Have The Best Morning Ever – Summer Edition

Hiya lovelies!

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

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

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

How To: Have The Best Morning

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Clean Your Room The Night Before

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

Get Enough Sleep

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

Wake Up Gradually

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

Shower In The Morning

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

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Use Products That Make You Feel Happy

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

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Have Your Outfit/Bag Ready

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

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Breakfast – Don’t Avoid It

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

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Water & Lemon = My Morning Essential

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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How To: Cream Makeup

Hey guys!♥

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Cream Products?♥

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

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

My Favourite Cream Products!♥

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

Blusher – Makeup Revolution All About Cream Blush Palette

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

Contour Kits/Bronzer Kits♥

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

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

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Highlighter Collection Speedy Highlighter 

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

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

How To Use Cream Products♥

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Primer = Essential

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

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

Application

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

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

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

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

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

Tips To Help You!♥

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

Cream on Cream 

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

Translucent/Finishing Powders = BEST things EVER!

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

Finishing Sprays – Essential!

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love!

Saira

xo

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Make-up for £1? Miss Beauty Review♥

Hey hey!♥

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

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

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

Flawless Matte Foundation♥

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

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Overall:

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

Face Powder♥

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

Overall:

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

Mascaras♥

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

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Volumising Mascara and Lengthening Mascara

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

Waterproof Mascara

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

Overall:

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

Fine Eyeliner♥

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

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Overall:

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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

Spring Lip Loves♥

Hiya!!!!!♥

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

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

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

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

Lip Balms♥

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

Nudes♥

Primark Lip Liner in Light Pink♥

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

Primark Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Nude♥

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

Rimmel Kate Moss 08♥ 

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

Bright Pinks♥

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick♥

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

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick♥

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

Rose Pinks♥

Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry Surfulease♥

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

Primark Lip Liner in Wine♥

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

Coral♥

No7 Stay Perfect in Rose Kiss*♥

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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Blog Photography 101♥

Hiya lovelies!♥

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

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

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

The Basics♥

Background

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

Location

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

Camera

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

Editing

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

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

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

Advanced♥

Flat Lays

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

One word. Chair. Enough said.

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

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

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

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

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

Lighting

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

 Props

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

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

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DONE!

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

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General Tips♥

Take plenty of photos

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

Avoid the flash

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

Try not to over-edit

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

Designate a blog photo taking day

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

Some Quick Instagram Tips!!

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Spring Fashion Essentials♥

Hiya my darlings!!

Hope you have all been VERY WELL!♥

Little bit of an important message here guys… I would LOVE if you took the time out to read it!I have honestly missed you all so so much. I know .. that probably sounds weird right.. how can you miss someone you have never even met/spoken to in person right? I think those of you who blog (probably all of you.. hehe) will know exactly what I mean. The blogging community that exists is such a wonderful thing… I have felt a little bit out of the loop recently. Since starting YouTube.. a lot of my time has gone into working on that. Do not get me wrong lovelies.. I absolutely love my blog so so much… I think I just need to get into the habit of having both that and a YT channel, and giving dedicated time to each of them. This means making sure each blog post/video I put up is something that I am 100% happy with (it always is anyway… I just wanted to mention it as it is something I will NEVER let happen loves), ensuring I take extra time out to read other blogs (still one of my favourite past times EVER), watch other videos.. and work on exciting things with different brands. I know what you are thinking.. it sounds so full on, and on top of working full time/spending time with my family, it is. But to be honest.. I love every second of it. I just have to get myself into a proper routine to ensure I am not neglecting either my blog or YouTube… but you guys know me.. the QUEEN of organisation ey!?

I do not know if some of you may have noticed but I have dropped down to 2 posts week instead of 3, as I like to spend that time on filming/editing my video that goes up! I knew that I just would not have had the time to put up 3 posts AND a YT video every week! For me.. that is a good balance… I actually only put up ONE blog post last week.. and I honestly missed it SO much! I am not even afraid to admit that every spare moment I have is spent on my blog/YT.. whether that is writing/reading/watching/planning… my brain is always buzzing with ideas!

