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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Spring Make-up Reviews!♥

Hey darlings!!♥

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

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

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

Make Up Revolution Golden Sugar Blush Palette♥

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

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(Mind the messy palette.. whoops)

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

Top Row♥

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Bottom Row♥

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

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge♥

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

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

Collection Speedy Highlighter♥

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

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Rimmel 08 & Revlon Matte Lip BalmRevlon Matte Lip Balm

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira♥

xo

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Drugstore Spring Essentials♥

Hey hey loves!♥

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

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

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

Bath/Beauty♥

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Perfect Spring Bath♥

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

Zingy Showers♥

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

Grapefruit Scented Beauties!♥

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

Body Butter♥

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

Face Wash♥

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

Deodorant♥

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

Fresh Faced!♥

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love

Saira♥

xo

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How To: Get Clear Skin♥

Well HEY THERE sweeties!!♥

I cannot even TELL you how chuffed I am to be writing a blog post!! I will be honest.. I MISS days I don’t get the chance to blog.. I honestly wish I could write a post EVERY DAY!! But you all know there are just NOT enough hours in the day!!! I also LOVE setting days aside where I can spend time catching up on other blogs/YouTube videos… I personally think it is SO important to spend time reading your blogging buddies’ hard work.. remember they probably put JUST as much effort into their posts.. and we ALL know the amazing feeling we get when people LOVE your post!! So go on angels.. SHARE THE LOVE!!

RIGHT loves… I wanted to share a beauty post with you all today WOOP! ‘CAUSE WE ALL LOVE A GOOD BEAUTY POST RIGHT?! So.. something that I am sure is important to probably EVERYONE here is having clear skin!! Now of course.. I know there are SO many factors that can affect how clear your skin is… such as genes, environment, makeup etc… but I wanted to give you a few tips on what has worked for me… and HOPEFULLY some of these will work for you too lovelies!!

My Skin♥

I think it is important to talk a TEENY bit about my skin first (this is always helpful right!?)… so if you have a similar skin type to me.. maybe we can be beauty product twins?

I have combination skin – My t-zone is VERY oily (boo!).. and my cheeks tend to either be normal, or slightly dry. I rarely get breakouts.. fast food (aka the yummiest food ever) is the main cause of any spots I get. Also.. mucky make-up brushes (I know this sounds gross but we are all guilty of it.. yes I am looking at YOU girlies!) give me spots.. I need to learn!

So loves… I have recently REALLY started looking after my skin and got myself into a little routine.. and wanted to mix this up with some tips that YOU can use to get clear skin (hopefully!!!). Sound exciting? Well.. let’s get right on with the post!!!

Have a Proper Night Time Routine♥

Since I have got a good night time routine set up.. I notice ALL the difference in my skin in the morning! Think about it like this loves… you spend most of the day with a face full of make up on (usually), in a stuffy office/shop/classroom… and even your house for that matter… your poor skin will be exposed to all sorts of toxins/nasty stuff.. surely it deserves some extra TLC at night? NOW I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL GIRLIES.. by the time it gets to bed time.. you reach for your makeup wipes that you have on your bedside table, “remove” your makeup… and get straight to sleep. I don’t blame you for doing that either.. you are absolutely shattered, all you want is your bed. I was the same.. BUT I did notice that my skin just looked dull when I woke up… and did not have that “fresh faced” look… so I thought to myself.. “my skin deserves some loving”… and I set aside 15 minutes of my evening to fully focus on my night time routine!

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My Routine♥

First point of action.. thoroughly remove all make-up that is on my face! GET RID OF THOSE MAKEUP WIPES LOVES! Pick yourself up a cream cleanser/micellar water/cleansing balm.. whatever would work best for your skin! I find that the Supernatural Glorious Cleansing Balm works an absolute dream on my skin. It is a oil based product, and I rub the balm between my fingers then rub all over my face and eyes. The result is MELTED MAKEUP ALL OVER YOUR FACE! I then use a warm wash cloth to remove all of the makeup.. it literally just slides off and leaves your skin looking SO refreshed and clean!

I then use my ESSENTIAL PRODUCT.. if you do not have this.. GET IT OR SOMETHING SIMILAR. It has honestly made one of the biggest difference to how clear my skin is ! This dream product is the Magnitone Barefaced Facial Brush… I use it with either Movis Soap from Lush or Clinique’s Foaming Wash. Once this has been done.. I pat my face dry and move on to the next step! MOISTURIZING! Am I the only one who spends a good 5 minutes just giving myself a little facial massage every night? It helps so so much in reducing puffiness, giving a natural glow and lifting and firming the skin! Ooooh come on… who wouldn’t want to do that every night!! You also do not need some fancy, expensive moisturizer.. whatever works for you will be fine!! Hey.. I even use coconut oil on alternate nights (effective AND affordable!).. this is AMAZING! I am honestly thinking of doing a full post/video on coconut oil .. it is a dream product!

