Bath & Body Works Dupes?! – My Autumn Candles

What’s this? Me writing a blog post – holy crap. I know – hey it’s me. It’s been a while right? I guess I ended up having a little bit of an unplanned blogging break – sometimes it happens right? Safe to say I’ve definitely missed writing though.

The last time I posted – people were still trying to deny that Autumn had *officially* started – but now there is definitely no denying it. It’s literally in full swing – the dark morning/evenings are starting, leaves literally COVER the paths wherever you go, and I’ve had to start wearing my coat every morning. One thing I’ve also been doing? Burning candles all frickin’ day. Not only because they make your room feel cosy & smell amazing, but also so I can finish them and buy even more candles for winter time (lol).

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Unfortunately as we do not have a Bath & Body Works in the UK, and I’m a little bit sceptical about ordering through mail services (thanks to customs etc), I try to find alternatives. Now, last year B&M did an amazing range of candles that were literally like BBW dupes – so as soon as September hit I hurried there to see if they had any more this year. Lo & behold, they did not let me down. I got some AMAZING ones. The scents that I couldn’t leave without were:

Mahogany Apples – a beautiful, fresh, crisp apple scent – perfect for during the day when you want something light burning.

Apple Pumpkin Spice – a more spicier scent, but is still very sweet thanks to the apple & pumpkin together. I love to burn this in the evenings as it makes your room smell SO AUTUMNAL & COSY

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Fresh Baked Cookies – of course, you need some sort of bakery smelling candles during Autumn, and I love this because it is definitely not sickly. It has more of a spicy scent.

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Brown Sugar Allspice – I actually had this from last year but I’ve seen it in B&M this year so it’s still there if you want to pick it up. This is again a lovely sugary scent with some spicy notes – I find this more suited to Christmas time but I still love burning it.

That is all I got from B&M – they did have a lot more, including a Marshmallow by the Fire scent, however I’ve never really been a fan of scents like this so I have always avoided them. I am so chuffed with the scents I managed to pick up, and think I contained myself pretty well too. All these are an absolutely steal at £3.99 too – considering they burn SO well and fill your room with their scent AND it lingers after. I highly recommend checking out B&M when you’re next picking up some essentials from there. And also keep an eye out at Christmas time – because they have a lot then!

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Another place that has been absolutely fantastic for candles is literally my heaven on earth: Homesense. I’m that crazy girl who plans a trip every season so I can buy things to deck out my room. Of course – I checked out their candles section too. I found one (yes only one – I had to control myself) that smells absolutely AMAZING. Unfortunately I have no idea what brand it is (boo!), all I can do is show you the packaging. It cost me £7.99 which is fab because the candle is bloody huge and burns amazingly. The scent is Sweet Pumpkin, and it literally smells exactly like that. I adore this candle – definitely one of my faves.

Homesense have already got some amazing candles for Winter/Christmas time – a very popular brand at the minute is DW candles – I brought a lot of my summer candles from them and I highly recommend them. The good thing is you can find DW candles in TKMAXX and Homesense, so keep an eye out.

So these are my top picks for where to find bargain candles for Autumn – let’s hope next year we fix up and get a Bath & Body Works here ey? For now though – I hope you find some candles that you love – and let me know if you spot anymore !

Lots of Love,

Saira xx

 

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Reasons I LOVE Autumn

So it’s no surprise to anyone that follows me on ANY form of social media that I am completely and utterly obsessed with Autumn. As soon as the end of August passes, I am in full Autumn mode. Yep I’m that annoying blogger wishing away the summer months and already talking about Halloween and Bonfire night. I just can’t help it. As much as I enjoy the warm summer nights, BBQ’s & the Body Shop Pina Colada range, my heart lies with Autumn. I have the biggest list of reasons why I love Autumn and what makes it the absolute best time of year ever. Hope you enjoy reading them m’loves, and maybe even some of you hardcore summer lovers will be excited.

 

Stocking up on all the knitwear

Is there anything better than buying new jumpers/cardigans to cuddle up in? Deffo not. I’m already set to raid my local Primark for all the cosy jumpers. Not to mention boots, scarves, gloves, cosy PJ’s….

Costa festive drinks

I’m SO excited for the tasty new combinations, the new festive cups, cosy afternoons spent in Costa – and yes I am 100% a Costa over Starbucks girl. Always. 2nd November guys – keep the date in the diary.

Autumn walks

Sure walks are nice when it’s Summer and you have the sun beaming down on you & are surrounded by flowers – but I much prefer crisp, cool autumn walks. Cosying up with your coat & scarf, seeing all the leaves changing colour and walking through all the crunchy ones that have just fallen. Also – I LOVE when all the conkers have fallen and you can go and pick them. There is just something about it that takes me right back to my childhood.

All the cosy-ness

I’m taking cosy blankets, fuzzy socks, big cardigans and a million candles. And the days getting darker mean you can come straight home from work, light all the candles and cosy up. Literally my happy place.

 

Berry lips

Of course – you can wear berry/plum lipsticks any time of year – but I think we all know they have a special place during the Autumn months. Rimmel 107, you will become my best friend again.

Burgundy & mustard clothes

These two are probably my most favourite colours to wear EVER. And again – they scream Autumn. I cannot wait to start to start rocking oversized jumpers in both of  these colours.

Halloween & Bonfire Night

I absolutely love both of these holidays SO much – I cannot wait to deck my room out for Halloween and spend the day watching scary films (my fave) and eating sweets. Don’t even get me started on how much I love Bonfire night – I tend to prefer being at home with a cosy fire, hot chocolates & sparklers, rather than a big display. Then – it’s countdown to the C word (don’t worry even I know it’s to early to mention that!)

