Thursday, 28 February 2013

Products I'm Using Right Now

Just thought i would share the products i am using right now......

Bath, Body & Hair:
The Body Shop Tea Tree Body Wash (great for pimple-prone skin) - REVIEW HERE
The Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter (smells divine!)
T Gel Shampoo

Tresemme Conditioner
Clynol Hair oil - REVIEW HERE
Dove deodorant


Clinique Mild Face Wash 

Clinique Clarifying Lotion no. 2 - REVIEW HERE

Clinique Even Better Moisturizer

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil

Alpha-H Liquid Gold
Tinted Moisturizer: NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer - REVIEW HERE

Foundation: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (13)
Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - REVIEW HERE
Powder: Ben Nye Banana Powder - REVIEW HERE
Blush: Urban Decay Naked Flushed - REVIEW HERE
Highlighter: VIVO Baked Bronze Healthy Glow - REVIEW HERE
Eyeshadow: NARS And God Created The Woman - REVIEW HERE
Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil - REVIEW HERE
Mascara: L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes
Lipstick: Clarins Rouge Eclat no. 06 True Aubergine
Lipgloss: Barry M (Coral)

What products are you using?

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

NARS And God Created The Woman Palette Review & Swatches

So, recently i was browsing the NARS website (as you do), and i came across the most beautiful palette! I ended up buying it there and then, as i didn't want to chance it being sold out.

It is a simple, neutral palette with six of the regular NARS eyeshadows and comes with a no. 3 eyeshadow brush and Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer.

The palette is much smaller than i had expected. I have some of the other NARS palettes, which are bigger, however i couldn't fault the portability of this palette. Each eyeshadow is 1g, which is less than half of the standard eyeshadows.

I like the mixture of textures in this palette, not all the eyeshadows are matte or shimmery, there's a bit of both. I think the mix of shades and textures will allow anyone to recreate whichever look they want.

The shades you get in the palette are:
  • Alhambra -Shimmery champagne
  • Bellisima - Matte taupe
  • Kalahari - Shimmery bronzy taupe
  • Galapagos - Deep chocolate with gold specks
  • Night Clubbing - Cool, muddy brown
  • Coconut Grove- Black with gold specks
Left-Right: Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari, Galapagos, Night Clubbing, Coconut Grove.

I found most of the eyeshadows super easy to blend with no fallout, except one! Kalahari seemed to have some fallout when applying it to the lids with a MAC 239, as well as when trying to blend it out. It wasn't a lot of fallout, however i just noticed it, as i didn't expect it from NARS. Night Clubbing and Coconut Grove look streaky, but blend fine on the lids.

I really love the name of the palette and it has the ideal colour combination, to suit all occasions. I am slightly obsessed with neutral palettes and this certainly doesn't disappoint!

The NARS And God Created The Woman Set retails at £40.50 and can be purchased HERE.

What are your thoughts?
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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Rush, Rush, Rush.......Get My Hair Done By Rush

A couple of days a go, i had the opportunity to pop to Rush* and get my hair done. Now, i haven't cut my hair in over two years....YES, two years! It needed a lot of lovin'.

I was advised to come to Rush a few days before my appointment to have a strand test. This is because my hair is black and they wanted to check if it would take the dye.

I decided to go for a subtle ombré and Gemma (the stylist) was very helpful. I told her that i didn't want something too OTT. I am a very natural type of girl when it comes to my hair. I haven't coloured my hair in many years and thought it would be quite fun to have it ombréd.

I was so lucky to have the beautiful and talented Gemma as my stylist. She did exactly what i wanted and i found her extremly professional. My hair took nearly four hours from start to finish, and we ended up finishing at 9pm! She was so patient and friendly, that it didn't even feel as though it had taken that long! She kept the length of my hair and blow dried it to the most gorgeous way.

Here is my hair a few days before........

Me getting some of the colour put in.....yes there is some logic in the crazy hair!

And now.....

Me and Gemma
The pictures don't do the hair justice but the first picture is how it looks!

What did i think overall? I am over the moon! It's natural and subtle with some colour, which is exactly what i wanted. Gemma is an asset to Rush and one of the best stylists i have ever had and i will definitely be going back to her. I have received so many compliments about my hair and it was all thanks to Gemma, Vanessa and the team at Rush!!

