Matte Lips 101: My Faves & Some Tips

Hey strangers.

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

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

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

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

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams

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

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Birthday Suit

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

Velvet Slipper

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

Vino Tinto

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

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

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WHY I love these:

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

NOT so good points:

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

Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition

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

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Shade: Don’t Pink Of It

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

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WHY I love these:

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

NOT so good points:

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

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

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

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WHY I love this:

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

NOT so good points

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

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

WHY I love this:

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

NOT so good points

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Shirts & Sports Luxe

Hiya darlings!!♥

How have you all been? Hope everyone has had an absolutely amazing week so far! Can I just say though.. we are in June.. but WHERE IS THE SUN GUYS?! We had a GORGEOUS Bank Holiday weekend… then … clouds/rain. Pah. That’s British weather for you!

I am not too fussed though.. because I’M GOING ON HOLIDAY IN JULY! Woop! Literally cannot wait.. I have not been on a holiday for SO many years so it is definitely overdue! It will also be the first time me and the hubs will be going abroad too! ALSO… for those of you who don’t know… I have Ramadan coming up.. which basically is a month of fasting that all Muslims take part in every year… no eating/drinking from sunrise to sunset! As I am sure you can imagine… my blog MAY slow down just for this month… I will see how I get on to be honest.. I may stick to my regular schedule OR drop down to 1 post/video a week.. I will see how I get on.. and will keep you updated too!

ANYWAYS GUYS… I have a fashion post this time. The spring/summer has really got to my head… I have been wearing lighter colours SO MUCH RECENTLY. Those who know me know that this is not normal HA! 

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Now… I was inspired to do this post by this absolute STUNNER of a bag* that I got from LYDC London… For those of you who don’t know.. I am a Brand Ambassador for LYDC.. and I ADORE their bags so so much.. there is literally something for every style of bag you may want.. whether you prefer big/small bags, on trend/more classic styles, colourful/neutral… the styles they have are AMAZING! I know those of you who have read my blog for a while will know I have been a lover of this brand for SO long! 

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So… of course in the UK… you never REALLY pack away your winter wardrobe right? Come on guys.. we have had SNOW before in June.. I am not ruling ANYTHING out! So.. I still have my FAVE faux fur gilet that I was obsessed with in the winter lurking around my wardrobe! This little baby is SUCH an essential for those days when it might be chillier/raining to add that extra bit of warmth! Although.. I do want to get myself on some lighter, sleeveless layering pieces! But for know.. lets work with the faux fur ey?

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What am I doing here… HA!!

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I have become OBSESSED with oversized, button down shirts recently.. they are honestly SO easy to style and are lovely and comfortable to wear in the warmer months! I actually pinched this one from my mum’s wardrobe of clothes she doesn’t wear anymore.. muaha. Raid your mum’s wardrobes girls.. you might be pleasantly suprised. Or your dad’s for that matter… there will definitely be some button up shirts in there.

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Oh… yes .. it is my beloved, (slightly) boyfriend style jeans (from the one and only PRIMARK!)… I cannot even tell you how obsessed I am with these.. SO SO COMFY guys.. and they go with SO many looks. I might try and see if I can style these for an evening look.. so stay tuned for that loves!

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For shoes.. I wanted to keep the look effortless .. so wore my FAVOURITE loafers EVER.. these were an absolute bargain from Dorothy Perkins.. I love the shoes from there SO SO MUCH! They are also SO comfy too.. and they go with EVERYTHING! For my hijab.. I wanted to keep it basic.. so wore this cream coloured one to just tie everything together!

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Now… onto the main focus of the outfit.. the BAG! I love the black against all the light colours.. it just adds something more to the outfit.. and I think it gives it a really chic, effortless look (tehehe.. what do you guys think?). I ADORE the slouchy look of this bag too.. I usually stick to quite structured bags.. so this was a nice change! I have to say guys.. this bag fits a CRAP LOAD of stuff in.. which is always a winner for me ha! It has a gorgeous, sports luxe feel to it.. which is always a WINNER for spring/summer trends!

As always .. you can get 10% off ANYTHING from LYDC using my code “SAIRA10”

SO LOVES.. what did you think? I think this is a PERFECT daytime outfit… I will actually be doing an evening outfit featuring a similar style bag too… so keep your eyes peeled for that girlies!

Outfit Details♥

Jeans & Faux Fur Vest – Primark

White Shirt – Mum’s Wardrobe

Shoes – Dororthy Perkins

Bag* – LYDC London

Sunglasses – Peacocks

I HOPE you liked this outfit loves… make sure to let me know what you thought!

