Cozy Spring Bedroom Tips*

Oh hey

How you all doing ? Currently – it is almost May Day bank holiday and I am prepping to go to Amsterdam! Can I get a WOOP WOOP?! I am SO excited I cannot even tell you – I’ve wanted to go to Amsterdam for so long and the time has finally come ! I have got a LOT of posts planned around it so make sure to keep your eye out for those !

Onto this post though – if you follow me on social media you will know that I recently redecorated my room! I went from having the most horrific, bright pink room (I was 16 guys please don’t judge), to something a lot more classic & neutral. I thought this would be the best thing as it meant I’d be able to change up my room depending on the seasons and my mood with the addition of some room decor.

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So … at the moment I’m feeling all set for Spring/summer .. yet I still want that cosy vibe to my room ! I thought it would be fun to go through some tips you can use to make your room Spring/Summer ready .. yet still have it feeling cosy. Sounds about right ey?

Change up your sheets

This is probably the BIGGEST change you can do to your room – seriously guys you wouldn’t believe the difference a new set of sheets makes to your room. For spring … I love light coloured sheets with slight bits of colour. These sheets* are perfect as they are a light colour but the few bits of pinks/purple/blue really make them stand out. It also means I can accessorize my bedroom with coordinating decor. I LOVE having a variation of decor – so I tend to pick sheets that have quite a few colours in them.

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Don’t lose your blankets

Sure it’s getting to summer & you might not need that extra blanket to snuggle up with when you go to sleep – BUT THAT DON’T MEAN YOU PACK IT AWAY GIRL. Sling it on the edge of your bed for that perfect, Pinterest worthy bed shot. I love having a blanket on my bed as it adds such a cosy feel to my room and adds more ‘texture’ to your bed. The same goes for pillows too – they add so much cosy-ness to your bed & it’s always nice to add some colour too!

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Fairy lights

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I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of my beloved fairy lights – they add so much to your room. I seriously can’t imagine my room without them – tbh I blame all the bloggers for this (LOL)… I don’t think I was this obsessed with them before I’d started blogging ! I like to add a spring touch by getting some floral lights* instead of the standard lights – think they add a nice touch! I also have some cactus ones which I use when I have my beaut palm tree bedding on (probably show these on my Instagram soon!). There are SO many different styles of fairy lights that you can get now – so you’ll find SOMETHING that matches your room !

Fake flowers

I love love LOVE fake flowers in my room – they add the loveliest touch to any room and you can get so many different styles! They add a touch of Spring/summer to your room too which is just perfect. Of course – every now and again I’ll get real flowers too – but nothing is more reliable than fake ones right?

Wooden storage/trays

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I am IN LOVE with wooden storage crates & trays – I think because they give my room that cottage, shabby chic feel. They also look amazing in any photo too – and again give it your room a cosy feel. I love the wooden crate* to store my Lush goodies in .. and it matches nicely with my bedsheets too which is always a plus!

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So m’loves… they are my tips to getting your room set for Spring/Summer but making sure it still has that cosy feel to it! It is amazing what a few new bits can do to your room. I actually picked up most of the things mentioned from my local Poundstretcher… I was so pleasantly surprised with all the cute stuff in there.. and obviously it was all SO affordable too. I highly recommend checking them out if you are after some cute decor bits for your bedroom or living room. You can check out their range & where your nearest store is online 🙂

Right guys.. I hope you enjoyed this post.. if so let me know and I will definitely do some more! I am all set for Amsterdam and cannot WAIT to get there.. expect lots of travel posts from me all about it too! Make sure you are following my Instagram as I will be putting up a  lot of pictures from my trip!

Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend guys.. and I will see you all in my next post! MWAH xx

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

*Items have been gifted to me and this post was kindly sponsored by Poundstretcher.. but as already mentioned I frickin’ love that store!
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Spring Bucket List

Oh hey

Y’all good? Hope so… I’ve missed you all *squeezes*. I’ve wanted to blog more often.. but my inspiration is just not there! So – I’ve let myself only blog when I feel inspired – like today!

Ahem… not to mention I am insanely obsessed with Gossip Girl and have been watching as many episodes as humanely possible each evening

So bucket list posts ey? I absolutely LOVE reading these. Why? You find out more about the blogger, and it also gives you some ideas of what you can get up to!

I am honestly thinking of doing one of these each season – and the things on my list are not going to be huge… just little things I want to do during Spring time! There’s nothing more satisfying than creating a list and ticking things off ey?

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Buy flowers every week during Spring

This is something I’ve stuck to since Spring started! There is just something so wonderful about having flowers in your home – they add so much colour and I also find they give any room a real homely feel. They definitely make you feel set for Spring too – so I’m going to ensure I ALWAYS have a bunch of flowers nearby! My new favourite flowers – tulips (the just scream spring time to me).

Have a picnic

Picnics are literally one of my favourite things ever. There is nothing better than packing up a little basket with food and finding a quiet place outside. We’ve been lucky enough to have some nice weather up in Yorkshire recently – so fingers crossed there will be some more soon!

Visit the first car boot of the year

Ahhhh if you know me you’ll know I LOVE a good car boot sale. And the best thing about Spring time? They start having them again! Although I might not always find something I like, there is something so lovely about waking up early in the morning and visiting a car boot (I think it’s the nostalgia kicking in guys).