I just wanted to get that off my mind… even though you guys may not have noticed it.. I felt as though I had been neglecting the blogging community.. I have not been as active on reading posts and felt a little zoned out.. but I am SO glad to have found a good balance.. and am SO excited to get on with it and create content that I LOVE!♥

Anyways darlings… I hope my little message made sense! That is what I LOVE about blogging.. you really can just pour your heart out.. and feel 10 times better after ! NOW… should we get on with this post?

Spring Fashion Essentials

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So… if you have been keeping up with my blog.. you would have noticed quite a few Spring posts.. including:

Spring Beauty/Makeup Essentials

&

Essential Spring Accessories

Now of course… I had to leave the best (ahem.. in my opinion tehe) until last… and that is of course.. the SPRING FASHION ESSENTIALS!! I have FOUR items that I think are essential in every girl’s wardrobe to get you feeling Spring ready! Have a peek lovelies!♥

Lightweight Stripy Shirts♥

Now.. I don’t know about you… but this is one style that I have been seeing absolutely EVERYWHERE. And I am the BIGGEST fan of it! Stripes is something that I am in love with all year round… and seeing beautiful pastel coloured stripy tops/shirts EVERYWHERE has made me a very happy girly this season! If you saw my previous outfit post.. you would have seen how I styled one of my favourite items I bought recently.. which was obviously a stripy shirt guys!

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Trustme darlings.. pick up a couple of button up stripy shirts and over-sized t-shirts … and you are ALL set for the PERFECT, laid back spring outfit! Mine are both from Primark.. so you can bet they were VERY affordable!

Lacy Things♥

Ha.. nothing better than a little but of lace to have you feeling set for Spring? There is just something so perfect about it for this season… and whether you wear a lacy dress or a top with some lace detail.. all will look adorable and ready for Spring time! I have seen SO many tops with lovely lace detail at the bottom.. this style is exactly what you want if you are going for a casual, day time outfit. Pair with some loose jeans and converse for the perfect daytime look.. and swap to a lace midi skirt for the evening!

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If you want to see how I style a lacy dress TWO different ways… check out my outfit HERE!

Light Wash Denim Jeans♥

Oh yes.. you read that right.. Saira is recommending a pair of jeans! If you know me and my outfits… you will know I hardly EVER wore jeans… I found them SO uncomfortable to wear! BUT .. I recently picked up a pair in Primark and.. oh goodness lovelies.. they are honestly the most COMFIEST pair EVER! I think I have fallen in love as they are not those awful, stiff, hard-to-move-in style. There are SO many styles of jeans now.. mom jeans, boyfriend jeans, ankle grazers… meaning jeans are much more looser/comfortable.. yet STILL look adorable! I think a perfect pair of ankle grazers with a few rips are PERFECT for this season… and you girlies seriously need to grab yourself a pair!

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See my favourite jeans styled HERE!

Thin Knit Cardigans♥

Lets be real here lovelies…Spring in the UK is mostly rainy (and snowy for that matter!), with a few days of sunshine.. so it is still essential to keep some cardigans handy! I don’t actually mind this.. I am a HUGE lover of cardigans.. and I will happily wear them ALL year round! Obviously.. your huge, fur lined cardigans you lived in during the winter will NOT be the perfect addition to your Spring wardrobe.. but stock up on some thin knitted ones.. and you are good to go!! I still prefer them over-sized.. I am not a fan of fitted cardigans.. they are something I usually wear for work though, hehe! You can NOT go wrong with a classic grey one.. I picked up the most PERFECT one in the New Look sale which I CANNOT wait to style for you!