Have an AMAZING week (well.. what is left of it ha!)… I cannot WAIT to see you in my next posts/videos.. I will hopefully be doing some summer-y style post (woop!).

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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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

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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London Diaries: OOTD, Essentials & LYDC♥

Hey loves!♥

Happy Sunday… how has your weekend been so far?! Hope you have had an amazing one!! I have just had a very lazy, chilled Saturday (especially after my busy weekend last week!).. I’ve just spent the day taking blog photos.. reading some blogs (obviously).. and then just having some relaxing time!! I think it is always SO helpful to just have a weekend (especially if your week is SO full on and busy) to literally just chill out and not do too much (OK.. what I am trying to say is just spend the weekend at home being a lazy slob HA!)… DON’T JUDGE ME GUYS.. I have not had one of these weekends for a while hehe!

RIGHT THEN…. lets get on with this shall we! I am so excited for this post (as I seem to be about every single one HA!) – if you read my previous post HERE about my time at the Bloggers_Hangout event, you would know that I was going to do ANOTHER post about my trip to London, which would BASICALLY include my OOTD, travel essentials and just general chit chat! SO… I really hope you like this style of post my loves! Have a peek below……

Now… I want to give you a quick few tips that I followed when I travelled to London that definitely helped.. and some things I DIDN’T DO WHICH YOU GUYS SHOULD AVOID TOO! So hopefully girlies.. this will make your coach/train/car journey to anywhere a little bit easier!

Do’s♥

DO – Leave your house without makeup (GASP!).. I know.. but honestly I had to get on the coach at 5:40am.. and this would mean waking up probably a whole HALF HOUR EARLIER THAN I HAD TO.. doing my makeup in darkness AND trying to apply eye-liner/mascara to the world’s puffiest eyes – NOT FUN GUYS. Also.. if you tend to doze off on your journey, your make-up has died already. I did my makeup on the coach (yes.. it was difficult BUT I WAS SUCCESSFUL!).. but you can always do it when you stop off somewhere

DO – Stretch your legs when you can – if you are on a coach/train, whenever it makes a stop, just get up from your seat and walk down the aisle and back to your seat.. this helps avoid your poor feet getting swollen/falling asleep

DO – Double up your huge tartan scarf as a blanket… this was a lifesaver for me. Coaches can get quite chilly .. AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO TO GET IT WARMER.. So my scarf was a LIFESAVER for me and my sister

Don’ts♥

DON’T – Leave the house without headphones/a phone charger/back up charger. I had my back up chargers for my phone.. BUT WE FORGOT HEADPHONES!! So this resulted in me and my sister watching Gossip Girl with SUBTITLES.. I hate subtitles ha! We actually picked up a pair from London for the journey home (obviously they were cheap and broke.. but hey, they lasted us our trip!). I know this might sound weird.. but I actually do not own any decent headphones AT ALL! I think I really need to get myself some guys!

DON’T – Overdo it on the water. I know.. I cannot believe I am writing this either. I am the biggest water drinker EVER.. But I cannot even deal with coach toilets! If you are on a car journey.. then it is fine because YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER STOPS ETC.. But with coaches they normally never give you time to stop at services etc. Instead.. I stuck to eating things like grapes/strawberries etc.. and sipped on water every now and again to keep myself hydrated – BUT NOT GULP DOWN A WHOLE LITRE LIKE I USUALLY DO!

OK… So these are just a few tips I picked up through my PERSONAL experiences on a long haul coach journey! I would LOVE to know what your tips are loves! It is not usual I use public transport now as I drive.. however, a 4 hour drive to London, then driving/parking in London.. and a 4 hour drive BACK on the same day…hmm, I didn’t really fancy that to be fair :(.

RIGHT THEN… onto the NEXT part of this post.. MY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS!♥

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BLOGGER ESSENTIALS♥

Phone (for obvious reasons)

Camera (again loves.. obvious)

Charger (I don’t know about you.. but my phone cannot go a day without needing to be charged again AT LEAST ONCE!)

Headphones (please see my DON’T list above)

Purse (where else are we going to store our business cards loves)

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TWO KINDS OF SPRAY♥

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Facial spray (I have my make-up setting one, but I also had my rosewater toner.. it is AMAZING at making you feel more awake on boring coach journeys… AND it makes your skin feel amazing!)