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Take some pictures of cherry blossoms

Oh cherry blossoms. These might be the ultimate blogger cliche – but DAMN are they beautiful ! You know Spring has arrived when the cherry blossoms come out – and it is my aim to take some outfit pics with some cherry blossom background!

Learn to make the perfect mocktail

OK… so this one might be more of a summer one – but I want to spend Spring time PERFECTING my technique – then can spend Summer time drinking them right? NOTE it’s Mocktail as I don’t drink alcohol. The reason behind this one is because I am in LOVE with the ones you can order in restaurants – but WOW are they expensive. Plus – I can be as creative as I want with ones I make myself! Oh – and I will definitely share them once I have mastered some recipes!

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Book a city break

I have been wanting to book a city break for the longest time EVER .. but for no real reason I have just been putting it off. I think the warmer months will be a perfect time to escape real life for a few days and explore a whole new place. My destination? 100% AMSTERDAM. It is literally one of the most picturesque places – and everyone that has visited has only fallen in love with it. Anyone been? Leave me a comment and let me know.

So – that is my short .. but sweet (and do-able) Spring bucket list! I hope you found some inspiration for some things for you to get up to during Spring time! Is there anything you want to do during the spring months? If so – make sure to let me know!

Hope you all have the best week guys!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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My Top Primers For Every Occasion

Hiya lovelies!

I have been in a right little muddle for the past few days! You know when you just want to blog.. but you can’t? Yep… my internet had been playing up for a few days so I couldn’t write up my posts/catch up on blogs/YouTube like I normally would! Boo! I love chilling out in the evenings and catching up on my faves.. so have definitely missed being able to do so! BUT GUESS WHAT.. It is now SORTED! So.. as you can imagine.. I felt a little bit out of the blogging loop! I am SO happy so finally sit down and just talk to you all!

A little update.. I AM ON HOLIDAY SOON! I have decided that whilst on holiday.. I am going to be going on a little bit of a “blogging break”… so for the 7 days I am in Turkey.. I will not be scheduling/uploading blog posts or videos! It is the first holiday me and the hubs are going on together…so I honestly want to spend all the time there just enjoying it! I will definitely upload as normal before going.. as I have some exciting ideas for videos and posts! AND OF COURSE.. things will be BACK to normal when I get back too.. as Ramadan will also be over.. so it will be back to my 2 posts, 1 video a week! Yay!

SO…. you will never guess what I have for you all.. it’s only a post ALL ABOUT PRIMERS! So many of you LOVED my cream makeup post… and as I have built up a little (yes.. very little) collection of primers (may I add that I absolutely LOVE)… I thought it would be the perfect beauty blog post!

There are SO many primers out there.. all offering different things… mattifying/brightening skin, smoothing out lines/wrinkles, closing up pores, making your makeup last longer… they really are an essential when it comes to applying my makeup. I cannot even tell you how horrific (OK…slight exaggeration there) my skin feels when I skip primer. Seriously guys.. if you are not using a primer… do it now. I can guarantee (if you pick the right one), that your foundation will go on so much easier, last longer, and not gather in all those places on your face that you really don’t want it to.

Like I mentioned before… I have found a nice collection of primers that work for me, whatever look I am going for. That of course doesn’t mean I am not on the hunt for some new ones.. make sure to leave me your faves in the comments below!

Ahem… also.. notice my Friend’s inspired titles for each primer. All credit to go to Friends of course (hehe)

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The One That Makes My Skin Glow

If you are after a primer that will give your skin a beautiful, healthy glow, yet does not look greasy or sweaty..the Seventeen Skin WOW Primer* is PERFECT! I have oily skin but find this works perfectly for me. It has a lovely, pearly, slightly pink colour and it honestly gives your skin the most beautiful, luminous finish EVER! You can actually use this as a highlighter too.. which I have tried and LOVED! I don’t think this primer actually does a lot for making my foundation last longer.. but I find using a setting spray helps the longevity! I use this primer if my skin is looking dull, if I have not had enough sleep or if I just want a lovely healthy glow to my skin. Love this one.. AND it is so affordable!

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The One That Mattifes My Skin Like  A Dream

You know how it is loves.. sometimes you want the most glowing, fresh faced skin.. other times.. you want the most matte, perfect looking skin! As mentioned before.. I suffer from oily skin… so when I want something that is going to keep my skin looking matte all day.. I use the Loreal Infalliable Matte Primer. This is actually my latest primer but I find it works SO well. It is a clear, more gel-style consistency. I feel like this sits on my skin and gives a nice “barrier” between my oily skin and the foundation (if that makes sense, ha!). I also find that I need to use quite a bit of this primer to cover my face.. the “little goes a long way” doesn’t apply to this one I am afraid girls. Despite that.. this works like an absolute DREAM in making my foundation last all day. I find I do not even need a setting spray when I use this.. it is FAB at giving your skin that smooth, pore-less base to apply your makeup on to.

