Becoming A Morning Person – 5 Of The BEST Ways

Hands up who despises the sound of your alarm in the morning? I’m guessing the majority of you have your hands up right now (or at least you’re thinking about it). The thought of getting out of your cosy bed and dragging yourself to the bathroom (after snoozing your alarm of course), only to rush around trying to get out of the house to work before your boss notices you’re 20 minutes late. Shit. Sound familiar? Or maybe you just kept snoozing your alarm and realised it’s now past noon, and that’s your whole morning lost. You then spend the rest of the day catching up and rushing around trying to get started on your never ending to-do list. Trust me – I know the exact feeling because I was exactly like this a few years ago. A night owl. I’d stay up late at night, and then sleep in until midday – only to find myself feeling grumpy, unproductive and unmotivated. I felt like I’d lost most of my day and didn’t feel like I wanted to tackle anything too hard. Of course – the sleeping in until midday disappeared when I started working full time, but I still despised mornings. 

 

I then decided I wanted to be one of those people who loved mornings – up early and ready to tackle my day with whatever it threw at me. I wanted to enjoy mornings and really make the most out of each day. And you know what? It IS possible to become a morning person (if you want to of course), and not only that but to love your mornings too. 

A few of the little reasons why I love my early mornings:

The calmness you feel. Not many other people are awake, you have some time to reflect on what your day is going to be like and are able to plan on what you want to achieve. You also have time to think about any stressful thoughts you might have had from the day before – everything seems better after you’ve slept on it – and you can spend this time planning on how to overcome that.

No rushing around. You know you have time in the mornings to relax a little before your busy day starts. You can sit down and enjoy breakfast, you avoid any major traffic on the way to work because you’re travelling earlier than everyone else, and you have time when you eventually get to work to plan your day ahead. Or if it’s not work, you can start planning your housework/any task you have to do that day without rushing.

The little things really help. Having the time to make your bed in the morning really helps with making you feel like you’ve already accomplished something before you even leave the house. Hearing the birds when you wake up can do so much good for your mood. Being able to just grab your bag and go without any last minute dashes help avoid that panic and stress that you might have forgotten something.

So what are the ways that helped me become a morning person? It takes some serious determination, and you have to really want it to make it your regular routine – but for me it has helped me become so much more productive and motivated.

Getting enough rest & waking up at the same time

Of course, the first obvious step is to get a good night’s rest before you even consider waking up early on a morning. Sleeping at 3am and waking up again at 5:30am ain’t working for anyone. Getting a good nights sleep is so important – but that’s a whole other post ey? Anyway, get yourself to bed early and leave those long Netflix sessions for the weekend. Also – it helps to wake up at more or less the same time everyday. Meaning if you have an alarm for 6am for work, to help you get into the routine, set that for your weekend too. For me, I found once I was in the routine, I couldn’t allow myself to stay sleeping past 7am on a weekend. My mind was always just buzzing to get up and get stuff done.

No snoozing – and no flipping through your phone.

 

This is probably the hardest thing you’re going to tackle guys. It’s so hard to not snooze your alarm when it first goes off. But you need to have sheer determination to get yourself out of bed at the first ring of the alarm. Another thing is to not start scrolling through your phone – leave that for when you’re having your breakfast. Checking your phone is one of the biggest time wasters in the morning, you tell me how it always ends up being half an hour hour when you thought it was only 10 minutes?

Have something to look forward to to help motivate you out of bed

The one thing I always look forward to in the morning which gets me out of bed is the variety of Lush shower gels I have to choose from when I have my shower. A bit sad I know – but hey it works for me. Also – showering in the morning is the best thing ever if you want to feel awake straight away. Trust me, I’m like a whole new person after my shower. You could try having an exciting breakfast, a new skincare product or some makeup to use, a new outfit .. it doesn’t have to be major. Just something to make you that little bit more excited to get your ass out of bed. 