Body Spray (I do NOT fancy carrying around a beautiful BUT BLOODY HEAVY perfume battle all day – so WOO for sprays in plastic bottles that smell yummy!)

THINGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL PRETTY♥

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Make-up (as mentioned above.. I had my WHOLE make-up bag with me to do my make-up on the coach.. BUT my essentials are definitely eye makeup, highlighter, a bright lipstick – OH and concealer)

Hand cream & Lip Balm – (come one loves… I cannot be the only one who LOVES putting these on.. I feel like I am having a little pamper sesh in my seat when I do!)

THINGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL CLEAN/ALIVE♥

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Make-up wipes – (for taking off makeup on the DREADED JOURNEY HOME – and to also save you if you make a mistake whilst applying your make-up on a BUMPY COACH

Tissues – (tissues are just everything.. where would we be without tissues guys?)

Toothpaste & Toothbrush – (I carry these around DAILY haha! So of course.. they are an absolute ESSENTIAL for travelling.. especially if you have had a bit of a snooze and just want to feel refreshed.)

Chewing Gum – (Can help if you feel sick whilst travelling, and also just as a general refresher)

Painkillers – (FOR THAT DREADED HEADACHE YOU WILL MOST LIKELY GET FROM BEING ON A COACH SO LONG)

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Snacks – (Oooh… definitely an essential for me guys.. I cannot go 5 hours without SOME SORT OF SNACK. Keep the snacks “clean” and small.. fruit, breakfast bars and some cheeky chocolate will keep your energy up until you can get some PROPER FOOD)

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So.. they were my little SAVIOURS on my coach trip! Make sure to let me know what travel essentials YOU need! Of course.. ALL of these (and more.. make sure to check out my What’s In My Bag post) were stored in my FAVOURITE HANDBAG EVER*. This bag just literally comes EVERYWHERE with me… it is honestly the BEST bag for travelling (for me anyways :P)… it is SO spacious and structured, so everything just stays PUT and doesn’t fly around everywhere! It is also SO BEAUTIFUL.. and matches with practically every outfit I have. I think another ESSENTIAL for travelling is definitely a backpack style bag… with my FAVOURITE being THIS ONE from LYDC .. I just LOVE the colour of it.. SO PERFECT FOR SPRING!♥

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You can check out LYDC London for similar bags.. I have *all the heart eyes* emojis when I look at their range! Make sure to check them out… AND don’t forget to use my code “SAIRA10” to get 10% off!

Outfit Of The Day♥

Let’s get onto… my OUTFIT NOW WOO! Of course if you KNOW ME BY NOW GUYS (which I hope you do).. you know my obsession with pinafores. So OF COURSE.. I had to have a pinafore for my trip to London right? Have a peek below angels!♥

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Ohhhh I just cannot get over how much I love this pinnie .. it is also from New Look just like my denim one.. but this one is SO COMFORTABLE and soft.. and I also know I can wear it for work too, YAY!

I am in absolute LOVE with my speckled jumper… I saw it in a charity shop the day before I went to London and FELL IN LOVE. I ADORE jumpers of this style and colour… so literally GRABBED IT! It also kept me SO WARM.. I know this jumper will look absolutely perfect with my denim pinnie too! Trust me girlies.. if you haven’t already .. go out and buy a pinnie!

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I knew I would be walking around ALL DAY.. so I wore my trusty black Primark ankle boots.. I could literally walk up a mountain in these (erm..OK.. maybe that is exaggerating HA!).. BUT I definitely had no trouble walking round London AND hopping on and off the underground in these shoes.. I LOVE THEM! For my hijab.. I just stuck to my favourite black and white one to finish off the look!

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GUESS WHO IS ROCKING NUDE LIPS GUYS! I am LOVING them so far.. definitely a change from my regular red/berry tones.. but nude lips are PERFECT for spring!

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So that was my outfit for that day … I definitely felt SO comfy but well put together too! I definitely think black pinafores have a smarter “feel” about them… and I adore mine!

Outfit Details♥

Black Pinafore – New Look

Speckled Jumper – Charity Shop

Bag and Pom Pom – LYDC*

Shoes – Primark (Similar HERE)

Hijab – Market

Lipstick – MAC Velvet Teddy & Kiko Milano 06

SO ANGELS.. For the rest of the day me and my sister just spent some hours strolling round London as you do.. I literally LOVE the city SO much.. and need to come here more often (it is SUCH a struggle when you live up North though!)… I will hopefully be planning a weekend trip here JUST FOR THE SHOPPING YAY!