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The One That Is Actually For Men

I am sure you have all heard of this crazy beauty hack.. that a product any male in your life probably uses after shaving makes a damn good primer. The Nivea Post Shave Men’s Balm is literally a little dream. I have been using this for months now.. and find it is my go-to primer! I find it gives my skin a lovely, even base to work with, mattifies it (slightly.. not as much as the Loreal one) and also makes my makeup last that little bit longer. Sure.. your face smells slightly like a man when you first apply it.. but promise this disappears! This product is going to last me SO long.. you literally need the tiniest amount of this.. and I love the fact that it is SO affordable! It is definitely a must have.. especially if you are still a newbie to primers!

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The One That Is Like Photoshop For Your Skin

This little beauty is the  Hylamide HA Blur Prismatic Blurring Surface Hydrator* .. it is described as doing something completely different when it comes to “blurring” and smoothing skin. It uses something called “Hyaluronic Acid”.. which is what gives it the blurring power… and oh my goodness guys… it is AMAZING! HA is known for it’s anti-aging properties .. which I actually never knew until I received this and did some research! This primer has quite a thick consistency and I use the smallest amount and smooth it all over my skin. You can literally see the difference straight away … my skin honestly looks like it has been blurred to perfection, it is so soft and makes your foundation so easy to blend! This is definitely the perfect thing if you are willing to splurge on a primer. The only thing I do not love about this product is that it has quite a strong scent which I am not a fan of.. however once it has been blended into your skin.. the scent has gone!

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So lovelies… they are my top primers.. these have all been trialed, tested and LOVED by me! I highly recommend trying these if you haven’t already! 

Let me know if you liked this post darlings.. and also if you want me to do similar ones for other makeup items!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Have The Best Morning Ever – Summer Edition

Hiya lovelies!

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

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

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

How To: Have The Best Morning

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Clean Your Room The Night Before

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

Get Enough Sleep

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

Wake Up Gradually

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

Shower In The Morning

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

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Use Products That Make You Feel Happy

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

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Have Your Outfit/Bag Ready

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

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Breakfast – Don’t Avoid It

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

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Water & Lemon = My Morning Essential

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Makeup Removal: Micellar Or Balms?

Hiya!

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

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

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

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Cleansing Balms – When I Want to Have Fun Removing Makeup

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

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How do you use them?

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

Pros:

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

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

Nothing removes waterproof mascara like these babies do

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

Cons:

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

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

My Faves

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Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter

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

Supernatural Glorious Cleansing Balm*

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

Micellar Water – Literally Like Water On Your Skin

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

How Do You Use Them:

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

Pros:

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

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

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

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

Micellar waters are slightly more affordable then cleansing balms

Cons:

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

You use up an AWFUL amount of cotton pads!

They can feel slightly drying on your skin after using them

My Faves

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Garnier Micellar Water

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

Caudalie Paris Micellar Cleansing Water*

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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How To: Cream Makeup

Hey guys!♥

Guess what I am doing right now? Sat in the garden, in the sun, writing up my blogpost.. with a big glass of lemonade next to me. Can every blog writing session be like this please? The weather in the UK is perfect right now… JUST IN TIME FOR THE BANK HOLIDAY.. WOOP! What are your favourite things to do in the sun? Don’t get me wrong though lovelies… I am all for going to the beach/making the most of the sun.. but sometimes, sitting in your back garden with a drink and your laptop is just RIGHT!

SO…I am so so excited to write this post…and I really hope it is one of those that helps lots of other people too! It is also something I have not seen done quite often.. ANOTHER good reason to write a post ALL about it. I was also going to write “you are probably wondering what I am going on about”… but it says it all in the title HA!

Yes… I am going to be talking to you all about CREAM MAKEUP PRODUCTS. I know these are usually not your first choice when it comes to choosing makeup.. and it is understandable too. Your first thought when it comes to cream products is they are not as long lasting as poweders… they look greasy… not as pigmented…. yep I know them all! BUT… I am going to give you some tips on how to use them AND how to make them last ALL DAY!

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Honestly lovelies… cream products are literally my favourite thing EVER right now.. I find they look so much nicer and natural on the skin, are easier to use AND are perfect for summer time too! They give that beautiful, glowy look to your skin too.. which I personally think is WHAT YOU NEED IN SUMMER. Everyone wants that stunning, glowing skin right?

Now… I am only going to be talking about cream products for your face loves (sorry to my eyeshadow lovers)… I personally do not use eyeshadow as much .. so I would not have any that I can recommend for you… BUT let me know if you would like me to trial some and let you know what I think!!!

OK…what am I going to be talking about in this post? I will cover:

  • Why to use cream products
  • My favourite cream products
  • How to use cream products
  • Tips on making cream products last longer

Why Cream Products?♥

Trust me when  I say this loves.. cream products are honestly SO SO EASY TO USE!! Here are my top reasons why I use them.. (ahem.. and why you should too!)

  • You don’t even need to get your makeup brushes mucky (your hands and a blending sponge will do!)
  • They look so much more natural than powders
  • It is VERY HARD to actually get cream products WRONG.. If you put too much on.. all you have to do is blend… NOT be left with clown cheeks (hehe!)
  • They are amazing if you suffer from dry skin (although I have oily skin and I can still use them with no trouble!)

