My End of Summer Faves 

Oh hey. This will probably be one of my last Summer themed posts before my blog goes full on Autumn mad guys. If you know me, you’ll know that I am literally all set to say goodbye to the ‘summer’ months (lol) & get myself back into cosy knits, berry lips & buying an endless amount of candles. In fact – as I write this I am burning a ‘Halloween’ candle. I know – I’m nuts.

So – that aside, I thought I would share the things I’ve been loving through summer.  I’ve never been one to do monthly faves – just because I tend to fall in love with something and then use it for months on end – so you would get pretty bored of seeing the same old bits!

I actually have a mix of skincare, beauty & fragrance bits – and I’ve been using these SO much for the past few months.

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Palmers Facial Cleansing Oil

I was lucky enough to receive the new Palmers skincare range and was BEYOND excited to try it. I am such a fan of their body products, so had high hopes for their skincare bits. The first thing is the Cleansing oil – and I actually was so pleasantly surprised with this. The Body Shop Camomile balm is my holy grail – and for me to find something else that I use just as much is a HUGE DEAL. I use a few pumps of this and massage over my face & eyes to melt my makeup away. I then wet my hands and rub the oil into my skin – it actually forms a lather which is fab too! I then rinse my skin & am left with soft, cleansed skin! It smells amazing, is so gentle on the skin and doesn’t clog my pores up – it is also really quick to melt all my makeup which is a plus when I’m having lazy days!

Palmers Facial Oil

I have been using facial oils in my skincare routine for quite a while – and this one has slowly become my favourite to use. It does take slightly longer to sink into your skin – but my face is always glowing the morning after! And the best bit – it smells like chocolate ! Although – if you’re not a fan of that, I’d suggest you steer clear of this stuff.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I was so excited when this little baby came through the post. I am such a massive fan of Caudalie products – they have always gotten on with my skin and I’ve never had any issues when using them. The Beauty Elixir is definitely no exception – bloody hell this is some good stuff. I am such a fan of finishing/toning/brightening facial sprays, and this is by far one of my faves. I usually use this after I’ve washed my face & before moisturiser, and even sometimes spritz a little bit when I’ve finished my makeup. It has a minty, almost herbal smell (it smells so good though), and really brightens up my skin. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in how ‘glowly’ my skin looks after using this – so it’s going to be a definite keeper in my winter skincare routine!

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Zoella Jelly & Gelato Range

I’ve actually done a whole post on this range because of how much I loved it – but there are a few products I’ve been reaching for non stop, especially during the last few weeks. The body pudding is hands down my fave moisturiser after showers in the morning. It is so refreshing & quick to sink into my skin – not to mention the scent is AMAZING. And of course – drowning myself in the Body Mist because it smells SO BLOODY GOOD. This little diamond has been living in my handbag too – and will do until I’m ready to crack out my Gingerbread Body Mist. Tehehe.

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Lush Sleepy Body Lotion

You’d be surprised to know that the Lush Sleepy Lotion actually made the news a few weeks ago – and as named a ‘miracle’ product because it apparently helped people who were struggling to sleep – seriously google it if you don’t believe me. Now – I don’t actually struggle to sleep, but I definitely find that I have a much deeper, peaceful sleep when using Sleepy. It’s been my go to after evening showers, and I honestly could not be without it now. Fan of the Twilight bath bomb ? You need this is your life. Thank me later.

Twilight Body Spray

The last bit of the above paragraph – read it again. The same applies to his body spray. I cannot even tell you how AMAZING this smells. Also, it’s pretty strong stuff so you don’t need to use a lot at all. I think this will be perfect for using during the colder months too – it is such a ‘cosy’ scent. It’s pretty reasonable at £20 too, especially for how long it lasts.

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Polynesian Island Perfume – The Body Shop

If there is a perfume that takes you right back to your earlier summer holiday on the beach – it’s this. Seriously, it is summer in a bottle. I absolutely loved using it with the Pina Colada range – they literally went perfectly together. Think coconut, pineapple & a slight floral scent. Yum.

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I’ve absolutely loved using all these products throughout the whole summer – I love using seasons to try out new products – so you bet I’m already scouring out what new things I can use for Autumn ! Eek!

Expect my next post to be very autumnal. Yaaaaas.

Love,

Saira x

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Zoella Beauty – Jelly & Gelato Review

Call me a bit of a creep, but as soon as Zoella started dropping hints that her new beauty range would be released soon, I would continuously stalk Twitter to see updates on it. I couldn’t have been the only one right? I genuinely love everything that she has ever brought out (both her Lifestyle & Beauty range) – and knew that as soon as this range was released, I would be straight on the Superdrug website to order some goodies.

