Travel Diaries – What’s In My Makeup Bag

Hiya sweeties

Hope you are all having a wonderful day! I am so chuffed because I have just finished work for 2 weeks (Wooo!).. I have been celebrating Eid for the past few days and then I am off on holiday! I honestly cannot wait… if you have been reading my blog for the past month or so… you will already be well aware of this!

Now… would I even be a beauty blogger without telling you what make up I am taking with me on holiday? Of course… I am not taking a crazy amount.. Turkey will be well over 30C when I go so putting on my usual, everyday makeup will NOT be happening. Instead… I am taking a small amount of products that are quick and easy to apply, yet will really highlight my skin after it picks up that lovely holiday glow!

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Base

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Rimmel BB Cream

A BB cream is an absolute essential on holiday… unfortunately, not many of us have flawless, perfect skin… and I find BB creams really help in making your skin look flawless, yet still look and feel natural.

Crown Satin Foundation

I will be mixing this little baby with my moisturizer for a lovely, natural, glowing base on my skin! I find it WAY to shimmery to use as just a foundation… but mixed with a moisturizer is STUNNING!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

I definitely wanted to take a foundation for the evenings… so I was inspired by my girly Kat (over on Chapters of Kat) to pick up this foundation. Her.. and so many other bloggers for that matter rave about the light, healthy finish this foundation gives to your skin.. so I knew I wanted to pick it up.

Cheek Products

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Sleek Solstice Highlighter

I have wanted to get my hands on this palette for SO long… and I FINALLY found it. This is one of those cult products that everyone has been raving about… and do you know what? I can honestly see why. I have been obsessed with this here.. so I can only IMAGINE how stunning it will look on holiday. Girls… I find it cringe to say.. but this is serious “highlighter goals”.. ha!

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Seventeen Bronzing Rocks

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Funnily enough… I have never been much of a bronzer girly .. BUT I think when you are on holiday… it is an essential right? You pick up the most stunning tan… and this has to be emphasized with a good bronzer yep? I am SO excited to use these bronzing rocks… do you remember bronzing pearls (I was OBSESSED with putting these all over my face these in Year 8.. they made me look like an oompah loompah.. wonderful)… I have picked up some tips since then and will stick to a light dusting with a large, fluffy brush I think (ha!).

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar Palette

This was a no-brainer when it came it going away. It is SO handy and literally has every single shade you would want for your cheeks whilst you are on holiday. Highlight, contour & bronzer… it is an absolute essential!

Miss Sporty Instaglow

I am definitely a blush girl.. but I wanted to focus more on bronzing my skin when I am away.. but I could not be without at least ONE blusher. This Miss Sporty one is a lovely, coral colour… PERFECT for adding some colour to your cheeks! Also… can I just say.. coral and summer just go hand in hand right?

Lips

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Revlon Matte Balms

If you know me.. you will already know how much of a HUGE FAN I am of these little angels… the formulation/staying power/pigmentation is just INSANE! I picked up an absolutely beautiful coral shade (in the shade Stricking) too.. again coral and summer.. it is just perfect guys! Of course.. my usual, everyday berry shade (called Sultry) just HAD to come along with me too. It goes everywhere with me.. I couldn’t leave it behind…

Sleek Matte Me In Vino Tinto

I know what you are thinking… dark lips on holiday.. what am I… an additional member of the Adams family? BUT… there is just something SO gorgeous about dark lips in the summer… does anybody else agree? (Please say you do). The Sleek matte me lips are so popular… and this colour is an essential for dark lip lovers.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick In Ole Flamingo

 I love love this colour so much… I had to take this… it will look GORGEOUS on holiday! The formulation of these is amazing.. they last so long.. but you would literally not be able to tell you had anything on your lips at all! They are matte too.. which is a HUGE plus for me (matte lip loving girl right here guys).

No 7 Stay Perfect In Rose Kiss

It is another coral shade guys… but this one is slightly on the more pink side.. whereas the Revlon one is slightly more red. What can I say.. if there is something you want a lot of when going on holiday.. make it lip products.

Essentials

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof mascara is a definite in my makeup bag for holiday. This is such a POPULAR mascara (I have never tried the original… can you believe it?!)… I know (well.. I hope) this mascara will not let me down on holiday! I will keep you updated loves.

Natural Collection Powder

Powder will be an essential item to dust over my t-zone to avoid any excess oil coming out during the day! This Natural Collection one is SO affordable and works amazingly!