Make time for your breakfast

 

I’m gonna go ahead and say the most cheesiest line that you know couldn’t be avoided in a post like this – but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So take the time out to sit down and have something you enjoy. Also – help save some work in the morning by prepping stuff the night before. I was obsessed with overnight oats, however since being pregnant I’ve COMPLETELY gone off them! So I always tend to have some toast with fruit in the morning. Other good ideas that you could prepare the night before is some chopped fruit that you could then add yoghurt to in the morning, get some fruit/veg together to blitz up a smoothie, or even bake some of those fancy breakfast muffins the night before. I’m considering doing a whole post on breakfast foods if you guys fancy that – holla at me. Also use THIS time to sit and catch up on your phone – this is when I tend to have a scroll through my Instagram.

Prepare for your morning

Last but not least – get as prepared as possible the night before. Things like going to sleep in a tidy room, having your outfit sorted/ironed the night before, preparing your bag and having your lunch ready will all help make it easier to wake up in the morning and get going. You know all those morning tasks are done and you can just focus on getting ready, having some food and getting on with your day.

There you have it – some ideas that hopefully will make even the biggest night owls consider giving mornings a go. Hey, they’re not all that bad, and I can say from personal experience that I get SO much done in the morning, and also feel so prepared to tackle the harder tasks first thing too. My days are more productive and I feel like I’ve already accomplished things before I’ve even left the house.

That’s all for now folks – hope this helps some of ya and you’ve enjoyed reading. I’m now off to tackle my laundry and then hunt down this Makeup Revolution concealer. IT WILL BE MINE.

Lotsa love,

Saira xxxx

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I’m having a BABY!

Can’t believe I’m actually blogging about this guys. FINALLY. I’ve wanted to tell you for SO long, but time has just not been on my side, let alone my energy levels. But yep. I’m only having an ACTUAL BABY. Holy crap. I have a little human growing inside me. Eeeeeek. It’s SO exciting, but nerve wracking at the same time. I feel like I have SO much I want to say but I just don’t know where to start?!

We’ll start with how many weeks I am – I’m actually 20 weeks and counting. Yep. Past that halfway mark. And I can’t believe I have managed to keep it a secret for this long. Wow. I had originally planned to do a whole reveal blog post after our 12 week scan – however that plan went down the toilet because I honestly just did NOT have the energy. Which will bring me on to my next point..

How I’ve been feeling? I’ve actually not been THAT bad so far (thankfully!). The first few weeks I was just SO FRICKIN’ exhausted. Literally guys pregnancy fatigue is real. I would come home after work (which I barely made it through without wanting to knock out at my desk) and just sleep. And no matter how much sleep I got – I still felt knackered. I couldn’t make it past 8pm, and struggled SO much to get up in a morning for work. I also found out that my iron levels were quite low, which definitely explained why my tiredness was so bad. I still get pretty tired now, although it’s definitely improved from my first trimester! I’m just trying to take everyone’s advice and SLEEP as much as I can, before I forget what the words ‘lie in’ mean.

Another thing that I have that I think is worsened by my anaemia is how quickly I get out of breath. I know it’s a symptom of pregnancy anyway but bloody hell I can’t manage going up one flight of stairs without being left feeling breathless AF. Nice.

Also – one of the main questions I always get asked when I tell people I’m pregnant – did you have morning sickness? Answer – no. Did I have all day nausea? Answer – yes. For the first 12 weeks there wasn’t a day where I didn’t feel nauseous, and I found I felt it more in the evening (odd I know), but I never actually threw up (which I was really thankful for!). I was so chuffed when I passed 12 weeks and the nausea just slowly started to die down. It’s amazing how your body just gets used to the crazy amount of hormones it produces!

Also – there are certain foods/smells that I have completely gone off. Firstly – you know the Lush Twilight body spray that I fell in LOVE with? Makes we want to vom now. Mini eggs – the thing that I could eat a whole bag of in one sitting? I can’t think of anything worse to eat. Chicken – what I used to have every single day? Completely gone off it. I’ve been living off a diet of clementines, beef steak & ready salted crisps. Nom.