I don’t know about you – but I am such a Zoella fan. Her blog was probably the first one I ever read – which led me to watching her videos, and seeing her become the successful woman she is now. So of course –  it was a no brainer that I picked up her new range.

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This year – Zoe’s range was completely focused around Jelly & Gelato – screams summer right? The whole theme was around ice cream & jelly (obvs) and is definitely something to pick up if you love matching your scents to seasons. I had all the heart eye emojis when I saw the range for the first time (seriously though guys – look at it).

So – what did I pick up? I went a little bit mad if I’m honest – and had to stop myself from buying the whole range. I brought:

  • Shower Sauce
  • Shower Shake
  • Body Pudding
  • Cream Scrub
  • Gelat’eau Body Mist

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Packaging

The packaging of the whole range is SO summery, and I literally felt like I had received a box of ice cream goodies when it arrived. If I was to pick my favourite packaging wise – it would have to be the Shower Cream (the one that looks like a milkshake) & the Body Mist. I love the opaque bottle for the mist – it is so unique and gives it such an expensive feel. I also love that the body pudding (moisturiser) comes in a tub – I personally find these so much easier and quicker to use. Although – it definitely looks like it should belong in my freezer along with the rest of the ice cream. All in all, whole range looks beautiful either on your dresser, or on your bathroom shelf.

Scent

So the scent is the same across all products – and let me tell you it is definitely NOT what I expected from this range at all. I originally through the scent would have quite a sweet, whipped cream, vanilla scent – but it is most definitely not like that at all. Instead, it has a very fresh, floral but fruity scent, with a slight hint of double cream – I think that’s a pretty good description? It is described as having notes of Elderflower & Pomegranate – and I can definitely smell both of these. It is such a lovely, everyday scent that is not too offensive and it really does last a long time – especially when using all the products together.

Price

I have personally always found Zoella’s range good value for money – because I have found that every single product I’ve used has worked amazingly, and I always tend to repurchase the goodies. I actually got everything with 25% off as an introductory price – and Zoella’s range is often on a 3 for 2 deal – so you can always pick something up on offer.

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Individual Reviews

It’s always good to go through individual products when reviewing right? I have been using the Zoella range for a few weeks now so definitely feel like I’m in a good place to tell you what I think of them.

Shower Sauce

So – I actually got both the shower Sauce & cream (more on the cream later) – because I go through shower gels SO quickly. The shower Sauce is more liquid, and it lathers up nicely when applied to your loofah. It is a dark pink colour, and definitely resembles that amazing sauce that was poured over your 99 ice cream. Nom. Anyway – love the scent of this, and I definitely could smell the scent on my skin for a while after, and my skin felt pretty soft afterwards too.

Shower Cream

First things first – the packaging of this is probably my fave thing. It looks like a FRICKIN’ milkshake. Adorbs. So – the formulation of this is very different to the shower sauce – it is a lot creamier and doesn’t lather up as much. It is also a cream colour, not that funky pink colour – gah. I tend to avoid using this with my loofah and just use my hands, as I find I use less product this way. This made made skin feel so soft and I didn’t even feel the need to have to use moisturiser after (still did though cos I’m moisturiser obsessed – but you get the option which is what matters right?). Absolutely LOVE using this stuff, especially on an evening as it has such a luxe feel to it.

Cream Scrub

So this was definitely not what I was expecting – it is more of a balm texture rather than a grainy scrub. It has more of a ‘melt in your palm/on your body’ idea when it comes to use it. This is definitely a scrub that you could use everyday as it is a very fine grain, and it leaves your skin feeling so soft & polished after. I have never tried anything like this before either and have definitely fallen in love with it!

Body Pudding

This little ice cream themed tub of joy has become one of fave body moisturisers ever. It looks so beautiful and has tiny little ‘sprinkles’ in which is SO cute. It gives your skin a beautiful, fragrant finish – and using this alongside the shower sauce or cream means you’ll smell delish for hours. This little baby soaks into your skin so quickly as it is such a lovely, whipped formula. One of my faves for summer right here girls and boys.

Gelat’eau Body Mist

I’m in love with this little baby – the scent, the packaging, the whole sha-bang. I’ve always loved the body mists because I find them so handy to pop in your handbag and have on the go – and the scent is definitely one that lasts a while, despite them only costing £8. I find that you can definitely smell the elderflower when you first spray it, this then settles into a sweet, whipped cream, pomegranate scent. YUM. It definitely is summer in a bottle.