My Favourite Cream Products!♥

As I mentioned earlier lovelies… I am talking ALL ABOUT cream products for your face.. SO I have you covered with blusher, bronzer/contour and highlight!

Blusher – Makeup Revolution All About Cream Blush Palette

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OH MY GOODNESS guys.. I have wanted to get my mitts on this cream blush palette for the longest time EVER.. and I can honestly tell you that I am so so happy that I have! Like all the amazing MUR cheek palettes, it is £6 (ABSOLUTE BARGAIN!)… and you get 8 beautiful shades to play around with! If you want some more info/a few swatches on this palette… check out my YT video where it got a special mention! SO…. this palette has both pink AND coral shades and the blushes are SO creamy! Honestly guys.. this palette is SO SO PIGMENTED… I can honestly compare one of the shades to Mac’s Ladyblush (which was my FAVOURITE cream blush at one point!)…. I cannot recommend this enough guys! The blushes are so easy to apply and blend.. AND last all day too.. as well as looking so natural and giving your cheeks that lovely glow!

Contour Kits/Bronzer Kits♥

Sleek Contour Kit –  I actually was lucky enough to be sent this from Laura♥… she was SUCH  sweetheart and sent me it after seeing my tweets about desperately wanting it! I can honestly say this kit is AMAZING! It has a gorgeous range of colours, both for concealing AND contouring your skin (Although the concealers are WAY too dark for my skintone!). The colours are so so creamy and easy to blend! They also last all day and do not leave that awful “muddy” look on your face! Also.. anything with a massive mirror is ALWAYS a bonus!

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MeMeMe Ultimate Contour and Highlight Kit* – This kit is GORGEOUS! I love this as it has shades that I can use for contour, concealer AND highlight! The shades are again SO SO creamy and pigmented … and they have slightly more sheen than the Sleek palette! My favourite in this palette HAS to be the highlighter.. it has pink undertones and looks SO stunning against my skin tone! It just gives your skin this beautiful, healthy glow! I do find the concealer creases quite a bit under my eyes… but I find this to be a problem with a number of concealers I use! I just WISH this kit had a mirror!

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Highlighter Collection Speedy Highlighter 

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If you have been reading my blog/watching my YT videos.. this little baby will not be news to you.. the amount I have spoken about it is slightly ridiculous (ha!). This cream highlighter is honestly the best thing I have ever come across… it gives you that stunning, natural highlight… which just makes your skin look so so healthy! I seriously need to stock up on these because I would be so lost without it! It is easy to blend, long lasting and does not leave your skin looking/feeling greasy!

So lovelies… those are my quick reviews on my favourite cream products so far.. I honestly need to pick some more up! My wishlist includes Benefit’s Watts Up Highlighter, a few NYX cream blushes… and the OH SO POPULAR Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel (OK.. I can dream about the Chanel right?). 

How To Use Cream Products♥

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Primer = Essential

For me.. a mattifying primer that gives your skin a smooth base to apply makeup on is essential! The last thing you want is your cream products gathering around oily patches on your skin (NOT a good look).

AVOID – highlighting, glowing primers. This will be way too much glowy-ness (in my opinion!).. and can lead to that greasy look (NOT WHAT WE ARE WANTING LOVES).

Application

For me.. I dot blusher onto my cheeks and use a small concealer brush for the contour! Then.. I use a beauty sponge to blend out so it looks natural!

Contour – I apply the darker shades of the palette onto the hollows of cheeks, on my temples and on my jaw… then blend it in!

Blush – This is easy… just dot onto your cheeks… and use your sponge to blend!

Highlighter – I apply highlighter onto the top of my cheekbones, down my nose, on my forehead, chin and under my brows!

And THAT IS ALL! See.. it is not as hard as it seems is it? Of course.. if you want me to do a YT video showing you what I do.. let me know!

Tips To Help You!♥

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Right… I am going to give you some of my tips on using cream products now… This is what works for me lovelies.. but if you have ANY other tips.. Make sure to let me know!

Cream on Cream 

I am sure you have all heard this term before… to only use cream products on top of creams! So… when it comes to applying your powder.. it is best to do this AFTER you have applied all your cream products. This avoids your makeup shifting on your face.. it makes sense though right?

Translucent/Finishing Powders = BEST things EVER!

These powders will become your best friends when you are using cream products They set your makeup but do not add any colour to your face. They ensure your cream products are set.. and then will last all day!

Finishing Sprays – Essential!

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I honestly cannot recommend using a finishing spray enough whether you use cream OR powder products. They help to lock your cream makeup on your skin and helps control any oil.. which would definitely benefit those of you who suffer from oily skin AND use cream products. My favourite ones are the Urban Decay De Slick Spray.. or if you are after something cheaper… the Maybelline 24 Hour Setting Spray!

Right lovelies… they are all the tips I have picked up whilst using cream products! I really hope this inspires some of you to try cream makeup if you haven’t already.. or to help you if you are struggling with it! It honestly is my preference over powder for Summer time… as I just LOVE the finish of it, and how quick it is to apply too!

Let me know if you are a lover of creams.. and if so what your favourite products are! Hope you liked this post my loves.. and I will see you all in my next one!

By the way.. HAVE YOU ENTERED MY LATEST GIVEAWAY?

