BEAUTY FIX: Get RID of Large Pores

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

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

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

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

Thoroughly cleanse your skin

 

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

Steam the s*** out of your face

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

Removing all the dirt from your pores

 

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

Rinse & Exfoliate

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

Get That Mask On

 

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

 

Moisturize WELL

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

 

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

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

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

Lots of love,

Saira

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Soap & Glory: Sugar Crush Review♥

Hey loves!!

Hope you have all had a fabulous start to the week! As usual, I was working, came home, into my PJ’s and RELAXED! I have been loving my blog AS ALWAYS .. especially interacting with so many new bloggers. I have noticed new people commenting *WAVES AT YOU ALL*… thank you SO much for reading angels! I also recently hit 1,000 followers on Twitter *faints*… I still remember hitting 100 and my excitement then HEHE!

Now.. onto the post …. As you can tell from the title .. I am reviewing one of my FAVOURITE brands EVER!! I have LOVED Soap and Glory ever since it launched in Boots stores years ago. Their adorable packaging and the cute little messages on all of the products made me fall in love straight away!

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Ahhh lets reminisce … The first things I EVER bought was the ‘Clean On Me’ shower gel, ‘The Rightous Butter’… both of which have a lovely sweet (but not over-powering) scent.. and their HUGE PINK LOOFAH! You need the SMALLEST amount of the shower gel on your loofah, and it lathers up SO well … and leaves your skin feeling so soft and moisturized! The body butter also has a similar sweet scent and is AMAZING at making your skin feel so soft! I know Soap and Glory also have body lotion in their range.. but I ADORE how body butters feel on your skin. If you prefer a lighter moisturizer, especially for the warmer months, the body lotions/body mists do a FAB job at leaving your skin feel amazing!!

Now … let’s move onto the range that I LOVE SO SO MUCH!!! Sugar Crush♥

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The first time I discovered range .. I fell in love with the scent! I am SUCH a fan of citrussy scents… and this was citrussy AND sweet! Soap & Glory describe the scents as being: “vanilla musk blended with sweet lime, ginger and smashed brown sugar”… Now HOW YUMMY DOES THAT SOUND!! The only thing that I can compare the scent to is that Coca Cola drink with lime (haha!)… I think you just have to smell it and you will know exactly what I mean! Another thing that the scent reminds me of is the Margarita Time candle from Yankee Candle (which I also LOVED SO MUCH!). Some people may thing this is quite a summery scent .. but I use it all year round because the products themselves are AMAZING!

Sugar Crush Body Wash♥

Sugar Crush Body Wash

I recently re-purchased this for the shower … and after using up my Snow Fairy, my husband and brother have started using this too! As with all the body washes from Soap & Glory, this lathers up SO much, even when you use the smallest amount. The scent is also SO strong and lasts on your skin amazingly. I love using this in the shower in the morning, as the scent does a FAB JOB at waking you up, as well as leaving your skin feeling so clean and soft. Not to mention the packaging for this is ADORABLE!

Sugar Crush Body Buttercream♥

Sugar Crush Body Buttercream

GUYS… this stuff just smells SO amazing!!! I have used it throughout the whole of December and loved it so much. As it is a butter, it has a thicker consistency, but soaks into the skin so quickly, so it does not feel greasy after! It is also SO moisturizing (I am guessing that is thanks to the shea butter & almond oil in it! :P). The scent also lasts for SO long, especially if you use the body wash AND the body spray after!! The scent is a lot sweeter than the body wash/scrub .. but I personally love this! Trust me loves.. this body butter will make your skin feel and smell AMAZING! I can definitely tell the difference on days I don’t use it!

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Sugar Crush Body Mist

You guessed it loves… OF COURSE I have the body spray too! As soon as I saw this in Boots I HAD to have it. It now lives in my handbag and I use it whenever I want to feel refreshed during the day. The scent is very light (which I LOVE) .. so is perfect for a quick spritz whilst you are at work or school! The scent doesn’t last particularly long with this .. but I don’t think I would expect it too .. you can pick up the actual fragrance if you want something stronger and longer lasting! I just LOVE the scent of sugar and lime in this little baby of a bottle… it definitely reminds me of key lime pie (yummy!). This is a great little addition to your handbag, as it is the perfect size, and will not weigh your bag down like a perfume bottle would!

