Saturday, 30 November 2013

Easy Christmas Gifts

I can not believe how soon Christmas is. We're doing a Secret Santa at work and it's honestly so hard to think of gifts!

Here are some easy ideas to help you guys out and we all know anything beauty related is a win-win!

*Aromatherapy Associates Essential Travel Oils £32


These oils are an ideal gift for someone who loves to pamper themselves in the bath or shower. It comes with four oils with different scents and can be used according to your mood. The four oils in the set is: Deep Relax, Revive Morning, Revive Evening and Support Lavender & Peppermint. Each of the bottles contain 7.5ml and allow three shower experiences. If you don't want to give an entire box as a gift, you can split them up and give it as a stocking filler! 

*Orla Kiely Geranium Mini Bath & Hand Set £12

Cute little gift set that includes four mini hand and body products. Again, it's great as a stocking filler or even a Secret Santa. It has a beautiful geranium scent but i wouldn't suggest giving it to those who don't like floral scents. You get four 50ml products of the shower gel, body lotion, hand wash and hand cream.

*Weleda Handbag Duo Pomegranate £30.90

An ideal invigorating set for people who love fruity scents! Pomegranate is used to regenerate and protect the skin. The Pomegranate Body Wash stimulates the senses with sandalwood and neroli essential oils, with pomegranate seed oil keeping the skin soft. The Pomegranate Body Lotion prevents the premature ageing of the skin. The use of shea butter, pomegranate seed oil and apricot kernel oil protects the skin from external factors. 

I hope this post has helped you guys out who are a bit stumped with gift ideas!

Until next time. xXx

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Review

I had a huge makeup clear out and made some rediscoveries from my makeup collection! One rediscovery was the Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl in Bleu. I used to love using this when i first got it and unfortunately it just got shoved to the side and forgotten about!

This always reminds me of my mother because she has something very similar but larger and made of gold. I grew up admiring the arabesque style of her vial and Guerlain Terracotta was a mini version!

This product is made up of pigmented kohl and is a deep teal with a hint of sparkle. The luxurious tube comes with a stick applicator, which has the kohl powder on it. You can use it on your upper and lower waterline, creating an intense smoldering look. I would suggest that you use this before any other makeup, because the loose powder can sometimes fall on your face, although you do get better with practise!

I love the intensity of the teal is and how it stands out against my brown eyes. It does last pretty much all day on me, however i also like smudging this on my lower lash line to give a deeper look. 

I have been enjoying using this everyday, as it adds a hint of colour without looking too much and is great for work! 

Have you tried anything from Guerlain?

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation Review

The Illamasqua Skin Base foundation is one of my favourite foundations, however i do find that it gets forgotten about! I have had this foundation a while now and wanted to share my thoughts. This foundation was inspired by the BB creams in Asia and it's a foundation that has the benefits of a BB cream.

When i first saw the foundation, it appeared quite thick and i was hesitant on using it, however when it's applied to the skin you can barely feel it. It has a very light consistency and doesn't feel heavy.... but i do prefer more liquid foundations.

In my eyes i consider this a full coverage foundation, but it can be thinned out for a more lighter coverage. As i said before, it feels light on the skin, but not as light as a tinted moisturiser. I prefer to apply this using a buffing brush, as it gives a flawless finish. It is suitable for all skin types and has a semi-matte finish.

Having combination skin, sometimes it can get very difficult to find a foundation that controls the oil, but also helps with the dryness. I have found that on my really bad, dry days, the foundation can sometimes cling to the flakiness, however i ensure i exfoliate really well and i let my moisturizer skin in to the skin very well. With the help of Illamasqua Hydra Veil i don't need to worry about my foundation looking flaky. Full blog post HERE.

This controls my oil pretty well.....i mean there's not a product on the market that stops the oil completely but Skin Base does a pretty good job.

You can see how insane the coverage is by looking at the picture below. It pretty much covers everything!

There are 18 shades to choose from and i love how they have a foundation comparison chart for those wishing to purchase their foundation online.

I do enjoy using this foundation, however i don't reach for it on an everyday basis. I think it's great for giving the skin a flawless, even base and is ideal for night outs, special occasions etc. I prefer the plastic tube because it's easy to squeeze out every bit of product and is fab for travelling.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation retails at £27 and can be purchase HERE.

Have you tried Illamasqua Skin Base?

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Monday, 25 November 2013

This Week I Have Been Using.......

Morning guys! How are you all? I hope you had a good weekend. The past 10 days or so i have been loving using a few new products and some old ones.

  • Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser - My Liz Earle Cleanser & Polish finished a few weeks back and i purchased the Superdrug one a while back. I wanted to see if it is on par with the Cleanse & far so good, although i have lost the cloth already! :/
  • Bobbi Brown Extra Hand Cream - This smells divine....almost like oranges! It has the same scent as the Vitamin E Enriched Face Cream. It's a tad bit greasy, so i have been only using this at night.
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Grandest Grape - I have been loving a dark, berry lip for work because it's quick and easy!
  • It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product - I've heard so many good things about this leave in conditioner. Now that it's so much colder, i am blowdrying my hair, so an added moisture boost is an extra bonus.
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NC44 - This foundation feels amazing on my skin. I have got some scarring left from previous blemishes and it helps even out my skin tone without feeling too heavy.
  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate - Colder weather has led me to using serums and this makes my skin feel repaired, smoother and much more softer. It's getting to the bottom of the bottle, so wanted to finish it up.

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What have you been using recently?

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Giveaway

Evening guys! How is your Saturday going so far? Mine hasn't been too interesting.....tried to make the most of the natural light, so ended up taking a whole lotta blog pictures!

I wanted to do a blog giveaway because over the past few months i have been blogging much more and to thank everyone for their support and actually reading my blog! I was a bit hesitant about doing a giveaway because i have had the notion that some people just follow for giveaways and for the sake of wanting to win something. Fair enough i understand that, however it doesn't create any sort of loyalty amongst myself and the readers.

I have decided that to make this giveaway a bit more interesting, i would like readers to interact on my blog through comments on other posts. I want to be able to recognise loyal readers instead of someone commenting 'enter me'.....sound fair?

Ok, enough about that, lets talk about the prize!

You guys can pretty much guess what I'm giving away but i shall say it anyway! It is a brand new Urban Decay Smoked Palette!! Yay!! This includes a mini primer potion and a 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion. **This was purchased with my own money**

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Easy, Cheap Makeup Storage

When it comes to makeup storage, acrylic drawers seems to be the go to thing. I think this started off with the Kardashians, who have been known to have huge acrylic drawers from Clear Cube. Unfortunately for us mere mortals £300+ is a lot to spend on drawers!

Many of us jumped onto the Muji acrylic drawers bandwagon (including me!), however if you have a large collection like mine, it still works out pretty expensive and the drawers aren't deep enough for bottles of foundation etc. 

A couple of years back, we purchased some stationary drawers from Staples to hold paper and other bits and bobs. Recently we have had a huge clear out with the decorating that's been going on and these drawers needed a new home. 

These stationary drawers are excellent for storing makeup because they're sturdy and are deep enough to store a lot of makeup! The other plus is that they can be picked up from your local stationary shop because I know I struggled trying to purchase Muji products, when there's not that many stores in the UK.

I don't openly store my makeup on a vanity table because I just don't have the space in my room, but all my lotions, potions and makeup are stored nicely away inside a section of my wardrobe. Now, I know these plastic drawers aren't exactly the prettiest things but because it's inside my wardrobe it doesn't bother me.

I prefer keeping my makeup in drawers, as it makes it much easier to find items and if I can psychically see the makeup, I'm more likely to use it!

How do you store your makeup?

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Pressures Of Marriage In Asian/Desi Families

Todays post is a bit different to my normal beauty related posts, but it is something that i have been going through for many years and have a feeling there are girls in similar situations!

I think when we all get to a certain age, marriage and babies seem to be a thing of the norm and it’s kinda like a domino effect, when one gets married, everyone else does too! I'm going to be 29 in a few months and in the eyes of Asians, I'm a very old person to get married!

Now times have changed from when our mothers and grandmothers got married because in the 70’s and 80’s Asian women weren’t really encouraged to study and pursue a career, more so you were taught skills that will take you from your fathers house to your husbands house.

Nowadays a lot of women especially within the Asian community are going to university, having careers and sometimes it isn’t a priority to get married when you are very young.

For me being born and bred in this country, i have had endless amounts of opportunities which i want to grab with both hands because these are things that weren’t offered to our mothers or didn’t seem important to them at the time.

People seem to forget that my priorities aren’t the same as the previous generation and that being educated, getting a good job, travelling and life experience will serve me well into my adult life. Yes, i know how to cook and do all the domestic things but why is it seen as so important for women to get married by a certain age?

I know that within the western culture, some women may not feel the need to get married until they are into their 30’s. I have noticed with Asians, as soon as you have finished a degree, you are expected to possibly work for a little while and then get married. Do people not understand that we can’t just make a husband appear out of no where?!

Of course i am feeling the pressure! When i was in my early 20’s, i thought i would be married by maybe 25, and then have kids a couple of years on but clearly that plan has gone out the window!

Women nowadays have to deal with so much pressure, whether it's doing well at university, getting that dream job, then also finding the ideal partner, so you can have your kids done and dusted by the time your in your 30's. It’s a lot of pressure to put on women!