 

Candles everywhere

If there is one time you are allowed candles burning all the time in EVERY single room in your house, it’s Autumn. I love buying all the Autumn scented candles and lighting them for more or less the whole day. I’ve already bought a few this year and have my eye on a few more – probably will end up doing an Autumn candle collection too! We just need a Bath & Body Works in the UK so I can buy all of them too – petition anyone?

Spending weekends doing NOTHING is allowed

During summer – you almost feel like you HAVE to do something to ‘make the most of the summer weather’ – whereas when the months get colder (and evenings darker), it is almost acceptable to have Harry Potter marathons on the weekend, and eat endless amounts of food. My kinda weekend.

I could literally go on for ages about all the things I love when Autumn comes around – I’d love to know the reasons you love Autumn too (or hate it – even though I know VERY few people who do, and if you are one of them we can’t be friends). Lol. Joking guys.

Anyway – expect to see more posts coming your way – including all my autumn candles I have and my bucket list (eeek!). I’ve done a bucket list for every season this year and Autumn by far is the one I’m MOST excited for!

Gonna love ya & leave ya know – sending you ALL the love for the support & lovely messages you leave me. I appreciate them so so much!

Love,

Saira xo

Life Update … & My Favourite Purchase

Hey!

So .. I know I have been a little bit of a stranger to the blogging world recently (slap on the wrist I know!)… but I have a genuine reason .. promise. If you follow me on Twitter you would have known that a) I have started a new job recently, and b) my husband had major knee surgery last week. So… a combination of these has meant my little blog has unfortunately been pushed to the back of my mind – but hey, life gets in the way sometimes and guess what… that’s OK. It took me a while to really get that in my head because every time I didn’t take my blog/Instagram photos for that day or draft up my post, I felt guilty. But what you have to remember is that certain things in life are more important than that perfect Instagram shot or getting a post up at a certain time … I blog as a hobby, not a forced activity. So taking time out helps you realize that and for a long time I have had the mindset ‘quality over quantity’, which has really helped me because I never rush my posts and love every single one I put up.

Also … another thing that has probably led to my lack of posts is that I am getting slightly bored of the layout of my blog… but I have done some research and am actually going to (finally) self host.. AND get a whole new theme! I am also on the hunt for a new camera (yes I know I still have my £40 Samsung), but I am so torn as to whether I want a Canon or the Olympus Pen (help me!).

Phew.. that felt good to get off my chest! That is what I love about blogging .. you can literally pour your heart out on a post and instantly feel better about it.  

Now … another reason why I want another camera is because I really miss doing fashion posts… and I just feel my camera is not up to taking shots that I am happy with. When I first starting blogging, it was completely fine and I was happy with it, but now that I want to up my game slightly (eeek), I want to invest in a camera that will give me shots I will be happy with and proud to put on my blog.

Speaking of fashion posts … I HAD to share with you probably the best purchase I have made recently. A few reasons why I love it.. it’s velvet, it’s black, it’s over-sized, and… it cost me £2.50 (!!)

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This the reason I love charity shops so much … you can literally pick up some of the nicest, most unique things ever. As I was trawling the rails, I spotted this little velvet beauty and just fell in love. Velvet is absolutely huge this season… both for clothes and accessories… in fact I have velvet ankle boots on my wishlist because I just NEED them. There is something so luxe about velvet .. it is honestly one of my most favourite things to wear!

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Sometimes velvet can be seen as something that is worn mostly for evenings out… but I wanted to show you that paired with the right things, you can rock velvet during the day. In fact.. I’ve been nice enough to come up with some helpful tips:

  • Wear something over-sized (over-sized tops, swing dress etc) I think it’s best to save the body-con stuff for the evenings guys (although if you feel like you want to rock it.. you go girl.. fashion is all about personal preference and being unique)
  • Make it casual by wearing it with some black jeans/trousers and boots/trainers
  • Try mixing up textures … velvet and knitwear are gorgeous together… especially if you have a velvet dress with an over-sized cardigan (ultimate Autumn outfit goals)
  • Velvet blazers are so easy to style and go with so much (a lot more than you would think!)
  • Personally.. my favourite colours in velvet are black, burgundy and forest green. What are yours?
  • If you want to incorporate a little bit of velvet, get your hands on some loafers/boots or a bag

So guys ..there are some of my tips for  wearing velvet … I really want to pick up some more velvet things and show you how easy it is to style them up!

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Details

Top – Charity Shop
Trousers – H&M
Trainers – Topshop

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I went for a really casual look and just love how comfortable this whole outfit was. The only thing I WISHED I had was a metallic backpack … I feel like that would have just completed the outfit SO well (I can imagine right).

I know I’d definitely be able to take this look into the evening by pairing it with some heeled boots and a bold lip (perfect!)

Right girls and boys … I think I have rambled on enough .. I hope you enjoyed my little life update and also tips on bringing some velvet into your wardrobe! I am off to watch Friends and cuddle up with my poorly hubby! I will see you all in my next one!

Lots Of Love,

Saira

Xxx

Autumn Essentials: Beauty, Fashion & Makeup

Hiya loves

Hope you have all had an amazing weekend! I have spent it catching up on ironing (exciting I know), going to see the Blackpool Illuminations (a tradition me and my family have), and taking some Autumn inspired outfit pictures (which you guys will see soon!). What have you all been up to?