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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Make-up for £1? Miss Beauty Review♥

Hey hey!♥

It’s been a while! How have you all been? Had a good week/weekend? Any big changes I need to know about? Hehe… apologies about all the questions.. I feel like I have been away for a while (Its been a few days).. and this ALWAYS HAPPENS TO ME! Why is it that a few days in the blogging world always feels like a few weeks? I think I will try to stick to my habit of posting Sunday & Thursday.. that seemed to work well for me and I never felt like I was away for too long! In fact lovelies, let me know how often you post/what days.. I would LOVE to know!!!

RIGHT DARLINGS… I have a very exciting post for you all.. especially those of you who are savvy shoppers and LOVE a good bargain (ahem… me included!). So.. I was VERY GENEROUSLY sent some beauty products from a company called Miss Beauty London*… which if are not aware of… is actually sold in POUNDWORLD. AND… each item is a POUND. Yep you read that right… now I already know what you are all thinking… make-up that costs a pound surely cannot work right? Well…. I will be honest, that thought was in the back of my head too…. BUT recently (especially after LOVING the Primark beauty range so much) I really have been loving more budget items.. and wanted to give these £1 beauty items a go!

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So… first things first loves… the BASE products. I have both the Flawless Matte Foundation* and the Face Powder*.

Flawless Matte Foundation♥

I was so pleasantly surprised that the shade of this was more or less a perfect match (wooop!).. as this can always be an issue when you are sent foundation! The consistency is on the runnier side… and is definitely light – buildable medium coverage ( I applied 2 layers).. and it definitely has the matte look as the name states! It felt very light on my skin and just blended perfectly with my beauty sponge… but I have also applied it with a buffing brush and it blended so easily then! The staying power was actually what I was most impressed with … I wore it on the warmest day of the year that we have had so far (eeek!)… and I could not believe that it was still ON my face after sitting in the sun! Obviously… as the evening came along… it had started to fade… but it definitely lasted the majority of the morning/afternoon! The staying power is usually one of my biggest problems with cheaper foundations… but for the price.. this foundation did an amazing job!

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Overall:

I absolutely LOVE this foundation.. in fact it has become my day-to-day foundation for Spring. I love how light it is, yet it still mattifies your skin so you are left with a beautiful natural looking base. I was SO impressed with the staying power… and would definitely purchase this with my own money for an affordable, everyday foundation! I think it would be perfect for work/university.. especially for students who are after a budget foundation! I adore the packaging… it is SO sleek and classic.. and it is quite small so will easily fit in your makeup bag! The only issue I had is that it didn’t seem like there was much product in the packaging.. I feel like I may get 2 weeks more of foundation.. then it will be out.. BUT… I suppose you have to remember it is only £1… and it is not breaking the bank if you have to re-purchase it! OVERALL.. I highly recommend this as a day time foundation lovelies… give it a go! (if you want to, hehe).

Face Powder♥

This powder was definitely another one of my favourite items… the shade matched my skin nicely (although it was slightly on the darker side.. but I do not see this as a problem especially as we have Summer round the corner.. sort of, ha!). It feels very silky, and when applied to my skin (with a large kabuki brush).. it applied so easily and mattified my face! ALSO… apparently this powder has sunscreen in it.. SO it helps protect your skin in the sun (not bad!).. I would still recommend using a normal SPF though (as I hope you all do ANYWAY!). The powder gives my skin a lovely, smooth, velvety finish.. and reminds me of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.. although I think I actually prefer the finish of THIS budget one! The packaging does feel quite flimsy (it is only plastic).. but I was expecting this … and it does not affect how the product works so I am not fussed too much about this!

Overall:

I love the finish this powder gives me.. it feels like velvet on my face and I cannot believe a powder that cost £1 could work so well. It helps the foundation last longer too… and does not feel powdery or look cakey on your skin after! I adore this powder so so much! I do not even think I have any negatives about this… so lovelies.. definitely check this out!

Mascaras♥

I was actually lucky enough to be sent ALL 3 mascaras that Miss Beauty have in their range.. so it was amazing to be able to review ALL 3 of them!

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Volumising Mascara and Lengthening Mascara

Firstly.. I adore the packaging.. it is so sleek and simple! However.. that is probably the only thing that I liked about these products. I was SO gutted when I applied them as neither of them worked for my lashes…I was just not able to get them to work at all. Maybe it is just me and my weird lashes (hehe!)… I know products work differently on every person so if you have tried these mascaras and they work for you… let me know!

Waterproof Mascara

NOW THIS ONE… is a completely different story. I actually LOVE this one! I have never been one to wear waterproof mascara.. but I have been loving this one so much! It makes my lashes look volumised, lengthened and also very dark! I have quite watery eyes too (especially during hay fever season!).. so using this mascara means I do not get panda eyes anymore! So.. if you are looking for an affordable, waterproof mascara.. I highly recommend this one!

Overall:

The mascaras were the only thing I did not love from this range.. EXCEPT the waterproof one which I loved! The packaging and wands are SPOT on… but the formulation of the two mascaras just DID NOT get on with my lashes at all!