Sugar Crush Hand Food♥

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Ohhhhh …. I already was SUCH a massive fan of the Soap & Glory hand creams… and when I saw they had a Sugar Crush one .. I literally just FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM ALL OVER AGAIN!! This little beauty has lived in my handbag, on my work desk AND my bedside table .. it just seems to travel everywhere with me! I apply it probably 2-3 times a day (sometimes more!)… I am just OBSESSED with how soft it makes me hands feel and of course THE SCENT! Now I have to admit… my hands do feel slightly greasy when I first apply it, and I do have to rub it in quite a bit before the greasiness disappears.. but the way my hands feel after guys….. I don’t actually mind having to do that! This hand cream has definitely saved my hands from being dry AT ALL this winter… and I will definitely be re-purchasing once it runs out!

WOW …. I don’t think I have ever seen SO MUCH hot pink on my blog before ha! I haven’t included the scrub in the range because I ran out a while ago (boooo!).. and never had a chance to repurchase. I know SO many of you love the scrub and find it is one of your FAVOURITE products from the range…. and I completely agree with this! It is gentle, smells amazing, and does a FAB job and exfoliating your skin, making you feel so soft and SMELL YUMMY!

Right lovelies.. I really hope you enjoyed this review … I have been such a fan of Soap & Glory, and definitely would recommend their products to anyone I know .. they have a fabulous range of shower/bath/body/make up products .. I know you will find something you love WHATEVER your taste! Also.. the products just look ADORABLE in your bath/shower/on your work desk :P. All products are available in Boots and online at Soap & Glory .. Boots often do an amazing 3 for 2 offer .. so you can pick up some of your faves then at a fab deal!

So that is my post for today darlings! I really hoped you enjoyed this review and found it somewhat informative! Let know what your favourite products from Soap & Glory are .. I would love to try new products I haven’t used before. I will see you in my next one angels!

Lots of Love

Saira xo

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Best of Beauty: 2015♥

Hi lovelies!♥

I would just like to start by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I really hope you all had an amazing start to the year, whatever you got up to! I’ll be completely honest… my NYE consisted of getting some Chinese food, spending the evening in my PJ’s, falling asleep and then waking up just in time to see the London firework display on TV.. wasn’t it a wild night ha!

What did you all get up to? Did you have a crazy night out, or spend time at home with family/friends? Let me know!

Anyway.. I am SO excited to share this post with you as it is the BEST OF BEAUTY for 2015 (well for me anyway :P). This post is basically going to show you all the beauty items I LOVED and could not have been without in the past year … they are products I will DEFINITELY be re-purchasing in 2016 … Give some of these products a go lovelies.. I guarantee you will find at least ONE that you love just as much as me!♥

Soap & Glory 

Right angels …first things first.. some items from SOAP & GLORY! Now.. if you know me then you will know the obsession I have with this brand. I still remember the FIRST TIME these products came into Boots.. I instantly fell in love with the packaging, their cute little sayings on each of their products, the scent of everything… and OBVIOUSLY the products themselves! The FIRST items I ever purchased from this brand were The Righteous Butter Body Butter, Clean on Me Shower Gel & that HUGE pink loofah. These are all still FIRM favourites of mine… but recently the products I have been LOVING SO MUCH are from the Sugar Crush range (which I think was released a few years ago). OH MY I am sure the majority of you have heard of these products… They are DEFINITELY some of my FAVES!!

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The products I have been loving include:

Sugar Crush Shower Gel

Sugar Crush Body Butter

Sugar Crush Hand Cream

Sugar Crush Body Mist

The scent is GORGEOUS, the products are amazing (and not expensive either).. I am going to be doing a full review of them later on.. so keep an eye out for that!

Lancome La Vie Est Belle

Next up is this stunning perfume from Lancome .. I notice that SO many other people LOVE this perfume. I ALWAYS get so many compliments from others when I wear this.. it lasts for absolutely AGES (it is an Eau Du Parfum), and how stunning is the bottle angels!!! In the past, I would only stick to very sickly, sweet scents (which I now CRINGE at the thought of … anyone remember Britney Spears Fantasy .. no joke I wore that perfume for 4 years STRAIGHT from when I was about 13 years old!). This perfume is sweet but is SO much nicer, and I think is quite a “grown up” scent.. definitely check it out if you haven’t loves!