So how is my little bubba doing? Thankfully, every scan we’ve had has been amazing and bubba is VERY active. I have an anterior placenta so was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t feel movements until the 24-26 week mark, but I’ve been feeling flutters since 17 weeks which is SUCH a surreal feeling. In fact, as I’ve been writing this, bubs has been moving around in there quite a bit.

 

Phew – what a relief to finally blog about my news! I am so chuffed to tell you and put out some pregnancy/new mamma blog posts! There are SO many amazing bloggers that are pregnant/new mums and I am so excited to join them! I’m sure this explains why I’ve been absent for so long – for the first 12 weeks all I did was work, eat and sleep, and since then I’ve just been trying to get into a routine but FAILING miserably. I’m planning to get on it now and get myself organised, so I can get plenty of content out there! If there is anything specific you guys want to see – let me know!

Sending you all lots of love!

Saira xx

Getting Your Dream Career & My Story♥

Happy Friday guys!♥

Now.. I mentioned in one of my previous blog posts that I had some news to share with you.. and that is.. I HAVE A NEW JOB. This post is going to be telling you ALL ABOUT how I researched to find the career I wanted AND how I landed my new job as a Buying Assistant.. and hopefully some motivational tips to help you get your career going!

For over a year now, I have worked in HR in a busy head office.. and at first, I REALLY enjoyed it. There was so much to learn and I felt like I had found the profession I wanted to make a career out of. However, a few months in.. I found that I was just not loving what I did anymore.. I was becoming bored of the same queries, there was no place to move up and improve my skills, and I just felt I wasn’t getting anywhere in my job. Now.. I am not the type of person to just grin and bear it… I have always believed that if you are not happy with something.. you need to go out and fix it. Nobody is going to do it for you.. YOU are in charge of your life and how successful you become. So… I thought to myself, I need a career goal to focus on… something that I can be passionate about and love what I do too.

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That is when I came across the world of Buying. I was familiar with the ever so popular career of “Fashion Buying”, ( I am thinking Rachel from Friends here guys).. I did my research.. became familiar with the type of skills/personality qualities that you need.. and do you know what? I knew it was what I wanted to do. So… I am going to give you some tips that I personally picked up on how I found out what was for me, how I went about getting a job.. and even some tips for that dreaded interview (Ooooh, aren’t you all lucky, hehe!).

Do your research

I cannot stress this enough.. sure we can all think about a job we want to do.. and googling it in itself is not enough to go off completely. However.. it is a good starting point. I googled general information about Buying, what industries there are, how to get yourself into the industry, what qualities/skills are required  and whether or not I needed a degree/further study to land a role. Then.. I looked up interviews of people who were already buyers in a variety of fields (fashion, beauty, food) and got an idea of what it would be like day to day. Once I was set on what I wanted to do… I spoke to a lady at work who looks after careers/early training and got some advice from her. The first (and most important) thing she said to me? Network. Onto my next point….

Network

Oh my goodness guys.. I cannot even tell you how important it is to network… now more than ever people are landing jobs because of WHO they know.. not what. This was actually how I found out about my new job (more on this later). Nothing will help you get a job you want more than putting your name out there and making the effort to speak to people you want to work with. So, I got a list of people who were currently buyers at the place I work (including managers), and sent a good 20 emails out to arrange a catch up with them. I probably met with a total of 5-6 people (I also found out buyers are VERY busy and hard to get hold of).. but these catch ups were probably the best thing I did. I got SO much valuable information from them, and it also helped get my name out there and show them how passionate I was to land a role in buying. Meeting people who currently work where you want to be helps you know the in’s and out’s of the job.. all the good and bad bits that articles on Google won’t tell you and helps you decide if it is what you want to do.