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

I cannot recommend this setting spray enough… it is literally like a magical product! I know that it will not let me down in the humidity when I wear more makeup for the evenings. It is nice to pick up the mini version for going on holiday.. and it is a bargain at £9 too!

L’Oreal Infallible Primer

This primer is my go to one for keeping oil at bay… and I know it will be an essential for those hot, sweaty days in Turkey!

So guys.. they are all the makeup bits I am taking with me… to be honest I think I did pretty well in cutting it down to a sensible amount ha! Over the next few days I will just be getting ready to go away… so fingers crossed everything goes well!

 I hope that you enjoyed this post loves… I am hoping to upload one more post before I travel… as I will then be having a short break whilst I am away!!! See you in my next post!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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What Blogging Has Taught Me♥

Hiya lovelies!!♥

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flat lays give you the worst back ache EVER♥

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

Weekends/Evenings become blog orientated♥

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

SO much more happens behind the photo♥

This is what you see:

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This is what I see

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Say hello to Cookie!

There is ALWAYS someone to talk to♥

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

The blogging community is SO supportive!♥

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

You can never have enough fake flowers/props♥

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

Blogger Emails/Mail is the most exciting thing EVER♥

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

Blogging is the best decision I ever made♥

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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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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HOW TO: Work Full Time & Blog♥

Hiya loves!♥

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

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

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

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

Know Your Priorities

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

Planning

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

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Make The Most Of Weekends

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

Schedule Tweets

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

See Blogging As “Me Time”

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

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Do NOT Compare Yourself To Full-Time Bloggers

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

It Is OK To Have A Break

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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HAUL:Kittens & Corduroy Skirts♥

Hiya lovelies!!!!

ITS THE WEEKEND!! I am SO chuffed that it finally is … It is Saturday morning right now and we will be setting off to Coventry soon (so no lie ins for me hehe!).

How has my week at work been ey? Well.. as usual VERY busy… on Friday I actaully had a whole day of Google training for work, which was SO informative.. my aim is to make my emails/calendar SUPER organised .. I know this will come in SO HANDY with blogging, when you have SO MANY emails to keep up with!! Speaking of blogging .. I WILL BE GOING TO MY FIRST EVER BLOGGING EVENT SOON! HOW exciting guys?!! I will be sure to blog ALL about it once I have been lovelies!!! Ok – how many times did I just say “blog” then (ha!).

So lovelies .. last weekend I went to the shops and picked up quite a few bargains… I actually bought 4 bits of clothing for £20 (eeeeeek!!!).. are you proud of my savvy shopping girlies?! I originally didn’t plan on buying anything .. but the little town I went to has SO many charity shops.. so I couldn’t resist a little browse (BTW … charity shopping tips coming up NEXT!!). I also then popped into Select.. who still had SO many clothes in their winter sales.. so of course.. I had to have a look right?

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If you caught my last outfit post (if you didn’t .. you can check it out HERE loves), you would have seen my ADORABLE cat jumper from A CHARITY SHOP!!! I also picked up a few other things… have a peek below…..

So…. first things .. my BARGAINS from Select..

Strip Top

Firstly, we have this ADORABLE stripy top from Select. I am SUCH a fan of stripy tops.. and I LOVE the fact that this has beautiful crochet detailing at the bottom! It is a lovely thin, knitted style, not like the majority of woolly jumpers I have at the moment.. so it will be perfect for the coming spring months (Ohh yess darlings.. it is spring soon!). I picked it up for £6.99!!

Now .. I am the type of girl who likes to buy a complete outfit .. I can spend SO long in a shop matching up different things to find the perfect outfit! I think this is why I LOVE shopping alone.. as whoever comes with me ends up getting SO FED UP because I am SO indecisive ha! Is anybody else the same? (please say so!). So.. to go with the stripy top, I picked up this adorable corduroy skirt (you guys know I LOVE textures in my outfits :P). I LOVED it so much .. it was an absolute BARGAIN at £5.99 ..I also found the link HERE if you fancy picking it up!! It is an a-line style (which is quite different to what I normally pick up!!).. I also ADORE the colour .. don’t worry angels.. all the pieces I bought will be featured in OOTD’S soon so you WILL see how they look on!!

Outfit

Right .. onto my CHARITY SHOP purchases.. of course my favourite was the kitty jumper! I had SO many amazing comments about this jumper.. which made me smile so much!! I DO LOVE YOU ALL! To see how I styled this… you can check out my OOTD! Oh.. it was also only £3 (!!!!).