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OK THEN… I REALLY hope you liked this insight into my day at London as well as the tips/advice for travelling! I would LOVE to know what your tips are.. and also if you have been to London lately (OR IF YOU LIVE IN LONDON!). I was SO excited to put this post up.. so I honestly hope♥ you guys REALLY enjoyed it! I am now going to chill for the rest of my Sunday.. before being back at work tomorrow! I will see you in my next post lovelies!♥

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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I Have A Midi Skirt Obsession

Hi my lovelies! 

How are you all? Hope you have all had a wonderful Monday .. whatever you have been up to! I have been at work, then went to Boots after work to pick up some essentials I needed! The weekend already seems like a lifetime away! I had quite a fun weekend.. Spent doing some shopping, eating out (a lot!), and taking a trip to Bolton!

 I have been so excited to put this blog post up as I wanted to show you my fashion purchases over the past week. I’ll be honest, I have only recently started purchasing clothes again on a regular basis. A few years ago, when me and my husband first got married, we had quite a tight budget, with only me working full time (the pay wasn’t very good) and him studying full time at University. This obviously meant that I would always think “do I really need this” whenever I saw something I liked. Now, alhumdullillah (which means thankfully), both of us have full time jobs, meaning we have money to put aside, both for saving and spending! I am a huge believer of if you work hard enough, everything will pay off and you WILL get far in life (I always like to remain positive)… and that is what kept me motivated to work hard during those tough times

Anyway… moving on from that little insight in to my life .. lets move on to the items I picked up! So, this is actually from two trips into town .. and my latest trip was to a new shopping centre that has just opened up. I went on Saturday around 1pm (BIG MISTAKE).. it was so busy and took us almost half an hour to actually get in to the car park (eek!). I guess that was my fault for going at time (hehehe).. it was still a successful shopping trip though :D.

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I also have developed a huge love for midi skirts recently .. I just love the look they give, and much prefer them to maxi skirts (which have the problem of dragging on the floor too .. not what you want when it starts raining a lot outside!).

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I have purchased 3 midi skirts over the last week .. a black, grey and burgundy one. The black and burgundy are from Primark (an absolute STEAL at £6 might I add)… And you can actually see the burgundy one featured in my previous blog post here. I love these so much.. it is worth checking in your local Primark for them too .. they are knitted too which I think looks so stunning at this time of year! The grey one is a recent purchase from New Look (which also cost £14.99).. and is slightly longer too. I love the texture of it .. it is quite thick and warm (which is great for the colder months :D). I can also wear all three to work, as well as at the weekend, which is always a plus! You will be seeing all of these featured in future blog posts guys (this is not the last that you will see of these, hehe).

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The next item is this beautiful button up dress from H&M, which I got over the weekend for £14.99. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it.. I adore the bird print on it, and think the colour is so pretty too. I have already taken some outfit photos featuring this dress, so you will see how it looks on very soon (although if you follow me on Instagram, you would have already had a sneak peek :P). Picture 3

Next up .. these beautiful jeggings :D. If you guys know me by now, you know how much I love my black jeggings, and practically live in them! I saw this in H&M for £14.99, and knew I had to have them. They have a “brushed” effect on the front, and also have zips on the top, which I think adds such an edgy look to them. I normally just get plain ones, so this was a nice change.. the lady at the till also said how much she loved them! I cannot wait to wear these and add some more drama to my otherwise plain black and grey outfits! Picture 4

Now this baby may be the biggest bargain I got .. It is a gorgeous camel jumper from New Look which cost me.. wait for it .. £7.99! I was so surprised at the cost, as from New Look I wouldn’t think to find a woolly jumper so cheap. The colour is so on trend, and looks so pretty at this time of year too ..  I will be going back to get the other colours :P.

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Last but not least.. I picked up some stunning brown ankle boots from Primark for £13 :). I love them so much as they have fur inside too, which keeps your feet toasty in the winter! They are such a beautiful colour and will match with more or less everything I wear. I love the zip detail on both sides, and the slight heel which is always a plus for us short girlies :D. Primark is so amazing for boots, just remember to get there early whilst everything is tidy and you will actually be able to find your size! I am a size 3 so always struggle to find the right size, but I find that when I go earlier, I am more likely to find the right size :).

Yay! I am SO happy with everything I picked up, and cannot wait to show you how they look in future outfit posts. I really hope you all enjoy the rest of your evening .. I think we are watching a movie tonight, then it is off to bed for work tomorrow!

Have a good night dolls 🙂

Love,

Saira xo