Check for internal positions/training schemes

I am lucky in the sense that I work in a head office of a massive supermarket branch.. meaning I was in the same building as the traders, so it was easy to set up meetings. However if you are not in the same position.. email is your best friend. It is so easy to find details of managers/recruiters.. and to be honest the worst thing that can happen is you do not get a response. If you are in a position where you can change roles internally.. check them out. You are more likely to land a role if you are internal.. companies prefer these to external candidates as they are easier to get hold of, they also know the business and have that loyalty to stay with them too. It is also worth checking if your company offers any sort of training/graduate schemes… again if you are internal it helps because you are able to get your contacts together and you will have the advantage of knowing how the company works beforehand. I originally tried to get myself onto the graduate scheme, and met with people who had been on it. However… I actually started my research a week before the graduate scheme started.. so I think it had gotten too late to get myself onto that. BUT… whilst I had been networking, I met a buyer who was actually looking for a buying assistant. THIS is how I found the role I have got … it meant I had a good starting relationship with the buyer, and she knew that I was interested. She was actually one of the ladies that interviewed me too.. which I think helped massively in me landing the role (talk about good timing ey).

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SO… that is how I decided what role I wanted and how I got myself the interview… now for some tips for the interview itself!

Preparation is VITAL

One of the worst things you can do is go into an interview without doing some sort of preparation…  this sort of thing stands out by a MILE when you are being interviewed… TRUST ME. Obviously.. every interview is different but doing some research about the company and the role itself, and also being clued up on your CV and how it matches up with the role profile will definitely help you feel prepared! Also.. finding out what type of interview it is will help (group, value based etc)… mine was actually value based meaning I was asked questions about the values the company holds and how I would fit in and deal with any issues. Giving examples is always really good in these types of interview… so this is where your prep will come in very handy!

Eye Contact

There is nothing more important than making eye contact in an interview… I KNOW how nerve wracking and scary they can be.. but it is your chance to show off your skills and knowledge you have. Making eye contact shows confidence and the ability to hold a conversation well… just don’t stare with wide eyes for too long guys.

Dress Well

Again.. there will be a difference in what to wear to interviews depending on what industry it is.. but for the most part, a smart shirt/dress will work fine. JUST DO NOT WEAR JEANS/TRAINERS.

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OK guys… so that is the advice I have about interviews.. if you want me to go into any more detail.. just let me know and I will be more than happy to help you!

Now … just a few points that I think are so important to consider when trying to find your career path.. again these are all based on my personal experience and is just some general advice! If there is anything that you have picked up … I would LOVE to know!

Take a chance

There might be a job you really want to apply for or get more information on.. just take that chance. You really have nothing to lose.. especially if you are currently employed. If you get it.. WELL DONE.. if not.. you still have something to fall back on. You will not get very far with “what if’s”.. if you are passionate and want to change something enough, go for it girl.

Start from the bottom

Everyone has to start somewhere… so don’t be disheartened if you just start with some filing or picking up the phone. This is your chance to show people you are going to work hard and you can achieve what you have your heart set on. I think this is the same in any sort of job, whether that is buying or even blogging… everyone has to start somewhere right? People will see your effort and it DOES pay off.. I am SUCH  firm believer of this too.. I don’t focus on “good things come to those who wait”, no no noo… “good things come to those who work their ASS off”. Also… another good thing about starting from the bottom.. it means you have access to the industry you want to be in.. so you can focus on research and networking (see above!).

You know what? I feel like that was probably one of the most serious posts I have written.. but I really hope it helps some of you! I am actually starting my new role in a few weeks so will definitely keep you updated on how things go! Thank you SO much for reading.. and I really hope it motivated some of you! Let me know if you have a career you really want to go for..OR if you are already doing something you love!

I will see you all in my next one!

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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Spring Lip Loves♥

Hiya!!!!!♥

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

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

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

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

Lip Balms♥

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

Nudes♥

Primark Lip Liner in Light Pink♥

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

Primark Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Nude♥

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

Rimmel Kate Moss 08♥ 

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

Bright Pinks♥

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick♥

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

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick♥

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

Rose Pinks♥

Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry Surfulease♥

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

Primark Lip Liner in Wine♥

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

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No7 Stay Perfect in Rose Kiss*♥

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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What Blogging Has Taught Me♥

Hiya lovelies!!♥

HOW ARE YOU ALL ON THIS LOVELY SUNDAY MORNING! I say lovely.. the sun is out.. BUT THERE IS ICE EVERYWHERE! We are in April.. this should not be happening, ha! ANYWAY…. aside from my update on the weather.. I hope you have had an absolutely amazing week… what have you been up to? I had my first full week at work in what seems like ages.. and surprisingly it passed very quick (woop!).