Now.. I am sure you all know I was ready for Autumn WAY before it was acceptable (I am talking end of August guys)… but I think now is an appropriate time to do an Autumn essentials post right? I got you covered for beauty, fashion and makeup… so if you want to know what my essentials are for this season… have a peek 🙂

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Make Up

To me.. Autumn makeup is all about dark lips, matte skin and TONS of highlight. Basically… makeup that resembles a vampire’s is what I am talking about. And of course you know me and my drugstore OBSESSION when it comes to make up – so of course I have a whole load of my fave bits that I always have on hand for my Autumn makeup.

  • Seventeen Stay Matte Foundation

I have raved and RAVED about this foundation for so so long… it really is one to try if you need a long lasting, matte foundation that has amazing coverage. You really need the smallest amount of this, as it goes SUCH a long way. And, at a little over a fiver… it is SO affordable and is a right hidden gem too. It’s worth a try girls, so pick it up on your next trip to Boots

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  • MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter – Pink Shimmer

Can you believe that this time last year I did not use highlight (GASP)… it is now one thing that I never miss out when doing my makeup … it makes such a HUGE difference to how healthy your skin looks. And of course.. when it comes to Autumn time, the days are getting darker, your skin is not getting as much sun anymore and can tend to look a little dull. Your best friend? Yep.. highlighter. This little baby from MUA is one of my faves.. as is is SO affordable yet has the most amazing pigmentation. This one is more pink toned, but there is also one that is more on the gold side if that is what you prefer.. but I think I much prefer more cool toned highlights for the colder months (something about them just reminds me of frost on your skin.. and I LOVE that).

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  • Sleek Matte Me – Vino Tinto

I have done a whole post on these guys, so I will link that here… but I LOVE these so much. Dark lips and Autumn just go hand in hand (ahem… like candles and Autumn.. FULL POST on that here too guys). I adore Vino Tinto as it is the right mix of berry and dark purple… it requires a little bit of practice to get a smooth application, but with a little bit of time and a good lip liner, it gives the most gorgeous, vampy finish.

Clothes

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  • Faux Fur

I always pull out the faux fur when the days start to get colder. Autumn is all about feeling cozy… and I like to feel snug when I am out as well as when I am inside. Having a faux fur scarf, coat or gilet means you can do EXACTLY that.. you literally feel like you have a blanket around you and I am all about that. I am one of these people that would go out in my PJ’s every single day if I could (I am not lazy.. I just like being comfy, hehe).

  • Tartan

Regardless of whether you like to follow trends or not.. I can guarantee that tartan prints (just like fur) will always be popular for Autumn. Whether that is a tartan scarf, dress or shirt… you will DEFINITELY feel Autumnal when you rock it. I picked this beautiful, ruffled top from Zara (which I have currently become obsessed with)… I have been rocking it with a grey or black top underneath and love the layered look it gives. ANOTHER thing I can start doing is LAYERING… I will probably do a whole separate post on this because I could babble on about that for ages HA.

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  • Pinafores

Ahhhhh PINAFORES.. I am so so so glad these came back into style this year because guys they are honestly one of the EASIEST things to style, both for work and casual wear. These two beauties are the ever so popular, £10 pinafores from Primark that EVERYBODY has become obsessed with. They are a gorgeous velvet/suede.. which again is HUGE for this season, and look fab with jumpers, button up shirts or t-shirts underneath. Seriously, if you do not have a pinafore yet.. GET YOURSELF ONE.

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Beauty

  • Lush Snow Fairy  – Shower Gel and Body Conditioner

Now this might be a little controversial because we all know Snow Fairy screams Christmas time.. but I am a LITTLE bit in love with it so I have already whipped it out and become obsessed with it ALL over again. I am sure you are familiar with the beautiful pink, candy floss scented range from Lush.. but if not and you love your sweet scents, you have to pick it up! This year.. Lush have released a Snow Fairy body conditioner which I have fallen in love with. I find it really helps prolong that lovely candyfloss scent and makes your skin feel so so soft!

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Another essential item is of course Lush bath bombs.. but I think they deserve a post all of their own right? I will definitely do a fave bath bombs post soon.. because there are SO many  that I love… in fact I could easily talk about each and every one ha!

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Thank you so much for reading this guys… do you have any essential items you love for Autumn time? Let me know… and I may find some new things to try too! I will see you all in my next one 🙂

Lots of Love,

Saira

xx

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Autumn Candle Collection – UNDER £10

Hey hey!

Hope you have had a fab week! Are all of you feeling autumnal yet? If not I can guarantee this post will help AND it will make you WANT to go shopping. I apologize in advance (hehe).

Now… if there is one thing that goes hand in hand… it is Autumn and candles. AM I RIGHT OR AM I RIGHT?  There is just something about getting in after a long day, getting into your PJ’s and lighting a candle. They just make you feel calm and relaxed… and most importantly.. SO FRICKIN’ COZY. I don’t know about you… but I love having a variation of candles to pick and choose from… sometimes I am feeling a fresh, clean scent (apple scented candles are AMAZING), and sometimes I fancy something a little on the spicier side (yep.. gingerbread I am looking STRAIGHT at you). Whichever you fancy… I have a candle JUST for you. So… pack away those summery, floral, pineapple scents.. and get yourself some spicy, pinecone-y (is that even a word) autumn-y candles.

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FYI.. everything I talk about is under a tenner.. and easy to find in your local homeware shops. Thank me later.