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Muted Coloured Scarves♥

I am sure you all know I LIVED in black hijabs in the colder months.. but  thought to myself… Saira.. you cannot do the same thing for Spring! SO… I HAD to pick up some lighter coloured scarves! Of course.. these scarves are perfect to replace your thicker, wooly scarves… and they can add the PERFECT touch to any outfit! I cannot wait to get my hands on a few more.. I have light grey, blue and pink ones on my wishlist!

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psst.. you can see me in the glasses.. haha .. the problems of having reflective sunglasses as a prop!

Fancy getting 20% off my phone case? It is from Coconut Lane and you can use my code “glitterglass20”. They have SO many new items too! I will be doing another giveaway with them on my YT channel so keep your eyes out for that!

So my lovelies.. would you like an overview of what my Spring Wardrobe will consist of? Make sure you also let me know about your fashion essentials!

  • Stripy over-sized tops
  • Lightwash denim
  • Lots of greys/creams/whites.. oh yes lovelies.. I am TRYING to steer away from the black! Although I know it will STILL make an appearance!
  • Lacy details

Right darlings.. that concludes my Spring Essentials posts! I have you covered for Beauty, Fashion AND accessories… let me know if you would like me to do these for each season! I would DEFINITELY love to.. as I have VERY MUCH enjoyed these!

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who reads my blog and supports me.. I want to apologize if any of you have noticed I have not been as active… I am ALL SET to give my blog/you all as much support as you all deserve!!

I cannot WAIT to see you in my next one lovelies! Also.. make sure to check out my YouTube too.. I put up my FIRST VLOG!!

Lots of love,

Saira

xo

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*This post contains gifted items. This does not affect my opinions

 

 

Spring Stripes♥

Hiya my lovelies!!!!♥

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN? Hope you have had a wonderful start to this week! I have had a busy few days … If you read my previous post you will have known that I went to Leicester.. which you should hopefully find out ALL about very soon (tehehe!).

Then.. it was BACK to my normal working week after a LOVELY 4 day weekend.. getting away, even for a short while can really make you feel amazing! If you ever feel like you need some time away from everything… just go. Whether that is to another city/country/down the road (ha).. do it.. you would be surprised at how much getting away from it all can help with your mindset!

WELL.. this turned into a little bit of a life advice post (haha!)… I actually have a fashion post for you all (WOOOOOOO I hear you shout – I hope). I cannot even remember the last time I posted an outfit of the day! I have had plenty of beauty reviews, essential posts & tips.. but a good old OOTD… Nope.Not for a while! So.. ain’t you all in for a treat (OK Saira get off your high horse, hehe!).

Remember my beloved outfits in Autumn/Winter time that consisted MAINLY of dark colours/lips/lots of faux fur? Well… I have got a lovely little spring number for you today, featuring some of my latest hauled items.. shown in my latest video! If you haven’t seen it already (or subscribed to my channel).. the link is HERE! I would love your support there my darlings.. you are amazing on my blog and I would love to know what you think of my channel!

Let’s take a peek!♥

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We were lucky enough to have some sun in the UK recently (VERY short lived though!).. so of course I HAD to post a Spring appropriate outfit! My top is this BEAUTY from Primark.. it is SO easy to wear, and is also very loose fitting – perfect for keeping you cool when the weather eventually warms up! I love a good stripy top .. you can never have too many! Let me know if you agree (I know so many of you do anyway .. muahah!). I also love that it is a button up shirt… meaning you can make it look EXTRA casual by wearing it unbuttoned with a plain white/grey tee!

Now the JEANS! Oohhh the jeans. If you have been a follower of my blog from when I first started.. you would have known that I would only EVER wear black jeggings/leggings and tights.. I would STEER away from jeans as I found them SO uncomfortable! However.. recently I have seen SO many different styles/colours of jeans becoming popular again .. so I REALLY wanted to try a pair! This lovely pair from Primark is quite a soft denim (which is my favourite!).. and I absolutely LOVE the wash and the little rip detail too! I MUCH prefer more subtle rips.. compared to huge ones! ALSO.. my fellow hijabi bloggers.. don’t worry about baring your knees/legs in ripped jeans… just wear a pair of thin leggings/footless tights underneath! ALSO.. if you are quite the creative chic.. add some pretty lining underneath!