I personally have faced so much pressure because one by one you see your cousins, friends, etc, all getting married and starting families. Sometimes you feel as if you are frozen in time because things haven’t progressed. I have learnt after so many years that progression comes in different forms. As some of you may know i took a year out and went travelling around Asia and central America and then also spent a year living in Argentina and Spain. These were experiences i will never forget and sometimes i look back and think, if i had been married, i never would have had the chance to do that.

These past experiences have made me the woman i am today because i learnt so much about myself. I had to adapt to my surroundings and learn how to live within a new culture and society.

I am not disrespecting any woman who is married or got married at an early stage because that is your individual choice. I feel that for the women out there who aren’t married and regardless of what age they are, the pressures we face are undeniable.

The funny thing is the most amount of pressure we get is from close family members and i find myself putting that pressure on me. Everywhere i go people would always comment why i’m not married and again you’re made to feel bad for something that you’re not at fault for?

To the elders out there, stop putting pressure on your children regardless of what age they are! They have enough to deal with, as things have changed since your time.

There is no right or wrong age to get married and me being an Asian and being Muslim, sometimes i feel as though elders use that as a sort of excuse. Is there a rule that says you have to be wed by your 25th birthday?!

I think what elders forget is that life itself has women want to have careers and no offence, it wasn’t number 1 on my list to get married........marriage comes with a huge amount of responsibilities! How can you deal with these big responsibilities when you haven’t had the chance to deal with smaller ones first?

I rate women who juggle education, careers, home life, husband and kids, my respect goes out to them and i always believe if you put your mind to it you can do whatever you want with your life.

Some people will always have excuses about wanting to get married and one of them is i want to please my parents.......erm are you living your life for you or for your parents? In Asian society you have to respect you parents, which is fine, but i think it works both ways. I don’t think parents should put so much pressure on their kids to get married when they’re not mentally ready and for the sake of themselves.

There’s a word in Bengali ‘egoth’ and this word gets thrown around a lot. It means self respect, Asian parents would always say you have to always consider our self respect and what will people say if we have an unmarried woman at xxx age.

I have grown up not giving a s**t about what people think of me....they are not making me into who i am, so I'm going to get on with my life. I think Bengalis have so much time on their hands to talk about others, when really you should be looking after your own families.

Sometimes i have been classed as a modern woman but i guess i am, and I'm proud of that. Women of my mothers generation weren’t encouraged to study and i strived to go to university, live out, manage my own money and understand what being an adult actually means. I think without learning how to deal with responsibilities, you can’t really throw yourself into marriage. You have to really know yourself before committing your whole life to another person. Some elders are still living in the times where marriage is a priority for women and yes it is important but when you’re ready and also when it’s time.

Muslim parents forget that everything is already written for you, so i can’t do much to change it. My mother has been asking me incessantly do i never want to get married or when am i going to get married. I replied, please write Allah a letter, as he decides everything and then maybe he can tell you as i certainly can't. I feel as though she always forgets and puts this insane amount of pressure on me when its sort of out of my hands. Shall i just put an advert up on my car saying husband wanted, call to enquire!

For me, i think i am a bit hesitant of getting married, because i want to make sure I’m with the right person, and i don’t want to settle for anyone. I want to have a spouse that brings out the best in me and makes me a better person. I want us to bring out the strengths in each other. Marriage is a partnership and is a commitment not to be taken lightly. It is a huge step from going to your parents house, to your husbands house and both parties should know their expectations of one another.

For all those girls feeling the pressure of wanting to get married (myself included), put the pressure aside and focus on yourself. This is the only time where you can actually think of yourself and focus on what you want to do, whether its going to uni, getting a job or whatever. Make yourself into the best person you can possibly be, because you would want your other half to see the best of you.

The only advice i can really give is that things will happen when its meant to be, so enjoy the time that you have because once your married, things will change, as will your priorities. Whatever people say, take it with a pinch of one knows what is planned for you and i always believe the people who have waited the most or been patient for a very long time get rewarded the best gifts from Allah/God. 
Have sabr (patience) and understand that there is a plan for all of us and sometimes we may not see it at the time, but later on you will understand why things happened or didn’t happen and you’ll see the bigger picture.

And a note to elders – chill out with your kids because once they are married, things will change and they won't be your little kids anymore. Make the most of the time you have with them and enjoy it because those are the things you will be looking back on. When you’re children are ready to get married, as a parent you will sense when its time. Don’t push them into something that they aren’t ready for.

I apologise for such a long post but i wanted to get this off my chest and i hope that in some way i have helped!

Until next time! xXx

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A Few Things I Learnt From Backpacking/Travelling


Some of you may know that in 2010, i took a year out and decided to go backpacking and also in 2011/2012 i lived in Argentina, so managed to get some travelling done whilst i was over there.