Fine Eyeliner♥

You guys will know me and that I love a good winged liner! So I was so chuffed to see an eyeliner .. BUT I was a little nervous because I am so used to using a felt tip pen.. rather than out of a “pot”. I was also a little apprehensive as the product was a very shiny black.. and I love me some matte wings guys. BUT GUESS WHAT.. this product DRIED matte.. so I was SO glad! The application is quite easy… it took the same amount of time to apply that my felt tip does.. which was fab! The staying power of the eyeliner is amazing too… I again used it on the hottest day we had.. and it stayed put! It is also so easy to remove.. which is always a plus!

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Overall:

I love this eyeliner so much…. it is so easy to apply, long lasting AND dries matte (probably my favourite thing ha!). The ONLY issue is… getting some product in your eye. NOW this may just be me being clumsy.. but every now and again.. I somehow manage to hit myself in the eye with my eyeliner.. and unfortunately it happened with this and it did sting quite a bit.. although this disappeared within a few seconds. This does not happen with my usual eyeliner (although it has happened with pot eyeliners before!)… so I will just have to remember to be extra careful when applying this one!

SO LOVELIES… there we have my review of some AMAZING, budget makeup items! I know everyone loves a good bargain.. especially when it comes to makeup.. so if you are on the hunt for some new products.. I recommend giving Miss Beauty London a go.. especially their base products! They are available in Poundworld… so next time you are picking up some essentials.. give these a go!!

Right darlings… I hope you enjoyed this! I have quite busy day ahead of me.. I have some blog photos to take, a video to film, a room to clean (hehe) AND also.. a Body Shop event to go to (I cannot WAIT!)… SO I am going to love you and leave you guys.. have an absolutely AMAZING DAY!!!!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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*Items were sent for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own

Spring Lip Loves♥

Hiya!!!!!♥

PLEASE TELL ME YOU HAVE HAD SUNNY WEATHER WHERE YOU ALL ARE?!♥

We have been very lucky in the UK to have had almost a whole WEEK of beautiful weather… and I have been definitely been making the most of it with BBQ’s and relaxing in the sun! What have you been up to loves?

SO… all this gorgeous weather really inspired me to do YET ANOTHER Spring inspired post (let me know if you guys are bored of these yet… hehe!). BUT I have recently accumulated quite a nice little collection of lip products that I have been reaching for during the Spring season! REMEMBER MY TRUSTY 107? It is now my LEAST reached for lipstick (I KNOW!)… I have been SO obsessed with dusty rose pinks, nudes and pinky/coral shades! I also LOVE matte lips… so if you are expecting a post with glossy, shimmery lip glosses.. I’m sorry :(. BUT .. if you love beautiful, matte, pink/nude lips.. YOU ARE IN FOR A RIGHT TREAT!

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I have picked my favourite lipstick/lip liner combinations… all of which are from the drugstore.. AND some bargain lip products from PRIMARK! Yep.. you read that right… so make yourself a lemonade (notice how it is no longer a cuppa.. tehehe.. we are all about setting up the Spring vibes!), and have a read to see my FAVE lip products!

Lip Balms♥

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First things first.. this is ESSENTIAL when you wear a lot of matte lipsticks!! My favourites are the Nivea Lip Balm & the Palmers cocoa butter balm! They both smell ABSOLUTELY gorgeous.. and taste quite yummy too ha!

Nudes♥

Primark Lip Liner in Light Pink♥

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I am so sure you have already read about/seen that Primark now have quite a vast collection of beauty items.. and being the little lipstick obsessed creep that I am (hehe).. I of course had to snap up a few!! The lip liners in Primark are £1 (wow!).. and are honestly SUCH good quality.. the are so so creamy, pigmented, AND long lasting. It is such a lovely colour to use alongside either peachy or pinky toned lipsticks… even though it is called “light pink”.. it is definitely more on the nude side!

Primark Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Nude♥

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This lip crayon is so so creamy and easy to apply! I LOVE it for a pretty, peachy-nude colour.. perfect for everyday in Spring! It is called “Nude”.. but I would say it is definitely more on the peach tone… so it would look lovely with a slight tan/bronzed face! Sure.. it is not the LONGEST lasting lip crayon… and after a few re-applications, it does leave that weird residue (bleurgh) on your lips (I am sure you all know what I mean).. however for £2, you cannot really go wrong! I find it works best when you remove all the product and re-apply on bare lips, rather than layering it all on!

Rimmel Kate Moss 08♥ 

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I absolutely LOVE this lipstick so so much.. and it has definitely been my go to nude lipstick! It is so creamy, long lasting and leaves a lovely matte (but not drying) finish to your lips! This is more of a pinky nude, and I find is so wearable for everyday! I have seen a fair few other bloggers raving about this lipstick.. trust me girlies.. this is an ESSENTIAL!

Bright Pinks♥

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick♥

This has been my favourite lip product if I want a VERY dramatic lip. This beauty is SO pigmented…you definitely have to do a double check of your teeth before you leave! It is quite long lasting.. and does actually have a slight sheen to it.. so I apply the velvet liquid lipstick above it!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick♥

I always apply this above the lipstick… and I find that this leaves my lips with a gorgeous, matte finish! I also LOVE using the velvet lipstick on it’s own, as it literally feels like NOTHING on your lips.. but it is not the most long lasting thing! BUT… using both these products together means you have a very pigmented, long lasting matte lip! PERFECT for a Spring evening out! I also find this shade of lip product makes your teeth look whiter (hehe!).