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I felt like I was chucked right back into my childhood when using these – it definitely reminded me of summer days spent in parks and fairs. I think both younger girls & more older ladies will like this range – it has such a happy, summery vibe about it. You can see how much effort has been put into the products and Zoe just seems to get better and better with her ranges – and I love them more each time!

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After obsessing over these products as much as I have – I know I need to invest in the bath wafers & milk frosting powder – bring on ice cream themed baths (woop!). So – if you are after a quirky, summery themed beauty range that is instagrammable AF – check out Zoella’s range – I know you’ll love it!

Until next time,

Love Saira x

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THE YUMMIEST MOCKTAILS

Oh hey

You wanna know what I’ve been obsessed with recently? Mocktails. Making them experimenting with them, DRINKING THEM – most important part right? Of course, I don’t drink alcohol and I know a lot of other people don’t due to personal preference, religion.. or sometimes you do just fancy a mocktail. I’ve been playing around with some recipes and have come up with my 3 favourite drinks so far. Each one is so easy to make & tastes SO good. Trust me, you have to try them.

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Before we get started, there is one thing  you HAVE to do. Literally the most important thing that will bring all your mocktails together & make them taste SO good. What am I babbling on about? Simple syrup. You gotta make yourself some of this stuff guys, it makes all the difference. What is simple syrup? Probably the easiest thing you’ll ever make. It’s literally 1 part sugar to 1 part water, put it in a saucepan and slowly bring it to a boil. Once bubbles start to appear, take it off the heat and place in a cup. This will store for around a week in the fridge. Why do you need simple syrups? Think about it, you have a lot of citrusy fruits going in your drink so you need to add some sugar to sweeten it. Adding sugar to a warm drink – it dissolves pretty quickly. Adding sugar to a cold drink – it’s going to take a lot longer to dissolve – and you could be left with a whole  load of sugar in the bottom of your glass. So this is where simple syrup comes in – it’s a sweet liquid that brings the drinks together nicely – and is an essential in mocktail making.

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Of course – get yourself some fancy glasses, umbrellas, funky stirrers & any other pretty props you want. Because what’s a mocktail without some fancy decor?

HOW TO

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Strawberry Daiquiri:

I feel like this is one drink I have mastered because I’ve made it SO many times. This is definitely everyone’s fave – and it is literally SO easy to make. The combination of strawberries and limes/lemons is SO yummy & perfect for helping you feel refreshed. With this being a frozen mocktail, it’s perfect for hot summer days. I think this is probably my fave out of the lot too.

1 cup strawberries frozen

1/2 cup ice

2 tbsp simple syrup

2 tbsp pomegranate syrup

4 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp lemon juice

Splash of lemonade/7up – you can add more if you want – I just prefer a more slushie texture!

FYI – This makes around 5-6 small glasses worth of slush

Prep your glasses by rubbing a lemon round the rim and dipping it in sugar. Add a lime & strawberry to the rim and set aside. Add all the ingredients to a blender & blitz for a few seconds. You might need to stop and give it a stir because it will be slush! Add a splash of lemonade to the bottom of the glass, then spoon in the Strawberry Daiquiri slush. Give it a quick stir and serve!

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Virgin Mojito

This is definitely the one when I want something a little bit ‘lighter’ and refreshing. I didn’t think I would like the combo of mint & lime, but it is SO good. It is so easy to make and you don’t need a blender for this one!

FYI – these ingredients are per one glass

1 lime – chopped – I add a whole lime for extra flavour, as there is no alcohol

6-7 sprigs of fresh mint

Crushed ice – 1 cup

Simple syrup – 1 tbsp

Lemonade – personal preference. I add around 1/2 of the glass I’m using – but you can always add more/less

Lime/mint to garnish

Add the chopped lime, mint leaves & simple syrup to your glass. Muddle these for a few seconds (don’t crush the mint leaves – your drink will taste AWFUL if you do). Just press the ingredients gently (I use the end of a rolling pin – works perfectly fine), until you can smell the mint coming through. Then, add your crushed ice, lemonade and mix well. Garnish with lime & a few mint leaves, et VOILA. The yummiest virgin mojito ever – and it’s SO quick to make.

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Pineapple Margarita

Now unfortunately – I have not been able to make a Pina Colada that I actually really like the taste of *cries*.. BUT I have an amazing Pineapple Margarita that you can try in the meantime ! I WILL make the perfect Pina Colada. For now though – hope you enjoy the Margarita guys.