I learnt so much about myself from travelling and wanted to share them with you :). Beware, this post is picture heavy!

Iguacu, Brazil

  • Having cold showers or showering in the jungle! You learn very quickly that it doesn't matter where you are or how cold the water is, you will have a shower regardless!
  • Packing light - When travelling, you can not afford to pack too much, because you have to carry it in your rucksack and will end up breaking your back!

Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala

  • Pushing your boundaries - When i was in Guatemala, i ended up climbing an active volcano. It was one of the scariest things i have ever done because you don't realise how steep the volcano is. I had so many cuts up my leg due to the dried lava because they are pretty sharp shards. However, to watch real lava slowly pouring down the volcano is something you don't get to see everyday!
  • Baby wipes are your saviour! I can not tell you enough how thankful i was to have baby wipes to hand. They are useful for cleaning yourself and freshening up but also come very handy in the toilet department!

Tulum, Mexico

  • Learning how to hand wash your clothes - Washing machines are such a luxury and when you're travelling, you run out of the essentials, like underwear and bras very quickly. I had to hand wash a lot of my stuff, however when i went to larger cities, i would drop them off at the local laundromat to have a thorough clean!
  • No need for makeup! I did take some makeup with me, however i found myself not really wearing anything. I guess when you're travelling, your first priority isn't how your makeup looks, but more on what your plans are for the day and how you're going to make the most of the time being there.

Krabi, Thailand

  • Living on a very tight budget - When travelling, you have to manage your money well because you have to take into account your hostel, food, excursions, any travel and also have some money put aside in case of any emergencies. I stayed in hostels and some were a lot better than others! However, you meet so many people from different parts of the globe and travelling is something you all have in common!

San Ignacio, Belize

  • Sometimes a bed is all you need - If you are looking at the photo above, then you will understand why i said that! We were staying at an Eco Lodge in San Ignacio and i know it looks like a shed but it was an incredible experience. All our lodges were in the forest, and you had to shower in a hut outside. The owners were so friendly and hospitable and i was surprised that they had a computer with Internet connection!

Caye Caulker, Belize

  • You make so many friends from all over the world. I am happy to say that i am still in touch with people that i met travelling and we all have those amazing memories! I have been lucky that some of them have come to visit me here in the UK and i have had the chance to visit them in their home country.


  • Saviour every beautiful view - I can't explain to you guys some of the most incredible things that i have seen and i can't believe places like this exist on earth. Capture and enjoy every moment!

Zip Lining,  Costa Rica
Coffee Roasting, Costa Rica

  • My final point is enjoy every second of it! Sometimes when I'm at work, i think about all the incredible things i experienced whilst travelling! I actually want to do more! I'm one of those people that have been bitten by the travelling bug and if any of you get the opportunity to travel, then do it! Trust me you will not regret it and you will be left with some of the most wonderful memories.

I hope this post didn't come across as me bragging but i honestly didn't realise how much i learnt from travelling. There's certain things that you never knew you were capable of, by pushing your boundaries and making the most of all the opportunities that come your way.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this post, and seeing a glimpse of my travelling life! Until next time. xXx

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

EOTD: Plum Smoky Eyes Ft Motives Eyeshadows

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you're all having a great weekend! I can't believe it's Sunday means it's Monday tomorrow, which means work! Waaaaaaah!

Ok, enough of me going on about the weekend! I wanted to share with you an EOTD using some beautiful eyeshadows from Motives. I love purple smoky eye makeup and it fits in nicely with this time of year. I know a lot of people don't like using cranberry colours, as sometimes it can be a bit red, but this eye makeup is great for the festive season coming up!

Motives Kohl Eyeliner (Onyx) - apply on the outer and inner corner only & blend using a MAC 217
Maybelline Color Tattoo (Metallic Pomegranate) - apply in the middle part of the lid where Motives Kohl Eyeliner hasn't been used
Motives Eyeshadow (Plum Frost) - apply on top of Maybelline Metallic Pomegranate
Motives Eyeshadow (Sweet Plum) - using a MAC 239 brush, pat on top of Motives Kohl Eyeliner 
Motives Eyeshadow (Onyx) - using a MAC 222 brush, lightly apply matte black over sweet plum & blend
Motives Eyeshadow (Fresh) - apply in the inner corner of eye

Motives Kohl Eyeliner (Onyx) upper and lower waterline
Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner

Lashes & Brows
Makeup Forever Smoky Lash
Eldora Lashes (H124)
Anastasia Brow Wiz (Ebony) & Anastasia Brow Genius Kit (Brunette)

I hope you're all enjoying my EOTD's and FOTD's! Please let me know if you want to see other colour combinations!

Until next time! xXx

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