No matter how tired I am .. I never use wipes… in fact I don’t even own a pack ha! I thought I would talk you through the different makeup removers I use.. the pros & cons.. and also which is my favourite (and I DO have one!).

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Cleansing Balms – When I Want to Have Fun Removing Makeup

Now.. I don’t know about you… but some nights I actually REALLY enjoy taking my makeup off.. I use those 15 minutes to really get my skin feeling as clean as possible.. and just to make the experience as “fun” as possible. You are probably thinking, Saira.. what on earth are you going on about, “fun”? Well… I am talking about the amazing things that are Cleansing Balms.. these are solid, rich cleansers that melt to an oil when applied to your face. They work by breaking down all the makeup, dirt & grime so it is easy to remove.. and they also “grab” all the excess oil and sebum (ew) on your skin so you are left with clear skin that is less likely to break out!

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How do you use them?

I usually use a 50p sized amount and warm it up between my fingers first.. then I start on with my face.. I just massage it all over the face and let the balm work its magic in melting off all my makeup. Then.. I go over my eyes and do exactly the same thing. This is where the fun factor comes in guys.. if you ever want to scare your husband/partner… use cleansing balms. I cannot even tell you the look of shock on hubby’s face when I used one of these for the first time ha! In fact.. if you watched my first vlog.. I actually show you it in action! Then.. you would use a muslin or a regular face cloth (I love my £1.50 ones from Primark.. they work a treat!), and just wash it all off your face!

Pros:

They are (almost) suitable for all skin types… they are SO SO gentle so would be perfect for those with sensitive skin. Also.. I have oily skin and they work a dream for me… I know what so many people think.. how does oil/oil work? But it just DOES… My skin is never left feeling greasy!

They add a gorgeous “glow” to your face… it must be all those wonderful, natural ingredients in them!

Nothing removes waterproof mascara like these babies do

It almost feels like you are having a facial when using these… I think it is all that face massaging you do!

Cons:

I have not found this problem… but for those with VERY oily skin… they may find their skin to be quite greasy after using these

It does take slightly longer than other forms of makeup removal.. especially as I personally like to double cleanse too

My Faves

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Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter

This is my latest cleansing balm that I have been using and I literally love it so so much! It is a solid white balm that you just rub between your fingers and apply to your face! It has a gorgeous, light, fresh fragrance and is so gentle on your eyes. I find it works so well and quickly.. and my skin is so soft afterwards. My skin does not feel greasy after, in fact it feels so soft and it actually has a beautiful glow! I usually always double cleanse with this… however a few nights ago I just used this and my skin actually felt like it was thoroughly cleansed! This is also a right bargain.. and you can pick it up for £13

Supernatural Glorious Cleansing Balm*

This was actually my first cleansing balm that I used… and it is absolutely AMAZING! It does such a fab job at removing all your makeup… and this one actually has tiny beads in that help exfoliate your face! Now… I actually used this on my eyes too and never had any problems.. although I was slightly more careful to only use it on my lashes/eyelids and not get any product on the inside! This one has a yummy, fresh, lemon-y scent. Anything lemon scented has me obsessed! I find this one does leave a slight residue on my skin.. but as I am in the habit of double cleansing.. I don’t have any problems! This baby does such an amazing job at making my skin just GLOW! This one is slighter steeper in price at £36.. but if you are looking for a luxurious cleansing balm.. I highly recommend this one!

Micellar Water – Literally Like Water On Your Skin

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I remember when micellar water became popular a few years ago (I am still to try the Bioderma though!). I find these work best when I want something quick to take my makeup off.. but still feel like its thoroughly cleansed in one step. Miceller water works by tiny molecules that grab onto makeup, oil, grime and dirt, allowing you to sweep it all away with a cotton pad!

How Do You Use Them:

I apply a small amount on a cotton pad and sweep this over my face first. I use one pad first to remove all the makeup, then a second one to remove all the dirt and grime. I sometimes even go in for a third time JUST to make sure. Then.. I do the same thing for my eyes… although I do press the cotton pad on my eye for a few seconds .. as I find this makes any stubborn mascara/eyeliner easier to sweep away. Honestly… with micellar water… your skin feels very refreshed and cleansed… so if you were feeling lazy… you could skip double cleansing!

Pros:

They literally feel like water on your skin.. which means no uncomfortable, tingly, stinging feeling

This magical water really does remove every. single. trace of makeup!

There are different formulas if you have dry, sensitive or oily skin!

Micellar waters are so quick and easy to use.. so a definite if you find makeup removal a chore!

Micellar waters are slightly more affordable then cleansing balms

Cons:

For me… micellar waters do not really help my skin look any more radiant or glowing after using them

You use up an AWFUL amount of cotton pads!

They can feel slightly drying on your skin after using them

My Faves

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Garnier Micellar Water

I know this is SO many people’s fave micellar water.. it is affordable, works an absolute TREAT and is available for every single type of skincare out there! It does such an amazing job at removing all your makeup and making your skin feel so clean.. but I do find it has the tendency to leave my skin feeling slightly on the drier side

Caudalie Paris Micellar Cleansing Water*

This micellar is an absolute GEM! It has a slight lemony/sweet scent which I love so so much! Again… it is amazing at removing makeup and making your skin feel so clean… I find this one has a slight “cooling” sensation too…. which is what makes me love it slightly MORE than the Garnier one! I find that this one does not leave me with that dry feeling.. so it has been the one I have been reaching for! This is on the slightly pricier side at £30 for the full sized bottle… but I have been OBSESSED with the lovely feeling it leaves my skin with after using it!

SO … that is my run down of both cleansing balms and micellar waters… but which one do I prefer?

Honestly.. it has to be The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Balm… I just LOVE the way it makes my skin feel, how easily it breaks down all the makeup and removes every single bit of dirt on your face! I love that if I was feeling EXTRA LAZY .. I could even go without cleansing my face after. The scent is lovely and relaxing .. so you really feel like you are having a good pamper before bed! I really recommend it girlies… it is a definite WIN for me!

Let me know what your prefer… cleansing balms or micellar waters? Have you tried any of the products I have mentioned?

Thank you SO much for reading loves.. I really hoped you enjoyed this post.. you know when you just LOVE how your idea for a post turns out EXACTLY how you pictured it? Yep… that is how I feel about this post right now! Yay!

I will be off now loves… I am enjoying the beautiful sunny weather we are having and preparing for a BBQ!! I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Lush Skincare Favourites♥

Hiya lovelies!♥

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lush Skincare Faves♥

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

Cleansing♥

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

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

Moisturizing♥

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

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Deep Cleanse♥

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

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Evening out Skin Tone♥

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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How to: 24 Hour Make-Up♥

Hi darlings!♥

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOW I USE IT♥

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

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

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

HOW I USE IT♥

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

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

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

HOW I USE IT♥

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira♥

xo

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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.

Morning Routine… & My Everyday Makeup!♥

Hi my angels!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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