That is my little facial routine for the evenings.. trust me loves.. if you incorporate something like this into your evening.. you WILL notice a difference.. give it a go darlings and let me know how you get on!

Scrub A Dub Dub♥

Ahhhhh SCRUBS! In my personal opinion.. there is nothing that makes my skin look AS CLEAR than after I have used a scrub. And it is 100% understandable.. when  you use a scrub, you are basically removing all the dirt/dead skin (ew I know ha!) from your face and revealing clean & refreshed skin! I would recommend using a scrub 1-2 times a week.. It is best to not use it too often as you do not want to over-scrub your poor skin. Trust me loves.. add a scrub to your weekly face routine and notice the difference straight away. I highly recommend the St Ives Apricot Scrub, or the one below from Cylax (this was a very affordable one from a Pharmacy).. it has been a firm favourite of mine for years.. but I know there are SO many amazing ones out there! Let me know if you have any recommendations!

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Make Time for Masks♥

Ahhhh.. face masks… tell me someone who doesn’t love a good face mask.. even my husband and brother have been known to join in on my weekly routine! A face mask once or twice every week works an absolute TREAT for making your skin look clear! I would recommend the Lush ones HANDS DOWN.. they have fresh face masks for every single type of skin out there… AND THEY SMELL GORGEOUS AND ARE ALL NATURAL! Yay! Another FAVE of mine that just leaves my skin looking SO bright & clear is the Rituals Vitality and Energy mask. So darlings.. add in a mask 1-2 times a week.. and notice the difference in your skin! I have also been LOVING the Lush Full of Grace* serum to use after masks… it makes my skin GLOW.

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Clean Those Mucky Brushes♥

So.. as mentioned previously… one thing that gives me spots is if I am lazy and do not clean my make-up brushes! Now… I know we are all so guilty of doing this.. me included.. HOWEVER when I started noticing I was getting spots without changing anything in my routine.. I slowly realized it was those make-up brushes that hadn’t been cleaned…. hmmmm… gross I know! Now.. I ALWAYS try my best to wash them every week.. that way I know they will not affect my skin! I also recommend cleaning your phone on a daily basis, changing your pillow cases every week AND avoid touching your face! Little things like this really CAN make all the difference loves!

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Dealing With Spots♥

Ohhhh…. HOW ANNOYING .. you spend all that time perfecting your skin care routine.. and you STILL get that pesky spot.. grr!! Don’t worry.. I have the perfect thing that you can use!! Now.. this item does work a treat for me.. however EVERYBODY is different so I would not know if it would work in the same way for you (unfortunately!).. but that product is GERMOLENE! Now.. this is actually an antiseptic and anaesthetic cream.. usually used for cuts/bites & burns.. BUT can also be used on spots! Savlon is another similar product.. and I actually keep one in my handbag.. and anytime I ever do get the SLIGHTEST spot.. I put some of this on straight away.. and NO WORD OF A LIE GUYS… the spot has gone down within hours! If I ever notice any spots appear at night.. I apply a thin layer of this and they are almost invisible in the morning! It really is an amazing product that works SO well.. I highly recommend… as it is afforable too, yay! ALSO… avoid touching ANY breakouts you get.. this will only pass on germs to other areas of your face AND MAKE THINGS WORSE.. NOO! Just apply some Savlon/Germolene.. and leave them to heal on their own!

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Water.. And Plenty of It♥

If there is anything you take away with this post.. let it be this step lovelies!!It is probably the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to clear skin… And it is of course.. DRINKING WATER. We all know the benefits of drinking water so I am not even going to go into detail… just do it darlings! Buy yourself a pretty tumbler or bottle (I recommend Primark or B&M for cute ones!).. and set yourself a goal do drink at lease 2 litres a day! You will soon pick up the habit AND notice a massive difference in your skin! Yay!!

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So my loves… these are the steps I take to ensure my skin is as clear as I can get it ! Of course.. there are some miracle products that can cost A TON of money… but really all you need are a few essentials, plenty of glasses of water AND SAVLON FOR YOUR BREAKOUTS hehe. OH.. and try to get plenty of sleep.. I am still working on this though muahaha. 

I really hope this post helped some of you.. I am a massive believer that you do not have to spend a ton of money to get clear skin.. in fact most of it depends on what you put in your body.. so try to avoid takeaways too (these are the devil to me.. I ALWAYS get a few spots on a weekend when I eat naughty things.). Also… I was lucky enough to not suffer from acne when I was younger… but if you have scarring from acne.. try coconut oil or bio oil.. I know SO many people who use it and have noticed a massive difference! Remember darlings.. you know your skin better than anyone.. so try to use products specifically for your skin type… and if you do suffer from quite bad acne.. pop a visit to your doctor who should be able to help!