I will certainly be recommending Rush to all my family and friends. Yes, the prices are slightly higher than a regular hairdressers, however the service is one of the top i have had. You guys got full marks from me!

Click HERE to find out about your local Rush.

Have any of you ever been to Rush?

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Rihanna Grammy Awards 2013 Makeup

Products Used:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NC43.5)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
Bobbi Brown Concealer (Honey)
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Maybelline Fit Me Powder (315)
NARS Bronzer (Casino)

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Bobbi Brown e/s (Bone)
Urban Decay e/s (Sin, Buck)
Inglot e/s (102R)
Maybelline Gel Eyeliner
Bobbi Brown Cake Eyeliner*
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes
Girls with Attitude Lashes (Notice Me)*
MAC Brow Gel

MAC Lip Liner (Cherry)
MAC Lipstick (Russian Red)

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Beyonce Super Bowl 2013 Inspired Makeup

Products Used:
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (13)
Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque)
Bobbi Brown Concealer (Honey)
Ben Nye Banana Powder

Urban Decay Prime Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo (35)
Urban Decay Theodora Palette* (Spell, West, Beware, Broken)
Collection 2000 Glam Crystals (Funk)
Soap & Glory Pencil Eyeliner (Smolder)
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes

Japonesque Brow Kit
MAC Brow Gel

Sleek Contour Kit (Dark)
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette*

Urban Decay Lipliner (Naked)*
Nars Lipstick (Dolce Vita)

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette Review

Urban Decay have released the Naked Flushed Palette*. This sexy Naked palette is calling out to everyone who wants to get Naked!

The nifty face palette is packed with three essential products for the face. There is a combination of a matte, golden bronzer, a deep pink matte blush and a shimmery pinky, beige highlighter.

The blush is a beautiful deep pinky rose and will suit most complexions. If you have fair skin, then apply it with  light hand. I use a MAC 168 brush and place it on the apples of my cheeks. I have to admit that it is extremely pigmented but it's such a gorgeous shade that anyone can pull off.

I find that the bronzer shows up on my MAC NC42 skin, without having to put much on. I use it as a bit of contouring and lightly dust it over my face to give it some golden glow. However, one thing i thought of was that when i do tan, it's not going to really show up, unless i really layer it on. I would also use the bronzer colour as a socket colour for my lids.

The highlighter is a pinky champagne, and very pigmented, however it isn't super frosty. I like to apply this with my fingers, as it gives a more natural look. It's very pretty when it the light catches it on your face.


Overall, i do like this palette, but it would be nice if Urban Decay could bring out a Naked Flushed palette for more darker skintones, as the bronzer won't really show up on deeper skin. Everything about the palette i love, especially as it's in one palette, making it convenient for us women on the go.

The Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette can be found at House of Fraser and Debenhams and retails at £20.

Is this on your wishlist?

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Elemis Milk Bath Review

When it comes to winter and those cold dark nights, i always look forward to having a long hot bath in the evening.
Elemis kindly sent me the Milk Bath* and oh my god why had i not found this sooner??!!
Now we all know that Cleopatra was famous for having her milk baths and how incredible her skin was, so this gave me the opportunity to recreate her bathing ritual.....well kinda!

Elemis recommends you use 5 capfuls into a hot running bath and should be used for 12 consecutive days if you suffer from severe dryness. I only use this product when i have a bath, which is about two nights a week.....that makes me sound filthy doesn’t it??!! FYI, i do shower!  ;)
The fragrance is almost comforting if that makes sense?  It contains natural plant collagen from oat extract and Japanese Camellia Oil.
I love having a bath just before bed, because my body is super relaxed. My skin is incredibly soft after soaking in the bath, and i don’t even need a body cream because it feels almost silky to touch.
This is definitely a luxury spa product that retails at £44. Personally £44 is a lot for a milk bath, however, you have to look into what ingredients there is and how it benefits the skin. I would purchase it and use this sparingly because I do believe in pampering your body. If your body is happy on the outside, then you’re gonna be feeling happy on the inside!
Have you tried any Elemis bath products?

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Budget Buy | Maybelline Fit Me Concealer Review

Today i wanted to talk about the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I purchased this way back in December and i really wanted to give it a go before i reviewed it.