So… I was having a little think of what I could blog about.. and it dawned on me that I have been blogging for around 7 months.. and I have learnt quite a fair amount (if I do say so myself, hehe) about the blogging world.. and thought it would be fun to share all of these! Now darlings.. bear in mind this is a light-hearted post (as is everything on my blog)… so grab a cuppa, and be prepared to find out what I have learnt from blogging!

Diaries/Notepads will become your most favourite/used thing EVER♥

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Because they make amazing blog props, they are your LIFE when it comes to planning posts/jotting down ideas… etc. ALSO.. there is nothing more satisfying than writing (with coloured pens) in your notebook, and ticking off things. BEST FEELING EVER.. I feel SO liberated when I can tick off a post I have just put up! WOO!

The hours between 6-9pm are dedicated to Twitter chats♥

Now of course.. I am sure not ALL bloggers take part in Twitter chats.. but I try to take part in AT LEAST ONE a day. They are honestly one of the BEST ways to catch up with fellow bloggers and just ramble on about different topics! So… for at least an hour a day.. I am glued to my phone.. typing away… just make sure you have it on silent because your notifications WILL GO CRAZY.. and all you will hear from people around you is “TURN THAT BLOODY PHONE OFF”. Ha.

Flat lays give you the worst back ache EVER♥

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BUT THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. I am a massive lover of a good old flat lay… I have recently tried REALLY hard to make my photos look as GOOD as I can.. and in the few months I have been doing this.. I heave learnt the pain that comes with getting that perfect image. Picture this guys… me in my PJ’s.. no makeup on.. hair an absolute mess.. standing on my wooden dining chair in front of the massive mirror (I do get a few stares by the way ha)… snapping away! Now.. I like to take all my photos on one day (today is actually my photo taking day).. so obviously all this bending down gives you SUCH a back ache hehe! Oh.. the things we do for a good blog photo (sigh).

Weekends/Evenings become blog orientated♥

Now the good thing for so many of us bloggers is that blogging is our little escape from the craziness/business of our daily lives.. so I LOVE to spend a few hours every weekend/evening especially for blogging. So much of my life revolves around blogging (haha.. COME ON.. fellow bloggers I KNOW you are with me on this).. almost every single beauty/fashion item HAS to featured on my blog. When I discover something AMAZING, spot a good deal or use something that bloggers have been RAVING about.. IT HAS TO BE SHARED WITH YOU ALL. That is just the way it is when you become part of the blogging world.

SO much more happens behind the photo♥

This is what you see:

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This is what I see

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Say hello to Cookie!

There is ALWAYS someone to talk to♥

I have learnt that whatever time it is… if I need an opinion on a product, some fashion tips, a recommendation OR just someone to have a giggle with… I just tweet. YOU GUYS NEVER LET ME DOWN. I am completely obsessed with Twitter, and the majority of bloggers are too.. so a CRAZY amount of time is spent on our phones!! This also means that there is always SOMEONE up to talk to.. yay!

The blogging community is SO supportive!♥

Now… I was welcomed into the blogging world SO WELL by everyone… it is honestly such an amazing community to be part of. Bloggers are always willing to help you out… and because we have SO much in common with each other.. it is SO easy to get along with everyone! I recently started a YT channel.. and the support I have had from bloggers has been absolutely INSANE!!

You can never have enough fake flowers/props♥

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Any cute, flowery, funky looking prop is essential… and I have got a right lovely little collection going on at the moment. I have learnt that no photo is complete without some sort of prop.. whether that is fake flowers, confetti, cute little bunnies… yep I have a little box of blog props going on! My aim for the next few weeks is to DIY a few shoe boxes to create a cute box!! Would you guys like a post on this?

Blogger Emails/Mail is the most exciting thing EVER♥

Enough said. I cannot even tell you the excitement you get when a company you love emails you/responds to you. AND DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED WHEN YOU RECEIVE BLOGGER MAIL! (I love this phrase by the way hehe).