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Colgate Optic White Toothpaste

You might think it is slightly weird that I am featuring a toothpaste.. but I do not know where I would have been without it this year. Me and my little brother CANNOT use any other … and every single time there was another toothpaste in the bathroom, we WOULD NOT be happy (haha!). I always make sure we have a back up of this, and also always pack this if I am ever staying elsewhere for the night! It does a FAB job at keeping my teeth white.. for me having good teeth/dental hygiene is SO important .. and this product is AMAZING.. the mouthwash from this range is also great (but I don’t have a picture of this unfortunately .. sorry loves!).

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Garnier Micellar Water & L’Oreal Triple Active Moisturizer 

These are the two main face products that I have been reaching for this year.. and don’t know where I would be without them! Nothing (that I have tried so far) takes my makeup off like the Garnier Micellar water … I LOVE IT SO MUCH GIRLIES!! It literally feels like water .. and my skin always feels so refreshed after using it! Another product that I have been loving is this moisturizer from L’Oreal .. I only started using this recently but I AM IN LOVE! It does such a FAB job at making my skin feel amazing and SO SOFT! I also have a very oily T-zone, and although this moisturizer says it is for dry skin.. I never experience excessive oiliness with it!

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Movis Soap

Ahhhhhh my BELOVED Movis soap from Lush … I bought this soap the first time it came out in Lush a few years ago after seeing it in their catalogue, and I have not used ANYTHING else to wash my face since. It does the most amazing job at cleansing my face and leaving it feeling SO soft and not dried out at all! I usually buy 100g every few weeks, and then cut it up into smaller pieces. It is packed with cocoa butter, wheat germ, coconut oil & WHOLEMEAL BREAD.. yep BREAD! It smells good enough to eat, and also looks like a loaf of bread too! ♥

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Make up♥

I don’t even have to go into detail about Estee Lauder Double Wear, because I have mentioned it SO much on my blog .. it is so long lasting, gives me GREAT coverage (You can make it lighter coverage by mixing in with your moisturizer and applying a finishing spray), and does not break me out! The lipsticks that I have been loving (only recently though) is the combination of Rimmel 107 & Make Up Revolution’s 100% Vamp. It gives the MOST gorgeous dark lip EVER, and lasts quite a while too!

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So lovelies .. there we have it .. the BEST OF BEAUTY for 2015! I am literally SO excited to see what new products I will discover in the near year.. especially as one of my blog goals is to include more beauty posts :P. I really hope you enjoyed reading this .. and maybe found some new products to try for the new year!

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I also have my diary for 2016 (woop!)… I am hopefully planning on having a schedule (which I will blog about if it all goes ahead!), as well as trying to bulk write my posts on a weekend .. so I have more time to read all of yours!

Anways angels.. have a FANTASTIC start to the year, let me know if you made any resolutions, and also what your plans are for the new year! See you in my next one!

Lots of Love!

Saira ♥

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New Beauty Purchases!

Hiiiiiiiii my little angels!

I have MISSED BLOGGING (IT HAS ONLY BEEN 3 DAYS SINCE MY LAST POST THOUGH WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME)… I was supposed to blog yesterday but we decided last minute to go Sheffield for some shopping and food, and didn’t end up getting home until past 11PM (eek!). As I like to sit down and chill whilst I write my posts, I thought I would leave it for the next morning. And that is exactly what I am doing .. in my PJ’s laying in bed with a candle burning, listening to the wind and rain outside. Whilst I like the weather like this when you are INSIDE (it makes me feel all wintery and cosy).. it is a NIGHTMARE when you go outside (my hijab flying everywhere, makeup getting splashed with rain, shoes getting wet.. Gahh I don’t like it). Funnily enough, I don’t mind going out in just the rain (this is what dear old umbrellas are for), but oh dear when it is wind AND rain (worst combination ever). I am hoping it dies down a little so that I can take some outfit photos (even though I doubt this) .. I will just have to bear the weather hahaa.. It may be funny to see the outfit photos from then :P.

Anyways loves … This post will feature some new beauty purchases I made over the past week. They are all things I have been needing to pick up (plus some extras), so I went to Boots and made use of their 3 for 2 :).