Wickford & Co

Where: Home Bargains

How Much: £2.99

Scents I Have: Gingerbread & Apple Cinnamon

This is probably the biggest bargain I found… I actually showed them in my recent haul and I am honestly obsessed. Gingerbread is a beautiful, spicy/sweet scent and literally makes your room smell like you have just baked a batch of gingerbread men. Apple Cinnamon smells exactly like apple pie… I can imagine your room would smell like a bakery at Autumn time if burnt at the same time. If you love your foodie scents (ahem.. my fave type of candle scent).. these are perfect. They also make a nice change to the usual vanilla cupcake/cookie scents that are popular.

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Village Candles

Where: Hallmark

How Much: £5.99 for a small jar (when on offer, usually I think they are £7)

Scents I Have: Crisp Apple & Peppermint Bark

If you want a candle that is an exact dupe of Yankee Candles… you need to get your hands on some of these guys… they are FAB! The scent of these is POWERFUL… you can definitely smell this one for hours after you have blown out the candle. Crisp apple is my fave for burning on a Saturday morning during Autumn time… I just feel like it sets the mood perfectly! Peppermint Bark is perfect for evenings when you are in your PJ’s with a hot chocolate.. feeling ALL cozy. I absolutely LOVE that about candles.. they really can help set an amazing atmosphere, whatever your mood!

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Essence Candles

Where: B&M

How Much: £2.99

Scent I Have: Brown Sugar Allspice

I desperately wanted to get more of these because they look absolutely stunning on your coffee table/dresser… but there was only one scent I liked! The jar and lid combination of this is just absolutely gorgeous (the lid is metal with leaves imprinted on it!)… It is practically a dupe of the Bath and Body Works candles! Now… I was not the biggest fan of this scent when I first tried it.. BUT it has definitely become a favourite of mine! It is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy… and just reminds me so much of a cinnamon hot chocolate! This candle is an amazing dupe for the BBW candles.. but literally at a fraction of the price! They unfortunately do not burn as evenly as the others… but the scent is just as good! I just WISH I could get my hands on more scents!

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Better Homes

Where: Home Bargains

How Much: £2.99

Scent I Have: Pomander & Pinecone

This is probably the spiciest candle of them all… and it literally makes your room smell like a forest at Autumn! I think this would make an amazing candle for your hallway.. so every single person that walks through your home gets the STUNNING scent of Autumn. The only way I can describe the scent is that potpourri that lived in a ceramic bowl when you were younger that had a mix of pinecones, dried leaves and oranges. Yum.

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SO…. these are all the candles I have picked up for Autumn.. I was so tempted to get more.. but I had to stop myself. After all, I’ll  be getting more for Christmas time right?

Thank you SO much for reading.. and let me know if you have picked up any candles for Autumn too! I’ll see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Matte Lips 101: My Faves & Some Tips

Hey strangers.

You good? I AM! I have a big life update that I am SO excited to announce hopefully in the next few days (nope.. I am not pregnant ha)… I also think this particular thing will be a good thing to blog about too… so keep your eyes peeled for that guys!

ANYWAY… how are you all? I feel like it has been so long since I had a normal chat with you all… are you all excited for the next few months? Some of you might have started Uni/gone back to school… let me know! I’d love to know if you have had any big life changes too.

So.. I feel like I am a LITTLE late to jump on the bandwagon but I don’t really care HA.. I wanted to blog about it so HERE I AM. I am the biggest lover of writing about things that I have become obsessed with.. especially when they are beauty related. SO… I thought it would be fab to talk about MATTE LIPS.

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There are SO many matte lipsticks to pick from .. it can be a LITTLE bit tough to know which ones do work and suit you.. and I have found my firm faves (and erm.. some not so good ones). Lets see what made it to my list ey?

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams

WHAT A SHOCKER that these are featured ey? These little babies are so popular in the blogging world.. so it is no surprise that they were the first ones I tried when it came to be picking one up. So.. let’s have a run through the shades I have in my tiny collection…

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Birthday Suit

This was actually the first one I picked up.. and to be honest.. it is my only negative one (boo!). I tried my hardest to like this but it just was not working. I think the shade of it just did not go with my skin tone. It made me look way too washed out and like I had concealer on my lips. The formulation itself is fab but the shade is a big NO for me.

Velvet Slipper

Now.. this shade is more like it. It is a stunning, dark pink, mauve colour and I am obsessed with it. It reminds me a little of my Revlon Matte Balm that you will know I am obsessed with… although it is slightly on the darker side. I think it is the perfect shade for moving into Autumn  and it is so worth picking up.

Vino Tinto

This has to be my favourite shade out of the 3 I have. It is a dark purple/berry colour… which is absolutely PERFECT if you are after that stunning, vampy look. I LOVE wearing this when I have a TON of highlight and a cat eye. I know this will definitely be my fave look in the colder months!

(Top – Birthday Suit, Bottom Left – Vino Tinto, Bottom Right – Velvet Slipper)

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WHY I love these:

  • The staying power of these is SO GOOD. Once on your lips… it is there to stay HA. I do find that with Vino Tinto, the colour fades on the inside of your lips after a few hours… but this can be normal with darker lipsticks (unfortunately)
  • They dry VERY quickly.. I find that within 5 minutes… it is literally dry to the touch and does not transfer onto anything
  • There is a fab variation colours if you like your darker, autumnal shades (which.. ahem I DO)
  • THEY ARE A FLIPPING FIVER

NOT so good points:

  • I find that if I reapply during the day .. they get very crumbly (ew), it is best to just completely remove and reapply if I need to (which is an absolute b**** because it is SO hard to take off). This is why I am chuffed that they last quite a while!
  • Personally.. the shade “Birthday suit” is WAY TOO light for me… it is loved by so many other bloggers but it just does not work for me *cries*
  • You NEED a matching lip liner. Trust me on this. The first time I applied this I did it without one and I looked like a mess, HAHA.
  • They are slighty  on the dry side.. and you can definitely feel them on your lips. This does not really bother me… but if you are not a fan.. I’d say avoid them

Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition

I have seen these floating around the blogging world… so when my mum decided to pick a few up.. I wanted to give them a go to see if they were worth the hype they had. They are slightly more on the pricier side compared to Sleek, costing around £8 each.