Rose Pinks♥

Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry Surfulease♥

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Oh… what a shocker that this lipstick features in this post!! I am sure if you are a lovely, regular reader of my blog/watcher of my videos.. you will know how much I LOVE this!! The colour is a dark, rose pink shade, it is SO long lasting, has a gorgeous matte finish… AND has a minty taste! In my opinion.. you cannot ask for more in a lip product!! If you are looking for a product that is SO easy to use, affordable and good quality.. pick up one of these matte balms! You will NOT regret it loves!

Primark Lip Liner in Wine♥

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Again… it is the beloved Primark liners.. this time in a gorgeous deep berry colour. This shade actually works PERFECTLY with the matte balm… and just gives your lipstick the most loveliest base to go on! Seriously guys… I HIGHLY recommend picking up these lip liners… I know Primark also have a bright pink, brown and red liner.. all of which I will OBVIOUSLY be picking up!! Yay!!

Coral♥

No7 Stay Perfect in Rose Kiss*♥

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I never thought I would LOVE wearing this shade of lipstick SO SO MUCH! In fact.. when I first wore it.. I was a little bit scared that it just DID NOT suit me! However.. after a few hours wearing it.. I was in LOVE! This lipstick is SUCH a summery shade.. perfect for holidays! It goes on quite creamy, but then dries matte. It feels SO comfortable on your lips, does not dry them out, and is also so easy to apply! It looks quite pinky in the photos.. but I promise you it is definitely more of a coral/pink colour! You know what this would go PERFECTLY with? Benefit’s Coralista blush! Literally the most PERFECT combination right there! I use this lipstick alongside the Primark nude lip liner …. and it instantly makes me feel SO summery! I literally cannot WAIT to rock this on holiday!

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So lovelies.. I hope you enjoyed this post ALL about my FAVE spring lip products! I also hope this post inspired you to pick up some new products too! I highly recommend checking out all these if you haven’t already… I will definitely be rocking them for the rest of this season.. and probably well into summer too!! Woo!!!

Thank you SO SO much for reading darlings… I cannot WAIT to see you in my next post… promise I will have a long catch up with you all there, K?

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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Blog Photography 101♥

Hiya lovelies!♥

Hope you have all had a wonderful week.. and also enjoyed your Bank Holiday.. how does it seem so long ago already?!

I wanted to do a post that would hopefully help A LOT of you lovely guys out there… Recently I have been having SO many compliments on my blog photos (you are a lovely bunch.. I could just squeeze you all!)… so I thought what better thing to babble on about than photography!

Quick little disclaimer too.. I am by NO means a professional.. I just take photos for my little blog and for fun too.. and everything that I have learnt has been through experience and knowledge picked up here and there from other bloggers! I have been blogging for around 8 months.. and I can honestly say that I think my photos have improved massively! SO.. without further ado… lets get on with it… woo!

The Basics♥

Background

Decide on what background you want. This is completely personal and up to you – whether you want a bright, colourful background, a white, marble background (the standard blogger background – and my personal fave!).. the choice is completely yours! Now this is where DIY shops come in handy… remember when your parents were re-decorating the living room and they took home about 20 different wallpapers to see what went well together? WELL… you can do exactly the same (tehehe).. so pop into B&M or B&Q and take a few “samples”.. just don’t go too crazy (ha!). Another thing that can work amazingly is a plain canvas! I also want to incorporate different textures into my background.. i.e. faux fur or blankets.. I have seen quite a few people do this and it looks GORGEOUS and really adds something to their images!

Location

Girls.. FIND YOUR BLOGGING SPOT. Whether that is a corner in your bedroom, the hallway.. the bathroom.. find a location that works for you! Now.. I mean a location where there is plenty of natural light, lots of room for you to move around, and NO CLUTTER! I like to use the space in the spare living room, right next to the window! It is also worth keeping a box/basket where you can keep items you regularly use in photos (such as props.. MORE on these later!). I am honestly DREAMING of the day I have my own office/blogging/vlogging room… but for now.. my living room will do!

Camera

Should I be honest with you girlys? The camera I use is a Samsung 16MP HD digital camera that Saj (the hubby) got me whilst we were at Uni (5 years ago). Yep. I would LOVE to invest in an Olympus Pen (THE perfect blogging camera).. but when you have a mortgage to save up for… it is (unfortunately) not the first thing on my shopping list (boo!!). I WILL GET ONE SOON! Hint… it is my birthday in July.. just saying. ANYWAYS.. the whole point of that little babble was to reassure you that any camera you have is FINE. Whether you have a Canon (dreamy), or are using your iPhone… your photos will still be FAB!

Editing

Now… for me … I had to include editing in this Basics list guys. Trust me.. it makes a MASSIVE difference into how eye catching/professional your photos look. Don’t be scared.. you do not have to do any fancy editing whatsoever! Just stick the brightness/highlight/contrast up a little bit.. and if you have bright colours… a teeny increase on the saturation never hurts. I use Pic Monkey for editing my blog photos.. it is SO easy to use.. and it is free! It is also pretty foolproof too.. so you should definitely check it out!