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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♥Blogger Easter Essentials♥

Hiya lovelies!♥

IT IS THE LONG EASTER WEEKEND WOOP! Now… I would be EVEN more excited for this if I had not already been off for the whole week (haha!). Do you have any plans for the long weekend? All I know is that the weather is going to be poopy where I am (grr!).. So we will just have to see how the weekend pans out! ALSO… YES to the clocks changing… this means MORE DAYLIGHT WOOP! Which for us bloggers is THE DREAM. However.. for the lazy people (i.e. me).. it means we lose an hour in bed (no no no!).

Anyways darlings… I know you have probably seen SO many Easter themed posts.. SO I wanted to mix it up slightly…. so I decided to post what MY EASTER ESSENTIALS ARE! Now.. by this I mean little things that I feel EVERYBODY associates with Easter time!! This includes Easter treats & beauty bits too! So angels.. let’s have a quick look!!!!

Cornflake Nests♥

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I think almost every single person must have made these AT LEAST ONCE!! They are literally the EASIEST thing to make and look SO SO CUTE!! How nostalgic do these make you feel?! They would ALWAYS be in every baking fair/sale at school AND I am sure you and your mum/older siblings would always make them around Easter time!

All you need for these:

  • 200g Cornflakes
  • 75g Butter
  • 200g Milk Chocolate
  • 4 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • Mini Eggs

Method:

Melt all the ingredients. Mix in with the cornflakes and put into cupcake cases. Top with 2 (or more!) mini eggs. Leave to set.. and enjoy!!

Bright/Pastel Nails♥

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There is just something ABOUT pastels that just MEANS Spring time is near!!! I absolutely LOVE this pastel pink colour from Barry M for spring/Easter inspired nails! Also.. nothing like a pop of orange to show you are well and truly ready for the warmer months! This beautiful colour is by Ciate London Olivia Palermo range in the colour “My Haute Vacation Coral” It would look SO beautiful on your toes too! So.. if you are lucky enough to get some sun on the Bank Holiday… pull out your sandals from the back of your wardrobe, give yourself a well deserved (and needed!) pedicure.. and rock bright nails! Yay!!

Lush Easter Products♥

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I have been so so impressed with the Lush Easter range this year.. HOW ADORABLE ARE THE BUNCH OF CARROTS!!!! I was lucky enough to be invited to a Lush event (full post will be coming soon!).. and just looking at the range they have.. I LOVED EVERY SINGLE THING!!! I have already mentioned how much I LOVE the Bouncy Bunny shower jelly too…. IT IS THE BEST!!!

All Types Of Eggs♥

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Right guys.. the two types of eggs I am talking about are: Chocolate Eggs and Lush Bath Bomb Eggs. Firstly… it would not even be Easter time if you didn’t demolish at least 1 bag of mini eggs (all by yourself may I add – no sharing required). AND… all of you are allowed to have ONE GIANT EASTER EGG!  ALSO… for all us Lush/bath lovers… you have a LOVELY selection of easter egg bath bombs to choose from! From the GLITTERY AS ANYTHING Golden Egg (which is an absolute BEAUTY.. AND it smells like toffee… YUM)… to the beautiful hot pink Fluffy Egg (which smells JUST like snow fairy!!)… AND the HUGE bath bombs Humpty Dumpty and Which Came First?

Quick Review of Golden Egg♥

I used this beauty in the bath recently.. so thought I would give you a SUPER QUICK REVIEW! Firstly.. if you do not like glittery baths.. you are best avoiding this as it is SO GLITTERY! I LOVE THEM THOUGH.. so was so excited to use this!! Once it is in the bath.. the water is FILLED with glitter.. and it starts to fizz away slowly. The scent is probably my FAVOURITE thing about it.. it smells like toffee/caramel/chocolate.. SO YUMMY!! Once the Golden Egg has finished melting.. you are left with the the most glittery, beautiful smelling, silkiest bath water EVER! I DID not want to leave my bath! The scent lasts on your skin for so long after you get out too.. which is FAB! I also did not need to moisturize after.. which is always a plus!

Cute Bunny Props♥

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Guys.. HOW CUTE are these little bunnies? As soon as I saw them.. I knew I HAD TO HAVE THEM!! They are going to make SUCH cute props for my Spring inspired posts.. AND just add a cute touch to your room… these will be dotted around my makeup storage area too!!

So lovelies… I really hope you liked this post!! I am SO excited for Spring time! If you have done any spring time inspired posts.. let me know .. I would LOVE to check them out!!! I REALLY hope you all enjoy the long weekend… and also the extra daytime hours we get!!! I also am working on something VERY exciting which I will reveal in my next post.. I just want to make sure everything is done beforehand!! So stay tuned for that lovelies!!