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Shade: Don’t Pink Of It

I am normally not a wearer of baby pink shades.. I much prefer brown-y nudes or mauve-y pinks (or all out gothic lipstick)… so I was not sure if I was going to like this. BUT… it is a really pretty, muted pink colour. It is amazing for everyday when you want something quick and effortless.

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WHY I love these:

  • They are so easy to use and I find I do not need a lip liner for these (woop!)
  • They last for a VERY long time.. and if I need to reapply, it is easy enough and there is NO crumbliness
  • It feels so comfortable on the lips and there is no dry feeling at all
  • The consistency of these is AMAZING.. it is very creamy and almost like a mousse!

NOT so good points:

  • They are not as pigmented as the Sleek Matte Me’s, and I also have not been able to find a perfect dark shade in Boots!
  • There is some transfer when you do the “test” ..(OK that sounds weird.. I mean the test of kissing the back of your hand and seeing if there is any transfer, hehe)

Mac Matte Lipstick in Whirl & Primark Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Dark Purple

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Now.. if you have read my previous post you will know how obsessed I have been with this little gem. I have only ever owned one Mac lipstick before (I know… slap on the wrist for being a bad beauty blogger).. but I finally caved in and purchased Whirl. This was again influenced by all you girls out there (seriously .. you damage my bank account).

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WHY I love this:

  • Let’s face it.. brown lipsticks have been HUGE this year… and this is the absolute PERFECT shade for my skin tone
  • It is so creamy and easy to apply, and the pigmentation on this is INSANE

NOT so good points

  • The only negative I have.. the fact that they cost £15 a pop (eeeek!).. but as mentioned.. the are 100% worth the splurge and I will be picking up some more!

Primark

Now.. if you have watched my last video you would have seen me using this little guy… Primark have a fab range of lip crayons… including nudes, reds and dark shades (wooo for Primark!).

WHY I love this:

  • The colour of this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL… if you love your dark purples… you will love this… it is just the PERFECT Autumn shade
  • It is so easy to use… I feel like I literally colouring in my lips with a pencil (ha).. it is effortless!

NOT so good points

  • Unfortunately.. these are not the longest lasting things (well.. I wasn’t expecting much as they only cost 2 quid)..  It’s a good thing they apply really easily ey.

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So they are my fave matte lip products that I have found and become so obsessed with (erm.. besides Birthday Suit). I’d love to know if you have tried any of these and what your thoughts were!

NOW… lets go through a few tips that I have picked up when it comes to matte lips… because COME ON GUYS.. we all know that matte lips are not the easiest to work with right?

  • Exfoliate your lips well beforehand… whether it is using a good old toothbrush, or  Lush lib scrub.. it is so essential that you remove all that dead skin on your lips to ensure you have a smooth base to work on
  • After exfoliating… use your favourite lip balm to moisturize your lips so you have the perfect base
  • I find using a lip liner is so essential when it comes to matte lips as it ensures you have an outline to work with. It also makes any matte lip last so much longer and intensifies the colour so much

Right guys.. I hope this was helpful for you all if you are on the hunt for some matte lipsticks! I have never been much of a glossy/sheen lip girlie… so it is matte lips ALL THE WAY for me. I am always on the hunt for more matte products.. so do let me know your faves girlies. I will appreciate it.. although my bank balance will probably kill me for it.

Have an absolutely AMAZING day… I am off to film a video and create my marble background for my blog photos (I FINALLY brought some marble sticky back plastic… woo!).

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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My Beauty/Lifestyle hacks you HAVE to try!

Hiya girlies

It’s been a while. Sorry. You know when life just gets in the way? Yep that happened. Work has just been busy, I have been SO tired everyday.. and to be honest it was nice to have a few days away from everything blogging-wise. Sometimes it is just needed, right?

ANYWAY.. I am back and all set to blog properly again (I am aware I have said this for the past few weeks… this time I mean it, hehe). I think now that Autumn is peeking it’s little head through.. I am more motivated to post. If you didn’t already know (lets be real.. you all probably do because I haven’t stopped talking about it since the beginning of August, HAHA!), I bloody LOVE Autumn. I even posted about the reasons why I cannot wait for it (shameless plug right here guys).

Now.. onto this post. I am such a huge fan of beauty/lifestyle “hacks”.. tricks that people use to make their lives easier. There are SO many out there.. it can be easy to drown in them and not be sure which ones to use. SO… I thought it would be fun to talk you through MY “hacks” that I use. I have SO many.. but to be honest, I’d be here ALL DAY if I spoke about them all!

My GO-TO Beauty & Lifestyle Hacks!

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Coconut oil really CAN be used for everything.

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You know when people used to say you can do anything with coconut oil.. I was like .. meh sure. BUT .. I thought I would actually try and see how many things I could use it for. And you know what? You are right.. it can literally be used for EVERYTHING… and I thought I would make a good ol’ list of my fave ways to use it, so you can also incorporate coconut oil into your life. Thank me later guys.