I am always wary about purchasing drugstore concealers, because in the past i could never find one to match my skin was either to pink, too light or too orange!

Well, i ended up selecting shade 35 and trust me when i say i spent ages trying to choose my shade! They must have thought i was a shoplifter or something! Ha ha!

There are some good and bad points about this concealer and i will start off with the good!
  • The texture is very light and doesn't have a thick consistency, unlike the MAC Studio Finish Concealer.
  • Blends very easily with either your fingers or a brush.
  • There are a wide variety of shades to choose from.
  • Doesn't go cakey or settle within the lines of your face.
  • Covers dark circles well and you can layer if you need more coverage.
  • Doe foot applicator, making it easy and hygienic for application.
  • Cheap! Only cost £5.99.
  • Covers most imperfections.

And now for the bad.....
  • It isn't very good at covering large/red pimples.
  • Sometimes emphasizes the dryness around a healing blemish.
  • When opening the tube, the applicator can just jump out, causing a mess everywhere!

The bad points have only come from me having a huge breakout and i was using the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I had a gigantic spot on my cheek and it just couldn't cover it, and i don't mean cover the zit so that it's invisible because it clearly wasn't. But, what i mean is that it was quite red and sore and i just wanted to calm the redness down in order for my skin to look more even.

The other thing i noticed was that as my spot was healing, it was starting to have a bit of dryness around it, which is normal as a spot is healing. I thought that due to the concealer being quite light, that it would be moisturizing but it kinda did the opposite. My spot look uber dry and flaky, even with the concealer on! It just didn't do anything.....i even tried layering it but nothing! I had to resort back to using my Bobbi Brown Concealer and the thicker consistency covered it up straight away!

Below is a picture of my arm before and after. You can see the vein clearly, then after using the concealer it's clear how much the 'green' was covered.

Overall, i think this is an amazing concealer for undereye circles and the odd blemish here and there, however for larger blemishes that are maybe red and sore, i just don't think it covers that well. The price for this is fantastic and i am genuinely pleased that there are shades that cater to most skin tones.

Have you tried this concealer?

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Simple, Easy Contouring With Mangowhirl

Last week i popped over to Mangowhirls and we decided to film a couple of videos for our channels! She had asked me to do a simple countouring tutorial, that was quick and easy enough to use on a everyday basis.

Mangowhirl has kindly written up the instructions, which can be viewed HERE.

Check out Mangowhirls Blog HERE. She runs an amazing blog about modest fashion, beauty and much more! 

Let me know what you guys think and i hope you enjoyed it!

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Friday, 8 February 2013

Bioderma Is Launching In The UK!!!!!!

I have just recently found out that Bioderma is going to be arriving in the UK!!!!

This brand has become a cult product amongst beauty gurus and bloggers! This means i don't have to worry about ordering it online from abroad and dealing with that faff! The downside is that i can't use it as an excuse to jump onto the Eurostar for a trip to Paris!

The best thing is, that the full range will be available here in the UK and will give everyone a chance to try them out!

Bioderma will be available to purchase from leading pharmacies and dermatologists within the UK......please let it be Boots! It should be available from mid-April and for a 250ml bottle it will roughly cost £9.97, however there are no specific prices released.

Are you excited?

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Thursday, 7 February 2013

So Fresh, Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2

My skin always tends to have issues, whether it’s pimples, dryness, bumpy skin…..there’s always something! I hate going to bed with dirty skin, especially as I wear makeup most days and then also out in London, so the pollution is just building up on my skin! Yucky, I know!

We all know that if you over cleanse your skin, and then you will break out, but so will under cleansing! Make sure you cleanse your skin twice a day!

I have been using the Clinique Clarifying Lotion for several years now and it is the only thing that really makes my skin feel squeaky-clean! Weird, I know!

This is a toner that does have a very strong smell, however I have just gotten used to it. I use this after I have washed my face and just removes an excess dirt, sebum that I have left on my skin. It’s kinda horrible looking at the cotton wool pad to see what was still on your face!
Hands down this is one awesome toner!!! 


Have you ever used the Clinique Clarifying Lotion?

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

TAG | Why Do I Wear Makeup?