I will see you in my next post loves!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Spring Pamper Evening♥

Hiya angels!

I hope you are all VERY well and have had a lovely start to the week! Mine has been AMAZING .. as I have been off work so have really just had the time to RELAX and get things done at a good pace! I have COMPLETELY cleared out and organized my wardrobe (YAY!).. I was honestly quite scared to do this… BUT I was SO chuffed to have finished it within 2 hours (WOO GO ME!)… I think it is honestly one of the BEST feelings when you have a beautifully organised wardrobe…. I CANNOT STOP LOOKING AT IT HEHE!

Right darlings… I have a VERY exciting post for you all… WOOP! One of the fist things I blogged about was my pamper routine … but I did write that during winter so it did feature “wintery” things.. i.e. peppermint & gingerbread body scrubs … SO.. I thought it would be PERFECT to talk to you all about my SPRING THEMED pamper routine! I LOVE changing up the products I use depending on the season… so expect to see lots of fresh/fruity/bright beauty bits in this post! YAY.. lets get on with it!…

Firstly… I like to do this routine maybe 2-3 times a week.. it is so nice to put aside a few hours or so to just make yourself feel relaxed and pampered.. you deserve it after all you hard working lot!

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Face

So.. the first thing I HAVE to do is get rid of the mask of make-up I have been wearing ALL day… and I have been LOVING using the Supernatural Beauty Glorious Cleansing Balm to remove my make-up. It is an oil-based balm (similar to The Body Shop Balm).. and all you need to do is rub some between your fingers and then massage ALL over your face.. you will have SERIOUS panda eyes after.. but it does SUCH an amazing job at removing ALL your makeup!

Then..  I give my skin another cleanse to make sure EVERY bit of makeup is removed .. and I use the Magnitone brush (which is my BABY) with Clinique’s foaming wash. This does such a FAB job of cleansing my skin SO well.. BUT my skin does feel slightly dry after… so maybe my dry skinned girlies will be best staying away from this!

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Bath♥

No pamper routine would be complete without some sort of Lush product involved! So .. get your bath running… and get your Spring Lush products ready to use! I have been LOVING the Bunch of Carrots bubble bar (HOW bloody adorable are they!?)… and also the Think Pink bath bomb… both these make your bath the PRETTIEST pink colour and just make it smell SO sweet!

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Before I actually get in my bath, I like to wash my hair with the Coco Loco shampoo from Lee Stafford (yep you guessed it… it smells like coconuts.. yum!) and then apply the deep conditioning mask! THEN… I am ALL set to jump in my bath! I like to use the Bouncy Bunny shower jelly from Lush on my body after to just make my skin feel SO soft! It is literally the CUTEST thing ever! AND it smells like chocolate oranges.. can you think of anything better? Nope.. me neither.

Moisturize

Once I get out of the bath… it is time to MOISTURIZE! Now… I would be the biggest lover of vanilla/chocolaty scented body butters (my go to was the Palmers cocoa butter in the tub.. IT SMELT LIKE BROWNIES).. BUT for Spring time I like to use something lighter and with more of a fresh scent.  My FAVE as been The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit body butter.. as you can imagine it has a citrussy scent AND it feels SO beautiful on the skin! On alternate days.. I use coconut oil for a VERY intense treatment… every time I use this I wake up with the SOFTEST skin ever. As you can imagine.. this leaves you feeling QUITE oily… so I would do this an hour or so before bed so it has time to soak in properly. ALSO… don’t neglect your poor hands guys!! I have been LOVING The Body Shop Petal Soft Hand Cream.. it really has the MOST perfect scent for Spring and leaves your hands feeling SO soft! I then moisturize my face with the Avon Truly Radiant Night Serum, which makes my skin SO glowy.. and on alternate days I will use coconut oil!

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PJ’s

RIGHT once we are all pampered out.. it is time to put on your FAVE PJ’s… now as you know I am the BIGGEST lover of fuzzy pj’s.. BUT unfortunately in the Spring these can make you feel SLIGHTLY sweaty.. SO you need to get yourself some light pj’s .. if they are flora/pastel.. even better!

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So lovelies.. that is how to have the PERFECT spring pamper evening… LOTS of fresh, citrussy scents and plenty of florals & pastels… what reminds you of Spring? Do you change up your pamper routine once Spring comes around? Let me know darlings!!

I really hope you enjoyed this post angels.. I am having the BEST time during my week off… It is honestly exactly what you need sometimes.. I am SO excited to be going to a Lush event tonight too (eeeek!!)… I will hopefully be meeting some bloggers AND getting to learn more about Lush.. cannot wait!!

OK lovelies.. look after yourselves… enjoy the long Easter weekend.. and I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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