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If there is a pair of shoes you HAVE to buy for Spring.. make it some white trainers. Trust me.. it will be the best thing you EVER BUY! They look adorable, are comfy and will go with absolutely ANYTHING! They even got a cheeky mention in my previous post! They also just look adorable with this whole outfit too… and definitely give it a gorgeous, laid back look!

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LOVE these dainty, rose gold bracelets from Jewellery Box.. SO perfect for Spring!

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I knew I wanted a muted coloured hijab to finish off this outfit.. and this over-sized one from Primark was PERFECT. WOW.. I have just realized.. EVERYTHING IS FROM PRIMARK! Whoops!! Well.. at least that makes it easy for those who want to recreate this look, hehe! I bought all these bits in the last 3 weeks.. so fingers crossed they should all still be there!

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Of course.. with this being a Spring post.. the perfect accessory would be some sunglasses right? These were a BARGAIN for £5 from Peacocks! LOVE THEM! I kept my bag simple with my nude fave from LYDC*. PERFECT!

Full Details♥

Top, Jeans, Hijab and Shoes – All Primark

Sunglasses – Peacocks

Bag* – LYDC London

 So my darlings.. I really hoped you liked this outfit! I just LOVE the laid back look it has… It is definitely  a perfect outfit for the upcoming Bank Holiday we have. I will definitely be picking up some more jeans… and more over-sized shirts. I think this will literally be my staple look this season.. expect to see similar outfits in the future hehe!!

So my loves.. I hope you enjoyed this very Spring themed outfit.. here’s to more sunny Spring days (please!?). Do you have any plans for the bank holiday? What have been your favourite things to wear recently? I literally cannot WAIT for more Spring Fashion to come up on my blog… Ohhhh take a guess of what post is next?!

It was SO lovely to sit down and catch up on blogging…starting a YT channel means I dedicate my time to that too.. so it is not all about the blog anymore hehe! They are both my babies.. but I will always have a soft spot for my blog as that is where all of this began! I am already getting excited to put up my next post, yay!

SO SWEETIES… that is me done on this post! Hope you liked it… make sure to let me know if you want to see more fashion, beauty or lifestyle.. or anything else random too! Also.. let me know if you have any video requests!! I will see you all in my next one loves!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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*This post contains gifted items. This does not affect my opinions

Lace Dress – Two Ways♥

Hiya angels!!♥

ITS FRIDAY WOOP WOOP! And guess who has the day off work?!! ME! Yay! I have not worked a full week for a while… how will I manage next week haha! Anyways loves.. I hope you have all had a lovely week (I feel like I said “week” so much then.. whoops! I said it again ha!).

So guys….. I am here with a fashion post woop! If you know me you will know these are probably my favourite posts EVER! I originally started my blog as a fashion one.. but I have definitely been loving putting up beauty/lifestyle posts! I would LOVE to know what you love reading on my blog! Make sure to leave me a comment and let me know!

Right.. you are actually in for a treat for TWO reasons with this post… ONE – There is not a SINGLE black item of clothing in this outfit (I KNOW SHOCK HORROR RIGHT!?).. AND TWO – You get to see two different outfits, by me only adding one item and completely transforming the look! This outfit is PERFECT for those warm spring days we  will (hopefully) be having, and adjusting it for when the sun goes down and it gets VERY cold (typical British weather ey?). ANYWAY.. should we see the actual outfits guys?

Look 1♥

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How absolutely BEAUTIFUL is this lace dress guys? It has been hung up in my wardrobe for the LONGEST time ever just waiting for the sun to come out so it could be worn! It was a purchase from H&M last year, but I am so sure you can find a similar one on the high street! Lace dresses are ALWAYS popular for Spring time, and I LOVE the slighty flared sleeves… they are SO perfect for the seventies trend we have this season!