Teeth Whitening

You know that age old trick of oil pulling? Yep it works. I know the idea of swishing oil around in your mouth for 15 minutes would be enough to make some of you vom, but it really is worth trying. I’ll be honest, the first time you try it.. it is weird. A trick to make it easier? Instead of putting a spoon of solid coconut oil in your mouth, try melting it first… it will still feel strange, but not THAT strange :). It is something that takes some time to show results, but it is easy enough to add into your routine (just don’t let anyone make you laugh whilst you are swishing away).

Removing Make-up

I discovered how good coconut oil was at removing makeup once when I was lazing around downstairs and noticed a jar of coconut oil on the fireplace (I don’t know what it was doing there either). I literally just scooped some out on my hand and massaged it over my face. I pretty soon had panda eyes and melted foundation on my skin (exactly what happens when I use my cleansing balms). It did an AMAZING job of removing every ounce of makeup.. although it did leave my face feeling a little on the greasier side. I washed my face as normal.. and noticed the difference in how soft my skin felt.

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Overnight Foot Treatment

I have never been one to invest a lot of money into overnight foot treatments… mainly because people rave about the old trick of vaseline and fuzzy socks.WELL… I am not the biggest fan of vaseline (the smell, feel, taste… OK I am joking about the taste, HA).. so I thought I would give coconut oil a go. Guys… it does an AMAZING job at making your feet feel so soft and hydrated. All I do is put LOADS of this stuff over my feet, put socks on over the top and sleep with them. Seriously, try it.

I wanted to list SO many more uses of coconut oil… but I would be here for days. These are just my favourite things to do.. beauty wise. Let me know if you want another post/video specifically on this!

Showering after work/school/uni

I was always one to either shower in the morning (and end up rushing, getting stressed/sweaty, and thinking WHAT WAS THE POINT), or leave showering right before bed (and then usually end up being too tired, thinking LEAVE it, and showering in the morning.. read above). I am sure so many of you can relate.. especially those who work full time. So.. how have I got myself out of this circle? Shower as soon as I get in from work. This might be what a lot of you already do.. but I always wanted to catch up on social media after work, then have my dinner, then catch up on soaps.. and the time would just keep ticking. Now.. I force myself to shower as soon as I get home.. and it helps SO much. I feel so much more awake after work so feel like I can be more productive.. AND I can get my makeup off straight away (and usually do some sort of face mask too).

My go to makeup for getting up late?

We all know the feeling… seeing that you have slept in and literally have 15 minutes to get ready. S***. Showering the evening before comes in handy now doesn’t it? Now.. unfortunately I am not lucky enough to be able to leave the house without looking poorly.. so I have mastered doing my makeup in 5 minutes with my essential items!

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  • Foundation – I have the most pale, dull skin .. so foundation is a MUST
  • Concealer – Dark circles.. biggest problem ever. Concealer = My bestie
  • Mascara – I look dead without mascara
  • Cream Blush – I find it so much quicker and easier.. and it looks so much more natural
  • Highlighter – Makes such a difference to how awake you look – an ESSENTIAL
  • Brows – I didn’t realize how much of a difference these made – now no matter how much I am rushing.. I ALWAYS do my brows.
  • Dark/Bright Lips – unless it is a work day.. then I will stick to lip balm.

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It might sound crazy.. but I suggest testing yourself to see if you can do your makeup in a rush… it can be fun and will prepare you for those rushed mornings 🙂

Concealer application – the RIGHT way

For SO long.. I would apply concealer by just following the shape of my eye.. BUT .. there is a better way to apply it. It is called the triangle trick.. and yep you guessed it.. just apply your concealer in the shape of a triangle under your eyes (the point facing your cheek), and blend as normal. Why is this better? It helps brighten your face, as well as still concealing your dark circles.

The BEST thing for spots/breakouts

I have mentioned this before but I cannot emphasize ENOUGH how good this trick actually works. Savlon or Germolene (an antiseptic cream usually used for cuts/grazes or bites) is what I have been using on my spots for YEARS.. and it has been a lifesaver. As soon as I see a spot coming along.. I apply a thin layer of this, and it reduces any redness/swelling SO quickly. I swear by it.. and even keep some in my handbag for any  emergencies!

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The yummiest face mask EVER

If you know me, you will know how much I LOVE  a good face mask! I also dabble in some DIY projects here and there, so it is no surprise that I am a huge lover of DIY face masks! I have a go-to face mask that is literally good enough to eat (ahem.. I know from personal experience). It is a worth a try guys.. I am so sure you will love it!

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1/2 cup cocoa powder (dark is BEST .. as it has lots of anti-oxidants!)

1/4 cup honey

4 tbsp cream (both double and single are fine)

3 tbsp oats

Mix it all together.. apply onto clean skin, leave on for around 20 minutes and wash off!

SO.. they are my top beauty/lifestyle hacks.. I hope this can help some of you! I LOVED this post so so much.. let me know if you want me to do a fashion one too?

Thank you SO MUCH for reading loves… let me know your thoughts!

LOTS OF LOVE,

Saira

xo

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7 reasons I can’t wait for Autumn

Hiya!

Now.. I don’t know about you.. but I am the biggest fan of “list type” blog posts.. and there has been one particular thing that I have been listing in my head. Something that I am literally SO EXCITED for… and I know SO many of you are too!

*cough cough.. Autumn*

I get that some of you may be thinking WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU PLAYING AT.. it is still too early to be thinking about the change of seasons. But guys.. I am just SO ready for Autumn… I honestly could not resist sitting down and chatting about it. You know when you are just so excited about something? Yep… that is me right now. You want to know something else? I am sat wrapped up in a blanket, with a cuppa, burning a candle & listening to Fairytale of New York (fyi.. THE BEST Christmas song). I DON’T EVEN CARE, MUAHA!