Kitty Jumper

I also picked up the adorable black lace top (it was SO hard to get a decent picture .. I will show it in an OOTD!!). It is a loose, flowy, quite bohemian top – I LOVE tops like this to wear with patterned/coloured trousers… and I can also smarten it up with a blazer and wear it to work! It has GORGEOUS detailing on the back.. which I cannot wait to show you in an outfit post!

So moving on to the only beauty item I purchased (well .. besides deodorant :P).. a highlighter from Make Up Revolution. I LOVE this brand so much … and after spotting their highlighter, I knew I could not leave Superdrug without it (did I mention it was £3???!!!). I could not WAIT to use it.. and actually applied some onto my cheekbones with my fingers in the car (AFTER I took some photos of it though ha!). It has gold glitter flecks in it, but NOT chunks of glitter.. it just  gives such a gorgeous glow to my skin!

Highlight

So my lovelies.. these were my purchases for the day!! I was SO happy with them all.. and cannot WAIT to feature these in my outfit posts!

Clothes

Also angels… I received an exciting package in the post.. after taking part in the Bloggers Hangout Twitter chat… I was lucky enough to be sent the Slendertoxtea 14 Day Detox! With it being the new year.. I REALLY have wanted to get back into clean eating and just having a right good detox .. so I will be starting this 14 day detox today .. and will also let you know how I get on!! I did a teatox last year.. and I found it helped SO much with bloating!! Make sure to stay tuned with my blog to see my journey through the detox!

Slendertoxtea

So my loves.. that is my haul from last week! I am actually going to Coventry now as my husband has an appointment with a knee specialist (if you have read my blog for a while, you will know that we took a trip last year to the same hospital too.. you can have a peek of our day HERE). My next post will be my CHARITY SHOP SHOPPING TIPS .. I am actually SO excited for this post angels!! I have had so many of you commenting saying you would love to see that post … this makes me SO exiting and happy to put it up!! Yay!!!!

Right lovelies.. I will see you in my next one!! Woop!!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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What’s In My Bag♥

Hiya lovelies!♥

Who caught some snow over the weekend? I DID! I LOVE the snow so so much .. and it has not snowed enough for the past few years… BUT IT DID YESTERDAY! I just LOVE how beautiful it looks too .. I didn’t even mind cleaning the snow off my car this morning hehe! I am just SO excited to play in it too (wow I sound like a child ha!)… Do any of you love/hate the snow? My only concern is driving to work tomorrow.. we saw so many cars skidding down our street yesterday (I live on a MASSIVE hill guys .. it may as well be a mountain!).. BUT the gritters have been so my street (and the main roads) are looking clear.. so fingers crossed I will be fine!

Right angels… as you can see by the title …THIS IS MY WHAT’S IN MY BAG POST! These are my FAVOURITE video to watch/post to read.. I have no idea what is so intriguing about knowing what is in someone else’s bag.. but I just LOVE THEM! I feel like you can tell so much about a person from the contents of their bag.. and it is quite fun to get a little insight into their life (so basically just being nosy hehe!). So… should we see what I keep in mine?

Firstly.. my bag itself.. I use this for the weekends, as I have a separate bag for work.. but the contents remain more or less them same! The bag is from LYDC London*.. and is absolutely stunning! It is big enough to hold all my stuff… yet does not look like a suitcase! I love the fact that it can be flung over my shoulder.. I find these bags so much easier to use, especially on weekends! HOW CUTE IS MY LITTLE FLUFF BALL! I have seen these everywhere, and I think it is the cutest addition to any bag … I was actually kindly sent this from LYDC too… they have SO many different colours, so you can pick one up that matches (or completely clashes) with your bag! Also.. don’t forget you can still get 10% off using my code “SAIRA10”!

LYDC Bag

Quick overview of everything…. I didn’t realize how much stuff there actually was! What can I say loves.. I like to be prepared 😛 Oh.. I also just realized I didn’t get a separate picture of my purse… but that is obviously an essential too… and is in the picture below!

Overview

My little (?!) collection of medicines!♥

Health Products

I don’t even know if some of you think having this is my handbag is normal or COMPLETELY BONKERS. I have a wonderful collection of pain relief, indigestion, cold/flu AND allergy tablets. I also have a few throat lozenges, plasters and an inhaler (which is my husbands). Am I normal guys, or is this too much (eeeek!)… I just like knowing that if anyone came down with a headache, a sudden cold or an allergy attack, I COULD SAVE THE DAY (or just make them feel better for a few hours ha!). Tissues are pretty normal… but I am not sure many people keep a toothbrush/toothpaste in their bag. No I am not a filthy person who doesn’t brush her teeth in the morning so has to carry it in her bag.. I just like having it for when we have been out for dinner, and I want to feel refreshed!