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Another trend I have been noticing is wearing dresses over jeans/jeggings.. this is SO perfect for modest wear too! Yay! I wore my beloved Leigh jeggings from Topshop.. these have to be my favourite jeggings ever.. they are SO comfortable and fit so well! The acid wash is perfect for spring/summer too!

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My jelly shoes (which are my babies!) came out again.. these are definitely one of my favourite style of shoe for the warmer months.. they look so beautiful with any outfit… even though when I first bought them I didn’t think I would wear them as often as I have done.. but OH MY do they get a lot of wear! My bag was my BEAUTIFUL one from LYDC*.. definitely one of my faves for Spring… the colour is just perfect right!? I knew to pull the whole look together I had to wear a nude hijab… anything else just wouldn’t have looked right! ARE YOU PROUD OF ME FOR NOT WEARING BLACK GUYS?

Now this outfit is just perfect for Spring days right? BUT how do we adjust it to suit the chillier evenings? PUT A JUMPER OVER IT OF COURSE! Have a peek below to see how it looked…..

Look 2♥

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Doesn’t it just transform how the whole outfit looks? It gives it such a cosy feel .. which I LOVE so much! I love the camel colour, and it just adds such a lovely layered look.. don’t be afraid of layering darlings.. it adds SO MUCH to any outfit! You can keep a jumper like this in your handbag or your car.. and just add it on when the evening comes round! And THERE YOU HAVE IT… A perfect outfit with gorgeous spring colours.. BUT you are not shivering your little legs off!

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Outfit Details♥

Dress: H&M

Jeggings: Topshop

Shoes: Topshop

Bag: LYDC London*

Jumper: New Look

So lovelies… there you have it! Two outfits to make sure you look amazing for the crazy British weather we have! I highly suggest mixing your winter and spring fashion items to make the most of your wardrobe in the awkward switch over seasons we have! I hoped you liked this outfit lovelies!

Right angels… I will be spending my day editing my video to go up tomorrow.. if you have NOT seen my first YouTube video/subscribed to my channel.. you can find the link HERE to have a peek! Make sure to let me know what you think AND give me any suggestions for future videos!

Also… you have ONE more day to enter my giveaway with LYDC bags.. so make sure to check out my post HERE on how to enter!

So loves… it is the WEEKEND! I do not have any set plans.. but I do know I want to film another video and make a note of my future blog posts.. I have SO many exciting ideas… WHERE can I find the time to write these though? There is just NOT ENOUGH hours in the day ha!

I really hope you have a wonderful weekend darlings.. let me know what your plans are! Also.. if you have any tips for styling Spring outfits then make sure to let me know! I will see you all in my next post.. and VIDEO on Saturday!!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

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♥Blogger Easter Essentials♥

Hiya lovelies!♥

IT IS THE LONG EASTER WEEKEND WOOP! Now… I would be EVEN more excited for this if I had not already been off for the whole week (haha!). Do you have any plans for the long weekend? All I know is that the weather is going to be poopy where I am (grr!).. So we will just have to see how the weekend pans out! ALSO… YES to the clocks changing… this means MORE DAYLIGHT WOOP! Which for us bloggers is THE DREAM. However.. for the lazy people (i.e. me).. it means we lose an hour in bed (no no no!).

Anyways darlings… I know you have probably seen SO many Easter themed posts.. SO I wanted to mix it up slightly…. so I decided to post what MY EASTER ESSENTIALS ARE! Now.. by this I mean little things that I feel EVERYBODY associates with Easter time!! This includes Easter treats & beauty bits too! So angels.. let’s have a quick look!!!!

Cornflake Nests♥

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I think almost every single person must have made these AT LEAST ONCE!! They are literally the EASIEST thing to make and look SO SO CUTE!! How nostalgic do these make you feel?! They would ALWAYS be in every baking fair/sale at school AND I am sure you and your mum/older siblings would always make them around Easter time!