Untitled design (12) So, the first thing is the Soap and Glory Hand Food, in the scent Sugar Crush. The day I found out Soap and Glory had released this was such a happy day for me (sad I know).. I am SUCH a huge lover of their sugar crush scent, and adored the scrub, body butter, shower wash AND body mist they have. I don’t think I will ever stop loving the scent .. If you have not smelt it .. then GO NOW! It smells of lime, brown sugar, marshmallow… It literally is one of my most favourite scents EVER! I also know they do a hand sanitizer, which I will find and buy :P.

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Next up, we have a perfume and body spray .. now neither of these are from Boots… The perfume is Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle, which I actually bought my mum for her birthday (but cannot stop using), and the body spray is from Avon. The perfume is in such a beautiful bottle, and smells absolutely amazing! It is sweet (but not overpowering), with some floral notes too. It lasts for SO LONG, and I always get so many compliments when I wear it. It retails between £47-50 if bought off Amazon, but I know Boots have it for £62(!) for the 50ml bottle. It is also an Eau Du Parfum, so that explains why it lasts for ages :). The Avon body spray is in the scent vanilla and sandalwood, and is a nice, sweet scent, perfect for freshening up during the day. It now lives in my handbag (it is the perfect size). I think it cost around £5-£7 mark, so is affordable too! It can be purchased trough the Avon catalogue – there WILL be someone near you who is a rep and can order products for you :).

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I also FINALLY picked up a darker, berry toned lipstick (WOOHOO!).. I have been looking for one for absolutely ages, and as of yet, I don’t think my bank account would have forgiven me for purchasing Mac’s Rebel (I need to wait for payday :P). So for now, I picked up this Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in “Dark Night Waterl-Oops” (I LOVE THE NAME). It is such a beautiful colour, and is not too dark (I am still new to darker lipsticks). The only downside is because it is quite shiny, it doesn’t last as long on the lips, and I find I need to keep reapplying. I am thinking to try this lipstick on top of 107, and seeing how that lasts during the day (I can wear 107 for hours and not reapply). On the plus side.. the colour is perfect, it doesn’t try my lips out, and it only cost me £5.99 :).

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Next we have some lip butters/balms from Nivea. My husband actually bought these from the Pharmacy he works in, as they have gift sets for Christmas time in (bless him). I am such a huge fan of lip balms, and think they are ESSENTIAL when it comes to winter time, and you can never have too many right!? My favourite from the lot HAS to be the vanilla and macadamia lip butter.. oh my it smells HEAVENLY. I also find these are less greasier than the Vaseline lip balms, and feel so much more luxurious on the the lips :D.

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I also bought some mascaras, both from Maybelline. One is the “Falsies Volum’ Express” mascara, and the other “Colossal Go Extreme Volume Plus”. I love Maybelline mascaras, and think they are such a bargain for the product you get (£6.99 each!). Both do amazingly well to make my lashes look long, volumzied and dark. I think the Colossal one does a better job at curling them though :).

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The last thing I have is the “Get Up and Glow” bronzer, blusher, and highlighter palette from Barry M. Now, I needed to pick up some blusher, as my Seventeen one in “First Kiss” had smashed (boo!), and I had used up the last lot of it. However, I could NOT find the blushers AT ALL in Boots.. I am not sure if they have discontinued them?!.. All I could find were cheek stamps, which I was’t too sure about using. Anyway, I came across this Barry M Palette, and could not pass it up! You get 3 blushes, 1 highlighter, and 1 bronzer. It was an absolute BARGAIN at £6.99 too.. wooo! I never normally use bronzer, blusher and highlighter at the same time (I just usually stick to blusher), but I tried it with this palette, and loved the effect it gave to my skin! It really is worth it as you get everything in one palette, and all the colours are very pigmented and not chalky at all. My favourtie colour for the blush is the bottom left .. it is such a pretty coral/pink colour.. almost an exact dupe for Benefit’s “Coralista”. The highlighter is one of my faves too, as it is not too glittery, and looks very subtle on the skin.

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So there we have my recent beauty purchases! I am loving every single one of these, and definitely would love to know if any of you have tried them!

I am going to be off now… I think we are heading out for the day to a museum (So will hopefully not be spending too much time outside!).. so will catch up with you all later on Twitter/Instagram/My Blog!

Hope you all have an amazing Sunday lovelies!

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Lots of love,

Saira xo