Blogging is the best decision I ever made♥

Hands down. BEST DECISION EVER. I enjoy it so much.. I have “met” so many lovely people.. worked with some of my most FAVE brands.. and love coming home after a hard day at work and just settling down with my blog. My favourite things to do is think up different blog ideas, catching up on other blogs and spend time typing away!

So lovelies.. these are just a few things that spring to mind when I think about how my life has changed since blogging. I honestly cannot believe it has been almost 7 months since I started my blog… it really has been the best decision I have ever made! It even gave me the confidence to start a YT channel.. something that I have wanted to do for the longest time! It is SO weird to think that at one point these things meant NOTHING to me haha! 

ANYWAYS LOVES.. I hope you enjoyed reading this post.. make sure to let me know what things YOU have learnt since blogging. Have you been blogging for months, or years? SO… Lets see what the next 7 months brings us ey?!

Have a lovely Sunday darlings.. and make sure to check out my new YouTube video (that went live yesterday!).. I also cannot even believe the response that has had.. I had over 100 subscribers in less than 2 weeks! Eeeeeek!! That is thanks to all the support you amazing bunch give me.. I really do love you all *gives you all the biggest hug ever*.

Thank you SO much for reading lovelies.. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already! I will see you all in my next one!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Oh Look.. It’s A Black OOTD♥

Hey loves! It is the WEEKEND YAY!!! Have you had a good week? WHO ELSE GOT SNOW?! Yes… SNOW in March… this is definitely becoming a regular thing in the UK now ha! Snow in March, heatwaves in October…. WHAT ON EARTH IS WITH THIS BIZARRE WEATHER! I know myself and SO many other people just want it to be Spring now! Fingers crossed for some sun in the next few weeks!

So.. guess what I have today… it is an OUTFIT post.. and even better.. IT IS AN ALL BLACK ONE (ha!). Who says that just because it is March that I have to pack my black clothes away… I will STILL be wearing them in Summer hehe! As much as I am excited for the Spring weather to start… I really have been trying to make the most of my jumpers/cozy clothes before they are all packed away! Let’s have a peek below….

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Now lovelies… I was rooting around my wardrobe and I came across this BEAUTIFUL jacket that I got from a Mango outlet a few years ago… and I almost KICKED myself as I had gone the WHOLE of winter without wearing it! The poor thing must have fallen off the hanger and just lived on my wardrobe floor. It honestly is such a stunning little jacket… and I was just picturing so many different outfits I could wear this with! The black/grey/white colour means it is SO versatile (yay!).. and I am in LOVE with the ‘bomber’ style of it too… I know bomber jackets are quite popular for Spring.. so HERE I AM ROCKING THE TREND EARLY wooop!

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I knew from the second I saw this jacket that my outfit would be an all black one… and you know how I LOVE being a wild child and mixing textures in outfits… so OF COURSE I wore my lace top that I picked up from a Charity shop for £2 😛. I wore my black jeggings which I honestly CANNOT be without… I LOVE that they are a lovely style that never EVER gets loose around the knees and they are so comfy! I usually pick mine up from a local market for a tenner (BARGAIN HUNTER HA!)… but I cannot WAIT to pick up a pair of Joni jeans from Topshop too! I am also going to be branching out into boyfriend style jeans (GASP.. I know.. I have been in SUCH a rut of only wearing skinnies!).. but I can just imagine SO many outfit variations with them! I will be picking up a pair from Primark … that way I do not feel AS guilty if I only end up wearing them once because I look ridiculous ha! But HEY.. I WILL TRY MY BEST to make them work…. and possibly put up a post to show YOU how to style them.. especially for us short girls out there.. GIVE ME A WAVE GIRLS.. we know the struggles right?

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This look was completed with some black ankle boots, my baby (well… my beautiful handbag) and DARK VAMPY LIPS! How long do you think I can get away with wearing these? I also just wore a black hijab… anything else would have just been wrong right? I also have’Sweet Sherry’ by Model’s Own* on my nails… LOVE THIS SHADE SO MUCH.. and I actually had this on my nails for a WHOLE WEEK before it started to chip!