All you need for these:

  • 200g Cornflakes
  • 75g Butter
  • 200g Milk Chocolate
  • 4 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • Mini Eggs

Method:

Melt all the ingredients. Mix in with the cornflakes and put into cupcake cases. Top with 2 (or more!) mini eggs. Leave to set.. and enjoy!!

Bright/Pastel Nails♥

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There is just something ABOUT pastels that just MEANS Spring time is near!!! I absolutely LOVE this pastel pink colour from Barry M for spring/Easter inspired nails! Also.. nothing like a pop of orange to show you are well and truly ready for the warmer months! This beautiful colour is by Ciate London Olivia Palermo range in the colour “My Haute Vacation Coral” It would look SO beautiful on your toes too! So.. if you are lucky enough to get some sun on the Bank Holiday… pull out your sandals from the back of your wardrobe, give yourself a well deserved (and needed!) pedicure.. and rock bright nails! Yay!!

Lush Easter Products♥

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I have been so so impressed with the Lush Easter range this year.. HOW ADORABLE ARE THE BUNCH OF CARROTS!!!! I was lucky enough to be invited to a Lush event (full post will be coming soon!).. and just looking at the range they have.. I LOVED EVERY SINGLE THING!!! I have already mentioned how much I LOVE the Bouncy Bunny shower jelly too…. IT IS THE BEST!!!

All Types Of Eggs♥

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Right guys.. the two types of eggs I am talking about are: Chocolate Eggs and Lush Bath Bomb Eggs. Firstly… it would not even be Easter time if you didn’t demolish at least 1 bag of mini eggs (all by yourself may I add – no sharing required). AND… all of you are allowed to have ONE GIANT EASTER EGG!  ALSO… for all us Lush/bath lovers… you have a LOVELY selection of easter egg bath bombs to choose from! From the GLITTERY AS ANYTHING Golden Egg (which is an absolute BEAUTY.. AND it smells like toffee… YUM)… to the beautiful hot pink Fluffy Egg (which smells JUST like snow fairy!!)… AND the HUGE bath bombs Humpty Dumpty and Which Came First?

Quick Review of Golden Egg♥

I used this beauty in the bath recently.. so thought I would give you a SUPER QUICK REVIEW! Firstly.. if you do not like glittery baths.. you are best avoiding this as it is SO GLITTERY! I LOVE THEM THOUGH.. so was so excited to use this!! Once it is in the bath.. the water is FILLED with glitter.. and it starts to fizz away slowly. The scent is probably my FAVOURITE thing about it.. it smells like toffee/caramel/chocolate.. SO YUMMY!! Once the Golden Egg has finished melting.. you are left with the the most glittery, beautiful smelling, silkiest bath water EVER! I DID not want to leave my bath! The scent lasts on your skin for so long after you get out too.. which is FAB! I also did not need to moisturize after.. which is always a plus!

Cute Bunny Props♥

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Guys.. HOW CUTE are these little bunnies? As soon as I saw them.. I knew I HAD TO HAVE THEM!! They are going to make SUCH cute props for my Spring inspired posts.. AND just add a cute touch to your room… these will be dotted around my makeup storage area too!!

So lovelies… I really hope you liked this post!! I am SO excited for Spring time! If you have done any spring time inspired posts.. let me know .. I would LOVE to check them out!!! I REALLY hope you all enjoy the long weekend… and also the extra daytime hours we get!!! I also am working on something VERY exciting which I will reveal in my next post.. I just want to make sure everything is done beforehand!! So stay tuned for that lovelies!!