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So lovelies.. that is my advice on the basics of blog photos! These should hopefully help if you are just trying to up your blog photo game.. and are some good starting points!

NOW.. if you have mastered the basics (which I am sure you will… there really isn’t much to it.. hehe)… you can move onto the ADVANCED points. OK… they are not really advanced.. it is just things that take that little bit more effort.. and I feel are essential if you really want to up your blog photo game.

Advanced♥

Flat Lays

Ohhh .. nothing better than a good old flat lay image. Yes they take that little bit more time, yes they cause you to have a sore back, yes you look like an absolute BOOB when you are taking them.. but THEY MAKE A DAMN GOOD PHOTO! I only really started taking flat lays a few months into blogging.. now every photo of mine has to be one hehe! I thought I would share some of the tips/tricks I have picked up along the way!

One word. Chair. Enough said.

Props are literally your best friend when it comes to flat lays. I like to think of my flat lays as telling a little bit of a story (weird I know, haha!).. but I find that this helps me so much! See one of my favourite flat lays below:

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This was from my Teen Make Up Post.. and I used props that I associated with being young (the old generation iPod, baby lips lip balm, a very retro looking mascara).. and I loved how this image turned out! 

Use one item as a “base” item. Then add other items that associate with that! For example.. use a glass of water (very basic I know)… then add some pretty drinking straws, some fake flowers.. maybe a funky little tray.. AND YOU ARE DONE! It really is all about getting creative and letting your personality shine in your photos!

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Confetti makes all the difference. Especially if you have a plain white background.. confetti just makes the image look extra special and eye catching. Trust me.. grab some confetti and go wild. Just keep the hoover close by.. you will make a mess, ha!

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Don’t go overboard. For me.. there is nothing worse than my flat lay looking too crowded. I like to be able to see the background too.. and I know when I have added way too much to my photos! Just experiment and see what looks right!

Lighting

For over 7 months of my blogging life.. I stuck to natural light/editing… and I was happy. HOWEVER.. once I started YouTube.. I realized lighting was that LITTLE bit more of an essential. I have included it in this Advanced section because I happily took all my photos without them… and you can too. However.. if you are able to invest in some.. I would say do it. They make taking blog photos so much easier… you do not have to worry about shadows, everything just looks more “crisp”, and you can take your photos at more or less any time and not worry about natural light as much! I use soft box lighting.. and I picked them up for £30 on eBay.. not bad at all ey?!

 Props

Anything makes a good prop. Beauty products, fake flowers, little bunnies, lipsticks… trust me.. have a Blog Prop Box with ANYTHING you find around the house and use it in your photos! It makes them so much more fun to look at! As mentioned before.. try not to add too many in one photo! A perfect example would be:

  • Your favorite beauty items
  • Some fake flowers
  • Small glass hearts
  • Some seasonal items (bunnies for Spring time!)

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DONE!

Lastly.. BE CREATIVE! Your blog and the photos you take are all about showing you and your personality. Get as creative as you want! If you want.. you can even make each of your images have a specific colour theme/beauty theme.. anything goes!

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General Tips♥

Take plenty of photos

 Trust me.. the last thing you want is to take maybe 5″good” photos, put all your set up away, upload your photos.. and realize you hate every single one. Oh yes.. it happened to yours truly. AND it was a nightmare! Take as many photos from one angle, then move to another, and ANOTHER. This just means you have plenty to pick from!| I usually have around 80 photos to pick from.. and only end up using 8-9 ha!

Avoid the flash

The flash is evil. It makes your photos look washed out and weird. I have NEVER had any luck when using the flash.. so I recommend avoiding it! Stick to your natural light/soft box lighting… it looks SO much nicer!

Try not to over-edit

You want your pictures to look bright, crisp and clear. You do not want a blue/orange toned photo, or an image that is WAY to bright to look at! As I mentioned previously, a little bit of an increase in the contrast/brightness/highlight is all you need.

Designate a blog photo taking day

This will make your blogging experience so much easier! Set up your little photography studio (ahem .. in that little corner of your bedroom).. and take 2-3 posts worth of blog photos on one go! This means that everything you need is in one place.. and you are not running back and forth searching for your items to photograph! It also helps when you are writing.. as your photos will always jog your memory of what you are talking about!

Some Quick Instagram Tips!!

I thought I would add in some SPEEDY tips for Instagram photos!

  • Take these at the same time you take your blog photos! It makes complete sense right.. you have everything set up.. why not? I like to take my weekly set of Instagram pics so they are all set to go up!
  • For convenience.. take them on your phone camera! This means they are easy to access and quicker to edit too! I use PS Express to edit my Instagram photos.. and I use the same editing style for these too!

So loves.. that is my advice for blog photography! I personally think photos are SO important.. and are one of the main things that drive people to your blog! EVERYONE loves seeing lovely, bright images… so I really hope you are able to pick up on some of these things to help you!

I hope this post was informative.. I would love to know any tips you have, as I am always willing to learn more! Remember to just have fun and be as creative as possible! Thank you SO much for reading darlings.. and I cannot wait to see you in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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