2 cups fresh pineapple – chopped up

1/4 cup lime juice

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup orange juice

2 tbsp simple syrup

2 cups of ice

Lemon & pineapple to garnish

FYI – Makes around 5-6 servings

Add all the ingredients (except the lemon & pineapple that are to garnish) to a blender and blend well. Rim the glass with lemon & dip in sugar. Pour drink in & add a slice of pineapple or orange for decoration. And THAT’S IT.

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So there we have it. 3 VERY easy mocktail recipes for you to enjoy during the summer – or any time of year that you fancy. These drinks have been so much fun to make and really are the best thing to have on a hot, summer evening. Make sure to let me know if you try any of these!

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I’m working on experimenting with a few more ingredients, so if you enjoyed this post let me know and I’ll definitely share some more drinks with you!

For now – I’m going to let you enjoy the rest of these sunny days we’re having in the UK at the moment, and will see you all in my next post!

Lots of love,

Saira

Xx

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!

Holiday Blues

Hey guys….

Muaha.. do you see what I did there with the title? Yep.. it was 2 weeks ago that I was having the best time EVER on holiday in Hisaronu, Turkey (FYI.. I have a full post all about my trip.. check it out). I am suffering from some SERIOUS holiday blues guys… I just want to be back in the sun, not worrying about work and just RELAXING! If only ey? Unfortunately, real life called and it was back to waking up at 6AM, working Monday to Friday and making the most of my weekends!

One thing I was definitely looking forward to after returning back from my holiday was getting back into blogging. As I had Ramadan, and then my holiday straight after.. my poor little blog got pushed to a side… but this break has definitely helped me feel more inspired and so much more motivated to do well with my blog and make it the best I possibly can! I always have so so many people ask me how on EARTH I manage to balance a blog, YT channel AND full time work.. and I will be honest.. it does get really tough sometimes. However.. because I see blogging as my “me-time”, I look forward to working on it after work! So.. even though I WISH I was back in Turkey.. it is nice to have a routine again!

One thing that I really missed so so much was the fashion element of my blog.. I feel like my blog has been so focused on beauty recently.. so I wanted to bring back my good ol’ OOTD’S (!!). I am SO SO excited because I recently got a tripod too so I am hoping to film some Lookbook’s on my YT channel.. let me know if you would like to see these loves!

Right.. I think I have babbled on enough .. should we get onto the actual outfit Saira?

I wanted to focus this outfit on a single item that I think is absolutely essential for the British Summer. Now.. we had a STUNNING few days of very hot weather (I felt like I was back in Turkey guys), and then you blink and it is back to cloudy, windy cold days.  Oh, the joys of British Summer (ha!). Anyway… back to my fashion essential for Summer time…

… A kimono.

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I bloody love kimonos.. I am obsessed with cardigans in Autumn/Winter.. and kimonos are my alternative for the warmer months! They are just SO easy to wear.. and give your outfit that instant “boho” look to it.

I picked up this beautiful blue one from George at ASDA.. YEP YOU READ THAT RIGHT! I fell in love and knew I had to have it! The print is so stunning .. and this blue colour looks gorgeous on every skintone!

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I kept the rest of my outfit simple with a grey t-shirt (from where other than Primark?), some black jeggings (do I ever wear anything else), and some white loafers (another essential for Summer girls).

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Also.. you guys know I am not the biggest fan of dressing up.. I much prefer to keep things casual when I go out and have my makeup more dramatic, or switch up my accessories.. so instead of my usual day bag.. I paired the outfit with a clutch instead! I LOVE this simple clutch.. I can think of SO many outfits that it would go with.. In fact…I actually used this clutch on my registry wedding (hehe).

Details

Kimono – George @ Asda

T-Shirt – Primark

Jeggings – Zara

White Loafers – Peacocks

Sunglasses – Peacocks

Hijab – Mum’s

Clutch – LYDC* (10% anything from LYDC using the code SAIRA10)

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Seriously guys.. for what is left of the summer (tehehe), go and get yourself a kimono… I can guarantee it will become one of your most worn items in the summer! They look stunning over dresses (both maxi and mini), skirts, shorts, jeans.. basically everything (ha).

Right guys.. I am going to love you and leave you.. wishing I was back in Hisaronu…

LOVE YOU ALL LOADS.. and I will see you all in my next post.

Lots Of Love,

Saira

xo

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