I will see you in my next post loves!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Spring is HERE – OOTD♥

Hiya lovelies!!♥

Wow.. I don’t know about you but I feel like this week has just absolutely FLOWN by..  HOW IS IT THURSDAY ALREADY!? When on earth did that happen? I am honestly just so so excited right now.. and do you know why? Well.. I have a WHOLE WEEK off work next week, I am going to a VERY EXCITING blogger event on Wednesday.. AND I HAVE JUST BOOKED A HOLIDAY!! WOOOP! I cannot even tell you happy I am right now… I have not been on holiday for probably a good 4-5 years.. so it is SO overdue guys!! Have you booked anything for the summer? Make sure to let me know lovelies 😀

Well well… I have a fashion post for you all today (YAY!).. and again.. this is something I am so excited for! OK…I admit it.. I may be a TAD excited about quite a few things at the moment (ha!), but I cannot help it… spring is here, which means summer is JUST around the corner!! Do you all remember when I first starting blogging and I spoke about how obsessed I was with Autumn? WELL MOVE OVER AUTUMN.. it is ALL about spring/summer now hehe! I honestly cannot wait to do more Spring inspired posts.. I already have one up about how to make some DIY room decor/makeup storage to make your room look more Spring appropriate.. if you have not already make sure to check it out HERE darlings!

Now.. I do not know about where you guys are, but on Sunday we got the most BEAUTIFUL sunshine ever… it honestly just puts everyone in SUCH a good mood ey? I literally could not wait to style some Spring outfits! I was SO LUCKY to receive an item from the NEW LYDC CLOTHING RANGE (eeeeeeeeek!!!!).. and when I saw the weather on Sunday I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to wear it! Should we have a look below guys 😀 …..

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Aaahhhhh THIS DRESS*… I can’t even tell you how much I am in LOVE with it! You all know me and how much I love black.. so of course I will still be rocking it during Spring.. but I LOVE that this dress has a cute daisy print (florals + spring = PERFECT).. and the contrasting sleeves… they definitely make this dress a perfect addition to any girl’s Spring wardrobe! You can pick it up HERE

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OH MY GOSH guys… do not even get me started on my bag*. I am SO in love with it and how perfect it is going to be for all my Spring/Summer outfits! It is such a a beautiful, baby blue/grey colour.. and I can honestly see it going with SO much! It is MASSIVE (which you all know I LOVE!).. and I love the whole snakeskin style going on (SO ON TREND!). It is also available in baby pink (AHHHH!) and black! You can pick yours up from LYDC London.. AND get 10% off using my code ‘SAIRA10’.

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I was SO chuffed that I got to wear my jelly shoes… I know so many people have a love/hate relationship with them.. but I am definitely a LOVER of these. They look so beautiful when the sun is out.. and they definitely make me feel nostalgic! I love that they are SUCH a statement piece, add some height AND are so comfortable! I LOVE rocking these babies with cute little ankle socks too!

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I just kept the rest of my look basic with a black hijab, nude lips and my usual makeup! I wanted the main focus to be the dress and bag!

Outfit Details♥

Dress* – LYDC London

Bag* – LYDC London 

Shoes – Topshop

Lipstick – Kiko Milano in 06

So there we have it my loves.. my FIRST of many spring outfits! I had SO much fun styling this beautiful dress, and know it will be a favourite of mine in the warmer months! It has such a gorgeous fit.. and I LOVE the skater style of it too… one of my FAVOURITE dress styles!

Right angels.. I really hope you liked this outfit.. I would LOVE to know if you have any Spring fashion items that you can’t wait to rock in the next few months!

Just in case you didn’t know.. I have a GIVEAWAY on my blog where you can have the chance to win a LYDC bag of your choice.. so make sure to enter because there is SUCH a beautiful range of bags to choose from!♥♥

As I have mentioned earlier.. I have a week off next week so expect to see a little revamp of my blog… I cannot wait to have some time to spend on making it look pretty and work on some exciting new posts for you all! I really cannot thank you guys enough for reading my blog.. I appreciate every single comment/like I get.. and I LOVE seeing my little blog baby grow! I will see you in my next post angels.. have a FAB end to the week!

Lots of love,

Saira

xo

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