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Trying to bring SOME summer into this outfit hehe … LOVE my pineapple phone case SO much.. pick yours up from Coconut Lane AND get 20% using my code “glitterglass20” 🙂 They also have paired up with LYDC London for an AMAZING giveaway at the moment where you can win £150 worth of vouchers to spend on them! MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT COCONUT LANE’S BLOG FOR DETAILS ON ENTERING!

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I have a little guest appear in these photos too…. I had my sister take my outfit photos for me and my niece wanted to make an appearance! I cannot even tell you how many shots she came into ha!

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Outfit Details♥

Jacket – Mango Outlet

Top – Charity Shop 

Jeggings – Market

Bag* – LYDC (Similar HERE)

Boots – New Look

Lipstick – MUR 100% Vamp

SO … that is my outfit! I am so so in LOVE with this jacket.. MAKE SURE you root through your cupboards guys.. you never know WHAT you might find! I will also be having my wardrobe clear out soon… post idea? Hmmmm? I am honestly BUZZING with so many post ideas… I just have to find the time to write them all hehe!

I promise you I will have some Spring style outfits up soon… please can I just enjoy the last few minutes of winter fashion (pretty please?). I really hope you liked this look! Make sure to let me know what you think.. AND if you have ANY post you want me to put up.. LET ME KNOW LOVES!! Your comments and suggestions are AMAZING and I always take them on board! LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU ALL!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend… keep me updated on what you get up to! I will hopefully be picking up a few bits for a new post (WHICH I CANNOT WAIT FOR!)… so I hope you stay tuned for that!! I will see you in my next one angels!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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HOW TO: Work Full Time & Blog♥

Hiya loves!♥

Hope you have all had a fabulous start to the week! Mine has been VERY busy and fun .. but VERY tiring. On Monday – I got up at 4:30AM for a 5 hour coach journey to London – SO tiring but I literally loved every minute of it! I am sure you all know that I went to my first big blogging event yesterday – which you will hear ALL about later on this week lovelies.. so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!

I am so excited for this post – because it is definitely something that is SO personal and applicable to me, and I know SO many of you have to deal with this too – and that is…  Keeping up a blog whilst having a full time job! 

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Now.. there are two different views that non-bloggers have of us bloggers – and they are.. “Oh, how hard can it be to take a few photos and write a few lines about make-up/clothes” – which I am sure we all know is SO NOT THE CASE.. and this comment can be SO annoying to hear haha! Then we have another.. “Wow.. how on earth do you have time to have a blog with a job etc..”.. this is definitely the question SO many people ask me! So.. perfect opportunity for a post right…… Oh come on let’s be serious ANY opportunity is perfect for a post hehe!

So.. I have been blogging for over 6 months now and usually aim for 3 posts a week… I work full time 8-5, Monday to Friday.. and think I have built up a few tips to ensure I make the most of my time – which means I am always SO happy with every single post I put up… and most importantly, that I enjoy every moment of blogging SO much!

Know Your Priorities

Obviously when you have a job.. you need to completely RULE OUT the hours you are at work and know that your time/mind must ALWAYS be in work mode. At the end of the day loves.. your job is what pays the majority of bills so work must ALWAYS come first… I know it is SO hard but make sure you have your head in the right place whilst at work, and NOT thinking about those beautiful shoes you picked up in the Topshop sale that are just WAITING to be pictured in your next outfit post. I know the struggle girls… but don’t worry – we will talk about making the most of our free time for our blog soon!

Planning

Wow.. I cannot even express to you all the IMPORTANCE of planning. I find it helps to have a “Blogging Journal” – this is my little life-saver when it comes to noting down what posts I am going to write and WHEN I am writing them/scheduling them etc. Unfortunately for us working girlies.. we cannot always think of a post and start writing it straight away.. (boo!!).. SO this is why planning is SO important. Personally, I make a note of the titles of my posts a week ahead, so I always know what I am writing for that week. I used to have a schedule for specific days and what I would post.. however this was a FAIL (haha!).. so now I just blog about whatever I want and put it up on whatever day I want! As long as I know what I am writing for the week – I am good to go!