My Diary (and plenty of colourful pens)!

Diary

Ahhh my beloved diary … I purposely got a smaller diary this year as I wanted it to fit in my bag easily. This just lives in my bag and I update it with relevant things/notes during the day. I also LOVE being colour co-ordinated, so HAVE to carry around my pens with me .. you will NEVER find any black ink in my diary! Colours just make my day better (although I can’t say the same about colours for my clothes muaha!). 

FOOD!

Food

Water is ESSENTIAL in my bag.. I definitely know when I have not had enough water.. so I make sure there is always a full bottle in my bag! It makes it weigh an absolute TONNE.. but it has to have its place! I also keep a few (naughty and good) snacks in my bag. I always chuck in an apple, and sometimes some chopped berries in a tub! I also have a few treats .. this Hersheys Candy Cane chocolate is AMAZING!! I had SUCH an obsession with ANYTHING peppermint flavoured over the Christmas period.. and just LOVE having a little nibble of this every now and again. I also LOVE sour sweets SO SO MUCH …so like having the fizzy cola bottles in my bag to snack on :P.

Beauty Products

Beauty Products

I like having my beauty products in one pouch, so I am not rooting around in my bag for a lipstick/mirror.. I only started doing this recently and it saves SO MUCH TIMES GUYS.. If you don’t already have them, buy a few small pouches to keep all your little bits in! It avoids you losing anything too! I also have a small body spray from Avon in the scent “Vanilla & Sandalwood” .. it is a lovely, sweet scent that is light, so is nice for a quick refresh! The bottle is also light and is the perfect size for your handbag!

Make up

Lipsticks

Ok.. this is the contents of the little cherry pouch (which was a bargain at 10p from a boot sale!).. as you can see I have lovely range of lip products! I am not the type of person to top up her make up during the day ( I rarely feel I have to!).. the only thing I ever have to re-apply is lipstick!

The ones I have are:

Clinique Cherry Pop (free from Glamour)

Rimmel by Kate Moss 01

Mac Creme Cup

Maybelline Moisture Renew Dark Night Water-Oops

Nivea Lip Butter & Vaseline Lip Balm

I also have a random red nail polish (I can’t even remember why that is in there), some oil blotting sheets, a mirror, hand cream, a pin and hair bobble!

Girl Products

Girl Products

I use this adorable iridescent pouch (from LYDC*) to hold my “girly” products.. and some additional bits like tissues/wipes/pain killers etc! Just thought I would give you a sneak peak.. I don’t really think I have to go in additional detail! I do think that every girl needs a pouch like this in her school/work bag..it really will come in handy for any unexpected moments.. for you AND other girlies out there!

Electronic Bits & Pieces!

Phone

Last BUT NOT LEAST… is my phone! Of course this is essential .. It helps me stay up to date with family/friends/blogging babes/emails/work etc! Loving the pineapple case too (Thanks Coconut Lane… psssssst 20% OFF THE SITE USING “gliterglass20”)! I also NEED my car charger, and an additional external charger (one of those that you charge up at home then can use it to charge your phone when you are out). Obviously loves.. being a blogger, you use your phone probably more than a normal person should.. and we all know our phones do not have the best battery life when we are on Twitter 24/7.. so both of these chargers are a MUST HAVE in my bag.. and never leave it!

WOW…. that is quite a lot of stuff ey! Should we see if it all fits in my bag guys?

Everything

Eeeeek.. just about! My big is VERY heavy .. but I just feel so much better when I leave the house with all of these things.. some of you may think this is too much.. some of you may have MORE! I would LOVE to see what you all have in your bags … maybe you could do a post and let me know so I can have a peek?

ANYWAYS GUYS … I am going to go play in the SNOW!!! I will give you a quick update on my weekend though.. I went to the bank to get my name changed (I AM MRS SHAH NOW GUYS HEHE!)… Then went round the shops and picked up a few bits and pieces (all to be featured in a haul soon!).. I also went around some charity shops and got some things.. would you guys like to see some tips on shopping in charity shops? Let me know! I think they are overlooked by so many people.. but honestly you can find some gems in there!

Right my loves…. lets get my warmest coat/boots/gloves on… and venture out into the snow (I am avoiding any reference to Frozen here guys!).

HAVE A FABULOUS SUNDAY LOVELIES… See you in my next one!

Lots of Love

Saira

xo

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