OK… maybe I am getting a little bit ahead of myself…

Seriously though… Autumn.. here are 7 reasons why I cannot WAIT for it

*BTW.. like my little friend? He is PERFECT for Halloween*

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You are allowed to drink hot chocolate every single evening. Yes you  read that .. EVERY EVENING. And I am not talking cocoa powder and milk stirred up and shoved in the microwave.. NO NO! I am talking Nutella melted with milk in a saucepan, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate wafers… the list goes on. The more sugar/chocolate, (basically unhealthy shit crap), the better.

Dark lips become the norm again. Time to start rocking those gorgeous, berry lips again girls (and not have people give you funny looks/thinking you are a goth).

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Over-sized cardigans. That feeling of being able to chuck on a cardigan that is 3 sizes too big and rock that look like you are the sassiest chic around. You know what? I don’t think I have ever bought a cardigan that is my size. And I love it.. I always feel like I am carrying a blanket around my shoulders during the colder months, HA! Also.. I am not the biggest fan of summer clothes.. there is just something about being able to snuggle up in your clothes and layering up with scarves/gloves (eeeeeek I am SO excited!)

HALLOWEEN. I LOVE Halloween SO SO SO much… if you know me… you will know how much I LOVE scary movies.. and just creepy things in general. So.. it is pretty obvious that I am a huge fan of Halloween. Another thing that I can’t wait for? Carving pumpkins, decorating my desk at work & room (if the hubs doesn’t mind ha!), and posting Halloween themed blogposts/videos (hopefully!!).

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Darker evenings. Cozy evenings in are my favourite! Now.. I know that the clocks don’t actually go back until the end of October (when we get that EXTRA HOUR IN BED), but the evenings do start to get darker when September hits. Don’t get me wrong.. Summer evenings are AMAZING (for the few we have in UK)… but I much prefer cuddling up on the sofa with a hot drink and surrounded by candles, hehe. That’s got to beat all those sweaty, humid nights right?

Autumn walks and CONKER HUNTING. There is just something so nostalgic about searching for conkers… It is such a nice way to spend an afternoon! Also.. going for a walk when all the leaves have started to change colour .. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE OUTFIT PHOTOS!

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I can wear fuzzy socks and PJ’s without getting sweaty legs/feet. I am sure if you have read my blog/followed my social media for a while.. you will know the massive obsession I have with PJ bottoms. I always stock up on a few (erm.. OK.. LOTS) of pairs when Autumn hits. And of course.. I get the warmest, fuzziest, most random printed ones.. as you do.

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SO… If you weren’t already.. I hope my post has you very excited for Autumn (like me!).

Are you excited for Autumn? If so.. let me know what you favourite thing about it is!

Thank you SO much for reading – and make sure to leave me a comment to let me know what you thought! See you all in my next one.

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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I found a BEAUTY at Topshop..♥

Hi my angels!

Hope you have had an amazing start to the week! I just want to take this opportunity to thank all my amazing followers… I recently hit 200 on my blog and I am just SO CHUFFED … HILLO to all my new followers and I hope you enjoy my blog! You really are the reason I LOVE blogging and aim to make my blog the best it can possibly be! I have been so overwhelmed with all the opportunities I have been given thanks to my blog… and cannot even thank you all enough! You are angels – the lot of you!

So … I have an outfit of the day (YAY!!!)…. WHO ELSE HAS MISSED THESE (I know I have!). It is featuring a beauty I picked up in the sales from Topshop AND a little gem that I got from a charity shop! I will feature all of the new things I picked up in my next blog post which will be a haul! Hope you stay tuned for that lovelies!

Right… lets have a peek at the outfit!♥

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(Grrr car got in my picture!… I suppose that is what I get for living near a main road ey!).

I cannot even tell you guys how long I have wanted a black faux fur gilet! You will know if you follow my blog how much I LOVE my cream gilet that I have.. and I definitely wore it TOO MUCH! It was such a staple for me this winter.. and I knew as soon as I saw this baby in the Topshop sale I HAD TO HAVE IT! I spotted it on a quick shopping trip and could not resist picking it up! It was £30 down from £65… so was a right little bargain! I have not stopped wearing it since picking it up!

I think it is still available on the Topshop site.. so make sure to check it out!

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Can we just appreciate how ADORABLE my kitten jumper is! The fact that I picked it up for £3 in a charity shop just makes it BETTER! It was originally from New Look AND still had the tag on. I will be doing a post on some tips for shopping in charity shops too.. so I hope you are looking forward to that my loves!

You have seen these adorable jeggings from H&M in my previous OOTD’s… they are SO unbelievably comfortable too! Of course, I rocked my GO TO black boots from Primark.. will I ever get enough of these? I think NOT hehe! I finished the look of with a black hijab and Rimmel 107 on my lips (you guys know this is the norm for me now!!).

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I felt SO comfortable all day .. this type of outfit has been my STAPLE for the past few weeks.. a cute jumper, gilet & some comfy jeggings! Do you girlies have a staple outfit you can always rely on? Let me know!

Also .. loving my bag from LYDC*! If you fancy seeing what I keep in it everyday (and a sneaky 10% off code) .. make sure to check out my What’s In My Bag post!

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There we have it lovelies!! I hope you loved this outfit just as much as me! Also.. let me know if you have ever picked up any gems from charity shops!