I have just been reading a post written by Coco at The Beauty Milk (check her out HERE) and it was quite an interesting read, so thought i would do the tag myself.

When did you start wearing makeup?
I think it was when i was around 15/16 years old. My mum was very strict about wearing makeup and we weren't allowed to wear makeup at my secondary school! I only started wearing it at major events, such as birthdays, Eid, prom etc.

What was the first makeup that you bought and loved?
Black kohl eyeliner. It was many years ago, so i don't remember which brand it was, although it was a drugstore one! I have grown up seeing many beautiful bollywood actresses wearing kohl eyeliner and their eyes looked smoldering and almost cat like. It was something that i wanted!

What is your most used eyeshadow?
For me any sort of brown, whether it's from MAC or Urban Decay. I find that browns go with everything that you're wearing, so in the morning i don't need to think what shade goes with my outfit!

When did you begin loving makeup?
It would have been when i was about 18. I had just started to work for Boots and on a Sunday, i was always on one of the makeup counters. I loved it because i actually got to play around with makeup at work! Once, i visited the MAC counter in Selfridges and was so overwhelmed. One of the artists did my makeup and i was just in awe! Then, when i moved to London and i was fortunate enough to work for brands such as Clinique, Lancome and MAC.

How do you feel without makeup?
To be honest, i am fine without wearing makeup, it doesn't bother me either way. When i used to work for makeup companies, it was compulsory to wear a lot of makeup and any chance i could go without makeup, i would! For me, i like to remove my makeup at the end of the day and still look like me. I don't want anyone ever saying "are you ill, or something?"......that's not something you want to be hearing! I like going out sometimes without makeup, it just gives my skin a breather and my skin will always come first before anything.

What do you like about makeup?
Experimenting! I think it's incredible how makeup can transform a person, even in the subtlest of ways. I love being able to do makeup on someone and enhancing someones features. I don't like it when some people use makeup as a mask, it completely defies the object.

Three Holy Grail items:
Gel eyeliner - I love gel eyeliner! It defines the eyes in so many ways.
Coral blush - It gives asian skin tones the most amazing natural flush!
Eyeshadows - Many of you know that i am obsessed with smokey eye makeup. I believe eyes are the portal to the soul.

Why do you wear makeup?
It makes me feel good! Being able to create different looks is so much fun and the great thing is that it's not permanent, so you can wipe your face clean and start all over again.

Any misconceptions about makeup that really bother you?
Yes! One of them has to be there's only one way of doing makeup :/ erm makeup is artistry and there is no right or wrong, as long as it looks good, then go for it!
One piece of advice i will give to anyone is to not to be afraid. Play and experiment with colours and textures. There are so many things that you will discover and that's the fun of it! Remember, it's not permanent!

I hope this post has given you guys an in depth perspective about me and makeup. If you guys do the tag, please send me the links!!!

Why do you wear makeup? 


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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Clynol Glow Precious Oil Review

It’s incredible how within the past year hair oils have made a big impact on the beauty industry. For me, using hair oil was a thing of the norm. Coming from an asian background, I grew up using hair oil as a treatment.

I am very simple with my hair care routine, I believe less is more. Normally I use shampoo, conditioner, and then hair oil through my damp hair. If I am using a heated hair appliance, I would use heat protection spray. That’s it!

For the past year I have been using Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, but recently I discovered the Clynol Glow Precious Oil*.
On the website is says:
 Glow precious oil for a groundbreaking way to repair and gloss - weightlessly! Formulated with superfine Marula oil, this feather-light elixir instantly targets damage to transform dull and lifeless into beautifully soft and smooth hair with a brilliant shine. Reduces split ends. Suitable for all hair types, including fine hair.”
The oil feels much lighter than the Macadamia oil, because the Macadamia oil appears much denser in consistency and it has soft, subtle scent.

I use 1 or 2 pumps and work it through damp hair. I also like to use it on dry hair when it has just been styled, because it gives a glossy finish to the look. I have thick wavy-curly hair and I try to avoid using heat, so I normally let my hair naturally dry. The hair just feels smoother and more manageable and doesn’t look frizzy or unruly.

Overall, i am loving using this oil, as it keeps my hair much more manageable and less frizzy.

Check out the Clynol Website HERE

Have you tried any hair oils?


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