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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BEAUTY FIX: Get RID of Large Pores

Well guess who’s baaaaaaack! Back againnnn. Ok sure you’ve realised by now it’s me ha. Hey guys. It’s been way too long I know.. but I am so excited to be back at yaaaa with none other than a beauty post. ‘Cos everyone loves a good ramble about beauty ey? Well I know I do.

So .. today ladies & gents (if any gents even read my blog), I am going to be talking about pores. Wow.. how much of an obnoxious teacher did I sound like then (seriously, say it out loud in a demanding voice and you’ll get me). Seriously though… pores are a pain. Yep I know they have a use… but my goodness if you have oily skin (like moi), they are pretty annoying.

Let’s have a little lesson in pores shall we? Pores are basically little openings in your skin which allows the release of sebum… and of course, oiler skin can mean larger pores. Also.. picking at your skin/spots can damage your pores too making them more noticable. DON’T do it… I picked at a blackhead and it literally scarred my skin for over a week. I WISH I left the bloody thing alone.

So… that’s my little bit of background .. now it’s time to get to the best bit. MY tips on de-clogging your pores (ew that sounds gross), reducing your pore size, and in turn helping to keep your skin clear!

Thoroughly cleanse your skin

 

You gotta get your skin feeling clean AF girl. Things like makeup, heavy moisturizers and the general environment you’re in all clog up your pores. So firstly, make sure you cleanse your skin really well. I’ve been OBSESSED with removing my makeup with a cleansing balm & going over it with a miceller water. The Body Shop Chamomile balm has been a long term fave of time, and then recently I’ve been enjoying the Soap & Glory Drama Clean 5 in 1 Micellar water to remove any last bits of makeup. Then… I use another Soap & Glory product (FYI.. LOVE the S&G skincare range)… the Fab Pore Purifying Foaming Cleaner, it is AMAZING. There’s just something about foam on my face that I love (lol).. it makes it feel so clean & refreshed! In fact .. to make the most of my cleansing, I use my Magnitone Facial Brush too! And that my friends, is how you cleanse your skin. Boom.

Steam the s*** out of your face

Whether you do this by having a really hot shower, or having your fave over a bowl with hot water… you gotta steam your face guys. This opens up your pores and helps us move onto the next step. EXTRACTION. Ew .. I love/hate this part.

Removing all the dirt from your pores

 

I can’t even remember where I read/saw this.. but one of the best ways to remove dirt from your pores is using Wisdom Clean Between flossing brushes. Yup you read that right. Don’t bother with cotton pads between your hands.. use the brushes. I use them by ‘dragging’ them across my nose/cheeks .. or anywhere you have larger pores. You’ll notice after a while that you are clearing them. I was so surprised by how well they worked .. seriously try it guys!

Rinse & Exfoliate

Right.. after you have cleared your pores as much as possible .. it’s time to give your skin a quick rinse and exfoliate! This will help remove any dirt left over & also remove dead skin cells. I’ve been loving the Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix scrub.. it works so so well .. although does make my skin tingle a little bit (but not too much.. don’t worry!). I love the scent of this too… it’s really citrusy and makes your skin feel so soft after using!

Get That Mask On

 

What would this routine have been without a mask ey? I feel like a mask is ESSENTIAL after you’ve cleansed/exfoliated. I finally got my mitts on the L’Oréal Pure Clay Purity mask and guys let me tell you. They are worth the hype. Oh yes. This mask is frickin’ amazing! I got the purifying/mattifying one and it does a fantastic job at just that. I like to leave this on for around 20 minutes.. and find it really helps to close all my pores and ‘tighten’ my skin up.. if that makes sense?! It also makes my skin glow afterwards which is what you all want from a mask! Definitely try these guys .. they are pretty affordable too ! I want to pick up the other two in the range and see how they work together!

 

Moisturize WELL

After all of that… you gotta remember to moisturize your skin well! I love using an oil free moisturizer… just something simple as you don’t want to be clogging up all those pores again! My favourite has been the Neuotragena Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturizer…. it sinks into my skin quickly and leaves it feeling soft and moisturized, but not greasy at all. It’s a fab one if you have combination/oily skin! And another good point about it guys, it’s dead cheap :).

 

Woo! Check you out with those clear pores & that beautiful skin! This whole process took me around 45 minutes so it’s definitely one to keep for those pamper evenings. I also only do this once a week because it’s a pretty intense, deep cleanse you give your skin. It definitely works amazingly though … so you have got to try it!

Ah.. it felt good to just babble on about beauty after so long .. remind me to do these more often guys. Do you have anything you do to reduce your pores? Any fave products? Make sure to let me know.. I’m always on the hunt for new skincare things to try (products strictly for oily/combination skin though, Ta).

Let me know your feedback once you’ve tried this… I’d love to know if it worked for you!

Lots of love,

Saira

Xxx

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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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