So sweeties …. should we have a catch up? My week has of course been spent at work… which as usual as been very busy (but I LOVE it).. I LOVE having a job that keeps me busy and with something to do all the time. I have also just been arranging getting my name changed everywhere after getting married .. which can I just say is CRAZY! I don’t think you actually realize how many places you have to change your details ha!

I am also planning some exciting posts for the next few weeks on my blog.. I did set a schedule, but I cannot say I have stuck to this hehe! I think it is so much more FUN to just blog about what I want and on days I want to… I still plan what posts I will be putting up during the week.. that way I am not stuck on what to post! Do you guys have a blogging schedule that you stick to? Or do you just prefer to go with the flow?

So darlings.. I hope you enjoyed this post! I am slowly growing a collection of kitten printed clothes … do I dare purchase a pair of leggings with kittens on them? Oooooh I think  I would have to be quite brave to do that hehe!

Have a fabulous week angels .. and I will see you in my next post!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Favourite Outfits 2015♥

Well hello there angels!!♥

Gosh.. I honestly feel like it has been SUCH a long time since I have just sat down and TALKED to you all. My past few posts have been all about my little blog/tips for bloggers and beauty faves! I have definitely missed just siting down and CHATTING! I also thought I would incorporate my FAVE outfits of 2015 from my blog in this too. BUT FIRST… CATCH UPS WITH YOU ALL! So I suggest you grab a cuppa and read on ….

Soo.. I hope you all had a fabulous start to the year. I actually spent the weekend before going back to work on a last minute trip to a cottage in Whitby which was gorgeous and SO RELAXING. I will put up a separate post on this with pictures and outfits … so stay tuned for that! Then it was back to work.. which can I just say was SO BUSY. The first day back I was actually on my own and SO BOGGED DOWN with work….. it was crazy. Tuesday was just as busy too… and I know the rest of the week is going to be the same! I actually have booked Friday off as my “getting ready” day for my marriage registration on Saturday (eeeeeeek!). I am SO excited for it…. me and my hubby actually got married two years ago in our “Islamic” ceremony.. and we wanted to wait until after he graduated from University to get registered! We’ve booked a restaurant too for the “after party” .. so it should be a really lovely day!

Anyways … onto talking about my blog.. I have written up a schedule for how often I want to post/what I will be putting up etc.. just to give my blog some structure and also to fit it in better with my work life. I really want to make my blog the best it can be this year.. so am open to any suggestions from you all about what you want to see… so definitely let me know!

Now onto this post itself… I wanted to show you all my FAVE outfits I have had from 2015… so I will add these in as well as the links so you can have a better read of the posts if you like!

Black & Grey OOTD♥

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I absolutely ADORE this outfit as it is SUCH A SAIRA OUTFIT haha… it is literally all the favourite things in one. Black & grey, a midi skirt and red lips!

Faux Fur Gilet & Leaopard Print 

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This is one of my favourite casual outfits of all time! I have been obsessed with the fur gilet (as I am sure you will be aware of as I wore it TO DEATH last year! I am also in love with the bag which was gifted to me from LYDC London (eeeeek… still cannot believe I was given the opportunity to pick a bag from their range.. it is stunning!)

Evening Out OOTD

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SAM_2672Ohhhh look what it is again lovelies .. MIDI SKIRTS! I had SUCH an obsession with them this season! Also .. MY TOP HAS KITTENS ON IT!! Can it get any better than that!?

Tartan & Dark Lips

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This whole look is definitely one of my faves from the lot… I JUST LOVE this tartan shirt (in fact I love anything tartan!)…. I am also rocking dark lips which I was brave enough to wear this season… I LOVE DARK LIPS SO SO MUCH!

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Well … look what it is again.. THAT fur gilet! Told you it got lots of wear! The bird print on this dress is also SO adorable.. and the boots for me just compliment the whole look so much!

Knitted Midi Skirts

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MORE MIDI SKIRTS GUYS .. what did I tell you.. I am a creature of habit and like to stick to a style if I love it! I also adore the mix of textures in this outfit .. the knitted skirt and fuzzy jumper are just STUNNING together!

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THIS shawl has been such a firm fave of mine this season… it keeps me SO WARM and I LOVE the colours of it! I also wore this fur scarf NON STOP!

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I love this outfit SO much as the colours just go so well together! It also features one of my FAVE purchases from 2015.. the over-sized jumper from Primark  that I have not stopped wearing since buying it! You will see the grey one featured in the outfit below too! 😛

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Here’s that grey jumper I told you about angels! I actually re-discovered the jeggings for this outfit from my wardrobe.. and again I ADORE the colours together! I was trying to fit in more colour into my outfits too… so this was perfect!

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I HAD to feature this outfit because I just LOVE the scarf so much! It was such a bargain from Primark at £5.. and kept me SO WARM! I LOVE YOU PRIMARK FOR YOUR BARGAINS!

Kitty Love

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I have put this outfit in as not only do I love it.. but it also features my cat Cookie… that is reason enough for it to be in my faves! Not to mention I ADORE the print of the scarf!

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Ahhhh .. how could I NOT feature my FIRST EVER OOTD! This is where Through The Glitter Glass began.. SO many good memories from this first outfit!

So there we have it my lovelies… my FAVOURITE outfits from last year.. I will DEFINITELY be doing so many more this year.. As they are still my favourite posts to put up… I hope you enjoy them too! My blog started as inspiration for ladies everywhere to show you how you can dress modestly but fashionably at the same time.. so I really hope you get some inspiration!

Hope you enjoyed this post my loves!! I will see you in my next one!

Lots of Love Angels!!!

Saira

xo

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