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Make The Most Of Weekends

One thing that I ALWAYS do on weekends is take ALL my photos for the week ahead.. as we all know the struggles of taking pictures in RUBBISH lighting right? I like to set aside a few hours, get together all my products/blog props, find a GOOD spot and take pictures to my hearts content! ALL my outfit pictures are taken on the weekend too and I normally like to take two OOTD pictures in one go! I know SO many of you are aware of how TIME CONSUMING taking photos can be – so knowing that I have 3-4 lots of pictures ALWAYS helps when blogging! ALSO.. you can bulk write… however I am yet to do this as I much prefer writing my posts the day before I put them up.. I like my blog posts to feel like they are a conversation between myself and you lovely lot.. so if a post was written a week ago, I don’t feel like it has that “personal” touch!. HOWEVER.. it is completely up to you if you like to bulk write…It can definitely save SO much time!

Schedule Tweets

This has been an absolute LIFE-SAVER for me… I know I cannot spend my WHOLE day on Twitter.. as much as I would LOVE TO… so I always schedule tweets for when I am busy working away! This just means that all your hard work you put into your post the night before is still being seen by your lovely readers! It also means that you are not GLUED to your phone whilst you are supposed to be working hehe! My favourite programme to use is Buffer.. I definitely recommend it.. it is SO easy!

See Blogging As “Me Time”

For me.. my blog is my hobby and I absolutely LOVE coming home after a long day at work and either writing up my post, reading other blogs or editing photos! I see it as “me-time”, and I think the second you start seeing blogging as a “hassle” or a “job”.. it can start to be stressful and not enjoyable. Literally girlies.. I LOVE sitting down with a cuppa and just spending a few hours in my little blogging bubble! ALSO.. SO many Twitter chats are in the evening.. so you will be able to take part in SO many of these if you want to wind down after a long day at work! They are the BEST way to network with SO many other bloggers.. I LOVE them and have met SO many of my blogging babes through them!

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Do NOT Compare Yourself To Full-Time Bloggers

Remember – you have other priorities that take up your time on a daily basis – full-time bloggers can use their whole days to put time into their blog/social media/networking.. so you should never compare yourselves to them as there will be quite a difference! HOWEVER.. this is NOT to say your blog cannot be amazing.. OF COURSE IT IS… If you blog because you love it, then your blog will honestly be the best it can be.. regardless of how much time you have to put into it!

It Is OK To Have A Break

Don’t worry if it sometimes gets all too much.. if you need a break, TAKE IT! No matter how much you love your blog… if you just do not feel like blogging, DON’T DO IT. There is nothing worse than typing up a post you are just not 100% happy with, and feeling “forced” to upload it just for the sake of it. If one day… your job has just left you feeling SO tired.. take some time out. Working full time is tiring loves.. we all need time away from EVERYTHING every now and again. Have a lush bath, eat some chocolate, cry a little if you need to, get some well deserved rest.. and wake up the next morning feeling SASSY and ready to get back onto it!

So loves.. that is how I have managed to keep a blog that I am 100% happy with AND work full time too! Of course.. every blogger is different.. so I am SO open to any more tips any of you have! ALSO.. I know SO many of you are still at Uni/School AND have blogs… so I would love to know any tips you have! I also know there are SO many mummy bloggers who juggle work AND kids.. you are AMAZING.. I would LOVE to know how you manage too!! I really hope this post helped you in SOME way… make sure to let me know what you thought darlings!!

Right then angels… I still have another day off work.. before it is back for Thursday.. and then working from home on Friday… Phew! I am lucky to have had such a chilled out week .. I do SLIGHTLY miss the busy-ness of work though (I know call me crazy ha!). I cannot WAIT to put up my next post loves.. it will be ALL about my trip to London AND about the fabulous Blogger_Hangout event I went to!  I will see you there angels?!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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